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drank Snow Geisha by Teavana
158 tasting notes

This is, officially, my lowest rating yet. I actually feel a bit bad about taking the time and energy to write about a tea that I just didn’t like. Still, considering how expensive this particular blend is (thankfully mine was a random gift) I feel that I should put my opinion out there for people to read if they consider trying it.

First off, I am sure that there will be people who might enjoy this. Everyone likes different tastes and different things, and that is just fine with me. I, personally, did not like this at all.

It smells artificial. If you could make plastic smell like cherry, I am sure that it would smell something like this. It also had some scent that made me think medicinal. Not enjoyable at all.

I have had it twice so far. The first time I had it, I could barely drink it. Unsweetened it tasted a lot like plastic with a cherry aftertaste. I sipped it until it cooled down and then chugged it down once it cooled down to quickly finish it and make something more tasty. The second time I added A LOT of brown sugar. To my surprise it was much better! Not any less artificial though… Sadly, I don’t up the score much because I am sure that sugar did more to make me like the flavor than the actual tea did…

Sweetened it tasted a lot like cherry Twizzlers, the kind that you can pull strings off of and eat it one strand at a time. It actually wasn’t horrible, but I don’t think that you should have to add soooo much sweet to a tea in order for it to be drinkable.

If this were a really cheap tea, I feel like it might make a nice really sweet ice tea. It is not cheap. I will not be purchasing it. Ever. Tough I must admit that I will eventually drink through what I have with insane amounts of sugar or sweetener. Maybe I will try to make insanely sweet and expensive iced tea… Hmmm…

Now I’m off to drink yummier tea! : )

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I feel guilty when I write bad reviews also but that’s one of the points of Steepster, right? To find the good ones!

Ninavampi

Yep! Thanks for lessening my guilty feeling! : )

Tamm

I’ve had the Sakura Allure (which is cherry also) and felt the same way. I don’t trust Teavana’s ability to make cherry flavored things!

eh.mio

me neither! flavored Teavana teas taste a bit artificial :(

Dinah Saur

I second Amy oh. I have written one real bad review (for Teavana’s Youthberry Blossom, or whatever they call it). I didn’t feel too guilty because it just wasn’t good and there was no tea flavor at all. If a “tea” tastes artificial, then they’re doing it wrong, in my opinion.

SimpliciTEA

Ninavampi: I would call this an honest review; and I know for me, being honest
isn’t always fun, and doesn’t always feel good. But, in the larger context, someone who reviews a tea they don’t like—and then especially tells me why they don’t like it (as you did here by taking great pains to point out what your particular tastes are)—simply adds credibility to their positive reviews; in other words, I believe them when they tell me that they like it. I hope that makes sense, and I hope you will continue to be honest in your reviews! : – )

Ninavampi

@SimpliciTEA- Thanks! : ) I value honesty very highly in people. I also agree that honesty doesn’t necessarily feel good, but it is the best way to go!

Calochortus

I actually view the rating system here on Steepster as being about the experience of having a cup of tea, not the quality of the tea itself. I really appreciate a review like this — I love cherry tea, but I’m not one for these kinds of flavor. It’s nice to know which ones have which kinds of flavorings, and for that I thank you for making an honest review of this tea!

Ninavampi

@Calochortus- Thanks for taking the time to comment! : ) You have made me start my day with a smile!

TeaBrat

what’s worse is when you rate a tea poorly and one of the sellers or someone else comments on your post because you have hurt their feelings. I don’t like that!

Teablr

it’s really artificial taste, ugly tea

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TeaBrat

I feel guilty when I write bad reviews also but that’s one of the points of Steepster, right? To find the good ones!

Ninavampi

Yep! Thanks for lessening my guilty feeling! : )

Tamm

I’ve had the Sakura Allure (which is cherry also) and felt the same way. I don’t trust Teavana’s ability to make cherry flavored things!

eh.mio

me neither! flavored Teavana teas taste a bit artificial :(

Dinah Saur

I second Amy oh. I have written one real bad review (for Teavana’s Youthberry Blossom, or whatever they call it). I didn’t feel too guilty because it just wasn’t good and there was no tea flavor at all. If a “tea” tastes artificial, then they’re doing it wrong, in my opinion.

SimpliciTEA

Ninavampi: I would call this an honest review; and I know for me, being honest
isn’t always fun, and doesn’t always feel good. But, in the larger context, someone who reviews a tea they don’t like—and then especially tells me why they don’t like it (as you did here by taking great pains to point out what your particular tastes are)—simply adds credibility to their positive reviews; in other words, I believe them when they tell me that they like it. I hope that makes sense, and I hope you will continue to be honest in your reviews! : – )

Ninavampi

@SimpliciTEA- Thanks! : ) I value honesty very highly in people. I also agree that honesty doesn’t necessarily feel good, but it is the best way to go!

Calochortus

I actually view the rating system here on Steepster as being about the experience of having a cup of tea, not the quality of the tea itself. I really appreciate a review like this — I love cherry tea, but I’m not one for these kinds of flavor. It’s nice to know which ones have which kinds of flavorings, and for that I thank you for making an honest review of this tea!

Ninavampi

@Calochortus- Thanks for taking the time to comment! : ) You have made me start my day with a smile!

TeaBrat

what’s worse is when you rate a tea poorly and one of the sellers or someone else comments on your post because you have hurt their feelings. I don’t like that!

Teablr

it’s really artificial taste, ugly tea

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I love tea and have since I was a little girl. Once I could buy my own tea, I began to explore and learn about the extensive and delicious world of tea!

Also, love my French Bulldog (named Sencha…) and my tea oblivious boyfriend. I enjoy ice skating (I am a part time coach), reading, writing, baking, running, and lots of sweets!

My favorite teas tend to be on the sweeter side. Both flavored and plain teas are great to me. Currently going through a flavored tea phase. Enjoying it greatly! : )

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