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drank Raspberry Balsamico by Teavana
56 tasting notes

I have now brewed this both hot and cold, I must say that I prefer it cold but that isn’t saying much. The dry leaves smell fantastic lifting your hopes up high. The colour is a beautiful read and now your thinking YES this is going to be AMAZING but something falls short. Don’t get me wrong its not bad but its not great either.

The Raspberry notes are there so is the balsamic, maybe its just a bit too bitter for me even with adding in splenda. Just not my cup of tea!

Flavors: Raspberry, Sour, Vinegar

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drank Spice of Life by Teavana
12 tasting notes

My wife bought this one and likes it. It just isn’t for me, though — I am not a fan of tea with spices. It’s good enough — I can predominately taste chestnut in it, and other nutty flavors, along with a vanilla undertone. There is also a very slight hint of pine to it, but that is because of some added Silver Needle white tea mixed in. I can see why people might like it — if you like spices in your tea.

Since she likes it, I’ll leave it for her. But, at least I tried it once.

Flavors: Chestnut, Citrus Zest, Nutty, Pine, Spices, Vanilla

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lavender Crème by Teavana
21 tasting notes

My boyfriend brought this home to me after seeing it in store, and said he thought it would be right up my alley. He was correct- the sweet rooibos tones down the soapiness of the lavender and leaves me with a sweet dessert-y cocoa-caramel tea with lavender-vanilla notes throughout.
It has a little bit of thickness to it, and i would describe it as medium bodied. I noticed a surprisingly small amount of the nuttiness that rooibos tend to carry and there was only a small hint of fig.
I do feel that there was a little too much cardamom flavour for my taste and would have rated a 100 if it had been less heavy, the hit of spicy-citrus just didnt quite mesh correctly with the other notes to me.

It is very good with a splash of cream (i am especially enjoying it with almond milk, something about the extra punch of nuttiness really adds to the flavour).

When you ice it, there is still a very similar flavour profile but with a noticeable shift in the notes. The lavender comes out with a lot more force and blends with the cocoa, leaving the vanilla and caramel in the background. It is still good iced in this way, though overly creamy to my taste even with just a small splash of milk.

Flavors: Caramel, Cardamon, Cocoa, Cream, Fig, Floral, Honey, Lavender, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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I am surprised this is a Darjeeling tea since it tastes so much more like an Oolong or even a green tea. Overall, though, it is very good — light and crisp. Especially nice is the caffeine level on this one — if I want a pick-me-up without the flavor of a traditional black tea, this is excellent.

Flavors: Floral, Vegetal

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Wild Orange Blossom by Teavana
3250 tasting notes

I got to revisit this blend thanks to Arby and the GCTTB6 but it seems that I am still just not a fan of Teavana and their teas. Probably for the best though given I hate walking into that store. Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/03/08/wild-orange-blossom-from-teavana/

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drank Gyokuro Imperial by Teavana
196 tasting notes

Ever seen that Spongebob episode where he and Patrick go to Glove World? They get glove hats, glove flashlights, and glove-flavored candy. This tea would fit in nicely because it has a nice buttery texture and notes of fresh cut grass and freshly-opened latex gloves!

Rubber flavor aside, it was drinkable, and I did in fact make several infusions of it. If you can get over the “dentist sticking his hands in your mouth” aroma, it’s not all that bad. Pairs well with pistachios.

I’d think that maybe it’s just me or I got a bad batch, but a friend had said the same thing to me about it a year ago.
Idk, I’m not very experienced with Japanese teas, but I have had one other gyokuro and it didn’t taste like gloves at all. :/

Flavors: Butter, Grass

140 °F / 60 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Roswell Strange

While that sounds like an awful taste experience, I absolutely ADORE your description of it. It’s so incredibly on point to a taste I find I often get in a lot of straight Japanese greens.


Haha thanks! I may make it sound worse than it was, it wasn’t terrible, but it was certainly quite strange.


Gyokuro should not be gloves, it should be butter and grass, and floral and sweet.

Teavana has a big problem with hit and miss tea.

