Teaves Tea Company

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drank Rose Berry by Teaves Tea Company
1829 tasting notes

Backlogging: I have had this twice but didn’t want to review until I had a chance to really pay attention to it. K S sent a very generous sample to me and we had it for tea time Wednesday as the final tea and again on Thursday with a friend and her two little girls. I finally had a quiet cup by myself so I could write a decent note!

This was smooth and sweet and my guest mentioned that every tea we had last week was very good. With all the chatting and food, I didn’t pick up enough detail to say why. The same thing happened Thursday.

Drinking it alone, I have to agree with K S. This is a smooth and pleasant base. The Rose and berry flavors are well balanced. The rose flavor doesn’t club you over the head. It swirls around and you say, “What was that?” Then you swish it around and say, “Ah yes, of course, rose!” It adds such a lovely sweet taste, and doesn’t taste like granny’s hand lotion. The berry taste is at a similar level – pleasant but not overpowering.

The little girls drank it readily. In fact, I have determined that in future I will have a pot twice this size when we have tea again as they drink hot tea so enthusiastically.

All in all, I give this tea a big thumbs up. It would be great to keep around for guests who aren’t sure what they like in flavored teas. Many thanks, K S!

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Also not really my cup of tea, but I’m grateful to Michelle for the opportunity to give it a try.

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I believe this one was in a little care package from Azzrian.

The pomegranate isn’t very strong; I’m thinking that may have been intentional on the part of the blender so it didn’t overpower the white tea. The leaves were long—really long—and a lovely green/white. Still enough flavor to stay in the mouth after you’ve swallowed.

A little bit of “c’mon spring!”

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Now it is time for the Toffee Chocolate Deliight. Thank you again Indigobloom.

This is an interesting tea. Plain it tastes almost flavorless with a slight toffee taste. There seems to be some dust around the edge of my mug and a slight oil floating on top of my tea. Wasn’t sure what to think of that.

Since I was impatient, I dumped out a little bit of tea from my mug and added some milk. The tea is creamier now and tastes more like toffee. It doesn’t quite taste like chocolate, but there is something that reminds me of chocolate in there. I think I must have dumped out the oil on top of the liquid because the black tea base is there now.

All of the dessert teas seem to need either milk or sugar to really bring them out. I still have some of the sample left so I can see if not adding milk and just adding some sugar would make any difference.

I think I am starting to taste some hazlenut now. Hmmm. This is tasty. I will have to try a bit of sugar in it next time and see how that is.

Indigobloom

Glad you liked it! :)

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drank Peach by Teaves Tea Company
1829 tasting notes

This is a free sample that I won in a Facebook giveaway by Teaves Tea Company. I have held off trying it until my tastebuds were more cooperative because I wanted to give it a fair and thorough tasting.

The aroma of the dry leaves is not simple peach. The very generously sized package says this is oolong tea, osmanthus flowers, jasmine flowers, and natural flavors. I pulled a white chunk out of the dry mix and popped it in my mouth. Mmmmm, pretty sure that was a dried peach bit and it was delicious. But there is something else here, something extra that I can’t put my finger on because I am not as brilliant with flavors as so many of you are. At first I thought it was a hint of vanilla, then I thought chocolate, then BRANDY! I don’t know if I have ever had brandy – I don’t drink because I tried it when I was young and it REALLY wasn’t a good idea for me, LOL! But this is what I imagine a rich brandy would smell like, and I can imagine pulling someone from dangerous frigid waters and pouring this very thing down their throat for immediate comfort and warmth.

Because the sample is so large, I want to try it hot even though they say it is typically enjoyed iced. The first steep is dark for a oolong. I am drinking it from my double walled tiny glass cups and the color is just beautiful. It is a peachy orange amber, so clear and shining. The peach flavor is the dominant one, of course, and I would say this tastes like a hot, bubbling peach cobbler, freshly baked, rather than like a peach just picked off the tree. The jasmine is light and comes across as a sweetness, but it isn’t strong enough to be off-putting to people who don’t like jasmine.

