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This tea was such a disappointment! I love caramel and I love chai, so getting an ounce of this new Teavana offering with my latest Starbucks reward seemed like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, this tea doesn’t taste like caramel at all and it doesn’t really have the complexity of a chai either. It’s more like an intense cinnamon/clove tea that assaults your taste buds with spiciness. It isn’t the worst tea I’ve ever drunk; I’ll finish what I have, but definitely won’t be re-purchasing this one.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove
--1 tsp of rock sugar
Nice, takes the edge off of Mate in a way that leaves a satisfying, lemonade-like tartness. Would probably make a good iced sweet tea. I’ll probably use more rock sugar next time but I like to use as little sweetener as possible for a first taste so I can catch all the flavors in the mix.
I’d buy it again, it’s like Wild Orange Blossoms but less orange and more tart.
Flavors: Herbaceous, Orange, Raspberry, Rose, Rosehips, Tart
There is a lot of extra stuff in this tea, and for all the good it does, there is nothing but lavender; the aroma of lavender, the overwhelming flavor of lavender, and yet, I don’t seem to see many lavender buds in the blend. It’s sold as a “white tea” blend, but there is hardly any tea in this tea. I think Teavanna should ditch theater and sell it as a herbal blend. Stop wasting white tea!
This is one of my favorite rooibos teas and perhaps Teavanas best. Despite this I am drinking this tonight because I need to avoid caffeine because my morning starts abysmally early lately. It has the sweet taste of the blueberries as the prominent flavor backed up by the savory character of the rooibos. It is good.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min.
A nice blend, but a better latte. Drinking it as a straight tea (though with 2 tbsp milk and 1 tsp brown sugar) I found it to have a too watery taste. It is very sweet on its own and has nice tastes of caramel and spices and perhaps a sweet toffee taste as well. It has a layer of an oily substance on the top of it, but when mixed in the latte it is unnoticeable. The half water, half steamed milk takes away the watery taste, and compliments all the spices the blend has to offer. Although it is a little pricer than say David’s Tea ($11.50 for 50g) I think it may be worth it for a nice at-home pumpkin spice latte.
I would reccommend BUT only has a latte!
Flavors: Caramel, Carrot, Spices, Sweet, Toffee, Vanilla
My sister got me a Teavana gift set for Christmas one year that had this tea, Pumpkin Spice Brulee, and two others…..I absolutely LOVED this tea!!! Im new to drinking loose leaf tea and I was very impressed with this. I can wait for the holidays so I can stock up on this!!
Flavors: Peppermint, White Chocolate
Backlog sipdown. I actually finished this off last weekend and was too lazy to log it. In fairness, it was a busy weekend – my fiance and I volunteered at a program that makes science accessible to kids on Friday, finished cleaning the house that night, and then had friends over the rest of the weekend. I’m glad we got so much done, but it was seriously draining.
This tea was a sample from my best friend’s mom, it’s currently her preferred tea. I have to admit, I would repurchase this. It tasted strongly of berries (what kind I can’t exactly say) and it really hit all the right “fruity tea” notes for me. The resteep was quite weak, however, I’ve come to expect as much from Teavana.
Not bad, definitely something I’d consider picking up at some point.
Not a fan of this one! Nothing about it tastes like Mate. I do like whatever else Teavanna puts in there though, the syrupy sweet, caramel coffee flavor is very reminiscent of a caramel macchiato. It’s one of the few teas I will put cream into. For a quick steep-and-go in my French press this morning, it’ll do.
Flavors: Caramel, Dust, Honey, Roasted
This is one of those teas Teavana got rid of when they changed to no nuts. It’s pretty hard to have a Tropical Nut Paradise. This is one that still has nuts but I think it got somewhat old. There is very little taste even though I over leafed quite a bit. I taste the cinnamon but both the pineapple and nuts are weak. I remember having this before and it wasn’t this disappointing.
I really liked this tea. It has a very nice flavor. I mean, I drink my teas sweetened (1:1 with the tea with the rock sugar) and its very good..
For the second steeping, I would add another scoop of leaves, or just dump it and start over..
I mean.. it isn’t horrible, just not as flavorful
Flavors: Berry, Flowers
Surprisingly, for a Teavana tea, I actually like this one, for the most part. I thought for sure I had reviewed it before, but apparently not, or Steepster has eaten the review.
This is minty but I’m not picking up much chocolate. One of the other reviews I read suggested adding some hot chocolate and I think I might do that next time if I have any on hand. It was a bit disappointing otherwise.
