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Mmm this is delicious. Very sweet – it tastes just like an orange sorbet. I’m not getting a whole lot of the oolong base, just lots and lots of desserty orange. Definitely not something I would drink every day, but when in the right mood it’s great.

Flavors: Creamy, Orange, Sweet, Tangy

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80

Decent Sencha tea, I enjoy the sweet veggie taste. I can get two steeps from this tea, after that I can add rice crispies to make a genmaicha tea.

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
165 tasting notes

My first Teavana tea of the day that wasn’t a disappointment…this one was a decidedly mellow, reasonably balanced black that lacks the salty notes I’ve had issues with in others. It lingers in the mouth, leaving behind an almost honeyed aftertaste and a soft sensation that makes it a decidedly pleasant cup to have on hand while watching tv or working online.

I’m still not likely to run out and buy this one – because it’s still Teavana, y’know – but it won’t be a problem for me to drink what’s left in the bag.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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40
drank Spiced Apple Cider by Teavana
165 tasting notes

I’m really not sure about this tea…it’s definitely spiced – tastes heavy on cinnamon and possibly clove – and I saw the apple bits go into the infuser, but I’m not getting the apple cider that I think they were going for.

Final verdict on this one is that it’s just okay. Like many, many other Teavana blends…I’ve had better elsewhere. I’ll likely not even drink what’s left in my cup – much less the rest of the bag – so it’ll be going into my swap drawer.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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60
drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
165 tasting notes

Much like the other Teavana blends I’ve tried this one just fell a little…flat. Despite overleafing by 1/2 tsp it still came across as a little thin and weak. The flavours are definitely as expected – fruity peach and a little over-ripe – but there’s a back taste on the end of each mouthful that leaves me feeling a little astringent.

So it’s okay, but not something I’d rush out to buy, since there are others that are better – Ginger Peach by Teajo springs to mind – though I’m not going to complain if I wind up drinking all of what’s currently in my cabinet.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Sipdown! I forgot I was almost out of this one. Good news for me, because my cupboard is crazy full right now. (And I have two new tea orders on the way!)

This is a roasted oolong from Teavana. The roast on this is lighter than their discontinued Auspicious Ayame oolong. The taste is more floral and vegetal, even a little buttery, and not quite as dry. Personally, I love both of them, but I would say that this one is more balanced in flavor. A solid choice for people who like oolongs, especially cozy roasted ones. I wish I’d had a little more leaf in my tin, though, because this particular steep was on the weak side. But I still enjoyed my last cup! Not sure yet if I’ll restock… It’s very drinkable, but it’s expensive, and I want to try more roasted oolongs from other companies and see how they compare.

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drank Jade Citrus Mint by Teavana
165 tasting notes

This tea is very heavy on the mint – a heady rush of peppermint that lingers on the palate and in the nose – but there’s also a slightly unpleasant taste on the back of each sip that I find decidedly unappealing.

I’m not particularly picking up on the citrus flavours, to be honest, and there are definitely many other mint teas that I would choose to brew over this one…so (as many teavana teas go) I’m not all that enthusiastic about this one.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Silver Needle by Teavana
15 tasting notes

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This tea has been discontinued for awhile. But it was the first roasted oolong I ever tried, and I adored it from the very first sip. I heard it wasn’t very popular with Teavana’s customers, though, at least not where I live… I still remember the odd look that one of their employees gave me, when I said it was one of my favorite teas! She was nice enough to give me a hint that it was about to be discontinued, so a few weeks later, I was able to grab a tin for 30% off.

I still have that tin in my cabinet, so I thought I’d try steeping it gongfu style. It was my first attempt at gongfu, but I enjoyed it. The shorter steeping times made for lighter, sweeter infusions. That said, this is still a very toasty oolong, which I love! Smoky roasted flavor, with notes of orchid and honey that become more prominent each time it’s steeped.

I really need to try more roasted oolongs! They’re one of my favorites, and perfect for fall.

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This is an older tea in my stash, one I keep forgetting I own. I bought it because I was curious about how it compared to Teavana’s Silver Needle, which I used to drink religiously. They’re made from the same type of white tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen), so I expected them to be similar. The pearls aren’t bad, but overall, I think I prefer their unrolled Silver Needle tea.