The second steep is fabulous! The color is a little lighter, I would call it a golden peach amber now. And the taste is a little lighter on peach now and the osmanthus is stepping forward and making this taste lemony – a fresh lemon taste, not a tart, puckery lemon taste. It reminds me of the hard candies that come in a little round tin at our local German grocery. A hint of dryness makes me think this would be fantastic for pairing with food.

This was really great! Thank you, Teaves, for the opportunity to try your tea! I plan to try it iced as well, because there is more than enough here to try lots of different ways!

teawade

I tried their peach oolong a while back as well and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Glad to hear you enjoyed it as well. Great read and great review!

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Pomegranate is my favorite fruit (followed closely by mango), but it seems utterly impossible to capture in any sort of flavoring. I’ve not once had a pomegranate flavored anything that tasted like actual pomegranate. I wonder why? It’s quite a distinctive taste, but illusive especially in tea.

This tea is good, but it tastes like raspberry! Tart, sweet, with strong berry notes. Yup, definitely getting straight raspberry rather than pomegranate. It’s actually really tasty and the white base is lovely and light, but I’m disappointed by the lack of actual pom in here. I think it’d probably just be easy to cold brew some white tea myself and add pomegranate juice! Ah well, thanks for the chance to try it Azzrian!

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Thank you Teaves for this yummy sample!!
It’s creamy and oh so good. A true toffee note, that reaches all the way through the sip from beginning to end.
Reminds me of a blend I had from David’s once, the Coffee Pu-erh… only better! there’s no icky coffee, or artificial flavours in there, and it goes well with or without milk. YUM.
My only concern is the oily film on the top of my cup, and the bits of grainy somethingorother floating around, glittering like specs of gold. Those aspect don’t seem to impact the taste so it’s all good by me!
Would I buy this again? I’m not sure. Carob and I, well we don’t have the best relationship. I’d have to see what happens on our second “date” but things look good for the moment.

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drank Peach by Teaves Tea Company
148 tasting notes

I won this in Teaves October giveaway, and they sent me a really big sample! I brewed up a cup this afternoon while Rayn and I watched some Avatar episodes and we both liked it. The flavor is right on the nose a big, juicy, ripe peach! I also tasted a little hint of lemon in the background. I think this would make a fantastic iced tea – in fact, I think I’ll do that.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Becky

Avatar plus tea is probably the best combination of cartoon-to-beverage ever.

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This was sent to me as a free random sample from Teaves Tea Company. Thanks!

I tried this once awhile ago, and didn’t like it, so I put it away for a time when I’d be able to give it my full attention.

The leaves are pretty. Strands of what look like calendula run through the black leaves, and there are big hunks of ginger. I smell a strong scent of ginger.

Unfortunately, when I brew it, that’s about all I taste. It tastes like a black ginger tea, not like a ginger peach tea. There’s something sharp about it, and I wonder if the black tea is a bit of a cheaper quality. It reminds me a bit of an Adagio style blend.

It’s okay. I’ll definitely drink it, and I feel bad leaving a “meh” review as the first review on a tea, but what can you do.

Song of the night: I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers

Edit: Much less harsh on resteep. A bit peachier, but mainly just less astringent.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Thank you Teaves for this sample (I won it in a contest).

You can’t-a have-a de Mango!!

The first time I saw this tea, it seemed like a tea that needed to be cold-brewed. So the first time I cold-brewed it in the fridge, it didn’t go as planned. There was too much black tea base and not enough mango flavor. I put it away and didn’t try for a while.

Flash forward to a few weeks later when I dug this out and decided to try again. This time I used less leaf, and now the mango flavor really shines through. This is a delicious iced tea that doesn’t need any sweetener to get that mango flavor. I’m sure a little bit would make it pop, but for a calorie free treat this hits the spot.

Glad I finally got to cold brew this correctly.

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drank Rose Berry by Teaves Tea Company
1326 tasting notes

Another experiment. I used one scoop of this rose/strawberry black tea and added 1/4 tsp lavender and 1/4 tsp cocoa nibs. I was busy with the computer and steeped about 5 minutes. It turned out a little bitter. I’ll have to try again but I’m thinking this was not my brightest idea. I taste rose, lavender, and nothing else.

