Last week, I mentioned that I had ordered something after seeing it in the April issue of Romantic Homes magazine. What I ordered was this No. 1 Royal Poinciana Iced Tea from Tracy Stern Tea & Co., which contains organic rooibos with hibiscus and lemon grass. I must admit I bought this tea purely because of the pretty salmon pink tin! I would not typically pay $20 (plus $4.49 shipping) for six two-quart teabags, but I had a few Amazon gift cards and decided this would be a fun splurge. Still, I was skeptical of the actual tea, because the more expensive iced tea blends I've bought have not been the tastiest.
Inside the tin was a gold foil package containing the tea bags.
When I removed a tea bag to make a sample pitcher of tea, I noticed it was larger than some of the other two-quart tea bags I have tried. Here's the large tea bag next to a regular size Republic of Tea tea bag for a comparison.
The instructions said to add two cups of boiling water, steep the tea bag for 12 minutes, then add 6 cups of cold water, remove the tea bag and squeeze it out.
So, how did the tea taste? Well, let's just say that's a might pretty tea tin, isn't it? Which is to say, the tea was pretty wimpy tasting. I detected a faint hint of lemon grass flavor, but this tea reminded me much more of the fruit-flavored water I sometimes drink in the summertime. Next time I make this tea I will add less water and see how that works, but meanwhile I really am happy to have such a pretty tin!