In the tin, the Silver Yin Zhen Pearls smell sweet and lightly earthy. They seem to have a stronger scent than Teavana’s Silver Needle—but like most unflavored whites I’ve tried, the aroma is pretty subtle. The liquor steeps to a soft yellow color. To me, it doesn’t taste as creamy or as light as the Silver Needle does. Instead, it has notes of hay, and seems a lot sweeter in flavor. The aftertaste also reminded me of green tea. Somewhat vegetal and earthy, with just a hint of dryness.

I’ll have to drink a cup of Teavana’s Silver Needle in the next few days, so I can compare them more closely. For now, though, I think I prefer the subtle creaminess of their unrolled Silver Needle to the pearls. The pearls have a stronger sweetness to them, and while the taste is pleasant, I prefer white tea that isn’t quite as sweet. The Silver Yin Zhen Pearls would be a good option for someone who wants more flavor— though they aren’t cheap, like a lot of Teavana’s teas.

(Note to self: I need to look into trying more Bai Hao Yin Zhen from other companies… I purchased Teavana’s Silver Needle early on in my loose leaf tea journey, but I don’t have much to compare it to. I should expand my knowledge of unflavored white teas!)

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80

Well, hello there, surprisingly delicious tea! This was the very first tea I decided I wanted to try when I looked at the Teavana website because I thought, for one, that champagne sounded bizarre and, for two, that strawberry and rose sounded like they would be enjoyable together.

I wasn’t able to pick out the rose on its own, but the strawberry tasted…fancier (?) than normal. So, maybe that’s where the rose came in. Most surprising was the champagne part. It felt…sparkly. Not quite tingly. It was kind of like the taste you get in those carbonated flavored waters. I actually really liked it because it brightened the berry flavor and made it feel both relaxing and refreshing at the same time. I enjoyed it both hot and cold without any additives.

Even though I’m beginning to think I may outgrow Teavana rather quickly in pursuit of other fine tea brands, I do believe this might be a tea worth keeping around.

Flavors: Berry, Champagne

Nxtdoor

I hated this one! It tasted like I was chewing on rose bushes. I was so happy to see it go. I’m glad at least someone out there thinks this tea is good.

The Cookie Lady

How funny that I didn’t even taste the one thing that was all you could taste! Ha! But, I also happen to really like rose in my tea and perhaps you aren’t such a fan. You know, it always seems like you can taste the thing you like least.

Nxtdoor

Absolutely right, you are! Hate something and it’s all you’ll taste.

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91
drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
158 tasting notes

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91
drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
158 tasting notes

Mmm this is such a lovely tisane. It’s not overly sweet, but the fragrance and flavour reminds me of lemon and orange candy – citrusy and tangy.

The lavender and sage aren’t really identifiable or distinct in this one. There’s maybe a hint of the herbals on the finish, but they seem to mostly balance the sweet and tart of the fruit, making this a lot more interesting and unique than many fruit tisanes.

It has a nice cooling sensation.

I wish this tea wasn’t so pricey, because it’s amazing, and I want to keep it around all the time.

Flavors: Candy, Herbs, Lemon, Orange, Sweet, Tart

OMGsrsly

I had been using my rewards to get this one free, but sadly I didn’t buy enough at starbucks or teavana last year and no longer get free stuff.

Anlina

Last time I was in there they told me about the rewards program but it sounded super confusing. Like you couldn’t just sign u, you had to buy a gift card or something? I like the idea of free tea but…

OMGsrsly

It’s the Starbucks rewards system, if you’ve ever done that. Yes, you need to load and register a gift card, and purchase everything using the gift card. But when you do, you get points and can get free tea once you reach “gold” level. It works really well for me since there’s even a Sbux at work now. I’ve just stopped drinking as much coffee and don’t really like the Tazo tea, so I wasn’t able to maintain Gold last year. :( It worked out SO much better when I got free soy milk with the registered card. That was lovely. I hate that they changed it.

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59

So….I’m confused. While I thought this tea was pretty good, it would never in a million have named it “nut” anything. The first taste I got was pineapple tang. Then apple. Then cinnamon. Then apple apple apple apple apple OH SNAP THERE’S A NUT! Like right at the end I could taste the nuttiness….like…if I paused for a while….and thought about it really hard…Also, brulee? There was no roasty sugaryness in this for me. I thought maybe adding a little sugar might bring out the roasty sugaryness (for the record, I kinda don’t think I know what I’m doing when it comes to sugar…like at all). Yeah, no. It really just made the pineapple and nuttiness disappear and made the apple seem stronger. Hmm. Well, I’ll enjoy drinking this….I just won’t look at the package when I do.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Nuts, Pineapple

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I spent summers on my grandparents tea estate in northeast India. Suffice it to say my tea education started young! With that note on my background, I state emphatically that this yellow tea is my absolutely favorite cup of tea.

