Teavana’s instructions have always been conservative–especially on brewing times. The nice thing about tea is that you can always steep it longer for more flavour. Doesn’t change the fact that it is extremely expensive–some would say overpriced. The takeaway here is that you don’t. Takeaway, that is. Buy a cuppa while you’re at the mall and enjoy it as a treat; it’s actually less expensive that way.
If you’ve ever tasted a sample of the high-end loose-leaf tea served at a Teavana store and been so wowed you splurged on a couple of ounces to take home, you’ve likely wondered why the tea you brewed at home didn’t taste nearly as good.