The orange zest is immediate and strong both dry and in the cup. This is the first NM tea that smells “off” to me—like it could include something artificial as it’s so cloyingly sweet, almost like a kids’ orange drink flavor a bit. I’m not saying it actually is artificial, just that that’s the impression I get from the aroma.
Oh, I’m bummed! Upon first sip I get that immediate “oh no it’s Celestial Seasonings from my childhood all over again” repulsion I had with Joy’s Teaspoon Almond Cookie. I guess I’ve figured out the main culprit—apparently I really don’t like apple bits in my hot tea (which is strange considering really tart, crisp apples are one of my very favorite fruits)! Sad. This isn’t a strike against the tea and how it’s blended per se, and now I’m wondering if I can give this a good home anywhere…I might try icing it first; maybe then I won’t mind that fruit-tartness so much.