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This one sounded so good in the store. I was told it was caffeine-free, sweet, creamy, caramel-y goodness with a light spice finish. I liked the sales clerk’s description, and it really did sound like exactly what I’d enjoy on a fall evening. Well… I found it rather blah this evening. Of course, I can’t smell or taste it, so I am with holding my rating until the next time I try it. There just doesn’t seem to be any punch here right now. Hopefully I’ll be able to enjoy it more next time.
Exchanged to get this after a nasty run-in with the Imperial Acai Blueberry. I think I needed more tea, or a longer steep, or less ice. The flavor isn’t very apparent, not the way it is in the store. Next time, I’ll cold steep in the fridge overnight, no ice needed.
Flavors: Berry, Citrus, Orange, Orange Zest, Pineapple
I had a sample of this one tonight at Teavana in the Apache Mall in Rochester. I enjoyed it but not so much that I bought any. Instead I bought 2 ounces of Caramel Chai instead. Sort of wish I’d gotten the Pumpkin Spice Brulee. Oh well.
The first day of the aspirin desensitization is complete and went well. I had the desired alleric/asthma attack with hives, so the doctor is pleased. Tomorrow we do it again. Yay?
This makes for a delicious iced tea. Hot as well. It’s almost a mix between an oolong and a green. Just the right hint of citrus. I’ll be getting more, since it’s fairly cheap as well.
Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Green, Jasmine, Sweet
On it’s own, I’ve found that this tea isn’t very remarkable. However, when mixed with Teavana’s Jasmine Oolong, it’s probably my current favorite. The subtle buttery smokey flavors complement the jasmine and the greens very well.
Flavors: Butter, Smoke
It tasted a lot like coffee, but also like thai iced tea. I made way too much and didn’t drink much of it either. Maybe less is more in this case, was mainly looking for something to keep me awake.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Grain, Mocha, Toasty
I think maybe I didn’t add enough sweetener for this tea. I had it over ice. However, when I tried some that was still warm in the pitcher, I could definitely taste it better. Good tea overall. Maybe my palette needs to adjust.
Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Green, Peach
My friend pawned this one off on me with the warning that it tastes like grass clippings. I’ve passed enough “take it or I’ll chuck it” tea his way that I felt obligated to hold onto this one. Though, in my defense, he liked my burner teas.
Dry, this smells like grass. Brew it too long and it tastes like someone’s lawn. Brew it with cool water, lemon, and some honey and it’s a tasty treat. Leave the lemon in and it’s like lemonade with body. Though, be warned, the wet leaf smells like wet grass lit on fire. Yeah…
I guess Teavana wanted us to have one tranquil dream, or they would have added an ‘s’. More likely, another tea firm already has a tea called “Tranquil Dreams” and they wanted to insure their own name was different. I don’t know where the “(Night Night)” comes from, as it wasn’t on the label, nor in the catalog, nor even the store itself. Whatever, this is their entry in the herbal “let’s relax you for bed” category.
Hence the chamomile. Lots, yet not overwhelming, which is good. There’s lemongrass, but it’s an undertone, nicely blending, understated. Finally there’s supposed to be hibiscus—but you could have fooled me. I enjoy hibiscus, but the amount in Teavana Tranquil Dream is so understated, I’m not sure I even noticed it. Mind you, this sample is a few years old, but normally hibiscus makes itself known.
It was a pleasant pot of tea. For what Teavana charges, I’ll take my chances with a cheaper brew for a bedtime beverage. It was enjoyable, but not enough for me to go downtown to Teavana and purchase more.
These were ok, not my favorite. I think these are an older sample I had which makes sense why the flavor was a bit more bland and not the lovely jasmine flavor I was hoping for. Am going to try the last few pearls as a cold brew for later this afternoon. Hoping the flavors come thru a bit stronger.
This is weird. I think I taste a touch of hibiscus on the edges of my tongue. It isn’t overdone, but I still don’t appreciate it’s presence. After the hibby tang passes, there is a brief moment of an alkaline taste which is washed away by a fruity perfume like aftertaste. After the sip I’m left with a slight sour taste in my mouth. Even if I did like the flavors, the oolong base seems strange. The whole thing is unbalanced, which I have come to expect from the majority of Teavanna teas, but I keep trying them anyways when they pass by me in a traveling tea box.
