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07 October 2008

I grew up near Richmond, about in the middle of the state, and the pitcher of tea I keep in the fridge is loaded with sugar. Although I never order tea in restaurants or fast food joints -- they don't make it strong enough.
posted by JanetLand 07 October | 10:31
Love it. This also looks like a really cool site... this one fascinates me, and I've just glanced down the first page! Thanks for the link, j_p.
posted by BoringPostcards 07 October | 10:34
you're welcome!
posted by jason's_planet 07 October | 10:35
Here's the interactive version, from eightoverfive
posted by jason's_planet 07 October | 10:39
You really don't need tea to determine your (cultural) latitude in Virginia.
posted by Wolfdog 07 October | 10:45
I'm not sure what that means.
posted by JanetLand 07 October | 11:05
Interesting idea, but I don't think it produced accurate results. Some of the parts of VA listed as above the tea line, well let's just say you would not be well received if you suggested they were yankees.
posted by danostuporstar 07 October | 11:06
Is this iced tea we're talking about here? I had never even seen iced tea until I visited the States. Nobody I know in England drinks it.

The iced tea I had in Ohio was sweetened.
posted by essexjan 07 October | 11:27
Is this iced tea we're talking about here?

Yeah. But I think that the "sweet tea" they refer to may be prepared with a different recipe. I think they add the sugar to the water before boiling it.

Or something like that.

(Just to show you which side of the divide I'm on ;)
posted by jason's_planet 07 October | 11:52
No, you brew the tea in a big pitcher or jar, then add sugar to it while it's hot. Chill the tea, and there's your sweet tea.

Something we used to do when I was growing up was make "sun tea" in the summer... put the teabags in a jar, close the lid, and sit it out in the sun for several hours. For some reason that releases different flavors in the tea, and it's REALLY nice. I like sun tea even without sugar, and it always makes me nostalgic for summertimes as a kid.
posted by BoringPostcards 07 October | 11:59
I thought the McD's sweet tea was available everywhere? It's at every one in this area. I love McDonald's unsweetened iced tea, but every time I order one they screw it up and give me their horrible, icky, vomitous version of "Sweet Tea."

If I'm going to waste calories on a sweetened beverage, it's going to be Rosenberger's iced tea. Yum. Local delicacy.
posted by jrossi4r 07 October | 12:05
(Just to show you which side of the divide I'm on ;)

Damn Yankee.
posted by essexjan 07 October | 12:16
The sweet tea thing does confuse me. I've had iced tea, but unless it's freshly brewed it's usually kinda yuck (because it's otherwise made from a powder or syrup). But I've gathered the preparation of sweet tea is different, what with the sweetening of the water before boiling or whatever.

Anyway, I grew up on the east coast of Canada drinking tea -- aka hot tea. It's the default preparation in my mind.
posted by loiseau 07 October | 23:40
Going under || Puppeh! OMG!