I’m glad I wait until three or four cups later to review teas, because initially I would have rated this tea very low. However, it is probably one of the best teas as far as the hot/iced factor is concerned. It’s good both ways (although my preference is iced).

There is a trick with this tea, however – I use less tea than what they say to use. That way, the tea doesn’t get too tart. The first time I made this tea, all I tasted was tart and it was really terrible. However, I made a pot of it with about the same amount as a cup and it turned out beautifully and impressed ALL of my friends (yes, all).

I don’t get any of the crust flavour that people keep going on about. For me, it’s strictly strawberry, rhubarb, hibiscus. A bit of apple. That’s it. It’s going to make a fantastic fall iced tea!

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How the story goes is that one day, a feeble, weakened graduate student decided to stop ingesting so much caffeine and additives (sugar, cream, milk) and instead headed for the land of tea.

I should probably mention that I’ve been drinking tea… pretty much since I can remember. The beauty of growing up in a still-semi-Euro family! I was introduced to green teas and pu’erhs by herbalists and acupuncturists in my teens.



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