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Judging by the texture and flavor, this Mint Majesty from Teavana would seem to be a version of (if not identical to) Moroccan Mint. In other words: gunpowder green along with a couple of different mints. If this is the same as the Moroccan Mint available in loose leaf form at Teavana, then I should probably get some at some point since it is one of their least expensive offerings and truly a bargain, given the taste!
I had a grande cup at Starbucks today and was pleasantly surprised. No more Tazo Refresh, so there is no caffeine-free mint tea available at the stores, but the taste was quite good for a mint-flavored green tea. I just read the reviews for Moroccan Mint at Teavana, and some people hate it, claiming that it is bitter.
Because I thought that this was supposed to be an herbal tea, I left the bag in my cup the whole way home, but with no negative consequences whatsoever, I am happy to report. This would seem to show that the discontent expressed by some at Teavana’s website probably is not a result of oversteeping. Maybe overheating? Or perhaps this simply is a different tea.
I got a heap of this tea for Christmas along with the tea tin and beautiful travel mug:
I think if I love artificial flavoured teas I’d probably be raving about this one. It certainly does smell and look delicious. The dry mixture is sooo pretty. Loads of fruit & rose buds in there. The oolong is a bit hard to find.
Brewed up it does taste strawberry & rose. I couldn’t get much oolong taste in it but I think it was mostly just meant as a base to give it some body. Yes, the strawberry flavour is somewhat artificial but there are actual strawberry pieces in there (along with apple, pineapple, tangerine, peach, grapes, grapefruit, rhubarb). The artificial flavouring is not too strong and I could definitely pick out the citrus and grape with the other fruits. The rose petals mixed in with it all giving it a natural rose aroma.
Did I love it? I don’t really know. It was a bit strange for me. Fruity and floral at the same time. I would have liked more oolong , less artificial flavour but overall it’s pretty good. It seems like one of those teas that would be amazing iced.
The tea tin and travel mug are sooo pretty.
Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Grapes, Rose, Strawberry
My mom got a bunch of holiday teas from Teavana for Christmas, and she shared some of this one with me and my little bro last night. I am wary of teavana blends because I think they focus too much on the flavoring, rather than the quality of the base tea. This tea confirmed that, but the flavoring was nicely balanced. A little creamy, a little peppermint and not too much of either, but the tea was a bit watery, probably due to not enough Rooibos to back it up. I still like Lupicia rooibos the best. I felt a bit bad to have taken the cup of this last night because my mom decided not to make another for herself, and I didn’t love it. She does have the whole rest of the bag to enjoy though. It seemed like my bro liked it. :)
The dry tea is uniform black full leaf with dried yellow marigold petals and has a malty, woody aroma with vanilla and bergamot orange. In the cup the tea’s aroma has less bergamot and almost no vanilla. The taste is weak, thin on the tongue at 1.5 teaspoon per cup, and unbalanced, with the bergamot washing out the vanilla. It has a mildly salty taste, is pleasingly astringent, tangy, and mildly sweet, with an annoyingly strong and prolonged bergamot finish. Afterward I felt energized but distracted by the lingering bergamot on my palate. Value: $0.20 per six ounce cup. Location and circumstances of growth and production unknown.
Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Vanilla
Cooking TTB #8
Did I do something wrong? I didn’t taste any berry of any sort, let alone a berry of the “yum” variety. Not that this was bad, but it just didn’t taste like much other than the base tea. Considering how much you pay for the weight of the pretty-looking berries, it just doesn’t seem like something I’d buy.
I liked this tea. The caramel is very smooth and the spices definitely come through. I added 1 tsp. of rock sugar for a 16 oz. cup because I like my tea sweet, but I think I would back off a bit on the sugar next time. For even further spice kick, I might add to Oprah chai tea. But really, it stands on its own just fine.
Cooking TTB #3
Okay…so….I admittedly did not take this cup the way I normally would. My boyfriend offered to help me get through all the teas I wanted to taste from this box by drinking a cup of something alongside me so that I could taste it without having to necessarily drink a whole cup. Well, that meant that while I was at least able to steal one sip of it untainted, the cup quickly made friends with my sugar bowl as soon as it was passed along to my boyfriend. The first sip I had was all hibiscus tartness. All subsequent tastes were all berry kool-aid. I didn’t get any almondy flavor at all (although I could smell it when I was brewing this).
I’m glad to have tried this because it was one I always kind of wondered about from Teavana. But, it’s not for me.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Tart
I purchased this on sale and thought it would come in handy with cold and flu season. Ummm…..very glad I made the purchase! I used it for a pretty annoying cold bug that would not budge. I made a pot of this and was able to breath and felt better rather instantly. I added some local raw honey too.
