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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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.
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)
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?
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.
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. :)
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.
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!
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!
So, I have a (somewhat) funny story about this tea.
Lately, I’ve been spending most of my money on Teavana and tea gifts alike. My mom knows about this new addiction, and she always criticizes me on how much I’m spending. Anyway, she went to the mall the other day, tried a sample of tea without realizing that she was walking into Teavana, and she happened to buy this blend as well as some German rock sugar! She finally realized what had happened, and she called me right away to tell me about it. I just thought it was pretty ironic; she absolutely LOVED this sample.
I didn’t get to try the sample when I visited, but I’d heard great things about it so I decided to give it a try today (seeing as I have to leave in a couple hours for some errands and the mate just might wake me up ;)).
This blend smells amazing when it’s brewed; the scent kind of reminds me of Christmas! The spices are very strong, and I could definitely smell cinnamon.
The first sip was iffy – although it was pretty hot, so I blame that. Now that I’ve sipped multiple times, it tastes delicious! It doesn’t taste as spicy as it smells, which is good if you don’t like overwhelming cinnamon in your tea. I added a little German rock sugar, too, and I think it’s just perfect.
EDIT: I’m on my second brew, and I realized I hadn’t added enough tea leaves for two cups! Silly me. I also added a teaspoon of regular honey and a little more rock sugar, and I love it even more now! The rock sugar definitely brings out a few more flavors than I tasted before, and adding the right amount of leaves helped as well. ;) Bumped up the rating!
Not too impressed with this tea at the moment…I MAY have oversteeped it, and because of that I’m going to make a cup a little later (and add another tasting note), but for now it wasn’t too good.
Let me just say that the smell of the dry leaves is divine. Its scent was vegetal and so very green, which is exactly what I was hoping it would taste like.
Upon taking the first sip, I actually was taken aback due to its bitter taste. I tried a few more sips as it cooled, and although it began to taste a little more bearable it was still bitter. This is why I think I oversteeped it (I think I left it in for a minute and 15 seconds instead of 45 seconds, which is probably best) or I may have even added water that was too hot.
For my second cup, I’m planning on letting the boiling water sit a few more minutes, and steeping for way less time. I’m hoping all goes well!
The first time I got a chance to visit Teavana, this was the sample I tried. I had never heard of blooming tea before, so seeing the peach flower in a pretty glass vase transfixed me. I remember trying the sample and loving it! It was a small little cup, but it was delicious nonetheless, and I hadn’t gotten around to buying it until now, nearly a couple years later.
When I finally managed to open the packet it came in, the smell was very strong and peachy and pleasant. When I added water, basically everything that the first commenter described, happened. The ball was suspended at the top of my glass for a moment before it began to unfurl and slowly drop to the bottom. The flower is quite lovely, and it’s relaxing to watch it bloom before your eyes. The scent was less powerful at this point, but still peachy and floral.
The taste was just as I remembered it! I’m a little bit biased, in that I LOVE “weak” teas as much as strong teas, so I absolutely loved how it wasn’t the most prominent taste. If you’re full after a large meal or you just don’t want a heavy tea one day, this might be a good tea to sip.
As for steep time, I really don’t have a recommendation (even though I set it at 6min30sec). It does take a while to become a little stronger, but I’m drinking mine from a tea tumbler and I haven’t removed the flower for over 20 minutes. It seems almost impossible for this tea to become bitter (although there were other reviewers with different opinions on this).
Overall, I really like this tea, and although I may not always keep it on hand I may buy it every once in a while to keep for special, relaxing days. :)
I’ve had this tea for a few months (kept in a Teavana canister) as my aunt got it for me for my birthday, and I didn’t rush to try it since I’m usually not too fond of chai teas. Today, I thought I might as well give it a try.
The scent of the dry leaves is very spicy and you will notice the cinnamon right away. The scent almost made me not want to try it, since (as mentioned above) I usually only like flat green or white teas, but I did, and I must say, it wasn’t too bad!
I don’t think I steeped it long enough, because my cup doesn’t taste as strong as others on here have mentioned, but it DOES remind me of Redhot candies as someone else stated, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
I love white teas and I think it took away some of the harshness that comes with black chai teas (but, then again, the only black chai teas I have tasted were bagged teas, not loose-leaf). Overall I enjoyed this cup, it was light yet had a warm little kick to it, and I’m looking forward to brewing a second cup and experimenting with the time/heat/etc. :)
When I decided to try Teavana teas for the first time, this was the one I decided to buy. Fortunately, I loved this tea (seeing as I foolishly bought it before tasting it or even knowing what to expect) and I could drink a pot at a time.
Some people complain that it’s bitter, but once you get used to the more leafy taste, it’s a delightful drink. It almost had a nutty undertone that really complimented it. I’m not exactly sure what temperature I set it to (since I don’t have anything to measure temperature with), but I would let the water cool for a minute or two before steeping the leaves. I wouldn’t leave the tea leaves in for more than 45 seconds, or else it may taste more bitter than desired.
Overall, though, I would recommend this tea to any green tea lovers!