There is a mild white floral aroma and a slight buttery and green taste. What’s so incredible about this tea is that it’s intense, but so smooth and soft. It lacks the heavy aftertaste of many green tea’s. I adore it.

Now I’m going to share with you a little secret. Starbucks owns Teavana, as many of you know. If you sign up for a Starbucks Gold Card, after every 12th drink you receive one item in EITHER Starbucks or Teavana for free. I use my free credit for 1 ounce of loose-leaf Golden Dragon yellow tea, worth about $15. In this way I replenish my stash of yellow tea without breaking the bank.

Even otherwise, I highly recommend Golden Dragon Yellow Tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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55
drank Kamiya Papaya Oolong by Teavana
1375 tasting notes
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Another Teavana blend that doesn’t sound too bad from the ingredients list.. but I really can’t tell the difference from the blend I had the other day other than the lovely fig fragrance is missing. This one actually looks like it has a good deal of oolong in the blend for once, but the bases Teavana uses are always so odd looking. Two teaspoons and quite a long steep doesn’t really bring out much flavor.. but there is that fake sugar that dominates again. With so many ingredients why am I just getting fake sugar every time? At least the other had the fig.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // just boiled // 4-5 min

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drank Blackberry Mojito by Teavana
101 tasting notes

Re steeping the leaves and adding to the first slightly over steeped bath worked well. I let it chill overnight and put it over ice this morning. Added a couple Truvia packets and it pulls out a very refreshing note which I think would be mint as this is mojito? I used a lot of leaf to make this so if I plan on keeping it around I’ll need bulk!

It is not letting me drag the preparation items (I’m on my phone) so, below (mostly to help me recreate) is how I prepared.
10 tsp leaf
20 is ounces
Steep for 3 (?) Min first steep, second 1.5 min
Put both steeps in my glass jug
Chill overnight
Truvia

Rating: 80+

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drank Blackberry Mojito by Teavana
101 tasting notes

After becoming nearly addicted to this tea-lemonade from Starbucks, I finally ordered this. Sadly, I forgot to set a timer! As a result it has a little of a funny taste. I have it cooling in the jug now. I’m thinking of resteeping the leaves and adding them to see if it will help :)

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84
drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
7 tasting notes

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84
drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
7 tasting notes

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84
drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
7 tasting notes

I love Earl Grey and was excited to find that Teavana had both an Earl Grey Black and an Earl Grey White. I haven’t tried the white tea yet, but the black tea is very good. The tea flavor is much stronger than the Earl Grey I usually buy, which is why I added Tea as a flavor/scent below.

Upon opening the bag, the first scent I caught was tobacco followed by the requisite bergamot. It smelled strong, but also comforting and warm. I brewed this tea much stronger than Teavana recommends, as it seems their teas are generally on the weaker side. The flavor was all tea, with the scent of bergamot rising up to remind you that this is, in fact, an Earl Grey blend.

This is the first tea from Teavana that I’ve tried and haven’t immediately thought about its potential to blend with other teas. This tea is great on its own, though I do wish the bergamot had a bit more of a presence. Until I find another Earl Grey I like better, I think this will be my go to when I’m craving that distinct flavor.

Flavors: Tea, Tobacco

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I was on Steepster mobile and wrote this note in the wrong tea…

http://steepster.com/jump62359/posts/263487

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27

It tastes artificially spicy, if that makes any sense. I can’t taste the oolong, I can’t taste the pumpkin and weirdly I find it overly sweet. I will be finishing it up and not repurchasing.

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So yesterday I went in to Teavana to pick up my free tea bc Starbucks rewards, and the employees there were kinda frantic and all over the place and they were a bit impatient with ringing me up so they just gave me my tea for free? Service wasn’t too great, but hey, FREE TEA.

So today I decided to visit another Teavana (the one on the way to my Aunt’s) and I was being helped out by Grace and she was LOVELY. I got this tea prepared in store, and got my free ounce of Jasmine Oolong to take home. We talked a bit about tea (of course) and I told her about how I’ve had like half their tea wall already bc I send tea out to friends and they send tea back to me. She said that was one of the best things she heard that day and I’m all I KNOW RIGHT. IT’S THE BEST THING EVER.
Then as I was leaving, I wished her a magical day and it slipped out oops. I’m totally not a Disney cast member. Not at all.

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