1774 Tasting Notes
This was my free sample with my first Teavana order. It was funny looking at my orders – 2 oz doesn’t really get you too much with how heavy these blends are. Good thing they were 30% off.
Anyway, this sample is just insane. I think it’s the equivalent of 4 perfect teaspoons to make a 16 oz cup. Guys, that’s A LOT to make 16 oz. This tea must be super expensive to buy. No wonder they want to hook us with the free sample.
The tea does taste REALLY GOOD though. The first few sips were sorta shocking due to the rock sugar overhwelming the entire thing with sweetness, but once my tastebuds kicked over to “pretend it’s pop/Starbucks/etc” mode, I was fine with it. I just would never sweeten my tea that much. After I recovered though, I really enjoyed the cinnamon, cloves and everything else they’ve thrown in here. #drools
Now, would I ever buy this again? Maybe? If I could get it WITHOUT the rock sugar, then I could consider paying $18.96 for 4 oz. If it was on sale that’d be more likely.
Except, if 4 oz only made me 4 16 oz cups. Then it wouldn’t be worth it.
Backlog from earlier:
I was considering if I should just toss this or offer for a swap because I wasn’t drinking it, and was apprehensive about it. I decided not to though bc I’ve got so many swaps going at the moment, I wasn’t ready to do another. And I’d feel bad dumping it.
Turns out it’s not as bad as I remember, but it’s still not mind-blowing. A touch of milk mellows it out and makes the licorice not quite so overpowering. I’ve probably got 1oz of this left, but that shouldn’t take too long to drink up as I over-leaf it and under-steep it a bit – for best result?
I had to yell that because I’m now at 80 teas, but with what I’m expecting from Black Friday purchases, tea swaps, and whatever Sil has, I’m looking at 40-50 new teas for my cupboard. So, with that in mind I figured it best to drink this last sad little bag of Vanilla Comoro.
I went through a period where I didn’t care for this tea as much – it fell flat – but I realized it was because I was under-leafing by using one bag for a 16 oz mug. Yeah, no wonder. Now I’m using more like 10 oz, and just a tiny little bit of milk and this is just wonderful. Creamy vanilla that just soothes and relaxes you.
I will restock this eventually, but the earliest would be in the spring.
ILU Jane Austen Mafia.
I’m almost halfway done my bag because this tea is from Adagio, which means it’s rare to spot up here in the Great Wild North. It’s silly that the idea of ordering from Adagio is in the same category as ordering from Fauchon or Mariage Freres because of crazy shipping fees.
So I will enjoy this cup… I could maybe go for reading an Austen book right now too. I love P&P and S&S (and S&S&Sea Monsters) so much that I haven’t branched out enough to her other books.
Oh, I’m rambling. If I haven’t said it already, Happy Turkey Day to those of you in the South! :D
So after drinking rooibos this morning, I’m working my way to this oolong. At this rate, I’ll never be awake. But that’s ok. TK is fighting a cold so she’s just tired and dopey and so I’ve decided today’s a pj day, and we’ll both have a nap this afternoon. I think I’m fighting off a bug too. So, loading up on caffeine isn’t the best idea.
Oh, and if I have my afternoon nap I’ll definitely be alert at midnight for Black Friday shopping!
This oolong is ok. I’m considering picking up oolong at Teavivre with my $10 coupon – maybe the Big Red Robe? I drank a lot of oolong over the past month or so and I think that was the one I liked the most. It’s probably a good one to have around.
This pineapple one is ok. I could probably just do this myself with dried pineapple and tie guan yin.
Also, my kid has fallen in love with the original Winnie the Pooh movie (well the one I grew up with?) so my day is filled with this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLnADKgurvc
OH, this is amazing. For some reason I’m getting strawberries and cream, but I do taste the vanilla and walnuts mentioned in the description. This is very sweet and has a surprising amount of depth for a rooibos. I only have enough for a few more servings, but I look forward to each cup.
Thank you QueenofTarts!
I can’t wait to pick up my french teas from Sil now! :O I wouldn’t want to drink these daily because I wouldn’t want them to be common-place, but wow!
Here’s a little sample from VariaTEA. I can’t believe how sweet this tea is. It’s insanse. I remember the sample from Teavana being close to Kool-Aid, but I didn’t add anything to this. Still, I like it. It’s fruity, and just a little tart. The hibiscus didn’t bother me at all.
I bet this would be quite nice iced.
And that’s a sipdown (82) for this oolong as I drink my re-steeped cup of it. I enjoyed it – the spices were actually a little different from most of the pumpkin teas I’ve had, although it’s more spice, and less pumpkin. Pumpkin is just too subtle a flavour I guess.
Would I buy it? Perhaps. If the price was reasonable. But I don’t need to rush out and grab it.
Thanks VariaTEA. You’re right – this tea is murky and oily and not pleasant to look at, but the taste is good enough. I find all Teavana blends are oily and murky like that so I just don’t look…
Oh, I also don’t taste the oolong in here at all, but I didn’t see much of it in the leaves I steeped. Teavana seems to be light on the tea. :P