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I received this tea as a free sample from Teavana with my last internet order. I was super disappointed to see it was pre-mixed with rock sugar. The instructions recommend steeping the entire 1oz sample for 16oz water. I thought this was way too much so I used 1.5tsp.

The dry tea smells like orange juice. There are large pieces of dried fruit, a very small amount of white tea and unfortunately, tonnes of rock sugar.

The brewed tea tastes like hot juice: apple, pineapple, orange, and I am tasting black current but the ingredients only list red current. It is much, much more sweet than I would have liked. There is a weird aftertaste which I associate with the sugar.

Overall, I think the blend would be good but without all of the rock sugar. I am going to try the rest of my sample as a cold brew.

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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
jessiwrites

I got a sample of this one, too, and just cold brewed it. It was a little sweet, I would have preferred to have with without the rock sugar, also. But I don’t think I would have liked it hot.

momo

Last time I got this one, I pulled all the rock sugar out before drinking it haha. I think it was like two tablespoons worth! Gross.

Lala

I thought about picking the rock sugar out but I was too lazy. There sure is a lot of sugar in there.

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jessiwrites

I got a sample of this one, too, and just cold brewed it. It was a little sweet, I would have preferred to have with without the rock sugar, also. But I don’t think I would have liked it hot.

momo

Last time I got this one, I pulled all the rock sugar out before drinking it haha. I think it was like two tablespoons worth! Gross.

Lala

I thought about picking the rock sugar out but I was too lazy. There sure is a lot of sugar in there.

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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