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70
drank Fig Rose by Teavana
10 tasting notes

The rose and the fig are there, in the scent, but a sip reveals them to be weak. And just beneath the surface, lurks hibiscus. Because if it’s a Teavana tea it probably has hibiscus, and if it’s a Teavana herbal tea, it definitely has hibiscus. But that aside, the lack of intensity and complexity in the flavors is disappointing, which is why I’m going to conduct an experiment with my next tasting.

I recently read an article by Gitte Lasby, titled “Teavana’s dirty secret: Why the tea you brew doesn’t taste like the store samples.” Her experience with Teavana was reminiscent of my constant disappointment with Teavana teas, which stems from the significant gap between their smell and their taste. They always seem to promise more than they can deliver. So, I’ve decided that when a tea fails to impress, as is in the case with this Fig Rose, I will use the tea to water proportion reportedly used at the stores (3 tsp to 1 c. water). It’s partly as an experiment, but also to be able to enjoy the rest of a tea I’ve already paid for. I will update on first experiment.

Flavors: Fig, Jam, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68

Nice and toasty, I like it hot like the fires of Mordor. If you add milk, it tastes like a toasty granola bar.

Flavors: Nutty, Toasty

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78

If you like mixing teas like a mad mage this tea is for you! It’s okay on it’s own but it really shines as a support tea. It adds that extra flavour buff to your main teas.

Next time you are venturing a fruitful quest, have Pineapple Kona Pop in your party for buffs.

Combos:
Pineapple Kona Pop + Peach Tranquility = A really nice tropical blend that tastes similar to Five Alive juice. Great iced.

Pineapple Kona Pop + Blueberry Bliss = Fruity and punch like almost. Great iced.

Flavors: Pineapple

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82

Delicious! Especially with milk!
I like getting this one with the highest milk fat milk and iced.
Too bad it only comes out in winter.
Alternative Road: If it’s summer and you have none in your inventory but you crave white chocolate mint, you can go to a Blendz and ask them to make you iced white chocolate milk with a shot of peppermint.

Flavors: Mint, White Chocolate

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95

A great tea for the dragon knight in you, especially iced. Your taste-buds are in for a pre-emptive strike if you haven’t tried it yet! This tea is great solo, it can hold it’s own in flavour. Also makes a good combo with strawberry teas supporting it.

With MTG’s Dragon’s of Tarkir out, show your devotion to the true Dragonlord and make other Planeswalkers jealous.

Power up: Ask for a strawberry blended tea(Those slushy type teas) and ask them to replace the default tea with this one. It makes an amazing summer treat when you forgot your fire resistance amulet when going on your quest!

Flavors: Fruit Punch, Fruity

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100

These are amazing! I dont drink my tea with sugar unless its a milkyy black tea but i love this rock sugar. i can eat it straight or i use it for iced teas and black teas.

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72
drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
2 tasting notes

I wasn’t very impressed but it wasn’t bad. Just fell a little flat for me.

Flavors: Wet Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Wow this has a surprisingly low score. I actually quite liked it. It has a delicate strawberry flavor, with just a hint of oolong to it. Most of the berry teas I drink are bold, hibiscus-based blends, so this is a nice change of pace.

TheLastDodo

Maybe it was the name?

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This is a pleasant enough tea. Flavor wise it seems to straddle the line between light and dark oolongs, which is interesting. It has the smooth almost nutty flavor of some dark oolongs and a light vegetal note. I find myself wishing the flavor were a little bolder, though.

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80
drank Jade Citrus Mint by Teavana
52 tasting notes

Alright steepster – so here’s the deal. I’ve been using you to procrastinate since the beginning of the semester and I’ve finally gotten my act together enough to stop tea-creeping and actually study, hahaha.
I went to starbucks last night for a study break and got this one hot with a bit of honey since of course I’m starting to feel sick. And its soo nice! The smell is amazing and it tastes just like it smells. Mostly minty but with citrusy notes. I steeped for ~3 minutes and then put the bag in my iced water just because I didnt have anywhere else to put it and this is EVEN BETTER! And I got a second drink out of it for no extra cost whoop whoop!
Cold it kind of tastes like a mojito, and its really nice on my sore throat right now!
Last final exam is tomorrow, and then I have to complete my last paper before I start my field school.
It never ends. ;)

Flavors: Citrus, Lemongrass, Lime, Mint

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50

Why does Teavana put Artificial Flavor in this tea? I’ve had other Thai teas without any added flavors. This flavor tasted too strong to be just the spices, then I saw “artificial flavors”. Here is their current ingredient list:" Ingredients:Rooibos tea, Assam black tea, candied pineapple pieces (pineapple, sugar), artificial flavoring, coconut rasps, coconut chips (coconut, coconut oil, sugar), star anise, roasted chicory root, ginger pieces, cardamom, cloves CONTAINS COCONUT"

