539 Tasting Notes
I take back my semi-lower rating of this tea. After subsequent cups I’ve been having the lemongrass has really toned down a lot. It tastes like lychee! I don’t know if that is what they were aiming for since dragonfruit is so difficult to nail, but it is good. I’m raising the score to reflect how much more I’ve come to enjoy this one. I’m just glad it is lychee without soapy flavors (cough davids tea cough).
I actually closed my eyes and took a big whiff of this today and you know what? This smells like a slightly lemongrass and floral lychee candy. I don’t know how I really missed it yesterday, but it reminds me a ton of those soft jelly treats in the cups that have the flavored coconut chunk things. I love those! If someone was better at their job they would have named this something lychee flavored and it would have made perfect sense!
Today I used slightly hotter water than last time. It smells pretty strongly of lemon grass. I was trying to coax the other flavors out a bit, but this is not really the way to do it for this tea. The flavors are still mainly lemongrass, tartness, and some fruit flavors. It does remind me exactly of overly sweet strawberry/lychee candies that I love. Is this tea really an authentic play on any fruit flavors? Nope. Is it tasty? Yes! If you want to try something really heavily flavored then here is your ticket. This may end up being something that really grows on me, but for now I’m keeping the rating the same.
This tea…I had really high hopes for it because it really does smell nice! The problem for me is that the flavor is very, very strong and it may be one of the flavorings, but it just doesn’t agree with me. This has very little to no white tea in it, so avoid if you are looking for a white blend. The only reason why I’ve been able to drink this recently is that I’ve had it in my cupboard for a very long time now and it is getting just a bit weaker.
The main flavors are orange and spice. The main spice is a peppery warmth. While I think this addition is unique there is just too much of it. There are also something akin to baked goodies in there too.
My advice with this one is if it sounds good to you, try a cup! I’m guessing there are people who would really love this one; it just isn’t for me.
I never expected to like this tea this much. It is actually very solid! I still hold that it is not the best replacement for almond biscotti, but it is very good nonetheless. I think that it is a bit like marzipan, but mostly it has straight up black, rose, and hints of light almond with spices. One of Teavana’s best really.
I actually have a hard time resisting something labelled dragonfruit. But the funny thing? Nothing labeled dragonfruit ever tastes like dragonfruit. I find it to be a bit bland/watery. So I’m about 80% sure that anything called dragonfruit is to strictly be exotic.
To be honest, this mostly smells like strawberry. There are lots of fun little components to this tea. It really does smell good, even if it isn’t really authentic. Once it is brewed the smell reminds me a bit of the Raspberry Riot Lemon mate; probably caused by the lemongrass (:O and btw they list lychee bits in this. I could totally get behind a really amazing lychee tea).
It finally got cool enough to sip! little dance yup! At this steep time it is mainly lemongrass and tartness; not that it is a bad thing. It is a bit fruity and I can kind of taste the strawberry. But the main flavors? Hibiscus, some kind of lemon, and lemongrass. huh. Not exactly what I was wanting or hoping for really. I expected the rose flavors to come out a bit more. If anything THIS should have been mixed with the champagne rose oolong. I am also thinking that the calypso mate would be an excellent tea to mix with this one, but alas, I have none.
Endnote: not really bad, not really good. If you’re looking for tart’n’fruity go for the Raspberry Riot. It is cheaper and has almost the exact same profile. Note that this one is also really popular (at least at the store by me)and they were just about out of it. They were actually complaining a bit about having to order more of it already.
I had a coupon for a free cuppa this one so I went and got it today. I had it iced, no sugar. This tastes a bit under steeped to me. My husband thought so too. The peach is the first thing I taste. It is followed by the strawberry and rose notes. The rose is pretty strong and very, very floral. I’m not sure I can really give this a good score because of that. I think if there was more peach I’d like it a whole lot more. Maybe I’d also like it more warm instead of chilled. It is an ok blend if you like floral teas. Otherwise stay far away.
sipdown! Finally. Although I think this is a pretty decent tea, it isn’t overwhelmingly good or anything. I drank a whole ton of it when I first purchased it and I think I got burned out. I’m lowering my score on this one just a bit. The flavor is mostly oatmeal cookies, light spice, and warmth. This tea can take a real battering heat wise and that makes it easy for people to make. :p If I got sick I’d ask for this one because of that.
So this is a sample which I received with a more recent Teavana order. I read through some of the reviews and decided to pull out all the sugar I could find before brewing some. I found 3tsp. of sugar in my 1oz baggie. It seems like a ton to someone like me who never adds sugar to their teas. The amount of oolong in the blend is crushingly low. My blend was about 1/3 sugar, 1/3 mate, and 1/3 everything else. I used 3tsp. of leaf to make 16oz.
Dry and steeping this smelled mainly of cinnamon. Not exactly the same type of cinnamon in the Ayurvedic Chai, which is kind of a sweet cinnamon. Rather, this is a hot cinnamon. There were also so peppery, nutty, and citrus notes as well.
Wow! I left the room and came back and the smell permeated the whole room. It really does smell nice, but very strong. If I was just a bit more sensitive it would probably annoy me. I think I really like this one. It still somehow tastes sweetened. Maybe a few little crystals got in there. If someone blind tasted this with me I’d guess there was only herbs in this and maybe a black base. I really cannot discern the teas because the spices are so overwhelming; but I like my chai that way! I am a huge fan of overtly spicy chai teas and this one is really good. I still think the older samurai/Ayurvedic chai is better.
For a bagged gift tea this is very tasty! If I close my eyes and do some imagining it tastes a bit like raspberry sheet cake; which I love! This is a really simple black tea and is not bitter at all. It has a bit of a heavier mouth feel that I really enjoyed. A great tea if you come across it. Bonus points for also having a lovely tin. It’s not very often I find bagged teas that taste good so I’m impressed.
I actually got a really great boost from the caffeine in this tea. I’m really sensitive to it in other forms (coffee/energy drinks/soda), but less so in tea. This would be a great thing to remember on study days like today.