297 Tasting Notes


Teavana had another one of their sales so I decided to go check it out. Who can resist 50% off? One of the half off teas was this one. It sounded interesting so I had to try it. The fruity dry smell is the first thing that attracted me to it. My husband also thought it smelled good so I figured why not.

So far so good. The fruitiness one smells during the steeping process is quite mellow once tasted. Also, like many others have stated, I prefer it lukewarm. You get so much more flavor that way. I do wish though that they wouldn’t put rock sugar in it. I’ll have to pick it out and try it again at some point.

150 °F / 65 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This tea is quite a bit better than I thought it was going to be. It smells great dry, you could probably use it for potpourri. The taste is good but not great. I guess that’s probably because I’m not a big fan of fruit punch and this reminds me of fruit punch. A more adult version of fruit punch. My favorite part of this tea is the liquid color. It’s a deep, rich red. Maybe more of a fuchsia actually. I think it would go good with lemonade.

155 °F / 68 °C 8 min or more

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
297 tasting notes

To be honest I am not sure if I am putting this review under the correct maker but it sounds close enough. Whenever I go to Calgary, Canada they have Red Rose tea in the room. It’s quite a lovely black tea but I’ve realized that it is one of the quickest steeping black teas I’ve drank yet. I usually steep mine between 30 seconds and 1 minute. Too long and it’s too bitter. I do occasionally steep it a bit longer if I am going to make an iced tea out of it. It has a light floral flavor and I prefer to drink it when it has cooled slightly.

150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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This tea reminds me of a tea they would drink at a fancy party or somewhere in a palace. It smells wonderful, like most Jasmine teas do, but with an added depth to it that the green teas don’t have. The flavor is also quite regal and truly creamy! I feel, each time I take a sip, that there must have been cream put in it or something! But there is not! Someone has to try this with cream because I am curious as to whether the texture will change.

150 °F / 65 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Also a longtime favorite of mine. It’s a tea that’s good at any time of the day. Hot or cold. Inside, outside, upside down. Though I don’t really think you should try to do the last one unless you’re in space… But anyway, this tea has an interesting fruity, dry smell and a lovely fruity taste. While I did say you could drink it hot and cold I prefer it cold.

165 °F / 73 °C 8 min or more

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Smooth. Light on spiciness. Does the main can say in the ingredients that it has hazelnuts in it? Because the four pack I got does not list hazelnut. But I’m assuming that’s what they meant by “natural flavoring”. I prefered it luke warm and slightly cold honestly. But it would also be good hot and with some steamed almond milk. Overall, pretty solid tea. But I still think the coconut chai is the best.

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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Smells like chocolate when dry and steeped. However, the cacao power is a bit too strong for me so the taste is not quite what I thought it would be. Not bad, just not that great. It seems that most chais that have rooibos are weaker than black chais.

165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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I should really keep a tea timer besides me when I am going to write these posts because most of my steep times are close guesses. I know for sure that this one was just at or under 2 mins though. It is lighter in color so it’s a bit deceiving.

My mother-in-law bought this back from Europe for me and I must saw it is superb! The moment I opened the bag and the aroma spilled out I knew I was going to fall in love with it. I’m tempted to add some honey to see what it would do but at the same time, it’s so good on it’s own that I don’t really want to…. I don’t think I will.

Good hot and cold. I’m on my own little cloud right now.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Great dry smell. Really has a caramel smell but doesn’t have much caramel taste. I added a bit of honey after tasting it straight and found the caramel flavor comes out a bit more. I also added some almond milk to it (I don’t like regular milk anymore because it gives me a stomach ache). The ‘spiciness’ of this chai is very much on the mellow side but I think they do a good job of combining the Rooibos with the other chai flavors. Most of the time Rooibos over-powers other flavors but this one is a good balance.

BTW if your ever in New Zealand find yourself a chai stand. Handmade chai is amazing!

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Where to being… well, I’ve been drinking jasmine tea for a long time. It still remains a favorite of mine but I’ve now added any more.

Green teas are my favorite. I like black tea but generally prefer it with something added. Whites are nice. Rooibos can be a hit or miss. (Golden Honeydew by Lupicia is the best). I don’t mind herbals but it really depends on the ingredients.





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