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This tea tastes like it was sitting beside a campfire. If you didn’t read the title you may think it’s like watered down chai tea. Tastes pretty dessert like, more than expected. I like this tea but a special occasion type tea.

Flavors: Caramel, Graham Cracker, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90

I just love how this tea smells, it’s by far my favorite in that aspect, I could keep on smelling it forever. Tastewise I don’t feel the flavor is as strong as the smell, but a little sugar helps a lot in improving the taste.
I’ll stop writing this review and go for another cup right now.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Coconut

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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80

Emperor’s Clouds and Mist has now supplanted Tazo Green Tips as the Chinese straight green in the Starbucks cafés. Happily, it’s quite good, even though I forgot to ask for a couple of ice cubes to be thrown into the bottom of the cup to lower the temperature a bit. I did remove the lid while it was steeping and pulled the bags out for a breather about half way through the steeping. Then I removed the well-stoked bags for good after about three minutes.

Smooth and lightly vegetal. Very similar, in fact, to Green Tips, so I am assuming that this is a close relation to Mao Feng? (Could it be Green Tips under a new label, just as Tazo Passion has become Teavana Passion Tango? Inquiring minds may well wonder…)

The second infusion, which I prepared at home, was also tasty. So nice to know that a decent pure green is still available chez Starbucks even after the demise of the Tazo line, which I quite liked, but apparently no one else did!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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85

Made this on my way out the door this morning. It wasn’t cool enough to drink until quite a bit into my morning! I decided not to do it over ice this morning as I can’t seem to get the balance of the ice, leaf, and sweetener correct.

This morning there wasn’t as much of a strawberry flavor and more of a bitter taste at the end of the sip. Still enjoyable and it kept me full-ish until right before lunch. I love that.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp

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85

Backlog from this morning. Double steeped and over ice as I ran out the door for another busy day. I think I need a little more practice making iced teas, especially as it is already warming up here in Saint Louis! I do think this is a yummy tea, I may have just used more ice than what would have made it great.

Preparation
4 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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85

I haven’t had a cup of this one on its own in quite some time. Will have to brew some in iced form later today.

Right now this is another of my favourite guayusa-buddies. When blended in, it adds a subtle but very nice bit of sweetness to my boring caffeine-vehicle of choice. I need that today. Biochemistry is kicking my butt. This tea is also delightful when blended with straight green tea. I find it works wonderfully with the Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls, which give it a bit more of a fresh taste to balance out the sweet strawberries.

This tea has a nice sweetness without being overwhelmingly sugary. It also manages to be pleasantly citrusy without needing a bunch of hibiscus. Overall, I really like it.

Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
31 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I went back for more and finished off the tin. I’m kind of sad that I’m all out, actually. I could have enjoyed drinking this all day.

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90
drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
31 tasting notes

I like this one. Normally it’s one that I would choose to make iced during the summer months, but today I’m drinking it hot. I even blended it with a bit of straight guayusa to give me the kick in the pants I need to study. I think I’ll need more than one cup, though. It’s one of those days.

I find this tea pleasantly fruity without being overwhelmingly tart. A lot of citrus herbal teas throw in a bunch of hibiscus to add a kick, but this one seems gentle in comparison. It has just the right amount of lavender to balance the fruit. It’s also beautiful to look at. I only have a bit more of this leaf, and it’s one I’ll miss when it’s gone. Oh well. Plenty of other teas to finish before the Big Move in April.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Lavender, Lemon, Pineapple

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Red Fennekin

This one sounds really good :D

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75

The smell of the “leafs” is delicious, and also when the tea is done keeps the good fragrance. The downside is that this tea is kinda oily and artificial, and I could barely see any tea. Bu tastes good Enough.

