8 Tasting Notes
On my first cup I made the mistake of using only one teabag and steeping for only 5 minutes and the result was terrible. For some reason that artificial chocolatey taste was super noticeable in that brew. However I did give it another go tonight and this time used 2 bags and steeped for double the time and it came out much much better. Still by no means a favorite but enjoyable enough to not make me regret buying the tin.
Received a sample of this with my recent online order and decided to give it a go tonight. The smell is very cool-aid esque. I’m loving the aftertaste though. The tea itself is pleasant enough but I’m not sure I’d buy this again. Perhaps if I get another sample I’ll try it cold as others have suggested. Sweetened with Teavana’s German Rock Sugar.
Edit: Tried another sample cold and was not impressed. Second steeping was just as underwhelming. Actually going to lower my rating after this second impression.
This blend is very hit or miss for me. When it’s good, its spicy complexity reaches a balance of perfection but when it’s bad, it can come across overwhelmingly peppery and even on occasion weak. It’s definitely been a finicky brew for me.
EDIT: I think I’ve finally figured the steeping for this and now it’s my go to tea when I need a little motivation to get stuff done. No less than 6 minutes.
Might be a little biased since this was my first introduction to loose leaf tea but of the few other teas I’ve brewed this still remains my absolute favorite. The scent of jasmine is like something out of a dream. I love having a big mug full of this right before bed. Hopefully I have the means by which to stock up soon since Teavana has already announced that it will be discontinued shortly. Sweeten with: raw clover honey.