Giveaway: Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker

April 18, 2013(updated on October 3, 2018)

Takeya Iced Tea Maker

Recently, the weather has warmed here in Philly and the balmier days have me craving big glasses of iced coffee and tea. I’ve been dashing out to my favorite coffeeshop for the java (I really need to get my cold brew habit restarted) and I’ve been using a Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker for my hit of iced tea.

two packets green tea

The folks at Takeya sent me this iced tea maker month or so back to try out (along with a couple boxes of tea). I’m well and truly smitten with it because it allows me to make iced tea without an overnight wait or extended cooling time in the fridge (and sadly, I rarely have room in my fridge for such things as pitchers of iced tea. It’s a little crammed in there most of the time).

pouring hot water

The way it works is that you load the tea into the infuser and fill the container halfway up with appropriately heated water (temperatures vary for different styles of tea, so it’s always good to consult a tea brewing chart like this one). Once the tea has steeped, you pull the infuser out of the pitcher.

Draining the filter

Then you fill the pitcher up with ice, screw on the lid tightly and shake the whole apparatus to cool down the tea. The lid is designed so that the pitcher should not leak at all (which also means that you can store it on its side, another plus for my overstuffed fridge).

Takeya has put together a really nice line of teas designed to work with these tea makers, as well as recipes to fancy up your basic iced tea.

cooling the tea

You should use more ice than I show here. I just happened to be low on ice at the moment I was making this batch and so skimped a little (such is life). Still, it was quite good with a splash of rhubarb syrup (from a recent batch of this guy) and a little sparkling water.

Thanks to the nice Takeya folks, I have one of these pitchers to give away, along with one packet of tea. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share your favorite way cool down in the warmer months.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog that evening.
  3. Giveaway open to US residents, only (so sorry, further-flung friends, I’m not in charge of the shipping).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.
Disclosure: Takeya USA provided me with a review unit of the Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker, as well as two boxes of tea. They’ve also provided the giveaway unit and tea. No money changed hands and my opinions remain my own. 

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341 thoughts on "Giveaway: Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker"

  • In the summer months, I always keep a gallon jug of water in the fridge. A little splash of lemon juice and a tall glass and it cools me down in a hurry!

  • Iced tea and lemonade are my stay cool tricks in the summer. I always keep both in the fridge for a warm day.

  • I’m a big iced tea drinker in the summer either straight up or 1/2 with lemonade for an Arnie Palmer (do they still call these Arnie Palmers?)

    But my favorite way to cool off in summer (when it finally gets here) is to eat frozen blueberries. Healthy and yummy!

  • Iced (sweet) tea (I know, I know) is my go to summer beverage. I drink a half gallon a day when it’s hot.

  • I love cooling down in the warmer months with a blend of Tazo Passion Tea and lemonade. Sweet, fruity, and delightful!

  • My favorite way to cool down is that kind of insane time when you’re hot and it’s hot out and you drink something hot, and you cool down! Usually I’m opting for ice tea tho, if everyone left me some. This looks like it would help me avoid those sad and frequent times when I’ve made the ice tea and everyone else drank it all.

  • Iced tea, of course, is my favorite cool down drink. Unsweetened, with a lemon wedge. I’m retired and we spend our summers at a RV park. Our camper has a nice AC unit in it. Unfortunately, my 3 year old son insists on spending all his waking hours outside making me chase his hyper little butt around all day. I’ll need something to cool me off.

  • I drink iced tea year round. But I am gonna really mess you up when I say, there isn’t any reason for me to cool down. I love the heat and humidity and would want it year round if I could. So anything below 80F is not nice to me. I don’t have air conditioning here in Michigan and I will go running for miles in the heat. Yeah, I am a freak but I am allowed to be at my age.

  • My husband brews beers so for us it’s the shandy all the way-equal parts beer (preferably a lager, but wheat beer isnt bad) and lemonade (simply lemonade is okay if you don’t have homemade). Limeade is a good twist too.

  • Iced vanilla chai tea with cream 🙂 I love Oolong hot and this looks like it would be the perfect thing to try for iced oolong tea!

  • When I was a kid we pretty much spent the entire summer in the river, swimming or boating. I don’t live so close to a river anymore, though, and I no longer know anyone with waterfront property either, so these days I just settle for sitting in the shade with my feet and a bag of ice in a kiddie pool, and keep endless glasses of sekanjabin or sweet tea at my elbow.

