Taste of hot tea vs. chilled tea – How the flavor of your tea can change
You may have noticed that when drinking flavored teas on ice, there is a definite difference in the flavor profile when compared to drinking the tea hot. In fact, you may also find that drinking chilled tea tends to bring out more of the flavors in the tea. This is particularly true of our Lemon Ginger Green tea, where ice definitely brings out the ginger flavor more than when the tea is consumed hot.
Without going into too much scientific detail, aspects such as the viscosity of the tea and the receptors on your tongue play a significant part in how the tea tastes whether it is poured over ice or served hot. For example, warmer liquids have a lower viscosity, so the sensation on your tongue will be different compared to a colder, higher viscosity liquid. With regard to the receptors on your tongue and mouth, some chemicals interact differently at higher or lower temperatures with these receptors. So lower temperatures can allow your tongue to taste different flavors.
Whatever the explanation, if you haven’t already experienced the difference, try your tea hot and then pour it over ice and note what happens with the flavors. I’ll bet you find you taste more of the flavors in the tea. Of course, the quality of the tea and the flavoring will have an impact as well.