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YOUTHBERRY WILD ORANGE BLOSSOM TEA BLEND

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit

After sampling it a few dozen times as I walked by the store, I finally broke down and invested in Teavana’s most popular tea combination, Youthberry White Tea and Wild Orange Blossom Herbal Tea. And I have to say, I am happy with my purchase. I was pleasantly surprised to find out the store’s exchange policy, and returned the bit too sour Berry Kiwi Colada, for this sweet treat.

Youthberry White Tea and Wild Orange Blossom is a signature blend Teavana offers in stores. I purchased the two and tried it for myself. Photo/STEPHANIE SOKOL
Youthberry White Tea and Wild Orange Blossom is a signature blend Teavana offers in stores. I purchased the two and tried it for myself. Photo/STEPHANIE SOKOL

While the two teas are sold together as a blend, I purchased two ounces of each kind. Herbal teas usually taste best when mixed with a black, green, white or rooibos. Youthberry white tea is a great pick, and mixes well with the crisp orange flavors for a tropical treat. The tea blend is good both hot and cold, but when chilled takes on a sweeter flavor.

Orange is the main note flavor, and has the highest aroma in the tea.  The drink is very citrusy, which meshes well with the hint of berry in the white tea. Floral follows in taste. It’s not overpowering, but offers just the right amount of earthy flavor to create a great tasting beverage, that is also healthy and enjoyable.

To make Youthberry and Wild Orange Blossom Tea blend at home, add one tablespoon of each tea to your basket, and about a half to one tablespoon of sugar  to desired taste. (I usually use Teavana’s German Rock sugar, which has a hint of honey, but any kind works)

Bring the water to 175 degrees, and steep for only two minutes. With flavorful teas, steeping too long can lead to a bitterness, so keep the process short. After following these steps, let the drink cool somewhat, and poor over ice into a tall glass, to enjoy the last few weeks of summer tastefully with this refreshing and energizing beverage.

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Teavana introduces Berry Kiwi Colada tea

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit

Summer is a great time for a tropical tea. Teavana’s new Berry Kiwi Colada loose

Photo/STEPHANIE SOKOL
Photo/STEPHANIE SOKOL

tea was added to the selection last week.

One of seven new spring teas, the featured beverage mixes fruit favorites with coconut for a tropical twist.

The blend is herbal, with notes of mango, kiwi, pear, pineapple and strawberry, meshed with a mellow coconut taste.

At first sip, berry elements stand out by adding sweet flavor, with kiwi coming after for a bit of a bite. Both fruits are evident in the drink’s aroma as well.

While the recommended mix is with one of Teavana’s white teas, Berry Kiwi Colada also blends well with one teaspoon of Pineapple Kona Pop. Add one-and-a-half teaspoons of each and steep for 2 to 3 minutes for the right amount of flavor.

Ice and a teaspoon of sugar transform the warm beverage into a sweet treat for summer, though it is good hot and plain as well.

For $9 an ounce, the tea is a bit pricey. But the strong, rich flavors of loose give tea drinkers the most for their money. Loose teas should be stored in a metal tin to preserve freshness and flavor, and prepared with an infuser.