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I remember trying this tea when Teavana first open in my area…the tea was delicious.
At first i thought it was a cranberry juice and i almost didn’t want to try it until one of the staff that work there said it not cranberry juice, sometimes it may look like juice but when you taste it, its completely different.
This smells so good, enough to make me wish Teavana wasn’t overpriced and that their sales tactics didn’t suck. They’re also some drive away from me. Taste wise, holy added sugar batman! Yikes. After sampling mostly straight teas the last few days, this is a little much for me. I was excited by the smell, but all I taste excessive sugar, cinnamon, and a bit of tartness. If I concentrate, maybe a can find some cloves. It’s not horrible, and I’ll finish my cup, but I probably wouldn’t make a trip for this or look for it specifically. I might be more forgiving had they named it Tart Cinnamon Heart, or something. Not a keeper for me.I
Pretty eehhhhhh, tastes like a dozen other fruity teas. Could potentially add a bit of a boost to an iced tea blend, perhaps. Teavana tends to use it as a filler with their more expensive teas to create upsellable blends (ie: Jasmine Dragon Pearls), but the overly fruity flavor drags any pairing into a back alley and unsubtly does away with it.
Gingery without burning, coconutty without being overwhelming, and AWESOME on an upset stomach or a stuffy head. If you’re not looking for a caffeine boost, you can’t go wrong with this tea. Rooibus is great for colds and this particular flavor mixes really well with honeybush if you need to help work some gunk out of your lungs. Also you can let it sit for freaking ever and it only gets better, so it’s great if you tend to walk away from your steeper (and who among us doesn’t?)
I was working at Teavana when this tea was introduced as a limited edition in 2012. I loved it so much, I sold the store out completely three times before it was made a permanent addition to the lineup, and I never let my tin go empty! It’s delicious hot OR iced, and it blends well with a number of other herbals – my favorite being the Citrus Lavender Sage. I believe Starbucks changed the formulation a bit, but it’s still lovely. The strawberry is tart, but the grapes help sweeten the deal a bit. This is the tea I gift to others, and the kicker is that I’ve never been a huge fan of oolong.
Did you know that this unrefined beet sugar qualifies as a whole food? There are also claims that this is the best type of sugar to add to your tea because it supposedly doesn’t alter the flavor notes of the teas you add this to. I definitely can tell that this tastes different from white cane sugar in teas, but I also have a finicky palette. I really recommend this if you’re sensitive to tastes in your teas. It doesn’t hurt to try out; it tastes great (you can add it to plenty of other things in your life! If you have a mortar/pestle then you can grind it up and add it to oatmeal, baked goods, whatever) and it’s not extremely expensive compared to Teavana’s teas. (And they offer discount prices for bulk buys, which is considerate!) However, it’s slightly high maintenance; it takes longer to melt and if you don’t have the patience to melt it down or grind it with a mortar/pestle, then you might find it unappealing to handle. But, if you’re a connoisseur, you’ll surely enjoy the natural benefits and how it affects your tea flavor.
I was looking for a creamy earl grey (something a little more mild, or at least something with a bergamot that felt less like a spray of perfume in my mouth) but had been disappointed with Adagio (whose cream tasted artificial to me…) I’m not entirely sure that this exactly qualified — it isn’t entirely creamy on its own, at least to me, because there is definitely a gumdrop-y flavor going on in this tea. At first, it actually put me off; having bought two ounces of tea, however (and it’s mostly leaves, so it came out to being a LOT of tea) I felt obligated to drink it. At around my third cup, I started to really enjoy it. Half and half and some brown sugar is my favorite combination, also I recommend mixing it with Teavana’s Honeybush Vanilla to make it a little more mild. I also felt a bit daring and threw a little in with my DAVIDsTEA Blueberry Jam, and it gave it a nice little edge.
Flavors: Anise, Bergamot, Tannin, Vanilla
Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Cloves
This is easily my favourite tea from Teavana. Love the minty flavour as well as soft citrus-y green tea. My only caveat is that I need to use more than what is recommended to achieve the flavour profile I love.
Flavors: Jasmine, Lemon, Mint
This is my all-time favorite tea blend! Maharaja/Samurai Chai has nothing on this! I honestly didn’t steep it for myself until a month ago. I had gotten at least 20 iced cups from my local store, but then I decided to get a couple ounces and try my hand at making it at home. Making it with an even more particular preference resulted in it being 20x better than in store! Don’t get me wrong, I still like it in store, but once I run out I’ll probably get more of this tea and even a cup to go!
Flavors: Berries, Floral, Orange, Orange Blossom
My mum was desperate to find something as delicious as DAVIDs Yellow Gem (very rare) and I told her NOT to try, she would be disappointed by her finds and nothing else could compare. She bought this, she hated it, I tried it, I hated it. I couldn’t get it to be bold enough. I tried different concentrations, longer steeps, hotter water, cooler water. Nothing worked and I am sorry, but I used the rest of it as a bath soak.