But I could smell it! It opened up my sinuses and I could breathe! Not sure I would drink it as a go to favorite but it helped me when meds could not. I am big on tea as treatment for ailments to start with, but this tea was one of the fastest acting remedies I have seen.
The name of this tea alone was enough to make me buy a little bit. The best way to describe it is okay. I like this tea, but I wouldn’t repurchase it.
Warm, it is sweet and good. I get the vanilla and hibiscus flavours coming through. However, as soon as it starts to cool down, there is a very artificial taste to it. I haven’t tried it as an iced tea, but I would have very low expectations. I’m not sure if it is the marshmallow or another ingredient, but that artificial aftertaste is what ruins this tea for me.
Well, it’s back to work after the holiday. Everything is still and quiet here so it seemed the perfect time to make a cup of this tea. This cup is much better than the last – it’s still a little bitter, but it seems more flavorful. The white teas I’ve tried seem to be so temperamental that just a few seconds or degrees off one way or the other has resulted in a bitter steep. I guess I just haven’t found that perfect spot yet for this tea. I still think this would be best chilled so I do plan to try that later on.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I’m still in full holiday mode. Not quite ready to give up the lights and paper for the cold, dreariness of January. But at least we’ll still have tea to keep us warm. :)
Again with the menthol! This flavor/scent seems to be coming through in so many of my teas lately. I’m not sure what I’m smelling exactly because I don’t think there is supposed to be any mint in here. Aside from the menthol, it smells sweet and a little fruity but also tart. The majority of this mix is white tea with some large dried blueberries thrown in. There is hibiscus and also some red chips of something that look like they were pulled from a bag of potpourri.
So. I steeped this a lot longer than I should have. A coworker came by my desk and I was distracted so the tea was left to itself for a while. The color is a berry red and still smells slightly of menthol plus tea. Of course, it’s bitter since I over-steeped it, but it does have some blueberry flavor. This seems like the kind of tea that would be really good iced. I may try that next time.
The tea has cooled down a bit and I’m enjoying the flavor more. I’ll probably be using the rest of this as iced tea.
Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Menthol, Sweet, Tart, Tea
I found out that the woman who was my son’s one to one aid at school is a tea drinker. She worked with my son for six years, and is just about the sweetest woman on the planet. She’s working with another child this year, but since I just found out about her love of tea I had to get her some for Christmas. She told me she is a Teavana fan, so I picked up some of this and one of their ceramic tumblers for her. Since I was already buying some I also picked up an ounce for myself. Because tea.
This is really nice. There’s a strong chocolate flavor along with some malt and leather. I used three pearls for my eight ounce cup, and I’ve resteeped the leaves twice. I’m pretty sure I can get at least two more steeps before the leaves are spent.
I wish I had some of Teavivre’s Dragon Pearls on hand so I could do a side by side tasting. I’ll have to do that at some point.
P.S. I’m also giving her North Winds from Whispering Pines and Earl Grey Cream from Zen Tea. Because tea.
Of course, the bloomed ball is spectacular to look at. Light jasmine and some artificial peach flavour round out the taste of the tea. I don’t get any bitterness, and it’s a cool tea to have here and there, but a bit gimmicky as well. I wouldn’t say no to a pot, but I don’t think I’d buy more for myself.
The taste comes off alright, though I think I’d rather have the pu-erh or the Yunnan Black separated. The tea blend seems like a perfect fit for a first cup of the day; if not for one small issue I have- one steep only! Sure there are plenty teas that are good for only one infusion, but a single steep pu-erh? A single steep Yunnan black? I don’t think so… how is it that combining two fantastic teas, somehow lessens it’s versatility?
But for what it is, it’s pretty nice.
Delicious! This Mao Feng is uncomplicated and straightforward. Light, creamy, savoury taste with an aroma of…let’s just call it “dinner”. You know that feeling you get in your stomach when dinner is ready and the plate is in front of you and you are just about to dig in? That’s what this smells like. It smells like that good feeling…
Overpriced but good. Whisks up a nice bright green tea. Matcha is actually the reason I found Teavana. I’ve had matcha quite a few times from local vendors in LA and upon moving to SD I was eager to find a tea shop that sells it, one quick search on the internet directed me to a “little” store I had never heard of before- Teavana. Bought a tin of this and enjoyed it immensely. I’ve bought several of them over the years and the consistency has been spot on. I’m sure there are better quality matchas, in fact, I know there are, but the convenience of driving 10 mins to Teavana, trumps a scavanger hunt… at least for now.
I like the spiciness of this chai/mate; it’s not overbearing, but delightful. I purchased a couple ounces of this tea a year ago and still have it in a tin, I drink a cup every now and then. I probably won’t buy more when I run out, but it’s nice to have something a little different from time to time.