2402 Tasting Notes
Not my favorite thing from Naivetea so far but still very good. Some people seem to go nuts over Li Shans and Ali Shans. I think they are nice but perhaps a bit too light for me? Or maybe I have not had the right one for me.
In any event this is a very delicate and fresh tasting tea. After brewing the leaves smell of spinach and green pea. Light flavor, mostly floral with a bit of buttery-ness. Very pale gold color. If you are a fan of green tea I would recommend checking this one out…
Slowly I am working my way through two sample packs I got from Naivetea. This must be the last thing I drink with caffeine today if I ever want to go to sleep!
I am very happy with this. The word sublime comes to mind. It is slightly sweet, honeyish with a bit of caramel flavors. It has a lovely golden yellow color and a bit of peach in the aroma. I am getting some buttery notes in the finish. I feel a bit like I’m drinking liquid gold. I’m amazed there is no added flavoring in here. It’s pretty flavorful on it’s own… still going perfectly strong after 3 steeps here of about 2 minutes.
It is quite good so I will probably end up wanting more of it. After the third steep, I was about to cry due to pangs of regret. How could I have wasted so many years of my life drinking crap tea? Naivetea does have a lot of tasty oolongs… :)
My first Sheng, I don’t really feel like I know enough about them to rate this one. I drank a lot of shu pu-erh when I first gave up drinking coffee and I enjoy them quite a lot.
I brewed small amounts of my tea in a glass infuser mug. I kept the steeping times short, to around 60 seconds or so.
First impression: this reminds me of the Heritage Rougui I picked up at Red Blossom Tea Company. According to David’s notes this one has anxi oolong as a base. I am getting cedarwood, and spice with a slightly earthy and smoky flavor. A hint of smoke. My first two infusions were slightly bitter but I think my water was also too hot. I learned (also at Red Blossom) that if the water is too hot for you to drink it is also too hot for the tea.
Around the 3-4th infusion this is really hitting its’ stride for me, I used a lower water temperature and was now picking up more of the oolong base with some smoother chestnut notes.
The fifth infusion yielded some vegetal and honey flavors but I decided not to steep it again after #5.
This was a pretty fun tea drinking experience! Next time I will try it with less hot water from the very start.
I really like the base flavor of this tea which is going to make me want to go to Mighty Leaf’s website and check out some of their plain black teas. The pear caramel flavor is nice but a little too artificial tasting for me somehow. The caramel bits make it pretty sweet which could be a plus or a minus depending on your point of view. I went to their website and checked out the ingredients list and also discovered it contains milk powder which is a real bummer from someone who has milk allergies. Still, that is my fault since it clearly states on their website what’s in the tea. I should have checked the ingredients list It’s ok but definitely more of a dessert tea and not something I would have for breakfast too often.
Hi, this will (hopefully) be one of my last Teavana adventures for a while…
I tried this blend this afternoon at work. My immediate thoughts were: this isn’t bad, it actually tastes like Spicy chocolate as promised. But… it really needed SOMETHING.
So, on my way home I had a semi- intelligent thought. What if I added some black decaf tea to this? I stopped off and got some Decaffeinated Evening Tea from Ahmad Tea. When I mix the two together, I get a wonderful dessert tea.
So apparently I realize now that the secret to making Teavana tea great is by adding actual tea to it???
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.