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Toasted Nut Brulee Oolong

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Fruit Oolong Rooibos Blend
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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Sipdown! I realized that with this cup that this tea had in fact gotten a little stale. I was surprised because it was one of my newer Teavana teas and I have others that are as fresh as when I...” Read full tasting note
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    Tamm 521 tasting notes
  • “Sipdown no. 145 of the year 2014. As I am hopelessly behind on the daily sipdown project, I am now adjusting my goal to keep myself on an average sipdown of 1 per day, and as it is the 98th day of...” Read full tasting note
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    __Morgana__ 933 tasting notes
  • “Today, while in the mall, I traveled to Teavana to pick up a tea that, turns out, was discontinued-which fully explains why I had never heard of it and was so intrigued. (Holy Run-On Sentence...” Read full tasting note
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    cinoi1551 243 tasting notes
  • “My perplexity with Teavana, and more specifically, their marketing department appears to be growing. With a name like Toasted Nut Brulee Oolong, I naturally expected this tea to taste like...” Read full tasting note
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From Teavana

Savor each sweet sip as this silky modern brulee channels the decadent scenery of the French Riviera. This sinless oolong tea aims to capture the moment with heart notes bursting with roasted almonds and hazelnut, warm coconut, cinnamon and caramel. CONTAINS NUTS

Smooth infusion with sweet nuts and cinnamon.

How to Prepare:
Use 1 teaspoon of tea per 8oz of water. Heat water to 195 degrees and steep tea for up to 3 minutes.

Ingredients:
Oolong tea, Rooibos tea, apple bits, candied pineapple bits, candied papaya bits, cinnamon, roasted chicory root, ginger bits, coconut chips, roasted almonds, hazelnut bits, and cardamom. Contains nuts.

This tea blends well with:
Skinny Chai Pu-erh Black Tea
Haute Chocolate™ Rooibos Tea
Rooibos Chai Rooibos Tea

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Sipdown! I realized that with this cup that this tea had in fact gotten a little stale. I was surprised because it was one of my newer Teavana teas and I have others that are as fresh as when I bought them. This one lost most of its cinnamon awesomeness in this last cuppa. Overall I enjoyed this tea, but I do feel mislead by the “oolong” label. It has a large amount of rooibos in it as well. I felt this was tasty; but not a staple.

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Sipdown no. 145 of the year 2014.

As I am hopelessly behind on the daily sipdown project, I am now adjusting my goal to keep myself on an average sipdown of 1 per day, and as it is the 98th day of the year, I’m still in pretty good shape. I keep hoping that as things settle down I’ll be able to establish a new habit, but the problem is lately things have not been settling down.

Today I even ran out of the house without my Timolino, which was tragic. I had a slice of bread with peanut butter in my hand which I wolfed down in the car. Wolfed being the operative word, because it felt as though it stuck in my chest on the way down. It was really uncomfortable and I had nothing to wash it down with so I had to stop and buy a drink at the closest gas station.

But having now gotten through two training sessions and a couple of phone calls, I am taking a break to have some tea. I forgot, somehow, that this had rooibos in it. Now at sipdown, I’m remembering—because it appears that a lot of the rooibos sifted down to the bottom of the tin.

As I’ve mentioned, this doesn’t taste bad, it’s just weird and not very oolongy. It’s sort of a smoother, lighter version of the Constant Comment flavor profile, right down to the orange. It actually reminds me of the “tea” my mother made for my father when he had a cold, which was essentially some cinnamon sticks and clove and a touch of lemon. I can’t now remember whether she just boiled these up in water or whether she added them to Lipton. Either way, it wasn’t a particularly subtle flavor but also not horrible.

This is actually pretty flavorful and not at all offensive. I just get no oolong at all in the flavor, and the toasted nut brulee name baffles me. I think it should be called orange cinnamon cardamom. Wouldn’t you know, Teavana still carries this one. Figures.

keychange

Ugh. I’ve definitely had food stuck in my chest before (well it felt that way) and it’s awful. Glad you could wash it down with something!

__Morgana__

It’s awful, no? And worse with peanut butter, which felt like it had adhered to my esophagus.

TheKesser

Yeah this tea is VERY weird. I don’t understand the name at all either. I have a bunch at home of this, but I just can’t bring myself to drink it anymore. Maybe iced would be better??

__Morgana__

I don’t know if it would be better iced, but you could give it a try!

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Today, while in the mall, I traveled to Teavana to pick up a tea that, turns out, was discontinued-which fully explains why I had never heard of it and was so intrigued. (Holy Run-On Sentence Batman!) Nonetheless, I decided to aid digestion in a cup of the old favorite. I asked for it hot and “slightly sweetened” which usually means a lot less sugar than was put in here. I am not criticizing, I am just saying…

For this store made brew, I am afraid I have to almost change my rating, it did not taste nor smell anything like I remembered. It was strangely sweet, smelled like oatmeal – an oaty, sugary, cinnamon and raisin kind of smell. The flavor was sweet and slightly and I mean very slightly spiced with cinnamon, but that’s it. This really reminds me of snickerdoodles, the butter cookie with cinnamon and sugar and that’s about it…sigh, this is not what I remembered at all!

