I’m in the heart of Dixie here so I’m talking about sweet tea, which will be served over ice. Had we won the war I wouldn’t have to clarify what I mean by tea.
Anyway, the “tastes better” is an opinion, I know. But it is an opinion shared by all the tea brewers I’ve ever met. It definitely tastes different the next day, as does any sugar-sweetened cold drink. So what is up, does it take a certain amount of time for the sugar to completely disolve? Am I showing a preference for early stage fermentation?