Northern tea is in reality quite sweet and full of lemon flavor. It's less strong tea-wise than Sweet Tea, the emphasis being on the tart lemon/sweet flavor. It's a very weird combination if you're not used to it. If you're looking for unsweetened tea, that can be found in the Southwest primarily.
I was raised in NY by parents from Southern Oklahoma, so I've had all these type of tea.
QUOTE=WaylandC;1341534]I am a Georgia resident, born and raised, and I know this to be true. With that in mind, my mom and I ate at Red Lobster this past week. When our server, came for our drink order I said 'tea'.
Our drinks arrived and I just knew the tea was going to be sweet; a tentative sip through the straw proved me right. ACK! It was awful, and I just wanted to scrape the sweetness from my tongue.
As a southerner, I understand that in the South tea is sweetened, but Red Lobster should be the exception as a restaurant that is supposed to represent Maine (New England).
I had a new glass of tea soon after and it was actually decent and not bitter at all. Now, that I think about it, it probably wasn't real tea but some kind of colored water with tea flavoring. *sigh*[/QUOTE]