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Sipdown (121)!

So, I live in/rent out a basement suite – obviously there are stairs, right? Well in the year+ I’ve lived here we haven’t actually had railings. Not a big deal or anything, but they just didn’t exist. I’m quite sure about this because I remember when my Grandma came to visit she had a really, really hard time getting downstairs without something to grip.

I just walked out of the living room into the hall space that links to the bathroom and laundry room and our stairwell and… Railing! When did that get there!? When Tre gets home tomorrow I’m gonna have to ask if it was there when he left for Regina last week. I can’t imagine myself to be so unobservant to have gone a whole week without seeing it. Maye our landlord put it up Friday/Saturday when I was seriously out of it ‘cause of weird work hours? But even then, wouldn’t I have noticed leaving for work today or getting home?

It’s very obviously shiny and new…

Thank you TheLastDodo from the sample – this is a Teavana blend I haven’t tried yet, and while I know Teavana isn’t wildly popular here on Steepster I’ve had a few successes with their blends. Plus, where I live it’s actually really hard to acquire their tea so it was exciting receiving this one.

Dodo recommended trying this one cold brewed, and I was more than happy to oblige! I had the first half of it today at work, and I’m just finishing off the second half now. The plan was the drink it right when I got home, but then I got distracted by baking and had a beer with supper instead of tea.

Dry this smells pretty orange-y with not much else other than perhaps a faint but generic floral quality. One could almost say it’s the faint, natural floral tone of a fresh orange though, and nothing else.

Taste wise it’s a little bit underwhelming, not gonna lie. First flavour is an unsweetened but arguably very realistic orange note. It actually reminds me a lot of most Blood Orange teas I’ve had. It’s accompanied by a less overwhelming but kind of bitter grapefruit flavour. And then, there’s also a hibiscus edge to it – and it’s not all that pleasant, though tolerable at least. It reminds me a bit of the oddly beet like flavour the hibiscus took on for me in DAVIDsTEA’s Queen of Tarts blend. Bleck. It’s definitely not as strong though.

Once the orange and hibiscus welcoming committee leaves, the flavour transitions into something a lot more floral; but rather a generic floral tone and less so anything specific. The oolong base is kinda weak when compared to the flavourings used here – but it’s obvious floral too, and I’d say greener with maybe some mineral notes? Finally, call me really crazy here but I’m also tasting the faint licorice flavour of fennel!?

I just read all the reviews – no one else has mentioned fennel, anise or licorice so I’m just gonna chock it up to possible scent contamination? I really do taste it though.

If I were to drink this again, it’d likely be with waffles or some other kind of breakfast food – but I think to be anything other than average at best this blend really needs sugar, and as someone who doesn’t sweeten their tea that means I’ve just lost all interest in having it again. That’s perhaps harsh considering this isn’t bad; it’s just not good either, and if it needs sugar to be good then it’s not worth more of my time.

Sorry TheLastDodo – I loved getting to try this, but it’s not one I love. Perhaps that’s for the best; like I mentioned at the start of this review it’s hard to access Teavana blends where I live.

TheLastDodo

Que sera, sera. I sometimes get an anise note to it. heh, I rarely drink this as anything more than an addition to smoothies!

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50

I didn’t realize it had coconut in it when I sipped the sample in store! Came home, steeped a large cup, and realized it was giving me coconut allergy symptoms. :( Gave it to my sister. If it didn’t have coconut in it I’d rate it much higher.

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87

Picked this one tonight because, if Teavana’s information can be trusted, it is low in caffeine. I was at the store the other day to buy a Glass Perfect Tea Maker and they were sampling this tea. I think it is pretty good. I am getting a barely perceptible vegetal note. I am getting a buttery note. The steepster writeup also says notes of broccoli and spinach. These are imaginable for this tea although not strong. Overall it is a very mild tasting tea. It is already one of my favorite greens.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 1 min.

Flavors: Butter, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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47

This used to be my go to iced tea blend. I swear it was a fruit/herbal tisane until I read the description for this tea, long after I have finished the blend. I would use this tea, cold brewed as a liquid base to all my green smoothies. ahh, that was the stuff.
I don’t know if I would purchase this again, I have been finding even better iced blends to fiddle with.

Flavors: Fruit Punch

Preparation
Iced

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drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
193 tasting notes

When you’re in the mood for a straight up, plain, Earl Grey, this does the trick. It’s nothing spectacular, but it’s not terrible. I added milk and a little vanilla flavouring to make the quickie version of a London fog, which I think made this taste better than it would have if I had had it just with plain milk.

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87

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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93

This tea is amazing. To really enjoy the full flavor of the jasmine pearls, I highly recommend using a tea steeper like Tevana’s Perfectea Maker which allows the pearls to completely unfold. I love the sweetness of jasmine which doesn’t overpower the green tea.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

I love this tea, but it has the potential to be a little overwhelming at times. If you steep for too long, the rose becomes overpowering. Lavender Dreams makes a good substitute for Earl Grey in a London Fog!

