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drank Samurai Chai Maté by Teavana
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drank Caramel Chai Rooibos by Teavana
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I don’t know if it is just me, but the more recent Chai teas released from Teavana all taste pretty much the same to me. I was excited when the new Chocolate Chai and Caramel Rooibos Chai came out last summer, as I am a huge Chai fan. But after tasting them, they tasted a lot like the Oprah Chai which was released about 4 months earlier. Nothing new here, it seemed. Then, about 9 months later, Teavana releases a new Herbal Oprah Chai that also tastes pretty much like the original, non-herbal Oprah Chai. Considering that Teavana rarely releases new teas as it is (compared to David’s Tea who is always releasing new teas), it is very strange that they keep releasing teas that taste so similar to what they already have on the shelf. I don’t really get it.

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drank Chocolate Chai by Teavana
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I don’t know if it is just me, but the more recent Chai teas released from Teavana all taste pretty much the same to me. I was excited when the new Chocolate Chai and Caramel Rooibos Chai came out last summer, as I am a huge Chai fan. But after tasting them, they tasted a lot like the Oprah Chai which was released about 4 months earlier. Nothing new here, it seemed. Then, about 9 months later, Teavana releases a new Herbal Oprah Chai that also tastes pretty much like the original, non-herbal Oprah Chai. Considering that Teavana rarely releases new teas as it is (compared to David’s Tea who is always releasing new teas), it is very strange that they keep releasing teas that taste so similar to what they already have on the shelf. I don’t really get it.

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drank Masala Chai by Teavana
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I really enjoy this Chai. I consider it to be a standard Chai that is great for hot or cold brewing with lots of milk. It is not absolutely amazing or something that I must have all the time – otherwise, I would have given it marks in the 90s – but it is a reliable Chai tea that I often come back to when I am taking a little break from my favourite teas. It has not been in stock at Teavana for many months, so I am starting to wonder if they are changing the blend….which worries me a little. I do not find the spices overwhelming which is a nice change from some of the other spicy Chais when I want a Chai that is more mild. I highly recommend this one, at least before any changes are made to the blend!

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drank Shanghai Orchid by Teavana
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Shanghai Orchid by Teavana is a fruity floral white tea blend. Unfortunately a terrible one! Sorry Teavana! It feels like drinking a bottle of bitter perfume. Thumbs down for this one I’m afraid!

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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Like most of my experience with Teavana, this was a “hmm…let’s just see what it’s like” choice. I will note that I do feel like I have a cold coming on, and thus my tasting ability may be impacted, but this was not a great experiment. At first I got a pretty seaweed-y punch. If not that, definitely a pretty strong plant flavour. That kind of subsided into a refreshing bean sprout note—by far my favourite level of this tea. If it had ended there I probably would’ve finished the cup, but as it cooled it progressed into a pretty strong soap flavour (at first lemon dish soap, followed by straight up white bar soap). Not overly pleasant. Wouldn’t buy again.

Flavors: Plants, Seaweed, Soap

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Spice Brulee by Teavana
23 tasting notes

This is another one of my absolute favourite teas. I stock up on it during the post-Christmas sale to enjoy all through the year. I must say that I prefer it to the Pumpkin Chai blend from David’s Tea. It has a little something extra that I love, making it taste smoother and creamier. It is an oily tea that does leave a residue after brewing, but I can deal with that. I highly recommend this one, especially as a tea latte! Yum yum!

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drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
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’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #23

Whoa, here’s a Teavana tea I actually like. They can’t mess up oolong too much, right? I HAD to try this after seeing the price! Yikes. It’s actually a great oolong, tastes a bit unusual for some reason. It’s a creamed corn flavor I usually associate with green teas. Very sweet, creamy, smooth. The other steeps were similarly great. The flavor never became astringent – always on the delicate side, so this one can’t really be ruined with boiling water. I also didn’t have the mug filled all the way. Not the best oolong I’ve tried, but I expected a lot worse from Teavana.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // rinse // few minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 2 min a.b. // 2 min steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 2-3min

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One of my favorites, so I had a cup last night. Lovely light vegetal notes :)

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drank Dosha Chai Rooibos by Teavana
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This is very flavorful, but pretty mild on the spice – just the way I like my chai. The cinnamon gives it a little warmth, and the vanilla and coconut a little sweetness. I was impressed that I didn’t have to add sweetener to this at all…I sweeten about 98% of the teas I drink, so that’s saying something. This, along with my Roasted Almond Chai from Tea’se Tea Shoppe, will remain in my regular chai rotation!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Herbal TTB.

I got the Herbal TTB that I started in January back today and it’s packed full of things I want to try. I thought this looked interesting so I gave it a whirl, but honestly I couldn’t drink more than a couple of sips of it. It was kind of gross. Ah, well. On to the next sample

Stephanie

tomato???? hmmmmmmm

Marzipan

They had this as a sample the one time I visited. Vile.

Skysamurai

oh… oh …no… just nope. I thought the Green Lime I had was bad that sounds… blah….

TheLastDodo

meekly I added this one. I pretend it’s soup….

rosebudmelissa

I’m glad to have the chance to try it, because I’m always curious about unusual herbal teas, but unfortunately it tasted really unpleasant. I would still be interested in trying tomato teas, but this one was not for me.

