I bought this a WHILE ago, but it is certainly never resulting in CANTALOUPE which is why I have never written a tasting note for it. Steeped this way, I definitely get two balanced steeps. I really have to milk that second steep on some fruity blends. Since this gratefully didn’t have any hibiscus, I can steep the second cup for 45 minutes, no problem. Of course, it’s cooled by the time I drink it, but it’s fruity! I have to look at the ingredient list here because the only thing I’m tasting is cherry. Now that I’m looking at the ingredient list, I don’t see cherry at all – possibly what I’m tasting is cranberry. Granted, this blend is old now, but there are so many lovely ingredients here and I should be tasting SOME of them: apple, dates, cranberry slices, melon pieces, almond, cinnamon rods, pistachios, freeze-dried pumpkin pieces, fig pieces and cranberry slices, beetroot. Figs! Dates! This is why I bought this blend (not to mention the cantaloupe) but this blend always tasted like this – nothing that it was remotely supposed to. So a very low rating for that.
Steep #1 // 12 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 45 minute steep
2020 Sipdowns: 74 ( Rishi – Pu-erh Vanilla Mint + sample of Teakruthi’s Ceylon Emerald)