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I just don’t know when to give up, do I?
After consulting my coworker, who is married to a local tea expert, they recommended that I steep this with just below boiling water for around 3-4 minutes. Didn’t work.
I did a second infusion using water around the Teavana recommended temperature (~195 F) and for exactly 3 minutes. Slight improvement over the initial brew. Still horrible.
175 degrees, 1/2 tsp, 2 minute steep. I’m thinking that there’s no way to make this tea taste good. I did, however, get better results using lower temperatures. For whatever reason, forcing the leaves to open with higher temperatures makes it release all the bitterness at once.
195-200 degrees, 3-5 minute steep, and still not liking it. On occasions when I manage to brew the floral smell correctly, there’s still a very bitter aftertaste. It’s like a sting at the end of the tea.
Flavors: Bitter, Floral
Went to Teavana looking for an unflavored oolong (hahaha). Of the two teas I was presented with (Monkey Picked vs. Tung Ting), this one had a sweeter smell. I didn’t follow the brewing instructions and used boiling water the first time. The tea was probably pointing and laughing at me, because it was bitter and generally gross. I used 1/2 a teaspoon since the leaves are tightly rolled and unfurl rather quickly. Successive infusions at lower temperatures are hit-or-miss so far: sometimes I get the promised floral notes, and sometimes I get a lot of meh. There are other oolongs (flavored and unflavored) that I’d rather be drinking…
Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Vegetal
The Steepster community saved me from tossing out a bag of expensive leaves. I tried to brew this as a black tea, but I think it’s actually a green or a white tea that’s been mislabeled. It’s very fussy and has to be steeped exactly as the instructions say. However, once I got it right, it does brew a delightful, bright cup.
I’m starting this Saturday morning with a slice of bacon, a poppy seed muffin, and a cup of this English Breakfast tea. This is my first time to try Teavana’s version and I’m honestly having a hard time finding anything to say about it. It seems basic to me, not really anything special. I thought at first that it might be a nice, bold choice for an early morning, but really it was quite plain a few sips in.
This is a combination tea, but the flavors did not blend together well. I could clearly taste the Maharaja Chai Oolong and Samurai Chai Mate distinctly. The former is more of an unsavory spice blend than an oolong, and the latter is the best chai tea I have ever had. It still has a pleasant taste, the Samurai being more potent than the Maharaja, but still better is Samurai on its own.
I can not taste the oolong base unfortunately, but I really like the spice combination and the caramel sweetness. I can taste pepper, mace?, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, and maybe clove? Very complex and there are a lot of undertones of sweetness, spicy, vanilla, and caramel. I also forgot to take the leaves out and it never got bitter or astringent. However it did turn very dark, so I’m guessing this is a medium or dark oolong.
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Nuts, Peppercorn, Spices, Spicy, Sugar, Sweet
Continuing in the trend of Teavana mastering herbal teas, this hits all the right citrus notes. It is the perfect summer tea and great for those who dislike excess sweetness. I give it to my tea neophyte family when they visit. They are instantly hooked.
Flavors: Citrus Zest, Floral, Hibiscus, Orange Zest
Teavana is the King of Herbal Teas in my experience, but this one was a small disappointment. I believe they were trying for a lemonade experience and definitely succeeded. It was sour, but not badly, and quite citrusy. However, it lacked that “tea” essence and tasted like lemonade-flavored water. However, I only drank it cold. This would make an amazing iced tea.
Flavors: Citrus, Lemon, Lime
I had a sample of this in Teavana when I purchased my teas and loved it. It is my second-favorite herbal tea (so far). Light, fragrant, and fruity, it does not need sweetener. This is a tea I drink to savor: the combination of white tea, fruit, and floral themes is nearly perfect. My mom, who is an incredibly picky tea drinker, tried this and loved it. It is wonderful to serve to guests.
Flavors: Citrusy, Floral, Fruity
I prefer light chai teas and find Teavana’s to be too potent in general, but I had high hopes for this one because it contained chocolate. However, the chocolate was barely perceptible and the cinnamon too strong. I had to drown it in sugar and honey to make it palatable.
Flavors: Cardamon, Chocolate, Cinnamon
((I’m never on here oops))
I haven’t posted for 3 months now, but I’ve been having tea here and there!
Sipdown day today bc I’m legit getting rid of 90% of my teas!
Ehh any free tea is good tea. Not my fave jasmine.
In other news, the reason why I’m getting rid of my teas is because I’m going to Walt Disney World! I’m very excited :) I got a management position over there (a management internship in food and beverage).
Yeah things have changed in the past three months. I took and passed my level 1 (introductory) sommelier exam for wine, and I got this internship aww yeahh. But it’s kinda stressful bc I really do have to minimize what I bring to Florida D:
Okay that’s it for now. I’ll hopefully have more sipdowns/tasting notes today!