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drank S'Mores by Teavana
548 tasting notes

It seems strange to me that I am the second person to review this one…

Anyways, took my last 3PS of this one and made it into a lovely latte. It was so good! I got the chocolate and the graham cracker, but not as much the marshmallow flavour. I got more of the sweetness and creaminess from the marshmallow more than anything. Glad I finished it up. I probably wouldn’t get this one again only because I think this is the only tea from Teavana that I’m really enjoying at this moment. Plus I really like the Citizen tea version right now. So I’ll stick with that one.

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drank Anji bai cha by Teavana
42 tasting notes

This is one of Teavana’s better tea offerings. They tend to do really well with the micro lot offerings as those seem to be intended to market to serious tea drinkers to keep them coming back.

I started by brewing this in a gaiwan with 4 grams of tea leaf in about 90 Ml of water, I didnt wash it as greens dont usually need it. Steeping it for about 30 seconds at 175 I got a very very clear light color liquor. The first aroma’s were a slight floral, spinach, grassy scent. Tasting it , it was sweet, light, refreshing with just the teeniest tiniest hint of a slight mouth watering astringency, I didnt even list it as a flavor its so mild.

The second steeping was much like the first, with the same flavors and aroma’s and I cant quite pin the floral scent, maybe slightly herbaceous.. its sweet and makes me want to drink more. Maybe a tiny bit of honey aroma?

I upped the temp to 185 to bring out a bit more flavor in the third steep, it did add a tiny bit more to the astringency but not enough to interfere with the flavors. The sweetness also comes out a bit more at this temperature surprisingly. But this does tell me its not first picking anji as that should have very very little astringency even when taking up the temperature. But at this price that isnt surprising and the tea is still very enjoyable.

Fourth steeping the floral notes came out a bit more and the astringency went away mostly, still at 185. Grassy spinach notes are still present.

Now all this is interesting because the first time I brewed this tea, the flavors were nearly much reduced, they were a bit more pronounced this time. I much more prefered this steeping, its strange how tea’s vary from day to day.

I recommend this tea for people who like green, light tea, refreshing tea, and sweeter greens over more astringent ones.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Spinach, Sweet

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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This is a minty/lemony/fruity mate/rooibos blend. It’s pretty good. But I’m not quite sure it meets the description for it:

“The way of the warrior is strength, skill, fairness, mercy, power, energy and balance. Our chai embodies this spirit.”


Like, seriously. What. The. Hell. Does. That. Mean.

I know I describe things in a super-crazy way on here sometimes (“this reminds me of a giant field of peppermint patties being romped upon by squirrels”), but that crap isn’t ever THE ACTUAL DESCRIPTION THAT POTENTIAL BUYERS ARE EXPECTED TO READ.

Mercy? How does a tea embody “mercy”?

My best friend keeps this one at her house and hates it. She offered it to me, and I was considering taking her up on it, and lo and behold, mtchyg had it in his care package to me. I like this one, but I don’t love it. It’s not “bae,” as the kids are saying these days.

It tastes really minty to me, which might be the cinnamon meeting the lemongrass or something, because mint isn’t listed in the ingredients. I hate mint. Which is vaguely ironic because there’s a HUGE patch of mint in my yard. One of my coworkers loves mojitos, so I bring her mint before her parties. Another friend occasionally swings by my yard instead of the grocery store. (“HERBS ARE EXPENSIVE, LEAH.”) I use the mint occasionally to clean my garbage disposal (throw a bunch down there and run it — totally does the trick). But it never goes into my body.

Sorry for that digression. Turns out I had a lot to say about samurai and mint today.


If you ever sell your place you could advertise that the yard is in mint condition :P
(that is if you don’t rent!)

S.G. Sanders

“It’s not “bae,”” haha! :p

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drank To Life by Teavana
12 tasting notes

A good tea for the evening—light and floral (lavender-like). Very “clean” flavor. I wasn’t expecting the grape aroma/flavor so that was a nice surprise. I enjoyed it!

A second infusion brought out the rooibos flavor much more than what was found in the first infusion. By that time, the lavender was gone and the rooibos was the primary flavor.

Flavors: Floral, Grapes, Lavender

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Delicious if you like the taste of Matcha. Went perfectly with today’s blizzard.

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drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
12 tasting notes

Drinking it “grandpa style” today. Unfurls well with little sediment.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
12 tasting notes

An oolong that reminds me of a green tea. Very light.

