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McDonald's Ice Tea -- What brand is it?

Do you know what brand of tea McDonald's uses for its iced tea? (Or what type of tea they use?) I really like the clean, straightforward & refreshing flavor.

They showed me a teabag (I guess for their hot tea customers), but the wrapper was "McDonalds," of course.

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  1. My brother is addicted to and obsessed with McD's iced tea! My whole family are lifelong Luzianne iced tea drinkers, and he caused a minor kerfuffle when he switched to Lipton, which he says is exactly like McD's.

    1. They use Gold Peak. You can get it bottled, but I don't know if you can get the leaves to brew yourself.

      A coworker gave me a box of the loose Gold Peak tea that a sales rep had given her. It said 'black tea' on the box, and my coworker told me she didn't want it because she "doesn't drink flavored teas".

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      1. re: kitchengardengal

        Haha that's fantastic! Gold Peak is really tasty.

        1. re: kitchengardengal

          I bought some golden peak and it is no where near the brewed taste Mickey D's unsweetened tea ! It's not strong enough !

          1. re: Trickzd

            i agree. since i posted this i have tried gold peak, and it is not strong enough -- just as you say.

        2. it may vary from market to market. the ice tea in hawaii isn't so great, at least at most locations, and i doubt it is gold peak.

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          1. re: KaimukiMan

            Kaimukiman, the sweet tea at McD's here in the deep South (Georgia) is famous for its wonderfulness. I prefer unsweetened, but there is a fine art to making sweet tea that a Southerner would approve of. The big urns that dispense the tea have Gold Peak emblazoned across the front. Next time you're in Georgia, you'll have to try some!

            1. re: kitchengardengal

              I realize being tarred and feathered is a fine old Southern tradition, but since it's one I prefer not to experience I won't share my feelings about Sweet Tea. Maybe its one of those things that needs to be experienced 'in situ' as it were.

              1. re: KaimukiMan

                Absolutely, it's a 'ya gotta be there' thing. I'd never had sweet tea till I moved South, and had no idea that it was tooth achingly sweet. Growing up in California and Ohio, unsweetened was our drink of choice every day.
                I can..shall we say..appreciate a good sweet Southern iced tea now. But I still don't order one.

                  1. re: alkapal

                    Yep. If I do get iced tea at a fast food place, sometimes I'll make it 72/25 with sweet tea, or with the lemonade.

          2. I don't know what McDonalds uses, but I special ordered Farmer's Brothers from Amazon.com Their tea comes about as close to that restaurant type ice tea that I've found.

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            1. re: Atochabsh

              i'm not looking for restaurant type iced tea. the reason i love the mickey d's is that it tastes home-brewed.

              but thanks anyway.

            2. To me McDonald's ice tea doesn't taste home brewed. I make tea every morning instead of coffee. I have a coffee maker that has had nothing but tea in it.

              But each his own.

              1. ok i tried the secret recipe thingy with Lipton and I tried everyone elses too..then totally by accident i found the identical tea by buying the cheapest brand of teabags. I bought Kroeger ( a store brand) of teabags and put 4 family size ones in boiling water and let it sit at least 20 minutes. I personally use 3/4 cup splenda and 3/4 cup sugar just to cut it down on calories.

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                1. re: vilec

                  who manufacture's kroger's house brand, i wonder?

                  1. re: alkapal

                    Here its bakers supermarket also known as dillons. It's black tea it says on the box. Btw the recipe I gave was to make one gallon.

                2. There's something put in the unsweet tea in Hawaii to flavor it. Like lemongrass or mango. Anyone know what it is? I've been there 7 times in the last 16 months, and every McDonalds I've been two on three islands has this wonderful flavor. What is it?!?!

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                  1. re: Majmarker

                    Some other blogs say it is passion fruit.