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I bought 2 oz of this after hearing what OMGsrsly thought of it, and I’m happy I did!
My neck is just killing me – this tension headache has just been creeping up my neck and made itself at home in my neck and this is just what the Doctor ordered.
Not that I expect it to fix everything, but this tea is just so relaxing. I love all the citrus notes, and the lavender/sage combo works. It’s very soothing and warm and.. lovely.
The only downside is that this is (like a lot of the Teavana blends) VERY heavy tea. I probably have enough to make 5 cups? (Much like DAVIDsTEA’s Spiced Fig). So I’m really happy I tried it, and I expect to enjoy it, but I’ll wait for another sale before I consider re-stocking it once this is gone.
I liked this tea. It has a fruity and flowery flavor. It was pretty smooth and it is not super picky.
Still enjoying Darjeeling de Triomphe. One of a couple of greener black teas that have me revisiting black tea. This lasts me through about three steepings. The aroma is muscatel, fruity and slightly floral. The taste is similar, but gets somewhat astringent and a tad bitter if you over steep. Still really enjoyable with a clean taste. The liquor is light for a black tea. (Not sure if I’ll be ordering more. Somewhat unhappy with some of Teavana’s customer service and communications right now.) I’m normally a green or oolong type of person and this Darjeeling makes me want to explore more of the Darjeelings out there.
Mmmm…berry good :) I taste mostly raspberries, but there are strong hints of cocoa as well. It has a great smell. I sweetened it with some of Teavana’s rock sugar, which is good, but I’ll be looking for a cheaper source in the future. When hot, this tea had a stronger cocoa flavor. As it cools, I’m tasting more berry notes. I’m starting to taste the hibiscus, which for me is not unpleasant. But, on a day when I really want a cocoa flavor, I would need to drink this hot. Overall, I’ll be rebuying this when it is on sale. I’m haven’t resteeped it yet, I’m excited to try that and I will post again once I’ve done it.
Steep #2: I left the tea bag in my 20 oz cup all morning, and refreshed it probably too soon. I still had quite a bit of cold tea in my cup, so the 2nd cup was pretty dismal. I will retry this in a tea pot where I don’t let the leaves stew. I think then I might get two decent steepings out of it. But, there is not enough actual tea in this blend to get more than that. It is sort of like drinking chocolate potpourri with a splash of oolong. I am struggling to taste the oolong at all. I’d rather buy this as an herbal mix and pay less for it.
My herbal infusions order (well 1 of them) has finally shipped! I am hoping to receive that, my Della Terra order, and a few swaps before I head off to the sunshine state in a week. That would be so wonderful!!
On another note, if I send away the rest of a package of tea I have in Montreal is that considered a sipdown when I have a whole tin of the exact same tea waiting for me in Florida?
Anyways, I am now working on my third infusion of this bloom. I actually brewed this hours ago but did not get around to drinking it until now…at 12:50 pm…and I am pretty sure there is caffeine in this one…oh, and I have a pot worth to drink. Hopefully I am right about caffeine not affecting me otherwise it is bound to be a late night. Anyways, even on its third infusion, this tea is still nice, light, and fruity. It is just the right amount of peach flavor to make this cup tasty without being over the top. A very refreshing cup.
This tea is, admittedly, growing on me. Mostly because I refuse to throw anything out, and will drink it unless it actually kills me.
This tea is sweet. Very sweet. Painfully sweet. Granted, I’m not a huge fan of white chocolate, but I wanted to give it a chance because I love peppermint and rooibos. It has a chemical peppermint flavor to it— just slightly off and coupled with artificial sweetener. The rooibos is lost underneath the peppermint, which is faint compared to the overwhelming oil sweet of the white chocolate.
Over all, it’s just not for me, but if you’re a white chocolate fan it could very well be your thing.
Oh. My. Gosh.
This is SO good! Even better than I remember! It’s so chocolatey and sweet, but it’s got some zingy quality I can’t quite put my finger on. Too tired to say much else right now. Just wow!
This is the tea that got me into loose leaf tea. I originally liked it because it tasted sweet without having to add any sugar. I picked this up again a few days ago. I tried it straight, I tried mixing it with a black tea, but nothing made me enjoy this again. The cinnamon is too strong and I believe the mate or chemical taste that is coming through just turns me off. I guess my tastes have changed.
