Another sample from Amanda (thanks!), chosen mostly because it was near the top of my giant swap box when I was brewing things up this evening.
I can’t recall what temperature I brewed it at… maybe 188F?
Anyways, the aroma of this one is pretty weak, although I felt like I used a lot of tea. It is also rather difficult to distinguish – it smells a bit like a nondescript fruit-flavoured green, a bit genmaicha-y. The flavour is not at all what I would have expected – it’s rather cardboardy and maybe a slight bit fruity, although I am getting hints of oolong in the aftertaste. Very faint hints. I’d be hard-pressed to guess what this tea was by tasting it. I think I’m also getting a bit more peach in the aftertaste… but it’s showing up so late it’s nearly the after-aftertaste. I can understand why this one is so poorly rated, although I’m not finding it to be bad, just really, really lacking in flavour. And this is with ample leaf (at least 2 tsp if not more, in about 10 oz.) and a 4-minute infusion.
I think this was my first Teavana experience… didn’t leave a good impression! However, thanks for satisfying my curiousity, Amanda!