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I got sucked in by Teavana’s emails featuring this blend. And I think I saw a few reviews on here that intrigued me enough to buy the minimum 2 ounces to try it. It smells amazing in the bag but I found it to be a little weak in the cup. Now to be fair, I did make this as a latte and it is my first latte that I’ve ever made at home with my new milk frother. I was also trying to make enough for 2 cups of tea, so that could be why it’s weak. The flavor that it does has is pleasant and I will enjoy trying it as a regular cuppa, sans the latte. :)

So I finally tried this as a regular cup of tea, and I don’t know what to think. The tea is really cloudy and greasy on top, it kind of grossed me out. Without sweetener I took one sip and hated it, it was really thick and nutty tasting without any sweetness to it. With sweetener it’s better, and I can taste a little of the caramel and chocolate. I don’t really notice any sea salt flavor, but I am obsessed with salt and like a ton of it so maybe that’s why? I tried sprinkling a little sea salt on top to see if that enhanced the flavor at all, and it does bring out more of that salty-sweet flavor. I don’t know, though, I’m just not loving this tea. Being completely honest, the look of it is really throwing me off. I’m a CNA and about to go to nursing school and the color and consistency of this reminds me a little too much of a certain unnamed bodily fluid (am I allowed to say that on Steepster!?) I’m sad because I really really wanted to like this tea so much, since I have a big love of sweet/salty things. I really can’t even finish the cup, so into the swap pile it goes. :(

-Dry blend looks like a small trail mix of chocolate and nut pieces, little red berries, large coconut flakes and small yellow, orange and red petals.
-Dry blend smells salty and nutty with a hint of sweet chocolate. Tea liquor aroma is of toasty nuts.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy dark yellow color with an oily sheen on top.
-Weak nutty flavor with a light caramel chocolate finish. Faint salty aftertaste.
-Best with sweetener.
-Poor tea. Weak flavor with a thick greasy consistency.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Babble

It definitely sounds interesting, but it’s so hard to justify Teavana purchases these days when 2 oz is the minimum. Hope you get your latte right :)

Josie Jade

I agree! Teavanna is so expensive. I only got 2 ounces each of 2 different teas and the price was over $15. I usually purchase from smaller companies, but I just really wanted to try the 2 flavors I purchased. In theory they should taste amazing, but sadly in reality they smell amazing but the flavor is very weak. :(

Serenity

I found that with some of Teavana’s chai blends that they’d make better sachets for bureau drawers and linen closets as the scents were lovely but the brewed tea was weak.

Josie Jade

Not a bad idea about the drawer sachets.

momo

This one just needs something creamy in there with it to not be terrible.

Josie Jade

Hmm, I wish I wanted to go back to try that but I just have no desire to make this tea again. It was just a miss for me, I guess.

Terri HarpLady

I stopped by Teavana today. There was a conversation somewhere on steepster about black dragon pearls (from various companies), & I thought I’d stop in for some instant gratification, as in not having to wait for delivery. They were out.

Funny, this exact tea waved at me from the shelf, & for a minute I thought maybe I’d like it, but a little voice in my head (probably Ms Theresa) reminded me that I don’t usually care much for Teavana blends. I did buy myself a couple little 4 oz tea cups though, because I’m having a tea party sunday & some of my older ones are chipped on the rim. I don’t want anyone to cut their lip.

Jackie T

If you haven’t tried DAVIDsTEA salted caramel, you should :-) its definitely more salty sweet, like chocolate covered pretzels type combo.

Josie Jade

Terri, I usually don’t care too much for Teavana blends either, but their emails made this one sound so good. And there are obviously people who enjoy it, I guess I’m just not one of them! Yay for your new cups! Teavana always does have pretty tea ware!

Jackie, thanks for the tip, Salted Caramel sounds amazing!

whatshesaid

Aw. If there’s anything i have that you’d be interested in I liked that one enough to swap for it! :)

I second the recommendation for DT Salted Caramel though.

Josie Jade

I’d love to swap this one, whatshesaid! Pm’ing you :)

desertmoon

I’ve only made this tea once, plain with a bit of their German rock sugar. I couldn’t drink it. It tasted like bad diet artificially sweetened wimpy hot chocolate. The diet-soda-y aftertaste annoyed me so much I nearly got sick to my stomach. I wanted badly to like this tea because the flavors sounded so interesting. I will try the Salted Caramel…thanks for that recommendation!

Josie Jade

desertmoon, I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t love it. I’d love to know what you think of the Salted Caramel when you try it! :)

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Babble

It definitely sounds interesting, but it’s so hard to justify Teavana purchases these days when 2 oz is the minimum. Hope you get your latte right :)

Josie Jade

I agree! Teavanna is so expensive. I only got 2 ounces each of 2 different teas and the price was over $15. I usually purchase from smaller companies, but I just really wanted to try the 2 flavors I purchased. In theory they should taste amazing, but sadly in reality they smell amazing but the flavor is very weak. :(

Serenity

I found that with some of Teavana’s chai blends that they’d make better sachets for bureau drawers and linen closets as the scents were lovely but the brewed tea was weak.

Josie Jade

Not a bad idea about the drawer sachets.

momo

This one just needs something creamy in there with it to not be terrible.

Josie Jade

Hmm, I wish I wanted to go back to try that but I just have no desire to make this tea again. It was just a miss for me, I guess.

Terri HarpLady

I stopped by Teavana today. There was a conversation somewhere on steepster about black dragon pearls (from various companies), & I thought I’d stop in for some instant gratification, as in not having to wait for delivery. They were out.

Funny, this exact tea waved at me from the shelf, & for a minute I thought maybe I’d like it, but a little voice in my head (probably Ms Theresa) reminded me that I don’t usually care much for Teavana blends. I did buy myself a couple little 4 oz tea cups though, because I’m having a tea party sunday & some of my older ones are chipped on the rim. I don’t want anyone to cut their lip.

Jackie T

If you haven’t tried DAVIDsTEA salted caramel, you should :-) its definitely more salty sweet, like chocolate covered pretzels type combo.

Josie Jade

Terri, I usually don’t care too much for Teavana blends either, but their emails made this one sound so good. And there are obviously people who enjoy it, I guess I’m just not one of them! Yay for your new cups! Teavana always does have pretty tea ware!

Jackie, thanks for the tip, Salted Caramel sounds amazing!

whatshesaid

Aw. If there’s anything i have that you’d be interested in I liked that one enough to swap for it! :)

I second the recommendation for DT Salted Caramel though.

Josie Jade

I’d love to swap this one, whatshesaid! Pm’ing you :)

desertmoon

I’ve only made this tea once, plain with a bit of their German rock sugar. I couldn’t drink it. It tasted like bad diet artificially sweetened wimpy hot chocolate. The diet-soda-y aftertaste annoyed me so much I nearly got sick to my stomach. I wanted badly to like this tea because the flavors sounded so interesting. I will try the Salted Caramel…thanks for that recommendation!

Josie Jade

desertmoon, I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t love it. I’d love to know what you think of the Salted Caramel when you try it! :)

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