Garden Aria White Tea

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  • “This time the tea steeped to a nice pink-orange color, unlike last time, when it looked like diluted orange juice. It was very pretty, so I wanted to share it with you. You can also play Where's...” Read full tasting note
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    zildjianpride 176 tasting notes
  • “I'm prefacing this by saying this might not actually be Garden Aria. I got this from my best friend Irina a few weeks ago, but it wasn't labeled and she couldn't remember what it was. She just knew...” Read full tasting note
    Cofftea 865 tasting notes
  • “Enjoying this second sample of tea from AmazonV. This is lighter in taste than other fruit blends Teavana has. I like it this way though, white tea is so soft as it is, it would lose all...” Read full tasting note
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    Dragonwellluvr 558 tasting notes
  • “Trying this iced~! So of course this was the last song on my painting playlist. =) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgNEDbiHqF4 Something Cool by Jennifer Zarine from Fresh Made Cuppa Tea I...” Read full tasting note
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    Batrachoid 177 tasting notes

From Teavana

Cultivate your love for this tea ensemble composed of delicate white tea and ambrosial fruit bits. You can’t help but sing praises for a steaming cup of harmony straight from the garden! Deliciously fruity and very healthy, this tea is loaded with antioxidants.

How to Prepare
Use 1.5 teaspoons of tea per 8 ounces of water. Heat water to 175 degrees and steep tea for 2 minutes. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.

Ingredients: White tea, strawberry and raspberry bits, cherries, red currants, rosehips, apples, hibiscus and beetroot bits.

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This time the tea steeped to a nice pink-orange color, unlike last time, when it looked like diluted orange juice. It was very pretty, so I wanted to share it with you. You can also play Where’s Waldo with my post-it-note stack…
http://www.flickr.com/photos/47736372@N04/4414877545/

This time around, I guess I got more cherry in my infuser because it wasn’t as gentle as last time. It had a warm cough syrup flavor to it, whereas last time it tasted like wonderful, light, fruity heaven. So from now on I need to be careful how much of a specific kind of fruit I get in each cup. I’ll shake the bag up better next time.

I’m not going to lower my rating, because I know that this tea is capable of being very good.

A question to Teavana enthusiasts: When Teavana puts a tea on their website for 50% off, does that mean they are discontinuing it? Because I love this stuff, and if it’s being discontinued I want to buy a big bag while I still can!

AmazonV

yes if it goes on steep sale it tends to mean it’s going out – email and ask!

Erin

Oh no! I’ve gotta get a move on then. Thanks for answering, AmazonV!

AmazonV

i hope i am wrong, but they did this to two of our favorite teas, at first i was pleased they were on sale, then when i asked why it was because tey were going to stop having them (mrs. earl grey, japanese spring cherry green and lapspang souchong)

~lauren.

Beautiful photos – wonderful color to your tea! I think I have a couple of packets of this laying about. I am going to have to steep some!

SoccerMom

Beautiful photos. I was wondering if the cup and saucer in the pic are the jumbo cup and saucer from Adagio? I have often thought about ordering it and when I go to amazon to check the price there they give some not so great reviews. It’s seems like you like yours.?

Erin

@SoccerMom – Yep, that’s the jumbo cup and saucer from Adagio. I personally love it. The saucer seems pretty durable, but the actual cup feels like it’s made of a lighter and more fragile glass. Still, I haven’t broken it in the month I’ve had it, so I’m happy with it.

SoccerMom

Thanks Erin I will go add it to my shopping cart once and for all! :))

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I’m prefacing this by saying this might not actually be Garden Aria. I got this from my best friend Irina a few weeks ago, but it wasn’t labeled and she couldn’t remember what it was. She just knew it was a Teavana tea. I didn’t want to drink it til I had it identifying it for fear of placing the tasting note on the wrong tea, but yesterday was her birthday so I thought I’d try it. (Couldn’t yesterday as I had a cavity filled.)

It has long, slender, almost twig or needle shaped leaves (wirey, not smooth and sleek like silver or emerald needle) that are white and greenish in color mixed in w/ the strawberry- although there appears to be something else here as well… kinda orangish. It definitely smells like a red fruit flavored tea. I can’t smell the tea base at all.

2.25g/6oz water. The liquor is very light, almost like a more peachy version of a White Zin.