Flavors: Grass, Seaweed

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Not bad…

Flavors: Pine, Smoke

4 min, 30 sec

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drank Caramel Truffle by Teavana
2 tasting notes

If you like flavored teas, this is a wonderfully drinkable tea to try. I saw the review that said it tasted artificial— we don’t find it offensively so, and after all, it’s CARAMEL and CHOCOLATE… in TEA. Some of that flavor is going to be “added in”… It’s quite lovely and very drinkable at a wide range of temperatures. It’s a great sociable, “share with your friends who aren’t sure they like tea” beverages… Super tea snobs may want to skip this one— but we love it. It never gets bitter, no matter how long you steep it, so it’s a great one to leave in the pot and keep adding more hot water to… We love it with shortbread cookies and vanilla cupcakes.

Flavors: Caramel, Cherry, Chocolate, Sweet

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drank Dragonwell by Teavana
26 tasting notes

This is a sweet but gentle green tea. That sounds weird, but I guess I compare all greens to the first variety I drank: gunpowder. So most of them are gentle in relation. For this Dragonwell, I like the way it mellows at the end, so it starts sweet and then gets more full as you drink.

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Thanks to my wonderful friend mtchyg for this yummy sample!

Part of my preparation for this tea was yelling “Earl Grey! Black!” like Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek. One of the comforting things about Earl Grey is that it’s such a classic it probably WILL make it to 2364 (the year Next Gen is set, according to Wikipedia).

This particular Grey wields the bergamot like a battering ram. I kind of like that, but if you aren’t into aggressive citrus notes, you probably should back off. Like Captain Picard’s voice, this is a very rich and deep tea. It has a sturdy dark base. The caffeine level on this was four black diamonds (out of… how many?). Watch out, tea-drinker, you’re about to plunge off the deep end. Into… the final frontier.

AND NOW FOR A DIGRESSION. Who was everyone’s favorite Next-Gen character? Mine was Data. I’m not trying to influence you. I’m just saying: he was the obvious best.

Now you go.


Data is my favourite too, but I was pretty fond of many of the Romulans from the series. And Miles too, poor fellow always gets forgotten.


I’m in on Data as well.

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drank Youthberry by Teavana
56 tasting notes

Went to Starbucks and ordered a venti Youthberry for lunch and it was yummy. It was so good that I was shocked that it was done so fast! Predominant flavors were pomegranate and pineapple this tea is great when you are looking for punchy fruit flavors. I imagine that this would be even better cold.

Flavors: Passion Fruits, Pineapple, Pleasantly Sour, Red Fruits

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drank Samurai Chai Maté by Teavana
326 tasting notes

Sipdown 93/395 on this sample from the EU TTB many moons ago.

Weirdly, I think that this might be quite a short tasting note purely because there is so much flavour! It’s a little overwhelming and nothing particularly stands out to the point where I could write about it. It’s more a general cacophony of fruits and spices. Brewing, the scent was overwhelmingly cinnamony to begin with, but this mellowed out the longer it steeped and some tropical fruit notes began to poke their way through. When I took my first sip I was taken aback by how sweet it was, particularly since it doesn’t have any added sugar or stevia, so I’m drinking my cup plain. The flavour profile is basically: spicy chai in the foreground, citrus and tropical fruits in the background adding a twist to the blend. More specifically I do think that the cinnamon is the most dominant of the chai flavours, but it’s more mellow than I expected based on the scent and blends well with the other spices. I can’t pick out any individual fruits in the sip, though there is a pineapple note which lingers longer than the others in the aftertaste. Though I am enjoying my mug I wouldn’t seek out more as it is confusing my tastebuds a little, and it’s actually a little more on the mellow side than I had expected for a mate chai.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Gingerbread by Teavana
462 tasting notes

I got this one super-cheap after Christmas in a holiday tea gift set. I was basically getting 8oz of tea for the price of 2oz, so I took a chance on a couple of blends I’d never tried before. I figured the White Chocolate Peppermint alone was worth the price of the whole set and hoped to get at least one more enjoyable tea out of the deal. Unfortunately, this isn’t the one. A weak black tea base with lots of ginger and a bit of cinnamon…drinkable, but not what the name or description promises and definitely not something I would re-purchase.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I get this one when I go to Starbucks. There are two small tea bags tied together. I get the largest cup they have. I just leave it in the cup for a bit.

This is one of the best green teas ever. It is a flavourful green tea .

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