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Flavors: Chocolate, Malt
Taken with milk. I thought maybe that’d push this one to be more flavourful, especially since I really over leafed this mug to use up the rest of the sample from 221Tea but somehow the opposite affect was acheived.
Instead this came off as lukewarm, slightly oily milk with a bit of extra sweetness. Really, really mediocre (at best). But at least it’s done now, right?
Right. And I have better banana teas anyway.
Man, this is a blast back to the past. Like, way into the past back before I’d moved to Saskatoon or joined Steepster and I had only tried like 20 different kinda of tea, tops. This, my first Teavana blend, was one of them: I had tried a mug of it at my friend Renee’s house a long, long time ago. It was, in my mind, an example of amazing, quality tea.
Oh how times have changed.
When I received a sample of this from 221Tea I just knew this would not shine anywhere near as brightly as it did that first time when I was such an inexperienced tea drinker, but I was excited for the “flash backs” and getting to see just how much my tastes have changed. And I was right; this fell short in a lot of ways as nostalgic as it was.
If I’m being fair, it really did remind me of another tea I’m big into right now: DAVIDsTEA’s Caramel Corn but much, much weaker in flavour and with a less palatable mouthfeel. This one? Really quite oily. But, given the association I had very quickly between the two blends I can see why at one point this was really amazing to me.
Basically this is very weak/bland coconut/caramel with just the faintest hint of sweet banana in the mid sip. If you didn’t know the name, you might not even recognize it’s there and instead just pick up on generic fruitiness. In fact, the most defining “banana” trait is the underripe sourness at the end of the sip. Bleck.
At best this is an average tea, but I think even that is too great a compliment.
While this tea has a beautiful deep red color (thanks to the beetroot pieces, I’m guessing), it doesn’t have much of a flavor. A bit of blueberry, and general fruitiness, and a bit of a tang, but it doesn’t taste like much of anything. Even adding honey just made it taste like sweet hot water with slight fruity elements.
Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity
Teavana makes me grumpy, but I keep going back because some of their teas are amazing. I just wish they weren’t so hit or miss.
This one is more of a miss than a hit. I brewed this cup according to their directions (1tsp/cup, 90 degrees, 3min), and no great surprise, it was a huge disappointment. It had that generic, cheap fruit tisane flavour, that’s vaguely tart with no distinguishable notes. Bleh.
I put the basket back in my cup for another four minutes (this was after it had cooled enough to take a few test sips), and it’s better. There are actual flavours now! But it’s still nothing great.
The strawberry and rose are there, but I’m not getting anything that evokes champagne. There’s a wee bit of oolong earthiness, and an interesting/odd smokiness in the finish and aftertaste; almost burnt. I can’t decide if I like or hate the smokiness. Quite tart too.
It’s better experienced as the fragrance from the bag than brewed up as a tea. Lots of fruit, including some lychee and raisin notes, maybe a hint of dried currant, none of which comes out in the cup.
Maybe I’ll give it another shot iced at some point. It seems like it might do better iced with a bit of sugar.
Flavors: Black Currant, Burnt, Earth, Lychee, Raisins, Rose, Smoke, Strawberry, Tart
On the nose it’s all cherry cough syrup. On the tongue it’s cherry cough syrup and orange juice.
I love the idea behind this tea but the execution is lacking :| Steeped it till I remembered that I was making it, but it always tastes like this. It’s not terrible, but just too artificial and medicinal to enjoy much.
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Cherry, Citrus, Cranberry, Medicinal, Sweet, Tangy, Tart
I’m very new to drinking loose leaf tea and even more new at reviewing it, so I’ll give my noob opinion just in case someone like me decides to check it out! I brewed 3 teaspoons of this tea for about 24oz in hot water for 3 minutes, I stirred in some local organic honey and wow, I really like this tea! I’ve had literally 2 other loose leaf teas in my life (lots of bagged tea though) and this tea is so far one of my faves. I haven’t tried it without the honey to sweeten it. It definitely has a very strong fruity flavor and I can taste the rooibos in it as well. I have to agree that the green tea flavor is not as strong as it could be, but I like the tea as is. I specifically requested a flavorful mild tea, and it does not disappoint.