Using up the last of my sample this morning because I felt that a tasty tea latte would be perfect for the morning after two nights of going out (which I never do, I was being a REALLY good friend this weekend). Turns out this hit the spot, toying with the idea of ordering some of this while Teavana is having their free shipping promotion.
Here is the third and last of the teas I picked up at Teavana in Rochester while I was going to appointments at Mayo. This one sounded really good and I won’t have any trouble finishing the 2 ounces. But I don’t enjoy it as well as the Minted Monkey from Tippy’s. I think the mint must be quite strong because I can almost smell it. That is, I feel the coolness of mint when I lift the steaming cup to my lips and after I swallow. Can’t speak for the chocolate aspect. I would call this tea pleasant. Probably won’t pick it up again, but I’ll happily drink what I have.
I brewed this one up last night for my evening tea treat. I liked it even better this time, so am raising my rating to 75. I believe this is one of those teas that requires a sense of smell to enjoy fully. My sense of smell is iffy at best even with the Prednisone, but last night it seemed to be more clear than before. This morning it’s all but gone again of course. All of you who can smell, rejoice when you’re cleaning out the cat box. I WISH I could smell that!
Anyway, this time I used 3 teaspoons of tea and steeped it for about 4 minutes, and then I could smell hints of the cinnamon and spices. That made a big difference in my enjoyment. It’s still a bit too artificially sweet, but the spice cuts through that enough to mellow it. I still won’t buy more of this, but I’ll enjoy what I have.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Sweet
This is one of the new autumn teas from Teavana. I picked up two ounces to try because it sounded warm and comfy for fall. Last night a brewed a cup and I have to say I wasn’t impressed. It was sort of tasteless and almost colorless in the cup. I didn’t rate it last night because I was super tired after my four days away at the Mayo Clinic and I didn’t follow the instructions on the label. And of course I have no sense smell or taste of taste.I tried it again tonight with nearly twice as much leaf (can I say leaf for an herbal tea?) and it was much better. Still not one I’ll run out and refill, but quite drinkable. My first impression was that it was light and fruity. The end of the sip seemed almost too sweet. Artificially sweet. Definitely doesn’t need any added sweeteners.The white hibiscus doesn’t seem nearly as sour or zingy as the regular hibiscus, which is a plus in my book. I didn’t taste the clove or star anise or cardamom. It may be that those are very light so I wasn’t able to pick up on them with my crazy nose.
This might be very nice iced, and as we’re expecting some days in the mid and upper 80s next week I think I’ll give it a try that way. I don’t give this a raving recommendation, but if a friend served it I’d have no trouble finishing the cup.
While I was at the Mayo Clinic this week I had a 4 hour stretch between appointments. I didn’t want to hang around the waiting room so I decided to see if there were any tea shops in Rochester. I found one, in a mall. Teavana. I had never been to a Teavana. It was similar to the David’s I’ve visited in Winnipeg.
I picked up three teas while there: this one, the Cacoa Mint, and one of the new teas for fall, Poached Pear Cider. I just wish I could have gotten little samples instead of a full two ounces. But I guess 2 ounces isn’t too much to try out a tea.
But I’m reviewing this one tonight since I had it this afternoon. It’s been cold and rainy today, which is prefect tea drinking weather. I really liked this one. It was smooth, and for me the spice was just right, not too bold or so weak that I couldn’t feel it. The color was a nice dark amber color. I bet it smell really good. My sense of smell is gone again, which is unfortunate, but I have hopes of it returning soon. The doc at Mayo put me on 5 medications, 3 of them steroids, which should open up my sinuses and allow me to get some scent up in the olfactory nerve area.
At any reate, although this tea won’t be an Absolute, All Time Fave, it is very pleasant and I think I’ll enjoy it this fall.
Like many of us on this site I am sure, I love Earl Grey teas. I must admit I was surprised by how good this one is. There is quite a bit of bergamot flavor, which is my favorite part of any Earl Grey. The base tea is smooth, mild and generally unnoticeable. It neither adds anything or takes anything away from the tea.
You can certainly find better Earl Grey teas, but I’m not sure you can at this price. It must be the cheapest tea at Teavana.