1967 Tasting Notes

75
drank JavaVana Mate by Teavana
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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
MissB

Oh, yay! I’m so glad you liked this. I too would have missed purchasing this if a staffer hadn’t said, “You really need to try this.” I actually like it when staff say that (if I trust them) because they’re the ones working with the product every day. As for Truvia, I can only use 1/2 a packet per cup of tea or else it’s too sweet for me. I hope you like it!

VariaTEA

The woman who helped me in Teavana was very nice but rather pushy. I did take some of her suggestions but something that bothered me was she kept trying to push my mom to buy tea despite my mother saying she is not a tea drinker multiple times. In fact, she tried to get my mom to pick up some of this tea because she told her it was a good transition from coffee to tea (a transition my mom had been clear she did not want to make). So given that I don’t drink coffee, I never had an interest in this tea until you put it up for swap and I thought I would give it a taste. Clearly I am glad I did so thanks again for sharing.

Also, I usually don’t ever sweeten my tea because aside from enjoying lattes, I mostly like to drink tea plain. Unless I am sick, in which case I add honey. But I picked up Truvia for the few teas that I think would be enhanced with a bit of sweetner. I will definitely take your recommendation and stick to 1/2 a packet for those teas. Mostly I am wary of the aftertaste. I won’t touch diet pop because I just cannot stand the taste of aspartame and the aftertaste it leaves. Blech.

Bonnie

I tried the new monk fruit sweetener which is very sweet but does not have the aspertame aftertaste. You might want to try it. Splenda doesn’t bother me but the truvia tastes bitter in hot beverages and aspertame is bitter and has an aftertaste. I’ve noticed that using Spring water cuts down on bitterness in everything. It’s worth having a filter bottle for tea.

VariaTEA

I will have to check that out. Most of the time I avoid sweetners all together just because I usually enjoy teas plain (or as a latte, of course). Unfortunately, I have found certain some teas fall flat and many people recommend sugar to bring out flavors so I figured I would give Truvia a try. So far I know I really don’t like aspartame or Splenda so hopefully this goes batter.

jeweledthumb

I personally couldn’t stand Truvia, but I don’t mind the taste of aspartame so maybe it will be better for you!

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65
drank Angel Dust by CaesarsTea
1967 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
Iced

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25
drank Chocolate Chai by Tea Desire
1967 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
MissB

Woot! Glad it’s a sipdown. I also struggled with this one, whereas Dexter enjoyed it more than we both did. I hope the others I sent are more to your liking!

VariaTEA

I had Fruta Bomba today and that was quite good. I am still trying to get around to the others.

Dexter

Ummmm no I didn’t like this one either – it was the Organic Chocolate Chai by Naked Teas Galore that I didn’t mind. :))

VariaTEA

Dexter everytime I try chai, I think of you. In my mind you are the expert on all things chai :P

Dexter

LOL I don’t know about expert, but I have a LOT of them in my house. I have a discontinued sample that I LOVE and am hording, I keep buying them to try and find one I like as much. Lots of misses, a few good ones, but none that are as good as THAT one. If you ever want chai samples – let me know…
Pumpkin teas are the other one I have LOTS of….

VariaTEA

I have not had much luck with chais (except, of course, when infused into banana bread). I do like DAVIDs Pumpkin Chai though, although that may have more to do with my love of all things pumpkin than my love for chai. Also, I have two chais from Caesarstea that I picked up that I am excited to try – one is coconut and the other came recommended by the saleswoman and smells fruity with some spice.

MissB

Too many teas. :$ Well, I guess we’re all in the same boat on this one then. Lots of other Tea Desire teas I really enjoy. Just not this one.

I like Fruta Bomba, I found it really refreshing in the summer.

Roswell Strange

I’ve been toying over picking this up in store, so I’m glad to be seeing all the reviews on it. These three misses are definitely making me feel better about not getting any and instead trying other Tea Desire blends :)

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
1967 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Awww. Too bad you’re not a fan. I really enjoyed this last year. I wonder where the popcorn comes from? Maybe the apples? Movie Night is popcorny and it’s mostly apple. Strange.

VariaTEA

I was definitely very confused when I tried it, especially because I mostly read about it in reviews for White Chocolate Frost. People kept mentioning that White Chocolate Frost was not as good as Cocomint Cream so I was expecting a creamy, minty drink.

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78
drank Ceasars Provence by CaesarsTea
1967 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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55
drank White Choco Truffle by CaesarsTea
1967 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Cotton Candy Black Tea by 52teas
1967 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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70
drank Butterbeer by 52teas
1967 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Hmmmm. I should try this as a latte! Great suggestion. This is my last 52 Tea and I’ve sorta been hoarding it.

VariaTEA

A latte with a handful of sugar will give you Butterbeer.

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85

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.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

I find the cream cheese and pastry notes come out more in the second infusion.

VariaTEA

I infused it a second time and got nothing. It tasted like water.

Fjellrev

Weird! I always let it steep longer though and find that there’s a better balance of notes.

VariaTEA

I let it steep for a minute or so extra and mostly just got hot water. I will try letting it go longer next time to see what I get.

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70
drank Fruta Bomba by Teavana
1967 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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After being overweight all my life I finally decided to commit to the long journey of weight loss. When life got too monotonous with all the diet food I decided to try teas in hopes of finding new flavors. I never realized the addiction I would face and now I am in love with all things tea!

However, I am still new to the tea scene and although I have bought many David’s Teas and Teavana Teas I know there is just so much out there to try and I am excited for each and every new experience. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

Well after over a month on steepster, I have learned many new things about tea and my own personal tastes. For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well. Oh and I LOVE Red Leaf Tea’s flavored matcha.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings (a loose guide):
1-15 – This cup is going down the drain
16-30 – I will finish the cup but I am not making another
31-50 – I don’t think I like this but I will try another cup just to be sure
51-60 – I am really on the fence about this tea
61-70 – I like this enough to finish what I have but I won’t be buying it again
71-80 – I like this and will buy it every now and then
81-90 – I really like this and will replace it as soon as I can
91-100 – I LOVE this and will buy more before I run out of what I have so that this is never missing from my cupboard

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