Flavors: Flowers, Fruity
Stopped by Teavana after having dinner in the food court. I saw the new chais and sweet gotta try a cup. Caramel is one of those vices for my sweet tooth. I went in with high hopes a was majorly disappointed. It just seems with all of their new chais they want to make sure you don’t just get cinnamon, but feel the “cinnamon thunder”. I love chai flavor, but there’s got to be a happy balance. I tasted absolutely no caramel in this tea. It reminded more of a caffeine free Samurai Chai. Good but not great the recent chai offerings from Teavana taste more like drinking a fire ball than chai. Darn sweet tooth.
Okay, so I had a pretty potent headache when I picked this one out, so I was in a rush and didn’t really pay close attention. Plus, the salesperson was very pushy about getting this one and I had no energy to question it. And then I just decided to cold brew it because I was curious about it, but didn’t want to drink something hot in this humidity. It had a nice nutty and cinnamon taste that I can imagine would be much better hot. The combo of flavors (especially the cinnamon) is odd as a cold brew. I also tasted something odd about the tea, which upon closer inspection I realized was rooibos. Had I realized that this had rooibos before, I would not have gotten it because I just am not a big fan of rooibos. Anyway, this tasting note feels like it’s kind of all over the place. Basically, I will try this again hot later when I have the chance, but so far doesn’t look too good for my personal taste.
This is my favorite tea to drink at night before I go to bed. This tea is very relaxing. It has apple, pineapple, peach, chamomile, lemon verbena and rose hips. I think the chamomile is what gives this blend its relaxing effects. When you first sip it, you can taste the peach, thats all. It tastes like you are biting into a fresh cut peach. As you swallow, you can get a hint of citrus and floral notes.
Flavors: Apple, Citrusy, Floral, Peach, Pineapple, Sweet
This was last night’s cup, and a perennial favourite of mine. It smells delicious and it tastes delicious. I really enjoy the lemongrass and citrusy notes with the sweeter fruit flavours. I think this cup was the first time that I really noted the beautiful lychee finish on this.
Definitely one of Teavana’s better teas, and one that will always have a spot in my cupboard.
Flavors: Fruity, Lemongrass, Lychee, Strawberry, Sweet
Tried this as a teapop and it’s actually one of the more successful teapops I’ve ever made! It actually tastes like something fruity, not watered down tea haha
This smelled a bit weird as it was steeping, but when I poured it into my mug, it was good. Just a touch of agave as a sweetener!
Thank you to TraceyC for sending this to me for the tealephone!
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Flavors: Lemon, Mint
I would like to take this time to apologize to Oolong tea. I’m sorry I said you tasted like a mix of grass, moss, wet tree bark, and mud. I was wrong. Really wrong. But, can you really blame me when the only Oolong tea I had the misfortune to taste was from a tea bag? But you, Six Summits Oolong from Teavana, have opened my eyes.
The scent of the dried tea is pleasant. Actually, the way I’m about to describe it is kind of odd. But, believe me, pleasant none-the-less. It smells like a combination of dried catnip and red fruit roll-ups, folks. It’s earthy, but the raspberries lend a certain sweetness to the scent.
The Oolong flavor was good. I think my taste buds appreciated the quality of this Oolong tea more than the bagged tea that I had tried a few years prior. Initially, I couldn’t taste the raspberries, they did create a pleasant aftertaste though–sweet and slightly tart, just like a raspberry should taste!
Bottom Line: I received this as a Christmas present from my father. Of all the teas he gave to me, this was the one I was most hesitant to try, so naturally I tried it first. I’m glad I did! Would I purchase this tea in the future? Yea, probably. But, more importantly, it opened my eyes that Oolong could actually taste good. Better than good! I’m more inclined to try out other Oolong teas in the future.
I think there are different versions of this tea. Perhaps I was gifted Six Summits when Teavana still concocted it with dried raspberries, because my tin had loads of them. Teavana did not cheat me out of red raspberries. They were plentiful! And I’m not talking raspberry crumbles either. I’m talking whole. big. red raspberries.
