538 Tasting Notes

72
drank Acai Matetini Mate Tea by Teavana
538 tasting notes

This is yet another tea that I picked up the other day. I must preface this in saying that this has to be my 2nd favorite mate to date. Just like white tea, I haven’t exactly had a great experience in the past with mate teas. In the store this smelled amazing! I must emphasize that I bought it simply because it looked stunning and the strong tartness was something that bowled me over.
This tea smells far more tart than it turns out. It’s quite fun! I really loved this and at some point I’ll have to blend this with some other teas. The only thing about this that is a bit different than I expected is that the description mentions mint. I have tried this for different steep times but I’ve still never achieved any “mint.” Overall this has been a fun tea and I really like it for a mid-day pick me up. It is also my favorite out of the new teas that I purchased.
edit I must add that even though I love this tea there has been a major disappointment. I really enjoy re-steeping teas, mostly because the cost is pretty high for some of these. But this tea absolutely does not re-steep well. It looses everything that makes it really great in the 1st steep. This puts a huge damper on if I’ll purchase it in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
The DJBooth

Sounds awesome I saw that Teavana has come out with a new line of blends. I’m going to have to try this one.

Tamm

I’ve liked all of the new ones that I tried with the exception of the Sakura Allure. I like this one much more. This one is “fun” tea. :p It just has a lot of everything!

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75
drank Azteca Fire by Teavana
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So yesterday while I was with my lovely sister we stopped by Teavana (how could I resist?). Since she’s pregnant we decided to check out some herbal/rooibos teas for her. This was one that she picked out and instantly decided to give me half of her purchase! :O The Teavana worker was kind enough to split it in half and was very helpful. Someone else in the store piped up that the entire mixture is edible. And lo and behold, it is! I had a few nibbles of just the mix and it was tasty, but not worth the price for just snacking.
Holy cow this is chocolaty! I wasn’t expecting it at all, but this is super tasty for a chocolate tea. This tea has surprised me because it is not something I would have ever have purchased for myself. I love this because the flavor is chocolate, not chocolate oil, not chocolate nibs of weird whatever but real chocolate. I’m not getting any of the supposed “spicy-ness” that was described. This is why it’ll loose a few points for me, but overall this is something I’ll be wishing I had more of during the upcoming winter!
This tea is one that I really wonder how the temperature and steep time might change the flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Azteca Fire by Teavana
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So I made yet another trip to the mall today…and of course was baited with tea! How can I say no when I did so well on my most recent test and have been trying to cheer myself up? The workers were much more helpful today. My sister and I got to smell almost every one of the new teas. Some that I thought I would have enjoyed in theory didn’t really spark my interest in the store. This one was something that I never thought I’d actually enjoy. But here I am, sipping away happily. I’m trying to make sure I go in that money trap with a plan. :p I like to try and figure out what I’d like before I ever show up or else they’re going to have my wallet!
I was surprised to see this tea because the photos I saw of it online had rose petals. The tea that I was sold did not. This wasn’t a huge deal for me because, quite frankly, I wouldn’t want any rose/flower taste in this blend. What I was happy to smell was coconut. It was a bit more on the chemical smelling side for sure. But man, this hits the spot for some reason. The chocolate is there but I think that I can tell that this is a flavored oil as opposed to chocolate nibs. The ingredient list says there’s chocolate but the flavor profile of chocolate oil is very different than the actual item; which is why I’m a bit suspicious. Either way, the flavors blend well together. The only complaint I think some people would have is that this is something that I would expect more in a black tea. Maybe it’s simply because the flavor completely overwhelms the oolong. If I didn’t know there was oolong in this I frankly wouldn’t have known.
Overall this was a very nice tasting blend that would be able to keep the strongest of my chocolate/sweet treat temptations at bay. Well played Teavana, well played…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Opus Rouge Rooibos by Teavana
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My husband and I were out and decided that today would be the day that I got the tea-tumbler I had been eyeing for awhile. :) Along with this tea I also got a FREE 2o.z. of the six summits oolong (strawberry oolong). I’m pretty sure this free offer was because they are trying to get rid of the old stock.
This tea smells exactly like bubblegum. Not pink per say, but some brand I used to really enjoy. The brewed tea has very little of this in the actual liquor. It is a very dark tea when brewed and has a very interesting flavor. My initial sip didn’t taste like much, but after a few moments, BAM!!! Fruit mostly, not a lot of tea. I don’t know how well this tea would play with others because the flavor is very strong and has a lot of back flavoring of the different berry notes. I’m guessing that this tea would be much better iced than hot. So far I’d say that I enjoy this tea, but I’m not sure I would brew it on a regular basis. For some reason I think it would taste superb with oatmeal..

