According to the well-known story, Richard Blechynden, an enterprising English merchant, was put in charge of the tea pavilion at the 1904 World's Fair. Unfortunately, in planning for the Fair, he never considered the potential impact of weather. When Mother Nature produced a blistering summer day, cups of hot tea were not a popular item with the fairgoers. Exhausted and desperate to showcase his product, Blechynden tried serving the tea cold in glasses filled with ice. The scheme was an instant success, and iced tea was popularized!
Look how much we love it!
Iced tea is the most common form of the beverage in the United States; over 80% of all tea consumed here is iced tea. While instant, bottled, and bagged teas account for a significant portion of this volume, iced loose leaf tea is a true epicurean delight.
*Thanks to Upton Tea for info on Richard Blechynden, especially the spelling of his name. :)