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drank Gingerbread by Teavana
453 tasting notes

I got this one super-cheap after Christmas in a holiday tea gift set. I was basically getting 8oz of tea for the price of 2oz, so I took a chance on a couple of blends I’d never tried before. I figured the White Chocolate Peppermint alone was worth the price of the whole set and hoped to get at least one more enjoyable tea out of the deal. Unfortunately, this isn’t the one. A weak black tea base with lots of ginger and a bit of cinnamon…drinkable, but not what the name or description promises and definitely not something I would re-purchase.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I get this one when I go to Starbucks. There are two small tea bags tied together. I get the largest cup they have. I just leave it in the cup for a bit.

This is one of the best green teas ever. It is a flavourful green tea .

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drank Body + Mind White Tea by Teavana
1081 tasting notes

This is a nice blend of three pure teas (although one is jasmine scented). It is an interesting flavour hybrid because the toasty oolong + jasmine green + white tea is an unusual (but tasty) combo. The jasmine is not as strong as many pure jasmine teas are, and therefore the notes from the base teas are present. There is a bit of lightly toasted oolong, strong white tea (most similar to silver needle), and subdued creamy green tea flavour.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Jasmine, Tannin, Tea, Toasted, Toasty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank My Morning Mate by Teavana
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Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank My Morning Mate by Teavana
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Flavors: Apple, Lavender, Mint, Orange, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pineapple Kona Pop by Teavana
321 tasting notes

A happy sipdown #86/393! Sorry, MissB, but this is just not for me.

I was doing pretty well with focusing on my sipdowns, but I got really busy about a week ago and haven’t been able to get much progress made since. Finally, though, I have two days off work in a row for the first time in a month, so expect many sipdowns to come in the next couple of days!

This one I’m pretty stoked about. I’ve had it for a long while now – it was one of my oldest teas – and I’ve never been a fan. It smells a little like sour milk, and tastes like out of date pineapple juice watered down a lot. There’s a sort of sweet artificial back note that most likely comes from the little candy hearts, but there’s nothing particularly complex about it. Each time I drank this I would avoid it for months, until I forgot that I didn’t like it and had another cup. It has been in my focus box for seriously a year, and I’m really pleased with myself for finally getting through it. Pineapple is on my list of tea-dislikes for a reason, and the reason is this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Shae

I love the idea of having a focus box! How do you decide what goes in?

Nattie

I usually make sure there’s a manageable number of teas in it, and when it starts to get low I hunt through my stash and pick out some teas which are either getting a bit old, or maybe aren’t packaged as well so won’t last as long, or just teas that I notice I seem to overlook a lot. Sometimes at certain times of the year, like Christmas, I’ll fill it with holiday-appropriate teas just for fun. (:

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks for unpacking that, Nattie. Very useful.

Nattie

No problem! I know I couldn’t do without mine – I’m so indecisive I’d spent hours every day deciding what to drink, and forgetting I had most of them!

Shae

Agreed – this was very helpful! To keep me from drinking my favorites over and over, I keep a spreadsheet and usually try to drink an older tea and a random tea each day (I found a formula that lets me randomize columns in Excel – super fun!). It has helped me to keep things interesting, but I do love the idea of your focus box too! Maybe I could try something similar in the future, to shake things up a bit. :)

Nattie

I hope it works for you if you try it! I keep a spreadsheet too but I’m terrible with updating it. I’m just so forgetful lol… I remember a while back there was a web page floating around which selected a random tea from your Steepster cupboard, and that was super helpful but I don’t know if I’d be able to find it again since it was years ago that I last saw it.

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A quick wash and a long steep is all this one needs. Very rich, earthy, and has a great creamy aftertaste.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Earth, Fishy, Mushrooms, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Pretty good oolong that I would recommend to fans of green tea. The price is a bit steep for the flavors, but tasty enough to give a try.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Honey, Melon, Seaweed, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My absolute go to tea. I drink this tea multiple times a week. For me this is the absolute best green tea, as it can be drank straight or with honey. The first sips are smooth and vegetal, and as it cools the sweet notes are increased. Because I enjoy the sweetness I enjoy this tea at room temperature.

