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This is one of the new autumn teas from Teavana. I picked up two ounces to try because it sounded warm and comfy for fall. Last night a brewed a cup and I have to say I wasn’t impressed. It was sort of tasteless and almost colorless in the cup. I didn’t rate it last night because I was super tired after my four days away at the Mayo Clinic and I didn’t follow the instructions on the label. And of course I have no sense smell or taste of taste.I tried it again tonight with nearly twice as much leaf (can I say leaf for an herbal tea?) and it was much better. Still not one I’ll run out and refill, but quite drinkable. My first impression was that it was light and fruity. The end of the sip seemed almost too sweet. Artificially sweet. Definitely doesn’t need any added sweeteners.The white hibiscus doesn’t seem nearly as sour or zingy as the regular hibiscus, which is a plus in my book. I didn’t taste the clove or star anise or cardamom. It may be that those are very light so I wasn’t able to pick up on them with my crazy nose.
This might be very nice iced, and as we’re expecting some days in the mid and upper 80s next week I think I’ll give it a try that way. I don’t give this a raving recommendation, but if a friend served it I’d have no trouble finishing the cup.
While I was at the Mayo Clinic this week I had a 4 hour stretch between appointments. I didn’t want to hang around the waiting room so I decided to see if there were any tea shops in Rochester. I found one, in a mall. Teavana. I had never been to a Teavana. It was similar to the David’s I’ve visited in Winnipeg.
I picked up three teas while there: this one, the Cacoa Mint, and one of the new teas for fall, Poached Pear Cider. I just wish I could have gotten little samples instead of a full two ounces. But I guess 2 ounces isn’t too much to try out a tea.
But I’m reviewing this one tonight since I had it this afternoon. It’s been cold and rainy today, which is prefect tea drinking weather. I really liked this one. It was smooth, and for me the spice was just right, not too bold or so weak that I couldn’t feel it. The color was a nice dark amber color. I bet it smell really good. My sense of smell is gone again, which is unfortunate, but I have hopes of it returning soon. The doc at Mayo put me on 5 medications, 3 of them steroids, which should open up my sinuses and allow me to get some scent up in the olfactory nerve area.
At any reate, although this tea won’t be an Absolute, All Time Fave, it is very pleasant and I think I’ll enjoy it this fall.
Like many of us on this site I am sure, I love Earl Grey teas. I must admit I was surprised by how good this one is. There is quite a bit of bergamot flavor, which is my favorite part of any Earl Grey. The base tea is smooth, mild and generally unnoticeable. It neither adds anything or takes anything away from the tea.
You can certainly find better Earl Grey teas, but I’m not sure you can at this price. It must be the cheapest tea at Teavana.
This is just not my cup of tea. I had my first cup of Phoenix Dan Cong at my friend’s home. My impression of his Dan Cong from Guangzhou was an orchid aroma with a hint of honey followed by an intense, long-lasting aftertaste. I decided to give Teavana’s Phoenix Mountain Dan Cong Oolong a try and the result was rather disappointing.
I followed their exact brewing instruction of 1.5 tsp for 8 oz of water at 195 F for 3 min. The infusion was flat—- nothing close to the complexity I tasted from my friend’s no-brand Dan Cong. I tasted roasted vegetables and a very mild hint of licorice. The aftertaste was soft and only lasted for a few brief seconds.
I decided to give it another try and brewed a new batch for an extra 30 seconds (3.5 min). Astringency increased but the taste and aroma remained the same otherwise.
This is quite possibly my favorite Teavana tea. I don’t mean to imply that this means a lot because I have lots of Teavana favorites. Quite the contrary. I’ve liked few teas from Teavana, and this is one of those. It’s especially weird, given the low ratings this tea has. But I’ll just start with saying that, in its defense, it does not contain Hibiscus.
