2 Tasting Notes
When I first tried this at Teavana, they gave me a cup of hot, delicious, fruity, full-tasting tea that hinged on red wine. Without second thought, I ordered 2 ounces ASAP. As soon as the package entered my house, it was opened and the tea was steeped, producing a luscious red color. I ordered some rock sugar along with it, so I put about a teaspoon in the steeper along with it.
Lemme tell ya, it was good, but I was bit disappointed. The guy in Teavana must have put at least twice the suggested amount in there. So I brewed another cup, this time adding a little more tea and sugar, and it tasted a lot better. I’d suggest around 3 and a half teaspoons of tea and maybe a little over a teaspoon of sugar. The tea is full of fruit flavor, and I get a lot of grape and pomegranate, which masks the tea itself. I have yet to find the vanilla flavor that’s advertised. Yet still, this remains at the top of my list, and is like to stay there a while longer.
I bought this on my first trip to Teavana, completely alien to loose leaf teas. I asked for a recommendation for a black tea, since I had never actually tasted a loose leaf tea and, being used to black teas, I thought I could better gauge the difference between loose leaf and bags. While the taste was much better than a black tea bag, the tea got a little stale with my tastebuds, especially after I branched out and tried more different kinds of teas. One of the positive sides to it is that it can be steeped multiple times with a mostly consistent flavor. It is a good base for blends, however, yet too much of it easily overpowers the other tea. All in all, it’s a great tea, but I don’t see myself spending another $20 on it in the future.