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This Teavana Four Seasons Oolong is on the greenish side (I guess that goes without saying), and smells really wonderful dried. The flavor of the pale greenish gold liquor is both floral and slightly sweet. The texture is smooth. I like it, I do.
From the TeenyTiny TTB 2
I do like DavidsTea’s Cherry Blossom, which in theory sounds similar to this tea. The dry leaf looks pretty with long tea leaves and big rose buds. However, this tea smells like cough syrup. Cherry cough syrup. I decided to taste it anyways as some blends are more scented then others. Nope, tastes like weaker cherry cough syrup, candy sweet (though I added no sugar nor see rock sugar in this), no tea flavors or other things going on.
Teavana “Chinese white tea combines deliciously with sour cherries and candied cranberries to create an exotic, yet delicate blend”. If you consider cough syrup exotic, then yes. Glad I’d tried it as I would of been tempted sooner or later to buy it as I do love cherry/floral/white blends.
EDIT: this tea also stain scented the teaware used – I washed it twice in soapy water without much luck so my filter had to be soaked in smart soak to get the smell out.
This is my FAVORITE tea by Teavanna (granted its only 1/2 that I have bought (Ive tried the samples they have out, but I mean Ive actually purchased a cup or I bought some loose leaf)) I haven’t tried it hot (because I know I like it iced and I dont want to waste it!!) .. How I make it is I did a tablespoon (~3 tsps) + about 1.25 tbsp of the rock sugar in the brewer thing and then poured it over a cup full of ice.. Its so yummy!!
I see that the ingredients list is empty.. I cant edit it for a month, but here it is..
Apple pieces, candied pineapple pieces (pineapple, sugar, citric acid), rosehip peels, peach pieces (with rice flour), pieces, artificial flavoring, chamomile flowers, lemon verbena
Flavors: Fruity, Peach
I wish Teavana hadn’t discontinued this one. It’s got lots of berry flavour and it’s tart, but it’s the good kind of tart that has a lemony note to it, instead of the blah sour water hibiscus tart that I find in so many fruit tisanes and generally dislike. There’s also a very nice cinnamon note that comes out.
I’m almost out and I’ll be sad when I hit the bottom of the bag.
Flavors: Berry, Cinnamon, Citrus, Lemon, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart
I really like this tea! I have had far worse Sencha and slightly better Sencha. This falls somewhere in the high middle. I do understand that you can find better Sencha for roughly the same price elsewhere but overall I wouldn’t shy away from this tea…However, you might want to shy away from Teavana if you can. Last tasting notes before I go on a Teavana rant: Medium full body, vegetal, green, nutty. ( I seem to be one of the only ones who tastes any nuttiness in this) Maybe my taste buds are off?
Okay, here was my Teavana experience. I am certainly not mad, but I feel like it is humorous, and I should share.
I arrive and everything seems nice. When I ask to smell the tea, the two employees working literally had a minor argument on who should help me….awkward. One finally rolled her eyes and sludged to get the tea.
After trying to spark up a conversation about the tea it was clear she had little knowledge of tea and was completely unaware that Sencha comes from Japan. Seemed pretty basic to me. I tried to describe the smell of a different green tea and was having some trouble. I asked her what she thought. She said it’s “too hard to explain”.
I left feeling like I got a decent tea but certainly didn’t gain any knowledge which is something I am always looking for when I visit a tea shop.
Flavors: Green, Nutty, Sweet, Vegetal
So I know that most of you have outgrown Teavana, or hated it from the beginning…but there are still some teas that I really love there and will probably still buy occasionally when I run out.
Not sure I will repurchase this one though. I have wavered on my love for Monkey Picked Oolong in my not drinking so many roasty teas lately. And plus, there are other places that carry Monkey Picked Oolong, and are wayy cheaper and good enough for a substitute. So far it’s Teavivre’s Monkey Picked Oolong that’s the best replacement.
But anyway. I probably could throw this tea together since it’s only silver needle, jasmine oolong, and monkey picked oolong.
So not sure if I will buy this again. $14 isn’t a horrible price for 2oz in my book if it’s all consisted of expensive teas anyway.
I steep this one grandpa style. It’s strong and perfume-y.
The silver needle has really grown on me in this tea. Sometimes it’s really strong, but this time the jasmine oolong took over. It’s a lovely tea, and something that I find myself craving from time to time.
I think Teavana did pretty good on this tea. Probably the best, or least one of the best teas they have. And not too overly priced!
Flavors: Hay, Jasmine, Perfume
Picked this one out today almost my chance. It is not great, not terrible and a little too sweet. I think it would make an excellent iced tea as it has very little bitterness and astringency. I would only cautiously recommend someone try this tea. Some people will like it, more probably will not.
Darn, I’m back up to 104 in my cupboard. But the good news is that I used my Starbucks reward to get one ounce of this tea for free. The girl helping me was actually very friendly and suggested this one because it was one of the more expensive ones, haha. In any case, I had my eye on it anyway, so it all worked out well in the end.
