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Got a generous sample of this tea from, Steven Cook!
I was pretty curious about this one since a S’mores tea sounds amazing. Della Terra Teas tried it, but it ended up more like a plain chocolate tea with decorative marshmallows but that’s it. Didn’t really give justice to S’mores.
So I was hoping this one might be a bit better.
I was wrong. It’s not much better at all.
When I opened the bag it smelled strongly of chocolate chai. And S’mores shouldn’t taste like chai. That was the first bad sign.
When I actually brewed it up and tried it, the tea was a lot less powerful than the smell. It tasted as it smelled, but a lot less strong. There was a certain sweetness to it that I can’t quite pick out. But it just made for an odd tea.
Definitely another fail of a S’mores tea. Someone seriously needs to make another S’mores tea, and do justice to it!
It wouldn’t be awful if they had just named it “Chocolate Chai”. But under the name “S’mores Oolong” it’s just bad.
Change the name though, and it would have been a better tea.
One of these days someone has gotta step up and do justice to S’mores. It’s about time!
Flavors: Chocolate, Spices, Sweet
I just realized that I never reviewed this one. :O Have a whole 4oz tin of it even and I never took the time to review it. xD Wow.
A lot of people don’t like this one it seems. Apparently it’s the hibiscus and the tartness. Personally, I don’t mind hibiscus at all. Nor do I mind if something is a bit tart.
This is one of the Teavana teas that I plan to keep on stock always. Definitely one of my favorite Teavana teas.
Also, on a side note I couldn’t go into work today because yesterday I overworked myself my two and a half hours. Which doesn’t sound like a lot. But as time goes on I’m having less and less endurance because my stupid body sucks xD
And last night I kept waking up in tons of pain too, so…just all of today so far has been horrible and I’m pretty disappointed in myself because of it. But this was a nice and relaxing tea to try again today. And still really like it. So hopefully I will stop being so disappointed soon, and just try to relax. But yeah, good tea overall :P
My first review of tea so bare with. First off, this is a great morning tea if you are off the coffee kick. Nice amount of caffein. It has a nice floral yet woodsy flavor but unfortunately it became quite bitter and left a dryness in my mouth. However, it did become more flavorful the cooler it got. I may try this as an iced tea next time.
Aww man! I’m kinda sad about how much I like this because it means now I have to buy some hahaha. I drank this cup down waaaaay too fast. It was so delicious hot! Sweet with just a bit of tang to keep it from feeling heavy. I get this caramellyness (pretend for a moment that “caramellyness” is, in fact, a legitimate word) from the fig and a softness (I guess we’ll also have to pretend that “soft” is a flavor) from the rose that I just can’t get enough of right now. This feels like the kind of tea to drink whilst watching sweet romance movies that make your heart melt. I love it, and I don’t even care if I’m the only one. Thank you times a million to carol who for letting me try this one out :)
Flavors: Caramel, Fig, Rose
This was the one that started it all…the very first loose leaf tea I ever tried! And although I’ve sampled many others since, it remains a staple in my collection. It has a delightfully sweet, smooth vanilla flavor with a nice bit of depth to it. And since it’s caffeine-free, it makes the perfect comforting bedtime blend. One of my favorites!
Tried this at a friend’s house last weekend – and didn’t like it one bit. The first few sips weren’t too bad. A strong lime flavor, very puckery, and way too sweet. It reminded me of candy, a liquid version of Sour Patch Kids or Smarties. Then as the tea cooled down and I drank further down into the cup… UGH. The lime aftertaste was so powerful in the back of my throat that I needed to drink something else to get rid of the taste. Will not be having this again, not even iced.
Flavors: Candy, Citrus, Lime, Sour, Sweet, Tart
If they were going for cough medicine they nailed it!! This almost turned me completely off tea! It’s really horrible. I purchased it on sale off the website. I like cranberry. But dry it smells like cough medicine and steeped it taste and smells like cough medicine! Even on sale don’t waste your money. Unless of course you like the taste of cough medicine!! I was very disappointed.
I love the spicy Maharaja mixed with the sweetness of the samurai chai. So this is my favorite blend of chai. I like a strong cup so about the 3rd pot of this I add in a little extra. I use equal parts of each tea.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Spicy, Sweet
A well balanced jasmine with some sweet, fruity notes. Steeping directions of 2 min was weak and watery, but 3 minutes yielded a nice cup.
Edit: A second steep of the leaves for 4 minutes started getting a touch bitter but was otherwise pretty decent.
