2355 Tasting Notes
Naivetea gets it right! This tea is so right for me!
Thanks to this thread on Steepster I discovered Naivetea:
I tried a few of their plain high altitude oolongs and they are delightful on their own. I’m not sure which tea they are using as the base of their flavored tea but it sure seems to work for me. The passionfruit infusion is sweet and simple, I definitely know it’s there but it doesn’t overwhelm me with a cloying sensation, just a nice juicy fruit flavor. And it also lends itself well to soymilk if you should happen to want a creamier dessert type of experience. I am so happy with this blend, the only thing I’m not so happy about is the price, 2 oz for $16 (but volume discounts apply). Still, what is worse than spending a lot of money on a bunch of crappy tea you can’t even stand? And, you can infuse this multiple times.
This is truly a winner in my book. Wheee!!!
My perplexity with Teavana, and more specifically, their marketing department appears to be growing.
With a name like Toasted Nut Brulee Oolong, I naturally expected this tea to taste like nuts. The problem is there is so much else going on here: roobois, apple, pineapple, coconut, cardamom. The flavors are conflicting and the tea is schizophrenic. To me it seems more like it should be called a tropical tea? In any event, it is at least drinkable and not unpleasant.
Can anyone recommend a flavored oolong that really does taste like nuts?
I stopped into Peet’s and got this on my way to work. Not sure if it is EXTRA fancy but it seems to be pretty good. ;-) I’ve definitely had some assams that were maltier and richer than this one but it’s good to know I can get a decent cup of tea when I’m out and about. I am pretty sure I could not drink this one plain. It needed a decent amount of soymilk to make it smooth and mellow out the tang.
Overall this isn’t half bad compared to some of Teavana’s other blends I haven’t been enjoying too much. It is difficult to taste any green tea in here, it brews up PINK and the fruit flavors are predominant. Thankfully the hibiscus takes a back seat in this blend (I’m not really a fan). I think I can taste the bamboo which gives it another interesting dimension. I will try brewing this up with some extra plain green tea to see what happens. Not totally blown away by it but it was pretty tasty in my opinion.
Pretty nice for a fruit tisane and one of my favorite teas of this type (see my previous note). I still think it could use a little more cinnamon and less hibiscus. I actually downgraded this recently due to the amount of hibiscus in it. I might try adding some of my own cinnamon the next time I brew this, and maybe a clove or two. Also I have noticed it is a bad idea to add soy milk to any tea that has hibiscus in it!!!
I got some more tea from Teavana to try because I really like the papaya oolong. Sadly I am not a real fan of this. I am starting to feel a little meh about Tevana because they seem to be so hit or miss with me. Now onto this tea- the flavor is weak and instead of pear, the hibiscus and apple flavors predominate. I will probably finish it but add in some more plain oolong to make it better.
okay, I guess I like my tea spicy! This one’s a real eye-opener…
It is a pretty nice blend from Teavana, it’s a bit different because it uses white and green tea. Smells very aromatic and cinnamon-y. The lemongrass is a nice touch and I adore the pepper. Comparisons with red hot candy are pretty well on the mark… It’s a good afternoon tea for me. However I doubt I will buy this again because it just hasn’t made that much of an impression upon me.
My, my, this is quite a tasty tea. You should know that I actually hate red rooibos which is in this blend, so I’m even more surprised that I like it. The predominant notes here are the yummy spices, cinnamon, star anise and cardamom especially. They overpower the rooibos – I’m excited! I did use a lot of tea per water here, probably about 2 tablespoons. That makes it a bit pricey for the sampler but it is so worth it. A fabulous dessert tea. I added soymilk and a pinch of sugar to mine. I’ll be getting more of this to keep me toasty in the San Francisco rainy season… :)
I am actually upping my rating on this today. I was having a wussy cup of tea and thought to myself, where is that Laoshan black stuff? I must have some now!
Good morning world!
Well if this tea does not wake you up and make an impression upon you, you are probably dead.
Very chocolate-y, malty and dark. Pretty delicious! I am loving this with some soymilk this morning. Definitely a great morning cup of tea if you want something a bit stronger. Thankfully I do not detect any bitterness here which is a great thing for moi. If you miss the taste of coffee you will most likely adore this.
Uggg. Teavana I am sorry. I like several of your offerings but this one was just not to my taste. I am usually a fan of fruit tisanes so I had high hopes for this one. It is just kind of tart and tastes artificial like bubblegum. I did not like it all when I brewed it up hot. Finally I decided to cold brew it in the refrigerator with a couple of chamomile teabags from Trader Joe’s to mellow out the Kona Pop. Now it is like a barely drinkable watered down pineapple juice. Oh well. I guess they can’t all be winners.