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

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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: kitchengardengal

                  they'll do half-sweet. fwiw.

                  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.

                    1. re: vilec

                      thanks!

                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.