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Well, it is better hot…
But not by much. This one still makes me think I’m doing the cinnamon challenge and then trying to rinse all of that crap out of my mouth with some sort of really nasty, ‘turned’ pineapple or apple juice.
Glad this one is gone. I’m not a fan.
Flavors: Apple, Bark, Cinnamon
Ok, no more distractions: I think I can do it! I think I can clear out my queue tonight! The end is in sight; let’s do this!
This one; I’ve had it for a while, didn’t have a lot of interest in trying it but 221Tea sent me a pretty generous sample so I felt like I should definitely give it a shot. I went with a cold brew because it’d use a larger portion of the leaf. Maybe that was a bad idea though because this was weird in a bad way.
Basically, it had really really strong notes of cinnamon and bark. It tasted like I’d just done the cinnamon challenge? But then, there was this weird after taste/flavour of really weird, artificial, and sour pineapple. Not good pineapple flavouring. Not good at all. I’ve come to the conclusion that Teavana does not do pineapple flavouring well. I really don’t think I’ve had a successful pineapple tea from Teavana – and I’m pretty welcoming to pineapple things in general.
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #4
Not usually one to try Teavana unless there is something intriguing about the blend. In this case: figs. There is also a bunch of other fruits. The white tea isn’t a white tea I’ve seen before – it’s very black. But the color of the mug after steeping is a light yellow. It certainly had a lovely floral/fig/fruity fragrance both with the dry blend and the exact same scent was coming from the mug after steeping. The flavor is okay, but somehow it tastes like fake sugars. As it cools it gets worse. I liked the fragrance anyway. I won’t make a bunch of other comments about Teavana here. :D
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
I really want to love this, I really, really do. I adore blackberry mojitos (substitute gin for rum, since everything is less delicious with anaphylaxis.) And if I really pay attention to this tea, it has all the notes I’m looking for. There’s lime, mint and berry, which should be all good. But if I don’t really focus on those notes then all I get is tart, tart, tart with a touch of mint.
It’s actually quite lovely if I pay close attention, but if I’m just sipping it while doing other stuff, I don’t care for it all that much. Very weird.
I’ll probably finish this, and maybe play with the steeping to see if I can get less tart and more of the distinct notes to come out. Teavana’s very specific directions were 1-1.5 tsp, 1 min, 79C, which produced basically a cup of hot water for me. I put the basket in for another minute after it had cooled down enough to taste, and it was far better. Some sugar might help too…
Flavors: Berry, Blackberry, Fruity, Lime, Mint, Tart
I steeped it too long – probably five minutes, and it was a full-bodied pure jasmine flavor. I couldn’t tell it was white tea because it still tastes strong, and my impression of white tea is that it’s mild (but that is based on conjecture rather than experience!)
Then I realized I had left the leaves in the pot, for a VERY long time, and it was very strong and astringent – completely my fault! I will add water and try it again or maybe make it into an iced tea. But even with the strong flavor I still had another cup because something about the tangy taste of jasmine somehow both calms and excites me.
Overall a great, pure jasmine tea. No other flavors.
It has been a long time since I have crossed paths with this tea. It is easy to overlook teas in my out of control amount of tea. It smells a little soapy and a hint of that is coming through in the taste. I’m guessing the culprit is the old coconut. I’m hit with a wave of spices mingling with tropical fruit flavors. It is nice despite it’s age. It doesn’t remind me anything of Thai tea, but that is okay. I’m noticing rooibos being much more tolerable when blended with other teas and that is definitely the case in this tea. I really enjoy this tea, but I won’t be sad when it is gone since I have so many other teas I like more.
I decided to revisit a few Teavana teas that have been kicking around my house for a while and this was one of them. I’m surprised at how much I like it! It has a deep flavor, almost coffee like, but not bitter. I can taste a little bit of almond and some notes of chocolate. After recently having a disastrous tea that was a blend of several types of teas and herbals, I’m impressed that this was pulled off so well. I’m not really a fan of Teavana anymore for numerous reasons, but this tea reminds me of why I was drawn to them in the beginning.
