This is one of my sick teas. The past two days I have been feeling pretty crappy. So tonight I decided to snuggle in and drink a cup of this tea. I always put a cinnamon stick and one whole star anise in the cup and just leave them in the there. I only brew it for a short period of time because if it brews too long the hibiscus gets very strong. The star anise gives the tea a bit of spice and the cinnamon adds a bit of sweetness.
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I tried several cranberry teas before I stumbled on this one. I find the taste quite enjoyable. I found many cranberry teas were quite bitter and overpowering, even with the shortest steeping time. But I find this tea is good, although you have to watch how long you steep it for. I usually add a stick of cinnamon and one star anise for a little extra flavour.
Bought this when I ducked into Shoppers to purchase a large glass XXI Olympic stein (I’ve been waiting for them to go on sale because I wanted one as a sort of Olympic Memorbilia thing, as I never got any awesome Canadian gear [I DESPERATELY wanted the Bay’s scarf, but it sold out too soon]). I am sipping this tea from it right now. Because this is exactly what I bought it for.
The dry teabag smelt wonderfully of blueberries and tea. The brewed tea smells of tea and faintly of blueberries, but… tastes like nothing but white tea. Not bad white tea, though. It’s nice. Mild, very slightly grassy though.
I didn’t bother with the steeping instructions on the package, which read boiling water, 4-5 minutes. I did 180 water, 4:30 minutes. May try boiling next time, but this tea is light, so I think it’d ruin it. Perhaps a longer steep time would do it good, though, so I can actually get SOME sort of blueberry taste out of it.
Not terribly cranberry – I know hibiscus when I taste it. Still, this is an awesome, inexpensive tea you can buy at Shopper’s Drug Mart in Canada. I managed to find it on sale for .99! I would be willing to pay more for this in the future. Love it.
You must like a bit of tartness in order to appreciate this tea.