Meh. I like spiced teas, I like mandarin teas. But I wasn’t overwhelmed by this one. It needs more spice, or more orange. Even maybe more oolong flavour. I feel like they sacrificed quality to try and please everyone. Meh.
“Have you noticed that sometimes a tea will get a whole lot of tasting notes in a few days? Not even a new tea or one in a tea subscription. That is what happened with this one, I saw some notes on...” Read full tasting note
“Fifth “top six” tea, an oolong, y’all. Steeped at 195*F… I have to say, I actually really like this one. I didn’t think too much about it before trying it, but...” Read full tasting note
“Wow. thanks Marcel! This one is so good! I think that I’d like a little more clove in this; but I’m a clove super fan. Wassil is what comes to mind when I drink this...” Read full tasting note
“This would be so much better without the hibiscus! While I long for a strawberry tea of deliciousness, I also long for a mandarin spice oolong and/or black tea. One day I will find you, tea. One...” Read full tasting note
Journey along the Asian spice trading routes and savor the rich exotic flavors of juicy tangerines, lemons and ripe blood oranges perfectly blended with cinnamon, ginger, star anise, cloves and pepper. With its wonderful mix of sweet citrus fruits and traditional chai spices, this delicious flavored Chinese oolong tea is destined to become an everyday favorite.
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First Sniff – Smells sweet and you can definitely tell it has cinnamon in it. It has a slight bitter smell to it as well, I can’t quite figure it out… it’s an interesting first sniff.
Preparation – Added a bit of honey.
First Sip – Tastes a bit like constant comment, just with a thicker pallet. It’s almost a little syrupy. It’s an odd combination of citrus and cinnamon. This is an oolong based tea, but the oolong was not present at all. I don’t know what to make of this tea. It’s good, just not as good as other teas like it. I’d give it a 5/10.
It took me a while to place this as it was steeping, but I finally figured it out – it tastes like apple cider. The homemade kind, where you plug an orange full of cloves, toss in some cinnamon sticks, and simmer it in apple juice for half the day.
There’s not a hint of oolong – I couldn’t even recognize the leaves as I was measuring it out. I don’t think I’m going to be keeping this one on hand. It’s tasty, but when I want apple cider, I want real apple cider!
A very interesting tea indeed. This one was a request from my husband. I’m not honestly sure that I would have picked it up but I’m finding myself liking it more then I thought.
Although I have to be honest I think the best part of this tea is the dry smell. When you open the tin the smell over powers everything else, but in a good way. A good Christmas tea. The smell when steeped is quite a bit more toned down but still lovely. If I hadn’t read the other tasting notes I wouldn’t have guessed there was hibiscus. I don’t think it’s that over powering of a flavor but it’s definitely there. I’ve added a bit of honey and oddly enough I don’t feel like it’s changed the flavor at all!
For those of you who are wondering what my husband thinks: he enjoys it. Says its quite good.
It’s the coldest, darkest, snowiest time of year here in Calgary. It’s cliche to complain about the weather, but these days I hardly want to do anything other than drink tea while wrapped in my favourite blanket.
I once again reached the bottom of my tin of this tea today. Oh, how I love this one. I was hesitant to try it after reading some mixed reviews, but for the last two winters it’s been right up my alley. I even splurged and bought a fancy tin with a black dragonfly on the lid. I find the mixture or orange and spices warms me right up. The distinct fruitiness makes me think of tropical vacations while the spices taste like Christmas at home. It’s also got just enough of a caffeine boost to get me through the afternoon once my morning coffee has worn off. I will be buying more.
After hearing so many negative things about their business practices, I’ve been trying to move away from Teavana as one of my personal tea sources. It’s made much harder, however, by the fact that they carry this gem and that I’ve never experienced anything less than friendly and helpful customer service at my local store. Calgary Teavana seems to be doing something right.
Now, excuse me while I enjoy my last cup and mourn the emptiness of my tin (since this one is admittedly fairly expensive).
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Orange, Orange Zest, Spices
I like it, but I don’t love it. It is quite sweet (which I like) and orange (good). The spice is well in the background and, for me, it needs to be beefed up a bit. But, it wasn’t advertised as chai, so maybe this was intentional. I think next time I might blend with a chai. Still, overall I’d recommend it as a hot orange tea. I bet it would be a good tea for when you have a cold or the flu.
EDIT: I resteeped it with a tsp. of maharaja chai oolong tea (Teavana) and it helped a lot. Still, with so many teas out there, I don’t think this tea is one I will repurchase quickly.