296 Tasting Notes

drank Sakura Allure by Teavana
296 tasting notes

Received this one from babble

This has a slight medicinal smell.
This brewed up a dark red, it’s got a nice cherry flavour, with just to say a bit of a medicinal taste. I’m getting the green tea base at the end.

I’m also getting a slight tobacco aftertaste?

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

Try it iced. Doing that knocked up the rating a LOT for me. It’s not too special as a hot tea, but iced, it’s delectable. :) Kind of sad that you have to do that to it, but there it is.

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Another I received from Artp

I looove looove looove blueberries & anything acai flavour has tasted like blueberries.
I guess I over steeped this because it was a bit bitter, it did have a nice light blueberry flavour & I was getting some white tea flavour. I’ll have to try this again & steep it properly.


The hibiscus & rosehips can definitely make this one a bit bitter, which is a shame because the blueberry really is nice here


I didn’t find it to be bitter in the 1-2 cups I tried, but I’m overcautious with lighter teas, so I may have understeeped.

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m not generally a fan of mate, when I requested this in a swap from Artp I didnt realize it was a mate. but this morning I need my boost of energy, I’ve got a photoshoot this afternoon which I am so nervous about.

the dry leaves smells so fruity & juicy, something I would enjoy in smoothie form. as it steeps you can smell the mate, but as it sits beside me it smells like a cup of orange juice.

taste wise I mostly get the earthy mate, followed by some delicious juicy fruits.
however that mate comes out too much in the front for me.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Prairie Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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Vanilla Beans sent me 4 generous samples of some DT blends 3 I’ve never owned/had only once & one I love. I’m determined to drink/at least try any new teas I get.

So I had this one today.
Well it’s lightly berry like, but just generic berry. I am definetly not getting any maple syrup.

Overall just not liking this one. I’ll finish my mug but that’s it. It’s rather bland.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
296 tasting notes

Received this in a swap from Vanilla Beans
I’ve been wanting to try this for a while, alas I have no nearby store. But when I get to one, watch the f out!!!

I didn’t realize this was a white blend (or rather I forgot) until I read the reviwes. I used boiling water & it steeped much longer than I usually would. I was in a rush to get to work & it steeped all the way there.

Anyways… babbling
This is super yummy. Chocolate but not overly so, I’m thinking the other flavour I am getting is the coconut, but I’m not sure. Eitherway everything works really well together. I loved how the chamomile flowers perked back up after steeping. Very pretty.

Boiling 8 min or more

I’m surprised but the directions from DavidsTea tea basically tell you to steep it like a black tea.

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another sample from my online order.

Given that pomegranate & blueberry are 2 of my fav fruits and I love white tea, one would think I would love this one. alas I do not love it.

This tastes generically fruity, but artificially so. I do get some earthy vegetal, hay like quality from the white base. but overall nothing I would have again.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Sare was kind enough to share a bit of this with me.

I think I could have used a little less water for this it was a bit diluted. I think with the proper leaf/water ratio this would be really good. I am getting the chocolate flavour as well as walnut, they mix together nicely, but not so much in a brownie like way.

ETA: 200th tasting note

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

Congrats on your 200th note! :)

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this was a sample that I got with my cyber Monday order, which actually weren’t in my order.

I’m still new to oolongs, especially unflavoured ones. let’s be real I’m new to unflavoured tea of all kinds. I took tiny sip to start & my immediate thought was, this is so yummy. my next sip it had cooled a bit because I was drinking another tea first, was ick, but then so good.

this is a really rich & buttery tea, and slightly floral. similar to cashews, something I could only have a little of at a time. I only steeped for about 3 minutes. not the suggested 5. definitely think I have to buy some of this one.

ETA: my 200th tasting note

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

Happy 200th note! :)

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Back log from Friday.

I over steeped this a bit.

Although I got a great apple taste, there was a bunch of astringency, and not really any pie taste.

Must try again!

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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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

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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