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Mmm so good! I just got this yesterday and tasted it for the first time today. I am usually a black tea fan but this is the one green tea that makes the cut! I was really surprised at how gently the smoke flavor came through and was perfectly balanced with the moderate spearmint flavor. I was expecting a stronger peppermint but it was faaaar better than storebought!
Flavors: Smoke, Spearmint, Spices, Tangy
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #16
Leave it to Teavana to not know the difference between oolong and roasted yerba mate. Finding details on this one are difficult. It looks like it was only available in a set of other teas. Looking at the blend it looks mostly like roasted yerba mate, calendula petals, rooibos and some sort of larger cocoa nib. That is the flavor as well (with little to no strawberry). I’m tasting mostly the barbeque flavor from the yerba mate, with woodiness from the rooibos. Hints of chocolate. It seems more like a chocolate yerba mate than a strawberry oolong. Not bad but nothing special.
This can kind of be a hit or miss depending on the day it seems. Sometimes I’m drinking this like it’s going out of style, some days it just tastes like someone stirred pumpkin spice in hot water. I wish the oolong was a little more prevalent, but overall I really enjoy this tea. It needs to be steeped at least 5 minutes for me and you have to shake the bag to evenly distribute everything other wise it can either be too spicy or too weak. I got 250g of this on sale during boxing week and it will probably take a while for me to get through it, but overall it’s a nice, spicy tea that’s great with milk and sugar on a cold day.
Flavors: Pumpkin, Spicy
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #15
It’s a Teavana tea but there was no hibiscus in the ingredients list, so I’ll give it a try! The ingredients actually sounded good. It was the promise of plums and almonds. But I should know with Teavana, it isn’t really a promise. I could smell the almond in the dry leaves. The pink cup (pink from the beet root… not hibiscus… remember beet root, tea companies!) is mostly sweet and a little tart but it’s a little bland. I’m not picking out the almond or plum at all.
I also had this one at Starbucks and for $3, I’m pretty glad I did… This is one of the teas that I was hemming and hawing about, trying to decide if I wanted it and well… I don’t.
It’s nice, it’s peachy, sweet (a bit of stevia added in possibly? that’s a big thing with flavored teas) but there’s really nothing more to it. Even peach juice has a bit more flavor to it. I’d definitely pick up a $3 box of Celestial Seasoning’s peach tea over picking up some of this as loose leaf.
One thing to note: since both this and the Passion Tango were just not quite to par, my date suggested blending them. After telling him that was gross, we did and it was actually much better. The (over) sweetness of the peach tranquility cut the (extreme) tartness of the passion tango really well. Why is Teavana blending such a big thing? Just make a tea that tastes well on it’s own, guys…
Flavors: Peach, Sweet
I’ve been drinking this tea this week while not feeling so good and loving it. It doesn’t seem to work for me as a sleepy time tea, but it is very soothing to drink. It has worked better for me as a relaxing tea when I am stressed. The flavors are sharper than what I’d like for a bedtime tea, but do seem to sooth both throat and stomach. I added honey for a sweetener.
So, this is a tea blend that I made for myself upon getting to work because I hadn’t had Blackberry Mojito in a while and hey why not?
I didn’t want just Blackberry Mojito though because I just wasn’t in too much of a mint mood. A little mint kick can be too much for me sometimes, but hey, I wanted this tea! So I mixed in Strawberry Lemonade which is super tasty!
The combined result ended up with a very berry flavor with a spearmint throughout. It was actually very refreshing. I drank it really fast but I don’t know if I would quickly reach for tis cup again. However, it was delicious enough to recommend as I am SURE that so many other people will love it even more then I did.
Again 6 teaspoons of each tea for the end result of a 22 oz cup. 4 teaspoons of sugar.
Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Spearmint
I tried this a few days ago and forgot if I liked it (this TTB has so much tea..) so I had another cup today. It’s not a tea that I would pick up but it’s incredibly similar to Wegman’s Almond Ode to Joy tea that I kind of enjoyed. There’s a bit of apple and the nutty flavor is pretty prominent. The oolong to me is totally missing, as is the rooibos, but overall, it’s a meh tea. (But I also don’t care for nutty teas in the first place.)
