2761 Tasting Notes

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drank Strawberry Cream by Teavana
2761 tasting notes

Personally I am not a lover of Teavana. I find them overpriced for very mediocre tea and like many others, I hate their customer service and business model. My friend, on the other hand, loves Teavana and consequently decided to share a couple of her teas favorites for me to try.

I made this both hot and iced to compare the two side by side. Tbh, both lack flavor. The hot cup is like creamy water (if that makes any sense at all – think the taste of water with a creamy mouthfeel) with a touch of berry tartness at the tail end of the sip. The iced cup is slightly sweeter and leans toward the artificial strawberry candy flavor but again, it is very watered down. Neither is impressive at all which is probably for the best given I would hate to have to deal with Teavana to get more. 169.

Anlina

Ugh, I have this one and I’ve tried brewing it so many different ways and all I get is sour hibiscus water no matter what I do.

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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So the first time I had this, it tasted like a big cup of movie theatre butter and grass. It was disgusting, hence the rating of “15”. But with all the love this tea receives, I gave it the benefit of the doubt and grabbed a sample directly from David’s (as opposed to buying a sample that was probably pretty old from a fellow steepsterite). I am certainly glad I did because this is actually a nice tea.

I like that you can actually taste the popcorn in this cup. It is light yet buttery but also has a great maple element to really sweeten the cup. Apple also plays a large role but it meshes well with the rest of the blend. The green base is essentially nonexistent in my sample. If I had to guess based on looks, I would have thought it was a herbal because the leaves are few and far between. Though, that works well because there is no grassy/vegetal notes to distract from the maple-popcorny deliciousness. My mind has been changed. I don’t think this is something I would want all the time but I can see myself craving it every now and again. Yay for second chances!

(And I’ll be sure to up my rating as soon as I get on my computer)

Sil

gross…

Roswell Strange

I love this one :) But yeah; it’s essentially herbal. Although, I finally have a tin of the new blend (the one that incorporates maple) and I still couldn’t taste the maple in my most recent cup of it…

Plunkybug

I was the same…not impressed when I first had it, waited a while, had some again, and really liked it, but I’m growing out f it again after my caramel corn mouth-saster.

VariaTEA

I’m sorry to hear that RS because I definitely got the maple in my blend. Maybe it is too similar to the old blend for you to really notice a difference.

And Amariel, I am sorry Caramel Corn has sort of ruined this for you. I had a dislike of this for quite a long time but I think the sample I had was stale and thus (as Sil said) gross. On the other hand, I really liked Caramel Corn so that actually encouraged me to purchase the sample.

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Sipping on this tea, I can’t help but be reminded of Kaylee’s pink dress. It is sweet and feminine and a but over the top but Kaylee pulls it off. Rose is at the forefront but it is complimented by the candy strawberry flavor similar to that of strawberry licorice. On top of all that, a hint of chocolate is floating around in the cup just beneath the other elements to add a bit of depth. I think I would actually get this one again because I really do love Kaylee and this tea is a great representation of her character.

carol who

LOVED Kaylee! Why do the best shows get cut! I think my daughter has some Kaylee tea. (Well, since I gave her a Firefly sample pack for her birthday in Feb., she probably still has some) I’ll have to get some from her. :D

Are the Firefly teas pretty varied? I found with the sampler pack of Doctor Who that I got it seemed that many are similar. Lots of Early Grey and English Breakfast bases.
They describe the ‘Amy’ tea as ’fiery ’ to go with her hair and temperament but I never tasted it at all.

VariaTEA

I have found them to be fairly different. Most are good, though none are particularly outstanding.

And you are very correct about great shows getting cut. Everyone I know who has watched Firefly has LOVED it. In fact, many friends struggle getting through the single season because they know that once it’s done, there won’t be anymore. Such sadness.