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

I personally love white teas. Picked this up from teavana with a bunch of other teas to try. I ended up loving this one the most. Its a light tea if you use 1 ball per 8oz but i make mine mine stronger so ill make a 32 oz and use 5-6 balls. Its great with sweatener or none. I use 1/2 tsp per 8 oz. Sometimes ill throw a ball in another mix i have going on to give it some flavor. Only complaint, I dont usually obsesse over the price because tea is my kind of obsession and my husband loves it to! BUTTT i probably will be using this sparingly now as I just went back to teavana to get just this and decided ill get my big tin filled of it not thinking to much of it , wowwww $220 for my tin to be filled. Holy smokes I almost lost it. Now I know how expensive this tea is I wont be making 3 pots a day. But i do find it to be my favorite tea so far so i will still be forced to pocket out the loot.
P.s. Was used with 180•f water

Flavors: Flowers, Pineapple

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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100

This tea if made properly is truly exquisite, the only way I can describe it is like drinking the scent of a floral perfume or fragrant spring flowers. Very rosy and hyacinth -y if that makes any sense. I find it pairs well with lady fingers, shortbread biscuit, or a Citrusy biscotti .

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

In my continued efforts to find the missing element to this tea, I added a teaspoon of honey to it. The sweetness tasted more or less the same as that of the demerara sugar. I think the flavor profile of this tea is strong enough to cover up the nuances of different sweeteners and only the general increased sweetness comes through. So I still think it’s better off without any sweeteners or milk. This time, though, I did steep it for longer, and found the roasted and cinnamon flavors much more pronounced.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Roasted

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

I have tried this tea again, this time with just milk and also with milk and demerara sugar. The milk naturally made it smoother, but I don’t think the flavor profile is particularly improved by it’s addition. This tea continues to taste like it’s hopelessly missing an element of flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

I wasn’t crazy about this tea, but it’s starting to grow on me. On my second try I decided to add a cube of demerara sugar. This made the tea sweet both at the start and at the back, which was not an improvement. I couldn’t taste any of the demerara’s characteristic caramel sweetness, which I was hoping would compliment this tea’s flavor profile. I held off the sugar for my second cup and found I preferred it unsweetened. It’s still missing something, but I’m determined to give it another try.

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

I want to like this tea, I feel that it has potential. It brews a dark brown cup and smells of sweet cocoa dust. However, the first flavor to hit the mouth is roasted wood, the cocoa doesn’t come until sometime after and is followed by an extremely sweet, caramel aftertaste. Still, I felt it was missing something for me to really enjoy it.

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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19
drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
19 tasting notes

these replaced Tazo
After the barista got it wrong (JUST BAG MEANS LATTE APPARENTLY), I had this.

The leaves seemed like okay quality, the strength was meh.
The ****ing tag fell off and the tea bag just sat there and bobbed like a sad submarine, sitting in the harbor, waiting for orders.

The flavor was MEH. then again they added so much cream, and some odd flavour like nutmeg (then again, I had to teach a barista how to make tea. I became sad at that.), it’s hard to say what the flavor was!

caffeine wise, it is very hard to say, as the hit of pure caffeine was hidden behind some ungodly amount of cream.

I had to make a cup of Tapal Danedar at the hotel room just to make sure I was awake.

All in all, not impressed.

THERE WAS ALMOST NO BERGAMOT. I’ve had teas that cost a fraction what I paid and they tasted 100 times better.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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65

Sipdown!

I actually felt kind of bad for finishing this off, as it involved using about 24 tsp. of tea, but I was getting tired of having this in my cupboard and I can’t buy any new tea until I’ve cleared some space.

This cold brew turned out very, very citrus-y. More citrus than pineapple, though the incredibly sweet pineapple is there in the background. Floral notes are surprisingly absent compared to my last brew of this as well. Adding some sugar might might this a decent substitute for lemonade. Might try that for my next cup as there’s still a rather large jug of it…

Flavors: Citrus, Lemon, Pineapple

Preparation
Iced 24 tsp 101 OZ / 3000 ML

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65

Well cold brewed this was more of an incredibly tart, citrus-y pineapple juice. The tartness kind of gives it an under-ripe pineapple vibe but there’s an underlying sweetness that counters that. I found it more floral than I expected as well. Personally thought it was okay, but could see how it might not be for everyone.

Flavors: Floral, Pineapple, Tart

Preparation
Iced 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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80

This is a nice tea. Tastes similar to cider, as someone else noted, but much more refined. Very different from other Rooibos teas I’ve had in the past. Smooth flavor with very light notes of coconut and ginger.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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