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I still have this sample from two??? years ago that I never got around to trying until now. I was going to try measuring it out into a one cup portion, but the fruit chunks were huge and it’s already got rock sugar mixed in, so I just followed the instructions and dumped the whole package into my gravity steeper.

It’s very sweet (like, on par with their in-store samples kind of sweet), and has a kind of bubble gum-y fruit punch taste. It’s bright pink, which I think is cute, and sweet enough that the hibiscus doesn’t bother me. It’s supposed to be a white tea/herbal infusion blend, but I couldn’t taste any of the white tea at all.

I wouldn’t ever buy this myself, but I didn’t mind drinking it. My brother hates all my teas, but he liked this…probably because it’s closer in taste to something from a juice box than it is to tea.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 28 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank S'mores Oolong Tea by Teavana
37 tasting notes

I was skeptical. As a s’more lover, I’ve tried many “s’more” flavoured products. How many have actually captured the essence of s’more? NONE.

But at this moment I sit at my computer, eating granola and sipping S’more Oolong. Well done, Teavana. I taste the chocolate, and some how, almost by magic, I taste graham cracker. This feels like the perfect tea as we start rolling into fall. It’s warm and toasty tasting. Reminds me of sitting out by the fire.

A note on the steep time, I tasted it after 3 minutes and it seemed a bit weak so I left the bag in while I drank it.

That being said, I enjoy it – especially for the current price -, but I won’t restock it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Graham Cracker, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Strawberry Cream by Teavana
37 tasting notes

I’ll save you all the disappointment. Tastes like hibiscus. And it is nearly identical to Davidstea’s Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait. I expected a more sophisticated taste since it’s a delicate white tea base, and David’s is straight up fruit.

I’m thinking a splash of vanilla soy milk might make it nicer, or maybe as a latte… Or I say screw it, brew it all as a great big jug of iced tea and let the husband have at it.

I won’t rate this low because I’m only disappointed that it didn’t have a more complexed and unique flavour – my own fault. And for the price that I paid I should just shut up and drink my tea.

Flavors: Cream, Hibiscus, Strawberry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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94

So, I recently stopped by Teavana the other day and saw that they had this tea half off and knowing that this is the most expensive and unique tea they had, being a yellow tea, I had been waiting to give it a try! At first, this tea tastes closer to a Yunnan to me with a buttery and subtley sweet taste. I tried a second steeping, adding some of teavanas German rock salt, and noticed that the honey flavor was starting to show more. I tried steeping it a second time and noticed a more vegetal taste, but still with a hint of honey. Having never tried a yellow tea before I was pleasantly surprised! The price is a little steep for me, but I would definitely try it again if it were on sale. For now, I have a good 4oz to enjoy!

Flavors: Honey, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68

Green tea. With slight bitterness.

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95
drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
4 tasting notes

I love this tea. Really smooth and rich, but not too heavy.

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drank Cha Yen Thai Black Tea by Teavana
643 tasting notes

This tea used to be one of my favorites. Now it is more of a background tea. I found an unopened pouch of it in the back of the cupboard last night and cold steeped it overnight. The coconut in the tea I had in a tin had the coconut go bad in that soapy sort of way, so I was surprised to find this pouch still in decent shape. This tea seems a little weaker than I remember, but maybe that is the difference between a hot and cold steep. It is still pretty good and I get a bit of almond cardamon flavor with a creaminess to it. Maybe I’ll cold steep a pitcher of it and kill the rest of this bag before the coconut turns on this one too!

It really tastes nothing like Thai iced tea, btw.

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drank Snow Geisha by Teavana
4 tasting notes

The smell of this in the tin can only be described as divine! The smell of this once it’s steeped, reminds me of cherry ‘hubba bubba’ bubblegum. The taste (imo) is a very light version of that flavor. I also brew this at a lower temp, for a short steep (2-3 min) to avoid the bitterness that can happen with this one. Brewed properly, it’s quite lovely to drink.

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drank Tama Ryokucha by Teavana
6 tasting notes

This tea was part of a limited edition Christmas Set which was yet another gift to my mom from her co-worker (dude, she likes CAWW-FEE!). Although green tea’s many health benefits would do her a world of wonder, my mom isn’t the type to take the time to prepare such lovely infusions for herself. Another gift bestowed to me. Yay!

Smell:
Dry: Vegetal.
Wet: Cooked spinach. Literally. I’ve enjoyed this numerous times before and could never put my finger on where I’ve smelled this before. Until my dad made spinach on the stove and BOOM! It hit me.

Taste: Like I drank the spinach water – in a good way. I find that this tea “dries out” my mouth – is that what is meant by astringent? (I always use spring water when I prepare coffee or tea.) After drinking about 5 out of 8 ounces, I feel like whatever leftover “flavors” in mouth are gone. It would be nicer if this green tea was soothing – I feel the astringency is a bit too much and I have to drink plain spring water or something to coat the throat.

Overall: This made feel A LOT better after devouring a Popeyes 4 Piece meal. I don’t plan on repurchasing this. (Would I be able to?) It isn’t the kind of green tea I could enjoy day after day. I’d save it for days when I know I’ll be eating loads of food.

Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Spinach, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is my very favorite tea, unfortunately Teavana discontinued it, I found this out while picking up a refill and saw two tins of it on clearance… I bought them both. When you initially open the tin of this tea, the aromas are of intense notes of plum, apple and almonds. Many may think it too much, but I love it! The tea is sweet, smooth and slightly spicy. I make it using my Teavana Smart Tea Maker. I’m dreading the day I use the last of it.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Plums, Spices

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Pineapple Kona Pop! by Teavana
18 tasting notes

I wasn’t too sure about trying this after looking at some of the other reviews, but I love pineapple and it smelled amazing, so I gave in. I really enjoyed this herbal! Yes, it is sweet, but so is pineapple! I had it hot and think it would be good cold as well.

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I get in my moods sometimes and enjoy Earl Grey. However this tea is just not something I enjoy at all. My sister-in-law purchased an entire tin of it. Yuck. Stay away.

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reviewed PerfecTea Maker by Teavana
7 tasting notes

Pros: This tea maker strains even the finest tea without any leaves or debris escaping into the cup. It doesn’t leak at all. It is durable and perfect for travel. It has perfect visibility for tea leaves within. And lastly, it makes brewing tea incredibly easy.

The cons: This tea maker is, regrettably, plastic. My reasons for this being an issue are less due to the health risks of brewing black tea at boiling point in plastic, but more so of the fact that plastic is extremely absorbent of flavors and scents. Brew one chai tea in this thing and all your future delicate white teas and green teas have a aftertaste of spices. That being said, if you intend to use this tea maker, then intend to use it for one type of tea. My second con on this item would be the difficulty with which to clean this tea maker.

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70

First off: Starbucks, you need to tone it down a bit. Yes, I want hot tea. No, I do not want it THAT hot. No, I’m not a big baby, my tongue had an actual mark/burn taste on it for several days after blindly taking a sip of this. I’ve never had this kind of experience with this coffee so what are you doing?

Now onto the tea itself. I can definitely tell where the flavors divide in the tea. I think I liked the middle part the best. I might drink this again, with my own temperature set.

Flavors: Green, Smoked

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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77

This Matcha Tea is not bad but not worth the price. Its tends to clump in my matcha bowl and takes twice as long as domatcha one. This one is not bad to drink it just lacks a sweetness. I am happy Teavana has sourced an Organic Version from Central Japan. Perhaps they bought a bad batch while buying in Japan?

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Mango by Teavana
40 tasting notes

This just came out in the past few weeks. I used to be a HUGE Teavana fan. Unfortunately, there has been little to be excited about with Teavana lately. One new tea in the past 4-5 months? I was hoping for a new Summer Tea Collection or something like that, not just one measly tea! I’m not sure if it is the new ownership that is neglecting the product development of Teavana, but I used to really look forward to the new releases but now I rarely stop by to see what is new or check the website. After waiting a long time for a new tea, I found this one rather disappointing. It is an okay tea, but a bit expensive. It did not make a major impression on me. They are preparing it in-store as a blend with the Limeade Twist. For me, this was just….meh. I hope for some new and exciting releases in the future, but I am not holding my breath.

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I love anything blueberry so I wanted to try this. It’s very expensive, almost $15 per oz. I got about 2 oz. and a little goes a long way. It steeps very densely and fast so I keep my steep time to under 2 mins. It’s very bitter for my liking, but has a slight blueberry note and I like that it’s white tea. Other than that, my search for a strong blueberry tea continues!

Flavors: Bitter, Blueberry

Preparation
1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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drank Dragonfruit Devotion by Teavana
18 tasting notes

I had this cold today and really enjoyed it…nice and refreshing. I have tried this hot before, and although good, the smell is way too overpowering for me to enjoy it that way.

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drank Moroccan Mint by Teavana
8 tasting notes

Brewed this beauty with a touch of clover honey for some added sweetness this morning. On its own, this tea isn’t particularly sweet, and its flavor is smooth, somewhat smokey mint. The smokey flavor works well with the bold mint taste, and I like this mint tea because it doesn’t have the sometimes overwhelming sharpness present in peppermint teas. This tea tastes more natural and vegetal, and while it is not a complex tea, the flavors are good and I find this brew to be very calming.

Flavors: Mint, Smoke, Spearmint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This tea is a personal favorite of mine and was a much needed brew on what has been a rough night. I’m in a flare with my illnesses so even my strongest pain and nausea medicines are falling short of controlling my symptoms and so I seek comfort wherever I can find it, and tonight it was in a cup of this tea. This is my favorite of all the chai teas I have tried, and I think its because it balances the spices with a lighter woodsy note that keeps you from tasting nothing but spice. Not to say I don’t enjoy that sometimes, but I like that this chai remains less heavy without losing the deep notes of spice and warmth a good chai tea should have. The lemongrass and pineapple give it natural sweetness that is good both with or without rock sugar added, and the black pepper and cardamom work nicely with the tea to give a solid, smooth base to the flavor of this brew. I like this tea brewed medium to dark, but I have also found it steeps well up to 5 or 6 times, depending on the length of each brew. This gives this already well-priced tea more bang for your buck, though this is one I keep around in large quantities – right now its the only tea I have in a 1lb tin. Like I said, this tea is a personal favorite and the overall flavor and notes of ginger are calming to my jerk of a stomach.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Lemongrass, Peppercorn, Spicy, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This one is great for when you have a cold. Mate is a hit or miss for me, but with the green rooibos and papaya, it tastes much better. The dried fruit and sugar definitely help sweeten it. I personally think that it is a little over priced, and would not seek it out to pay for it. So good, but not great.

Flavors: Citrus, Grass, Passion Fruits, Pineapple, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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