I’m having this for breakfast again. This is just a great tea and a great way to start my day.
978 Tasting Notes
After figuring out a way that I like to brew white teas, I decided to give this another try. I brewed it for about 8 minutes and added a pinch of sugar. The result was better than the last time I made this particular tea, but there was a strange bitterness that didn’t mesh with the blueberry flavor. The blueberry flavoring was also very artificial tasting. I think this tea had great potential, but did not deliver. I am raising the rating a bit because this preparation did lead to a more drinkable tea, but it still isn’t awesome.
I love this tea but I really have to get a few more blends or flavored blacks for variety in the mornings.
Although I don’t drink this often, sometimes a chai sounds nice in the evening and it is nice to have one that is caffeine free.
I had saved the last portion of leaves from last night and steeped them again this morning which I placed in the fridge. Now I have an amazing iced tea, better than most iced teas that I have had. I may just have to buy this for the summer. I’m bumping the rating a little.
Had this with chicken nuggets for lunch. I don’t think I let the water get hot enough, it was a bit weaker than usual. I will be fixing that for the second steep in a bit.
I think that the longer the steep, the better this tea is. Adding a bit of sugar seems to bring out the strawberries a bit more. This is the last of my sample, so I’m glad that I figured out the best cup for the last one.
My husband and I are finishing off the last of this. Now the search begins for a caffeine free tea that he likes as much as this one.
Alright, that is the end of this sample. The last serving of this didn’t turn out as good as previously. The rating will slightly suffer because it wasn’t that memorable and didn’t make me want to buy more.
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Unfortunately, this will be suffering a slight decline in its rating. The particular tea bag I had this morning tastes like a great vanilla tea, but there is no chai aspect present. Just vanilla.
I decided to have this tonight before I switch over to caffeine free options. I’m really trying to find a way to bring out a heavier strawberry taste. I brewed this tea for 5 minutes at not quite boiling water. The resultant color is like a very dark honey. While I’m not getting more strawberry, the tea tastes juicier, but not a specific fruit flavor. I really think this tea just gets better with higher steep times. So far 5 minutes is a winner, but I have enough leaves for one more pot, so more tinkering will happen on another day.
I actually made this for my husband earlier, but he fell asleep before it cooled enough for him to drink it. So I helped him out, wouldn’t want good tea to go to waste.
So long English Breakfast by Teavana. You were there for me when I was just getting into this tea hobby and it was great while it lasted. I don’t think you are the one for me, though.
After one more infusion of these leaves, I will be officially out of this tea. It was good while it lasted, but I think I was right a few days ago…I’m not going to miss it much. I’m still looking for the perfect breakfast blend.
Not horrible, but not extraordinary either. It smells great, but turned very bitter after only a 2 minute steep. Milk and sugar fixed the bitterness, mostly. I’m not that disappointed, I didn’t expect it to be amazing, I just needed caffeine.
My husband and I have been trying to conserve this tea and now we have enough for one more pot left. It will be a sad day when we finish this up, especially since it is no longer on Teavana’s website.
I forgot to log this from earlier. It was a bit astringent, more than usual. It just isn’t as good as Teavana’s Almond Biscotti.
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Well, I think this tea is growing on me. I still find it to have a strange flavor, but the flavor is starting to remind me of licorice. I think this tea is way better if drastically oversteeped, the mint seems to come out more. The tea is also extremely relaxing so it is great for the evenings.