1967 Tasting Notes
Today has been a Mate sort of day. I decided to try a sample sent to me from JustJames but since that had no steeping instructions on it and no steepster page (at least not one I could quickly find on my phone) for me to consult, I decided to find another mate with instructions that I could steep at the same time. Enter JavaVana Mate courtesy of MissB.
The dry leaf to me smelled very strongly of coffee. I am by no means a coffee drinker and also not a huge Teavana fan so I really did not expect much from this tea. However, when steeped the strong coffee smell went away, leaving behind an amazingly chocolate-y mocha scent to my surprise. Even more surprising, was the deliciously cocoa flavor of my first sip. More than just cocoa though, there is an awesome dash of vanilla intermingled in the taste. I do pick up on coffee but only at the end of the sip and though that is not a favorite taste, I don’t mind it in this cup. Shockingly, I am actually REALLY enjoying this tea. Thank you MissB for sharing this with me – it is something I would not have bought otherwise and I would have missed out.
On a sort of irrelevant note, I picked up some Truvia today after reading about it time and time again in your (MissB’s) tasting notes. I was planning to use some in this tea but it really does not need any sweetner. However, when I do get around to using it, I will let you know how it goes. I am hoping for the best but usually do not like artificial sweetners. Hopefully this will be different as I have heard many good things about it.
My roommate and I used this to make tea popsicles and it was a great choice. The flavors of this tea lend themselves perfectly to being enjoyed cold. Strawberries bring sweetness while lemon adds a bit of tart to round out the flavor. I can tell this is going to be an amazing tea around for when the weather gets hot. Perhaps this will be one of the teas I take with me to Florida for winter break!
MissB very generously shared some of this with me and it was definitely a flavor experience. It is so bold and flavorful. So many different spices are playing around on my tongue. Unfortunately, I think I wish the game was done because something about these flavors are just not sitting right with me. I am searching for the chocolate that I know I smelled but I am just not finding it. What I am finding is pepper and licorice, A LOT of licorice which is not a flavor I enjoy.
This was definitely a tea experience vastly different from any other I have had before. Thank you MissB for sharing but I think the sample you sent me is the last time I will be drinking this tea and since one cup used the whole sample, this is a sipdown!
Okay so I think my taste buds must be way off for this tea because I tried it both plain and with milk and I am not tasting coconut or mint. What am I tasting then? Strange buttered popcorn. No lie. I don’t know what on Earth would give this tea that flavor. I smell the mint but all I am getting is sweet buttered popcorn and honestly I am not a fan. I might try this again but honestly I will probably just end up swapping this one out for something else. Thank you Janelle for sending some of this my way.
My friend asked to try some of this but ended up leaving prior to trying any so I was left with a timolino full to drink by myself. No complaints here! This tea always hits the spot. It is floral from the lavender but not perfume-y. It is sweet from the fruit but not cloying. It’s flavors blend together to make a perfectly delicious rooibos tea.
This tea tastes like rooibos and not much else. Where is my white chocolate goodness? Where is the minty freshness? Because it is certainly not in this cup.
If I try really hard I can very, VERY subtly detect mint but I don’t think it is worth the effort.
At least it is a pretty good quality rooibos.
Dry this does smell like cotton candy. Steeped this just tastes like slightly sweet black tea. This makes sense given that cotton candy is just spun sugar however I was expecting more sweetness than what I am getting. It’s not bad, it just is not something particularly special.
I tried Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park and unfortunately, this is not butterbeer. This tastes more like Cream Soda mixed with black tea. However, the base for Butterbeer is often Cream Soda so I can see where this tea was going but fell a bit short. Not a bad tea, just not the butterbeer I was hoping for.
ETA: I added milk to this and frothed it to make it more like a latte and that brings this tea closer to Butterbeer but still not quite there. As a latte it has a bit more complex flavor as it is creamier and more buttery. Plus some butterscotch notes come through just a bit. I am still prominently getting Cream Soda and Black tea though.
ETA: Well my friend has found the key to making this taste like butterbeer. Milk and a handful of German Rock Sugar. Not the healthiest drink but Butterbeer is not the epitome of health either.
As per many suggestions, I steeped this at a lower temperature for only 2.5 minutes. It does wonders for the flavors. This tea smells and tastes delectably of blueberries! Yum!! However, I am not picking up on cream cheese flavors (although a bit it is creamy in texture). I am not complaining though because it is still a deliciously flavorful drink.
I would say it is similar to DAVIDs Blueberry Jam except less artificial tasting and with a stronger sweet blueberry flavor. In fact, I would say this flavor is probably what DAVIDs was aiming for as this has a more sweet blueberry jam (or perhaps even more like blueberry pie filling) taste while Blueberry Jam tastes more like juice.
Thank you MissB for sharing this with me. More and more I find that me and Teavana do not get along but occasionally I find a tea that is actually quite good. This is one of those teas. It is light and fruity and all around just a nice cup of tea. It is not over-the-top sweet like Teavana Herbals can be and there is no oil in sight. I don’t think this has converted me into a Teavana lover but it definitely is a nice reminder that they do have some delicious offerings. Thank you for sharing MissB, this was a very pleasant treat to share with a friend. Definitely a contrast to the bolder flavors of the Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha.