Last Friday night my better half and I visited Cracker Barrel (we were afraid that our local Buffalo Wild Wings was sick of us, and I’m sure they were). I noticed a few iced teas on the menu that I hadn’t tried (gasp!) so I ordered their new Sweet Southern Peach Iced Tea. The menu says, “Our ever-so-sweet peach tea has a special brewing process to infuse the peach flavor”…it also claims that the tea is fresh-brewed and flavored with Splenda. I’m not a fan of Splenda (no offense) or heck, anything that sweetens a tea, but hey, it’s my job to try the tea, so I ordered it. Our server, a friendly country boy A.J. (shout-out to A.J.!), said, “Wow, really?” I nervously confirmed my order and he replied, “Oh, well, nothing’s wrong, it’s just that you’re only the third person to order that tea and we’ve had it for months.” (I did my research and noticed that a March 2011 press release mentioned their “new peach tea”, so he’s right, it has been several months.) He said that everyone orders the fresh-brewed raspberry iced tea instead, which is what I plan to try next time.
Verdict: The tea wasn’t bad, but it was actually slightly watery, and I tasted a lot of Splenda, which may be okay with some people, but it’s not my thing. I am still a huge fan of peach tea though; Snapple actually makes some really killer bottled peach tea, especially the Diet version. I know, I know, I’m a fresh-brewed snob too, but they do.
Anyway, I can’t wait to try Cracker Barrel’s Raspberry Iced Tea…I’ll let you know how it is!