To make sure I was not crazy, I went home to dig through my cabinets to see if I had any remaining and try and figure out what was amiss. I had enough for one small pot (this is a bittersweet moment, I had enough to quiz and question myself, but was able to finish off another tea). The pot I made at home was much more like I remembered: some almond flavor, some coconut, spices from cinnamon and cardamom, nothing at all like what I just had in the mall!

My infusion was three minutes, hot, no additives. The store was three minutes hot, slightly sweetened. Could “slightly sweetening” with the German Rock Sugar really do that? I guess so. So, fellow Steepsterites, I do not really know if this proves anything, but what I do know is do not sweeten this tea, it kills the flavors and undertones that you should be enjoying and almost killed a perfectly good rating.

For now, I will chalk the change up to the sweetened version and keep my rating for the version made at home. If you do give this one a try, I cannot stress enough to try it on it’s own before adding anything.

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My perplexity with Teavana, and more specifically, their marketing department appears to be growing.

With a name like Toasted Nut Brulee Oolong, I naturally expected this tea to taste like nuts. The problem is there is so much else going on here: roobois, apple, pineapple, coconut, cardamom. The flavors are conflicting and the tea is schizophrenic. To me it seems more like it should be called a tropical tea? In any event, it is at least drinkable and not unpleasant.

Can anyone recommend a flavored oolong that really does taste like nuts?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Jim Marks

Teavana is almost exclusively over-priced nonsense. Their primary goal is to sell you an over-priced tea set. Failing that, they sell you over-priced tea.

TeaBrat

yeah I have some issues with them myself.. lol

Honey

This is one of my absolute favorite teas that I think is reasonably priced. I’ve found after branching out to places like David’s tea/Adagio teas that their tastes tend to be hit and miss as well. I doubt there are many places that have all great wonderful perfect tasting teas as it goes by a tea-by-tea basis. I think Teavana is so large that they’re much more open to criticism than other tea companies. It sucks that you haven’t liked the teas you’ve spent money one though, tough break :( I have a ton of Adagio teas that are just blah.

TeaBrat

I’ve had a few from them i’ve liked. The papaya oolong and the white ayurvedic chai are pretty good. I just don’t think this tea tastes like toasted nuts or brulee… agree on Adagio and David’s tea, I’ve had a few lame ones from them myself so it isn’t just Teavana ;-)

Honey

Oh yeah this this tea definitely doesn’t taste like a brulee in the traditional sense, so it is disappointing to get a tea that doesn’t taste like what you thought you were buying. I guess I’m just lucky that I like this particular blend!

Jim Marks

A few unrelated responses:

1) My primary gripe with Teavana is that their in-store sales tactics are well documented and their primary goal is to sell tea sets, not tea. The margins are much better on the hardware, and they know it, so just walking in the door, if you look around at all someone is rushing up trying to pressure you into buying a set. I hate high pressure sales. Especially when it results in them trying to avoid selling you a to-go cup or loose tea. So, at least for me, it isn’t just slagging a big company — I love buying tea from TeaGeschwendner, Republic of Tea, Argo Tea (retail)… it is that Teavana just has a really crummy business model based on profits, not tea. There are too many independent, struggling tea shops to patronize a giant that treats you poorly — if you have a choice (I know not everyone does).

2) The Houston Galleria location deliberately over-fills bags of loose tea way beyond what you asked for and then tries to convince you to pay for all of it. So our local iteration of the brand is particularly bad. By contrast, the location in Northbrook Court (IL) is a very pleasant place to be with great staff and service — just very expensive for what you’re getting.

3) They offer very few non-flavored teas.

4) The few non-flavored they offer aren’t remotely price competitive for the quality of the leaf.

5) I was completely underwhelmed with Adagio at their price points as well.

TeaBrat

I’ve heard a lot of negative things about their sales tactics when you go to one of their stores but I ordered this from their website so I was spared the experience.

ScottTeaMan

I was underwhelmed by most of the teas on their website.

Kittenna

Did you ever try Teaopia’s Creamy Nut Oolong? IMHO a good, nuttily flavoured oolong :) Not that it’s available anymore, sigh.

TeaBrat

Krystaleyn – no I never had that… oh well!

Kittenna

I really need to make my way to a Teaopia (if they’re still Teaopia and not Teavana now) and see if there’s any more left… it’s really quite good. If we swap again I can pass some on. :)

TeaBrat

sounds good!

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Teavana! Where are my big beautiful oolong leaves?