Thank you TheLastDodo for the sample! Sorry it took a while to get to; I was trying to save it for a special occasion but eventually gave up on that. Then, in this week’s class, my instructor mentioned this blend specifically and said it was actually on of Teavana’s better straight teas and worthy of a taste if we wanted to try a not ‘half bad’ yellow tea. Since I already had a sample…
Visually, the dry leaf of this blend looked like somewhat tarnished, lightly browned Yin Zhen (Silver Needle tea) but a little more twisty. Steeped up, the liquor is a very flat, dull golden yellow. It’s very beautiful, even if it’s not a more lively looking liquor. Personally, I’ve only had three or four other plain yellow teas and they’ve been prepared in blue teaware, so I can’t really use my personal experiences to say whether this colour is normal for steeped up yellow tea though. The aroma is interesting; it’s soft with a bit of a buttery vegetal smell and some malt and sweeter notes as well.
Drinking this, it was really apparent to me that the nuances of flavor take after traditional Yin Zhen and Green Tea (perhaps a more Chinese green than Japanese based on the notes I observed) pretty equally; of course that makes sense given that yellow tea is halfway between white and green tea. On the greener end of the spectrum, I noticed very gentle smokey notes, buttery vegetal notes, a bit of a peppery flavor leaning towards lemon pepper more so than black pepper (or the actual vegetable; bell pepper, etc.), and some less distinct herbaceous notes as well. That lovely peppery quality definitely falls in line with other yellow teas I’ve been lucky enough to sample.
On the whiter side of things; there was a lovely supple sweetness that reminded me of honey or, combined with the weaker floral tones present, honeysuckle. A more vague hay-like flavour was present, and a flavor that kind of crossed over between malt and cream with a soft fruity edge; very similar to some of the Kenyan white teas I’ve gotten to try. I like to describe that flavor as kind of tasting like a Hot Cross Bun/Easter bun, in a way.
This was a super interesting tea, and I loved all the flavors present that bounced off one another; I’ve only gotten to try a few different yellow teas, and this isn’t my least favourite but it’s not my favourite either: so far Camellia Sinensis’ Meng Ding Huang Ya is my favourite. Both this tea and CS’s heavy big price tags; but with the quality difference I’d go with CS’s yellow tea. However, I think this is definitely worth trying if you get the chance because it WAS lovely.
I am finally using up my last potful of this tea. I made it in the coffee maker. That spring/plug device at the bottom of the coffee basket works to keep the brewing liquid there once the pot is removed. It’s actually a splendid device for letting tea steep in the basket. Just pull the pot collecting the hot tea away so that the basket fills, then replace the pot so the basket drains the hot tea, then repeat: delay(brew), drain, repeat.
I had no sugar here, so just drank the tea black. It was much better than the last time I’d had it. Since Teavana’s discontinued it, there’s no point in recommending it or not. Just know that the longer steeping time and hotter temp seemed to improve it. Still not a favorite, but drinkable.
Flavors: Apple Candy, Artificial, Cranberry
I’m drinking through my old stores. Teavana’s stuff is pricey, so I tended to ‘save it for later’. Now I realize I wasn’t drinking it because it was too darned sweet and artificial-tasting. When I was a kid our doctor would give out a Charms (brand) lollipop for being a good patient. Teavana Sweet Cranberry Black tastes like that candy, as in way too sweet and artificial-tasting. Its cloying flavor was only masked when I mixed other teas with it. I’m not sorry Teavana discontinued this one.
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Cranberry, Dust
Another sample from a friend. I love the scent of it…reminds me very much of the Japanese onion soup I love at the local hibachi, for some bizarre reason. Earthy, I guess! Taste is smooth and malty, with that hint of wet earth so apparent in the scent. Would definitely drink again, but would like to check out other brands as I hear there is better golden monkey for the price. Still, a nice cup!
I am definitely one who favors fruit infused tea. Especially if it’s anything orange flavored. To start off, this tea has a very nice aroma. In my opinion, it doesn’t even need to be sweetened as much as I do with most other teas. Plus it tastes good just chilled with out honey or sugar. Overall I’m very satisfied with the balance of sweet and tart it has to it. It’s great for both relaxing at night and waking up in the morning.
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Orange Blossom
This is probably one of my all-time favorite teas, gifted to me by a friend. I tend to save it for when I feel like I really need a little pick-me-up. And I need one tonight. The most prominent flavor I get from this is coconut, with the other spices backing it up nicely. It’s like they’re blanketed in a soft coconut layer.
Flavors: Coconut, Ginger, Spices
I may be one of the few people who really aren’t a fan of Teavana teas. Sadly, this one was lacking for me, too.
I like a strong black tea with natural flavors, and all of the teas I have tried have a sadly overpowering flavor. The black teas of theirs I have tried are pretty lackluster, especially considering the price. Sadly, I have never found one I have liked.
I’d suggest trying Upton Tea’s Earl Gray Creme. I find it superior to this one.
I went to Teavana with my parents, and my mom fell for every last one of their ploys. ARGH! One of the things she bought was this sugar. I take about half a teaspoon in certain fruity teas, but the primary use is just eating it. I would recommend buying rock sugar from other, less pushy places.
Flavors: Sugar, Sweet
I am not sure if I love this tea or not. The first cup was mild and fruity, but not as fruity as I expected based on the smell. The second cup was milder yet. I may experiment with this one again to find its sweet spot.
Flavors: Fruity, Grass