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Well, this tea had a somewhat smokey taste…
I kid, I kid.

It was alright. I got it at Teavana, because they were selling the tea, and the tin it was in, at 30% off. It was a tempting combination of price reduction, my lack of Lapsang Souchong back in my dorm, and the fact that I always have room for another tin. Always.

Lapsang is always a good tea for the day-to-day, and a nice (and inexpensive) trick for inexperienced tea guests, to whom you can play the resident alchemist. Despite its characteristic scent, it’s not really much of a “special” tea in my book of tastes. Very distinct, yes, and probably the easiest black tea you could ever distinguish by scent, but the taste isn’t absolutely enthralling.

Evading classes today, mostly because I didn’t redraft my essay or annotate an article for English. Also, I need to catch up on sleep, because I failed to do that on my usual friday afternoon through monday break. So, I made a pot of this for myself and my roommate, who’s working on his second essay, something about relating a book to the philosophy of Nietzsche and some other guy, for class today.

Tea’s a little sour this morning. No fault of Teavana’s, just my own – I think the water was a bit under temp. What I will call teavana out on, is calling this “superior grade.” I’ve tasted some fine black teas in my time, and this is no SFTGFOP1, my friends. Not that I trust much of what Teavana says, anyway…

Fortunately for me, my roommate’s only tea experience really comes from me, so he won’t notice the poor brew. On that same note, the tea holds nothing enticing for him – he has no sense of smell. This time, I don’t kid.

In any case, this tea generally isn’t anything too exciting, once you get past the smell (which I, personally, like). I like the color, and the taste is pretty smooth for me. A good any-time tea, and Teavana can’t mess this one up TOO bad. One of the few teas I don’t have too many qualms with buying from them. On the other hand, maybe someday I’ll taste some absolutely astounding Lapsang, and have another reason to look down on this company.

In any case, I guess I didn’t talk much about the tea here. Oh well. Ignorant sippings away!

takgoti

The more tea companies I try, the less and less enthused I’m able to get about these guys. They remind me of Starbucks – fun and almost overwhelmingly exciting when you’re new to the game, but now…eh. And the employees tend to be hit or miss, too.

JMKauftheil

Very true. They were my first “real” teashop, after I got started at Peet’s Coffee and Tea, and they were pretty much magic. I was enthralled, and I seriously spent hours in that store. Even got some free drinks.
Then I discovered Lupicia in the same mall… and Adagio… and a really authentic tea shop in a nearby city… and then the Teavana dream fell apart.
I still go in from time to time, when I’m home (there are NO teashops where I go to school) because they hire pretty girls…

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takgoti

The more tea companies I try, the less and less enthused I’m able to get about these guys. They remind me of Starbucks – fun and almost overwhelmingly exciting when you’re new to the game, but now…eh. And the employees tend to be hit or miss, too.

JMKauftheil

Very true. They were my first “real” teashop, after I got started at Peet’s Coffee and Tea, and they were pretty much magic. I was enthralled, and I seriously spent hours in that store. Even got some free drinks.
Then I discovered Lupicia in the same mall… and Adagio… and a really authentic tea shop in a nearby city… and then the Teavana dream fell apart.
I still go in from time to time, when I’m home (there are NO teashops where I go to school) because they hire pretty girls…

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