Flavors: Floral, Lavender, Rose

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100

One of my favorite teas. It has a nice soothing quality that makes it enjoyable at any time of day.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78

I really enjoyed this tea, though I think the cinnamon was a little overpowering. Overall though the sweetness was very enjoyable and reminded me of dessert :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Marshmallow

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 15 sec
Megan

This sounds like the perfect tea for around the campfire :P

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88

This tea was quite lovely. When I took my first whiff of the container I was blown away just like a hawaiian breeze, the taste of the tea also delivered. Very good!

Flavors: Citrusy, Orange Blossom, Pineapple

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 15 sec
Megan

“I was blown away just like a hawaiian breeze” POETRY.

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77

Another tea that I should have logged months ago.

I know that a lot of folks on steepster aren’t wild about Teavana teas, and I’ve had a few I didn’t care for, but I tend to go to them for the teas that are more fruit than tea: it seems to be what they do best. Also, and this probably isn’t a great advertisement, my grandchildren like their teas much better than the unflavored teas I usually drink. Go figure.

Anyway, this is a fairly typical Teavana blend. More fruit than tea, to the point that I can’t really detect any tea.

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83
drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
165 tasting notes

I was embarrassed the other day when looking at my cupboard and discovered how many of those teas I haven’t reviewed yet. My problem is that I usually put fairly cryptic notes in a spreadsheet, and after I’ve tried a tea a few times I try to clean up the prose and write it up for steepster. Unfortunately, teas often fall through the cracks. This tea is a poster child for my poor work habits. I am finally sipping down an old, reliable friend.

I’m usually lukewarm on Earl Grey teas, but find the added vanilla to be the perfect touch. The tea is strong, yet creamy. None of the flavors are overdone: you can easily taste the tea, the Bergamot, and the vanilla. The result, however, is more than the sum of the parts.

gmathis

Don’t worry about the prose. You can generally communicate what needs to be said in three or four well-considered adjectives :)

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There’s barely any oolong in this, seems like mostly chunks of apple, pineapple and strawberry. Though, I can handle that if it tastes okay and I chalk it up as more of a fruity herbal. This tea has a long ingredients list and has many fruit items that sound nice, like rhubarb, vanilla, peach, rose, tangerine and grapefruit (all flavorings)

This tea is heavy, 1.5 teaspoons is 10 grams of tea. Steeped up and it’s watery with not much flavor, like this is the 2nd or 3rd infusion. What I do get is a slight bubble gum strawberry and rose floral flavor. I even used a higher temp and longer steep time and nope – BOOOOO!

I guess the rest of my 2oz will go to the ice tea pitcher along with a bunch of hibiscus. At least that way it’ll have more flavor.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

THIS TEA IS AMAZING! It tastes like at tropical vacation :) perfect for the days when you wish you could just get away

Flavors: Pineapple

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Chris Coppens

I’m ready to try this tea!

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77
drank gingerbread by Teavana
12 tasting notes

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drank Strawberry Cream by Teavana
82 tasting notes

HOLY HIBISCUS! I don’t mind a bit of it, but this is the only thing that comes through in the cup. Next time I’m going to pull out some of the hibiscus bits. I can’t wait for this to be gone! They totally ruined it with all that hibiscus.

Anlina

I tried this so many ways to get more than just a cup of really sour, red water and then gave up.

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92

Mmm mmm good! This tea is delicious, blueberry teas are a favorite of mine and this one is no different! I love the fruity taste and can’t wait to try it iced.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Megan

SOunds wonderful

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80
drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
12 tasting notes

Dont understand some of the negative reviews on this one as far as my cup goes it was rather tasty. Of course there are better teas and this was a pricey oz, but I still find it enjoyably smooth and complex.

Flavors: Creamy, Malt, Wet Moss, Wet wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80
drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
12 tasting notes

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90
drank S'mores Oolong Tea by Teavana
368 tasting notes

Got this in a tea swap.

I’m actually torn on this one… If I’m comparing it to Teaopia’s S’mores than I don’t like it. It’s very thick feeling when drinking. Teaopia’s isn’t that way.

But, if I’m just looking at it as a separate tea all on its own, which is what I should be doing anyways, then it’s not too bad. Like I said, it’s very thick or full in the mouth. I found I needed to add some milk and a few pebbles of rock sugar to it to make the flavours smoother and more enjoyable. But all things considered, I really like this one. I get the cinnamon or the nutmeg out of it. I’m getting the chocolate and the smoothness that I’m assuming is partly the marshmallows. I’m not sure if I’m getting any graham cracker or not, but either way it’s still very good. I’m liking it more and more as it cools and as I accept the fact that it’s not Teaopia’s S’mores. It’s a s’mores tea all of its own. It’s not my favourite tea in the world, but it’s very good.

A Teavana tea that I actually like!

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