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McDonald's Sweet Tea -- Not as Sweet?

Should I panic?

I haven't had this tea in about two months. Just got some today, and it tasted less sweet, and more like instant iced tea. It USED to be darn near perfect.

Is this a one-off situation (bad batch?), or can I start the email campaign to "Preserve our McD's Sweet Tea Heritage"?

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  1. I agree... the sweetened tea is awesome and pretty near perfect.

    It also has a ridiculous amount of sugar in it... I can't remember the exact gram amount, but it's kind of scary.

    My husband always gets the tea unsweetened, and then adds a couple of packets of sugar. It really tastes just as good as the sweetened version!

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    1. re: katiepie

      My default down here is to ask for half sweet and half unsweet tea because I find most sweet teas too sweet. That way, you can not only taste the tea part of the equation, you also get the sweet syrup properly dissolving into the drink instead of just sitting on the bottom of the cup like granulated sugar does.

    2. As long as they keep fresh brewing it, I'll be happy. I cannot STAND instant tea. Subway also usually has really good iced tea, for some reason.

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      1. re: Suzy Q

        suzy q, don't you think the mcD's sweet tea tastes fresh brewed, while their regular "iced tea" is that terrible instant flavor?

        what i am afraid, is that they are taking the instant tea that they have always used (for their regular tea) but using that as the base for the sweet tea.

      2. My son worked for McD's when they first started selling sweet tea - he said they mix 1 lb of sugar to 1 gallon of tea. I have a sweet tooth, but that was too sweet for me. I request half sweet and half unsweetened.

        1. isnt sweet tea just "iced tea"?

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          1. re: crigg

            No. Sweet tea is just what it sounds like - sweetened tea. People drink iced tea both with and without sugar - "sweet" and "unsweet", in my neck of the woods.

            1. re: crigg

              Not in the South, y'all! Sweet tea is serious business down there (I remember it well from my days as a Southerner).

            2. If they can bake the apple pies, they can monkey w/ the sweet tea.

              Before having to cut sugar out of my diet, I used to love McD's tea; the one nearest me though, always had a bitter flavor to theirs, as if they made it in their coffee machine w/o giving it a thorough cleaning first. So the last few times I had it (last summer), I was thinking it was definitely "off" and wondered if it was that one location or if it was some "new" mix.

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              1. re: wabbitslayer

                No mix - they brew it from good old fashions tea bags here.

                1. re: wabbitslayer

                  The McD sweet tea that I had last year had a metallic,chemical tinge.I never tried it again.