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drank Rose Berry by Teaves Tea Company
1326 tasting notes

Have I really had this for 6 months? Shows how totally stressful things have been since last October. I don’t taste strawberry today. Maybe I didn’t mix the leaf enough or maybe I should have sipped it earlier. It is a nice mellow rose. Without the strawberry it is similar in intensity to Twinings Rose Garden – which I also like.

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drank Rose Berry by Teaves Tea Company
1326 tasting notes

The addition of strawberry to this rose tea really sets it off. Rose teas are often too perfumey and feminine for me. The strawberry adds a twist to the cup that makes it much more enjoyable. An even, balanced, cup.

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drank Rose Berry by Teaves Tea Company
1326 tasting notes

Sample supplied by Teaves. Let me start by saying I don’t like rose flavored tea. When I open the bag, I smell rose. Is it natural? I don’t know its rose. I steep it. Now I smell strawberry. I like strawberry.

The sip is not bad. I smell rose as I drink but taste mainly strawberry followed by black tea in the aftertaste. The flavors are all medium bodied. Nothing is overdone. If you are looking for a cup of blasting flavor this is not it. This is a quieter cup for mellow times.

I don’t detect any bitterness or astringency. Rose tea hater that I am, even I have to say this is a pleasant cup. I wouldn’t turn it down if offered. Pleasantly surprised by this one.

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drank Peach by Teaves Tea Company
1326 tasting notes

My late afternoon cup. The brew was a neat coppery bronze in my press. As a peach tea it is a good solid one but it is the extra things going on in the background and how it changes from one cup to the next that kicks this up a few notches. Oops, was that the attack of the run on sentence?

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drank Peach by Teaves Tea Company
1326 tasting notes

A generous sample sent my way from Ashmanra. The scent coming out of the press is peachy keen (stop groaning). This is light to medium bodied. It reminds me of Hedley’s Peach Apricot. That one has a black Ceylon base that is obvious in the mix. This one has no apricot and an oolong base. The oolong in this first cup stays mostly hidden. I guess it is the osmathus and jasmine that are responsible for what I am detecting as apricot. This is nice and light with a long lingering peachy aftertaste. The more it cools the more peach it becomes. It has just a touch of drying astringency.

On the second cup, the strangest thing happens. This turns into lemon drop tea. Ashmanra advised me this would happen. It is still sort of peachy but this now tastes more lemon flavored. This is cool – two teas in one. It’s like Indiana weather. Give it five minutes and it will change. Can’t wait to see if there is a third cup in this leaf.

Cup three when hot is straight lemon balm. As the cup gets cold the peach comes back in to play. I could catch the tea base every now and then. I thought this on the second cup but did not mention it – the oolong base tastes like Darjeeling to me, or maybe like the tea sold by Charleston Tea Plantation. I don’t mind. The point is it does not taste like any oolong I have ever had. This tea keeps me guessing and that makes it interesting to me. I like it.

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I really wanted to like this tea. I actually saved it for the right time to drink it. I finally brought it out in the AM when I was relaxed but needed a little bit of a zing.
And you know what? I really hate to say it but I couldn’t even finish this. (Let me stop right here and say that I am not usually a pineapple fan, so your milage absolutely might vary). It tasted like chemicals to me. I can’t really say what because I waited for a while to write this review because I felt so bad about disliking it. But I really hated it :( I followed the instructions, drank it mindfully and just… nope.

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drank Confetti by Teaves Tea Company
673 tasting notes

Woo Hoo thank you..this is the tea I won from Teave!

One of the things that I never expected when I began my adventures with the Steepster community are the ‘Free’ tea’s.
You know, the tea companies that have contests or sample giveaways and sample trading with other Steepster members. The bonus that makes so many of us able to try a huge variety of tea’s.
I for one would never be able to write so many reviews without the generosity of everyone, and I know you can relate too (I can hear a rumble of amen’s).

Thank you one and all!

The name of this tea matches the tea perfectly. You need to be aware of what you’re doing, pay attention and look at the dry tea. It’s so pretty! There is truly a confetti of colorful fruit and nuts, oranges from big chunks of mango, pineapple, cranberry, peach and flowers. No, this isn’t a dust or fine chop, it’s chunky with big pieces of bright fruit.
When the steeping is completed, the liquor a deep honey peach color with the aroma of cinnamon.
I had to dig around in the wet leaves for fruit…especially the big piece of mango and the cranberries. Chomp!

