42 Tasting Notes
It’s teas like this that make me want to do YouTube reviews. When I opened the sample pack, I was standing alone in my kitchen and I said aloud, “Oh yeahhhh! This could be it.” I’m always looking for my favorite “plain” black tea. Upon smelling the dry leaves, the first thing I noticed was chocolate. It also had a lovely soft, creamy smell. I stood in my kitchen just making sounds of satisfaction. Very YouTube worthy. During the first steep, it smells the same in the pot. When I poured it into my cup, the smell was a lot more toasty. The chocolate and creaminess went away. This is weird, but it reminds me of Cheez-Its, or like, a burnt cheese cracker. It’s smooth, and there is no bitterness. The aftertaste is reminiscent of cacao. It’s interesting, but not my favorite. I like the complexity and strangeness of this tea better than I liked Teavana’s English Breakfast (my only other experience with “plain” black tea.) I’ll update with further steepings… :)
I got this in my 5 for $5 sampler from Verdant, and I love it! This is my first tea from somewhere other than Teavana. My first steep rendered a bitter tea because I’m used to Teavana’s instructions to steep white tea for 4 minutes. I checked www.verdanttea.com, and they recommend a 2 minute steep. Needless to say, my 2nd steep was much better. The jasmine reminds me of magnolias! I’m looking forward to steep #3 and #4… :)
For me, this would be a fancy “special occasion” tea, as opposed to an everyday sip down.
I drink Maharaja Chai Oolong on its own, and I love it (VERY cinnamony). But this is my new favorite! The faint (and I do mean faint) fruitiness of this blend gives it a “cider” feeling. It’s more complex than the plain Maharaja, and I adore the blend! Perfect for Fall!
EDIT: I forgot to add that the package calls for 1 tsp. per 8 oz, but I used 2 1/2 teaspoons for 12 oz because Teavana’s package directions are always too weak for me.
Husband and I have been drinking youthberry/wild orange blossom blend for the past few days, so I was interested to try youthberry on its own. I love it! I’m very picky when it comes to “floral” tea. This tea has floral notes, but it’s bright and fresh and fruity. It IS tart (rosehips and hibiscus), but I really like tart teas. It’s a balanced blend of fruit flavor with a pleasing, delicate floral aftertaste. We will have no problem finishing our 2 ounces of this tea. :)
Tried this for the first time today, and I really like it. The spearmint is complimentary to the green tea, but it does not steal the show. The green tea flavor stands front and center.
First steep: Yes, it’s minty, but it’s all about the green tea.
Second steep: The green tea flavor really shines, while the mint flavor slips into the background.
Lovely tea. I would drink this often.
This is my 2nd cup of this tea. I’m trying to “acquire” a taste for it because I have 2 ounces that I don’t want to waste. I brewed it stronger this time. The package directions call for 1 tsp. per 8 oz. of water. I brewed 2 1/2 tsp. for 12 oz. of water. I did not sweeten it because I’m still trying to detect all of the individual flavors of the blend. I like it a little better his way (stronger), but I still would not re-purchase. Too floral. Not fruity enough.
EDIT: Halfway through this cup, I started to notice a “bubblegum” flavor… Anyone else getting that as the tea cools off a bit??
My husband likes this more than I do, but neither of us are crazy about it. I’ve tried it hot and iced, both ways I added a tiny bit of sugar. It reminds me of fruity potpourri. Too floral for my taste. It is somewhat fruity, but I expected it to taste a lot fruitier because of the description on Teavana’s website. I’ll try double- and triple-steeping to see if the flavor improves, but I would not repurchase this tea.
This is my first experience with any kind of mate, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. I do notice an artificial “chocolate” taste/smell. I prefer to steep this double-strength with a little bit of sugar to wake me up in the morning. I would not buy this particular tea again, but I am anxious to taste other mate teas.
This is the tea that sucked me into the Teavana hype. The salesperson shoved this sample in my face after I made it clear that I was “just browsing.” It worked. I went home and ordered $50 worth of tea from Teavana’s website that weekend. Of the 5 teas I ordered, the only one I didn’t like was Kamiya Papaya Oolong because it’s way too floral-y for my taste. But the Youthberry Orange Blossom blend is great! I thought I didn’t like herbal teas, but this one is so fruity, tart, bright, and yummy! I’ve only tried it hot, but I’m sure the fruit flavors and slight tartness make a great iced tea in the summertime.