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Upon first impression, I noticed it smelled A LOT like strawberry Fruit By The Foot. The leaves are dark brown, consistent with a traditional puerh tea. There are bits of strawberry in it and it is intensely aromatic. The flavor is very similar to the taste, balancing the strawberry flavor with with the rich flavor of the puerh base. It’s my first time with a flavored puerh and I must say I quite enjoyed it!
Hibiscus! You are the reason I was not too fond of this tea when I first started… but now I better understand you (and can identify you:P). With great care you a a pleasant addition to the world of tea but without it, you can be one grumpy ol’ tartbasket.
This time, I added some sweetener, more leaves, and longer steep time to liven up the tart, almost flat flavors and BAM! This tea is so much better. mm. I really do enjoy the citrusy scent and the almost punchy flavor that this tea has. With some ice, this tea is perfect for a sunny afternoon.
Raising my original rating! 63—>77
Perhaps I’m a total novice with an unsophisticated palate that cannot yet detect any nuances in notes or whatever, but I find this blend to be very, very, bland. Yes, there is a whiff of sweet vanilla but taste wise, I only detect my milk and sugar. I think that it needs body to give it some richness and some gourmand goodness.
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Aroma: Strawberry, sweet
Liquor Color: Dark amber
Liquor Flavor: Creamy strawberry
Notes: I didn’t taste the pu’erh but I can’t say I ‘m a fan of pu’erh yet so it’s a good thing. Very creamy, very strawberry. I would classify this as a dessert tea. I enjoyed it, the strawberry didn’t taste artificial. I think this would be good with a splash of cream to make it extra indulgent.
This is(was) my favorite tea from Teavana. Delicious cinnamon warmth with a spicy black pepper and peppermint aftertaste. It’s a powerful taste that fills the mouth all the way back to the soft palate. LOVE LOVE LOVE this tea, particularly in winter after surviving a cold, hectic commute home from work.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg, Peppermint
Happy Sipdown (151/158)!
I wanted to give this a fair shot despite finding it so revolting in every way I’ve tried it thus far. And, I have to admit, I was hoping that maybe being sick and not tasting very well would make it more passable. Not the case.
I have figured out exactly what it reminds me of though! It’s great being able to put a description to the disgusting flavour you’re experiencing, right? Well this one is “musty old attic and rotten fruit”. Sip on that? No thanks.
Happy to be done with this one. We’re not friends.
I had the opportunity to travel to china a few years ago and I had to pick up authentic dragon well right where they process it, I loved it.
I went to Teavana and said what the heck, let me go see how this compares and I must say they are of similar quality. I put perhaps two pinches worth of tea and just left it there to steep(that’s how I was taught to drink dragon well)
Aroma- mellow, relaxation inducing, earthy.
Taste – (no sweetener added ). Again mellow, nothing really jumps out. All flavors are real toned and coalesce to form this buttery, mellow, earthy, slightly roasted flavor.
Aftertaste- a bit dry but that’s expected.
I would recommend this tea. As an avid tea drinker, I’ve encountered countless overpowering-tannic green teas with a bitter after taste, this is not the case with this tea.
This might be a case of slightly dashed expectations, but I am not very impressed with Teavana’s Monkey Picked Oolong. I was probably expecting manna from heaven at this price ($25 for 2 ounces), but I find this to be a somewhat middling representative of the oolong class. This is supposed to be the best of the best, but it comes nowhere near the Wenshan Baozhong from Harney & Sons—or even the Milk Oolong from grocery store brand Republic of Tea!
This tea is certainly drinkable and even enjoyable, but it lacks the luscious creaminess of those two oolongs. It seems that I prefer my oolongs on the creamy side, and Monkey Picked Oolong is certainly not that. It seems to be more highly oxidized but also less flavorful to me. Probably a question of taste. Or is it perhaps the age of this particular batch? How often is the frequently opened and fanned vat of Monkey Picked Oolong replaced? I wonder.
second infusion: already waning and seems more like a resteep of a China green than an oolong. Will not resteep.