The aroma is faint, but sweet- mostly fruity, but a hint of tea. The flavor is exactly what you’d expect from the aroma and liquor. Light and fruity… although now there’s an additional peach flavor peeking thru.

Not my personal cuppa, but I can see where a person that loves fruit flavored whites would love this. Could be amazing iced. Will hold off on the rating until I have it positively identified.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Erin

That does sound like Garden Aria. And yes, it is quite tasty iced!

__Morgana__

And discontinued :-(

Cofftea

No disappointment for me fortunately.

Erin

@Morgana – I know! I kept meaning to buy it while it was on sale… but then… no more. : (

SoccerMom

At least they didn’t “enhance it” or whatever that cloudy looking thing means because I use to love Strawberry Slender and I ran out and went back last week to refill my tin and no one told me they changed it up and now its not nearly as good as I remembered it’s more creamy than bold not what I wanted!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-I

AmazonV

I have a ummm cough pound of garden aria, i bought out the rest of the stock in my local teavana, i like it but would totally swap however much of it for other stuff

Cofftea

Yeah I think so.

SoccerMom

AmazonV- You have enough to make a susbstantial amount for I don’t know a party or celebration of some kinda maybe like a umm wedding! LOL

Cofftea

2nd infusion, 4 min. Like very watery, unset peach jello. I love Irina MUCH more than I love this tea.

AmazonV

watery unset peach jello? shudders

Cofftea

Am I the only one that drank unset jello as a kid?

Ricky

I thought that was bad for you o.O

AmazonV

liquid jello is all syrupy and reminiscent of medication

Cofftea

Not at all… at least to me. Maple syrup sure isn’t. And even if it would be, that wouldn’t be bad for you.

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Enjoying this second sample of tea from AmazonV. This is lighter in taste than other fruit blends Teavana has. I like it this way though, white tea is so soft as it is, it would lose all appearance in a tea flavored much more than this. This is a beautiful tea to drink, light pink/peach in color. I will have to try it iced, see if it brings out more berry flavor. Sweetened as well.

Batrachoid

I put this in the fridge this morning. It’ll you how it comes out in a couple hours when I’m done painting. =) It was great hot with honey too.

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Trying this iced~! So of course this was the last song on my painting playlist. =)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgNEDbiHqF4

Something Cool by Jennifer Zarine from Fresh Made Cuppa Tea

I actually was listening to June Christy’s version but this came up when I searched for a matching video. I think Zarine’s got better pacing and music but Christy’s voice is unbeatable.

I Tbsp leaf, 1 Tbsp raw honey, 1/4 tsp hibiscus, and eight rosehips
12 0z for five hours.
Ooh, this is a bit better iced. I didn’t add any Bai Mu to give tea a chance to peek out from under the mountain of strawberries and flowers but the poor leaves remained entombed. Ah, well. Still a nice, refreshing rise in blood sugar before dinner.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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wow i feel like i havent been on in forever :( it makes me sad. school has taken over and shot my internet useage down alot due to alot of studieing. i missed everyone! and have tried SOOOO many teas! because i cant remember them all im starting with this one as i am drinking it now :D

the scent is VERY fruity, you can pick up the strawberry right away and something tangier im thinking its the cherry. if this didnt have the white tea as the base i dont think id like it as much because even though theres alot of fruity bits in there you can still taste the delicate flavor of the white tea. its a very pretty pink color something id want to use a clear cup/mug with to show it off. the re-steep isnt as fruity but sweeter (same temp H2O 4 min steep)

im glad i got this, i had gotten a gift card from a good friend who loves tea as much if not more than me :) so i went a bit crazy lolzz and this tin was packed full and 50% off (originally 36$ got it for 18$) so i hope i can keep up on here like i was b4 now that ive gotten the hang of my classes.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Hallos! Welcome back! Sort of? Now I think you have to tell us how the teavana staff were behaving, seems no one likes em!

Kitch3ntools

lol thnx :D
they were reallllly nice, there were only 2 in there and the whole snow storm think kinda made it so the mall was dead. the floor guy was helping another customer who was very new to tea and suggested to the guy that “maybe just a small bag is what you’ll need” so deff not pushing sales at all. the girl was nice and kinda airheaded lol. she gave us a to go cup of tea for free which was cool. and she didnt push me at all to get alot of tea :) it was actually a really good experience the only thing i didnt like is that all the teas were behind the service desk so if u wanted something specific youd have to ask for it and my eyes (even with my contacts in) are terrible so i couldnt browse. luckily i have their ipod touch/iphone app so i had picked out some things on there i wanted to try.

