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Study time tea! Loving the earthy, grassy sencha-like flavour of this tea right now. Really full-bodied and leaves a nice aftertaste.
In other news, I finally got my November Tea Sparrow box, really looking forward to trying the new teas as well as chugging that Buddha Bamboo! Hopefully it will last me more than two days.
A couple days ago I tried cold brewing that White pearl of Fuijan. I don’t know why I keep thinking this tea will be better cold. It is NOT BETTER COLD. It gets suuuper bitter for some reason, and when I tried to balance it out with rock sugar (and regular sugar, which is a first for me, when it was still too bitter) it just tasted sickly sweet and bad tasting. The one thing I noticed was that cold brewing it brought out its apricot flavours really strongly, something I didn’t find in the hot brew. I just wish I knew how to make it taste at least decent when cold. I’m gonna stick to the hot version of this tea. Someone please remind me not to ice thing thing again. It would just be a waste of leaves at that point.
After purchasing tea and accessories for my mom’s birthday at Teavana, I qualified for a free sample so I got the Mango Black Flavored tea for myself. I am a huge fan of mango and thought this would be right up my ally!
I followed the directions given with this tea to steep. On a different occasion after having forgotten that I was steeping my tea noticed that the steeping longer did not have a negative affect on the flavor.
Visually, the tea has dried mango along with the black tea leaves though I didn’t notice a strong smell from the dry tea. After steeping, it turns a light golden brown with a slight mango smell. I sweeten with a teaspoon of sugar/honey.
Overall it has a light, refreshing mango taste. It would be the perfect tea for spring/summer. Great tea for any time of the day. I have yet to drink it cold, but I would imagine it would taste great. I would purchase this tea for the warmer months.
my teenager loves this tea! I prefer it unsweetened, but they prefer it with lots of sugar rocks. It is a good tea, easy to combine with other flavors. Tastes okay hot, but better iced. You can reuse the leaves 2-5 times, but I usually only reuse once or twice.
try with or without sugar. If the flavor is too weak, try brewing longer.
It is very week, easily over powered by honey or sugar. Over all poor taste. Only comes in the form of a ball. Watching the flower bloom was very interesting, but the lack of poor flavor made me regret the purchase.
it is labeled as a combination I have them do in store. Doesn’t need sugar, but I personally do not enjoy very sweet tea, so you may like it better if it is sweet. I prefer it hot, but you can enjoy it cold as well. I really enjoy this tea, but the price isn’t as appealing as its flavor.
This is another tea from QueanOfTarts stash sale. Thank you!.
I made this last night latte style. It was delicious. I didn’t realize before I made it that it has all the goods already in the blend, sugar & cream. It was very sweet and very minty. I got to enjoy dessert! Nice. I love mint in tea and this was just wonderful.
From the Here’s Hoping TTB, R5
Blergh. Nope. Not my cup of tea. Even with three heaping tsp, there was mostly fruit pieces and very little tea to be found. Anyone have any experience/suggestions to make this taste nice? I’m thinking maybe I’d have to add a lot of sugar, but I’m not really wanting to have such a sweet cup of tea. Might as well have actual juice at that point in my mind. Maybe I can blend it with another oolong?
I am totally ready to send this box on, but have been requested to keep it until after Thanksgiving, so alas, it stays with me for another two weeks.
I had this black tea to work yesterday. I hadn’t drank it in a long while, and it was nice to taste that smooth, full-bodied flavour of this English breakfast blend. When I say smooth, I mean velvety. It doesn’t have an overpowering black tea bitterness or astringency, but is very satisfactory to drink.
Also, I tried the rest of my White Pearl of Fuijan this morning iced. I had not added any rock sugar to it while it was hot, and today it was predominantly bitter. Had to get rid of it.
On a side note… I realized my Argonian name would be Sips-Her-Tea.
I have a mug similar to this – same type from Teavana just a different design. The cup itself is ceramic and pretty to look at. It comes with a ceramic basket to steep your tea but the holes are somewhat large so you need to be careful when brewing finer tea. The lid looks like a gaiwan lid and helps keep your beverage warm. I’ve had this for over a year now and the artwork on the mug hasn’t faded or anything. It’s held up very well. I’ve also thrown mine in the dishwasher over that time period.
