Had this iced while shopping today. I had the gal at Teavana make it for me. They use a large amount of leaf to make their iced tea. The liqour was a deep, dark burgundy. Very tart, sour cherry flavor, really covered up the black tea base. Great for an iced tea. Wouldn’t buy a whole 2oz though. Maybe with more water to leaf ratio it would be more to my liking.
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Ordered myself a cup of this after work today. I needed a pick me up. They used 1 large full leaf bag for 16oz water, I steeped 2-2 1/2 minutes and added a splash of half and half and a packet of sugar in the raw. I enjoyed the first few sips of this the most, while it was scalding hot, but it was decent as it cooled down, just a bit perfumey. Not really floraly, but tasted like I was drinking perfume after awhile. I think it was just the way they used the bergamot. I’ve had better Earls, and worse Earls, this is a middle of the road Earl. I’d order again, but probably won’t buy a tin.
In hibiscus heaven. Had a tall glass of this iced with one packet of splenda and I gulped this down. I should have taken the time to enjoy it, but no, it was gulped. It is just that good! I think I’ll try and get a second steep out of the bags because this tea is going to go fast this spring! Hopefully this will be available loose down the road if the line kicks off well. Looking forward to the other flavors!
Not going to rate this until I try with double the leaf. I used 1 tsp in my 12 oz mug, which is usually ok, but seemed rather weak to me with all my teas I tried today. This tea brewed up a nice transparent orange color, not what I was expecting from a black tea, but will try again with double the exposure. I had it in a travel mug while running errands and left it in my car, my car now smells deliciously spicy and citrusy. Will post again once I try with more leaf.
Used 2 bags tea to 12 oz water. Steeped 4 minutes @185. The liqour is a murky cloudy amber green liquid. The ginger is sharp and strong from start to finish. The peach is a light aftertaste, the green a strong base to the mix. But WOW is that ginger sharp on the tongue, catches the back of the throat and tickles it. I can’t say I’ll ever crave this tea, but I’ll probably finish the box. Maybe blend it with some more green tea to mellow it out.
Now that I remembered to look up the steeping parameters for white tea, rather than just guessing (and under steeping the tea) I brewed up a cup of this. I think I might try it at five minutes instead of six next time, as I got a quite floral cup, and lost most of the peach flavor. The aroma is very peachy floral, but not getting much peach in the taste. Dropping the rating on this down a few notches as I’ve tried teas I enjoy much more than this one recently.
The leaves in this tea have so many orange blossoms and smell so tart and citrusy (as they should). The green leaves are nice and long.
I steeped this at 180F for 3 minutes using 1 tsp of leaves. It brewed up a light tangerine liquor.
Flavor is very citrusy, a little tart/astringent, but quite delightful and refreshing. I had this in the late evening and really enjoyed sipping this cup.
I made a successful second steep at the same temperature for 6 minutes and added a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar (just in case it was too tannic). The sugar really calmed down the astringency and made the citrus flavors sweet.
Third steep just tasted like lightly citrus water, so I didn’t finish it.
I brewed up a big hot mug of this last night. Used 4tsp to 16oz (per instructions). So many leaves! The leaves have such a large percentage of black currants mixed in with them, they smell so delicious! White tea was a good base for this blend, mellow and smooth and not overpowering the black currants. Delicious! Can’t wait to try this iced!
Today has been a great tea day, I’ve brewed a hot and an iced tea each time I’ve heated up my kettle so I can have two at a time, a hot one to drink first and the iced to drink after. I’m surprised my bladder isn’t screeching at me!
I prepared this iced today, no additives, and it’s not quite as good as I remember it being hot. I think my last sample of this will have to be hot. Iced, it isn’t as berry creamy sour as I remember, it’s just lightly sweet and fruity. Oh well, moving on.
Thanks Soccermom for passing along a generous sampling of this tea!
This is a nice malty cup. It’s more mellow than Golden Moon’s Sinharaja. It smells slightly like warm beer, but a good warm beer. I’m enjoying this cup with out additives, but it could probably handle some cream, or a pinch of sugar. I’m not sure I would ever crave this type of tea, but I do like it.
