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I’m so close to finishing up my tin, and I didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before, so I brewed some this afternoon. There should be just enough left in the tin to handle one more serving.
Anyways: I like this tea, but my taste in tea is changing – I can never add enough sugar to get this to taste the way it does in the stores, and I don’t really want to have the sugar anyway. I find that following Teavana’s instructions for oolong and mate, and then splitting the difference for this blend, makes it taste much thicker than I really want it to be.
Long story short, I’m gonna let this one run out, and figure out what other tea to store in the tin.
Definitely best iced IMO. And sweetened. Unless you are a big fan of that grapefruit pucker, then it should be perfect as is. I can’t say I taste any green tea, it’s really mild, either that or the fruit is just steam-rolling it. lol. It is quite refreshing though!
This was my first Teavana experience, while I was at the West Edmonton mall for a girls trip! I mixed this with a little bit of white pearls because I still wanted just a tad bit of caffeine but not too much, so I guess this isn’t a very accurate note on this tea.
I thought this herbal was ok, a nice blend of spices, but still a little bit chocolate too for sweetness. I don’t think I would purchase it though.
This was a great cuppa to go on my shopping adventures!
Wow, the customer service when I ordered the cup was terrible. The girl was very monotone and not very helpful at all. She also didn’t even tell me that this had mate in it, even though I said I wanted an oolong that didn’t have a lot of caffeine……I was a little annoyed at that.
However, I did enjoy this oolong, and I enjoy it more now that I know what the ingredients actually are since she wouldn’t tell me. It was a little bit earthy, but I guess that was due to the mate. The chocolate was pretty muted, but still good. I wasn’t overly impressed though.
I got this as a cup to go, so I am not even sure if the salesgirl brewed it correctly or not.
This is a Pre packaged sample from Teavana, hence REALLY REALLY sweetened. I don’t usually drink sweetened tea, so this is making me feel I went all out with syrups at a Starbucks or something. Since it’s so sweetened, I only really taste sugar and cinnamon. A pity, since it has so many great ingredients.
The tins for these four gift teas are so pretty, but since they’re plastered with the name of the tea they’re pretty much useless for anything else. That always rubs me the wrong way. What do you expect me to do with these tins when I’m done with them, Teavana?
Anyway, I’m trying to get into the habit of drinking something warm before I go to bed, and as I find sleeping very pleasant, I figured decaf herbals would be a good idea for this time of the year. Rooibos isn’t very springful to me.
I’d like something marshmallowy and vanilla-esque, maybe fruity? I’ll look for forum hits later – I figure there have to be at least a few threads on herbals.
Anyway, this is still pretty nice, but the tartness continues to make me a little squinty.
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In the bag this smelled amazingly like coffee…I really got my hopes up for a replacement to my morning coffee routine. The first flavour to hit your tongue is more of a mocha note, though, and it’s delightfully pleasant.
The roasty notes of the mate snuggle in right behind the mocha-chocolately flavours in a delightful fashion and the aroma is comforting in the same way that a busy coffee shop is when you’ve a paper to write and all evening to hang out…
It takes to sweetener well – and I’d advise adding some sugar to fully realize the chocolate malty notes – and overall I have to say that this is a nice little cuppa. Not sure if I’d choose to restock it, but I certainly enjoyed sipping down the cup.
This is one of my VERY favorite white teas. It was the first Teavana tea I had, and it’s still my #1 there. Very light white tea, accompanied with tart strawberry. The popcorn helps cut some of the tartness which is nice. You can also taste the papaya a tiny bit if you happen to get a piece when you steep your tea. I do however usually add a little extra of this tea when I brew, because I love a slightly stronger flavor.
Waiting for the little Yixing to finish its tea bath and wimp that I am, it’s now 9 p.m. so I’m switching to decaf. I came very close to having a rooibos but then I remembered I had this and hadn’t had a straight mint for a while.
It was the right choice. This is a nice peppermint with a fresh taste and a peppery minty aftertaste that lasts and lasts. Certainly doesn’t taste like dirt, and isn’t really earthy at all. It’s making the backs of my teeth feel clean, too.
It’s a nice relaxing flavor to start the transition to sleepy time.
I have had this tea twice now. Both times I had it made in the store, so I know they use more tea than I ever would at home. I think I liked it more the first time I bought it, but today it was not as good. Maybe less sugar or not brewed long enough. The store was super busy today and I had to wait a long time to order and then receive my tea. They apologized by giving me my tea for free. I was very thankful, but the tea was not as good as I remembered from the first time.
Bergamot just isn’t my thing. I do prefer the “crème” blend to a traditional Earl Grey, but I still wouldn’t go out of my way to consume this tea. It came in a box set I got for Christmas. I finished the cup and didn’t mind it, but wouldn’t rush to go buy more.
The nice thing with the “crème” is it adds a sweet/creaminess that is very subtle. Makes the liquor a little more smooth on the palat.
The basil definitely imparts a “tulsi-like” feeling to Teavana Berry Basil Blast. I had been looking forward to trying this blend, as the second ingredient is white tea, unlike many of their foody concoctions, some of which contain no tea whatsoever.
Tulsi is an acquired taste, but anyone who has acquired it will probably be able to wrap their palate around this fruity basil blend, which offers a fairly low-level dose of the herb probably most famous to Westerners for its inclusion in pesto.
The basil here cuts the sweetness of the sugar-sweetened fruit pieces but without resorting to hibiscus (the usual suspect) overkill. There is an aromatic feeling to the blend which I rather like.
I enjoyed both a pot and a second infusion pot this evening.
Isn’t it interesting how we all have different tastes? After reading some of the reviews I was really hesitant? But I’m glad I tried it. I really like it. I wan’t expecting much of a chocolate taste after the reviews, so I wasn’t disappointed. But I do really like this tea. While it is a mild tea, I find it quite enjoyable. I steeped the tea in my Breville: 3 full tsp./ 500 ml water (2 cups) for 5 minutes. I added a little tiny bit of vanilla sweetener. Yum yum!
Sipping on a sample of this from Marcel Duchamp! This is the first tea I have been able to taste in a few days! Cold season has been brutal on me this year.
I do enjoy this tea. I love the earthiness of the pu erh, the sweetness of the strawberry, but I have no idea what the slender part is supposed to be about. Some magical pu erh property? I’m sure the strawberry part is a little artificial, but I don’t mind the strawberry candy taste! I sure hope Teavana keeps this one around for a while!
I’m going to start off by saying that I’m by no means a master of teas, so I’m just sharing my personal opinions and how I feel about this tea.
Personally, this tea just tastes like glorified fruit punch to me. Like someone else said, it does have a sort of chemical taste to it, which makes me wonder if this tea was made with pesticides. Overall, it’s a very sweet tea and it’s fine iced, but I just believe there are way better teas out there.