I initially tasted a sample of this in store and it was delicious but I decided I wasn’t going to spend any more money on tea this year. I went back the next day and purchased a tin of this stuff. This tea is straight up chocolate and peppermint – so creamy and dreamy! It tastes like you’re drinking a hot chocolate except it’s tea. There’s also apparently some licorice in this tea…I’m not a fan of licorice but I don’t even notice it here. The tea is pretty sweet on it’s own so I don’t think it needs sugar. I have a major sweet tooth and this tea actually helps curb some of my cravings. There is sort of a film on top after brewing but I assume it’s from the fat of the white chocolate chips. Personally, it doesn’t bother me. The tea claims to be caffeine-free but since chocolate contains caffeine, I think there are very small traces of it in this tea. I have no issues with falling asleep after drinking this tea, though.
Flavors: Peppermint, Vanilla, White Chocolate
My all time favourite tea. I’m almost at a loss for words at how delicious this tea is. The smell of this both cold and hot reminds me of the bakery that’s been baking cinnamon buns all day. I don’t really get much caramel to be honest, but I do smell an overwhelmingly delicious cinnamony nutty almond and even a touch of maple syrup in there. It’s delicious without cream or sugar, but oh myyyyy gooodnesssss…add a half teaspoon of sugar and a drop of cream, and you’re pretty much in cinnamon bun heaven. I am literally drooling as I write this…off to make some right now! ;) Oh, I forgot to add that I can easily get 2 resteeps with this one.
This tea CAN be perfect. I say this because the amount of time you steep is key. Don’t oversteep unless you want a trip to the spice rack in your mouth. Less is more as far as tea to use, as well. Go for the lowballing amount on the label. If brewed correctly, it’s one of my favorite cold weather teas.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices
I really love this tea, it was the first teavana tea that I ever tried. It’s especially good when you add a little milk to make it into a frothy latte. I find that it can withstand 2 steeps which is great because it’s pretty darn expensive! If you can, get this tea when it’s on sale!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin
Ugh. another tea ruined with too much hibiscus. Just my opinion, but I think a lot of tea blends go overboard on the hibiscus, especially fruity teas, this is no exception. I do like the creamy aftertaste of this, but the hibiscus just overpowers all the other flavors.
I personally made this account to rate how disgusting this tea is! I would not recommend it to even my worst enemy. This tea tastes like someone boiled carrots and asparagus and then poured the water into my cup. I tried even putting honey, sugar, and lemon into it and it still tastes like pee. Every time I think of the smell, or taste of his tea I automatically want to throw up. I literally feel ill now after drinking this tea. I also am an avid tea drinker and this is the worst tea I have ever tasted in my entire life. If you like this tea there is something wrong with your taste buds and should probably go see a doctor.
Flavors: Asparagus, Carrot, Peat Moss, Spinach, Vegetal
I’ve had this tea for a while. I might have brewed it a smidge too hot the first steep. The flavor wasn’t there. It did get slightly better once it cooled down and on the 2nd and 3rd steeps with cooler water. Buttery with slight floral at end. I had a much better oolong last night. This definitely suffers in comparison.
Flavors: Butter, Floral
Thank you taipwnsu for the sample!
Tasting #1 – Steep Time 2 Minutes
Common aroma from the tea, but remarkable flavor. Very light grassy flavor is incredibly pleasant.
Tasting #2 – Steep Time 4 Minutes
There is now a sweetness to the aroma as the tea has deepened in color. The grassy flavor has become rounder, fuller, and even more delicious.
Tasting #3 – Steep Time 6 Minutes
The sweet aroma is very clearly honey now. The flavor is now evolving, like it might become bitter or astringent, but it is just the the tiniest sharpness.
Tasting #4 – Steep Time 8 Minutes
The sharpness is more distinct, and reminiscent of a typical dragonwell. But unlike a typical dragonwell, the sharpness hasn’t morphed into a bitter or astringent bite. Its a complex part of the tea that makes it enjoyable.
Smooth and delicious, easy to drink and enjoyable.
Flavors: Dry Grass, Honey, Roasted, Sweet, Vegetables
This Teavana tea has become one of my go-to teas, and a favorite I share with friends. It is a very easy tea to customize, in a way, as the cloves and cinnamon bark are visible and some may be easily removed if you find one of the flavors too strong or dominant. It is a smooth tea, and especially pleasant with Silk Soy Creamer and stevia. It is also really nice iced, either with or without the cream.