4 Tasting Notes
A beautiful blooming tea with a flavor that doesn’t quite match it’s appearance in beauty. Alfalfa fragrance with a flavor that reminds me of green tea and clover. I don’t pick up any of the peach that’s being mentioned, but it was nice and mellow and a good excuse to hydrate.
While much like other Teavana teas I’ve tried, you can’t get the best flavor out of this by following the instructions. However I am delighted by how spicy this is, accompanied by a mild sweetness. No additional sweetener required! I wish Teavana would tell you how to get the same flavor out of their tea that they do, but if you can figure it out its quite rewarding. Instructions say steep for three minutes with 2 tsp (If I remember correctly.) Best flavor I got was a heaped tablespoon boiled for 3 minutes.
The sample in store was fantastic, light, floral and fruity. My boyfriend bought me a couple ounces (the sales person tried to push more on us, and a tin. It was really awkward) and I got it home and was super excited to try it again. I followed the directions for temp and steep time and quantity and was disappointed to find my cup was watery, weak and just a little bit sour.
I looked around online to see if I could find a better way to brew it, and found on this site that apparently Teavana brews and sweetens their samples differently than they instruct home users to do.
Second time around, I tried more tea and a longer steep time, and was disappointed with an incredibly bitter cup. Then I tried more tea and the original amount of steep time and was back to watery and sour again. So finally, I ended up just straight boiling a gratuitous amount tea for three minutes and adding a little more honey and it’s almost like the sample. I kind of wonder if the sample I tried in store was not in fact a white tea, and perhaps the sales person just gave us white tea because it cost more. Very disappointed. Next time I go in there, I’m going to be a lot more attentive so they don’t lie to me and cheat me.
This tea was not at all what I was expecting and requires too much work to make it palatable.