Flavors: Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Tung Ting Oolong by Teavana
6 tasting notes

A great if you’re a fan of vegetable water, but otherwise not very palatable. Tasted kinda like the liquid present after cooking frozen spinach or green beans.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Dragonwell by Teavana
6 tasting notes

Excellent choice as a daily drinker. Very smooth and sweet, with a hint of bitterness that fades with each steeping. This one keeps me coming back for more.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Preparation
4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Tropical Nut Paradise by Teavana
2241 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #33
The teabox is slowing down, as there are less choices. It will be mailed in a week! This isn’t the worst Teavana tea and that is saying something. I swear I’ve had a blend like this before though…. possibly Della Terra’s Ginger Snap. It has a sweet, slightly nutty, slightly fruity flavor with the rooibos. I’m pretty sure it’s Ginger Snap. But I didn’t realize both Della Terra and Teavana would have the same supplier. Makes me wish I was on a tropical island anyway… hey, it’s February.

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drank Jeju Island Green by Teavana
27 tasting notes

Second tasting of the day, and im very impressed. I had heard both good and bad things about Tevanna but decided the only way to know for sure was to buy a few and test them out for myself. With that in mind, and a sale at the store in hand, I bought a nice little collection of sample sizes.

The first one I will be tasting is Jeju Island green tea, and using my glass teapot and a short steeping time of 30 seconds with 175 degree water. I got a very smooth, buttery, grassy tea with slight floral scents and no hint of bitterness. The taste and scent is somewhere halfway between a chinese green tea and a sencha, if you like sencha you will absolutely adore this. I know I do.

I highly recommend a short steep in a small amount of water, even if you have to resteep it, as it seems to eliminate the bitterness that is often reported with this tea. Now the glass teapot bleeds heat very quickly and is ideal for teas that get bitter easily. And in this case, I got absolutely none.

Second steeping had a slight bit of bitterness and an impression in both scent and taste of asparagus. Still very nice on the second steeping, that butter and sweetness is slightly diminished on the second steeping.

I HIGHLY recomend a bit more leaf and short steeps for this tea, in a very small pot or Gaiwan.

Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Floral, Grass, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Caramel Truffle by Teavana
1081 tasting notes

Ehh, the name makes it sound a lot better than it really is. It tastes like artificial chocolate flavouring, carob, cinnamon, and apple. A little bit acidic/fruity (hibiscus?) No caramel? No cream? What kind of caramel truffle isn’t creamy? There is a bit of earthiness from the carob and beet root (which also turns it bright pink!). There is also some soapy coconut, but just makes this blend too sweet without really adding anything.

I got 50g of this tea free, so I really can’t complain, but I didn’t enjoy it. Only two cups left until it’s gone, though. I don’t think this blend is good enough to buy more of.

Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Carrot, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Coconut, Earth, Mineral, Soap, Spices, Sweet, Taro Root

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Pineapple Kona Pop by Teavana
24 tasting notes

Smells impressive, like a little bit of an overripe pineapple. I find I have to use a lot of tea to get flavor, seriously cheapo tea from the grocery has more flavor. Three scoops for about two cups pulls it together. Surpsingly pineapple, but there’s some bitter to it. You can steep it again but most of the flavor is gone. Overall, meh. Also to expensive for what it is.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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77
drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
29 tasting notes

This one is definitely a wonderful smelling tea. I just want to sit and hold the warm cup and breathe in the beautiful smell. To me it doesn’t taste as good as it smells but it’s still good. There’s more floral in there then I was expecting and less peach based on the scent. One that I will try again but there are other peach teas I like more like the Rishi one.

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drank Dragonfruit Devotion by Teavana
12 tasting notes

Fruity and flavourful, I really liked this tea, my first one from Teavana. Delicious!

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 475 OZ / 14047 ML

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drank Pineapple Kona Pop by Teavana
1081 tasting notes

Drank this iced today. I think it does best sweetened, as it tends to be quite tart on its own.

Flavors: Fruity, Hibiscus, Pineapple, Sour, Tart, Tropical

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drank Pineapple Kona Pop by Teavana
1081 tasting notes

Thank you for the sample Inkling!

This is decent fruit for making an iced tea. I just had it hot and enjoyed it, despite my dislike for hibiscus. The key is to only brew it for 2 minutes max. It will get tart if you oversteep it.

Lots of tropical, fruity flavour. Pineapple, lemon/citrus, no floral notes though. There’s some sweet and some tart in there.

Flavors: Fruity, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 19 OZ / 550 ML

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