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This tea used to be one of my favorites. Now it is more of a background tea. I found an unopened pouch of it in the back of the cupboard last night and cold steeped it overnight. The coconut in the tea I had in a tin had the coconut go bad in that soapy sort of way, so I was surprised to find this pouch still in decent shape. This tea seems a little weaker than I remember, but maybe that is the difference between a hot and cold steep. It is still pretty good and I get a bit of almond cardamon flavor with a creaminess to it. Maybe I’ll cold steep a pitcher of it and kill the rest of this bag before the coconut turns on this one too!
It really tastes nothing like Thai iced tea, btw.
The smell of this in the tin can only be described as divine! The smell of this once it’s steeped, reminds me of cherry ‘hubba bubba’ bubblegum. The taste (imo) is a very light version of that flavor. I also brew this at a lower temp, for a short steep (2-3 min) to avoid the bitterness that can happen with this one. Brewed properly, it’s quite lovely to drink.
This tea was part of a limited edition Christmas Set which was yet another gift to my mom from her co-worker (dude, she likes CAWW-FEE!). Although green tea’s many health benefits would do her a world of wonder, my mom isn’t the type to take the time to prepare such lovely infusions for herself. Another gift bestowed to me. Yay!
Wet: Cooked spinach. Literally. I’ve enjoyed this numerous times before and could never put my finger on where I’ve smelled this before. Until my dad made spinach on the stove and BOOM! It hit me.
Taste: Like I drank the spinach water – in a good way. I find that this tea “dries out” my mouth – is that what is meant by astringent? (I always use spring water when I prepare coffee or tea.) After drinking about 5 out of 8 ounces, I feel like whatever leftover “flavors” in mouth are gone. It would be nicer if this green tea was soothing – I feel the astringency is a bit too much and I have to drink plain spring water or something to coat the throat.
Overall: This made feel A LOT better after devouring a Popeyes 4 Piece meal. I don’t plan on repurchasing this. (Would I be able to?) It isn’t the kind of green tea I could enjoy day after day. I’d save it for days when I know I’ll be eating loads of food.
Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Spinach, Vegetal
This is my very favorite tea, unfortunately Teavana discontinued it, I found this out while picking up a refill and saw two tins of it on clearance… I bought them both. When you initially open the tin of this tea, the aromas are of intense notes of plum, apple and almonds. Many may think it too much, but I love it! The tea is sweet, smooth and slightly spicy. I make it using my Teavana Smart Tea Maker. I’m dreading the day I use the last of it.
Flavors: Almond, Apple, Plums, Spices
Pros: This tea maker strains even the finest tea without any leaves or debris escaping into the cup. It doesn’t leak at all. It is durable and perfect for travel. It has perfect visibility for tea leaves within. And lastly, it makes brewing tea incredibly easy.
The cons: This tea maker is, regrettably, plastic. My reasons for this being an issue are less due to the health risks of brewing black tea at boiling point in plastic, but more so of the fact that plastic is extremely absorbent of flavors and scents. Brew one chai tea in this thing and all your future delicate white teas and green teas have a aftertaste of spices. That being said, if you intend to use this tea maker, then intend to use it for one type of tea. My second con on this item would be the difficulty with which to clean this tea maker.
First off: Starbucks, you need to tone it down a bit. Yes, I want hot tea. No, I do not want it THAT hot. No, I’m not a big baby, my tongue had an actual mark/burn taste on it for several days after blindly taking a sip of this. I’ve never had this kind of experience with this coffee so what are you doing?
Now onto the tea itself. I can definitely tell where the flavors divide in the tea. I think I liked the middle part the best. I might drink this again, with my own temperature set.
Flavors: Green, Smoked
This Matcha Tea is not bad but not worth the price. Its tends to clump in my matcha bowl and takes twice as long as domatcha one. This one is not bad to drink it just lacks a sweetness. I am happy Teavana has sourced an Organic Version from Central Japan. Perhaps they bought a bad batch while buying in Japan?
