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This is an alright tea – just alright. The overall flavor of this tea is weak, and to use more than one of the balls per teapot just doesn’t make sense at the price of around $15 a pop. After I decided that I would thin down my tea stock, I started brewing at 3 to 4 balls per teapot (32 oz) but it didn’t improve the flavor much. I don’t normally comment on tea price, but for this flavor of tea, I wouldn’t expect to pay a premium.
When brewed, the tea is almost clear. Watching the bloom is quite an experience, but the visual effects of this tea greatly outweigh the flavor or aroma. The aroma is misleadingly pineapple-heavy, with a seemingly complex white tea undertone. There’s a floral note, but it’s not at the forefront of the scenting.
As for the pineapple, it seems artificial – the only real flavor that shows through is marigold and white tea with more of a pineapple scent. I would have thought this to be a blooming white tea that were pineapple scented if I hadn’t have looked the ingredients up on the Teavanna website.
Before I had tried an array of blooming teas, of course, this was one of my favorites! If you’re looking for a visually pretty tea to serve at a brunch or a tea party, this wouldn’t be a bad choice – but if you’re looking for something that packs a lot of flavor and complex aroma, this isn’t the right tea for you. I will not be purchasing this tea flavor again.
Flavors: Artificial, Floral, Pineapple
This is a fermented tea leaf, and you can taste it! It has a savory flavor that washes over the back of the tongue first. I suggest that if this is your first fermented tea, you may want to brew at a lighter strength. The aroma is earthy, woody, and pure (very obviously a pu-erh and black tea blend!). After it was brewed, I got a very strong wood-y and earthy flavor, a bit like mushrooms if I’m honest. This tea does have a linger to it, and if you’re not careful with the temperature this tea will bitter before others like it. Not a bad cup, but I am toying with a blend for this to cut down on the linger a bit.
Flavors: Herbs, Mushrooms, Wood
Maybe I’m a bit biased with this tea as I am also a heavy coffee drinker! Of coffee notes, this has more of a caramel flavor reminiscent of a shot of espresso; more creamy than your average cup o’ joe notes. Right out of the tin, the first smell you’ll get is roasted cocoa and warm vanilla. The mouthfeel is slightly acidic but overall clean (unless you add cream, which was a tasty addition in my humble opinion!), and with a medium linger. The Mate showed through strongly and I did notice the tell-tale signs of the caffeine that hit me a few minutes later. I do all tea tasting both iced and hot: I much preferred this tea hot. When cold, the subtle nuances of vanilla are lost to the chill.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Chocolate, Coffee, Mocha, Vanilla
This tea is amazing. Huge chunks of strawberry and big tea leaves. The earthy quality of the pu erh works really really well with the sweet tartness of the strawberry. I get a lot of vanilla bean too. Just yummy. Beautiful and healthy way to start the day.
Flavors: Earth, Strawberry, Sweet, Vanilla
I don’t usually drink Teavana, but this is probably one of the only teas I really enjoy from there. I got quite a few sachets of it, and it’s pretty nice. It has a really nice peach flavour to it, and something else about it makes it sweeter than other teas. It’s definitely a lovely blend considering it’s from Teavana.
Flavors: Candied Apple, Peach
I really liked this one. Mooched it off a coworker yesterday. There are real chunks of strawberry in it and it smells like candy once it’s steeped. The liquor is a gorgeous bright pink color. We used a very cool water temp (appropriate, because it’s a white tea base) and it came out very mild and sweet.
Note-wise, it’s not very complex. Basically I get vanilla, strawberry, and a bite of tartness from the hibby. About what you’d expect. Good nonetheless! Felt like dessert, without being laden with calories and regret.
Flavors: Candy, Cream, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart, Vanilla
I spent quite a lot of time in airports the last couple days, so I was thankful to find this one at Starbucks. I’m easy to please with English Breakfast teas. I like a little stronger than this tea, but it was malty and strong enough to get me going for my 2 day interview. Additionally, when I spilled one cup of it, the adorable barista in Charlotte replaced it for free…excellent customer service. :)
Sampled this in store and liked it, so I bought one of their pre filled tins. I find that the brew is slightly cloudy. It wasn’t cloudy in store. It is fairly tasty with a number of different notes present. There is pumpkin, nutmeg, and clove definitely. There is also a note of spices and I think caramel too. This tea has a lot of complex flavors. The main problem I have with this tea is it was overpriced at $40 for 6 oz.
I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.
This tea surprised me! I tend to just assume that any fruit-flavored blend from Teavana is going to contain a bunch of dried fruit chunks and a random smattering of tea leaves. But this is actually an oolong tea! Not the best quality (some of the leaves are smashed up and there are a fair number of twigs) but definitely an oolong. And the flavor isn’t overpowering or artificial: it’s a light, natural white grape flavor layered over a smooth oolong base. The only thing I don’t enjoy is a slightly metallic aftertaste. I wouldn’t necessarily re-purchase this, but I will finish the ounce I have with no difficulty!
Flavors: Metallic, Smooth, White Grapes