15 Tasting Notes

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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!

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5 min, 0 sec

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drank Sencha Jade Reserve by Teavana
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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!

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0 min, 45 sec

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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. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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drank White Ayurvedic Chai by Teavana
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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. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Gyokuro Imperial by Teavana
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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!

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0 min, 45 sec

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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!

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