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Recent Tasting Notes
This was an excellent black tea which would be good any time of the day.
The dried leaves are attractive—small and curled well. They are dark—darker than most Assam teas I’ve had, but not as dark as the Kenilworth Ceylon that I have been enjoying recently. And this is what I was expecting the tea to be—something more like the Kenilworth Ceylon, with its dark liquor and strong flavors.
I brewed 9 grams of this tea for four minutes using 20 ounces of nearly boiling water. When the four minutes were done, I was worried because the liquor was much lighter than I expected it to be. It had the color of clover honey—goldish-brown but not nearly as dark as I expected. I was worried I didn’t use enough dried leaves.
The first flavors I noticed are honey and toast, with the honey flavor definitely being the strongest. There is a slight maltiness to it, but it is more toasty than malty. There is no astringency to it at all. The honey ends with a slightly different caramel or sugary flavor. It isn’t a heavy tea, like many of the Assam teas I normally have in the morning, but that would make this tea very good for any time of the day. This is definitely not similar to a breakfast blend or a pure Assam.
Overall, I am very happy with this tea and will add it to my regular rotation, I think. The caffeine level makes it good to start the day and the flavors are appealing. I might add another gram or two when I make it in the morning, but 9 grams for 20 ounces of water is a good amount for later in the day, since that ensures it isn’t too heavy.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Honey, Malt, Toast
The name of the tea sounds simple enough – raspberry limeade. Despite the wonderful citrus kick, I don’t find this tea to have much raspberry flavor. The tart sour citrus note doesn’t immediately strike me as lime either, but it hits me at the tale end and is almost bitter (like lime zest and pith). The raspberry flavor is there but it’s completely overpowered by all the other random fruits.
Elderberries, juniper berries, strawberry slices, red currants, raspberries, blueberries, grapes and balsamic vinegar.
Plus…pomelo, tangerine, orange, lime, and lemon.
And throw in some pineapple and apple pieces just for funzies.
It’s just all a bit too much.
I understand wanting to create depth in a tea, especially in a fruit infusion, but there are just so many strongly flavored ingredients in this tea and unfortunately they end up competing with, instead of complimenting, each other.
It’s drinkable over ice, but I’m glad I just received a sample from a teapal. I had it in my cart when I purchased the new cocktail-inspired teas, but I removed it right before checking out after having a look at the ingredient list.
I love the idea of raspberry and lime together (without MINT!), but I haven’t found a tea that jives for me yet. The search continues…
Flavors: Berries, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Fruity, Lime
I had the chance to get a free cup of this on Saturday, since it was National Iced Tea Day. It was quite good, but very tropical! They used like 6 spoons of tea to make it which is probably why I don’t get flavour when I make teavana teas at home. I would get this tea again, if it weren’t so expensive there. It had a different taste to it, which I assume was the papaya. Overall it was very refreshing!
Flavors: Mango, Pineapple, Tropical
Another recent purchase from Teavana. Another winner.
The mandarin flavor really reminds me of the juice in canned mandarin oranges, and it plays very nicely with the mango and the papaya in this blend. I don’t see “mandarin” featured very often in teas, and I love citrus in fruit teas. That’s probably what prompted me to add this tea to my shopping cart.
I’m glad I did. It’s just a really well-rounded, fruity blend, and it’s one I’ll repurchase before summer comes to an end.
A few weeks ago I caved and purchased the new teas from Teavana’s cocktail-inspired collection. There was a sale, and, even though I abhor going into actual Teavana stores, there are a few blends I really like. Additionally, I haven’t been wowed enough by this year’s spring/summer offerings from DT to make repeat purchases, so I had some money left in my tea budget. I’m a sucker for fruit teas, and I never got around to trying this blend last year, but I’m thrilled to have given it a go.
It’s delicious. It’s like a tropical vacation in a glass. I’m so happy that the pineapple flavor isn’t very strong, at least not to my taste buds. The predominant flavors for me are, thankfully, papaya and mango, and they’re complimented with just a hint of pineapple and citrus. I steeped a pitcher of this yesterday and have just finished off the last few cups. It’s so light and refreshing despite being packed with flavor. If I enjoyed being out in the sun for extended periods of time, this is the sort of tea I could imagine happily sipping poolside (maybe with a splash of white rum).
The only negative, and this holds true to so many fruit teas, is that you don’t get a lot of bang for your buck.
The upside is I’ve found another fruit blend to add to my warm weather iced/cold tea rotation. That’s always a good thing.
Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Pineapple, Tropical
I generally stay away from Teavana, especially since they were purchased by Starbucks. However, last night I began an internet search for Indonesian black teas, as for the past few years I’ve been trying to find (or remember) such a tea that I purchased from a now-defunct tea company, and I think the tea came from Sumatra but it could have come from Java (this is one of the best reasons to use Steepster – to remember what you drink!). It was robust without being acidic, malty, and delicious. My internet search showed this tea at Teavana, so I signed up for their email program to get a $10-off coupon and made my way to the mall today to check it out. This tea is very similar to the one I recall – smooth, robust, and malty. I’m on my second cup and definitely feeling the caffeine.
I was afraid that I over steeped this one as I sorta forgot about it, but turned out to be good still. It has a distinct grape flavour and it’s quite bold. This is probably the best grape tea I’ve had flavour wise. I like it. One of the best teavana teas I’ve tried.
Wow. I normally avoid pina colada teas because they are usually too sour, have soapy coconut, or the pineapple flavour is more like sour pineapple enzymes (cough David’s tea cough). This tea, surprisingly from Teavana, is the best pina colada tea I have ever had.
2 tsp coldbrewed in 500mL water for 15 minutes. The second steep was decent too.
Lots of nutty pineapple, super creamy coconut, both fruity and refreshing. Fruity (papaya, pineapple), refreshing, but not overly tart. I really like this straight (I don’t like having to add sugar to my iced tea to make it drinkable).
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Fruity, Pineapple, Smooth, Sweet, Tropical
This blend gets you with the wonderful smell of the looseleaf, but the brew isn’t as great.
Even cold brewed, this is more sour than it needs to be. Some hibiscus would be fine. This much is a little bit over the top. The spearmint is subtle, but present. The berry smells like blackberry, but isn’t distinctly blackberry in it’s flavour and mouthfeel. More like generic berry with a shout-out to blackberry.Sort of like a Palm Bay spirit (which are amazing and worth the calories if you need a cooler) but is missing the sweetness. Lots of green tea (perhaps a vegetal sencha? It is vegetal, but very fresh). Between the green base and the spearmint, it is vegetal (but not in a bad way)-reminiscent of spinach, ferns/fiddleheads, spring green leaves. I’m not getting any lime. Does blackberry mojito mean blackberry + lime + mint or did they replace the lime with blackberry so it is just blackberry + mint? I’m thinking they meant the ladder, or I’m just missing the lime completely.
Flavors: Berry, Blackberry, Fruity, Green, Sour, Spearmint
This is surprisingly decent for a herbal blend with rosehips and hibiscus in it. Coldbrewed, of course.
There is a lot of lemon juice taste (like the lemon juice for cooking that you buy in those plastic lemons) but also some distinctly blueberry taste. It is actually very accurate to its name-lots of lemon and some of blueberry. Somewhat tart, but not too bad if coldbrewed. It is decent sweetened, but I prefer my tea straight. If I wanted the calories of added sugar, I’d just drink juice. :P If there was anything I could change, I would add more blueberry flavour and less hibiscus (instead, I’d use more pineapple or blueberry with light sweetness). That being said, the tartness isn’t overpowering and there is a slight natural sweetness present already.
Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Lemon, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet