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drank Snow Geisha by Teavana
109 tasting notes

Another stop at the same Teavana.

I was wanting a tea with some real cherries in it and Teavana has this. I knew the reviews on Steepster were pretty bad, but I thought one to-go cup wouldn’t hurt. Don’t know how long they brewed this, but they said brew temp was 175.

This started out okay. I was sipping in store and I didn’t taste the cough medicine-type flavor people complained of. It seemed promising, if not exactly as exciting as its appearance. However, after just a couple minutes of slight cooling, the nasty flavor came through. Not sure I would say cough syrup, but something akin to it-very artificial tasting.

I bought one Teavana storage tin (had to buy an 8 ounce tin because they discontinued the 6 ounce tin inside stores-in a sneaky effort to upsell your tea purchases, no doubt). As I left, I continued sipping until I could taste nothing but the artificial tasting cherry flavor. It was just overpowering. I wound up dumping about half the cup.

The customer service at this Teavana is good and not pushy-I even looked at the cast iron kettles to see what would happen and they just let me look. However, when I asked a question, they were right on top of it. Unfortunately, they had the same 6 boring samples as the last time I ventured that way a few weeks ago-and I’m not spending $12-15 just to try 3 teas in to-go cups, so nothing other than that cup purchased today.

Hard to call this tea disappointing, since ratings are so low, but it’s still kinda disappointing anyway.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Autumn Hearth

Yeah I’m not sure how some people love this, people I work with even. I keep on hoping it will be retired or at least reformulated but I guess they sell enough of it, though I wonder how many people end up still liking it once they take it home. I prefer the Sakura Allure green tea as far as cherry goes (though it does have quite a bit of hibiscus). I’m sure other companies have better blends, David’s Sakura seems to be popular.

Scott B

I’ve seen a few Sencha Sakuras out there-I suppose I’ll try one one of these days.

Indigobloom

I’m not a big sencha fan so fat chance of me loving this one.

Scott B

Indigo-this tea has a white tea base. Sencha sakura was mentioned because it was another cherry tea. Still, you probably wouldn’t like this one anyway-almost no one does.

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Autumn Hearth

Yeah I’m not sure how some people love this, people I work with even. I keep on hoping it will be retired or at least reformulated but I guess they sell enough of it, though I wonder how many people end up still liking it once they take it home. I prefer the Sakura Allure green tea as far as cherry goes (though it does have quite a bit of hibiscus). I’m sure other companies have better blends, David’s Sakura seems to be popular.

Scott B

I’ve seen a few Sencha Sakuras out there-I suppose I’ll try one one of these days.

Indigobloom

I’m not a big sencha fan so fat chance of me loving this one.

Scott B

Indigo-this tea has a white tea base. Sencha sakura was mentioned because it was another cherry tea. Still, you probably wouldn’t like this one anyway-almost no one does.

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Started drinking tea for health benefits maybe 5 years ago-exclusively bagged tea. Usually went for various Celestial Seasonings type of stuff. I bought a tea infuser at a gourmet shop once and then I realized there was almost no loose tea available. Eventually tiring of bags, I started ordering loose tea online and I have never gone back. Initially, I was exploring all the wild and exotic flavor combinations, but now I mostly drink straight teas. I still enjoy blended teas-but prefer those without “flavoring”. Hope to learn here and find some new teas I might not otherwise find. Am a vegan, so “milk” generally means “soymilk” to me. If it’s almond, rice, or coconut, I will mention that fact.

I am new here, and new to reviewing tea. Many of my initial reviews will be from memory and may not be very detailed at all. I hope to write more informative reviews on current and future teas.

I won’t let external factors affect my rating of the tea-such as slow shipping, too expensive, etc. I’ll mention any customer service problems in my reviews. I also won’t let my mistakes in not following the seller’s recommended parameters affect a rating. I can’t believe people who say “I forgot about it and oversteeped it” and then give it a rating. If I brew outside the parameters, I will wait until I brew it right before I give it a rating.

TEMPORARY RATING SYSTEM- Don’t hold me to these numbers and descriptions-like George Bluth, I like to tweak.

90+ It’s awesome, right?? I’ll probably try to keep it on hand.

80-89 – I really like this and will buy it again at some point, but there are so many teas to try!

70-79 – This is a pretty good tea and I may buy it again based on my mood, what tea store I am buying from, and what kind of deal I can get.

60-69 – This is okay. I finished the bag. I would drink it again if offered, but would not buy it again.

40-59 – IF I finished the bag, I recall this tea thinking “Why in the hell did I finish the bag?”

1-39 – Did not finish the bag. Maybe not even the cup. Tea was given away or discarded.

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