Flavors: Pumpkin, Spices

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 15 OZ / 443 ML

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70
drank Samurai Chai Maté by Teavana
50 tasting notes

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80

I had a free reward on my Starbucks card and decided to redeem it for a free ounce of Yellow Dragon. I’ve been curious about this one for a while, since it’s the most expensive tea that Teavana offers and also because I’ve never had a yellow tea before. Honestly, I’m not quite sure what defines a yellow tea, but this one reminded me of a mild green tea. The flavor was mainly honey, with a bit of floral and just a touch of malt in the aftertaste. Quite delicious! I will have no problem finishing what I have and I would be curious to try other yellow teas. Anyone have recommendations?

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Malt

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Anlina

I haven’t had it in quite a while, but I liked this one enough to reorder it: http://what-cha.com/yellow-tea/darjeeling-2nd-flush-2014-jungpana-av2-yellow-tea/

Inkling

Thanks for the tip!

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This is another tea from Teavana that doesn’t taste quite as good as it smells. It is decent though, not incredible by any means but reasonably good. Not good enough to buy again but I won’t just throw it out. The leaves look like tea, not like a little bit of tea with a lot of fruit bits like a lot of Teavana teas.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 2 min.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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48

I got this one quite awhile ago from hapatite and am embarrassed that it’s taken me this long to get around to drinking it! I think it was anlina’s recent review that jogged my memory and made me make a note to try it asap, plus this year I’ve been making an effort to go through older teas on a regular basis. So, the tea: dry leaf aroma was barely there, maybe a slight sweet scent, so light I couldn’t really place it. Brewed aroma definitely had a chocolate scent, accompanied by something else…musty, maybe? As others have mentioned, it’s really light. Really, really light. Sometimes you want that, especially with an herbal, but with flavors like chocolate and banana, I want something far richer. I should really stick to black teas for dessert flavors. It definitely was sweet, as in it tastes like there is sweetener in there, which is fine for me as I love sweetness. No banana at all for me. So strange as other people had the opposite happen: definite banana note, but no chocolate. Overall, although nice, it’s not what I’m after today. Maybe in the warmer weather, or maybe iced. It’s OK, not great.

Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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35

A little too sweet for my tastes, definitely a dessert tea as described by Teavana.

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75

This tea smells amazing, it trully does, but I think that without any sugar it doesn’t tast really that great, and even with sugar I think that the flavor could be a little bit better. I still have to try this with some milk, maybe it will go well with the chocolate :)

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML
CruelValkyrie

I actually used 1.5 TSP of tea, I guess steepster doesn’t support decimals or I didn’t know how to put them.

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20

NOPE!

I’ve had this one in my cupboard for a while, and I remembered it tasting a bit weak, so I decided to make a latte. I used 2tsp of leaf, steeped for probably more than 10min, in about 10oz of milk and water.

In the bag this smelled pretty good, but steeped all I smell is tart apple, and that’s the dominant flavour too. There’s maybe a whisper of chocolate and banana at the start of the sip, but then apple apple apple. Why is apple the first ingredient and primary flavour?!?

I’ll finish my latte, since the flavour is so mild, it’s mostly like sweet milk with a hint of fruit, but what a disappointment this one is.

Flavors: Apple

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Matcha by Teavana
33 tasting notes

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60
drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
50 tasting notes

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60
drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
50 tasting notes

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60
drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
50 tasting notes

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60

Oi. I bought this tea back when Teavana had their 50% off and free shipping sale, so 3.99 for 50g of tea seemed like a pretty good deal. This tea.. isn’t bad. I steeped it for a good 15 minutes and it seemed like a good time because I think anything less and I wouldn’t have gotten much flavour at all. MAN this tea is sweet. I’m not really a fan of chocolate teas – I haven’t found one yet that suits me, and it isn’t even that prominent.
This tea is really confusing me, hahaha I don’t know how to explain it.
Anyways, I made it into a latte after and the milk kind of cuts the sweetness so I definitely prefer it this way. Yeah – weird tea, this one.

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drank Jade Citrus Mint by Teavana
33 tasting notes

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