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Finishing up the last of this and decupboarding. My initial assessment still holds. Enjoyable, if you’re in the market for an orange fruit blend, which I’m really not. At least not at the moment.

The boyfriend, who is big on fruit tisanes liked it quite a bit, though he remarked that he’d like it better if it was peach rather than orange. I feel sort of the same way, only my flavor request would be lemon.

mpierce87

Would you say this was on the tart or sweet side? Just curious…I’m on the lookout for fruit teas for the husband.

__Morgana__

On the sweet side. I generally prefer sweeter fruit blends, which is why I liked this one. However, with all of the Teavana fruit blends I’ve tried so far, and those of most other companies as well, I find that you really have to use a lot more of the blend than you’d think to get a nice strong, sweet flavor out of it. At least double what you’d expect, and 2.5 to 3 times as much is even better. (I think it has to do with how large the pieces of the fruit are. They’re so big that the spoonfuls are less dense and therefore less surface area gets exposed to the water.) Putting in less makes the flavor tarter as well as weaker, usually.

mpierce87

Thanks! I may have to look into getting a sample of this for him to try. I was desperately trying to get him into tea (mainly so he would help me drink it and then I could order more) when my mom gave us some of Teavana’s Plum Harvest which he fell in love with. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued. The good thing is he is encouraging me to place an order soon so that I can get him a few new fruity herbals to try (anything for tea, right?)

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mpierce87

Would you say this was on the tart or sweet side? Just curious…I’m on the lookout for fruit teas for the husband.

__Morgana__

On the sweet side. I generally prefer sweeter fruit blends, which is why I liked this one. However, with all of the Teavana fruit blends I’ve tried so far, and those of most other companies as well, I find that you really have to use a lot more of the blend than you’d think to get a nice strong, sweet flavor out of it. At least double what you’d expect, and 2.5 to 3 times as much is even better. (I think it has to do with how large the pieces of the fruit are. They’re so big that the spoonfuls are less dense and therefore less surface area gets exposed to the water.) Putting in less makes the flavor tarter as well as weaker, usually.

mpierce87

Thanks! I may have to look into getting a sample of this for him to try. I was desperately trying to get him into tea (mainly so he would help me drink it and then I could order more) when my mom gave us some of Teavana’s Plum Harvest which he fell in love with. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued. The good thing is he is encouraging me to place an order soon so that I can get him a few new fruity herbals to try (anything for tea, right?)

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

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