You can tell the first time I had this I hadn’t had much experience with oolongs – because this was disappointing and not at all what I was expecting. I now expect an oolong tea to be creamy and milky, and something I’d want to resteep again and again. This fell flat. There was no milky. No creamy to be found. At first taste, there was nothing…then there was a little bit of a nice nutty flavour and sweetness in the aftertaste. That’s it. Nice, but underwhelming. :(

After having something as concentrated as DT’s Brazillionaire (which if you love nuts you should try, because, well…nuts) this tea kinda tastes like nothing special.

And I really wish Teavana would start putting in more leaves and less tisane, please.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
AlexaK.

One of the two Teavana types that I consumed yesterday, I wondered if there was any actual tea in it. I felt like I was brewing a bag of trail mix.

Yvonne

I know! I kept peering into my bag wondering where the leaves are…a bag of overpriced trail mix is quite an apt description!

Abby Noelle

Lol at “overpriced trail mix”

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It occurred to me that I can’t be completely uninterested in oolongs, since I like this one. I got home from work and running errands today totally beat. All I wanted was a nap. Barring that, a decent cup of tea. But not something too caffeinated, but nothing herbal. And none of my new Christmas teas, since those are on a self-imposed off-limits until (you guessed it) Christmas. So I returned to an old standby favorite, remembering that it was oolong to see if I had the same sort of unenthusiastic reaction to the tea that I had to the DT Vanilla Oolong.

And I didn’t. I quite enjoyed it. It hit the spot very well indeed, which leads me to wonder if the DT Vanilla Oolong wasn’t just a victim of poor timing on my part. I’ve been wanting dark, malty teas in the morning ever since I got the DT Assam Banaspaty, and an oolong just wasn’t going to cut it. So the DT Vanilla Oolong might go back on the shopping list for another, better timed try.

So, this tea? I tasted cinnamon. I think. Not just unidentifiable spicy warm flavor, but cinnamon. I’m going to be crushed if the first flavor note I think I’ve ever authentically identified without prompting or without guessing at it turns out to be wrong. Something just said “cinnamon”. So I may be developing a bit of a palate after all.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My friend who came over and drank The White Wolf with me today brought this tea with her! She bought it while at a convention and had not been to a Teavana before. I had forewarned her! She let them over pour the first tea but then out her foot down with the next two.

She made this at home and was disappointed with it. She said she really didnt get the flavors she thought she should have, so I made a pot for us to share. This time she really liked it. I showed her that there is very VERY little oolong in this. I saw lots of rooibos (but thankfully didn’t TASTE lots of rooibos) and the usual plethora of flavoring bits you find in their tea, but not much TEA.

It was, surprisingly, a very drinkable cup. I would have to say that the cinnamon was the dominant flavor for me, not like Hot Cinnamon Spice from Harney but still in the forefront. Next came the nut flavor and burnt sugar with vanilla. This would be a great tea for a holiday party to appeal to non-tea drinkers. It came off as very sweet but there was no rock sugar in it – we checked!

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Grabbed a cup of this while at the mall. My wife was getting her eyebrows done….so I treated myself to tea. A good call I think. This one is pretty good. The cinnamon just about knocks you over. I could also pick up the apple and caramel. However there was just a funky aftertaste that I had with this one. I think it was pretty good and think my mom would love this one for Christmas or her birthday. I think they should rename it cinnamon bun instead of toasted nut brulee.

Tamm

Amen about the name change! I have no idea what they thought tasted like brulee in there.

TeaBrat

I totally agree.

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I received this tea in a swap with Ottawa Tea… thanks!

It smelled like cinnamon in the bag, sweet and spicy at the same time. 195/3 min (plus another minute afterward because it was too weak)

The scent and flavor remind me a lot of Forever Nuts, however, in order to achieve that, I used nearly double the amount of tea than I normally do. I’ve found that some of Teavana’s teas just have so much stuff in them that the tea to stuff ratio is seriously off and requires adjustment. This tea is no exception.

Hot, it tastes of apples and cinnamon, but as it cools, it takes on more of a nutty sweetness, like an apple crumble or apple cobbler. It’s quite good, but I don’t think the cost it would take to produce a pot of this (with needing to double the tea amount) would be worth it in the long run.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
The Purrfect Cup

Thank you for the heads up. I find a similar problem with their teas too.

QuiltGuppy

It is frustrating. I went in to talk with them about it, moreso to be annoying than anything, and they acted like either my water or the temp or steep time were off. Then, at the end of the conversation, the woman told me that they have to adjust their tea amounts, too, or add more of TKY to some of the oolongs to get a more pronounced oolong base.

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I got this in a coffee and tea exchange, along with wonderberry truffle and superfruit unity.

When I opened the bag, it smelled extremely cinnamony and spicey. Not really what I expected from the name. There were big, delicious looking pieces of nuts in there. After steeping,it smelt very toasty and nutty and more of what I was expecting. I think I didn’t use enough, because it was a bit weak, but the flavors I was getting were lots of cinnamon and a definite toasty, nutty flavor.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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