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As tasty as aromatic, as smooth as rough, as sweet as bitter… An experience for the senses, simply delicious :)
Like so many other herbals, it smells sweet and fruity but tastes tart. I don’t know why I continue to buy herbals and teas with hibiscus when I know what is in store tastewise. Nonetheless, their sweet smells always sucker me in. This is not as bad as other herbals because the mango/papaya flavors provide a nice contrast but in the end it is just not for me. Perhaps it will serve better in the summertime as an iced tea.
I picked this one up a few months ago while browsing for a gift for my mom. I’ve had an odd fixation with Twinings Earl Grey the past year and I thought I’d indulge my taste buds with this fellow.
I’d be interested in seeing how it differs from other EG Cremes as other reviews say that the bergamot is particularly strong. I don’t think it’s THAT strong although you can taste it.
Not a bad cup of tea by any means. The creaminess makes it almost seem that milk is present although I never put milk in my EG. Yummy.
A nice change.
I am very loved and got a hole pound for my birthday Yeiiii. It’s not my favorite. It has a orchid aroma to it. I don’t love it. It taste a little too grassy to me. But I will definitely drink it as long as its around! It goes down smooth and i like it better iced. And most important i would not purchase this myself $25 for 2oz =o i can afford it!.
Me and my love-hate relationship with cardamom… I actually quite like this tea. I gave it a super short steep time today, and I actually liked it better than the first time I gave it a shot. However, I am just not in love with cardamon in much of anything. Almost every tea I really have trouble liking has cardamom in it, I need to learn to avoid it or, such as with this tea, keep a close eye on the steep time.
Aside from the cardamon, I like this tea. It has a neat nutty but also spicy flavour. I don’t know how far I would go with promoting its virtues as an oolong though. It did not seem to have a ton of oolong leaf at all. However, as more of an herbal, nut based tea, it is a good cup to drink once in a while.
Definitely overpriced as I have had similar oolong from the same region for much less, but it tastes great nonetheless. Very vegetal oolong, which is probabaly why I like it so much. The tea has a beautifully delicate color and smooth taste. Can be resteeped no more than twice because it can be steeped a little longer longer than the recommended time in my opinion. Has a nice buttery aftertaste upon resteeping. I would recommend it but not from this vendor because I cannot justify buying anymore for this price.
The fact that I managed to receive 2 oz. of this tea as a free sample justifies the pain it is to pick out the rock sugar(after discerning what exactly the rock sugar looks like against the dried fruit pieces). I find this tea light and refreshing and look forward to trying it iced. Although it is enjoyable, I can’t exactly justify the surely highly inflated cost this tea is sold for.
This tea serves it’s purpose well. Light, refreshing, and invigorating. The cost effectiveness justifies this as a staple in my tea collection. I can’t wait to try this iced.
This is one tea that I find myself craving. The flavor profile leaves little to be desired. It is both full bodied and light. I enjoy drinking this at any time of the day and take each sip as a chance to relax.
My high anticipation was met with a cough syrup-like artificial taste. I will have to adjust my brew times and see what transforms this into a drinkable brew. Although I typically drink my tea black, a splash of milk may be in order.
The directions on this say to make it in 16oz of water. I made it in 32 and its bearably sweet. That should tell you something. But its still delicious. If I thought the rock sugar was worth buying, I’d buy a ton of the stuff. But I really don’t sweeten my tea much. If I’m in the mood for sweet I drink something from Della Terra with sprinkles or something in it. This is one of the teas that started me down my path into tea-dom so I can’t hate it no matter how much they oversugar it.
I had this at a holiday get together with friends yesterday. Not terrible. I’d certainly drink it again. Might even get some if it was on clearance.
The mint is quite strong. On my first sip, all I could taste was mint. After a few more, I started to get a bit of a pleasant citrus build up.
As for the base, well I’m not a huge fan of Chun Mee so for once the flavouring saved a blend for me. I could still taste that heavy metallic oddness that bothers me very mildly in the background.
