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2 minute steep. I’m thinking I like the one minute best. I like the mild green flavor. When I want a stronger green flavor, I like 3 minutes. 2 minutes just doesn’t quite do it in either direction.

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The dry tea smells wonderful. It has a warm, spicy smell, with the cinnamon and cardamom really coming through, but not overpowering the nuttiness. The brewed tea itself is an excellent dessert tea. It smells like a spiced baked apple. It also rather tastes like it—the cinnamon mellows out, and apple is the dominant fruit note. It has a sort of dry mouth feel. The aftertaste is more fruity than spicy.

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Alex

Sounds like that tea was given the wrong name. Apple =/= toasted nut brulee. How odd.

Camiah

It may also be my inexperienced nose/mouth guiding me astray. I think flavors have to hit me pretty hard to make me notice them. I’m sure I’ll get better as time goes by. I’m already getting better at figuring out what I’m tasting, vs. my usual “yummy” or “meh”. It may also partly be because I’m not sure I can wrap my head around “nutty” tea. Fruity makes more sense than nutty, so I’m probably better at identifying fruity flavors.

Alex

Wait until you try honeybush. It’s woody! :)

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Still delicious after only a one minute steep. The obvious differences between a one minute and three minute steep—lighter color, flavor, and all around more delicate. I had it with a Fuyu persimmon this morning, which was an excellent choice. It really brought out the sweetness of the tea. Unsweetened, as always. Next time I’ll try a two minute steep, see which I like best.

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drank Blackberry Mojito by Teavana
186 tasting notes

This tea is beautiful. To start with, the dry mix is visually pleasing and the brewed tea is a beautiful purplish-red. It really needs to be consumed from one of my very fancy tea cups. The smell of both the dry tea and the brewed tea is wonderful as well. Very fruity, which I definitely appreciate. I like when tea hits all my senses.

So much for sight and smell, what about the one that really matters? Taste? Less tea-like than I imagined. Well, less green tea. Others are right, the green does get muted by the intensity of the fruit and hibiscus. You do get some hints of the green tea, but hints are really all you get. I’m drinking it hot and unsweetened right now. This would be amazing as an iced tea. I’ll definitely drink it again (and not just because I have a lot of it).

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Alex

You write much better reviews than I do. I’m terrible at it. :)

Camiah

I just did a second steeping of the tea for one minute, as Teavana recommends. Its less fruity, and I’m trying to decide if its more tea-ish, or just watery. The color is now a light purple and has much less of a fruit scent. I’ll need to try one minute with a first steeping—it might be since its on the second, it needs longer. I’m definitely on the fence about a one minute steep.

Camiah

Oh, and thanks, btw. Reviews always make me nervous—what if I’m totally off base? What if my writing really does suck? Wavery self-esteem, I has it.

Alex

I usually do second steepings for 1minute over the initial steep time. So for this tea I’d do four minutes on the second steep. That’s pretty standard, except for pu-erh and some oolongs where you do steepings in 30 second intervals.

Alex

Oh, and on the subject of reviews — apparently a lot of people don’t write reviews when they drink a tea. It’s a log, not a review blog, according to the thread I read in the discussion boards. Some just put stuff like, “I brewed the cup too long but it was good with a little honey.” Or no log text at all, just a rating and steep time/temp. Only one of a user’s tasting notes shows up for each tea, so you can log a tea all you want without spamming the tea’s page. Cool, yes?

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I am relatively new to really good loose leaf teas, and this was my first green tea from Teavana that I tried. This may well become my go-to green tea when I want a simple, unblended green tea. It is amazing. It has a clean taste, not overly grassy (its amazing what wonderful things proper steeping/temperature does for green tea!). and a smooth mouth feel.

I had it with a Petit Ecolier chocolate-and-biscuit cookie, I think I might choose a less-sweet treat to go along with it next time.

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