The tea brews to a clear, pale brew colored soft yellow, with a peachy hue. It does have a tendency to bitterness that can be eliminated by fastidious brewing and drinking (drink fresh and hot) procedure, but it does lead me to think that the white tea in this is not particularly fine or smooth. This makes sense given that it is only being used a carrier for other, much more pronounced flavors. Enter the offensive sour cherry. So… I went through 1.5-2 oz. of this stuff over the course of a year or so, and never did the cherry flavor seem particularly sour or overwhelming. Strong, dominant, certainly. But never did I get the medicinal flavor mentioned in so many of the negative reviews. Not only that, but I found that although many of the reviews had a problem with this flavor, many did not. I mean, one expects that if a tea has a very pronounced flavor, some will love it and some will hate it, but it seems unlikely some would taste it and some would not. So I can only conclude that either Teavana changed this blend about 2-3 years ago or the flavor of the blend is severely inconsistent due to the distribution of “sour bits” (which, again, I didn’t really notice). The sour bits being presumably cranberry bits that the description mentions (and shows) but which I didn’t really taste or even remember seeing for that matter.
As for the flavor I did taste, it starts with sweet cherry, which dominates the palate but is accented delicately by faded rose (I sincerely mean that in the most positive way possible, like a faint scent of rose rather than it’s flavor) and carried by the mild, grassy notes of the white tea.
I found this tea pairs well with sweet, dessert dishes and fruit. It’s also great as a standalone treat when craving something sweet but light. Teavana’s regular price is definitely excessive, given that, as I said, I doubt the quality of the white tea is very high, but I would definitely buy it again if it was on sale.
Flavors: Cherry, Rose
from the Not My Cup O’ Tea TTB
I fear this is also not my cup of tea. I prepared it by cold brewing it in my refrigerator. It had a very intense artificial fruit/almond play with a touch of hibiscus too that really didn’t suit me at all. It does smell better than it steeps, although still artificial. I was glad that I only had 1 sample. :-/ Just my humble opinion though!
Flavors: Almond, Artificial, Fruity, Tangy
A mild to medium breakfast tea with a clean taste and a beautiful bright copper color. While certainly not the strongest of breakfast teas, such as one of the Irish variety, Teavana’s Royal English Breakfast is well-rounded, featuring the traditional malty, sweet, and mildly oaky palate with delicate and subtle floral and citrus notes. Not a very bitter tea, and it pairs excellently with cream and sugar.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Malt, Oak wood, Sweet
Tasty, spicy, and sweet. I’ve had this mix twice now, and it is quite a pleasure to drink as a pick-me-up.
Although, I’ll admit… MateVana is preferred over it. MateVana handles subtlety better, whereas in this it’s come across as watery. Perhaps I just have to steep more. I realize this is not uncommon for Teavana brews to need a lot to get a tasty desired result.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Spicy, Sweet
This is one potent tea… my gooooooodness, just ask someone to smell theirs if they have some. After experimenting with this tea I found that cold brew + minor amounts of sugar make a nice cup; however, a hot to warm cup of this is very rough to get through as it is just too much strength of multiple things going on within your mouth when you take a sip. I recommend cold steeping this one for sure.
My mom has asked me multiple times to make a cherry tea, but I loathe the idea of having to taste a cherry tea more than once to figure out its strengths and weaknesses. So my way out of it was to buy some :P
Not only is this tea balanced well, but anyone who understands how to measure and time tea well will be able to control the strength of the liquid that is produced from this tea. I have already brewed this a few times and the aroma from it is very sweet, floral, and even alluring. The taste is just as you would expect from it, so for those who are looking for the tasting notes of this tea and know how to brew their cups to their liking, I don’t see any issue with this blend.
(I wish I knew how much sugar was in each steep though)
Why don’t they use they name ‘creme brulee’? It’s an actual dessert. ‘Brulee’ just means burnt. This is another tea I had at the store. There are sooo many scents/ flavours going on here. First, there are the usual pumpkin spices. Then there is the creamy white chocolate. And a cocoa flavour. Didn’t really notice any pumpkin. Thankfully, the chicory decided to hide in the sample I tried. It’s okay, but trying too hard.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cocoa, Cream, Nutmeg, Spices, White Chocolate
Had this at the store today. It smells like apple and spices, mostly. Then there is the hibiscus, which comes out strongly in the flavour. Should be called hibiscus cider instead. There is a cinnamon scent/ flavour as well. With some cloves.
