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Last week I ordered a medley of sample sized herbal fruit teas from Upton Tea Imports. I loved all the fruit tisanes I’ve had iced over the summer, and am looking for a more affordable option than Teavana. This is the first tisane of seven I am trying.

I used 7tsp of tea to 42oz of water. Brewed it as 7tsp/16oz and added the rest cold to the tea. It’s pretty light in color, a light pink, and smells of strawberry. I think I will need to cut the water down to 21 ounces to make a better flavored tea. I wish I had more of this to experiment with, but alas, I do not. I won’t rate it as I am the one who butchered it.

Preparation
Iced 7 min, 45 sec
Cofftea

That’s the way to make iced tea! Instead of reducing the water volume, you could increase the steeping time to 10 min next time. I don’t do my fruit tisanes for any less than 10 min in boiling water. But then again I don’t drink them because of personal preference, just to rate them so go right ahead and throw my advice out the window if you wish lol. (Except I was surprised the blood orange you have me was decent hot though!).

Meghann M

The part that was hotbrewed was a really deep crimson color, but I think I added too much water. On the package they suggested 1tsp/8oz water, but I think for iced tea I should half the water…I’ll play around more with the next sampler.

I’m glad the blood orange was tasty hot, I was a bit scared of that tea and never gave it a chance. I don’t know why I was scared of it when I enjoyed Teavana’s wild orange blossom and Taracco Ruby Orange….but I couldn’t bring myself to drink it!

Cofftea

Hmm… I don’t feel the need ever reduce water (or increase leaf if you look at it that way) for iced, but I’ve heard that. I guess I’m just blessed w/ tastes that lets me conserve money:) Haha- based on their sour apple (which I know is just comparing same companies, and not like teas), I know exactly why you were concerned lol.

LiberTEAS

My recommendation is to never steep anything with Hibiscus longer than 8 minutes (I usually stop at 6) because otherwise you’ll just have HIBISCUS and very little else.

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Cofftea

That’s the way to make iced tea! Instead of reducing the water volume, you could increase the steeping time to 10 min next time. I don’t do my fruit tisanes for any less than 10 min in boiling water. But then again I don’t drink them because of personal preference, just to rate them so go right ahead and throw my advice out the window if you wish lol. (Except I was surprised the blood orange you have me was decent hot though!).

Meghann M

The part that was hotbrewed was a really deep crimson color, but I think I added too much water. On the package they suggested 1tsp/8oz water, but I think for iced tea I should half the water…I’ll play around more with the next sampler.

I’m glad the blood orange was tasty hot, I was a bit scared of that tea and never gave it a chance. I don’t know why I was scared of it when I enjoyed Teavana’s wild orange blossom and Taracco Ruby Orange….but I couldn’t bring myself to drink it!

Cofftea

Hmm… I don’t feel the need ever reduce water (or increase leaf if you look at it that way) for iced, but I’ve heard that. I guess I’m just blessed w/ tastes that lets me conserve money:) Haha- based on their sour apple (which I know is just comparing same companies, and not like teas), I know exactly why you were concerned lol.

LiberTEAS

My recommendation is to never steep anything with Hibiscus longer than 8 minutes (I usually stop at 6) because otherwise you’ll just have HIBISCUS and very little else.

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Live in the cornfields of IL, but not too far from the city. Expecting a baby any day now (due Oct 24 2011). Sticking to mainly herbal and low caffeine teas for now. Trying to encourage my husbands tea drinking, but he adds so much sweetner he may as well just drink diet pop. I love trying new teas, and will try any tea once.

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