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drank Hazelnut by Teeccino
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drank Youthberry White Tea by Teavana
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drank MateVana by Teavana
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drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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When I first opened the tin for this tea, my initial thought was that it smelled just like Danish butter cookies. The resemblance is striking. Aside from the scent, I also noticed that each sachet was filled with tea leaves rather than the tiny, powdery bits I normally see in bagged tea.

This brewed up really dark and began smelling more like tea than cookies. I can still smell the vanilla but not in a big way. I’m not really tasting it either. I let the tea cool on my desk, and it has an even better flavor now. It’s even more pronounced than when warm so I think this may be a good one to drink chilled.

Overall, this tea didn’t quite live up to my expectations. It isn’t bad, but there seems to be something missing.

Flavors: Cookie, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
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It’s kind of watered down today. It is sweet enough but I may have added too much cream. The tea is faint and not very flavorful. There is a bit of bitterness too. Overall, not the most satisfying.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pineapple Kona Pop! by Teavana
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I woke up this morning with my throat feeling sore and scratchy so my sweet husband made me a hot cup of this herbal tea. He prefers herbal teas and this is one of his all-time favorites. I like the darker teas myself, black ones mostly, but on days like this the light herbals really help.

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drank Earl Grey White by Teavana
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I’ll give it this – the tea leaves are beautiful. They twist and curl about, long strips of green and cream, supremely fragrant. I saw an infographic yesterday from chinalife that showed the many differences between loose leaf tea and bagged tea. On one side, two slumped, sodden bags of brown in a shallow puddle of tea. On the other, a mix of beautiful multicolored leaves unfurled to show their natural shapes. Don’t get me wrong – I like bagged tea. But there is something amazing about seeing tea as it’s meant to be, it’s pure form opening up in front of your eyes.

I mentioned above that this tea is very fragrant. It seems to lose that fragrance once steeped. It’s there, but lightly so. After a thirty-second steep (with no dipping), the liquid is a pale amber color. The leaves are slightly damp and have become a bright green.

And at last, all traces of bitterness are gone. I feel like I’m tasting this tea for the first time. Even without honey (which I almost always add) it is enjoyable. The flavor is gentle. It tastes entirely of tea. I’m not getting any of the bergamot here.

Side Note: I usually flush the caffeine with a thirty-second “pre-steep” but since Teavana says that white tea has an extremely low amount I decided to leave this one as is. I can definitely feel the effects of the caffeine since I never have it in my system so I’m not sure Teavana associates should be telling customers that this is virtually caffeine free. For those of us who are sensitive, even this small amount is noticeable.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring tea fanatic.

I should start by saying that I’m still quite new to this great, big world of tea. Until a couple of years ago, my experience was limited to Twinings Earl Grey and tea lattes at Starbucks. One weekend, my husband and I happened upon a Teavana at our local mall and there discovered loose leaf teas. He jumped in with both feet, but it admittedly took me a while longer before I fully embraced tea the way that he had. Now that I’ve found Steepster, I’m amazed at the vast variety of teas. It’s an exciting place to be and I cannot wait to learn from each of you the ins and outs of this limitless brew.

I enjoy all different types of tea though I admit I haven’t tried a great deal. I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and often with honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor, much the way salt enhances certain foods. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of mint or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy. I would like to branch out and try straight teas at some point as well.

I’m sensitive to caffeine so if there is ever a caffeinated tea in my tealog it’s because I’ve attempted a “pre-steep” to flush most of the caffeine from the tea. I heard of this first from a Teavana associate and it’s one way that I can enjoy a wider variety of teas. To do this, I steep the tea as I normally would but pour out the liquid after thirty seconds. I then steep according to the package instructions. I’m not sure if this would work for everyone as I’m sure it doesn’t remove all of the caffeine, but it really does seem to work for me.

Regarding tasting notes – I’m not always able to complete my reviews the moment I drink a tea (if I’m at work, for example) so I keep a written log in a little Moleskin notebook to be added to Steepster later. This way, I’m able to write a review while the tea is still fresh in my mind and still make note of the exact time I had my cup. If you notice that I’ve logged a tea without writing a note, I will likely add it later.

After seeing others on Steepster with a rating scale, I thought it would be best to create my own so that others can see how I feel about my personal ratings. It may change at some point, but this is how I’ve been rating my teas as of late.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good at all but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I’ll be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not anything special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated December 2014.

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