drank Sakura Allure by Teavana
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I really need to stop buying stupid tea that I’m pretty much guaranteed not to like. It’s really not entirely unlike walking into a clothing store, making a beeline to the ugliest sweater in a colour that makes you look washed out and happily buying it anyway. Because maybe this time it’ll be different. Maybe this time you’ll see what you’ve been missing. No. I keep going to bad tea like an abusive lover.

Like seriously. This tea has cherry in it. I don’t even like that. And I have no idea what the hell in this tea is so bitter that it makes my mouth curl into an instinctive snarl, despite adding two teaspoons of sugar. The hibiscus, perhaps? I felt like I was drinking lemon neo-citron after someone had dumped some cough syrup into it. I can’t really taste any of the other fruits/notes in this blend, and there’ll be no next time, because after a few sips and some very brief contemplation (if my primal reaction counts as such), I dumped it down the drain. The good news, though, if some can be gleaned from this situation, is that I don’t think anything was the green tea’s fault, so it’s still possible I could like other flavoured greens.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Fjellrev

Sounds like one hot mess. :/

keychange

Oh, and you know what sucks the most? the fact that I wasted a mug and strainer and lid on this tea, and now I have even more dishes to wash!

keychange

Definitely a hot mess. definitely.

VariaTEA

That is me with Teavana. I know I don’t usually like their teas. And when you buy them, you need to buy so much yet I constantly check out their website and am super tempted by their sales. Lately I have gotten better at resisting. Probably because I have a pretty intense hatred of the store that makes me want to not give them my money. haha.

keychange

Yup, I feel similarly about teavana, and really need to stop even sniffing the tea when I go there to get rock sugar. I’ve never liked a tea from there enough to get 50 g of it.

Kat_Maria

Haha, I am sure it is not green tea’s fault as their flavored teas consist perhaps only in 25-30% of base tea. I’m glad I got some tea from them during the sale because it’s kind of easy to entertain guests with it (even if they are not into tea at all) ;)

keychange

You’re right—there probably isn’t much actual tea in here at all, which actually makes greens a bit easier to explore, especially because I’m scared of tasting too much “plant” in my tea. I’m glad you found a few gems during the sale!

__Morgana__

LOL re stupid tea you’re guaranteed not to like. V. amusing.

Abby Noelle

Lol at “wasting a mug…..more dishes to wash” true story….

Hello.Kiki

lol, I can relate to “making a beeline to the ugliest sweater.” Having just recently started drinking tea this year, I am constantly trying new teas and testing my taste. After a couple misses in a row it can get discouraging!

keychange

That’s it! You start out all hopeful and determined, all open-minded in the hopes that you’ll actually like this garbage, and then you realize you can’t lie to yourself any longer! haha.

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Fjellrev

Sounds like one hot mess. :/

keychange

Oh, and you know what sucks the most? the fact that I wasted a mug and strainer and lid on this tea, and now I have even more dishes to wash!

keychange

Definitely a hot mess. definitely.

VariaTEA

That is me with Teavana. I know I don’t usually like their teas. And when you buy them, you need to buy so much yet I constantly check out their website and am super tempted by their sales. Lately I have gotten better at resisting. Probably because I have a pretty intense hatred of the store that makes me want to not give them my money. haha.

keychange

Yup, I feel similarly about teavana, and really need to stop even sniffing the tea when I go there to get rock sugar. I’ve never liked a tea from there enough to get 50 g of it.

Kat_Maria

Haha, I am sure it is not green tea’s fault as their flavored teas consist perhaps only in 25-30% of base tea. I’m glad I got some tea from them during the sale because it’s kind of easy to entertain guests with it (even if they are not into tea at all) ;)

keychange

You’re right—there probably isn’t much actual tea in here at all, which actually makes greens a bit easier to explore, especially because I’m scared of tasting too much “plant” in my tea. I’m glad you found a few gems during the sale!

__Morgana__

LOL re stupid tea you’re guaranteed not to like. V. amusing.

Abby Noelle

Lol at “wasting a mug…..more dishes to wash” true story….

Hello.Kiki

lol, I can relate to “making a beeline to the ugliest sweater.” Having just recently started drinking tea this year, I am constantly trying new teas and testing my taste. After a couple misses in a row it can get discouraging!

keychange

That’s it! You start out all hopeful and determined, all open-minded in the hopes that you’ll actually like this garbage, and then you realize you can’t lie to yourself any longer! haha.

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

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