HI AGAIN. I GOT THE JOB! So now I have to find a new apartment in Atlanta. That’s kind of going horribly because there’s a service that finds places and will check for specials and the guy basically wasted my day by not sending that until 4:50 today…place I’m really interested in of course closed their office at 5. I need to move hopefully in 17 days otherwise I’m going to have such a time crunch if I have to wait until the next weekend. Ugh.
Anyway! I’m trying to drink more stuff while I also work on getting rid of stuff. I am going to be doing the whole garage sale-esque thing and I’ve started working on it but it’s a bit time consuming.
I even bought a new tumbler at work today for like $7.70 so that maybe I will have more. Which I am going to work on while I move…my friend said wine makes you more productive though, ha.
So I bought the set of 6 oz of this tea, plus a nice stoneware tumbler and a tin back when it was on clearance. I’m pretty sure I had this tea before from someone, and I liked it so I figured it made sense iced. And it was good…I sweetened it just a bit and sucked it down.
I always thought the cherry might make this taste like medicine but it’s just refreshing. It turns hibiscus pink but it’s not too tart, or maybe making the decision to sweeten right away took away from that.
Just definitely a good tea to have iced since it’s suddenly decided to be summer again here. More on the fruit side than the green tea side but of course it is Teavana.
Trying to sipdown a lot of my smaller samples. I leave for Germany on Sunday and plan to bring back lots of tea! The last time I went, 4 years ago I had just started drinking tea so I didn’t know what I liked. Decided to christen my new 300ml glass teapot with this sample. I’ve had it for a LONG time so I’m not expecting this to be really strong.
I’m not a huge fan of almond (most companies overdo it). The dry leaf smells really good!
Brews up a nice dark pinkish orange. Tastes a bit heavy on the hibiscus with a nutty tone. I probably don’t get much almond since it’s and old sample. I do get fruitiness though too. Will have one more cup to finish this off.
A friend from work gave me some of this in exchange for some of my Kava Stress Relief tea.
Oh my gosh, is it delicious! It has pieces of real cinnamon stick in it. I taste coconut, apples, lots of warm cinnamon, and a sweet rooibos base. It’s warm and smooth and perfectly blended. Like liquid apple pie.
This tea is a game-changer for me. I was ready to write Teavana off as a bunch of overpriced hibiscus-lovers, but this made me reconsider them.
Alright this tea has some very low ratings. I understand; the bitterness, the tartness…it’s not good. I really only like this tea when I add it to an oolong or a black tea to add some sweetness. The coconut is unnoticeable, but the sweetness it adds to any kind of unflavored tea is really great with a little bit of sugar. I added 1 tsp of monkey picked oolong and 1 tsp berry kiwi colada to my cast iron and it’s wonderful. If you’ve put this tea on the back burner, give it another try :)
This is another sample from 221Tea – and this one I cold brewed. The idea was to try and recreate the delicious success I had with cold brewing Della Terra’s Minty Cow since these two blends are pretty similar. It worked.
Basically, this was like very smooth mint chocolate chip ice cream, but without as much vanilla in it as the Minty Cow. On the whole, Minty Cow is definitely better because of the vanilla aspect but for my mood at the time I drank this I think an absence of vanilla was more satisfying. Refreshing, and I suppose I’d drink it again if it was prepared the same way. Otherwise, not a restock and not a blend that holds my attention.
This is my sister’s tea, but she told me to make the tea for all of us. So I have been making this iced for everyone! This is delicious, light, and slightly peachy and fruity. It has a natural sweetness to it (I think it is natural?). Very good summer iced tea. I am trying to make as many iced teas before the weather turns colder.
This is a luscious and luxurious cup of tea with pleasantly pronounced chocolate and juicy apricot flavors. No bitterness or astringency whatsoever – Smooth as silk to the last sip. Golden Monkey is a tea that is to be savored – The perfect tea for a long, lazy Sunday. I will always have some in my pantry.