Flavors: Apple, Nuts
Basically this tea is like drinking a liquid cinnamon heart. It warms your insides! Not bad but it’s almost too cinnamony… I prefer when chais have a little more complexity. I will have to try it with milk too, for now I’ve just added a few pieces of rock sugar
First my tip about this blend: Get it separated! You will find that it will taste more like it does in store because we keep it separated. ;)
I wanted an extra spicy cup of chai so I used a little more then I usually would for a cup, 2 teaspoons of each for a 12 oz cup. Would have made a full 16 oz but my cup can’t hold that much so I stuck with it. Haha!
I love this blend. It’s not too overpowering in any sense. With it being double strength currently (as I brewed it) I am enjoying the stronger presence of the Cinnamon. The spice feels nice on the throat going down. Nice and sweet. _____
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spicy, Sweet
Decaf and Herbal TTB. This is likely the last tea I will drink from this TTB. I plan to seal up the box a little later tonight. This is very sweet. Tastes a little artificial like many Teavana teas taste. It really is quite nice in some ways and I think it would be excellent iced. Another reviewer mentioned it tasted like almond extract. I don’t know if the flavor of the almonds is from extract but it is possible.
I steeped this one time in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 7 minutes.
Flavors: Almond, Sweet
“if you like pina coladas…. and getting caught in the rain” you got to steep yourself a cup of this tea then!
Seriously. This tea made cold (which is what I did) with a little creamer or milk added in tastes EXACTLY like the stress relieving pina colada. If you can’t drink at work but you are allowed to drink tea, HERE’S TO YOU! Beat that stress!!!
Made for a 22 iced cup of tea
6 teaspoons of each tea
4 teaspoons of sugar
*making your tea hot and cooling down in the fridge will result in more tea with less tea leaves ;)
Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple
Berry Kiwi Colada and Pineapple Kona Pop is a great blend if you want something that is sweet and just a little tart at the same time. Berry Kiwi Colada is just a little too tart for my liking when it is by itself, but combine it with pineapple kona pop and it knocks it out of the park!!
I work for Teavana. We created this one on accident. Originally we were just testing if Pineapple Kona Pop really does make everything better (it does!) but we accidentally forgot to set a timer and ended up steeping it for 15 minutes!! It was just like drinking sour straws. My sweet tooth soul was craving it today so I made it (10 minutes steeped this time) and it was just as good as I remember. You got to try it!!
6 teaspoons of each tea and 4 teaspoons of sugar = delicious.
Make hot and then refrigerate more for more tea with less tea use ;)
Flavors: Fruity, Pleasantly Sour, Tart
This really is the best tea that Teavana has had…ok maybe the best flavored green tea. I truly did not know what to expect when I picked up 2 pounds of this tea on clearance for 60 bucks. I was amazed by the creaminess to this tea. It’s very flavorful…but I always do add more tea then they suggest. Overall I would definitely recommend this tea to anyone looking for a good green tea. I’ve got a lot and am willing to share…
I get frustrated with Teavana because it seems like every tea has hibiscus and lemongrass. And artificial flavoring. This one is decent…I can taste a little bit of the strawberry and grapefruit. It’s not bitter at all but I’m a grapefruit lover. I eat a ton when they are in season. I get two good steeps out of it before it tastes like the watery strawberry lemonade tea they have. I wish there was more actual tea in it. Teavana tends to be stingy with the actual tea in their blends.
I’ve had a sample of this sitting in my cupboard for longer than I care to admit. I finally decided to open up the package and try it. Though the directions say to use the entire packet in one cup that is WAY too much for me and I easily was able to divide it into 2 flavorful (and pre-sweetened) cups.
I read reviews on here that compared the cinnamon taste to sucking on a Red Hot candy or chewing a Big Red cinnamon gum. That’s it. There’s no other way to explain the taste. I’ll be finishing off the last of this sample but there’s no way I’d ever purchase this. I have way too many better-tasting chais I can chose over this.
Last time I had it hot so of course I have to have a cup cold.
This tea is sweet without the added sugar but I had a sweet tooth that had to be taken care of so I added a medium amount. It tasted amazing again of course.
Made hot and poured over ice it was an instant gratification and refreshment (after the four minute wait of course).
The citrus notes do come out more throughout the drink when made cold. The strawberry was still there and prominent of course but not with the creaminess that comes from being made hot. I could drink this all day!!
Made with 6 tsp strawberry lemonade
6 tsp strawberry grapefruit
4 tsp perfect rock sugar
for a 22 oz cold cup, brewed for four minutes.
Flavors: Citrus, Strawberry