drank Merry Cranberry by DAVIDsTEA
251 tasting notes

We ordered 250g of this during one of their web specials, and I was a little shocked at how heavy it was… and how little tea you actually get at that weight. There was more than double the amount of the other tea, and this one looks a lot more like a very dried fruit-heavy trail mix.

This wasn’t my first attempt making this tea, but I guess I just forgot to write a tasting note for it… maybe that’s because we attempted to make iced tea with it, and it turned out more like fruit juice. The first time I made it, the flavors were too light, so I over-compensated. I tried to find a better balance this time:

Teaware: 16oz travel mug
Measured dry: 3-1/2tsp
Temperature: 200º F
Steeping Time: 4min
Additives 4tsp raw sugar

The flavor is still a bit light, but I think this is the best so far. The cranberry has developed a much richer flavor than the first time I made it, and some of the additional notes are sounding off.

Oh, no. I forgot to check this one for apple.

I thought I had gone through them all!

Well, I’m off to go find some Benadryl. I think my husband is going to have to enjoy the rest of this one. Stupid allergies.

Update: Okay, found the Benadryl. Now that I think about it, the apple was a pretty strong undertone to the cranberry in the overall flavor. The cinnamon and anise notes were more understated, but unlike my previous attempts at making this tea, they were a lot better with this preparation. I couldn’t taste the green tea at all, but I’m not surprised by that much. Some of the DAVIDsTEA and Teavana blends are so heavy on the blend-ins that they lose touch with the base, and that is unquestioningly the case here.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Oh no! That’s an awful allergy to have. I’ve been looking at this tea, I might still pick some up.

wheezybee

I picked up the huge bag, and my husband is unlikely to make any sort of a dent. We are planning on sending out tea samplers as Christmas gifts to the family, but I could set some aside for a swap if you want to try it.

OMGsrsly

I’d love to do a swap. :) I can definitely remember no apple.

wheezybee

Sweet! I just updated my cupboard, so take a gander at what else you might be interested in and send me a PM!

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OMGsrsly

Oh no! That’s an awful allergy to have. I’ve been looking at this tea, I might still pick some up.

wheezybee

I picked up the huge bag, and my husband is unlikely to make any sort of a dent. We are planning on sending out tea samplers as Christmas gifts to the family, but I could set some aside for a swap if you want to try it.

OMGsrsly

I’d love to do a swap. :) I can definitely remember no apple.

wheezybee

Sweet! I just updated my cupboard, so take a gander at what else you might be interested in and send me a PM!

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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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