joseybird wrote:literally, like cooked or stewed leaves...kind of mulchy, almost.
I've been using a tea ball because I need something fairly easy and portable =( can anyone rec anything better that's still relatively cheap and uncomplicated?
I often use Republic of Teas infuser basket...it is big and allows plenty of room for your leaves to play...
As far as the tea taste, it sounds like it is the tea that was used as the base for the flavored teas. Usually, with flavored teas, the tea takes a back seat to the flavors. It is unusual for the tea to dominate in such a negative fashion. The tea is often rather nuetral or complimentary to the flavor.
I would email or call your supplier and see if they have had any simular comments. I am sure that your satisfaction is their #1 concern, and they will address your concerns promptly.
I doubt if the tea ball contributed to the problem, but try another method to be sure. 4-5 minutes for falvored black teas should be fine.