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I’m getting a lot of mint and not a lot of citrus in this one. That’s fine with me! It’s light and refreshing, very similar to Tazo’s Zen blend, which I think someone else already mentioned.
It’s definitely a cut tear curl blend— its looks reminds me of Butiki’s The Killer’s Vanilla guayusa. It releases a lot of flavor very quickly, so it doesn’t lend itself well to resteeping.
My friend gave me this for Christmas, along with a silicone lily pad infuser. It was a lovely gift. I’m a fan of mint as long as it’s blended with good ol’ camelia sinesis.
This was one of the first loose-leaf teas I ever tried and one of a handful of Teavana blends I still enjoy. You could totally use this tea as potpourri…the combination of rose and strawberry smells amazing! I’m not a huge fan of floral flavors in general, but the rose in this tea provides a nice compliment to the strawberry flavor by keeping it from becoming sickeningly sweet. And unlike other fruit teas I’ve had from Teavana, this has actual tea leaves in it, which give the tea a nice silky mouth feel.
Flavors: Rose, Strawberry
I came home today to find my first traveling tea box on my doorstep. It’s been very rainy here lately, so the box was a bit wet, but I don’t think it made it through to the inside of the box and everything is in plastic anyway, so it shouldn’t be a problem. Since I’ll be heading to bed soon, I decided to give one of the herbal teas a try, and this sounded very appealing.
The brewed tea smells like butterscotch, and it mostly tastes like it too. I almost feel like it’s too sweet for this time of day. I’m not getting any nutty or chocolatey flavors, which is a shame. It seems like they would balance the sweetness a bit. The tea has a bit of a licorice aftertaste, which doesn’t blend very well with the butterscotch. Overall, it’s a bit disappointing. It doesn’t live up to it’s name.
Flavors: Butterscotch, Licorice
This is the fourth and last tea that I got from Teavana (my first Oolong) with the Holiday Pack. I added an extra teaspoon of tea and the usual teaspoon and a half of sugar in my mug before pouring the tea in my mug. The smell is of complete cinnamon and the taste is cinnamon upfront with a hint of pumpkin spice in the finish. I must not be a fan of some of these more spicy holiday teas from Teavana as this one had way too much of a cinnamon taste for me, similar to the Spiced Apple Cider.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor
This is the third tea that I tried from Teavana and my first Rooibos. I added an extra teaspoon of tea and the usual one and a half teaspoons of sugar before pouring my tea in my mug. The smell and taste is peppermint with a hint of chocolate. The peppermint does overcome the chocolate taste but you can still taste that hint of chocolate in the background. I really enjoyed this and didn’t think I would!
Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint
I really didn’t like this tea. This is probably the worst of the four Teavana teas that I bought in the Holiday Pack. The smell and taste was completely cinnamon and spice and no apple flavor whatsoever. It would have been decent if there would have been an apple taste to it. I added the usual extra teaspoon of tea and teaspoon and a half of sugar. Flavor was there but not a flavor I enjoyed.
As someone new to tea, this is the first one I tried. I got this in the Holiday Sampler pack from Teavana, the Perfect Tea Maker, and an electric digital kettle from Target. I followed the steep time and temperature directions from the bag and added an extra teaspoon of tea and a teaspoon and a half of sugar before pouring the tea in my mug. The smell and taste is just like a caramel chocolate bar. Love!
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate
From the Cooking TTB
The dry leaf is so pretty, full of green balls of oolong and red and white freeze-dried chunks of fruit. Sadly, that’s where the good ends. This just tastes like tart strawberry and butter, and not in a good way. It’s not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t bother with a second cup of it either.
Flavors: Butter, Strawberry, Tart
This is so interesting. If I didn’t know better, I would assume this was a roasted Wuyi oolong, not a Dan Cong. The dominant notes are smoke, earth and minerality.
There’s a hint of peachiness, and a floral note that’s pretty overwhelmed by the other flavours.
I did a second, shorter steep, which was lighter but the same flavour profile of the first cup.
Flavors: Earth, Floral, Mineral, Peach, Roasted, Smoke
Although I haven’t been a fan of Teavana’s newer Chai teas, I still really enjoy several of their older blends, including this one. I got a free sample with my recent order and although it’s sweetened with rock sugar and I typically prefer my tea unsweetened, I am enjoying it anyway. It’s spicy but not too spicy, good without milk, and has just enough caffeine to be a good afternoon pick-me-up. Keep the free samples coming, Teavana!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Sweet
I’m on my third brewing of this tea and I’m probably not going to repurchase. It smells great, but there is a bit of an artificial/chemical after taste. Maybe my tasting skills are not sophisticated enough yet, but it reminds me of plastic. I tried it iced, too, which was a little better, but still not something I’d bother with again except to finish the stash I have on hand.
Despite the name, I don’t get a lot of spice with this tea. Instead, it has a creamy, nutty flavor with citrus notes and just a hint of warm spice in the aftertaste. I enjoyed my sample, but I don’t think I’d re-purchase.
Flavors: Almond, Citrus, Creamy, Spices
From the Cooking TTB.
The smell of this has a lot of really lovely almond amaretto notes, but the flavour of this only has the most subtle hint of it. It’s mostly just generic fruity and tart. There’s also a slight perfumey note that develops as it cools.
Not a stand out fruit tisane. Ah well, I’m glad I got a chance to try this without buying any.
Flavors: Almond, Fruity, Hibiscus, Perfume, Tart
I saved this for a long time because it was expensive. The more it has aged (about 7 months) it has this nice buttery smell happening as well as the sweet fruit of the strawberry. It tastes almost exactly as it smells, buttery and smooth, light sweet strawberry flavor, and just a slight note of the white tea. Excellent tea!
Flavors: Butter, Fruity, Strawberry
So I order this tea online so I did not get to smell it first. Once it came I was not so thrilled with the smell. If I smelled it first I probably would not have bought it. HOWEVER I tried it anyway since I had it and turns out I like it. Because of the pepper it smelled really spicy and all and you do taste the spices but it does not overpower everything else that is in.
Flavors: Ginger, Pepper
Omg this tea is amazing! I made it in a latte with some rock sugar and just before I actually did the latte I tought maybe because apples are acidic it wouldn’t be good in latte but i thought I’d try it anyway… AMAZING! I totally love it!
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Sweet
From the Cooks TTB. This is a very nice floral, fruity oolong. The oolong base isn’t too noticeable, and there’s a really pleasing rose and some other flower note that I can’t quite identify. The fruit is sweet and a bit tart. I’m liking this quite a bit, particularly once it’s cooled off.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Rose, Sweet, Tart
I like to think of this tea as my guilty pleasure tea.
To modify that old Animal Farm quote, i’d like to say that all tea is created equal, but some are more equal than others. Rag on Teavana all I want, they can sometimes spit out a pretty good tea.
The base oolong they use for this tea smells wonderfully floral and honeydew-ish in it’s own right. Adding pieces of apple, orange and hibiscus actually accentuate the flavor of the tea, rather than cover up, as many other flavored teas that I have tried.
Flavors: Apple, Berries, Orange, Orchid