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Ladies and gentlemen, with this sipdown, I come to the end of an era.
Spring Morning was one of the first loose-leaf teas that I ever bought (probably within the first 10) and it was one of the ones that I made sure to keep in stock. When I found out that Teavana still had it in stock last year, I bought 100 g, and I’ve made sure to make it last.
But now, Teavana no longer carries this tea, and I’ve been saving the precious little leaf I had left out of nostalgia.
No more. For today was the last cup, full of broken leaves and dust.
This really isn’t the best flavoured tea in existence, I know that. But the strawberry and redcurrant together smelled so juicy, and it really was one of the teas that turned me on to loose leaf in general. And I needed to finish it off, or else it would have gone stale and just sat there.
Godspeed, little green leafy friend.
I really need to finish this off, since I ordered this tea over a year ago. The leaves at the bottom of the tin are probably 2 years old now, taking into account how I never completely emptied the tin before I topped it up. Alas, strawberry green tea, we are finally nearing the end of our relationship. After this, I probably have just enough left for one cup.
Now I have to figure out what to refill the tin with, because it’s absolutely permeated with the smell of strawberries.
I brewed the rest of this hot and stuck it in the fridge overnight. It still isn’t stunning, but it is substantially better iced than hot. The flavor is now natural strawberry instead of generic berry. The end of the sip is grassy and a touch bitter. I’m willing to chalk the bitterness up to user error. Overall, this makes for a decent iced tea. Thanks to Christina for sending it to me!
Thanks for the sample, Christina!
This blend is ok. It’s aptly named. The dry smell definitely evokes a spring morning. Clean and fresh. Brewed, it tastes generically of berries. There is a pleasant juiciness. It really isn’t bad, I’ve just come to expect a lot from flavored teas. Generic berry juiciness just doesn’t cut it. This could be really good iced, though. I’ll try it that way before delivering my final verdict.
Backlog from yesterday morning:
I oversteeped this by a few minutes and it was surprisingly not-bitter. I used a slightly lower temperature than normal, but I didn’t think using 77C water instead of 80C would be enough to counteract an additional 2 minutes of steep. Plus, at this point, the tea is pretty broken up and dusty (sob! I am nearing a sipdown of this discontinued tea!) so I’m really surprised.
This is the tea that makes me miss Teaopia more than I care to admit.
I still have probably… like 500g of this one… I think… I’ve even given some away and still have that much. Over the years I think my taste buds are starting to tire of this one. It’s too bad though ‘cause this one is amazing. I had it again today and it’s good, but it’s lost some of its magic to me. I need to get a good latte recipe. I think that would help me use it up and still enjoy it.
How do you prepare a latte at home?
I’ve never really tried any teas from Indonesia and I’ve never really had any oolongs that weren’t from either China or Taiwan. As I’m a big fan of trying new things, this tea intrigued me too much to pass it up.
The dry tea has a sweet, fruit-like odor but as the leaves steeped the tea takes on more of a floral character. The flavour leans towards floral but with an odd green bitterness tacked on at the end. It might be that I oversteeped it so I’ll try for a reduced steeping time on the next round.
I like this one – it’s fruity and fresh with a slight bit of tangyness to the flavour. I can distinctly taste the fig too which is great though I’m not sure where the cactus part is supposed to come in. I’m just glad it doesn’t have spines. ;)
The only other person on the site to try this tea gave it a pretty dire review so I was understandably a bit trepidatious about drinking it. However I didn’t find it to be that bad at all – it might have helped that I steeped this tea like a white tea rather than a herbal tea, even though the actual proportion of tea leaves in the mix is pretty small. The flavour is distinctly herbal but it’s accompanied by a slight sweetness that makes me think of freshly mowed hay.
It hasn’t made me gorgeous yet unfortunately, but maybe it’s a cumulative thing. ;)
Getting to the bottom of the barrel with this one. I love smelling it, but I really wonder what tea I’ll put into the tin once I finish this off, since this blend is discontinued. It will have to be something that’s very fruity smelling, since the tin has stored this particular blend for nearly 2 years!
Anyways, the tea. Since I’m close to finishing this off, I’m getting a lot of dust and broken up bits of leaf. This means that the liquor was bitter today (but not unpalatable).