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Almond Biscotti by Teavana
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Hopefully this one tastes as good as it smells! This was a bit of a compulsive buy but I just was in such a slump this week. This tea when dry smells exactly like these graham crackers my dad would buy for me. They were over sized and were cut to look like different dinosaurs. They were my absolute favorites. I must say that for a Teavana tea, this one is pretty low key in terms of colorful additives. It has a few multi colored who knows what leaves and some almond slices, but mostly this tea is just black tea.
Oh my gosh. I don’t know about biscotti, but this is dead on gahram crackers!!! So, so tasty. I love the cinnamon in this. It is so subtle and I am confused as to the fact that it tastes so much like the granulated sugar on top of those crunchy devils! Very tasty and I hope this is one flavor that will stick around!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Strawberry Paraiso by Teavana
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I must preface this with the fact that, I have been highly unsuccessful with white teas. I don’t really like them plain. Even this seemed like stepping out on an unstable branch! I must also say that yesterday’s experience at Teavana was much more pleasant. Except they need to teach their workers to LISTEN. If I say 2 o.z. I mean it. Not 4 o.z., not 3 o.z., not 2.5 o.z. Because I’m the customer, I’m paying, I’m kind and I’m right.
On to the tea! This has to be the “prettiest” tea I’ve ever had! Both the blend and the liquor have a kind of “pretty princess”-ness that I normally don’t indulge in. The liquor is a light pink color. The dry leaf has a very berry smell that seems to permeate my room when I open my canister. There is far more white tea in this blend than I expected. I’m guessing this would be amazing cold, but I’m opting for warm tea for now. This is so light on the palate. I love that about this tea. It’s not punching me in the face with strawberry, but it’s there and it’s beautiful.
The flavor of the first cup (last night) was very pleasant. It lacked the highly vegetal overtones of most of the white tea I’ve had; which made it much better for me! The flavor was light and not overly berry or overly tea flavored. I think it was quite nice. I don’t know if I’d purchase again because it had a higher price tag. This would be a great tea for sharing with a younger palate and would be fun for little tea parties with my pre-teen and teen siblings! I bet they’d love it.
I’m going to rate this later after I get another cup under my belt. :) 2 cups now from the same leaves and going pretty strong!
edit I’ve found the sweet spot on the time for this one! At 3 min the flavor of this changes drastically. The strawberry at lower times is nice, but at 3min it was fantastic and I think that I’ll steep at 3 min instead of the suggest 2 from now on!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Mint Medley by Bigelow
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There’s just something about this tisane. This was my first toe dip into “tea” when I was much younger and all tea or tisane items were banned from my house (raised LDS). I used to wait until everyone else was asleep and I’d sneak downstairs and make this. The stash was hidden in various places in the small tea bags. Some inside a sock there, the pocket of a ill fitting dress jacket or most comically, under the heating grate in my floor. The lengths that I’d go to hide this stuff was insane. But well worth it. It has long been my fix for sniffles and heartburn. I love this and it always has a calming effect.
I picked up the most recent box for a steal at the Walmart. I love fancy tea but this one is just back to my roots comfort. I never really noticed the other ingredients but still enjoy the mix. If I ever had the misfortune of having to once again hide my tea habit this one would still be worth being caught for!

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I saw this tea at my local Sunflower Market. Since the weather has decided it’s officially winter now I figured it was a perfect day for tea. I really can’t emphasize how much I adore caramel. So I couldn’t resist the temptation of it in my tea.
The reason why this is getting such a low rating from me is because it was just too spicy. I only steeped this for 2 1/2 min and it just came out like a punch in the face. There was no caramel flavor to speak of. I also decided to wait a bit to taste it again and let it cool off. Not much changed. I think I will try this again tomorrow with milk and sugar (or honey) to see if I can tame this bad boy down a bit.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Hashiri Shincha by Den's Tea
538 tasting notes

I’m just remembering this so a short note for now! :)
I got this for free from a member of a different board; it was almost a full bag and I’m so happy! This stuff blew my socks off. Before this tea I had never experienced sencha before or even unflavored greens. Just the smell alone is sweet and succulent. The leaves are beautiful, thin and unfurl into large pieces when steeped. This tea was an experience I won’t soon forget. A++++ flavor and a perfect tea for my first green tea experience.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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