This was my first tea from Teavana. Tastes sweeter than the average earl grey cream, but nonetheless very tasty. I love sipping on this during the winter (as with most black teas), but I had this today iced with some milk and honey. Tastes amazing! Feels like the winter.
You know you are preoccupied when you find your pitcher full of tea and water “cold brewing” in the kitchen cabinet instead of the refrigerator! Kind of makes me wonder where other things will show up.The tea is a lovely tartness with some well balanced lemon. Tarter than a raspberry lemonade would be. Nice for this summer day!
Flavors: Lemon, Lemon Zest, Raspberry
Cold brewed this one again. I accidentally forgot about it and left it in there for about 20 hours, whoops! Anyway, I just wanted to add to my previous note that the tea itself actually does taste minty. Last time, I thought it was because I was eating something minty while drinking it, but the tea itself has a minty note about it at the beginning of the sip that turns into a grassy flavor. I don’t recall thinking it had a minty flavor when I drank it hot, so it’s quite interesting that I pick up on it now. Another curious cold brewing experiment!
Edit: As the tea warmed up to room temperature, it suddenly became super bitter. I guess that’s what I get for leaving it to cold brew for almost an entire day!
I would really like this to be a sipdown. This is my oldest tea but there is probably still enough for a dozen cups, if I don’t re-steep! I do still like this even though it’s practically like I am drinking juice. My cleaning has already gotten sidetracked by research on how I could store my tea. Save for three of my teas, they are all in the zip-top bags they came in, not pretty. lol.
Sipdown no. 159 for the year 2014. Two big containers of cold brew later, I get to say goodbye to this one.
And the good news is, it is MUCH better cold. If you have this and are not a fan, try it cold. Overleaf it, too. I used about 10 heaping DavidTEA spoon scoop fulls for 2 quarts of water.
I should also say that for a white/green blend, it is very forgiving as a cold brew. I left mine in for more than 24 hours and it came out without any bitterness.
That said, much better isn’t anything to write home about. Mostly I taste pepper, cinnamon and water with perhaps a very light tinge of tea to it. However, the lotion-y note is gone, and the spicy water flavor isn’t so awful as a water alternative to thirst quencher. I’ve just had much better.
I am totally addicted to this tea! I did a 1.5 mile walk this morning before it got too hot. I thought about this tea waiting for me at home. I have taken to adding either a couple drops of hazelnut stevia or chocolate stevia to change it up. I like it plain or with a little stevia but enjoy the variety of the other flavors.
Tried it both cold brewed as an iced tea and hot, but it’s just not my thing. The tea smells strongly of sage, but the flavor does contain large amounts of orange pulp and lavender. In the end, I think the sage flavor is just very off to me. I like it with chicken, but not in my tea. If you like it in tea, well, your mileage may vary…
Flavors: Lavender, Sage
So after my crazy Friday night out drinking I came home Saturday morning knowing that I had to work an eight hour shift, and then would be attending another house party in the evening; this one actually at Tyrell’s house (their “official” moving in party – the one last weekend was more of a warm up, I guess, before they were really set up in the house). I was not in a good place Saturday morning so not a lot of tea making was done for during my shift.
However, that said, I did have a mason jar of this one cold brewing in the fridge which had definitely been neglected/forgotten about what with all the spontaneous drinking. So this steeped for about 24 hours. Definitely not what I had in mind. And then, on top of everything, when I went to drink it during my shift (which was very, very rough; I was definitely hurting all day) it tasted so nasty.
And I mean normally I’d give the tea the benefit of the doubt because A) it was steeped for so long and B) I definitely was a bit out of it
hungover but I’m struggling to do that with this one. It tasted like sour/rotten fruit, old gym socks, and dust/dirt. I took a few sips and then went “fuck no – we’re not doing this one today”. It was so bad that it can’t just be because of the oversteeping/hangover. And I mean I have sorta had this one before (the Blueberry Kona Pop blend which has this one in it) and that was horrible too. So yeah, no leniency with this one.
Sorry 221Tea this one is not for me.