The weather is still hot, so I cold brewed one tablespoon in my water bottle overnight. It’s definitely got a nice malt flavor, but at the same time is naturally sweet. There are some subtle cocoa notes and even more subtle smoky notes in there as well. Overall, a pretty refreshing cold brew with no bitterness or astringency to be found! I’m very pleased with my choice, but it is a bit expensive to buy with actual money when I run out.
When I first had this tea, I loved it. I loved that the flavor of nuts was prominent. However, my initial excitement has faded and this tea has fallen to just the “O.K.” category. Instead, I like to mix this tea with some Rooibos Chai. Mixing the two teas, the nut flavor becomes a compliment to the Chai spices.
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Flavors: Chocolate, Malt
Taken with milk. I thought maybe that’d push this one to be more flavourful, especially since I really over leafed this mug to use up the rest of the sample from 221Tea but somehow the opposite affect was acheived.
Instead this came off as lukewarm, slightly oily milk with a bit of extra sweetness. Really, really mediocre (at best). But at least it’s done now, right?
Right. And I have better banana teas anyway.
Man, this is a blast back to the past. Like, way into the past back before I’d moved to Saskatoon or joined Steepster and I had only tried like 20 different kinda of tea, tops. This, my first Teavana blend, was one of them: I had tried a mug of it at my friend Renee’s house a long, long time ago. It was, in my mind, an example of amazing, quality tea.
Oh how times have changed.
When I received a sample of this from 221Tea I just knew this would not shine anywhere near as brightly as it did that first time when I was such an inexperienced tea drinker, but I was excited for the “flash backs” and getting to see just how much my tastes have changed. And I was right; this fell short in a lot of ways as nostalgic as it was.
If I’m being fair, it really did remind me of another tea I’m big into right now: DAVIDsTEA’s Caramel Corn but much, much weaker in flavour and with a less palatable mouthfeel. This one? Really quite oily. But, given the association I had very quickly between the two blends I can see why at one point this was really amazing to me.
Basically this is very weak/bland coconut/caramel with just the faintest hint of sweet banana in the mid sip. If you didn’t know the name, you might not even recognize it’s there and instead just pick up on generic fruitiness. In fact, the most defining “banana” trait is the underripe sourness at the end of the sip. Bleck.
At best this is an average tea, but I think even that is too great a compliment.
While this tea has a beautiful deep red color (thanks to the beetroot pieces, I’m guessing), it doesn’t have much of a flavor. A bit of blueberry, and general fruitiness, and a bit of a tang, but it doesn’t taste like much of anything. Even adding honey just made it taste like sweet hot water with slight fruity elements.
Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity
Teavana makes me grumpy, but I keep going back because some of their teas are amazing. I just wish they weren’t so hit or miss.
This one is more of a miss than a hit. I brewed this cup according to their directions (1tsp/cup, 90 degrees, 3min), and no great surprise, it was a huge disappointment. It had that generic, cheap fruit tisane flavour, that’s vaguely tart with no distinguishable notes. Bleh.
I put the basket back in my cup for another four minutes (this was after it had cooled enough to take a few test sips), and it’s better. There are actual flavours now! But it’s still nothing great.
The strawberry and rose are there, but I’m not getting anything that evokes champagne. There’s a wee bit of oolong earthiness, and an interesting/odd smokiness in the finish and aftertaste; almost burnt. I can’t decide if I like or hate the smokiness. Quite tart too.
It’s better experienced as the fragrance from the bag than brewed up as a tea. Lots of fruit, including some lychee and raisin notes, maybe a hint of dried currant, none of which comes out in the cup.
Maybe I’ll give it another shot iced at some point. It seems like it might do better iced with a bit of sugar.
Flavors: Black Currant, Burnt, Earth, Lychee, Raisins, Rose, Smoke, Strawberry, Tart
On the nose it’s all cherry cough syrup. On the tongue it’s cherry cough syrup and orange juice.
I love the idea behind this tea but the execution is lacking :| Steeped it till I remembered that I was making it, but it always tastes like this. It’s not terrible, but just too artificial and medicinal to enjoy much.
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Cherry, Citrus, Cranberry, Medicinal, Sweet, Tangy, Tart
I’m very new to drinking loose leaf tea and even more new at reviewing it, so I’ll give my noob opinion just in case someone like me decides to check it out! I brewed 3 teaspoons of this tea for about 24oz in hot water for 3 minutes, I stirred in some local organic honey and wow, I really like this tea! I’ve had literally 2 other loose leaf teas in my life (lots of bagged tea though) and this tea is so far one of my faves. I haven’t tried it without the honey to sweeten it. It definitely has a very strong fruity flavor and I can taste the rooibos in it as well. I have to agree that the green tea flavor is not as strong as it could be, but I like the tea as is. I specifically requested a flavorful mild tea, and it does not disappoint.
Flavors: Flowers, Fruity