This just came out in the past few weeks. I used to be a HUGE Teavana fan. Unfortunately, there has been little to be excited about with Teavana lately. One new tea in the past 4-5 months? I was hoping for a new Summer Tea Collection or something like that, not just one measly tea! I’m not sure if it is the new ownership that is neglecting the product development of Teavana, but I used to really look forward to the new releases but now I rarely stop by to see what is new or check the website. After waiting a long time for a new tea, I found this one rather disappointing. It is an okay tea, but a bit expensive. It did not make a major impression on me. They are preparing it in-store as a blend with the Limeade Twist. For me, this was just….meh. I hope for some new and exciting releases in the future, but I am not holding my breath.
I love anything blueberry so I wanted to try this. It’s very expensive, almost $15 per oz. I got about 2 oz. and a little goes a long way. It steeps very densely and fast so I keep my steep time to under 2 mins. It’s very bitter for my liking, but has a slight blueberry note and I like that it’s white tea. Other than that, my search for a strong blueberry tea continues!
Flavors: Bitter, Blueberry
Brewed this beauty with a touch of clover honey for some added sweetness this morning. On its own, this tea isn’t particularly sweet, and its flavor is smooth, somewhat smokey mint. The smokey flavor works well with the bold mint taste, and I like this mint tea because it doesn’t have the sometimes overwhelming sharpness present in peppermint teas. This tea tastes more natural and vegetal, and while it is not a complex tea, the flavors are good and I find this brew to be very calming.
Flavors: Mint, Smoke, Spearmint
This tea is a personal favorite of mine and was a much needed brew on what has been a rough night. I’m in a flare with my illnesses so even my strongest pain and nausea medicines are falling short of controlling my symptoms and so I seek comfort wherever I can find it, and tonight it was in a cup of this tea. This is my favorite of all the chai teas I have tried, and I think its because it balances the spices with a lighter woodsy note that keeps you from tasting nothing but spice. Not to say I don’t enjoy that sometimes, but I like that this chai remains less heavy without losing the deep notes of spice and warmth a good chai tea should have. The lemongrass and pineapple give it natural sweetness that is good both with or without rock sugar added, and the black pepper and cardamom work nicely with the tea to give a solid, smooth base to the flavor of this brew. I like this tea brewed medium to dark, but I have also found it steeps well up to 5 or 6 times, depending on the length of each brew. This gives this already well-priced tea more bang for your buck, though this is one I keep around in large quantities – right now its the only tea I have in a 1lb tin. Like I said, this tea is a personal favorite and the overall flavor and notes of ginger are calming to my jerk of a stomach.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Lemongrass, Peppercorn, Spicy, Sweet, Wood
This one is great for when you have a cold. Mate is a hit or miss for me, but with the green rooibos and papaya, it tastes much better. The dried fruit and sugar definitely help sweeten it. I personally think that it is a little over priced, and would not seek it out to pay for it. So good, but not great.
Flavors: Citrus, Grass, Passion Fruits, Pineapple, Sugar, Sweet
The Jade Dragon Mao Feng’s color is very light and has a vegetal taste, so if you aren’t a fan of that kind of flavor, stay away. Drinking it invokes a feeling of gently waking up on a sunny spring morning. There is a pleasant aftertaste and it almost feels refreshing. It also seems to be more delicate than other green teas I have encountered. The leaves are long and unwieldy; it’s a bit of a challenge to get an exact teaspoon amount when brewing. I make sure to steep the tea for about 3:30-4:00 minutes on a second steep for maximum replication of the taste, and I have never brewed a third cup for fear of severe dilution.
This is easily one of the best and pure-tasting green teas I have had. I am quite disappointed that Teavana has elected to remove this tea from their collection. I made sure to purchase a couple of pounds from their clearance section.
A very light flavor. The peach is absolutely the spotlight in this tea, the marigold being a backend bite of tanginess. Very refreshing when served at cooler temperatures and a calm drink when warm/hot.
Flavors: Citrus Zest, Flowers, Jasmine, Peach
Strong but not overbearing. I add sugar to most teas(got a bit of a sweet tooth), I would say that this tea melds rather well with sweeter notes. Having the earthy overtones and the light floral flavors to back them, it makes for a nice, smooth drinking experience. Not extravagant by any means, but a worthwhile cup nonetheless.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Floral, Smooth, Wet Earth, Wet Wood