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I got this tea in the “get your groove on” gift set. out of the 4 flavours in the box, it came in fourth, but that’s only because I reallllly loved the other 3 flavours. It’s fragrant, light and fruity, good to blend with a light green tea ( I believe I blended it with Teavana’s Mint Green Tea).
Meh, there is lemon, there is lime, there are some bitter nuances that I wish weren’t there. No sweetness from the lemongrass or rooibos and the citrus is cloying. It isn’t undrinkable, but it isn’t something I would buy again. I’m also not sure what kampai is, but I was hoping for meringue or vanilla cream. Instead, I just get citrus, apple, and some weird herbal notes.
Flavors: Apple Candy, Bitter, Citrus, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass, Lime, Powdered sugar
I tried this for the first time this morning. It was from a very old sample (a few years?) that was still totally sealed in the back of my cupboard, but I still wonder if the age effected the taste. I do not taste even one bit of pineapple or coconut. All I’m getting is chai and a bit of the underlying white tea. The cinnamon and cardamom kind of overpower everything else. Luckily I like those flavors, so it was still drinkable. But I could see this being really delicious if the pineapple and coconut notes were there. Will have to try again with maybe more tea or a slightly longer brew time to see if that makes a difference.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Licorice, Spices, Tea
This is the first and only “creme” earl grey that I’ve tried. I’m not sure what exactly gives it that creamy taste (vanilla?), but it’s certainly there when compared to the regular earl greys I’ve had. I find that this is a gentler flavor for first thing in the morning whereas regular earl grey can feel a bit too acidic. There’s a definite floral note, but it’s not overpowering. And the amount of bergamot was just right for my taste.
I noticed a number of other reviewers noted that this tea is best as a “mixer” with other teas. My earl grey palate must be unrefined because I think it’s good the way it is, but I do see that it could be complimented nicely by a tea with stronger vanilla notes.
Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Creamy, Floral, Vanilla
I got a generous sample of this, so I decided to cold steep a pitcher of it. It’s pretty good – but a little subtle on flavour. It tastes somewhat like mandarin though. I’m not surprised, since Teavana’s teas aren’t usually very flavourful. Glad I got to try it though!
The tea that got me into jasmine. I admit sometimes I steep at too high a temp and it can get a bit harsh, but honestly it stands up pretty well and the jasmine shines through. Don’t specifically taste the individual fruits – there’s a bit of peach back there, but more of a sweet generic fruitiness. I’m good with it.
Flavors: Jasmine, Peach
Combined this with Teavana Maharaja Oolong/Samurai Mate blend because the White is old and has a cardboard-ness to it – probably bad coconut. I remember liking it a lot more when it was fresh so that sort of influenced my score. It’s more of a sweet cinnamon than the Maharaja/Samurai which is more of a red hot cinnamon. With the blend this one’s a 68, on its own now is a 50, on its own fresh was more of a 76.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut, Lemongrass, Peppercorn
Forever crushed that this doesn’t exist anymore. I just finished an 8oz container and am down to my last one. Yes, it has too much stuff in it (mostly cinnamon though), and yes it can be too sweet, but it’s just so warm all the time and dependable and SCREW YOU STARBUCKS FOR BUYING OUT TEAVANA STORES.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spicy
I picked up 100 g of this tea before Teavana closed. I tried it in store and fell in love and it was just as good at home. It has a strong blood orange flavour. I find it is best served iced. I finished my entire tin and wish I could buy more. I will definitely miss this one.
Flavors: Blood orange
I ended up with 200 g of this by buying 4 ice tea kits on sale before Teavana closed. I found this to be an average fruity iced tea. Not bad but nothing special about it. I finished my tin today and am not really going to miss it. I like my Strawberry Lemonade to taste more like strawberries and less like apples. So, while it was refreshing on a hot summer day, I don’t feel the need to get any more even if the option was available.
Flavors: Apple, Strawberry
A coworker brought this in to work but teavana is now closed so I just had to gaiwan it:
(Gongfu style): 90C, 10 second rinse, 10s, 10s, 15s, 25s, 30s. All steeps had varying levels of melon. The rinse and the first steep taste of honeysuckle/sugarcane, its pleasant. Second steep is more of an orchid and ever so slightly milky taste. Then on it is orchid. Tastes good though! Not quite as drying as western style.
(Western style): 3 minutes, 85C. Easily re-steepable, has a pleasant melon flavor and mouth-drying quality to it
Flavors: Honeysuckle, Melon, Sugarcane