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Sipdown! This sample came with my last order from Teavana. I may not like them, but I do like their tins, and when I can get them inexpensively (i.e. their Cyber Monday deal of free tin, free sample, and free shipping with all orders) I do tend to snap them up.

I already knew I was in for some Red Hots flavor because of previous experience with their chai blends, and the fact that I have had both these teas in my cupboard before. But this? Wow. I have a horrible sweet tooth, but that being said, this too sweet even for me!

This is like drinking hard candy, and while it may be nice and warm on a cold morning, it’s just too artificial and insanely sweet to handle.

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VariaTEA

Do you find the tea itself too sweet or was the sample overly sweet because Teavana insists on loading it up with rock sugar? I know I have had this tea and if you steep it just a little too long the cinnamon can get cloyingly sweet. Stupid finicky teas!

OMGsrsly

I find the tea itself too sweet, which was disappointing as I love cinnamon. I can’t believe they load their samples with sugar!

wheezybee

I can’t tell – they don"t give you the opportunity to try it without!

VariaTEA

When I tried this in store, I really liked it. I also really liked it the first time I made it at home. Then I made it a second time and dumped it out because it was so cloying. Now I am so unmotivated to drink it because anything that unreliable is not worth the time.

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VariaTEA

Do you find the tea itself too sweet or was the sample overly sweet because Teavana insists on loading it up with rock sugar? I know I have had this tea and if you steep it just a little too long the cinnamon can get cloyingly sweet. Stupid finicky teas!

OMGsrsly

I find the tea itself too sweet, which was disappointing as I love cinnamon. I can’t believe they load their samples with sugar!

wheezybee

I can’t tell – they don"t give you the opportunity to try it without!

VariaTEA

When I tried this in store, I really liked it. I also really liked it the first time I made it at home. Then I made it a second time and dumped it out because it was so cloying. Now I am so unmotivated to drink it because anything that unreliable is not worth the time.

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Feel free to browse my cupboard if you’re interested in swapping, but all the mate and pu-erh in our household is my husband’s.

For swapping purposes, please note the apple allergy. Thank you!

I tried to limit my cupboard to teas that were 1oz or larger, but that was a gorgeous failure in terms of swap communication. It’s all going back up.


Okay, I just feel wrong trying to grade things without a rubric – it’s too inconsistent! So, here is the grading breakdown:

0-50: Dump it!
50-60: I might finish the cup
60-70: Possibly finish the pot
70-80: I may keep this on hand
80-90: Cupboard space guaranteed
90-100: Poetry may be involved!

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