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drank Wild Orange Blossom by Teavana
1118 tasting notes

Finishing up the last of this and decupboarding. My initial assessment still holds. Enjoyable, if you’re in the market for an orange fruit blend, which I’m really not. At least not at the moment.

The boyfriend, who is big on fruit tisanes liked it quite a bit, though he remarked that he’d like it better if it was peach rather than orange. I feel sort of the same way, only my flavor request would be lemon.

mpierce87

Would you say this was on the tart or sweet side? Just curious…I’m on the lookout for fruit teas for the husband.

__Morgana__

On the sweet side. I generally prefer sweeter fruit blends, which is why I liked this one. However, with all of the Teavana fruit blends I’ve tried so far, and those of most other companies as well, I find that you really have to use a lot more of the blend than you’d think to get a nice strong, sweet flavor out of it. At least double what you’d expect, and 2.5 to 3 times as much is even better. (I think it has to do with how large the pieces of the fruit are. They’re so big that the spoonfuls are less dense and therefore less surface area gets exposed to the water.) Putting in less makes the flavor tarter as well as weaker, usually.

mpierce87

Thanks! I may have to look into getting a sample of this for him to try. I was desperately trying to get him into tea (mainly so he would help me drink it and then I could order more) when my mom gave us some of Teavana’s Plum Harvest which he fell in love with. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued. The good thing is he is encouraging me to place an order soon so that I can get him a few new fruity herbals to try (anything for tea, right?)

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mpierce87

Would you say this was on the tart or sweet side? Just curious…I’m on the lookout for fruit teas for the husband.

__Morgana__

On the sweet side. I generally prefer sweeter fruit blends, which is why I liked this one. However, with all of the Teavana fruit blends I’ve tried so far, and those of most other companies as well, I find that you really have to use a lot more of the blend than you’d think to get a nice strong, sweet flavor out of it. At least double what you’d expect, and 2.5 to 3 times as much is even better. (I think it has to do with how large the pieces of the fruit are. They’re so big that the spoonfuls are less dense and therefore less surface area gets exposed to the water.) Putting in less makes the flavor tarter as well as weaker, usually.

mpierce87

Thanks! I may have to look into getting a sample of this for him to try. I was desperately trying to get him into tea (mainly so he would help me drink it and then I could order more) when my mom gave us some of Teavana’s Plum Harvest which he fell in love with. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued. The good thing is he is encouraging me to place an order soon so that I can get him a few new fruity herbals to try (anything for tea, right?)

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)

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