|"Wonderful smells of fruit and sweetness permeate this experience both out of the bag and after brewing."|
The first smell out of the bag is sweet reminding me of cherry candies or licorice (the sweet kind). Indeed, this tea has cherry in it as well as chamomile, blood orange, cranberry, apple, and hibiscus flowers. All in all a very sweet smelling extravaganza. Tavalon recommends this with rock sugar. The smell is quite sweet so if that comes through in the taste, I am not sure it is really needed.
Tavalon is based out of Brooklyn, NY with a moderate selection of teas. The website is very direct and usable with clear information for each tea. It's interesting that some teas can be purchased in quantities as small as 1.6 or 3.2 ounces while others can only be purchased in half or full pound quantities. This is unusual. If you like a particular tea find out what is the smallest quantity you can order. A half a pound is quite a lot of tea!!
I let the boiling water stand about 1 minute before steeping the tea for 5 minutes.
As the tea steeped it gave off a fruit scent less sweet and more tart influenced by the cranberry. The taste hot is more muted than the aroma out of the bag. Even right after brewing I expected a bit more flavor. It's not bland, but rather subtler and to a certain extent less than the promise the aroma gives. As the tea cooled the flavor really expands nicely.
With every sip the smell is exquisite. The sweetness to the brewed tea is not overpoweringly and there is a tartness balanced in. This is a good tea to drink in the quiet hours especially if you have a bit of a sweet tooth craving.
The taste is muted fruits at first followed by a pleasant balanced aftertaste with tart and sweet qualities. Actually, as the tea cooled off the flavors came out more, revealing a more exciting tea. This tea has a very nice long taste to it. My suggestion is to brew the tea for 5 minutes and then let it sit another 5 minutes to cool off just a bit. From that point on you will be rewarded with a very nice sweet herbal tea. For me there is no reason to add rock sugar like Tavalon recommends, though I bet children would love it that way.
Wonderful smells of fruit and sweetness permeate this experience both out of the bag and after brewing. Let this tea cool just a bit before drinking and then this is a very nice sweet tea. Worth trying iced also.
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