  • Popsicles! I’d like to say only the homemade kind from fruit juice, but I’ll admit there’s usually a box of store-bought in my freezer during the summer.

  • I love iced tea all year ’round, but especially in summer. I like using flavored teas the most. And a quick cool down is to run cool water over my wrists.

  • I like you rarly have room for iced tea but do love it so much but right now on a kick of iced water with a True Lemon flavor in it. Usually that would be True Orange but all have a place in a holder on the table. At least it is getting me to drink 4 to 5 glasses of water a day and I can resist the horrible weigh gaining cola.

  • Ice tea is my go-to drink year-round. Seriously, it is always in the fridge, which from your description bears a striking resemblance to yours. Most of the time it’s not fancy tea, just plain old tea. It’s my house wine.

  • Huge ice tea fan here! Although last year I really got into making many varieties of homemade lemonade flavored with many things. I would love to try this out – it looks like it would be great for *hot* or *iced* tea!

  • Ice water/lemon or iced tea. I do have a weakness for Dunkin Donuts Iced Tea with peach flavoring.

  • I love hibiscus Ice tea in the summer to cool off. It has a naturally cooling affect much like watermelon. Oh, watermelon, I just have to remember it will be warm soon.

  • I tend to be a beer guy, but we always have a jug of tea in the fridge for the wife’s motorcycle riding friends that stop by.

  • Oh.my.goodness. I didn’t even know something like this existed! Ice tea & me. That’s the most satisfying summer cool down equation.

  • I like to have iced cold water from my Artesian well in the fridge at all times. It makes the best tasting tea, too.

  • I would love to win thanks for the chance.
    One of my favorite drinks is ice tea. My family drinks it most of the year. This would be great to have

  • I love iced tea, though I murder mine by using the leftovers from the morning pot and adding in some lemon juice to brighten the bitterness away. This pitcher would be ideal!

  • Swimming! Lakes/ponds are a big reason I moved out of the city. But I also like to make iced tea to encourage myself to stay hydrated at work–I’m just so much more likely to drink iced tea than water.

  • Oh my! Iced tea is my all time favorite way to cool down & quench my thirst in the summer and even in winter, as well! Fresh brewed is easy and awesome and I’ve been addicted for years! The size of this would be wonderful to pack in my lunch bag every day!

  • Ice Tea of course! Now just waiting on the warm summer months to come…although I enjoy it all yeah long.

  • I’m not really entering the give away. I’m just wondering – is there some other way to make iced tea than to brew tea and then pour it over ice (or add ice to the pitcher/glass)? Why would someone need a “special” pitcher for that that would otherwise be taking up space in the kitchen?

  • I love to cool off with hibiscus, mint tea! The occasional snow cone and swimming in Cypress Creek! Can’t make it through a Texas Spring, Summer or Fall without those 3 things!

  • We don’t have air conditioning, so I usually find excuses to visit friends when it gets too hot – most of them have cool homes!

  • I LOVE iced tea! I stopped drinking soda many years ago and iced tea is the best stand in. This brewer looks like a great option for the workplace as well. Thank you.

  • I love to grab a cool drink, go to the back porch and catch the evening breeze as I read. It is hard to find anything more enjoyable than this.

  • I try to keep some meadow tea available for the hot summer days. I grow my own…which is so easy to do…and keep concentrate in the freezer, so it’s super simple to whip up a gallon on short notice!

  • I’m a big fan of simple, slightly sweetened tea with lemon… the proportions are my mom’s concoction and it’s fabulous.

  • My favorite way to cool down is eat (multiple) Popsicles on the porch. Also? Pimm’s Cup is super refreshing and delicious in the summer. Once I even made Pimm’s Cup Popsicles. It was perfect and needs repeating.

  • I keep water infused with fruit and herbs in the fridge. It is cool, delicious, and makes me feel like I am at a spa.

  • I wish I could say a chilly treat would cool me down! I sweat like a pig so I need to have the a.c. cranking! I have been known to stick my head on the freezer. Does that count? I do enjoy and ice cream everyonce in a while. Tahiti vanilla bean, please!

  • Ice cream. Too bad I can’t indulge as much as I like. So then I turn to popsicles. I particularly like the red, white and blue ones.

