124 Tasting Notes
This tea smells better than it tastes. It was one of the first teas I bought when I started getting into loose leaf (thanks to Teavana, whose friendly employees brightened my mood after an idiot mall cop had dampened it, lured me in one memorable day in December 2011). When the Teavana employees did their famous “waving the lid to send the aroma your way” tactic, the smell was like heaven. The best comparison aroma I could think of was french toast with syrup.
Sadly, it did not taste as good as it smelled (and I could hold it under my nose for hours). It was pretty plain without additions. Rock sugar helped bring out some flavor that matched the aroma, and a little bit of half-and-half helped more. However, there are other cream-and-sugar teas that I enjoy more and the disparity between taste and smell made this one just too disappointing. I bought this two or three times, but I won’t be buying it again. Actually, I think I gave up on this one when I discovered Teavana’s Toasted Nut Brulee, which actually tasted as good as this one smelled.
This tea has just the right amount of ginger spiciness. I like it both with and without sugar and cream. The coconut is occasionally detectable (it’s not overly strong); cinnamon is the stronger flavor. While it was good, I probably won’t buy it again because there are too many other teas I like more.
This mix is one of my favorite teas. It has a little bit of caffeine and is mostly sweet with just a bit of spice, which is perfect. I make it with rock sugar and a little half-and-half. This tea ruined all pre-made box teas (like Oregon Chai, which I used to love) for me because it’s just so delicious! I made it for a friend who is also a lover of chai and she was impressed as well.