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Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Additives: none
Water: 2 zarafina c
Tool: Zarafina white-loose-medium
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Sweet, fruity, berry
Steeped Tea Smell: Smells like leaves and fruit, papya maybe, sweet
Flavor: sweet, berry, tart, bitter
Body: Light
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: Translucent orange

I think this is being discontinued as I got it on 50% off sale, no return stamped from Teavana.

I saw such positive reviews on Steepster I decided to try it.

I think I should have chosen mild not medium.

Post-Steep Additives: German rock sugar, sweeter but still bitter.

Resteep: same as the first.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/teavana-loose-leaf-white-tea-garden.html

Ricky

Agreed, I think mild would probably of have been a better choice. I can’t seem to get that acai blueberry one right. It’s always so tarty…

AmazonV

i think the reason i never love greens and whites is they are so finicky – it’s hard to make them right, but when you do they rock

__Morgana__

Confirmed that it is discontinued. I wrote to Teavana to ask.

They said that Emerald Bamboo Forest is “quite similar” — which is interesting considering it doesn’t contain any berries.

AmazonV

i HATE when they “re-work” a recipe and say it’s similar, it never it! well that and mom is still bitter over the loss of mrs. earl grey but we might have that fixed soon

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At the end of this rambling, there will be a tea note. Skip past the stars if you want to ignore said rambling.
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So when I was first introduced to tea, it was World Market’s brand of bagged teas. I loved jasmine as my first ever non-Red Diamond or Brisk tea. It led me to explore many more teas of the herbal variety and finally, after about a year in college, my sister introduced me to Teavana. My opinions about the company are for some discussion thread somewhere else, as teas go, they were my first experience with loose leaf tea and brewing a tea based on temperature and steep time instead of, “Just stick the bag in some boiling water until the water turns dark.”

Its taken a lot of years of practice, tasting, drinking and exploring to just get to know the difference between what I like and what I don’t like.

And that is where Garden Aria comes in.

While its not a straight white tea such as silver needle, it is very delicate. It was also the first white tea I ever bought.

Sadly, I bought this when it went on its 50% sale of retirement about a year ago. I still have about 1/2 of my tin left, but when it goes, I shall be a very sad panda.
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I really recommend being careful with your water temperature when brewing this one because it has a temperament to it. I love the taste of it sweetened or not, but generally, I prefer it with a sweetener. This morning I used honey. Plain ol’ in the bear-shaped bottle honey.

When you first sip this tea, it comes to the tongue with a warm tartness. I can taste the raspberry and cherry notes, but the white comes through very well. I know there is some strawberry in here, but the raspberry really is stronger.

It was my morning tea today, and since I had to work, I made a 2-cup travel cup AND 2 cups to put in my briefcase thermos. (I really love these things. Its a Thermos brand I got on sale at Target ages ago and it perfectly keeps my tea hot. When I have finished what’s in the travel mug, I can just refill it! Huzzah for a quart of tea!) When my day was getting annoying or stressful, I’d zip back to the back of the store and get a mouthful of happiness.

If anyone has tried this before, can you suggest anything similar to it? I’ve probably got at least 24 to 20 more cups left in the tin, but since I usually brew 4 cups at a time…well. Replacements are going to be searched for soon!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
The Purrfect Cup

Have you tried Scarlet Cloud? It’s another Teavana tea that has some of the notes you were looking for. Also goes great with their Sweet Fruit Garden.

TeaNerdette

I tossed both those lil’ beasties on my ‘to buy’ list. I think the descriptions are very similar too!

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The colour of the brew is a pale pink rather than the really strong red of some fruit teas, and this is a clue to the sort of flavour you get from this tea. The strawberry dominates the other fruits but also doesn’t overwhelm the tea. This is a really nice light fruity white tea, a good one to keep drinking throughout the day.

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Light and sweet, not overly fruity, pretty decent.

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I really love this tea. It’s naturally sweet and the fruit balances nicely with the white tea. It makes a delicate cup with a lot of aroma. Really, really nice.

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