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I am sad I can not get more of this . I find this a very relaxing tea.

Flavors: Fig, Guava, Honey, Melon, Passion Fruits, Vanilla

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

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drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
219 tasting notes

Today’s cold brew. Started it this morning grandpa style and I was able to taste flavors within 10 min. This herbal always is citrus, then lavender, then sage. Like each flavor is entirely separate from the next.

So 4 hours- I think I should have stired before drinking. Top was overly sweet with pineapple and citrus. Middle was a bit of a mix and the bottom was overly herby and sage. Separate tastes ended up making an odd cold brew. I’m going to add more water and see what I get.

I think I prefer this hot or cut with something else. I’m finding it a bit overwhelming by itself.

Edit: 2nd steep – Much lighter, citrus and lavender. The sage is missing. Pretty sure I drank it during the last steep.

Flavors: Citrus, Herbs, Lavender, Pineapple, Sage, Sweet

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drank Chocolate Chai by Teavana
15 tasting notes

First time I tried it, it tasted like tootsie rolls. I’m not normally a fan of the candy but I kind of liked it. However the more cups I had, the more it just tasted like cinnamon tea, kind of dissapointing.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate Chai by Teavana
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drank Beach Bellini by Teavana
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I was innocently walking through the mall and suddenly a Teavana jumped out in front of me and forced me to try this lovely iced tea. I think many of us have mixed feeling about Teavana but occasionally they have something good. ;p

This tea is a pineapple fruit blend which actually has a pineapple flavor in it. Pineapple has been a somewhat elusive flavor for me to find in teas. Often pineapple is drowned out by other fruit flavors.

I made this as a cold brew . That is always a difficult decision with Teavana teas. They take a lot of tea leaf/fruit blend to make a good cold brew. I think I used almost an ounce in my Tekata iced tea pitcher. I did get a good well developed pitcher of tea and did a decent re-steep.

Flavors: Fruity, Pineapple

Preparation
Iced

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Flavors: Berries, Blood orange, Citrusy, Flowers, Fruity, Orange, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet, Tannin

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Chateau Blanc by Teavana
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Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank You!

This is ok. It mostly tastes like grape, artificial sweeteners, and a hint of something floral. It ends up being too sweet for me, and I think I would prefer it if they had been a little lighter on the grape. I would be interested in trying something similar that was less sweet.

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Flavors: Berries, Berry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Coconut, Fruity, Pineapple, Pleasantly Sour, Plums, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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86

This is very sour is brewed too long, be careful with brew times!

I made this as an iced tea and it was delicious. It strongly tastes of pineapple and tropical berries. I can taste sweet and sour notes from various fruits.

Flavors: Berry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Fruit Punch, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Hibiscus, Pineapple, Sour, Tart, Tree Fruit, Tropical

Preparation
Iced 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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90

Picked up about 25g of this blend at Teavana yesterday because I have tasted this several times before and I really enjoy it. It makes a smashing iced tea! It brews pink and fruity with a slight floral note.

Flavors: Apple, Berry, Citrus, Coconut, Floral, Flowers, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Hibiscus, Orange, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Pineapple, Pleasantly Sour, Tangy

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 19 OZ / 550 ML

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85

I must admit that the tea’s taste versus the tea’s smell threw me off. I read about this tea online and had to go to Teavana to smell it—I am a HUGE fan of Jasmine teas. Their Jasmine Pearls and Peach Tranquility blend is amazing, so I thought the added berry in Peachberry would be just as sweet and floral. The dry leaves promised a sweet but delicate floral tea.

I brewed about 4 scoops in my Tea Forte Pugg teapot for about 1.5 minutes. The strength was perfect, but WOW it was TART! I was not expecting such a tart, Jasmine tea. I suspect the hibiscus has much to do with this! BUT I then added some rock sugar, and voila, the tea balanced out. It was no longer so tart—I could taste the notes of peach, jasmine, and strawberry. I then quickly finished the pot and brewed another! Delicious ! I think it will mix well with extra Peach Tranquility or Strawberry Lemonade. I cannot wait to try it iced!

I would recommend this, but it does need some sweetener to counteract the tart hibiscus!

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Peach, Strawberry

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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87
drank Mango Black by Teavana
1331 tasting notes

Bought this with an order last week to cold brew for iced tea. It is good. It seemed to get apathetic reviews from people brewing it hot but it is really good cold. The mango has a nice flavor and the black tea is strictly in the background. This is one excellent way to wake up on a hot summer morning. I would definitely buy more of this once I run out. But I bought four ounces so I have enough for a while.

