Backlogging (and based almost entirely on my longer term memory)
Experience buying from Teavana http://steepster.com/places/2895-teavana-st-louis-missouri
Date of Purchase/Age of Leaf: Purchased at their 2010 end of year sale at a discount, and brewed up during all of 2011.
Appearance and aroma of dry leaf: Lots of little colorful bits of fruit and flavorings; strong citrus aroma.
Brewing guidelines: Glass Bodum pot with metal infuser/plunger. Stevia added.
……….1st: 170; 1’
……….2nd: 175; 1.5’
……….3rd: 180; 2’
……….4th: 185; 2.5’
Aroma of tea liquor: Citrus-y!
Flavor of tea liquor: light and citrus-y.
Appearance and aroma of wet leaf: Since this is a blended tea, I never really looked that closely at the base tea in it.
Blends well with: I have blended this with many an unflavored green tea with much success.
Value: They don’t sell this anymore, but I think it was about $3.50/oz, and we got some for 50% off, then later more at 75% off. It is worth it at either discounted price.
Overall: I like just about everything about this tea: its appearance, its aroma, its flavor. Interestingly enough after about 9 months (even while doing my best to safeguard the tea from heat, light and moisture by keeping it in one of their tins), the tea liquor started to have a kind of stale taste to it (maybe a better description is, it started to taste, flat). After brewing it at least once on its own when I first bought it, I used it frequently to flavor many of my other unflavored green teas. This is a tea I consider to be amongst the better flavored green teas.