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.
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.