|"One of the first things I noticed when I opened my tea, besides the unmistakeable scent of cranberry, was that there were whole pieces of dried cranberry as well as flower petals in the tea, which makes it a very pretty tea."|
Though Joy's Teaspoon Crannyberry tea is not my favorite tea of theirs I tried, it IS a very nice tea and upholds the standards I beginning to expect in every one of their teas.
It begins with a beautiful solid base of black tea. They don't tell what tea they use, but by the looks of it and the taste, I'm guessing it's a china black. The leaves are a nice size and very very black.
One of the first things I noticed when I opened my tea, besides the unmistakeable scent of cranberry, was that there were whole pieces of dried cranberry as well as flower petals in the tea, which makes it a very pretty tea. It also has small bits of raspberry, but I didn't know that until I visited the website the second time. By looking carefully I can find them in the tea, but they are tea colored and small.
I brewed this tea a bunch of different ways to figure out my favorite. I brewed a single cup, a full pot in a basket strainer, and a full pot loose leaf. My favorite is actually a single cup. And I found that this tea does not take kindly to the loose leaf method as it prefers to be timed right about 6 min. After 10 min, the tea begins to get a little bitter.
It's a nice strong black tea, and takes milk well. The milk smoothes it and blends the fruits and black tea. I also tasted it with added sugar, but that was too candy sweet for me and the sweetener, accentuated the fruit flavor and hide the tea flavor.
This is a great tea for fall, with those cranberry flavors and warm scents. And I am always so happy to find that Joys Teaspoon doesn't skimp on the tea, and in every tea I've tried, uses a good quality base tea.
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