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Let’s play good news, bad news.

Good news: I ordered something from Teavana recently and saw that it included 1 oz. sample of this blend. That’s a lot of tea. Thanks, Teavana, you are so generous.

Bad news: 85% of the 1 oz sample is German Rock Sugar, which is waaaaaaay too much sugar for me. So it’s not really a 1 oz. sample of pure tea. It’s really only for 2 cups of tea.

Good news: That’s okay. I can just open the bag and pick out the pieces of rock sugar. This should be easy, right? They’re just really large pieces, and I can tell the difference between tea leaves and chunks of crystal.

Bad news: Yeah… no. There’s way too much stuff in these tea to even tell what’s rock sugar and what’s a candied fruit.

Good news: I pick out whatever I can to best of my ability. I’m getting a good chunk of sugar out, I’m sure.

Bad news: I steep it, go to drink it… and it’s still deathly sweet. All I taste is sweetener and cinnamon. Is there anything else in this tea, because I sure can’t taste it. I can’t even taste the ginger, which is supposedly one of the main ingredients.

Teavana, I get that you love your German Rock Sugar but PLEASE think about us folks that maybe don’t want our tea sweetened to death. Would it have been THAT hard to include just the tea? And if people really needed to, you could include the rock sugar in a separate package for people to add in with the tea. That way both parties are happy and everybody wins.

Terri HarpLady

Good News: Now that you’ve tried it, you won’t make the mistake of buying it! :D

TeaBrat

I am totally off Teavana these days…

Claire

They actually included a sample pre-sugared? That’s ridiculous.

ashmanra

I understand that all their samples have sugar, and most of the in-stores shames do as well. I think they leave it out of their monkey picked oolong and blooming tea.

Helena

well that’s just silly. I love trying a tea without anything first and then if necessary adding to it.

Tea Sipper

I tried a different sample from them once and it was mostly sugar!

yappychappy

Pre-sugared sample? wow. And chai is “supposed” to be super sweet with milk..

Lazey

I just got this sample today, afraid of what all that sugar will do to me. Dang.

John

I totally agree way to much sugar.

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Terri HarpLady

Good News: Now that you’ve tried it, you won’t make the mistake of buying it! :D

TeaBrat

I am totally off Teavana these days…

Claire

They actually included a sample pre-sugared? That’s ridiculous.

ashmanra

I understand that all their samples have sugar, and most of the in-stores shames do as well. I think they leave it out of their monkey picked oolong and blooming tea.

Helena

well that’s just silly. I love trying a tea without anything first and then if necessary adding to it.

Tea Sipper

I tried a different sample from them once and it was mostly sugar!

yappychappy

Pre-sugared sample? wow. And chai is “supposed” to be super sweet with milk..

Lazey

I just got this sample today, afraid of what all that sugar will do to me. Dang.

John

I totally agree way to much sugar.

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So the short story is, a few years ago I was VERY MUCH into tea. And then a lot of things happened, and I got out of tea for a while. And now, I’m back.

To me, tea is the missing puzzle piece for my healthy lifestyle. When I drink tea I am encouraged to eat healthy and be active. I drink tea because I simply enjoy the taste, but the health aspects are just an added bonus.

I love all types of teas, although greens and oolongs tend to be my favorite. I also love a good herbal.

Unless otherwise stated, I drink my teas straight. To brew I either use my ingenuiTEA or T-Sac (for teas that don’t expand much). One of these days I might break down and buy a Breville, but I’m trying to resist..

I’m kinda strict when rating my teas. I rarely give a tea above a 95. Teas that I really like I keep in the 95-85 category. I’ve yet to give a tea 100 yet. So, if you see a tea about 95, that means I thought it was an amazing tea!

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