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I’ve had this tea in the cupboard for awhile only because I’ve gotten so many new teas that this was sort of pushed to the back.I enjoy this tea but as other say it’s not particularly memorable. I will drink what I have of it but won’t miss it when it’s gone because there are lots of similar teas out there. This is a good cuppa but I can see why it got pushed to the back of the cupboard. Nothing new or special.
My first Teavana tea of the day that wasn’t a disappointment…this one was a decidedly mellow, reasonably balanced black that lacks the salty notes I’ve had issues with in others. It lingers in the mouth, leaving behind an almost honeyed aftertaste and a soft sensation that makes it a decidedly pleasant cup to have on hand while watching tv or working online.
I’m still not likely to run out and buy this one – because it’s still Teavana, y’know – but it won’t be a problem for me to drink what’s left in the bag.
I’m really not sure about this tea…it’s definitely spiced – tastes heavy on cinnamon and possibly clove – and I saw the apple bits go into the infuser, but I’m not getting the apple cider that I think they were going for.
Final verdict on this one is that it’s just okay. Like many, many other Teavana blends…I’ve had better elsewhere. I’ll likely not even drink what’s left in my cup – much less the rest of the bag – so it’ll be going into my swap drawer.
Much like the other Teavana blends I’ve tried this one just fell a little…flat. Despite overleafing by 1/2 tsp it still came across as a little thin and weak. The flavours are definitely as expected – fruity peach and a little over-ripe – but there’s a back taste on the end of each mouthful that leaves me feeling a little astringent.
So it’s okay, but not something I’d rush out to buy, since there are others that are better – Ginger Peach by Teajo springs to mind – though I’m not going to complain if I wind up drinking all of what’s currently in my cabinet.
Sipdown! I forgot I was almost out of this one. Good news for me, because my cupboard is crazy full right now. (And I have two new tea orders on the way!)
This is a roasted oolong from Teavana. The roast on this is lighter than their discontinued Auspicious Ayame oolong. The taste is more floral and vegetal, even a little buttery, and not quite as dry. Personally, I love both of them, but I would say that this one is more balanced in flavor. A solid choice for people who like oolongs, especially cozy roasted ones. I wish I’d had a little more leaf in my tin, though, because this particular steep was on the weak side. But I still enjoyed my last cup! Not sure yet if I’ll restock… It’s very drinkable, but it’s expensive, and I want to try more roasted oolongs from other companies and see how they compare.
This tea is very heavy on the mint – a heady rush of peppermint that lingers on the palate and in the nose – but there’s also a slightly unpleasant taste on the back of each sip that I find decidedly unappealing.
I’m not particularly picking up on the citrus flavours, to be honest, and there are definitely many other mint teas that I would choose to brew over this one…so (as many teavana teas go) I’m not all that enthusiastic about this one.
This tea has been discontinued for awhile. But it was the first roasted oolong I ever tried, and I adored it from the very first sip. I heard it wasn’t very popular with Teavana’s customers, though, at least not where I live… I still remember the odd look that one of their employees gave me, when I said it was one of my favorite teas! She was nice enough to give me a hint that it was about to be discontinued, so a few weeks later, I was able to grab a tin for 30% off.
I still have that tin in my cabinet, so I thought I’d try steeping it gongfu style. It was my first attempt at gongfu, but I enjoyed it. The shorter steeping times made for lighter, sweeter infusions. That said, this is still a very toasty oolong, which I love! Smoky roasted flavor, with notes of orchid and honey that become more prominent each time it’s steeped.
I really need to try more roasted oolongs! They’re one of my favorites, and perfect for fall.
This is an older tea in my stash, one I keep forgetting I own. I bought it because I was curious about how it compared to Teavana’s Silver Needle, which I used to drink religiously. They’re made from the same type of white tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen), so I expected them to be similar. The pearls aren’t bad, but overall, I think I prefer their unrolled Silver Needle tea.
In the tin, the Silver Yin Zhen Pearls smell sweet and lightly earthy. They seem to have a stronger scent than Teavana’s Silver Needle—but like most unflavored whites I’ve tried, the aroma is pretty subtle. The liquor steeps to a soft yellow color. To me, it doesn’t taste as creamy or as light as the Silver Needle does. Instead, it has notes of hay, and seems a lot sweeter in flavor. The aftertaste also reminded me of green tea. Somewhat vegetal and earthy, with just a hint of dryness.
I’ll have to drink a cup of Teavana’s Silver Needle in the next few days, so I can compare them more closely. For now, though, I think I prefer the subtle creaminess of their unrolled Silver Needle to the pearls. The pearls have a stronger sweetness to them, and while the taste is pleasant, I prefer white tea that isn’t quite as sweet. The Silver Yin Zhen Pearls would be a good option for someone who wants more flavor— though they aren’t cheap, like a lot of Teavana’s teas.
(Note to self: I need to look into trying more Bai Hao Yin Zhen from other companies… I purchased Teavana’s Silver Needle early on in my loose leaf tea journey, but I don’t have much to compare it to. I should expand my knowledge of unflavored white teas!)
