39 Tasting Notes

92

This is a terrific, smooth Assam with a buttery caramel and vanilla flavor. The rich caramel predominates but is NOT too sweet. It is a beautifully balanced tea. Even though this is a black tea, there were no sharp edges; just a nice rich Assam. Even the aroma of the tea when I first got it was overwhelming; I could not wait to brew a cup.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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32

This is a spicy tea with lots of cinnamon. What is off-putting for me, though, is how sweet it is. The amount of sugar in this tea covers up most of the spicy notes. I prefer a chai that I can add a little German rock sugar to so that sweetness doesn’t cover up the tea. I would probably like this without the sugar or the candied ingredients.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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36

The aroma has a strange bottom note; that also translates into an odd flavor in the cup. It must be the mate’. You can clearly taste the hibiscus; as in most Teavana teas, hibiscus is overpowering. I would not call this a raspberry tea as much as a hibiscus-citrus tea.

Will not buy this again.

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drank Spice of Life by Teavana
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This is an ok white tea. It does smell enticing and tastes good, but I just don’t want to go out and find more now that its gone. I think the aroma tricks you since the tea doesn’t quite live up to it. One reviewer said it seems out of balance; well, I agree as there seems to be an element missing or out of balance.

I thought this would be a nice change to most of my white teas, to have something with a littl kick. Instead the flavor seems “watered down” when brewed.

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Jinjaa Citrus Twist by Teavana
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You can really taste the hibiscus flowers in this and not the green tea. I like sour flavors and I like citrus flavors, but this tea hit a sour note. There really is very little green tea in the envelope that I bought.

The ingredients from the tea envelope label are: Green tea, apple pieces, citrus pieces, ginger, hibiscus flowers, flavoring, orange juice bits. I don’t taste the ginger at all, and would really like to know if the flavoring is natural or artificial.

Preparation
0 min, 45 sec

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3

I added this tea; it may be an older one. I wouldn’t be surprised. The legend on the box and bags proclaims that it “Supports Weight Control.” Honestly, I haven’t noticed a difference when I do regularly drink it. What I have noticed is that this tea has a strong celery taste, which is something I do not go out of my way to find in a tea. Or anything else that I drink. Even half an organic lemon won’t save this tea.

I’m not sure of the ingredients anymore, as I no longer have the box and the envelope is mute on the subject.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 45 sec

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69
drank Chocolate Bananas Foster by Teavana
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Mild chocolate and banana flavors even at 2+ teaspoons steeped for a modest cup. It IS a nice cup of tea, very pleasant and warming on a winter’s evening. Not an outstanding tea, though. Could have more of a chocolate flavor and less of a sweet one.

Ingredients from the label on the envelope: Apple pieces, pineapple pieces (pineapple, sugar, citric acid), cocoa kernels, banana chips (banana, coconut oil, sugar), carob pieces, rosehip peels, flavoring (chocolate, banana, caramel, crocant).

Maybe if chocolate was a prominent ingredient, it would be a better tea. And is the flavoring natural or artificial?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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86

This tea will kill whatever ails you. I’ve been using this tea since I was in college (early to mid-80’s) and whenever I get sick, this is my go-to fix. According to other sources, Pau d’Arco is supposed to be an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal herb. I have found it works, particularly on very bad chest colds and bronchitis. The flavor is earthy and somewhat astringent, but not unpleasant. I find adding 1/2 organic lemon to it makes it quite good. My rating goes to its effectiveness and apparent quality, not necessarily its flavor. I always steep this tea according to directions, which is 15 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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31

This tea is fairly effective at relaxing you and helping you to sleep, but sometimes it just doesn’t work for me. I have found that Kava is more effective at relaxing me in general. This tea has a somewhat medicinal flavor and is not a tea I choose for how it tastes. I always have to add about 1/2 organic lemon so it is drinkable. I have had much stronger valerian teas in the past (but my cats try to drink those rigt out of my tea cup). I do follow the directions and steep it for the full 15 minutes.

Ingredients from the back of the teabag envelope: Organic Valerian Root, Organic Passionflower Herb, Organic Lemon Balm Leaf, Organic Peppermint Leaf; Proprietary Blend: Organic Caraway Fruit, Organic Licorice Root.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 45 sec

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84
drank Kava Stress Relief by Yogi Tea
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I have been using this tea for some time as a relaxant in the evenings while reading. I generally steep it for 15 minutes, but last night it steeped for about 25 minutes as a result of my being on the telephone with my dad! No harm, it wasn’t bitter and the spicier ingredients were stronger (which was good). I always add 1/4 to 1/2 organic lemon (small and sweeter than conventionally grown) which I think really brightens up the flavors. By itself, it’s a little bit dull but the cinnamon is pleasant.

Ingredients from teabag envelope: Carob Pod, Indian Sarsaparilla Root, Organic Cinnamon Bark, Organic Ginger Root, Organic Barley Malt, Kava Root Extract, Cardamom Seed, Natural Hazlenut Flavor, Stevia Leaf, Natural Licorice Flavor, Natural Cinnamon Bark Oil.

I really appreciate the fact that Yogi Tea uses organic ingredients.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 45 sec

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