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Tried this with a friend. We had it iced and I added some sugar water to it just to sweeten it up. The kiwi was extremely present in my cup, as well as a strawberry after taste. Tried it hot at first and it was quite bitter, may have been too concentrated. Nevertheless, awesome iced tea, wouldn’t drink it hot though.
Teavana teas so far have all been kind of “meh” for me, and this is no exception. It’s fruity, as would be expected. Primarily mango supported by strawberry. Usually mango is a win for me, but this is just okay. A light flavour, but even so I would try steeping for less time as this got noticeably bitter as it cooled.
Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Strawberry
Oh dear, why do I always wait so long to review the new teas I am lucky enough to try? I had this one some time ago so I beg your pardon if I am a bit fuzzy on the details. I do remember the creamy white chocolate and strong peppermint completely masking any rooibos flavour that could have shown itself. I enjoyed it for what it was when I was sipping it, it was cozy and comforting, but it isn’t a flavour duo that I would feel compelled to keep in my cupboard. Take that with a grain of salt though, because generally I am not too keen on chocolate mint anything. Only, strangely, Andes mints. :)
Anyway, Thank you kindly JUMP626359 for the sample! :)
Flavors: Peppermint, White Chocolate
This is mostly fruity, with a hint of mint. There is very little actual tea flavor, as is common with Teavana blends, but I still enjoy it. I think I would adore it if the mint were stronger. As it is, it is sweet, not very sour, and a bit mild fruit flavor, but that is what eating watermelon is like. I definitely prefer this iced.
I’ve been wanting to try this for quite some time actually, but the price always deterred me. Luckily, tea friends have sent this my way. The dry leaf consists of decent sized nuggets of a vibrant green and yellow colour. I placed these inside my warmed yixing and gave em a shake. The aroma was sweet and strong like honey. I was hoping that the flavor would match, but it did not. The initial sip was a dry grass flavor and with slight astringency. The aftertaste was a tad sweet and roasted. This wasnt all that fantastic, but I’m happy to finally try it!
Flavors: Bitter, Dry Grass, Honey
Not going to lie, I bought this tea because I absolutely ADORE macarons, but this tea was a big disappointment for me. One, it’s way too sweet, and also it doesn’t have any taste of that “almond-meringue” taste that macarons always have in them. There are marshmallows in this tea which is a cute touch for its namesake, but I honestly believe this tea would have done better without them. I wouldn’t repurchase. I have a canister of the tea filled about a fourth of the way if anyone would like to trade. I probably won’t drink this tea again.
Flavors: Flowers, Sweet
So, uhh, this is different…
This sample comes from TheLastDodo and is her slightly altered version of it. Because she found it very sweet she added onion flakes, garlic pieces, and red pepper flakes & also suggested brewing it in a vessel I don’t normally use for tea because of how much the smell carries over. That’s why I did this as a cold brew; my mason jar doesn’t retain smell/taste at all and can always be dishwashed worst case scenario.
The brewed up liquor is a vibrant cherry red, or I guess in this case more of a tomato red. I can’t help but wonder if what Teavana was going for was sort of a lime Clamato type thing? Is that big in the states? Someone at work said that Clamato is a mostly Canadian thing and that when she traveled to the states people were really weirded out by the concept. Personally, as a Canadian, is weirds me out too (and as I write this I’m eating pasta absolutely doused in ketchup popcorn shaker; who’s the weird one now) but it’s also super, super popular here…
I can absolutely taste the garlic/onion that’s added in here: probably one of the more dominant flavours, though if we’re being honest everything about this is dominant and not necessarily in a great way. The tomato is present too; very present actually – but it’s more like a sweet, kind of tangy tomato paste/sauce? And kind of artificial like the ketchup popcorn shaker I love so much.
Part of the tang I’m getting obviously comes from the hibiscus/apple/lime in the blend too – they’re also contributing a lot of noticeable flavour. I can sort of see why TheLastDodo added the savory ingredients; otherwise I think the tomato in the blend actually could have been overpowered – and that’s such a weird thing to say of a blend that has something as peculiar as tomato in it.
The clash of sweet and savory here doesn’t really work though; I absolutely didn’t enjoy this blend (although it was hella memorable). But also, to put it into perspective, it worked more than I thought it would. Like, I drank like two thirds of this monstrosity while cooking supper tonight and though I grimaced with each sip it really didn’t occur to me until quite far into drinking it to toss the rest out (which I eventually did).
A fail, but not as bad a fail as it could’ve been!? I can’t help but wonder what I would’ve thought of the unaltered version. Not that I’ll be seeking it out. Big nope on that front. Not going to rate, ‘cause I don’t have the original version to use as a baseline.
So the wonderful thing about ambibeverageous is that being a Starbucks rewards member I can now get a free ounce of tea rather than a free coffee drink. It’s not just the bottom of the barrel tea either it’s any tea…so of course I went for the Gyokuro. Supposedly the most exquisite and finest quality tea right? First steep the pot is like neon yellow and the sediment left over is almost like matcha. The flavor is smooth and grassy. There isn’t much difference though between this and a really good Long Jing. Seriously the same flavor profile. The real test…ummm yeah this ones a two hump chump. Third steep the leaves couldn’t hack it. The pot was closer to a brown more than bright yellow, and this is doing 1 minute steeps like recommended. I’m sorry but if a tea is going cost that much you should at least get 3-4 good steeps out of the leaves.
I really wanted to like this tea, but I find the peach flavour too weak for my tastes. I much prefer Just Peachy from David’s Tea which has a much stronger peach flavour, almost like peach juice. Occasionally, I blend the Peach Tranquility with the Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls green tea which is quite enjoyable. While I do not dislike this tea, it is definitely a tea that I could live without.
This is a GREAT tea for blending with other teas. I never drink it on its own. It mixes well with Citrus Lavender Sage, Strawberry Blush Rose, Dragonfruit Devotion, Peach Tranquility, and many others. I have found that you can get multiple steepings out of a single teaspoon. It was the first floral tea that I really enjoyed. It adds a nice, subtle touch to the teas mentioned above.
I first purchased this tea about a year ago. I thought it had an interesting name and was intrigued considering the combination of flavours. But when I made myself a cup, i was pretty unimpressed and left the tea in the cupboard for months. Many months later, Teavana launched a promotion of green tea blends. One of the blends they were promoting was the Citrus Lavender Sage mixed with the Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls Green Tea. Given my previous experience with the Citrus Lavender Sage, I wasn’t particularly interested in sampling this new blend. But the Teavana rep highly recommended it…..and I am sure glad that I gave it a try! The blend of the two teas is AMAZING! I tend to use more Citrus Lavender Sage and less of the Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls in my blend, with a generous serving of rock sugar. It is a real treat. I am glad that Teavana does a good job of promoting experimentation with tea blends, as I would have never tried this combination and my Citrus Lavender Sage would still be sitting unused in my tea cupboard. It is now a tea that is part of my regular tea rotation.