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.