I find this (Christmas sale) tea frustrating. It’s full of promise – it’s beautifully chunky with fruit and it smells so, so good. There’s just no way all that lusciousness could be lost on the way to the cup.
And yet it is.
Following the on-bag instructions for the hot brew produces a nearly incomprehensibly bland tea. It’s completely flat, with a vague fruity note.
Cooling it, on the other hand, does enhance the flavour, but brings out a bitterness so pronounced it’s like a punch in the face.
I’m so frustrated I’m considering roasting it lightly in the oven and eating it dry as a snack, or an ice cream topping. It seriously can’t be any worse than drinking it.
[Purchased at Teavana in Honolulu, January 2013.]