So I spent around $60 ordering tea off the internet last week. Then I took a visit to Teavana because I wanted some more Blueberry Bliss and Peach Tranquility just to hold me over until all my new teas arrived from DavidsTea and Amazon (I am hooked on Celestial Seasonings’ Sugar Cookie Sleigh ride and they’re finally selling it at a reasonable price again!). I ended up also trying out this, and Caramel Almond Amaretti, which is their new seasonal tea.
I’ve always been sensitive to caffeine, but lately it’s been even worse. Monday night I drank two glasses of iced green tea, and literally couldn’t even go to my night class I got so sick! So for a while I’m totally staying away from any tea that’s not herbal, rooibos, or white…
This tea is really nothing special. I used a tablespoon for around 8 ounces of tea. That’s double what’s recommended. I steeped w/boiling water for 6 minutes, and it’s still pretty darn weak. The aroma is great, but I’m not even getting any of that tartness everyone is talking about? Honestly, it reminds me of some cheap bagged tea. Next time I will try brewing it for a longer time. Maybe 12-ish minutes? I’ll also try using a bit more tea.
I can’t even really describe any of the flavors it’s so weak. There’s nothing bad about it, but nothing really good either.
I just wish Teavana would be honest about the number of teaspoons required to make a cup. I don’t care if I’m only gonna get 10 cups out of 2 oz. of tea instead of 30, but just tell me that on the directions so I know how to make it right the first time! It would actually encourage people to buy more of the expensive straight teas if they realized they were actually an equivalent, or even better, deal. I may spend $15 to get a good green tea there, but I only need to use 1 teaspoon to make a cup, and I can usually resteep at least once! In my opinion herbals need to be made a bit stronger because they don’t have any tea or rooibos as a base, so light/delicate just equals boring! haha So they just need to be upfront about that. :)
I don’t necessarily regret this buy, because made stronger it will probably be decent. I also might try blending it with something else. If nothing else it will be fun to experiment with. I will try to do another tasting note if this turns out any better next time!