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drank Li Shan Oolong by Naivetea
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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…

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec
Thomas Smith

I kinda go crazy for a few Lishan Oolongs, but only when they are roasted (not to the point of tasting very roasty though). Jade Oolongs are nice and all, but in general are kind of a “Meh” for me compared to ones with just a tiny bit more oxidation or roast to ’em.

TeaBrat

I agree that a slight roast brings out a nice nutty element.

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93
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
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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… :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 45 sec
Nicole

Yeah, once you discover good tea, you wonder how you lived without it. :)

Honey

This tea sounds beyond amazing. I love oolongs so I must make room in my cupboards to try some from Naivetea :)

TeaBrat

@Nicole – so true!
@Viva La Tea – Naivetea some very nice sampler packs. To me they were worth every penny.

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92
drank French Verveine by The Tao of Tea
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I still love this stuff. If you cold brew it in the refrigerator it makes a great iced tea. See my previous notes. I will miss it when it’s gone and will certainly have to order more.

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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.

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drank Pear Caramel by Mighty Leaf Tea
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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.

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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???

Goodnight!

Mercuryhime

I actually loved this when SpecialTeas sold it as “Spicy Chocolate.” I especially loved that it didn’t have tea in it at all. Then again, I’m not usually a fan of black tea.

TeaBrat

I’d rather just skip the middle man and go straight to hot chocolate. ;-)

Tea Sipper

haha. I’m just reading this now, but this was actually the tea that gave me the idea to combine teas! It definitely helped that I added it to a black tea!

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drank Hoku by Lupicia
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drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
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Naivetea gets it right! This tea is so right for me!

Thanks to this thread on Steepster I discovered Naivetea:
http://steepster.com/discuss/1832-having-a-love-affair-with-flavored-oolong-teas

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!!!

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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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?

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

Teavana is almost exclusively over-priced nonsense. Their primary goal is to sell you an over-priced tea set. Failing that, they sell you over-priced tea.

TeaBrat

yeah I have some issues with them myself.. lol

Honey

This is one of my absolute favorite teas that I think is reasonably priced. I’ve found after branching out to places like David’s tea/Adagio teas that their tastes tend to be hit and miss as well. I doubt there are many places that have all great wonderful perfect tasting teas as it goes by a tea-by-tea basis. I think Teavana is so large that they’re much more open to criticism than other tea companies. It sucks that you haven’t liked the teas you’ve spent money one though, tough break :( I have a ton of Adagio teas that are just blah.

TeaBrat

I’ve had a few from them i’ve liked. The papaya oolong and the white ayurvedic chai are pretty good. I just don’t think this tea tastes like toasted nuts or brulee… agree on Adagio and David’s tea, I’ve had a few lame ones from them myself so it isn’t just Teavana ;-)

Honey

Oh yeah this this tea definitely doesn’t taste like a brulee in the traditional sense, so it is disappointing to get a tea that doesn’t taste like what you thought you were buying. I guess I’m just lucky that I like this particular blend!

Jim Marks

A few unrelated responses:

1) My primary gripe with Teavana is that their in-store sales tactics are well documented and their primary goal is to sell tea sets, not tea. The margins are much better on the hardware, and they know it, so just walking in the door, if you look around at all someone is rushing up trying to pressure you into buying a set. I hate high pressure sales. Especially when it results in them trying to avoid selling you a to-go cup or loose tea. So, at least for me, it isn’t just slagging a big company — I love buying tea from TeaGeschwendner, Republic of Tea, Argo Tea (retail)… it is that Teavana just has a really crummy business model based on profits, not tea. There are too many independent, struggling tea shops to patronize a giant that treats you poorly — if you have a choice (I know not everyone does).

2) The Houston Galleria location deliberately over-fills bags of loose tea way beyond what you asked for and then tries to convince you to pay for all of it. So our local iteration of the brand is particularly bad. By contrast, the location in Northbrook Court (IL) is a very pleasant place to be with great staff and service — just very expensive for what you’re getting.

3) They offer very few non-flavored teas.

4) The few non-flavored they offer aren’t remotely price competitive for the quality of the leaf.

5) I was completely underwhelmed with Adagio at their price points as well.

TeaBrat

I’ve heard a lot of negative things about their sales tactics when you go to one of their stores but I ordered this from their website so I was spared the experience.

ScottTeaMan

I was underwhelmed by most of the teas on their website.

Kittenna

Did you ever try Teaopia’s Creamy Nut Oolong? IMHO a good, nuttily flavoured oolong :) Not that it’s available anymore, sigh.

TeaBrat

Krystaleyn – no I never had that… oh well!

Kittenna

I really need to make my way to a Teaopia (if they’re still Teaopia and not Teavana now) and see if there’s any more left… it’s really quite good. If we swap again I can pass some on. :)

TeaBrat

sounds good!

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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.

Jim Marks

I do wish all tea was on a standardized rating system, and it was not the SFTGFOP system which, let’s face it, barely makes anything vaguely resembling sense. But at least, for the teas to which it is applied, it gives you an objective measure to compare teas. Labels like “extra fancy” sound more like marketing than grading, and yet you see them in frequent use to distinguish leaf qualities — but what does it mean ?

TeaBrat

I truly don’t know. I think it is more of a marketing term to mean “it’s fancier than the less fancy stuff we have.” hee hee.

The Purrfect Cup

I just learned of Peet’s today. There is a tin of it in the office I’m temping in. Of course it is right next to two huge boxes of Lipton tea bag…“sigh”

TeaBrat

Go for the Peet’s! :)

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