Well, hello there, surprisingly delicious tea! This was the very first tea I decided I wanted to try when I looked at the Teavana website because I thought, for one, that champagne sounded bizarre and, for two, that strawberry and rose sounded like they would be enjoyable together.
I wasn’t able to pick out the rose on its own, but the strawberry tasted…fancier (?) than normal. So, maybe that’s where the rose came in. Most surprising was the champagne part. It felt…sparkly. Not quite tingly. It was kind of like the taste you get in those carbonated flavored waters. I actually really liked it because it brightened the berry flavor and made it feel both relaxing and refreshing at the same time. I enjoyed it both hot and cold without any additives.
Even though I’m beginning to think I may outgrow Teavana rather quickly in pursuit of other fine tea brands, I do believe this might be a tea worth keeping around.
Flavors: Berry, Champagne
Mmm this is such a lovely tisane. It’s not overly sweet, but the fragrance and flavour reminds me of lemon and orange candy – citrusy and tangy.
The lavender and sage aren’t really identifiable or distinct in this one. There’s maybe a hint of the herbals on the finish, but they seem to mostly balance the sweet and tart of the fruit, making this a lot more interesting and unique than many fruit tisanes.
It has a nice cooling sensation.
I wish this tea wasn’t so pricey, because it’s amazing, and I want to keep it around all the time.
Flavors: Candy, Herbs, Lemon, Orange, Sweet, Tart
So….I’m confused. While I thought this tea was pretty good, it would never in a million have named it “nut” anything. The first taste I got was pineapple tang. Then apple. Then cinnamon. Then apple apple apple apple apple OH SNAP THERE’S A NUT! Like right at the end I could taste the nuttiness….like…if I paused for a while….and thought about it really hard…Also, brulee? There was no roasty sugaryness in this for me. I thought maybe adding a little sugar might bring out the roasty sugaryness (for the record, I kinda don’t think I know what I’m doing when it comes to sugar…like at all). Yeah, no. It really just made the pineapple and nuttiness disappear and made the apple seem stronger. Hmm. Well, I’ll enjoy drinking this….I just won’t look at the package when I do.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Nuts, Pineapple
I spent summers on my grandparents tea estate in northeast India. Suffice it to say my tea education started young! With that note on my background, I state emphatically that this yellow tea is my absolutely favorite cup of tea.
There is a mild white floral aroma and a slight buttery and green taste. What’s so incredible about this tea is that it’s intense, but so smooth and soft. It lacks the heavy aftertaste of many green tea’s. I adore it.
Now I’m going to share with you a little secret. Starbucks owns Teavana, as many of you know. If you sign up for a Starbucks Gold Card, after every 12th drink you receive one item in EITHER Starbucks or Teavana for free. I use my free credit for 1 ounce of loose-leaf Golden Dragon yellow tea, worth about $15. In this way I replenish my stash of yellow tea without breaking the bank.
Even otherwise, I highly recommend Golden Dragon Yellow Tea.
Another Teavana blend that doesn’t sound too bad from the ingredients list.. but I really can’t tell the difference from the blend I had the other day other than the lovely fig fragrance is missing. This one actually looks like it has a good deal of oolong in the blend for once, but the bases Teavana uses are always so odd looking. Two teaspoons and quite a long steep doesn’t really bring out much flavor.. but there is that fake sugar that dominates again. With so many ingredients why am I just getting fake sugar every time? At least the other had the fig.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // just boiled // 4-5 min
Re steeping the leaves and adding to the first slightly over steeped bath worked well. I let it chill overnight and put it over ice this morning. Added a couple Truvia packets and it pulls out a very refreshing note which I think would be mint as this is mojito? I used a lot of leaf to make this so if I plan on keeping it around I’ll need bulk!
It is not letting me drag the preparation items (I’m on my phone) so, below (mostly to help me recreate) is how I prepared.
10 tsp leaf
20 is ounces
Steep for 3 (?) Min first steep, second 1.5 min
Put both steeps in my glass jug
I love Earl Grey and was excited to find that Teavana had both an Earl Grey Black and an Earl Grey White. I haven’t tried the white tea yet, but the black tea is very good. The tea flavor is much stronger than the Earl Grey I usually buy, which is why I added Tea as a flavor/scent below.
Upon opening the bag, the first scent I caught was tobacco followed by the requisite bergamot. It smelled strong, but also comforting and warm. I brewed this tea much stronger than Teavana recommends, as it seems their teas are generally on the weaker side. The flavor was all tea, with the scent of bergamot rising up to remind you that this is, in fact, an Earl Grey blend.
This is the first tea from Teavana that I’ve tried and haven’t immediately thought about its potential to blend with other teas. This tea is great on its own, though I do wish the bergamot had a bit more of a presence. Until I find another Earl Grey I like better, I think this will be my go to when I’m craving that distinct flavor.
Flavors: Tea, Tobacco
I was on Steepster mobile and wrote this note in the wrong tea…