My Morning Maté tastes less like the traditional cup of tea and more like…well, coffee, without the bitterness! The blend contains Mate tea, Rooibos tea, black tea, cocoa kernels, carob bits, chocolate chips, orange peels, almonds, cactus blossoms, coriander, pistachio nuts, cracknel bits, red pepper, cornflowers, safflowers, and sunflower petals. Are you drooling yet?
It has a nutty flavor, and initially this made me nervous. I don’t actually like nuts, but they weren’t overwhelming in this cuppa. I’d say they were actually pleasant. And the addition of chocolate is not lost on my taste buds. I’d like to play around with this tea, which is not something I often do. When it comes to both tea and coffee, I refuse to add milk or sugar. But, I think a dribble of honey or some rock sugar would make this tea even better.
I had high hopes for Teavana’s Earl Grey tea. When the sales lady fanned the delightful scent of black tea and citrus in my direction, I practically began to salivate. I thought, “This could be it! This could be the Earl Grey I have been waiting for.” However, after I returned home and brewed a cuppa, I discovered Teavana’s Earl Grey tea did not live up to my expectations. That’s not to say the brew was bad. It’s just the fragrant, citrus scent that wafted in front of my nose was indecipherable in taste.
The one upside to this tea is the price– it’s inexpensive. I think I spent about six dollars on enough tea to make nearly 60 cups. When I first began drinking Teavana’s Earl Grey, I thought I’d eventually return to the store to buy more. If anything, it’s a cheap way to get a caffeine fix. But, overtime I decided I’d rather continue on my journey to find that Earl Grey that is just right even if it is just a bit pricier.
Bottom Line, would I turn away a cuppa if someone offered it to me? No. But, I would rather spend my money on another brand’s blend of Earl Grey.
Upon first sniff, I’m not fond of Teavana’s Frutto Bianco Pearls White Tea. It smells too similar to Hawaiian Punch– sickly sweet and kind of stinky like over-ripe fruit. I dislike Hawaiian Punch. I disliked it as a kid, and I dislike it even more as an adult. But, if you can get over the smell (or for some reason you actually like Hawaiian Punch) I think you’ll like this tea. It’s like a tropical island in a mug!
The candied papaya and pineapple are the two flavors that stick out to me, but this blend also includes: creamy coconut chips, kiwi, lemongrass, lemon peels, and hand-rolled white tea pearls (“from paradise” Teavana’s website notes!)
I’ve gone back and forth about trying this with sugar, but ultimately decided it tasted just fine unsweetened. I love the fruity aftertaste it creates in my mouth. Sometimes the aftertaste seems sweet, although that could just be my imagination. Also, I’ve never had this tea in summer when tropical flavors are appropriate. I’ve only had it in the winter. It reminds me this world isn’t grey, snowy, and cold all the time– just most of the time (here in Michigan, I mean).
Bottom Line, Frutto Bianco Pearls is like Hawaiian Punch for adults. And no, I don’t mean spiked with booze. It’s a pleasant beverage, hot or cold, when I’m not fiending for caffeine.
A nice Chai, kind of softened (but definitely not bland)- probably good as an introduction to stronger teas. It tasted good, but it doesn’t really stand out from other herbal Chai variations. The usual sensual, spicy, woody taste of cinnamon, ginger, and other spices blend well together. Definitely a good tea, it’s just not terribly unique.
—loose tea w/ infuser
—1 and 1/2 sugar cubes
Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Spicy
My older brother and I tried this together, we both really enjoyed it! The Chai taste of spices, ginger, and cinnamon blended well with the Mate. It’s such a wonderful blend that you barely need any sweetener! A really, really tasty potpourri, reminds me a little bit of Christmas and a lot of camping in the woods =)
Very energizing too- not bouncing-off-the-walls energy, but a good, more natural pick-me-up for the afternoon.
—loose tea w/ infuser
—1 or 2 sugar cubes
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Spicy, Wood