I have been drinking Cranberry teas for years around Thanksgiving, and of course it is perfect with Turkey Day dinner, and with pumpkin pie. I first purchased Harney & Sons Cranberry Autumn Tea several years ago and didn’t like it. I couldn’t taste any Cranberry at all! The next year I ordered Cranberry Tea from Specialteas and loved it. I think Upton Tea uses the same supplier as Specialteas, because it looks and tastes similar, or the same-delicious!
It smells so good upon opening the bag, sweet and fruity, and there are huge dried cranberries in the blend. I just wish there were more Cranberries, but if that were the case, there would be less tea. The wet leaves smell do good ’n fruity. PattiM says it tastes medicinal & artificial, but I disagree completely. The liquer is a solid reddish brown. The cup has a good aroma. I really enjoy the flavors on my palate, with the base tea coming through really well (I think it is a Ceylon).
There is a good fruity taste, with the cranberry tartness coming through. Last year I remember more cranberry tartness. My tea is a couple years old so I think some of the tartness has dissipated. Perhaps a longer steep with boiling water will bring out more tartness. Still, this is a really good cranberry tea with that tart “bite” of cranberries I love. This tea is the best Cranberry tea I’ve tasted yet, with fruitiness mixed in to enhance the flavor. The tea base is smooth yet strong enough to make this a well balanced Cranberry tea. Bring on the turkey-actually, my dad and I are having pheasant-and the pumpkin pie! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! :))
Cupped: Wed, 11-23-2011. Reviewed: Wed, 11-23-2011.