Backlogging (so, based almost entirely on my notes)
Experience buying from American Tea Room: < More later, but positive overall >
Age of leaf: This is what I believe is called a fruit tea, and seems to have been blended at the end of 2011.
Packaging: I got this sample for free by ‘liking’ their post of this tea on Facebook (thank you American Tea Room!). The one ounce sample came in a very professional-looking package: colorfully labeled with lots of useful information about the tea displayed on it.
Appearance and aroma of dry leaf: A beautiful potpourri of different colors and shapes; unbelievably aromatic: reminds me of a flavor of bubble-gum when I was a child.
Brewing guidelines: In ceramic 16 oz cup, covered with a ceramic lid while steeping. Tea in metal steeping basket. Stevia added.
……….1st: Just off the boil (cup mildly warmed); 2’
……….2nd: Boiling (cup warmed); 5’
Color and aroma of tea liquor: Light peach color; smells fruity and like licorice.
Flavor of tea liquor: fun fruit flavors, and sweet, but it has an odd finish (even at room temp): possibly too much orange for my tastes (it reminds me somewhat of the taste of children’s aspirin. Anyone remember that stuff? blech).
Appearance and aroma of wet leaf: lots of great looking bits of fruits and spices.
Value: Currently on sale: $10 for 3.5 OZ.
Overall: This seems to be a classic case of the tea wow-ING me in appearance and aroma, then disappointing me with flavor. Lots of potential here, but I suggest going back to the drawing board with this one.