Stopped by Teavana again (this time one in downtown SLC; incidentally, they were also nice and non-pushy) because I really wanted a full cup of this tea unsweetened. The last time I was in Teavana I tried a sample of this that had added rock sugar, and I really liked it then, but I didn’t want to buy it without trying it unsweetened.
The name of this tea never interested me; I like citrus, but lavender is hit or miss for me (mostly miss) and sage isn’t something I seek out in a tea. But in the store I saw that the first ingredient in this is actually sea buckthorn berries! No way, I love sea buckthorn. Most people that drink this tea have probably never had sea buckthorn juice or tea before, but I have. And this is so sea buckthorn! Sea buckthorn has a somewhat appley, somewhat citrusy flavor. I love it but it’s difficult to find in the states (besides Red Leaf’s sea buckthorn matcha). I will definitely have to pick some of this up sometime.
The lavender and sage are not super present, but they do add a nice herbaceous quality and perhaps tone down the sweetness a bit, because even unsweeteend this tea is very sweet. I am discovering that Teavana’s herbals tend to be one step short of fruit juice, but they are delicious anyway. Yay for unexpected surprises and finding tasty blends where you didn’t expect it (even if it is Teavana).