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I stayed an hour and a half after school today to help a senior complete everything he needed in order to graduate. I managed to drive home, but my get-up-and-go appears broken for the rest of the evening. Now that school’s out for the summer (yay!) I thought an iced tea sounded just delightful – and easy. A pre-mixed sample of this, which includes the rock sugar, came with my Teavana order today, and I thought it would fit the bill nicely.

When I opened the package, my eyes actually rolled up at the scent. I remember being unimpressed with the hot version when I tried it in the store, so being presented with the overwhelming scent of freshly cut orange and fruit was a little strange. It’s funny – there are a lot of Teavana mixes that smell just heavenly, but can’t brew worth a damn.

For the most part, I followed the directions that came with the sample. We don’t keep a lot of ice around, so I just made it like a normal pot and then stuck it in the fridge to cool. I did have to sample it hot first, and the impression I formed at the store is holding true – this is lackadaisical hot, and all the ingredients are just too lazy to stand out when they feel too warm.

I’m hoping the cool version will be better, and I will update when it’s ready. In the meantime, did you know it is delightful to pick out the apple pieces? After steeping, they are just so tart and tasty!

Update: The cold tea just came out of the refrigerator, and I can quite honestly say that the temperature did nothing for it. It’s more tart than fruity, the sugar doesn’t even register, and I feel like each sip coats my tongue with floral perfume. Sadly enough, it was actually better hot.

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yyz

I got this as a sample with an order as well. I haven’t touched it yet because the amount of sugar the sample came with frankly scares me. I think I’ll have to find some time to pick it all out before I consider trying it. Looking forward to seeing how you like it cold.

wheezybee

Honestly? You may actually want to throw it out. This is awful either way, and the only tasty part was the piece of apple I picked out after it steeped!

yyz

Thanks for the warning! Maybe I should just drink it now then, I’m sick and can’t taste anything not even ginger.

wheezybee

Sounds like a plan – and you won’t even have to hold your nose! Seriously, though, I hope you feel better soon!

yyz

Thanks!

Shadowfall

It seems to me that Teavana likes adding apple pieces to their teas. I always found that it made the tea kinda tart so maybe that’s the issue….Though a floral coated tongue sounds exceedingly unpleasant also. Lol.

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yyz

I got this as a sample with an order as well. I haven’t touched it yet because the amount of sugar the sample came with frankly scares me. I think I’ll have to find some time to pick it all out before I consider trying it. Looking forward to seeing how you like it cold.

wheezybee

Honestly? You may actually want to throw it out. This is awful either way, and the only tasty part was the piece of apple I picked out after it steeped!

yyz

Thanks for the warning! Maybe I should just drink it now then, I’m sick and can’t taste anything not even ginger.

wheezybee

Sounds like a plan – and you won’t even have to hold your nose! Seriously, though, I hope you feel better soon!

yyz

Thanks!

Shadowfall

It seems to me that Teavana likes adding apple pieces to their teas. I always found that it made the tea kinda tart so maybe that’s the issue….Though a floral coated tongue sounds exceedingly unpleasant also. Lol.

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Feel free to browse my cupboard if you’re interested in swapping, but all the mate and pu-erh in our household is my husband’s.

For swapping purposes, please note the apple allergy. Thank you!

I tried to limit my cupboard to teas that were 1oz or larger, but that was a gorgeous failure in terms of swap communication. It’s all going back up.


Okay, I just feel wrong trying to grade things without a rubric – it’s too inconsistent! So, here is the grading breakdown:

0-50: Dump it!
50-60: I might finish the cup
60-70: Possibly finish the pot
70-80: I may keep this on hand
80-90: Cupboard space guaranteed
90-100: Poetry may be involved!

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