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Red wine? At first I was like that’s ridiculous but then as I let it sit on my tongue a little longer I experienced that strange tartness you get from red wine… so maybe it’s not so ridiculous. However, the incredibly sweet undertones are too much for me. I also find the smell to be rather odd.
Flavors: Blueberry, Red Wine
Kind of sad that the first time I’m logging this is also right when I’m sipping it down.
I like this tea quite a bit – I checked Teavana’s site and it looks like it was discontinued. Disappointing, especially since I could see myself getting more of this one. It’s fruity and the almond lends sweetness to the blend. Every once in a while, the almond takes over and this gets way to marzipan-heavy for my tastes. Even so, it’s a warm, comforting cup of tea and I’m going to miss it.
Flavors: Fruity, Marzipan, Sweet
I can’t decide what I think of this tea. It does taste quite strongly of pineapple, so there is that. It’s quite sweet, almost too much so at the beginning of a sip, but then that almost citrusy tartness that pineapple has shows up, and balances out the sweetness. There’s some other flavor alongside the pineapple that I can’t quite identify and am not sure I like. I’ll have to drink more of this before I come to a final decision about it.
Flavors: Citrusy, Pineapple, Sweet
When Teavana gets Chai right, they really get it right! This a beautiful white Chai. It has a light but complex flavor with a nice balance of sweet and spicy. I don’t think I would try adding milk to this one, but it really doesn’t need it…it’s lovely all by itself!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Coconut, Lemongrass
Got this as a sample and I thought I would review it but I should have brewed it Western style as I think Teavana teas are meant to be brewed Western style.
The tea mix itself is really pretty. The tea looks like a green tea but it is supposed to be white. The leaves are a dark moss green and twisted. There are peachy-pink colored dried roses all throughout and it is very pretty to look at.
I put a bit into one of my small gaiwans and only steeped it for a few seconds. This was super bitter :(
Of course, I have been spoiled by the super high quality teas that I have been drinking for a while but I thought this really smelled medicinal cherry syrup and was so bitter— so I don’t know how they get it to taste good. Probably lots and lots of water and sugar :(
Flavors: Bitter, Medicinal
Backlogging from yesterday…
HORRID customer service at the Teavana store! I drove 40 minutes to get there and was made to feel totally unwelcome. I asked what the base of this one was, and I got “It’s herbal.”
…… Really? I can read, thanks. I’m a college educated woman (in literature, no less!). And when I said “I mean, is it like chamomile or rooibos?” I got “No, it’s a blend of herbs.”
….. smh.I bought 2 oz of it because it smelled amazing, and let me tell you, it tastes amazing. Like liquid coconut cake. It has a peppery bite to it too, oddly enough. But it works, like Aztec hot chocolate.
Bottom Line: Don’t go to Teavana in person. But it would definitely be worthwhile to order online from them. Product = tasty, attitude as a business = lousy.
I’m forever looking for the perfect decaf/non-caffeinated tea to drink in the evenings when I’m most in need of a pick-me-up. This tea is actually pretty good, if you’re into dessert teas. The peppermint and chocolate flavors both show through pretty well. It’s the kind of tea you can sniff forever and ever.
The caveat is that being a dessert tea that has lots of bits of actual chocolate in it, this tea does get a little oily. It’s not unpleasantly so, and the oiliness really adds a creamy mouth-feel to it, but it’s something to be aware of if you’re using certain kinds of tea brewers, because you can’t just rinse and repeat with this tea. I brewed it with Teavana’s perfect tea brewer and had to scrub the oily film off the plastic when I was done. I imagine if you’re using Breville’s One-Touch Tea Maker you’re going to have to scrub the inside or run it through with vinegar/citrus after, so maybe easy-to-clean or dishwasher friendly infusers are best with this tea.
Tastes great with a splash of milk and a little bit of sweetener, but is good without.
Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint, White Chocolate
Had tummy problems all day so one cup of this was all I had, a serious cut back from what I usually have! I’ve made this many times before and it always tasted bitter and burned when I made it and I think it was because my water was too hot because my roommate made this cup for me and she actually checked the temp. and it was awesome! I’ll be keeping this one around for sour tummy days to come.
I’m leaving the recommendation part blank this time. I really liked it before when I bought it (almost two years ago). I noticed the name has changed, but am not sure if the ingredients did. Also, I am uncertain I’ll buy this tea again because of the price and the fact that I have to go out of my way to get to a Teavana store.
I generally don’t add sweetener to my teas. However, any tart teas leaves me wanting just a little sweetness. I usually add agave or honey (whichever I grab first) to this tea. Yesterday I decided to drink it without. I’m not sure if it was the lack of sweetener or if it tasted weaker than I remember, but I threw out half of the cup.
I really love the big pieces of flowers in this tea. And I think the flavour combo is great! I feel like the strawberry flavour can sometimes over power the others, but I like strawberries.
I’m hesitant to try it iced or with carbonated water, because I’m afraid of making it too weak. If anyone has a good tsp : water volume ratio let me know!
Flavors: Champagne, Rose, Strawberry, Tart
Another one from the generous Stephen Cook!
So, this one I expected to be a lot more earthy and stuff, instead of the Golden Monkey. But I’m really surprised by this one. It’s so light and smooth. It’s a little fruity, without a touch of earth or wood. I think I’d prefer if this tea were stronger, but it’s really not all that bad. Wouldn’t buy it, but it’s a cool looking tea and nice to try once! :P
Thanks again for the sample, Stephen Cook!
Flavors: Fruity, Smooth
Got like an ounce of this in a super generous swap with Stephen Cook!
I’ve been eager to try this ever since they released it, but it’s wayyy too expensive for me and there’s no way I am spending like 30 bucks for 2oz of tea. 0_0
So I’m really glad I got to try this finally! :D
Actually, last Tuesday while I was at the mall I stopped by our Teavana and tried a sample of this one. It was bitter and earthy. Really not my thing. Also kinda weird since Teavana has the reputation to sweeten the crap out of their teas-haha! Apparently ours breaks that stereotype. xD
After that sample I wasn’t sure I’d like it at home.
But it was so different at home!
It’s a little earthy, but it’s really strong and malty. One of those teas that will really wake you up. xD This is definitely not the best Golden Monkey I’ve ever had, but it’s pretty decent. Not worth the price, and definitely better at home than in the store.
I’ll enjoy the rest of this though! Happy to finally try it! :D
Flavors: Earth, Malt
I love this tea! I’m so glad my local Teavana was sampling this tea because it has become my go-to evening tea. It is the perfect combination of chocolate and peppermint and helps to satisfy my evening chocolate cravings. Perfect for a cold winter night, it’s wonderful that this rich, flavorful tea is also caffeine-free!
Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint
I’ve been so stuck on Spiced Apple Cider, that I completely ignored the fact that this was in my cupboard; but since the weather has recently turned cold, I thought I’d take this out. This is last year’s batch and I’ve never even tried it (bad tea drinker/buyer)! Anyway, it’s a nice mix of chocolate and peppermint (with a little sweetener added). And it reminds me of a rooibos version of read my lips. Skinny Peppermint Mocha Lattes are my favorite drinks during the season and this is a nice tea version! Should have cracked it out sooner!
I’m a little embarrassed to mention how much of this I managed to stock, but the 2oz bag is pretty paltry so I don’t think I’ll have any issues finishing… though maybe not in time for the next Heavenly sale…
This tea looked pretty. More oolong than you usually see in a vhunk o’ food type of Teavana blend. Decided to give it a shot since I’m on an iced fruity tea streak. This turned out very weak. Not much oolong, maybe a slight floral and grassy hint, not much berry, just a hint of something fruity, and a little tart. I might drink this iced if offered on a hot day, but that’s it.