52 Tasting Notes

drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
52 tasting notes

Like many of us on this site I am sure, I love Earl Grey teas. I must admit I was surprised by how good this one is. There is quite a bit of bergamot flavor, which is my favorite part of any Earl Grey. The base tea is smooth, mild and generally unnoticeable. It neither adds anything or takes anything away from the tea.

You can certainly find better Earl Grey teas, but I’m not sure you can at this price. It must be the cheapest tea at Teavana.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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As I do with almost every tea I get, I tried this tea both hot and cold steeped as iced tea. It’s good, but not great either way.

When enjoyed hot, the malty sweetness of the Assam shines through even as the brightness of the Ceylon is ever present. When iced, the sweetness is mostly gone. A little of the malty flavor is present “towards the back.”

It kind of reminds me of Lipton tea for grownups.

It’s like a lot of other Harney and Sons teas. There’s nothing really wrong with it, it just doesn’t pop.

I still a good cup of tea.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I love anything blood orange, and this tea is no exception. Thing is though, I don’t get blood orange from this tea. Tangerine? Maybe. Orange? Could be. Blood orange? Not even close. The bitterness that one would expect from a blood orange is nowhere to be found.

In the past I have found I always love the scent of blood orange teas, but the taste of the brewed tea never lives up to the smell. This is also the case with this tea.

Even with all my complaints, I would still drink this tea. It’s not my favorite orange tea, but it’s still pretty good. However, if you’re looking for more of a blood orange experience, look elsewhere.

Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Citrus Blend by Harney & Sons
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I like both black tea and citrus and I was very excited to try this tea. The dry leaves smell amazingly citrusy, and I couldn’t wait to try the tea.

I was let down quite a bit by the results. Cold brewed as iced tea the flavor is flat. There is almost no citrus present and the base tea is just plain boring.

I tried it hot several times and it was fine. Nothing particularly interesting or out of the ordinary, but just fine. A dull black tea with just the slightest hint of artificial citrus flavor.

Is it a good value for the money? Well, that’s a different question. I’m not sure I could find a better tea at the price I paid, but I’d rather spend more and get something I enjoy more.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Honey Nut Fig by Capital Teas
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There is something vaguely exotic about this tea. I would imagine this is the kind of tea Indiana Jones is drinking when he’s in a marketplace in Egypt or maybe Turkey. I mean when he’s not shooting bad guys or chasing after treasure, of course.

The figs and the nuts combine to give this tea a naturally sweet taste that does not need any sort of sweetener. The pistachios give the tea a depth of flavor and a little more complexity than I would expect and I love it.

The base green tea is just that. There’s nothing particularly special about it, but there’s nothing bad about it either. The one nice thing I will say about it is that I have steeped this tea using water too hot, too cold and for too long and the green tea never gets burnt in a way that is offensive to the tea. It is very durable that way.

The other thing I like about this tea is it works almost all the time. I like to drink a cup of flavored tea on the way to work in the morning, and my tastes change with the season. I wouldn’t want a pumpkin spice tea in the middle of the summer, for example. I have found this tea to be perfect for any kind of weather.

I have not tried this tea iced, but maybe it’s not such a bad idea.

Flavors: Almond, Fig

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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First of all, let me say I do enjoy this tea, both hot and iced. The interplay of the sweet fruit and tart and sour lemon flavors is very entertaining, just as it is with real fruit spiked lemonade. When enjoying it as an iced tea, the primary flavors are lemonade and apples. (More like an apple lemonade than a strawberry one.) When hot, the strawberry flavor is the dominate sweet flavor and the lemon flavor is still just as present.

That being said, I do have two negative comments about this tea. First, I needed about twice as much tea to make a very weak looking and somewhat weak tasting cup of tea. Secondly, this tea seems way too expensive for how weak it brews. I get the feeling I could find a similar tea with a much lower price tag, but haven’t tried just yet.

Either way, if you’re looking for the feeling of a summer barbeque on my back deck or a spring picnic at the park in a cup, this is your tea.

Flavors: Apple, Lemon, Strawberry

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Just a wonderful bit of tanginess from the key limes, which is offset by a creamy vanilla flavor. It reminds me of key lime pie topped with meringue in every way. Any rooibos or other flavors are dominated by the lime and cream.

The only issue I have with this tea is it makes me want to eat an actual key lime pie, but that may just be operator error.

Flavors: Cream, Lime

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Honey Almond by Pleasures of Tea
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Received this tea as a sample right after the holidays. It tasted like a heavily spiced, boldy flavored Chai tea spiked with honey. While I’m sure this is a good tea many people would enjoy, it’s just not my thing.

Flavors: Cardamon, Honey

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Important note: This is the only Pu erh I have ever had.

The tea looks pretty and smells strongly of oranges. It makes me want to drink it so bad. Almost in a naughty way.

The taste does not live up to the scent, which I find to be the case for every blood orange tea I’ve ever had. For some reason, I don’t ever learn my lesson.

Thing is, it’s not a bad tea in any way. There is a very pleasant tangy orange flavor that makes me want more. There’s a rather strong earthy note that is probably present in every Pu erh tea and I just don’t know it. The earthy note reminds me quite a bit of spring and fall. Things growing, dying, going to sleep, waking up, transitions and all that.

I enjoy it more way hot than iced, but I’m happy to drink it either way.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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