The first time I came across this tea it was in my aunt’s tea cupboard – she had the whole dried stalks of the plant rather than the coarsely ground pieces that are in this tin. I seem to remember that the flavour of her tea was more lemony as well. This is more herbal than anything else with a distinctly woodsy aroma and flavour and a slightly bitter aftertaste. It needs a little honey I think, otherwise it’s too medicinal to drink for enjoyment.
Thanks to Christina for the sample!!
I quite enjoyed this one, as I love the combo of red berries with green tea. There is just something soft n fluffy about it.
Normally I dislike sencha teas but here, its great :)
The green tea blends well with the fruit, creating a nice light tea that would be great iced. Hot, it is still very good, but I need to try it both ways! Good thing I have some left :D
This tea smelled so lovely this morning I had to try it out. The name fit too since it is a nice spring morning today. I am enjoying this tea. It’s a bit antrigent with light fruity strawberry notes. The fruity flavouring is done nicely, not too strong. So subtle – it blends perfectly.
Thanks Christina for this sample. I can see why it was one of your favourites.
Just wanted to add that as this tea cools the strawberry notes really come out. I bet this makes an awesome iced tea.
This is one of those teas that I’m really making an effort to sip down and swap away, since it’s discontinued and I need to stop hoarding it.
The more I drink other types of green tea, the less I appreciate this, but my comments about it being a nostalgia tea still stand. I’ve got between 0.5 and 1 ounce of this left (which looks like a lot, since the leaf is so fluffy).
The more teas I try, the more I realize that this tea, which was my real gateway into loose-leaf, is really not as good as it could be. This is a nostalgia tea, really. I’m looking forward to trying much better senchas.
I coldbrewed this overnight and took the teabag out a few hours ago. Now I’ve been sipping it all afternoon with a generous dollop of agave syrup added to cut down on the sencha bitterness. It’s ok, but the fruit flavour doesn’t really pop. I’m gonna try and double-down to get this finished over the next month or so.
A wellness blend I would highly recommend if it was still around. Packed with vitamin C, but what I particularly appreciated is that it is primarily Raspberry Leaves. Meaning what? Meaning it is GREAT for menstrual cramps. The blend was great on it’s own, but I made it iced with a touch of squeezed lemon and suffered no more. I miss it.
A very specific outcome. Senna leaves are known to “cleanse your system;” (make you sh*t). What I appreciated about this blend is that it was designed for a specific reason, but still had an enjoyable taste. Not something you could drink every day, but for when you needed to benefit from it, it wasn’t unpleasant.
I loved this blend. A spiced tea (not unlike a Chai), but more like cinnamon hearts (without being too sweet). I loved the balance of flavours. What I would particularly praise is that this a full-flavour blend, but does not overpower the taste of the black tea. You can still tell it is a black tea and enjoy it as such. I shall miss it.
I’m moving my rating of this down a few points – while I have a lot of nostalgia about this (now discontinued, even by Teavana) blend, I’ve realized lately that the sencha leaf base could be even better. Drinking it right now to remember the good times when my tongue was much more innocent (and also to finish it off, since I’ve got probably 1.5 oz left, and this leaf is nearing a year old).
It still smells lovely dry, though. Perhaps I can turn it into laundry sachets?
Tip: Strawberry Paraiso by Teavana and Strawberry Fields are virtually interchangeable. Very little differences.
Light, sweet, fruity. A perfect “gateway tea” for anyone who isn’t sure if they like tea or not. My best friend and I were absolutely hooked on Strawberry Fields Lattes. We made them hot or iced (with soy) and bit of chocolate sauce. A sweet, decadent dessert in a cup. For me, a classic. Certainly a favourite.
I loved this blend. Purely fruit pieces. You have to steep it strong to really get the full flavours, but it was just so light and simple. Naturally sweet (being that the ingredients are basically all candied fruit pieces). I loved it hot or iced. I can certainly see where people would get the “bubblegum” essence from, but not in an over-bearing way. I often made it in the morning and tossed the steeped pieces in to my oatmeal (afterall, it was just fruit). A unique and fun blend.