Totally not this tea’s fault, but I learned the hard way it is a far more finicky white than the Gold Rush I was enjoying this morning! The first few sips went wonderfully, but by mid afternoon the tea tannins were making an appearance and, even in the cooling water, the last few sips were anything but good. It is truly too bad and a good lesson learned because I really like this tea, the poor taste this time was totally due to my poor handling of it!
Not a big Earl Grey fan, but this was subtle enough that it didn’t overwhelm my taste. I’m not particularly good with caffeine, and I found myself a tad jumpy after a couple cups of this. Definitely good in a travel mug to start your day off.
I made a mug of this the other night, and I really can’t decide if I like it or not. The lavender was subtle – a little too subtle. I wish it had been sweeter, especially given there are fruit and candied flowers in it. I think I’ll have to retry this with some sugar added.
I absolutely love this tea! It’s so delicious and a great coffee subsitute. I usually bend mine with teavana’s Morracan Mint, reminds me of a York peppermint patty!
And except for the multitude of samples scattered over my counter, my cupboard is up to date. YAY!
I’m going to miss this fruity tea. I know I can just go get some more, but the price per cup is a little prohibitive unless there’s a super rad sale.
Until next time, Wild Orange Blossom!
Still my favorite blend from Teavana, & I enjoyed a cup tonight, unsweetened. I really am trying to start winding down a little earlier each night, although in all honesty, I haven’t been all the successful so far.
The aroma of this tea is the best part, it smells so yummy & fruity. I also do enjoy the taste, sweet & a little tart, really almost more like apricot than peach on that regard. There are little pieces of dried fruit that I like to eat, especially the little pieces of pineapple!
I really like this tea! It just seems so decadent with just a hint of sweetener. I can tell how my tea taste is getting more precise though. The first few times I drank this, I just loved the chocolate, coconutty sweetness of it. Tonight, when I brewed up a cup, all I could taste was the liquorice root at the end of the sip. Not a bad thing at all, I just love learning to pick out specific flavours in the teas I enjoy!
There seems to be some pretty harsh reviews on here. I found this tea to be light and fruity with a hint of pear. There is a slight chemical taste at the very end of the sip but I did not notice until I was looking for it. With that said, this tea is really nothing special but not offensive either. It was free and pleasant enough so no complaints here.
ETA: I let this cool a little bit and found the chemical taste. That was not a nice surprise at all. Perhaps this will be getting thrown into the swap box after all.
I love Lavender, the smell and I guess the taste too. I wanted something very floral, and I got it. It’s a nice contrast to the other teas I have which are more dessert like.
It tastes awful when you oversteep.
I love this tea. I prefer it to Forever Nuts actually. I remember being disappointed by Forever Nuts, but maybe I wasn’t brewing it right.
I like to add a bit of sweetened condensed milk and have it as a dessert tea, or in bed while I read. I think the shade of pink is delightful!
Thank you so much to VariaTEA for this awesome sample.
i love this tea….. it reminds me exactly of the strawberry lemonade you can get at red robins =0). and VariaTEA totally spoiled me and sent me a ton of it! thank you so much!
i will be sipping this tonight in order to sleep early for my shifted exam (it was supposed to be tonight) tomorrow morning. very weird though…. she sent it to me because i love it so much, which i do, and yet my review is gone? hmph.
one more exam and i can study tea for 3 weeks…. and work repainting my noise cancelling headphones from hot pink to something (anything) but hot pink. i have nothing against pink…. i’m just not one of the guys that wears it, especially not with screaming red hair.
thank you VariaTEA!!!
I know I just added a tasting note for this tea, but it’s my morning tea. Anyway, I slept very poorly last night, like I laid awake in bed for hours, and I woke up at noon today to—snow. I’m not used to snow, and I was extremely startled.
Anyway, the tasting story goes like this: I decided I’d try to change the way I brew this a bit. Since I prefer the second steeping of this tea to the first, I decided I would try washing this tea with 4 ounces of boiling water before I brewed it. The tea tasted so different. I was really surprised. I still brewed the tea at 190 for 3 minutes.
The smokey notes of this tea came out and covered the bright taste of the original tea. I suppose the Pu-erh notes came through with this steeping. The tea was still very good, but instead of being well rounded and mellow, it became smokey and soft.
But, you are probably asking, how did the mythical second steeping taste? Disappointing. All the complexity of the cup left, and I ended up with the most generic tasting black tea ever.
This was an interesting experiment. I won’t be rinsing this tea again.