I brewed this overnight in a 32oz Lupica Handy Cooler with 4 tsp leaf.

Flavors: Mango

Preparation
Iced 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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82

Cold brewed this blend last night. Bought it in store the other day. They were selling it as an iced tea blend. It is pretty tasty. The stronger taste is from the strawberry lemonade herbal tea. The black tea is clearly in the background. It is quite tasty. I bought it specifically to make it into cold brewed iced tea.

Steeped this over night in a 32oz Lupica Handy cooler with 4 tsp leaf.

Flavors: Lemon, Strawberry

Preparation
Iced 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
LuckyMe

I tried this in store too and have to admit it was pretty good. I just wish Teavana would do away with artificial flavors in their tea

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drank Indonesian Gold by Teavana
1331 tasting notes

Bought this on sale at Teavana.com last week. It is fairly tasty but not spectacular. It’s main note is malt as well as something else that I’m not sure what it is, a positive note. This falls into the category of tea good enough to finish but not good enough to buy more. It is fairly tasty but not in any way spectacular.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

I tried this as a sample and it was quite good. It tasted fruity with a sour quick at the end. I’m not sure I could have a whole bunch of this tea at one sitting though-will have to buy some and test out my theory lol

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drank Pineapple Berry Blue by Teavana
223 tasting notes

Well there you go…I’ve gone and cheated on DAVIDSTEA. I went to one of the malls in Calgary and they had a TEAVANA store and they had 5 tea samples. I just had to try them and I fell in love with this tea. It is the best smelling tea in the world so far and it tastes wonderful too-like pineapples and blueberries. Very refreshing. It is my new guilty pleasure lol

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drank Twisted Honey Black Tea by Teavana
1331 tasting notes

This is a seriously overpriced tea. I only bought two ounces because Teavana was running a good sale, $25 off $60. I split my order in half and got $50 off. This tea cost $30 for 2 oz. It is probably the most I have spent on a black tea. As to the tea it is admittedly quite good. It’s got notes of malt with chocolate undertones to it. It has a strong chocolate taste. I figure Teavana teas are made for western brewing and I was in a hurry so I western brewed it. Just out of curiosity I will have to gongfu this tea sometime soon. Usually I am not fond of Teavana’s straight teas but this is a superior tea. In my opinion it wasn’t actually worth the price though. If it hadn’t been for the sale I would probably never have bought this. I am enjoying it more than just about any tea I have had from Teavana.

I brewed this one time in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 minutes. My recommendation of this tea is sort of conditional, it is definitely worth drinking, it’s just not worth the price that Teavana charges. It’s one of the best black teas I have had western brewed certainly.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
AllanK

An interesting thing is I was supposed to taste honey and caramel but while caramel maybe definitely didn’t find a note of honey.

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drank Silver Needle by Teavana
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drank Indonesian Gold by Teavana
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Okay, didn’t have the BEST experience in Teavana today. I’m told they’ve demolished that upselling/overselling tactic, but it still occurred, and he either ignored me or didn’t hear my meek little protest, and I ended up with more tea than I wanted. It sounded like the manager told him off for it though when I left…

But in the end, I’m not complaining because I’m liking this tea so far. He said it finished with caramel, and he wasn’t wrong; it’s a sweet, even-bodied tea that starts with honey and finishes with toasted honey/caramel. It’s bright, sweet, slightly nutty, not brisk, no astringency (granted I took the packages’ recommendation for three minutes to steep). I really have gotten worse at describing teas. This is a very mellow, sweet tea though. It reminds me of some Taiwanese honey blacks—specifically the one Davidstea offered for a short time. That one had a bit of smoke on it though, which was odd. I’ll play around with the steep times for this one in the future, though, since I do have a lot to experiment with.

Teavana has been ushering in a number of single-origin (or country/region specific blends, at least) teas lately, under their ‘Micro Lot’ tab. If their Taiwanese honey wasn’t $30 I would have tried that, although the curled, small leaf makes me think it would be quite similar to Davids’.

Just finishing off Harler’s second handbook, Tea Manufacture, and will be posting a review of it soon on teatra.de, with some comparisons to Werkhoven’s Tea Processing. General “Tea Guides/Handbooks” only offer a summarized view of tea processing and manufacturing techniques, so if you’re interested in processing in India and Sri Lanka, with some brief looks at other areas such as Georgia, I’d pick it up, as well as Harler’s other tea books.

Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Nutty, Toasted

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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