Brewing time for both of these tea's is 5-6 minutes. I chose to brew them for 5 minutes so as not to over expose the leaves. Check out the amazing color! Again, Raspberry on the left, Ginseng on the right. Some little bits of leaves escaped my tea balls, that's the sediment at the bottom of the cups.
Raspberry Riot & Lemon Mate blend The color of this tea reminds me of watermelon! It has a strong raspberry and citrus aroma (thus the name I'm sure!) which is very pleasant. Drinking this tea is like summer in a cup, it has a very clean refreshing taste with an after flavor of lemon. So if you like lemon tea I really recommend this one! I also tried it chilled and have decided it's my perfect brew for the rest of summer's hot days this year.
Ginseng Vitality The aroma of this tea is lightly citrus with tart undertones. To taste it is to have slight spices hint at you elusively and for orange peel to 'peek a boo' your taste buds. I found this a very soothing experience, should be wonderful for when the weather starts to turn cooler and I take a pot out on the porch. Many tea leaves will allow you to give them a second and sometimes third steeping and with fabulous results. This picture here is from the second steeping, you can see the color is completely washed out for both types.
Unfortunately neither tea fared well given to this technique. The Raspberry sadly had next to no bouquet and the flavor was something next to lemon water. The Ginseng fared a little better as it had a decreasing in bouquet but was still pleasant. The flavor was about half as spicy as a 1st steep but lacks the hints of orange peel.
Overall opinions of these tea's: Raspberry Riot & Lemon Mate blend Aroma: Color: Taste: Ginseng Vitality Aroma: Color: Taste:
If these tea's are of interest to you, seak out your nearest Teavana shop or check online. No I do not work for Teavana, this was NOT a sponsored ad, I just really love tea.