181 Tasting Notes

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Finally got a chance to try this out.

1st smell: lightly citrus-y. creamy.
1st taste: same.

Well I do like this better than the Apricot. I also had a mild like for The Killer’s Vanilla. Before trying these 3, I’ve had no experience Guayusa so it could be that I am just not used to the taste. As mentioned before, being a fan of Teavana teas and their tendency to flavor blast may have injured my palate a bit. It’s ok though:) I’m thinking of pairing some of them with other teas, like this one with some kind of stronger orange tea, though heavier on this because I want them to meld, not let the orange take over. I would say lemony tea but I can be a little touchy about lemon in tea. I would also say lime, but…no the only lime teas I have are samples. Come to think of it…I don’t think I got enough in the Sunshine for more than 2 more cups, and probably won’t be able to buy more tea till after Christmas at the earliest.

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Just woke up about a half hour ago, after chatting with my Dad for a few minutes, I went to go make tea…he asked if I could wait because he already had the coffee pot going, (Which I felt momentarily annoyed, I mean he usually gets up earlier then me and preps/sets the automatic timer to turn the fricking thing on at 9:30…but I got over it soon after he said that since my kettle and his coffee machine are on the same circuit, we shouldn’t risk popping a breaker. Meh.)
Anyways, got this tea on Thursday when I was running my errands at Whole Foods and Kroger, (There is a Teavana about a mile from WF, so I often combine trips.)

Smell: fruity, heavy.
1st taste: heavy, complex. a bit tart, (in a good way.) It’s so far interesting, but not sure I’d go back to get it. Lately Teavana’s prices have been getting to me, I mean if I get enough saved up, I will be getting a small apartment, otherwise will be moving in with my mom, but either way, won’t be able to spend much on tea at all, let alone at Teavana so will undoubtedly be making the decision to mostly stay away from Teavana unless for special occasions like the Heavenly sale or my Birthday. And I mean truly special occasions, not rationalizations;)

Anyways, this is an interesting tea, it would probably make a decent iced tea, (Most fruity ones do.) And also, it leaves a heavy taste in the mouth as a aftertaste. If you don’t like that…don’t drink this.
This does have an unusual temp and steep time recommendation: 195 and 3 min. I only did 190 because of my kettle and I didn’t think about using my thermometer.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Jade Citrus Mint by Teavana
181 tasting notes

Only get this if you really love mint to the extent that you must have it in everything. I am only half kidding. What I mean is, is that the mint pretty much overpowers everything else in this tea. Which is a shame because I was really looking forward to a citrus-y punch. If your more of a citrus fan, this tea would not be for you. Raspberry Lemon Riot Mate, Spiced Mandarin Oolong, would be the 2 right off the top of my head that I would suggest from Teavana’s if your looking for Citrus tasting teas. I would also suggest Strawberry Lemonade, which has gotten rave reviews, but I have not tried it out yet.

My favorite fruit tea from there: Mango Mate Puerh Punch has unfortunately been discontinued. Sad kitty However, I must truck on, right?
RIGHT!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Got this just yesterday….and I had promised myself over the summer to try and avoid Teavana until at least! September/October, if not till their Heavenly Sale. Heh. Who am I kidding?! lol.
I am having a cip of this before work, (Short shift.) and it’s….interesting. Its got the typical Teavana flavor blast, and the hibiscus adds a nice tartness along with the raspberry. I don’t really taste the blueberries, and have no idea what Acai tastes like. I find it amusing when Teavana puts one of the fruits in the tea in the name, and then the taste isn’t prominent with that fruit.

I had it hot, which I liked, but it didn’t taste overly tart to me…just enough to give it bit of a kick. Hmm. Funny…my tummy reacts to mild-to-hot spices, coffee, straight yerba mate taste (Like with nothing covering the taste.) but yet, hibiscus in most of the teas that I have had it doesn’t bother me, in fact I kind of prefer it. Huh.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Raspberry Oolong by Unknown
181 tasting notes

I think this might become a favorite for when I need a tea that is nice, sweet and single noted. I am not in anyway a Oolong expert, and have not come across many that I really like…(So far have been preferring white fruity teas.) So I would not be able to say how much Oolong taste comes thru. I’ve made this hot, and it’s good. Fruity, just a touch flowery. Next time I have it, it will be icy cold, I think I might add just a tiny bit of lemon juice.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I am very picky about vanilla. It is one of the most commonly added flavors to various things; teas, specialty coffee, candy,etc. And yet many places ruin it by adding either imitation vanilla crap or they pick the really cheap stuff.

