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To say I was underwhelmed with the sample I recieved from Teavana with my order would be overly nice of me, this was just flat out terrible. My initial problem with this was that in the 2 teaspoons that I dished out for my 16oz glass, nearly half of it was German rock sugar. I like German rock sugar, I even order it from Teavana, but I normally only uses 2-3 pieces per 16 oz on the rare occasions that I do use it. This was easily three times that amount and would have made this sickenly sweet considering this tea is pretty sweet on its own because of the fruit. I picked out all of the rock sugar and added 2 teaspoons of “tea”, then added 3 pieces of rock sugar back in.

On to the next problem…

Where in the world is the white tea for this blend? I counted exactly 3 pieces of white tea and they weren’t even whole. I ended up with a glass of warm, bright orangish-pink water that reminded me an awful lot like kool-aid. I hate kool-aid.

This was terrible hot, and I agree with one of the previous comments that this tasted like warm fruit punch. It wasn’t even a good warm fruit punch since it was really lacking in flavor. I suppose that is why there was so much sugar in the mix. This was only marginally better when served cold.

I really wanted to be fair with this review since I do have an issue with shopping at Teavana. I disagree with the way they treat their employees and the practices of the sales staff. I really wish that they would improve the quality of the product they sell and the way they treat their customers. They get so little of my business as it is, but I really don’t see them keeping me as a customer for much longer. That really is a shame because I love that I can buy tea locally or send friends to do so, it just sad that the tea isn’t any good.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Butiki, Della Terra, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Verdant, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

Ingredients I’m on the fence about:
Pu-erh

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Allergies
Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

Teawares:
FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea

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Oregon, WI

Website

http://www.notstarvingyet.com/

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