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96 Tasting Notes

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While this tea is good, do not expect it to taste anything like it’s name or it’s smell. The aroma from the canister seduced me into buying 2 oz of this but sadly, it tastes nothing like how it smells. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but compared to the aroma it’s a bit weak (even when I use more tea than directed). I wish it had a stronger nutty flavor.

I like to let it cool a little as I find it’s easier to taste all the notes after it’s cooled. I agree with the other poster who said it tasted a bit like apple cider. If I wanted apple cider though, it’s certainly cheaper.

Not sure if I’d order it again.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ottawa Tea

That’s it! It tastes like the hot apple cider packs my mom used to buy. I definitely agree, nothing like the name. Which is odd, given how easy it is to add nut flavor ( I think they should have skip the cinnamon).

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
96 tasting notes

For some reason, I prefer the second steep of this to the first. I don’t know if more of the creme comes through on the second steep or what but it’s really my favorite.

Just tried a third and it’s pretty weak, but I only let it steep for 4-5 minutes so maybe that’s why.

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93
drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
96 tasting notes

This has almost replaced my Matevana as my weekday morning go-to tea. I love how smooth and creamy it tastes with a little brown sugar. I’ve been able to get 3 steeps from it, haven’t tried a fourth yet. Seriously yummy.

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drank Rooibos Peach Bloom by Teavana
96 tasting notes

Um, Teavana, I think you forgot the peach in my bag. Ok, this is the second time I’ve had this, figured I didn’t use enough the first time, but I loaded it up this time and barely a hint of peach. I do get something vegetal, must be the rooibos, but hardly any peach. Won’t order again.

The Purrfect Cup

Interesting anytime I’ve had this tea from them I’ve had to cut it with some green tea or Silver Needle (also Teavana) to ease up on the peach flavor…weird. Maybe they need to swap out what they have?

xhado123

It’s possible you got an old batch. This tea is terrible, it’s the only tea that doesn’t get changed out within a week because it doesn’t sell. Precious white peach or peach tranquility would be better alternatives for low-caffeine peach.

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93

Second steeping: not as chocolatey as the first, but that’s to be expected since there is chocolate in it. I was also afraid after overbrewing my black Cha Yen Thai Tea from Teavana that all blacks would oversteep as quickly so I don’t think I steeped as long as I should have and it ended up on the weaker side. I’ll have to smell the leaves when I get home to see if I think I can get a third.

My husband suggested adding chocolate chips to regain the chocolatey goodness but in my head I protested thinking, ‘if I add chocolate chips then I KNOW it’s not calorie free but if they add them I can pretend.’ I’m such a girl!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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93

In a word? A-MAZING! This is the closests I’ve come to finding a substitute for hot chocolate without the calories. If it was available in decaf I’d be all over it for night too. I’m very sad I only have enough of my sample left for a cup. Hope it resteeps well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Tangerine Ginger by Rishi Tea
96 tasting notes

Wow, case of smells great, tastes horrible here. This one followed me home from vacation too and I just don’t think it’s for me. It’s posslbe I made this too strong as I tend to err on the side of more tea but yea…not for me. It’ll be going up for swap soon.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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74

This was another tea that somehow followed me home from vacation. I was so excited to find this at Central Market and not have to pay shipping. Made both myself and my husband a cup with two bags (12 oz mugs), he took his straight, I added a bit of splenda. At times I got the red velvet taste from it, other times less so, but either way, it was yummy and smooth.

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67

I had this at Madhatter’s Teahouse while on vacation in San Antonio. I’ve always been intrigued by jasmine tea but wasn’t sure if liking the smell would translate into liking the taste. I really liked this tea and somehow, 3 oz ended up following me home to Chicago. Adding artificial sweetener made it taste weird though.

I assume a teahouse would know how to properly brew teas and they brought me a little timer but it may have gotten too hot as it was in cast iron and we were sitting in the (yay!) sun. That may have been why it started tasting weird.

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Hello!
I’m Amanda, and I’m new to the world of tea. I got sucked in by a sample at Teavana and have been exploring ever since. I prefer loose tea but will slum it with the occasional, high quality bag.

I live just outside Chicago with my husband and our dog.

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