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My knitting circle exchanged gifts last Sunday, and one of my presents was a bag of this tea., I don’t think it will be a favorite, but it’s a perfectly good tea for a cold winter afternoon. What makes it special is that my friend went to the trouble to buy something she knew I liked, something that she would never buy for herself. So I will think of her and the hours of fun we’ve had together this past year every time I drink it.
And GRRRRR my new electric kettle was supposed to be here Wednesday but of course the Fed Ex came while I was out shopping. Then they didn’t make it to my place yesterday. So maybe today.
It is very rare to see green tea from Korea as we are not the tea capitol of the world. Mostly China and Japan are known for their production of high quality teas. However, the cool hillsides of Jeju Island have been found to be able to host and grow Camellia sinensis just as well. Korea is new to the tea game but we are not new to tea enjoying the aged Oolongs bricks from China and powdered matcha from Japan for ages. I am happy to see that Korea has expanded their market overseas.
This tea is a typical green and not as flavorful as I had hoped. Either steep longer or use more tea more stronger flavor. I enjoy it hot or cold, unsweetened.
This is a light tea. It smells wonderfully of pineapple but does not taste so much like it. I got this for my pineapple fanatic husband but he didn’t like it. I do. I steep for about about 5-minutes in a full pot of water and add water (up to three times) for multiple infusions. No sweeteners. I have had this tea hot.
Every time I have this tea it reminds me of the time I got suckered into buying it.
Maybe suckered isn’t the right word, but I had one sample in the store and I was sold. A moment later you then see me at the register paying
To be fair I am a sucker for a lot of teas that have mint in them. This was a tea I liked instantly: I could taste mint, I could taste chocolate, and it was SWEET. Oh man was it ever sweet. Do they put extra sugar in teas at Teavana? Because since then I’ve had several cups of this at home and it never tastes quite as sweet as the time I’ve had it at the store.
Either way I still enjoy this tea and having it around this time of year sure puts me in a jolly festive mood.
You can read the full review on my tea blog at http://worldofteainfusers.com/teavana-white-chocolate-peppermint-tea-review/
Wow, this gets astringent very quickly. I really like the spices + jasmine combo though. Be careful more to overbrew this, I accidentally left mine in for about 5 minutes and than was far too long. It could also be the green tea in the base that made it astringent (and also a bit bitter). Either way, beware!
There is a strong scent and flavour from jasmine and from something similar to orange peel and mulling spices, but the spices are quite faint. What I really like is that there is no acidic/sour aspect with the orange/fruit flavour. I wouldn’t call this a winter or holiday tea, but this blend has so much potential. If not for the astringency that made it undrinkable, I would have really enjoyed this (and probably bought some looseleaf).
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Jasmine, Orange Zest, Sour, Spices, Tannin, Tea
I was surprised to find a sealed bag of this tea at the bottom of my stash today, and I hadn’t even tried it! :O So obviously I had to open and try it now. It smells like a chai with a hint of chocolate. Steeped with a little sugar it’s pretty good. Lots of cinnamon flavour, and spices, and then the chocolate. Not a bad blend.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, Spices
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I steeped some of this this morning and I really enjoyed it hot, it had a mild strawberry taste and the same puerh flavor I get from David’s flavored puerhs… which I like. Unfortunately, as it cooled the strawberry flavor became an undertone and the puerh shone through. Great if you like puerh, but I don’t. I’ll have to give this one another try and finish the cup before it cools.
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I had this one last night. There was only enough left for two cups and you better believe I had them both. I really loved this one which surprised me because I’m not a big fan of fig and I usually hate rose. I’ve already forgotten what flavors this had to it but I did really enjoy it. Definitely going to keep a look out if I ever buy from Teavana again.
Got this tea as a gift. The fruity sweetness of it is about to the edge for me but it’s not bad. I should try it iced, I may enjoy that more. To me it tastes almost juice like. Not bad. I’ll finish what I was gifted for sure but probably won’t buy it again. I really don’t taste any of the floral elements it claims, just the fruit. It would be much better if the fruity flavor was toned down a bit so the others could come out.
I intended to buy a more floral green tea, but ended up with this one, which is definitely vegetal. It was a good lesson that scent isn’t reflective of taste. It is slightly buttery with clean, savory asparagus notes. Ok drinking but not great for the price.
Flavors: Asparagus, Broth, Grass, Hay, Spinach, Vegetal
I drank this alone and blended with a citrus herbal tea from Teavana. I was a bit disappointed to find that the pearl is not rolled around a jasmine bud, but instead the rolled leaves are scented with jasmine (whether it is natural or artificial flavor, I’m not sure.) There is a very pleasant and strong jasmine flavor to the tea, with no bitterness. It is smooth and relaxing, with a pale golden liquor. When blended with my citrus lavender tea the aroma was even more beautiful. Worth it for the aromatherapy even if the tea itself is not very complex. Holds true for a second infusion; I’m not sure about a third.
Flavors: Floral, Green, Jasmine, Perfume
I drank this alone as well as blended with Teavana’s Jasmine Dragon Pearls. As a blend, the jasmine is an amazing complement to the citrus notes, and the steam has a wonderful perfume. Alone, this tea has a very pale liquor and the slight bitterness of orange dominates. The flavor is a mixture of sea buckthorn and citrus primarily with a very slight floral (rather than herbaceous) lavender scent. I don’t detect any sage at all. The major downside of this tea is that it takes a generous amount to get the right potency, and it doesn’t do well with additional infusions. Not great bang for your buck – probably best to buy a small amount to blend.
Flavors: Citrus, Dried Fruit, Floral, Lavender, Pineapple, Sweet
Found a tin of this buried somewhere in my tea cupboards. However, I can’t remember if this is the tin I blended with Youthberry when I had both of them in loose leaf. Tasted good either way. Floral orangey-tangerine mixed with other citrus and berry notes. Will be happy to finish this off as I’ve had the for a long time and I feel like it lost a little flavour.
What an amazing green tea! Wonderful yellow/green flavor and subtle but fantastic aroma. Unlike most green teas, there’s no “grassy” or “hay” flavor to me here; just a subtle but relaxing tea taste. Very pure tasting.
This is one of my husband’s favorites. It wasn’t one of mine at first, because lavender is just not a flavor I go gaga over, but it’s grown on me. When I want something delicate and floral, this tea is great! It has notes of sweet hay and a scent almost like roses, with the lavender being the star of the whole show, of course. Quite lovely, actually.
I tried a sample of this tea in store Friday afternoon and loved it so much that I just went ahead and bought the limited edition holiday tin. It’s so strongly flavoured and creamy (for a tea) that it reminds me of drinking eggnog.
I brewed this at home using about 3-4 spoonfuls of tea in a Davidstea Nordic mug, and added a couple spoons of sugar (I really have a sweet tooth—this tea doesn’t really need sugar at all, but I like it extra sweet). The first steeping tasted pretty similar to the store sample. The second steeping definitely had less flavour and I wouldn’t try a third steeping.
Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint, Vanilla, White Chocolate