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I’ve been so stuck on loose leaf teas lately that when my grandparents gave me a boxed Twinings variety set, I let it sit in the back of my cupboard for a pretty long time. Just the other day I decided to sort through my cupboard (it’s SO crowded) and I happened to find it, which made me want to give it a try. It just so happens that I really love this tea! I used to avoid black teas but this one has turned me onto others, and especially with a couple packets of sweetener, it really has a great taste for a bagged tea. I enjoyed it so much that I went back and bought more; it’s really convenient when I don’t have time to prepare loose leaf tea, or when I’m just on the go.

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87
drank Sencha Jade Reserve by Teavana
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64
drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you lizeepea for the sample! :)

This tea was alright for me. As I’ve previously mentioned, I’m not a huge fruity tea kind of person, although since this was a white tea, it was better than fruity herbal tea.

If you enjoy fruity teas (and mango), you will enjoy this, maybe with a little rock sugar and honey. Not bad, but I probably wouldn’t go back for more.

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51
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you lizeepea for the sample! :)

I’m not really feeling this one. After drinking both this tea and another fruity tea, I’ve come to find that herbal/fruity teas are just not my thing. I’d much rather settle down with a cup of plain white or green tea…or any other chocolate/pumpkin/sweet chai/oolong/rooibus tea.

This tea is probably much better to those who DO like herbal teas, but it’s just not for me.

Side note: When you’re done with the tea, let it go down your sink and into the garbage disposal – it will leave it smelling really clean and amazing! (That’s one thing I liked about it – the aroma is just wonderfully pleasant and bright)

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I’ve been trying this time and time again, and it’s actually just losing its good taste to me. That’s upsetting, because I remember it being delicious when I sampled it at Teavana but now it just isn’t working out. I still have about 6 pearls left, so if anyone wants to swap or something, I’d be up for it!

I don’t know what it is, but it tastes a little more tart and even when I add rock sugar nothing too great happens. I’m so disappointed that I’m not enjoying it any more, but what can you do?

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89
drank Golden Jade by Teavana
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Thanks to lizeepea for the sample! :)

This tea is light with a really nice, smooth flavor. I actually didn’t know what type of tea it was, since lizeepea didn’t write specifically whether it was white/green/etc., and I actually guessed that it was a white blend of some sort, so it’s interesting to find out that it’s a green/black mix! I think the combo really works in this blend.

I’ll be purchasing more of this soon, it’s a great after-meal tea if you don’t want something too strong or overwhelming.

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83
drank Body + Mind White Tea by Teavana
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Thanks again to lizeepea for sending me this sample in the giveaway! :)

I don’t think I can add much else that hasn’t been said already, so I will keep this short and sweet.

This reminds me of a field of wildflowers. I really can’t think of any other way to describe it. It’s aroma, taste, feel…wildflowers. But I love it! Also, after drinking 16oz of this stuff, I feel great. White and green teas always make me feel cleansed, in a way, especially this one. I could almost see myself using this as a “repairing” tea once a week, or something (as someone mentioned before).

It’s floral and jasmine-y and very pleasant. I’d recommend it to anyone to at least try. :)

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100
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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First I’d like to thank lizeepea for the sample! I was one of the honorable mentions of her tea giveaway and she was kind enough to send me some samples from her cupboard! :)

This tea is DELICIOUS. I love pumpkin spice latte’s from Starbucks, but with this tea, I don’t even need Starbucks. It’s that good.

I added a packet of Sweet N’ Low for flavor, and it really brought out the flavors. It smells like a cinnamon pumpkin cookie of sort, and tastes like it, too. This is definitely one of my favorites that I’m going to have to go out and buy.

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91

YUM!

I was in Teavana today, and I decided to order a cup to go because I’ve been contemplating adding this tea to my collection, and what do you know…it was DELICIOUS and I’m surely going back for more.

The only concern I have is, since Teavana made it, I feel like they did their ~magic and it’s going to end up not as good as they made it when I take it home. I’m hoping that isn’t the case, because I loved it!

This tastes great; the chocolate is there but it isn’t too overwhelming, but it’s present enough that it will satisfy your sweet tooth after dinner. I noticed the coconut although I didn’t notice the rose. I’ve never tried oolong tea but I thought it was divine, and apparently it can help aid in digestion, which is nice. The chocolate flavoring didn’t overwhelm the tea and it almost tasted like a lighter version of hot chocolate (but yummy!).

I asked for medium sweetening, and I believe they sweetened it with German rock sugar which really brought out the flavors. I’m not sure if it would taste as good without any flavoring, but I do think a little milk would make it creamier and it MIGHT make for a good latte. But I never make lattes, so what do I know? Lol.

Anyway, I’m going to go pick this up next time I’m around the mall and hope that it doesn’t let me down at home!

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87
drank Sencha Jade Reserve by Teavana
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So I was craving something other than coffee today and, since I’ve been downing all of my other tea for the past week, I decided to get this one out to try again.

I’m really happy with the way it turned out! I actually set a timer and went a little less than 45 seconds for steeping, and I waited until the water cooled down for about 7-10 minutes after boiling so it wouldn’t burn the tea. It turned out delicious!

It actually reminds me of the Gyokuro Imperial also by Teavana, although this is obviously much cheaper ($11 cheaper) and I wouldn’t mind sticking to this when I can’t get the Gyokuro. :) Very happy with the turnover! Upped the rating a considerable amount!

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My name is Nicole (lots of people call me ‘Coles’ for short, which explains my nickname), I’m an 18 year old from a little town in Ohio who loves tea! :)

I’m basically your average broke-high-school-senior-who-will-be-going-to-college-soon-yet-still-insists-on-purchasing-tea kind of girl. ;) I’ve loved coffee since I was 13 (and still do), but tea is wonderful as well and I feel they serve different purposes.

If I’m tired or need a pick-me-up, I will turn to my sweetly prepared coffee (mm, love sweetener & creamer!); but if I’m just relaxing or simply enjoying life in all its beauty, tea seems to best suit my mood.

I’m still “new” to the tea world, trying to branch out of my white and green tea comfort zone into other loose-leaf teas in order to have a really fun experience exploring. This site is perfect, and I often read reviews and explore teas just for the fun of it. I’m hoping I can learn a lot here and meet some fellow tea-enthusiasts who are willing to help me on this journey!

~N

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