As much as I love the color and the generous amount of fruit, the cinnamon was all I could taste. If you want a nice cinnamon tea for the Fall and Winter, this is sweet without being bitter and the fruit is yummy.
I’d like to taste the fruit more and have the cinnamon toned down.
Where was the black tea? I searched the basket for black tea. Even in the bag there was little to be found which makes this more of a fruit tea and hardly a black tea.

Don’t get me wrong though, this tastes good. I think with all the high quality ingredients (and these are really good!) they are not shining but being covered up by the overpowering cinnamon. This could be in any companies top best seller list if the fruit came to the forefront.

My rating will be on current flavor.

Ingredient quality rating: 97

Tea Sipper

I know! I was saying yesterday I could probably live off the free samples all of the generous amazing tea companies send me… but I buy tea anyway!

Nik

Cinnamon is such a spotlight hog, the little ham!

HyBr1d

Waiting for a place to post about Verdant’s aged tieguanyin! I’m in love!!! And 23 days till our season is over, so I can focus on tea and tea logging more! Hope everything is going well Bonnie! I’ve missed your stories and postings, ill be back in the swing of things soon :)

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drank Java by Teaves Tea Company
47 tasting notes

Ahh so woke up this morning half asleep, mostly excited to make my tea sample from Teaves Tea. It smells heavenly. A beautiful blend of coffee and black tea. Since this is my first time making it I brewed it according to their instructions. 3 to 4 minutes at boiling. Added a small amount of rock sugar and a dab of milk. The first sip you taste the subtle hint of coffee beans with a hint of smooth black tea, with a little hint of something sweet I can’t place. LOVE IT! Normally I don’t like coffee all that much because the taste smacks you in the face. The tea makes the coffee beans subtle and smooth. Definitely would by from Teaves.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Java by Teaves Tea Company
47 tasting notes

YAY! Got my prize from Teaves Tea. Have to brew it, but 8 at night isn’t a good time for a caffeinated tea. Smells heavenly…like coffee and tea mixed with creamy goodness. Once again, Teaves Tea Company picked my mood up on a bad day. Tomorrow AM – BREWING :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Teaves Tea Company

We hope you enjoy it in the morning!

Finn88

Ah Teaves! Wrote the review. Delicious…nice and smooth. :)

Teaves Tea Company

We’re glad you enjoyed it!

If you haven’t done so already, try it iced next time.

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I’m not a big mint tea fan but this tea caught be off guard. It may have converted me to trying more minty teas in the future. It has a very specific flavor and it’s a tea that knows exactly what it is. Very sharp minty flavor but not too overwhelming. It was quite refreshing and I enjoyed it both hot and over ice. This company just continues to surprise me and I have yet to try a bad tea from them. Highly recommended!

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This smells like a Veggie Stir Fry – heavy on the green veggies, that is.

It’s clean and velvety as I swish it around in my mouth. It has a bit of a green bell pepper taste towards the end of the sip and a pure and pleasant linger after taste.

WOW! I think this is probably one of my fave dragon well’s to date! This is SUPER good!

teawade

I’ve been meaning to try this next and after your review you’ve sold it to me!

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I’ve tried a lot of senchas and I really enjoy the subtle green tea flavor. This one is on par with the others that I’ve tried. Nothing quite pops out to differentiate it but it is definitely a solid sencha green.

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drank Peach by Teaves Tea Company
27 tasting notes

Finally got my first order of Teaves tea in the mail. I ordered this peach oolong as well as a sencha reserve and I have to say that both of them were pleasant surprises. I don’t like to try new companies often because I don’t like change, BUT I think I should change that about myself. I gave this company a try because the site looked appealing and I am interested to see what other companies have to offer. This peach oolong tea is the best one yet. Offers a great balance of fruit flavor to tea flavor ratio and I’m a sucker for oolong’s and peach so they had me from the start. Packaging is interesting and unlike any I’ve seen yet. It’s a very clean and simple look with all the necessary directions and information that should be on a package. I’m definitely checking them out again to see what else they have to offer. So far so good!

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