I didn’t love this tea. It was alright, it wasn’t undrinkable. However, the sage and lavender were both a lot stronger than I thought they were going to be. I found that the fruit flavour was primarily left to play back up to the other flavours. If you like a more spice based of floral based tea, this might really hit the spot, for me, I prefer teas with a heavier slant towards the fruit side of things.
I am glad I tried this tea, but I am not sure it really is for me!
It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a cup of this but due to the Black Friday sales, I’ve made an effort to drink some of my old tea (which for me is May of this year).
This is a nice light blend which reminds me of white grapes and honeysuckles. It’s sweet and soothing, which is fine since I can’t go anywhere due to the weather! Though I probably should do some laundry…
My second favorite fruit-flavored green tea from Teavana. Green tea is the first ingredient on the list; unfortunately cranberries are ahead of pomegranate flavors, as well as sunflower oil as a part of the cranberries. I find that to be an odd ingredient in a fruit-flavored tea, but still, this tea does taste good. Especially with an organic lemon wedge to brighten up the flavors. I have ordered it online more than once and continue to like the taste.
On first taste, this tea clearly tastes of hibiscus, not strawberries. Hibiscus is the first ingredient and white tea is the third; I find that this is a somewhat tart cup for it to be called “Strawberry Cream.” It IS a decent hibiscus tea, but there is the lingering “cream” aftertaste that just tastes artificial. At first I liked this tea, but as I’ve consumed my 2 ounce envelope, I just don’t think I’ll order it again. I found that an organic lemon wedge helps the flavor; yes it makes it more sour, but I think it also makes it better.
I see a common theme in reviews of Teas from Teavana; too much fruit, way too much hibiscus, not nearly enough tea. I agree. I am becoming much pickier in the teas I drink and I am really noticing the lack of tea leaves.
I really enjoyed this tea. I was afraid the vanilla would be too much, but it is just right. It almost has a just a hint of chocolate to me. Good balance. I used 1 1/2 tsp for 16 oz and steeped twice.
I received this as a sample with my teavana order. I’m new to tea, and I have been sticking to basic blacks. I did not enjoy this tea at all. It smell nice, almost like cider. I did not like the spicy/peppery taste. I will save it for a few months from now as my tastes develop more and try it again.
I was a little put off by the oily layer on top, but once I got past that it was really good. I sweetened it just a little. It was a very satisfying winter treat; the peppermint smell is great, but the taste not too overwhelming. I could really taste the chocolate. I only steeped once, since the chocolate pieces were melted away. I used 3 tsp for 16 ounces.
I was inthe Mall of America Teavana store and thought this sounded interesting, so I asked to smell the tea. The aroma was great as was the descriptive name. However, when brewed it tasted heavy like a sweeter red wine. I guess that’s where the “Sangria” part of the name comes from. There were citrus notes too, but I didn’t detect anything that could lend itself to the “Champagne” part of the name. You cannot re-brew these leaves, the tea is astonishingly weak when you do. And when I took a good look at the tea I discovered there really wasn’t very much black tea in it.
I have to differ from the directions that you put in 1 tsp of tea per cup. With a tea mug that is only 8-10 ounces, I need to put in 2 tsp for black or a plain green tea but 3 for some of the fruit-laden teas. I was told by a sales person at the MOA store that they recommend 2 tsp for a smaller tea mug. That makes this tea more expensive than what the flavor is worth. I won’t buy this again.
LOVE this tea! It is perfect on a chilly day, and really makes it feel like the holidays!
This one is a little trickier to review than some of the other teas I have been trying lately. I liked it, I did not love it, but I had massive expectations for it and the tea just was not what I expected it was going to be. I got the spice, but there is a hint of bitterness to the end note of the tea that I didn’t really love. It also certainly did not taste an ounce like the oolong it professed to be.
Looking at the ingredient list, I think this is one of those cases where there is just too much going on. Too many flavours are all trying to scream their presence and the end taste gets just a little muddled. I am sorry that is the case, because I love fall teas, but I think that other ones just may have done the fall theme better than this tea.
That being said, it is certainly not an awful cup to drink. I am guessing I will get through this purchase, but probably not repurchase again.