24 Days of Tea: Organic Serenity Now

Organic Serenity Now by DavidsTea
Herbal Infusion / Flavoured
$8.98 for 50g

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First Impressions

Day 4 of the 24 Days of Tea advent calendar is Organic Serenity Now. It’s a very, very, very floral and fruity smelling tea. This is not something that I would have necessarily picked out for myself, mostly because of the overly sweet combination flowers (in particular lavender) and fruit. I can see the lavender buds, the dried fruit, and other dried flowers.

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The ingredients in Organic Serenity Now are: currants, rosehips, lavender, spearmint, blueberries, quince, apple, hibiscus, rose petals, strawberries, natural rose water, and strawberry flavouring.

Preparation

The packaging from the 24 Days of Tea recommends steeping Organic Serenity Now in “near-boiling water” for 4 to 7 minutes (this is the same as what is stated on the product page on their website). Near-boiling water is 90-95°C (194-203°F), I used the “French Press” option on my Breville IQ Kettle, and I steeped the Organic Serenity Now for about 6 minutes.

First Taste

Organic Serenity Now steeps to a deep pink. There was quite a bit of debris from the tea at the bottom of my mug even with using a stainless steel tea infuser, so I would recommend using a tea filter instead if you’re not one for having ‘stuff’ in your tea.

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Organic Serenity Now has a very strong floral smell to it that leans heavily towards lavender. I found that it has a very strong lavender taste to it that overpowers the other ingredients in this mix. I ended up pouring out half of the tea that I had steeped.

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A Second Cup?

I generally do not resteep herbal infusions, I did not resteep Organic Serenity Now.

My Overall Impression

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I didn’t like DavidsTea’s Organic Serenity Now. There is just something off-putting about a mug full of tea that smells like and tastes like lavender. I generally associate lavender with fancy soaps, not with my teas.

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