Overall too sweet, and too much hibiscus.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus
MateVana is discontinued. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted.
This was and probably still will stay my favorite tea from Teavana. Save for the perfectea maker, I don’t particularly see myself buying anything from Teavana in the future—just because I’ve jumped much farther into tea.
What I love about MateVana: Hints of chocolate, but not overpowering. Just enough earthy complexity to keep it interesting, without being bitter. Nutty. Great with creamer. I’ll miss you, MateVana, but this gives me a perfect excuse to try Circle of Drink’s Chocolate Roasted Mate, and attempt replicating you myself with blends (but with organic and/or natural ingredients).
I realize Teavana is generally grumped about in the tea community.
… However, MateVana makes me a happy happy human.
Until I can find a suitable replacement from a smaller brand, this has been brewed daily at my home. It’s just enough awake-ness to make me feel comfortable, but not enough to give my caffeine sensitivity trouble.
The roasted mate combined chocolate-y, nutty, creamy nature reminds me of a watery coffee without the bitterness (which is the point, I realize). But the fact that it’s a little on the thin side is not really a bad thing. I do wish it was more robust—perhaps if I added milk, it would be perfect. I tend to fill up my contigo tumbler with this.
Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Nutty, Roasted
From the mixtures of the flavors, I cannot exactly pinpoint the flavors, making this tea a mystery if I didn’t know anything about it. The tea is light, and tasty, just nothing pops up stronger in terms of flavor than others. It is an easy on the tongue, easier on the nose tea and reminds me of a few books that are similarly easy to read and be intriguing. Those hard to catalog, hard to define, so everyone labels it a little bit of everything book.
With the same air of mystery surrounding this tea, I recommend the books
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs” & “I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak”
My day has been so very stressful. People have just continually came by and pilled up work onto my desk. It is a disaster at this point. I have far too many things to do and not nearly enough time to complete them. Sigh; at least there’s tea.
Currently, this Jasmine oolong is to me a warm blanket on a chilly day. It is helping me keep my irritation in check and enjoy just a small bit of peace during my work day. It is floral and slightly perfume-y in the best possible way. The green oolong flavour balances perfectly with the floral taste .This tea is quite nice both hot and cold brewed as well. The other afternoon I enjoyed a cold brew of this because it was very warm outside. It was such a delight. It is a cuppa lovely when I need it most. Thank heaven for tea.
Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Perfume
Im new to the tea world and this is my first review. I know this is Teavana, but I was there and wanted to try this. I tried a small ounce of this tea in another Teavana store last week and thought I was going to puke. It was about as nasty as I could ever have. Im not sure if the air that made it, made to wrong…or burned t…or what, but it was nasty. Tonight I was in the store near my house and asked the girl there about it ad told her my experience. She seemed surprised and said apparently the person who made my sample had no clue, and she proceeded to make it, showing me exactly what she was doing during the process.
Now, I have watched several videos on Matcha and how to make it and have a pretty good idea of whats going on in the process. She didn’t miss a step, and it even looked much different from my first sample. It smelled different. I tipped the little plastic cup up and drew the liquor into my mouth and instantly knew this was done right. The taste was SO much better than that first batch of whatever Hemlock the first girl tried to poison me with.
At first I let the creamy, frothy liquid settle over all of my taste buds and then swallowed after tasting the grassy, green, butter flavors. Hints of green bean and woods, and a little sweetness from the grassy taste. Not bitter. Not a wet hay taste. Just green goodness.
I probably shouldn’t have, but I bought a 40 gram tin of the stuff and a whisk. Im hooked!
Flavors: Grass, Green, Green Beans, Green Wood
I really, really dislike this tea.
The smell and taste remind me of chemicals. Sort of like the smell of the plastic sandals at Walmart.
When I concentrate I can taste chocolate, coconut and maybe a bit of a mocha flavour….but the chemical taste sticks out way too much to me
I took a few sips then dumped it down the sink. I’m really not having much luck with Teavana. I don’t know what I’m going to do with the remaining 45g or whatever I have…
Flavors: Artificial, Chocolate, Coconut, Mocha