Dustin

I like the show, but hated that pink dress! :)

VariaTEA

Haha it really was quite the atrocity but I feel like Kaylee was able to make it work :P

Roswell Strange

@Carol Who; the Firefly sampler is my favourite of all the ones I’ve tried to date. Pretty well all the blends are different and they don’t rely on the same set of ingredients – and they’re really well thought out for the most part (especially thing one, and I think Jane’s was the other I was super impressed by). I’ve had all of ’em (courtesy of VariaTEA) except for Shepard Book.

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drank Qing Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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Really enjoying this cup today. It is bready and has a strong smell of chocolatey malt. Wisps of caramel are also in the brew making for a tasty morning cup. Thank you for sharing Sil! 174.

Sil

glad you liked it :)

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
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This is definitely a nut a tea. I take a sip and I get the earthy sweetness instantly. Unfortunately the coconut isn’t rich, creamy, and tropical in this cup. Instead it is giving the tea a sort of oily slickness (though not as bad as many other teas I have tried). Also, at times the flavors come together in a sort of earthy muddiness that is not the greatest taste. All in all, I am happy I tried this but I won’t be getting this again.

NofarS

Have you given Palais des Thes Coconut (Noix de Coco) a try? It is a pretty great coconut tea.

VariaTEA

I have never tried that one but I will keep it in mind. I have only tried a couple palais des thes but I recall them being nice.

Hannah F.

You want White White Cocoa and Geisha Getaway from T2.

Plunkybug

I go from liking this to disliking it, then to wanting it again, and the cycle repeats.

VariaTEA

Well you are welcome to the rest of my small sample if you like

Plunkybug

Are you offering me or someone else the small sample?

VariaTEA

You, Amariel :)

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Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing but this is a pretty lackluster cuppa. At first I tasted chocolate which confused me but then I realized I was still tasting the bit of chocolate bar I had just eaten. Once that subsided though, I was left with a cup that lacked flavor. If I concentrate, I pick up on a drying fruit flavor that is vaguely reminiscent of guanabana but at the end of the day, I’m just not impressed.

Oh, also, I feel no different for those wondering if this alters moods like it claims to. Still, it’s fun to try so thank you Roswell Strange!

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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
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I am having this iced and if I didn’t know any better, I would think this was JUST a guava tea and nothing else. The only other flavor I am getting is a small touch of astringency from the base. It isn’t bad per se but nothing about it really captures my attention. Also, I don’t understand the need to blend black tea and green tea for the base given it doesn’t really do anything for the cup except make it a pain to boil. Oh well. Hopefully my tea twin, Roswell Strange, will have better luck with this because the rest of my sample is getting tossed in to her package. 175.

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drank Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons
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I definitely prefer this iced to the hot cup. I find the sweet lemon stands out more when cold while the floral notes take more of a backseat. The whole tea is actually more mellowed than the hot cup which allows the flavors to work together more harmoniously as opposed to competing for attention. All in all, I think the creamy lemon dessert flavor is best highlighted iced and thus that is how I would recommend enjoying it. With that said, I think my relationship with this tea has run it’s course so the rest will be passed on to my awesome tea twin, Roswell Strange. 175.

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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
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The guava is strong with this one both in scent and taste. It is pleasant and fruity and would most likely make a nice cold brew, though the hot cup is still nice. I worried the hibby would make this tart but this cup is smooth and sweet. I don’t taste the strawberry much either so perhaps the hibby and strawberry are canceling each other out and leaving the guava alone to really shine. However, guava is a taste that I am not a huge fan of and I find at times the scent can either be appealing or off putting depending on my mood. With that in mind, this certainly isn’t going to be a staple in my cupboard but it has made for a fun new tea to try. Thank you Naylynn for passing it along.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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I wanted something sweet and creamy and that is exactly what this tea is. Delicious fruity sweetness and a thick creamy vanilla. The flavors have dulled a bit with age which has led to the base being more present (and more drying) than I remember. Still it is still a tasty cup.

Kittenna

Still one of my faves. I found the same thing – a more drying base with age. Luckily, I seemed to have a VERY fruit-heavy bag, which mostly disguised the base anyhow.

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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, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

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.

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