Flavors: Fruity, Jasmine
Hmm, apparently I haven’t rated this one yet, despite having had it for a few months and drunk it a few times. Husband and I made a pot of it last night to drink while watching an episode of Game of Thrones, season 4 (I know, we’re behind the curve, like usual). This tea seemed appropriate because there were a lot of Dornish people in this episode, and blood oranges grow in Dorne. At least, we thought we remembered that from the books.
ANYWAY. Sniffing the loose tea is really a lot like smelling a bowl that has at one point contained sorbet. There’s a slight creaminess, along with some notes of mango and raisins and blood orange and a little apple. We steeped it for about three minutes (I forgot to start the timer right away…), since it’s a pretty green oolong base and we didn’t want the fruit to outshine it. Alas, it seems those efforts weren’t fruitful (hurr hurr). The oolong really gets lost, but the tangy-sweet blood orange flavor is nice. It’s subtle, but definitely a different citrus than regular orange. It’s on the cusp of bitterness, but not quite there. I wish the blood orange would back off a little, so the oolong could actually be tasted underneath it, but perhaps someone else has a blend like that. We probably won’t buy this one again, but for now, I’m glad we have it. :)
This is one of my last few samples from Ost. I left it steeping for quite a while because I was working on a project. It definitely had some good chocolate-banana flavor going by that time. I was a little disappointed not to get the “foster” part of this. As a chocolate banana tea, it’s good. I’ve got quite a few banana teas at the moment, so I probably won’t buy any of this. But, it would be worth buying some after I run out of others later.
Flavors: banana, Chocolate
Finally – a Teavana tea that doesn’t make me feel like I should pour it down the drain after the first couple of sips…this one definitely doesn’t bring up any green tea flavours, but the strawberry and grapefruit come across in a wonderfully well-melded mess of tastiness.
It’s still not a great tea – and I likely won’t buy more – but as far as Teavana blends go I certainly won’t diss this one as heavily as I would some of the others.
As far as oolongs go, this one is good, but nowhere near the best. Id rather drink a Da Hong Pao or something more like a Bao Zhong, but I’d still drink this the whole day (and I have done so on occasion).
Floral, sweet and fresh, light green-brown in colour, the flavour develops through several steeps, although I think this peeks at the third one, and afterward it has a bit of a metallic aftertaste that is not entirely unpleasant, but makes the fourth steep the last one I’d drink.
Flavors: Floral, Melon, Sugar
A decent black tea, with some floral undertones, as many Chinese black teas have. Nothing too special, but a decent cup to have while working on the computer.
I like steeping it a lower temperature than most black teas though, since I feel like this particular tea develops more bitter flavours from high heat.
Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Honey, Tannic
Generally I’m not a big fan of Teavana teas…and this one isn’t really an exception. The jasmine is cloyingly overbearing – although I must admit I’m not generally a fan of that flavour, so grain of salt… – and it really just manages to come across as both perfume-y and astringent at the same time.
I think my issues with this tea really come from the jasmine…so it’s not one I’ll be drinking again. Bleh.
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Flavors: Berries, Fruity, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Pineapple, Sour, Tart, Tree Fruit
I was dubious about trying this when the clerk at Teavana recommended it. In the tin, it smells just like a creamsicle and I was nervous that it would have an unpleasant artificial flavor like some of the other Teavana teas I’ve tried. But this one was absolutely delicious! It brews up to a beautiful orange-red color and keeps the strong creamy orange scent. The flavor is a nice balance of citrus and coconut with a hint of creaminess. And it is surprisingly sweet, even without sugar! This was my favorite iced tea this summer.
Flavors: Blood orange, Coconut, Creamy, Sweet
I forgot that I own this one! Another old tea in my cupboard, from at least two years ago (probably more). So I thought I’d try it today to see how it’s holding up. I remember buying this tea because I wanted to try one with jasmine. I have to admit, I’m not much of a floral person when it comes to tea… Jasmine is especially difficult for me to appreciate, it seems.
This one still smells lovely when I steep it, like flowery perfume, but there’s something in the taste that I don’t like. Kind of a weird dairy flavor, like something creamy that’s gone a bit sour? It leaves an odd aftertaste, too. Strange. I don’t remember the flavor being there when I bought it. Either my tastes have changed, or this tea hasn’t aged well, for whatever reason. Too bad, since I still have a good amount of it left. I might try adjusting the steeping time on a second cup, but I suspect I may have to throw this one out. (Note to self: I should try another jasmine tea sometime, to see how it compares to what I remember of this one when it was fresh.)