5 Tasting Notes
As with all Teavana teas, it’s not as good as it smells. They could throw passion fruit and goji berries and any aromatic shenanigans they want into a bin of lawn clippings and have you convinced it’s a flavorful fruit tea as they waft it’s aroma towards you while trying to convince you it is absolutely necessary to own a $600 tea set. The fact is, some Teavana teas make better potpourri than a beverage.
Now, this tea in particular wasn’t bad, but it certainly had some definite flaws. This tea has a very strong sour/bitter flavor that is slightly artificial tasting as well as being very astringent. In addition, the green tea is overpowered by the fruit flavor to a point where I believe that if this tea were completely herbal there would be no difference in taste. In the end it’s drinkable and better than some teas, but personally I wouldn’t recommend it because there are better options out there.
Without reading the packaging I mistook this tea as the much better Bigelow Vanilla Caramel and didn’t realize it until I took my first sip and almost freaked out thinking my tea had been poisoned or something. It’s drinkable, but barely. It’s essentially more artificial vanilla flavoring than it is tea. Do not recommend.
My favorite tea in the world, but definitely an acquired taste. Also it’s a great deal. After having this tea at Samovar Tea Lounge while in San Francisco, I was hooked. I was determined on getting some of my own. After looking on their website I saw that the tea was $13.00 (on sale from $16.00) + $7.00 shipping for the 3.5 ounces. However when I was ready to purchase the tea a week later it had disappeared from the website (discontinued?). Either way, I decided to look for another option and found Harney and Son’s Lapsang Souchong at $19.00 for a pound of tea, (4.6X’s as much tea for only $6.00 more). It’s every bit as good as it was at Samovar and at a great price.
However, a warning to first-time drinkers, this tea taste exactly how it is described: smokey. Tea connoisseurs much like wine snobs always insist that a tea/wine “has a hint of” this or that, but sometimes it takes a pretty refined and trained palate to know what they’re talking about, without just nodding your head in skepticism. Not so with Lapsang Souchong, it literally is like drinking a campfire. As a vegetarian I like to refer to it as my “bacon tea”.