Bliss in a cup. This was exactly what I needed this morning. I wish I knew how they made these concentrates, as I’d try it at home. The barista told me that they cold brew the tea (but not sure that they sell the tea that makes the thai tea blend, as I didn’t see it available on the shelf, and they don’t offer it as a hot tea), and then add syrup to it, then steam milk or soy with it. Delicious. Just the right amount of spice with a great sweetness to it. I can’t wait to try this iced!
2nd tea out of my sampler. I don’t even know what to say about this tea. My tea taste buds are improving the more I sample better teas, but my vocabulary lacks the words to express what I’m tasting. I do like this tea, I just have nothing to compare it to it to yet.
Brewed iced tea using 2 bags of this tea, 6oz hot water which I steeped for 7 minutes and then poured over 6oz of ice water. Check out the deep red liquor on this tea: http://www.flickr.com/photos/meghannm/
I tried this iced first rather than hot because it is an amazingly beautiful day outside. This makes a great bright flavored iced tea. The Pineapple really stands out as a fresh juicy pineapple. I can taste the lychee in the aftertaste. I was surprised to find the hibiscus is not too tart, and it wasn’t the prominent flavor, more the pineapple, then the hibiscus, then the lychee. This is so good!
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Hubby and I had these while shopping at our local Target. I tried mine with no water, and it was quite creamy. I think it’s much more spicy when it has water added. I think I’ll keep drinking it that way. Or just keep drinking my full leaf bags at home with a splash of cream and a packet of splenda. I haven’t found a loose chai blend I like better than their full leaf yet. I’ve tried a few, just haven’t tried Rishi or Samovar’s yet.
This tea turns very buttery when iced. Or maybe I just didn’t notice it when I last drank it hot. Buttery is not something I really enjoy in my greens, I haven’t found a time where I crave that attribute. Iced really brings out the buttery notes, just not what I was craving from these flavors. Oh, well, on to the next one.
Thank you AmazonV for passing this tea along to me! I was so excited to try it I had to brew a cup first thing.
This tea has such a sweet cherry aroma. I brewed according to Teavana’s directions: 1 minute @175 and used 1 heaping teaspoon for 8 oz. The liquor is very light, barely any color to it at all, but it smells like sweet cherry blossoms and ripe cherries. The taste is delicate on the tongue. A light tea flavor with a bit of cherry and a very pleasant sweet cherry aftertaste. I’m quite enjoying this tea. So far I think it’s the best green flavored tea I’ve tried, in that I can taste the tea, and the flavoring!
Made this tonight and wasn’t impressed. I even made it in my glass teapot so I could enjoy viewing the leaves unfurl, didn’t see too much unfurling. This tea has less peach flavor that the black peach. Really hardly any peach flavor at all, I could smell the peach, it was peach colored, but no peach taste. Sad face :( I prefer the prettier H&S Pomegranate Oolong to this so far. Have yet to try other oolongs.
This tea looks quite beautiful. The rooibos looks like standard red rooibos, the flower petals add such bright brilliant colors.
The aroma is quite like most rooibos I’ve tasted, with a little berry aroma (from the hibiscus I believe).
Right after steeping, this tea tasted very bland and plain. But after letting it cool a few degrees, it got sweeter and more berry flavored sip to sip. I really didn’t think I’d get much enjoyment out of this tea after the first few sips, but as it cooled it really impressed me.
I also found out after I brewed the tea that I should have doubled the steeping time, so I’m going to see what happens when I try it that way next time.
Thank you Lori for passing this tea on to me!
This just did not have any flavor today. Blech! I still drank it though as I needed a little bit of caffeine boost. This may be a “pay it forward” I don’t think this tea is for me at all. Lightly sweet but not a strong enough tea base. Looking forward to the bottom of this cup.
Increasing the rating quite a bit as this is a quite pleasant iced tea. Using the wet leaves to cold brew the tea created a much pleasant flavor from the tea base, and made the bittersweet cherries much more pleasant on the tongue. The spoonful of sugar I added didn’t seem to hurt either! Glad I tried a steeping of this ice. Not sad to say the sample Ricky sent me is gone. I think I’d still like to try the green version of this tea.