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Seems every Teavana review i read is about how pushy they were or how terrible their tea is. I’m not sure if my experience is better a- because my store use to be a Teaopia or b- I’m always in there when the manger, who happens to be a friend of mine is working. I’ve only ever had one employee get on my nerves and it really wasn’t that bad.

So onto my review. I’ve tried this in store once or twice because they usually have it as a sample. I was convinced I loved it & needed to buy it, but I couldn’t justify the $22/50g that they wanted. So thanks to Sara, I got to try this one before spending a fortune on it.

I swear in store in was better. Not quite as floral like & more buttery & earthy. Maybe for once I will do a second steep on my leaves.
This was good, however a little too floral for me. I had a hard time drinking my full mug, so this is something I would have to brew up for smaller cups.
I really don’t think I would spend the money on this one, but really am grateful to have tried it.
However we’ll see how steep 2 goes.

ETA: did my second steep on the leaves yesterday morning. basically tasted like I put orchids in a juicer & drank it. not one I will resteep

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Funny story about a Teavana employee (bless her heart, she was probably new), but I used the word “gaiwan” while she was trying to sell my friend and me some of their fine bone china lidded mugs (I forget exactly how I’d used it), and she immediately began saying how so much of the stuff in their store is kind of girly, so it can be hard to buy for a guy unless you know what he likes… I guess ‘cause she thought I’d said “guy one.” xD It was kind of hilarious.

And I have found that their Golden Monkey, while good, is just not quite my ideal oolong either.

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Funny story about a Teavana employee (bless her heart, she was probably new), but I used the word “gaiwan” while she was trying to sell my friend and me some of their fine bone china lidded mugs (I forget exactly how I’d used it), and she immediately began saying how so much of the stuff in their store is kind of girly, so it can be hard to buy for a guy unless you know what he likes… I guess ‘cause she thought I’d said “guy one.” xD It was kind of hilarious.

And I have found that their Golden Monkey, while good, is just not quite my ideal oolong either.

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