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Discovery tea box – Tea #3
I’m not usually jumping to try a Teavana tea…. especially stored in a sandwich baggie. But what the heck. Oddly enough, the ingredients really clogged my basket infuser, so it wouldn’t drain… at all. I couldn’t get the tea liquid out of the infuser into the mug for anyway. Hmm. That never happened. I’d say the name of this tea was definitely accurate despite all the wacky ingredients… it tasted like lavender with slight hints of cream. I couldn’t taste chocolate at all. Or figs. Or cardamom. Overall, the flavor just seems like SWEET so I wish more of these fantastic ingredients had a stronger flavor. The blend has figs and vanilla and caramel and lavender, so if any Teavana tea is for me, it was probably this one. I just don’t like the weird clogging infuser though!
Years ago, this was actually the first loose leaf tea I ever bought. I frequently tried samples at Teavana, but this is the first one I ever had to have. I ended up with a few bags of this after Teavana closed, and it makes such a tasty, nostalgic treat. I’ve tried other chocolate mint teas since and have never been much of a fan. It might be because the white chocolate goes so much better with mint than other chocolates. So anyway, the tea tastes mostly like a mint candy with some desserty depth underneath. And it leaves a bit of a tingle on your tongue. This is one that definitely gets stale with age, so I guess I’d better hurry up and finish what I have.
I know I’ve had this before, but for whatever reason I don’t have a note on it.
I take any sort of weight loss claims from tea with a mine full of salt grains. Yes, caffeine can make your metabolism run a tad faster and yes, drinking a lot of fluids, including tea, can help curb appetite given that many times the body interprets thirst as hunger. But beyond that, I haven’t seen enough proof to convince me that tea does much of anything to help one lose weight.
Oh and it does, sometimes, enable me to have a tasty after meal treat that makes it less likely I’ll want a dessert.
So for me, the reason to drink this isn’t because of the name. It’s because of how it tastes, which isn’t half bad.
Next time I’ll overleaf more — like all Teavana and other chunky fruit blends, more is better. The blend has a fruity, minty, slightly musky smell in the tin. It’s a bright red color and clear after steeping (thanks beetroot!) and it smells tartly fruity with an undercurrent of mint and a depth that I think comes from the pu-erh.
It tastes more like a fruit/herbal blend than a tea. I do taste an underlying leathery note that I think is from the pu-erh. It’s not overly tart despite the hibiscus — the tartness it does have is tempered by the fruit’s sweetness and blunted by the mint to some extent.
It’s quite tasty and I can’t help but wondering how it would be as a cold tea. I’m torn about going there, though, given that Teavana is kaput and that would use up most of my tin.
Flavors: Fruity, Hibiscus, Leather, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint, Strawberry
Although this tea was very tart, I really enjoyed it. I tried it both hot and cold and prefer it cold, however. I personally like tart berry flavors but I know some people might not. The color isn’t a dark pink color which was very visually appealing.