Contest

Thank you to all of the contestants for your participation!

2016 Winner

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Second Annual Lone Star Iced Tea Festival's 2016 Best Iced Tea in Texas!
 

Traditional:

First Place: Potter's Brew (Inspiring Clay Artisans) Malty Assam Breakfast Blend by Tea+Art/TeaInTexas
Second Place: Classic Black Organic by Zhi Tea
Third Place: Darjeeling by The Drink Station
People's Choice: Gold Rush by Adams Tea Company
 

Specialty:

First Place: Moroccan Mint by Smoothie Espresso
Second Place: Strawberry Hibiscus by Sterling Tea
Third Place: Raspberry Pecan Rooibos by Zhi Tea
People's Choice: Coconut Black Sweet Tea by Tea2Go Plano
 

Bottled:

First Place: Tea Junkie Splash of Summer by Patti's Coffee & Tea
Second Place: Muscadine Native Grape by ASI Yaupon
People's Choice: Tea Junkie Splash of Summer by Patti's Coffee & Tea

Judges

Marzi Pecen, Certified Tea Sommelier
Marzi is based in Dallas and is the first person to hold all certifications from The Specialty Tea Institute, Canadian Tea Association, and The World Tea Academy. Embracing creativity and collaboration, she instructs tea professionals, tastes for sensory research and partners with artists in olfactory art. Her tea cocktails are featured at Min New York's private sensory soirées & are included in the upcoming book on Tea Cocktails by chef, tea sommelier and author Cynthia Gold. Sharing her knowledge and the accessibility of tea is her biggest joy.

Bonnie Itzig, Owner, GlobexAmerica / Cavallini Coffee

Greg Glancy
Founder of Norbu Tea, Greg imports fine small-batch tea. He has first-hand experience with Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese and Indian tea. He is sought after for his extensive knowledge of oolong and pu-erh teas. Greg regularly presents private tastings for chefs and tea specialists from around the world.

 

Alternate Judge, Traditional and Bottled Categories

Brenda Meyers, Sterling Tea
In early 2006, Brenda Sterling Meyers opened Sterling Tea, a tea boutique and blending facility based in Rockwall, Texas. Today, Sterling Tea is a leading Texas based importer and artisan blender of premium loose leaf teas. They source the finest natural ingredients and craft their teas in small batches to provide superior taste and aroma. You will find Sterling Tea blends in restaurants and shops throughout the Dallas metroplex.

Mrs. Lewisville

Awards were presented by Kimberly Meinhart, "Mrs. Lewisville"


About the Contest

Categories: Traditional Texas Tea, Specialty Tea, Ready-to-Drink/Bottled.
Entry Fee: $25 per tea
Open to businesses only. Businesses may submit one tea per category.
For more information: email festival@icedteafest.org or call/text 832.403.0823.


Contestants

* Starred entries are also competing for the People's Choice Award.

Traditional Category

Adams Tea Shop, Katy, TX
[Tea Entry: Gold Rush*]
Bukit Sari Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia
[Tea Entry: Imperial Black]
The Drink Station, Pearland, Texas
[Tea Entry: Taiwan High Mountain Organic Black Tea]
Patti's Place, Dallas, Texas
[Tea Entry: Texas Tea Junkie*]
Smoothie Espresso, Alvin, Texas
[Tea Entry: Japanese Oolong-Style Black Tea]
Tea+Art / Tea in Texas, Houston, Texas
[Tea Entry: Potters Brew (Inspiring Clay Artisans) Malty Assam Breakfast Blend]
Zhi Tea, Austin, Texas
[Tea Entry: Classic Black Organic*]

Specialty Category

Adams Tea Shop, Katy, TX
[Tea Entry: Creme Brulee*]
Ahmad Tea USA, Deer Park, Texas
[Tea Entry: Peach and Passionfruit Cold-Brew*]
ASI Yaupon Tea, Savannah, Georgia
[Tea Entry: Flower Power]
Bukit Sari Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia
[Tea Entry: Imperial White Tea Cold Brew]
The Drink Station, Pearland, Texas
[Tea Entry: Classic Milk Tea]
Patti's Place, Dallas, Texas
[Tea Entry: Peachberry Palooza by Tea Junkie*]
Smoothie Espresso, Alvin, Texas
[Tea Entry: Moroccan Mint]
Sterling Tea, Rockwall, Texas
[Tea Entry: Strawberry Hibiscus*]
Tea2Go, Plano, Texas
[Tea Entry: Coconut Black Sweet Tea*]
Tea Punk Teas, Granbury, Texas
[Tea Entry: Thornless*]
Zhi Tea, Austin, Texas
[Tea Entry: Raspberry Pecan Rooibos*]

Bottled Category

ASI Yaupon Tea, Savannah, Georgia
[Tea Entry: Muscadine Native Grape]
Patti's Place, Dallas, Texas
[Tea Entry: Tea Junkie Splash of Summer*]