21 Tasting Notes


I was prepared to not like this tea, after all the reviews, but I was looking for another mate to try and since it was Teavana’s Heavenly Sale, I pulled the trigger. I’m new to loose tea’s and Teavana has been my gateway. I’m still figuring out a lot on what makes a good loose tea experience, but here are my impressions:

First Smell:
Citrus with something else, not quite savory not quite spicy.

First cup:
I used 2 tsp for a test 8oz glass. There was a large chunk of orange peel so I added a tad more and added a couple pieces of rock sugar. I was a bit sloppy on the timing, so it steeped for at least 6 minutes.

First Impression:
Yep, that’s mango. There is the orange peel, but not too tart. Oh, now following is the sweet, and then something a little spicy. Ginger and something else, the curry perhaps? I can see the light chai reference here. I like chai, especially the more mellow ones. I did not get hit with overwhelming curry smell or taste. There may be a hint of it I am detecting as a late note, but I don’t find it overwhelming. I do wonder if my bag or what went into my cup was just more of the fruit.

As the tea cools, I’m noticing the spice more. I like it though. I can see blending this with other fruity herbals, or to add fruit taste to some of my more spicy teas.

I wonder how the next cups with be. I have other teavana teas that depending how many fruit chunks (or hibiscus) gets in can really change the profile.

So for my first “note”, its a pleasant one!

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A hot pot of tea was always a staple in my childhood. Mom used to get these wonderful herbal teas that were just so comforting.

Leaving home, I would always enjoys the gifts of tea from my mom, but could never find the same satisfying experiences from Celestial Seasoning and similar brands. I lost my way from tea for many years.

Recently a friend introduced me to Teavana loose teas. What a treat and re-awakening of my love for tea. Now I can’t get enough of this new “world of tea”. What a fun journey to embark on!


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