Thank the Gods that that wasn’t the case with Vanilla Comoro by Harney and Sons!

As with many teas, I am at the moment undecided whether or not I’d get more. I have decided that when it comes to H&S I am going to stick to samples and tagalongs, though even with teas that I am pretty sure I like well enough to get one of their tins, which I love, but given I am a tea hound who only has so much room in her tea cabinet, I am afraid that if I get that much tea, it’ll get stale before I’m able to drink it all. I just like variety to much to have any interest in narrowing down to a few teas.

Anyways on to loving this tea. I’ll have to keep in mind that decaf is not the same as caffeine free, and not have this to late in the evening. Sometimes even a little bit of caffeine can keep me awake.

This tea tastes like vanilla velvet if that makes any sense.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Tropical Twister by Unknown
181 tasting notes

I actually had this tea last week, and got it the week before that from my favorite tea store in Plymouth, Mi.
This is kind of a fun, early afternoon tea that tastes best in a small to medium cup. I had put the appropriate amount of tea into my travel 16 ounce cup, and it didn’t taste as good. Was kind of bland.

I tasted in addition to a pineapple-y taste, also a caramel taste. I don’t remember any ginger pieces. Not sure if I would get this again, but we’ll see.

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77

Dry smell: sweet, chocolatey. Not sure if I smell strawberries though.
Taste: Kind of familiar, can’t quite place it.

Thinking….
Chocolate flavored Tootsie Roll Pops! That’s what this reminds me of! LOL. I hadn’t eaten one in years due to a bad habit of chewing on hard candy and that being hard on fillings. I never thought I’d encounter a tea that brings back that memory! Giggles. I only wish there was more of a strawberry hit though, the red pops were my favorite. Hmm, I guess I could add some flavored syrup!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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I actually was going to wait til tomorow to review this tea because I’ve been writing, but then I glanced at the clock discovered how late it was!
Decided what the hell write a review then get my sorry ass to bed.
Dry Smell: Hmm heavy, complex, kind of reminds me a little bit of the Mulberry Magic tea.
Wet smell: Pretty much the same, though seemed to be a little heavier.
Taste: Mmm. I like this. If I continue to like this I might add it to the order that I’ve been going back and forth about these last few weeks.
I’m not WOWED by this tea, it’s more like a quiet wow. I did have 1 thought though: that it missed having some lemon rind pieces. I did not know where that idea came from, till I read the description for this tea as I sat down. And then I realized that some of the taste was citrus-y. It seems very muted though. I will try icing this next, damn my mouth is watering at the thought.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Smell wise: OMG. I could smell this all day and not get tired of it. I could wear it like a perfume on my date thursday with my sweetie…and he probably would not leave me alone. Giggles
Wet smell: pretty much the same
Taste: Ahh. it seemed to good to last. It’s good, pleasant. I taste the crumble-y part. And a hint of blueberries. a bare hint. Generally I am not a huge fan of blueberries, though I do like eating them on occasion. But I do love artificial blueberry. The idea of blueberry tea intrigues me, I guess because it’s a hard taste to deliver. I wanted to sprinkle some Cinnamon sugar in this, hoping to get the flavors to jump a little more, unfortunately, accidently added to much, but it’s still drinkable.
On my package there wasn’t directions in how to brew this, so I went with the green tea setting on my kettle (175 f) only just now looked at the website and it suggested 210. Hmm. It struck me as odd because everything I heard about teas that are blended with different types you go with whichever is the lowest, which makes perfect sense to me. But because I want to give this as fair of a shot as I can…I will try that next time, though I might be tempted to add a splash of blueberry flavored syrup or dried blueberries.
Would I get this again: Leaning towards no. But I just might get this again as a sample. And plan on trying this cold too. I think I’ll have enough if I just do it by individual cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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