Flavors: Apricot, Chocolate, Dried Fruit, Honey, Pecan
I’ve been mixing this tea with others in my cabinet, trying to find the blend that will make this more palatable. I’ve tried quite a few combinations, few of which are worth mentioning. But now, with just a few teaspoons left, I have finally found what I believe to be a beautiful match for the Azteca Fire.
I mixed equal parts Azteca Fire and Teavana’s Strawberry Slender Pu-Erh black tea, steeped for a few minutes, then added a bit of cream and demerara sugar. The result was absolutely delightful. It was, by far, one of the best blends I’ve tried. Some here have suggested that the Azteca Fire is best when blended with other teas, and I would agree. It seems that it is especially harmonious with black teas.
I will keep my rating the same since I’m still not fond of this tea by itself, but these two in a mug together are magic.
I typically brew this herbal tea as I would chai, simmering the bits of chocolate and fruit in milk and water until the chocolate melts and turns the liquid a color similar to that of a pale hot chocolate. I enjoy the tea when made this way, but this time I wanted to do things a bit differently and brew the tea with water only.
Upon opening the bag, I see pieces of fruit and what appears to be shreds of lemon peel. The tisane is very fragrant and smells of chocolate first and foremost, followed by strawberries. I used twice as much tea as Teavana recommends, as this particular herbal tea tends to be on the weaker side. I added 2 teaspoons of raw sugar and a splash of cream before taking my first sip. The tea was a little too sweet and reminded me of the flavor one might get from an artificial sweetener. Perhaps there was already some type of sweetener in the tea itself? If so, it may have been better if I had used less sugar. Either way, this “flavor” was incredibly distracting and took away from the fruit and chocolate that I had hoped to taste. The appearance of the tea wasn’t exactly appetizing either, as there were drops of oil floating on the surface and on the sides of my mug. By the time I got to the bottom, I realized that much of the chocolate had settled there. When I drink this again, I’ll be swirling the tea every so often to be sure it hasn’t separated.
I still have an ounce or so left in my cupboard so I’ll go back to the chai preparation next time. I certainly won’t be purchasing more of this tea since Teavana has discontinued it, but I’m not sure I would have even if they continued to carry it. I have enjoyed some of their other teas far more so why bother?
Flavors: Artificial, Chocolate, Strawberry
This Teavana Four Seasons Oolong is on the greenish side (I guess that goes without saying), and smells really wonderful dried. The flavor of the pale greenish gold liquor is both floral and slightly sweet. The texture is smooth. I like it, I do.
From the TeenyTiny TTB 2
I do like DavidsTea’s Cherry Blossom, which in theory sounds similar to this tea. The dry leaf looks pretty with long tea leaves and big rose buds. However, this tea smells like cough syrup. Cherry cough syrup. I decided to taste it anyways as some blends are more scented then others. Nope, tastes like weaker cherry cough syrup, candy sweet (though I added no sugar nor see rock sugar in this), no tea flavors or other things going on.
Teavana “Chinese white tea combines deliciously with sour cherries and candied cranberries to create an exotic, yet delicate blend”. If you consider cough syrup exotic, then yes. Glad I’d tried it as I would of been tempted sooner or later to buy it as I do love cherry/floral/white blends.
EDIT: this tea also stain scented the teaware used – I washed it twice in soapy water without much luck so my filter had to be soaked in smart soak to get the smell out.
This is my FAVORITE tea by Teavanna (granted its only 1/2 that I have bought (Ive tried the samples they have out, but I mean Ive actually purchased a cup or I bought some loose leaf)) I haven’t tried it hot (because I know I like it iced and I dont want to waste it!!) .. How I make it is I did a tablespoon (~3 tsps) + about 1.25 tbsp of the rock sugar in the brewer thing and then poured it over a cup full of ice.. Its so yummy!!
I see that the ingredients list is empty.. I cant edit it for a month, but here it is..
Apple pieces, candied pineapple pieces (pineapple, sugar, citric acid), rosehip peels, peach pieces (with rice flour), pieces, artificial flavoring, chamomile flowers, lemon verbena
Flavors: Fruity, Peach