Friday, November 15, 2013

Teavana Sakura Allure

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance: small, dark green with lots of flower petals
Ingredients: Green tea, hibiscus blossoms, cherries, artificial flavoring, candied mango pieces (mango, sugar), candied pineapple pieces (pineapple, sugar), rose blossom leaves, lemon peels, rosebuds, cranberry pieces
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper
Liquor: deep red

I have heard the name of this tea so many times over the years and only just got a chance to try it when I attended the preview event for the new Teavana Fine Teas +Tea Bar in NYC. What I was expecting, based solely on that name, was a run of the mill sakura green tea. What I got was floral and fruity punch with a touch of green tea. As much as I did not want to, I found it to be quite delicious. The dry leaves smelled amazing as did the steeped tea. It was sweet and light with a refreshing tartness and I loved the vibrant color. However, rose petals and cherry flavoring do not a sakura tea make. I've had this problem with other teas from Teavana, David's Tea and a few other retailers. If the tea had been called anything else, I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more. Be careful with oversteeping. I only steeped for two minutes but I felt like any longer would have made the resulting brew unpleasant.

Sakura Allure sample provided by Teavana.