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After working at Teavana for a few years, this tea still is my favorite by far (fan since the name was “Strawberry Rose Champagne”). With rose-hip, rhubarb and a dash of champagne flavor this tea makes a wonderful dessert tea. Double bonus that it’s a tea that delivers such a light yet sweet taste without overpowering the delicate oolong flavor. If you haven’t tried this already, what are you waiting for?

Flavors: Champagne, Fruity, Rhubarb, Rosehips, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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As this is a heavy tea by weight, a little certainly goes a long way, so use caution when deciding your tea/water ratio. JDPP is excellent for any jasmine tea lover, as it delivers a soothing floral aroma and taste without a doubt.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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My friend works at Teavana, so I had this and many others while in AZ. I brewed it in a Tetsubin. The floral taste was slightly sour and perfumey. The oolong had a nice creamy and vegetal base. The dry scent though was amazing. It was a bouquet of aromas. I enjoyed this, and it brewed very well. The jasmine flavor kept well and was prominent for about three steepings. I would never buy from this company, but I will always accept free tea.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Perfume

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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I’ve been loving citrus teas and cold-steeping. The sales clerk at Teavana assured me this was an aaaamazing ice tea. I did a shot of boiling water and then added cold water and let it steep in the fridge for 2 days.

Dry – Lots of large chunks, smells amazing, citrus and sweet.

Steeped – Very cloudy golden color.

Taste – It has a light sweetness but also bitter rind and all I can taste is the grapefruit. The aftertaste leaves an acidic tart bite in the back of my throat.

I didn’t really enjoy this. I think the grapefruit really turns me off. I think I will try it again, cold but with sweetener added.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus Zest, Grapefruit, Lime, Sour, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Fig Rose by Teavana
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I tried this tea with the 3 tsp. to 1 c. water ratio as per the reported practices at Teavana stores. Naturally, the flavor increased dramatically, and I was able to better appreciate the figgy and floral notes. However, the warm, lush jammyness of the rose and fig flavors were simply ruined by the sharp hibiscus cutting through. I suppose it adds complexity to the flavor profile, but I feel that some other note would have been better suited to the job than hibiscus, which tends to overpower everything it touches.

Sadly, I can’t bring myself to really recommend this tea. Considering the concentration necessary for a richly-flavored cup, it’s a lot of money to pay for something that is at best mediocre. I should note that it did resteep fairly well one more time, the flavors were all diminished, but thankfully that included the hibiscus. Also, at this concentration level, I don’t believe it needs any sweeteners, even if you tend towards a sweet cup of tea.

Flavors: Fig, Floral, Hibiscus, Jam, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Fig Rose by Teavana
11 tasting notes

The rose and the fig are there, in the scent, but a sip reveals them to be weak. And just beneath the surface, lurks hibiscus. Because if it’s a Teavana tea it probably has hibiscus, and if it’s a Teavana herbal tea, it definitely has hibiscus. But that aside, the lack of intensity and complexity in the flavors is disappointing, which is why I’m going to conduct an experiment with my next tasting.

I recently read an article by Gitte Lasby, titled “Teavana’s dirty secret: Why the tea you brew doesn’t taste like the store samples.” Her experience with Teavana was reminiscent of my constant disappointment with Teavana teas, which stems from the significant gap between their smell and their taste. They always seem to promise more than they can deliver. So, I’ve decided that when a tea fails to impress, as is in the case with this Fig Rose, I will use the tea to water proportion reportedly used at the stores (3 tsp to 1 c. water). It’s partly as an experiment, but also to be able to enjoy the rest of a tea I’ve already paid for. I will update on first experiment.

Flavors: Fig, Jam, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Nice and toasty, I like it hot like the fires of Mordor. If you add milk, it tastes like a toasty granola bar.

Flavors: Nutty, Toasty

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If you like mixing teas like a mad mage this tea is for you! It’s okay on it’s own but it really shines as a support tea. It adds that extra flavour buff to your main teas.

Next time you are venturing a fruitful quest, have Pineapple Kona Pop in your party for buffs.

Combos:
Pineapple Kona Pop + Peach Tranquility = A really nice tropical blend that tastes similar to Five Alive juice. Great iced.

Pineapple Kona Pop + Blueberry Bliss = Fruity and punch like almost. Great iced.

Flavors: Pineapple

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Delicious! Especially with milk!
I like getting this one with the highest milk fat milk and iced.
Too bad it only comes out in winter.
Alternative Road: If it’s summer and you have none in your inventory but you crave white chocolate mint, you can go to a Blendz and ask them to make you iced white chocolate milk with a shot of peppermint.

Flavors: Mint, White Chocolate

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A great tea for the dragon knight in you, especially iced. Your taste-buds are in for a pre-emptive strike if you haven’t tried it yet! This tea is great solo, it can hold it’s own in flavour. Also makes a good combo with strawberry teas supporting it.

With MTG’s Dragon’s of Tarkir out, show your devotion to the true Dragonlord and make other Planeswalkers jealous.

Power up: Ask for a strawberry blended tea(Those slushy type teas) and ask them to replace the default tea with this one. It makes an amazing summer treat when you forgot your fire resistance amulet when going on your quest!

Flavors: Fruit Punch, Fruity

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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These are amazing! I dont drink my tea with sugar unless its a milkyy black tea but i love this rock sugar. i can eat it straight or i use it for iced teas and black teas.

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drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
2 tasting notes

I wasn’t very impressed but it wasn’t bad. Just fell a little flat for me.

Flavors: Wet Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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