  • My favorite way is with iced tea! Yes. it is so good and being from the south, it has to be sweet! Lots of ice too. Thanks

  • warmer weather, I bring out lots of ice and the ice crusher to make lots of frozen drinks!, made out of almost anyting I have in jars, the freezer off the counter that is fruity and a little sweet!

  • I never drink iced tea, for the reasons you mentioned, but I LOVE IT! This is a great invention, and thank you for the giveaway!

  • My mom did this for me when I was little, and now I do it for my kids…. I put their pillows in the freezer about 1/2 an hour before they go to bed on hot summer nights.

  • I think this year I’m going to try to make yogurt popsicles for breakfast, cool and fun. But right now I’m just excited to open all my windows and let some fresh air in.

    Thanks for this giveaway!

  • My favorite way to cool down is to lie on the cement floor of my workplace and whine that I’m hot! LOL, not really, though I have threatened to do that when it gets over 100. I usually grab lemonade or flavored waters when it’s hot and majorly ice them down. So it isn’t watered down I use flavored water or lemonade to make the ice.

  • I LOVE iced tea and make it all year round, on the reg. I love infusing tea with fresh herbs. Mmm, lemon balm iced tea! My honey has a sweet tooth, so we regularly play around with simple syrups to sweeten his tea up. In addition to drinking iced tea by the bucket full in the summertime, we love to cool down with a green tea mist. Brew weak green tea, chill it in the fridge and spritz it over your face. Cools you down AND green tea is great for your skin. Win win.

  • I was just looking at something like this the other day! I make iced tea all the time and only have loose tea in my house anymore. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Super neat! I love summer, I don’t need much cooling down! But when I do, jumping in the ocean in Maine usually does it. 🙂

  • Nothing beats a glass of sweet iced tea in the summertime. I’ve heard some people (friends of mine) call it the house wine of the South.

  • ah, I’ve been wanting one of these!

    In the summer, I like to make a big pitcher of roasted barley tea and keep it in the fridge. It’s very refreshing, especially when you’re a die-hard tea drinker like myself.

  • I like making a good switchel or just bruising a bunch of various herbs and steeping them overnight in cold water in the fridge.

  • That thing looks amazing! I’m a cheapskate, so I don’t like spending a lot of money on air conditioning… I end up drinking a lot of water, not cooking (we eat a lot of homemade popsicles, and not just sweet ones, but savory too – I freeze cream soups in popsicle molds too!), and wetting some cheap tshirts and putting them in the fridge or freezer for a while. I actually have a plastic tub that’s just for this purpose in my fridge starting late-June or so 🙂

  • a bike ride to the river so that i can wade around while drinking an ice cold beer cools me right down in the summer! i cant wait!
    thanks for sharing 🙂

  • ICED COFFEE. I start that up in, oh, March, hoping for the warm weather to arrive sooner… then by July, I’m over it and can’t wait for fall. Figures.

  • Definitely a glass of sweet iced tea. I’m from GA and that’s the summertime cure all!

  • So cool!!!!My favorite way to cool down in summer – ice tea of course (I am a southern girl) and homemade popsicles!!!!

  • I saw this product at Costco! Definitely something I would use daily as we drink lots of sun tea during the summer months (green tea for me).

  • I keep several slushy mugs in the freezer so that any drink can become a slushy that will cool me down instantly! In Florida’s summer heat and humidity, this is a big bonus! Slushy sweet tea is mah-vel-ous, dahling! It gives me an instant energy boost!

  • I live in western Washington so we only need to cool down a couple of days a year 🙂
    Re- rhubarb syrup… Can you water bath it? I think this would be great to have on hand in off rhubarb months. If not, I will plan freezer space. Thanks

  • I really like to add fruit and/or mint to plain water and let it steep overnight. Pineapple ( a great use for the core) and watermelon are my favorites.

  • Definitely sun tea and peach or honeydew popsicles. I’m a cheapskate like Lynne, too–windows open, fans on, cold noodles and salad. Down here in Florida it’s already 90 degrees out.

  • I’m a cold-brew coffee girl all the way, but I really should get in the habit of drinking more tea instead. I have a Takeya water bottle that I love!

  • I love unsweetened black tea, iced with a wedge of lemon in the summertime. Sadly, I spend too much money purchasing it bottled.