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88

I bought the iced tea tea bags from Starbucks for this tea. Normally I don’t like a huge amount of hibiscus in my tea but this one is actually really good. It is tart and tangy and fruity and refreshing. I really like this. I get a hint of the cinnamon but mostly what I taste is that hibiscus. This is an excellent herbal iced tea. I will repurchase this.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus

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65

I was out running around with a friend and she wanted to hit Starbucks. Guess its been a while since the only teas they had last time I was there was Tazo.

I got this tea for something warm and spicy and hopefully not too bad. I was surprised as it was enjoyable.

Chai can be a bit of a hit or miss with me. While I enjoy clove, it too easily dominates, and I despise it when clove dominates. I could barely taste the clove in here. I adore cinnamon, but I couldn’t taste any in here at all.

The flavor I could taste is difficult for me to nail down. Possibly the cardamom. I’ve never had it in anything where it wasn’t dominated by another flavor. If this is indeed what I was tasting, I do enjoy the flavor.

I didn’t realize until looking this up that this is a black/rooibos blend. I normally have trouble with rooibos since it always have a medicinal flavor to it However, this tea, as well as another, I do not get that flavor from the rooibos.

Anyway, if I ever end up going back to Starbucks wanting something hot to drink, I will likely get it again. But its not something I would go out of my way for.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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84

I got this one yesterday at Starbucks (actually the guy I went with did and then I pretty much ended up drinking both of our teas…) and it was okay. Definitely not my favorite tea but something I might end up getting if I need something warm but not caffeinated.

This was super duper tart with a lot of hibiscus and berry flavors to it (raspberry and cranberry mostly), I can taste the passion fruit (so it’s true to it’s name) but it doesn’t really round out the cup of tea well.

Flavors: Cranberry, Hibiscus, Passion Fruits, Raspberry, Tart

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79

Brews up really sweet! A little cinnamon but not a spicy kick. Really good!

Second steep is alright too.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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30

Was steeply discounted at Teavana, so I gave it a go. Will not do so again. By itself, the ‘spiciness’ is overwhelmingly sharp and yet very flat, without any depth of toasted spice flavor or smoothness of rooibos or black tea that I would hope backs such a chai. On the second attempt, I mixed with Red Label black chai grounds as a backing, treating the Oprah Chai like a tea masala. Still no good, too pointy a flavor palette.

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100

I LOVE this tea. I enjoy it much more iced than I do hot though, which kinda goes against the fact that it’s a holiday tea, but I think it’s just better that way. Putting it on ice helps the flavors come out more and taste much more interesting. I’ve always been a fan of green, jasmine, and oolong teas but I never thought to combine them all into one, and it is DELICIOUS. I would definitely recommend it.

Flavors: Floral, Peach

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more

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drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
29 tasting notes

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drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
1429 tasting notes

Ok, this stuff is just weird. I didn’t expect jasmine from an oolong black blend, nor did I from the smell. When I think Christmas, joyful teas (the ones I’ve had in England, anyway) they were all spiced, like a gingerbread or plum pudding or something along those lines. Warm, earthy, comforting, like you’re sitting in front of the fire sipping cozily once the gifts are wrapped and the kids in bed. Y’know?

This tea… this is just weird. Why I’d think jasmine… why would anyone? I dunno. Not my cup of tea. There’s nothing really special or even multifaceted to it… it’s a floral jasmine, and surprisingly light for a black (it looks like more black than oolong in the tin, but what do I know).

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

Ordered a large one of these at Starbucks. If you’re expecting a massala chai – warm spices, milk and sugar, etc – this isn’t that. They are there but the flavor that’s front and center is lemmongrass. If you like lemmongrass a lot—and I do—then you might like this on its own merits. The warm spices are pushed to the background by it; whether or not the effect is intended, I think it’s pleasant. The ingredient list on Teavana’s website also list apple (I didn’t taste it specificaly but it would account for the general fruitiness which is more than just lemmongrass would provide) and basil (I don’t know if I’d picked it out if you didn’t tell me, but I’d say there’s some background of it there). I left the teabags in and drank it slowly and I was still tasting it an hour after I finished.

Flavors: Fruity, Lemongrass, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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66

I really wanted to love this. It tasted like cinnamon stick with some other indescribable flavor. Very potent and overwhelming. Maybe if I bought and played with it I could get it to work for me but that is just too much “extra”. I need it to work with little effort. I ordered it from Teavana and my first impression was that I didn’t like it. I was so glad that I didn’t let the impulse bug get me and order it online based on the Youtube reviews and go to the store and buy a cup prepared first. It isn’t awful and I think some people who like bold spice may love it, just not me.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
103 tasting notes

I had to go get this one from Sbux on my lunch break today when I remembered that Joy tea comes around in November! I really like this one, the blend really works well together. It’s kind of sweet, a little but fruity, and you can definitely taste the mingling black/green tea in there. The sweet/fruity aspect of it is more noticeable as it cools down, but it is definitely not too overpowering. Really enjoyed this one! Will be going back for more quite often.

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90

very spicy, lots of cinnamon

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
288 tasting notes

Had this again. Started to notice the apricot. Decided against picking any up though, even if I could do so for free. I’m trying to reduce my stash, not flood it with teas that are “okay”.