In other news, I spent way too much time looking through posted teas on this site for spam tea. Found a surprising amount. Highlight was the escort girl spam. I’ve run through the first 500 pages of tea now. I’ll work on the rest later.
This looked really pretty in the bag and is strong-smelling. I was hoping to fall in love with this one for a night-time tea but…alas…it was not meant to be. While I think it’s good, it’s ONLY good. I taste sweet chocolate. That’s about it. I couldn’t really identify the sweet as being caramel, either. And definitely no salt. I think I also expected it to feel a little thicker. I won’t repurchase this and will keep looking for something that tastes the way I had hoped this would, but I’ll enjoy what I have of it. Thanks for letting me buy this off of you, Ost!
Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet
I really like this one a lot. It’s got a bit of hibiscus tart to it, but lots of berry flavour and nice, cooling mint. There’s no real distinct cassis notes, which is a shame, but it’s still lovely. If I didn’t know there was rooibos in this, I never would guess from the taste.
One of my go to evening teas. I was terribly disappointed that they discontinued this, but then pretty thrilled to get a 350g tin on sale for next to nothing.
Flavors: Berry, Mint, Tart
I want this so badly to be good. How could you go wrong with cocoa, caramel and sea salt? That should be the best flavour combination ever! But this… is not very good.
The dry leaf smells great. Lots of rich chocolate and caramel.
Steeped, the chocolate is there, and a bit of caramel, but the whole thing just tastes watery, when it should be rich and thick. There’s also an unpleasant fruity artificial sweetener kind of flavour on the back of the tongue and throat, which is quite unpleasant and just doesn’t fit at all.
I had this with sugar and milk, which helped it out a little bit, but I still didn’t really enjoy my cup.
Flavors: Artificial, Caramel, Chocolate, Fruity, Sweet
So I had a $15 Starbucks gift card that was sitting unused since I don’t drink coffee anymore. Yesterday was The first home game of the year for UCF, and my dad had gotten tickets, but had to work and couldn’t go. I’m a student so I get in for free, but my boyfriend needed a ticket, so it worked out perfectly. On the way to pick the tickets up from his house, I decided to stop at the Teavana by his house.
I’ve only had pearls like this one other time, and I knew I had to try these. I used 6 pearls in 8 oz of 205F water. 2,2.5,3,4 minute steeps.
First steep is medium reddish brown. Flavor is a little malty, a little chocolatey, and a little honey. The second steep is darker in color. The flavor is also a bit darker. Darker honeyed, cocoa, malty, and a touch smokey at the end of the sip.
I combined the third and forth steeps. They are weaker than the second steep, more like honey, less like chocolate. And more smoke appears, especially as it cools down. Over all, not a bad tea, but still over priced.
I see small bits of dried strawberry mixed in with the tea and when I open the jar it smells just like strawberry bubblicious bubble gum. I’m not saying this is a bad thing; it actually smells really good. The scent is much milder once the tea has been brewed, not nearly as strong and no longer smelling like candy. I can actually smell tea now, with just a hint of berry.
I like my tea sweetened (and black teas with cream as well), but I wanted to taste this one first without anything added. I’ve read a few comments that the pu-erh teas generally have a strong flavor. I saw one note that described it as “fishy”. I don’t get that here, but perhaps it’s because this tea has been blended with other flavors.
Adding sugar brought out an artificial taste I didn’t really like, but once I poured in a little cream it felt more rounded. I can taste the strawberry slightly and it seems like a good balance of flavors. I’m not getting any of the earthy or fishy tastes I’ve read about. Just a nice black tea with a pleasant berry finish.
My husband doesn’t like this tea at all so he has sweetly “given” it to me. :) I just finished my first cup and really enjoyed it. It’s a nice change from the Earl Grey I usually drink. I think I’ll keep it.
Flavors: Artificial, Strawberry
Oh boy …. I was not expecting to like this at all. This is something I never would have bought for myself but was generously given a sample by the lovely Ost.
I love this! This is surprisingly something I might like to purchase, especially during a holiday sale. I had it hot and thought it tasted like a berry rice krispies treat. It was so nice as an afternoon tea when I was feeling snacky and would of course make a wonderful nighttime dessert tea.
Just FYI, I didn’t taste the hibiscus right off the bat but could taste it on the second steeping (although, I never took the bag out on the second cup so….yeah).
Flavors: Berry, Marshmallow
Very light on mint flavor. Primarily just a pleasant smooth green taste. No bitterness that I can detect; I have read that others have found this tea bitter, but I have also read that can happen if steeped much longer than one minute.
Just a hot, gentle, refreshing taste.
Flavors: Plants, Spearmint