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Okay, so I had a pretty potent headache when I picked this one out, so I was in a rush and didn’t really pay close attention. Plus, the salesperson was very pushy about getting this one and I had no energy to question it. And then I just decided to cold brew it because I was curious about it, but didn’t want to drink something hot in this humidity. It had a nice nutty and cinnamon taste that I can imagine would be much better hot. The combo of flavors (especially the cinnamon) is odd as a cold brew. I also tasted something odd about the tea, which upon closer inspection I realized was rooibos. Had I realized that this had rooibos before, I would not have gotten it because I just am not a big fan of rooibos. Anyway, this tasting note feels like it’s kind of all over the place. Basically, I will try this again hot later when I have the chance, but so far doesn’t look too good for my personal taste.
This is my favorite tea to drink at night before I go to bed. This tea is very relaxing. It has apple, pineapple, peach, chamomile, lemon verbena and rose hips. I think the chamomile is what gives this blend its relaxing effects. When you first sip it, you can taste the peach, thats all. It tastes like you are biting into a fresh cut peach. As you swallow, you can get a hint of citrus and floral notes.
Flavors: Apple, Citrusy, Floral, Peach, Pineapple, Sweet
This was last night’s cup, and a perennial favourite of mine. It smells delicious and it tastes delicious. I really enjoy the lemongrass and citrusy notes with the sweeter fruit flavours. I think this cup was the first time that I really noted the beautiful lychee finish on this.
Definitely one of Teavana’s better teas, and one that will always have a spot in my cupboard.
Flavors: Fruity, Lemongrass, Lychee, Strawberry, Sweet
Tried this as a teapop and it’s actually one of the more successful teapops I’ve ever made! It actually tastes like something fruity, not watered down tea haha
This smelled a bit weird as it was steeping, but when I poured it into my mug, it was good. Just a touch of agave as a sweetener!
Thank you to TraceyC for sending this to me for the tealephone!
Trying this tea again after I painstakingly removed all of the hibiscus petals from it (ugh). It’s definitely much better than it was before, I’m glad I bothered picking through it.
It now tastes mostly of apple, which is okay with me. There’s a bit of marshmallowy flavor in the second half of the sip and in the aftertaste. It’s like apple juice followed by marshmallow – not the best combination but much more palatable than that hibiscus nightmare. Interestingly, I’m getting a slight cooling sensation on my tongue after each sip, though there isn’t any mint listed in this blend. Odd! Not going to change the rating since this is basically a custom blend now…
Daily Summary: 6 sipdowns, 150 teas remaining in cupboard
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Flavors: Lemon, Mint
Sipdown (105)! I’ve had an interesting time with this tea. Didn’t like it hot, and then it was too bitter as a cold brew, but I finally hit the sweet spot with amount of leaf and time for cold brewing that actually resulted in a pretty refreshing, almost minty cold brew. Though I did finally figure out how to hit the sweet spot with this one, I will not be repurchasing because it’s just too overpriced for what it is. Farewell, “monkey-picked” oolong!
I would like to take this time to apologize to Oolong tea. I’m sorry I said you tasted like a mix of grass, moss, wet tree bark, and mud. I was wrong. Really wrong. But, can you really blame me when the only Oolong tea I had the misfortune to taste was from a tea bag? But you, Six Summits Oolong from Teavana, have opened my eyes.
The scent of the dried tea is pleasant. Actually, the way I’m about to describe it is kind of odd. But, believe me, pleasant none-the-less. It smells like a combination of dried catnip and red fruit roll-ups, folks. It’s earthy, but the raspberries lend a certain sweetness to the scent.
The Oolong flavor was good. I think my taste buds appreciated the quality of this Oolong tea more than the bagged tea that I had tried a few years prior. Initially, I couldn’t taste the raspberries, they did create a pleasant aftertaste though–sweet and slightly tart, just like a raspberry should taste!
Bottom Line: I received this as a Christmas present from my father. Of all the teas he gave to me, this was the one I was most hesitant to try, so naturally I tried it first. I’m glad I did! Would I purchase this tea in the future? Yea, probably. But, more importantly, it opened my eyes that Oolong could actually taste good. Better than good! I’m more inclined to try out other Oolong teas in the future.
I think there are different versions of this tea. Perhaps I was gifted Six Summits when Teavana still concocted it with dried raspberries, because my tin had loads of them. Teavana did not cheat me out of red raspberries. They were plentiful! And I’m not talking raspberry crumbles either. I’m talking whole. big. red raspberries.
My Morning Maté tastes less like the traditional cup of tea and more like…well, coffee, without the bitterness! The blend contains Mate tea, Rooibos tea, black tea, cocoa kernels, carob bits, chocolate chips, orange peels, almonds, cactus blossoms, coriander, pistachio nuts, cracknel bits, red pepper, cornflowers, safflowers, and sunflower petals. Are you drooling yet?
It has a nutty flavor, and initially this made me nervous. I don’t actually like nuts, but they weren’t overwhelming in this cuppa. I’d say they were actually pleasant. And the addition of chocolate is not lost on my taste buds. I’d like to play around with this tea, which is not something I often do. When it comes to both tea and coffee, I refuse to add milk or sugar. But, I think a dribble of honey or some rock sugar would make this tea even better.
I had high hopes for Teavana’s Earl Grey tea. When the sales lady fanned the delightful scent of black tea and citrus in my direction, I practically began to salivate. I thought, “This could be it! This could be the Earl Grey I have been waiting for.” However, after I returned home and brewed a cuppa, I discovered Teavana’s Earl Grey tea did not live up to my expectations. That’s not to say the brew was bad. It’s just the fragrant, citrus scent that wafted in front of my nose was indecipherable in taste.