Kristal

I’m trying to do the same thing! ;)

Fay

I’m not very good at it :P

Kristal

It seems as soon as I get to where I want to be in my stash, I end up buying more tea!

Fay

Exactly! Or worse, I’m still way above where I want to be and end up finding another blend I HAVE to have.

Kristal

DAVIDs tends to lure me in with a lot of its new teas!

Fay

Agreed! I also really want to try August Uncommon Teas, but it’s $20 shipping to Canada!

Kristal

Ugh, I always get screwed over on shipping too (I live in Northwestern Ontario). I was on etsy earlier today looking for some nice buttons to buy for a sweater I’m knitting and it was $12 shipping (the buttons were like $5 (there were a lot and they were wood). Needless to say I looked elsewhere..

Fay

I feel your pain :/

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drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
288 tasting notes

I’m not really a huge fan of what I’ve had of Teavana so far, but this is worth a go. Nice, simple jasmine tea. I only had a very small cup of it on my break, so I didn’t have much time to really explore it thoroughly, but I might get some for home.

Flavors: Jasmine

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Well, I tried the new herbal version of the Oprah Chai. As I am a huge fan of the original version, I was excited to try the new tea. I did not find it to taste very different from the original, caffeinated version. So, if you like the original, you will probably like this. If you dislike the original, you will probably dislike this as well. Since I do love the original Oprah Chai, I enjoyed my cup-to-go of the herbal version. I am quite puzzled, however, that they would release a version almost identical to the original. I suppose this will work better for cold steeping and will appeal to those seeking a caffeine-free option, but I, for one, will not be stocking up on the herbal version, as I already have plenty of the original Oprah Chai on hand. Not sure how to rate it. I love Oprah Chai, but do not see the need for a second, almost identical blend. But maybe that is just me?

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65

This was my second Earth Day free tea from Starbucks.

This was the other fruity tea they had besides Youthberry in store, this one being on a herbal base and caffeine-free. It was okay, the pomegranate flavours definitely came through but I think I’m just not in the mood for tart flavours at the moment because my brain kept thinking cherry cough syrup :D I resteeped it and stuck it in the fridge at work to see what its gonna taste like tomorrow cold though.

Something positive I should mention about this promo – the baristas consistently gave 2 teabags for my large travel mug, which is nice, I had expected only 1 bag.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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27

Learning from past mistakes, I only steeped this for a minute or two (I got a cup because I figured it would help my sore throat). Much better! And pretty soothing on the throat. Still turned off by the anise, but it is helpful in this one case. I’ll give it a few extra points because I was thankful to have this this morning.

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Citrus, Ginger

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27

I can’t really say I’m a fan of the original Oprah Chai Tea, but I was curious to see how this one differed.

I started sipping this one before it really had a chance to steep—about a minute, maybe 2—and was pleasantly surprised. The lemongrass and ginger were really noticeable, with the cinnamon not too overpowering. Slight hint of anise, which I’m never fond of, but no big deal. It was actually refreshing. Sadly, because I usually brew herbals for about 6 minutes, I left the bag in and after maybe 4 minutes the cinnamon just overpowered the whole cup and ruined it for me. Dumped the rest out.

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Ginger, Lemongrass

Fjellrev

I was SO disappointed in the Oprah chai, but granted I wasn’t expecting much anyway. Why they’re even bothering with a herbal one now is beyond me.

Fay

I was working as a cashier at Target when it came out and as soon as I saw the signs over at the Starbucks I was like “really, just really?”. I find most of the choices after the Teavana switch confusing. At least the herbal chai offers a choice to those who don’t want caffeine, but don’t want fruit or mint.

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100

This is one of my absolute favourite teas. I am a huge chai lover, so it is no surprise. It is so, so good as a latte. It is a pricey tea, but, fortunately, Teavana had multiple 50% off sales around Christmas and I definitely took advantage on that. I have a lot of stock on hand, in case it is discontinued on short notice. I do think that it is a tea that you either love or hate. I can definitely see how some people would not enjoy it. But I love it! It is my go-to tea and I dread the day that it is discontinued.

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60

One of the worst chai teas that I’ve had. There was way too much cinnamon and was very poorly balanced. Also, the price is quite high for a chai tea of this quality. The aroma was pleasing, even after brewing. It smelled like it should taste better than it did. Overall, I don’t recommend it.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
carol who

I think that many on Steepster felt the same way about this tea. What were they thinking!

twilight-thoughts

I feel like the version you get from Teavana differs a bit from the Starbucks version. The one at Starbucks I agree is way too overpowered by cinnamon, but the one I picked up at Teavana is so smooth and delicious. http://twilightlotusthoughts.blogspot.com/2015/08/tea-tea-bars-are-g-rated.html

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60

Now finished with my supply of Oprah Chai (I think that’s called a “Sipdown”?). Anyway, I had actually taken a steep from about a half hour earlier, added a couple teaspons to that to make it really strong, and then added a tiny bit of almond milk and stevia after steeping. It was better than the pot I had before this one, but still not that spicy yummy tea that I remember having when I first bought it. I feel like maybe I’ve had this one too long in the cupboard. Maybe I’ll buy it again, maybe not.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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