I drink a lot of hot tea in the winter and usually brew up a large mug of it with the kettle. I like to let it steep so it's strong but when I tried the Lipton Green Tea bags I was impressed with the "three minute steep" instead of having to let it sit longer than that to let the flavor blossom. This costs a little more than the regular Lipton tea bags but only by about .50 cents; you can usually find coupons for the 100 count boxes and if it is on sale at the time you can save a nice chunk of change. They are individually wrapped with a tag and string but the wrappers are made of paper, not foil, so you aren't getting a lot of flavor protection. I drink this for the taste as well as the antioxidant properties; I usually don't have problems with catching colds or getting the sniffles but as soon as I have a ache or feel a little under the weather I start drinking this for a little extra protection for my immune system. To serve this cold I brew three bags in a large jar and let it come to room temperature before refrigerating it. If you try to quick-cool it there's a good chance that it is going to get cloudy. For a hot tea I use a kettle and boil the water for about three minutes then wait a couple minutes before pouring it over the tea bag. This has a great taste for being a bagged tea but if you are used to drinking loose tea you are going to be able to tell the difference in the taste factor.