The one upside to this tea is the price– it’s inexpensive. I think I spent about six dollars on enough tea to make nearly 60 cups. When I first began drinking Teavana’s Earl Grey, I thought I’d eventually return to the store to buy more. If anything, it’s a cheap way to get a caffeine fix. But, overtime I decided I’d rather continue on my journey to find that Earl Grey that is just right even if it is just a bit pricier.
Bottom Line, would I turn away a cuppa if someone offered it to me? No. But, I would rather spend my money on another brand’s blend of Earl Grey.
Upon first sniff, I’m not fond of Teavana’s Frutto Bianco Pearls White Tea. It smells too similar to Hawaiian Punch– sickly sweet and kind of stinky like over-ripe fruit. I dislike Hawaiian Punch. I disliked it as a kid, and I dislike it even more as an adult. But, if you can get over the smell (or for some reason you actually like Hawaiian Punch) I think you’ll like this tea. It’s like a tropical island in a mug!
The candied papaya and pineapple are the two flavors that stick out to me, but this blend also includes: creamy coconut chips, kiwi, lemongrass, lemon peels, and hand-rolled white tea pearls (“from paradise” Teavana’s website notes!)
I’ve gone back and forth about trying this with sugar, but ultimately decided it tasted just fine unsweetened. I love the fruity aftertaste it creates in my mouth. Sometimes the aftertaste seems sweet, although that could just be my imagination. Also, I’ve never had this tea in summer when tropical flavors are appropriate. I’ve only had it in the winter. It reminds me this world isn’t grey, snowy, and cold all the time– just most of the time (here in Michigan, I mean).
Bottom Line, Frutto Bianco Pearls is like Hawaiian Punch for adults. And no, I don’t mean spiked with booze. It’s a pleasant beverage, hot or cold, when I’m not fiending for caffeine.
- loose tea w/ infuser 3 sugar cubes (ran out of rock sugar), then 3 cubes after brewing
Tastes good, but something’s off- kind of bitter, I guess…I didn’t leave this one sitting in ice as long as my last cup of iced tea (“Watermelon Cooler”), maybe that’s it…any advice?
A nice Chai, kind of softened (but definitely not bland)- probably good as an introduction to stronger teas. It tasted good, but it doesn’t really stand out from other herbal Chai variations. The usual sensual, spicy, woody taste of cinnamon, ginger, and other spices blend well together. Definitely a good tea, it’s just not terribly unique.
—loose tea w/ infuser
—1 and 1/2 sugar cubes
Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Spicy
My older brother and I tried this together, we both really enjoyed it! The Chai taste of spices, ginger, and cinnamon blended well with the Mate. It’s such a wonderful blend that you barely need any sweetener! A really, really tasty potpourri, reminds me a little bit of Christmas and a lot of camping in the woods =)
Very energizing too- not bouncing-off-the-walls energy, but a good, more natural pick-me-up for the afternoon.
—loose tea w/ infuser
—1 or 2 sugar cubes
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Spicy, Wood
Delightful, light, and refreshing- fruity with a touch of candy-taste like a JollyRancher! Definitely passion fruit/s in there (papaya and/or mango) rose/rosehips, and probably hibiscus too, with just the right amount of nice, sweetness. Can’t wait to try this as an iced tea!
—loose leaf w/ infuser
—1 and 1/2 tsp of rock sugar
Flavors: Candy, Fruity, Hibiscus, Mango, Passion Fruits, Rose, Rosehips, Sweet, Tropical
Ugh, I just noticed that this wasn’t in my cupboard. I hate it when that happens! XD Anyway, I bought this at Teavana when I was visiting my mother. I’m glad I went in, because I got a couple of cute tins for half price, but I’m not sure what possessed me to actually buy tea! I plead insanity. Anyway, this is one chunky blend! Big pieces of apple and coconut and giant hunks of what I assume to be cinnamon bark? It smells very caramelly sweet with some nuttiness. I used a whole tablespoon for my 8 ounce cup because I knew it would be weak otherwise, and I steeped for 5 minutes.
This is actually surprisingly good! I noticed little pieces of dark red stuff, and I was afraid it was hibiscus, but it’s definitely not. Apparently it’s beetroot, I guess to make the tea dark pink for no reason? Whatever. The flavor is pretty good here. Lots of sweet apple with a perfectly charming amount of cinnamon, and a creamy nuttiness. I actually taste a lot of coconut, and it tastes like real coconut instead of sun tan lotion. I was surprised by this considering coconut isn’t mentioned in the name. There’s a little bit of tartness here, I assume from the apples, but it adds a nice dimension.
Overall, a perfectly nice little nighttime tea. Sweet and somewhat fruity, kind of like a very mildly spiced apple cider with coconut in it. Teavana has exceeded my extremely low expectations, color me surprised!
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Coconut, Creamy, Nuts, Red Apple, Sweet
This may be my favorite iced tea ever. I had walked into Teavana to pick up some Chai Yen Thai because it was back in stock, and they had this on sample. So I took a sample. And then took another sample. And then walked to the counter I had just left after purchasing the Chai Yen Thai and pointed to the jug. “What is that and how much is it and I want it.”
I made a jug of it and it’s sitting in my fridge, and I’ve been drinking it all day. It is lovely. Sweet, fruity, with a hint of mint in the aftertaste. It’s perfect for summer.
Note: Does not resteep well. All the flavor is gone after the first steeping.
Flavors: Blackberry, Fruity, Mint, Sweet
Being totally honest here.
I got this from Stephanie two weeks ago. I can’t bring myself to drink it. It lives on my kitchen counter and I always walk through, pick up the bag, and smell it. Then I put the bag back down for the next time. If I drink it, it won’t be there for me to smell anymore and it smells like the best thing ever. That probably makes me weird.
I want it in hand soap and body wash and candles and…well you get it.