177 Tasting Notes

37

Got this tea yesterday. Wanted to see how a Teavana store that I hadn’t been to, but had heard bad things about…(pushy sales associates.) But that went fine. I played the part of someone kind of clueless about tea, but had a list of what I wanted to get: More Zingiber Ginger Coconut, (Even though I had gotten more on monday, I just had a weird inclination to want to see my canister of Zingiber full. lol. I know, I’m weird.) 2 of the smallest canisters that the store has, and smell test a few others ones to pick at random, (namely the under $7 ones.) The random one turned out to be the Cocoa Praline Tart. And as always, I had to try it when I got home.
As mentioned before in my tastings notes, I like to be WOW!ed, unfortunately, it did not wow me. Though I am willing to concede that may have been because of the milk that I added. Today when I got up, I decided to pair it with my Zingiber. Meh. Even less inspiring. this time, did not add milk but I did forget to check the time, and didn’t really keep an eye on it. Hmm, I think I will try another cup, just by itself, see how that goes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Helena

I like to see my tins full of my favourite tea too :D Your not alone

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drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
177 tasting notes

I have been wanting to replace my 2 formerly favorite bagged teas with loose leaf versions. I know I won’t get it exactly, but enough that I don’t miss not having the bag version. (Perfect Peach and Mint Medley by Bigelow.) So with that in mind, I picked up the Peach Tranquility by Teavana.
Now generally, if a tea doesn’t WOW! me (like Zingiber Ginger Coconut.) Then I’m not going to want to get it. However, though this tea did not wow me, I did like it enough that I not only willing to pair it with some of the teas I already got, but possibly might be willing, (in another 2 weeks, with payday.) get something that the Teavana site suggests would be a good pairing. Not to mention do the standard like fiddle with the water temp and steep time.
With Teavana teas I actually grab the kettle right before it boils, or try to, you know, someone compared this to a while tea, I wonder if maybe that temp would work better. Will add to this later if I find a successful and happy pairing, etc.. On a happier note, I bought more Zingiber Ginger Coconut!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Wild Orange Blossom by Teavana
177 tasting notes

I love, no adore the smell of most citrus, especially oranges! I tried this tea combined with the Youthberry at the closest Teavana store, and wow! was blown away. Unfortunately, the Youthberry alone was more then I wanted to spend on tea, let alone with the Wild Orange Blossom, so I just got the Orange. Even though it was a blisteringly hot day when I got home, I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist trying it out.
Sighs
Sadly, as great as it smells, the taste is quite boring. I even tried it combined with some other teas that I got, hoping that would perk it up some…..meh. It was drinkable, but not beyond that. (And yes the other teas that I used was Teavana.)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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98

I buy from 2 tea shops semi regularly, (Not as often as I would like, sad face) and the shop where I got this tea, they do not make it/prepare it, so I am not sure where the owner got it, but til I find out otherwise I will assume that it is this one.

OMG! This was the 1st loose tea that I have had in years, (that I’ve bought.) and it is simply wonderful. If you love Orange Creamsicles, then this tea is for you! I put some equal in mine because I cannot taste sweet very well, but try it without any sweetener 1st. This is also delicious as an Iced Tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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33

Just bought this tea today. Actually was looking for ROT’s Pink Lady, but did not see it at the 1 local store I know that carries this brand.

Pros: Light. Unassuming. Not heavily Lemony.
Cons: Too light. needed to much sugar to sweeten it.

Given the price, I plan on trying this flavor with different steep times to see if that changes my assessment of it. If I don’t discover a better steep time, then the rest I will use for making iced tea, and won’t buy it again.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Azteca Fire by Teavana
177 tasting notes

I was so disappointed with this tea. But I think with the fact that even though I like the idea of dessert teas, I do not like the ones with chocolate or caramel in it. However, I think I would of liked this more if the strawberry stood out more. Not so much the apple, because while I love eating apples, I’m generally not fond of cooked apples or juice/cider,etc..) The flavor does not seem rounded out/balanced, enough for me. If I am going to have a complex/multi flavored tea, then balanced out it has to be. I still have a fair amount left, so will try different steep times, and maybe different water temps. But I’m not going to hold my breath on it.

Preparation
5 min, 45 sec

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100

I’ve noticed a few people mention the pushiness of the Teavana Sales Associates, and not saying I don’t believe them, (Generally have had my fair share of pushy associates.) But the 5 times that I’ve been to my nearest Teavana’s the SA’s have been friendly, helpful but not pushy. Easygoing in the 3 I’ve met so far too.

So far, the Zingiber Ginger is my favorite tea from Teavana’s. I’m looking forward to getting more, because I am almost out! In fact I am brewing some right now, wanted to try adjusting steep time to see if more flavor kicks in, I think I’ll try for 8 minutes………
Also going to either try and grab the water before it beeps, (variable temp elec kettle.) or let it come down a bit before pouring……
OK, back. Results: It tastes creamier, like not quite as blunt, which is not bad, but can’t say I really like it that way, unless I am drinking it instead of hot cocoa. Ahh well.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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