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88
drank Indonesian Gold by Teavana
209 tasting notes

I stayed away from Teavana tea purchases for a good while, not because they don’t have great tea products, but because I always found them to be a bit pricey. However, that didn’t stop me from browsing through their stores every time I was in a mall.

Yesterday, the very astute young lady sales associate knew exactly what buttons to push to get me to pull my wallet out once again. She touted this one as a robust, bold flavored, and, most important, reasonably priced, black tea. It also smelled great as she waved the wide tin lid under my nose. I long ago learned to fight the hypnotic powers that command you to spend your money when they do this. But yesterday I succumbed to the spell. I’m just glad she didn’t make me bark like a dog or strut like a chicken.

The long black leaves of this tea looked fresh and rich. The unbrewed aroma was interestingly unique for a black tea. I could smell citrus but it wasn’t bergamot or lemon. The closet entity that came to my mind was tangerine.

I steeped the leaves for four minutes at 205 degrees. Teavana recommended three minutes at that temperature but my personal rule of thumb is to never brew a black tea for less than four minutes if you really want to pull bold flavor from it.

Both the steeped color and odor were unique for a black tea. The hue was a bright gold which made me wonder if I should have steeped it for another two or three minutes. The aroma was slightly citrus and sweet, with an accent like a bowl of Frosted Wheat Chex with caramel lightly drizzled on it.

The flavor was quite smooth. It was not robust or bold but it didn’t register as empty on my palate either. The taste, again, was slight fruity, sweet, and grain-like. This time I couldn’t make up my mind if I was tasting wheat or corn. The flavors harmonized well and nothing seemed odd or out of place – just unique. There was no astringency and no annoying attributes remained in the after taste.

Another reason I purchased this tea is I was told it had a high caffeine level. That characteristic is required in all of my morning teas to jump start my metabolism. I didn’t notice any major jolt from the tea but I was sufficiently alert for early in the morning.

All in all, I would classify this as a very pleasant tea. The flavor is not strong, but adequate. The smoothness makes it easy to quickly down a full pot (which I did). If drinking a beverage with a nice, but hard to identify, flavor doesn’t irritate you, Teavana’s Indonesian Gold is definitely worth a trial run!

Flavors: Caramel, Citrus, Corn Husk, Wheat

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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78
drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
1574 tasting notes

Peachy, sweet chamomile, a bit tart, and a good dose of vanilla. I enjoyed this hot, but it did not resteep very well (hottish water cooled over an hour, still didn’t have any flavour).

Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Fruity, Hibiscus, Peach, Pineapple, Stonefruits, Sweet, Tart, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec
LuckyMe

This one brings back memories. By itself it’s a little strong, but it’s great blended with straight tea. I would add a pinch to green tea towards the end steeps for a nice flavor boost.

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70
drank Strawberry Paraiso by Teavana
57 tasting notes

Found myself at a Teavana this weekend. I told the guy behind the counter I was desperate for a fruity tea that didn’t have apple or hibiscus and this was one of the things he recommended. (I also got some gyokuro genmaicha that I can’t wait to dive into after lunch!)

It smells and tastes like straight up strawberry Big League Chew, the preferred bubblegum of my childhood crew. I don’t think I’d drink this every day, but, damn, it hits the fruity-but-not-apple spot right now.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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95

Coldbrew sipdown!

This is a light tea made using silver needle white tea. It has a refreshing and sweet pineapple flavour. Fruity, distinctly pineapple in scent and flavour with maybe a hint of papaya or lemon.

Resteeps multiple times. It took two 1 hour cold steeps for it to open up, and then it held up to many more steeps of 1 hour each (cold water). Slight sweetness associated with silver needles and pineapple. Brewed a lovely light yellow (similar to chamomile tea colour).

Flavors: Fruity, Lemon, Pineapple, Sweet, Tannin, Tropical

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 5 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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49
drank Summer Lemonade by Teavana
60 tasting notes

Well, I suppose no tea is actually going to taste like lemonade, especially since I tend to not use any sweeteners. Lemonade is the most prominent taste in this tea whether it is cold brewed iced tea or served hot, but there is an “artificial” taste to the lemonade. The pineapple is very present, making me think more of a “tropical” lemonade – the kind of drink I would have had when I was in the Caribbean after a day of snorkeling.

I am sure there are people that are going to enjoy this tea very much. That’s just not me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lavender Crème by Teavana
267 tasting notes

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56
drank Royal English Breakfast by Teavana
2071 tasting notes

There was a choice this morning- do I overleaf this cup, to fit all the remaining tea into this final drink, or do I have two slightly weaker versions of this tea to kill it off? One cup won it!
Final thoughts. Malty, dry, generally unimpressive and I am not sorry to see it go. A very happy sipdown!

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56
drank Royal English Breakfast by Teavana
2071 tasting notes

I am so glad it is Friday, I cannot even tell you.
This week has not marked the demise of this tea, but I suspect I shall kill it off next week. Hurrah!
A light steep time helps with the heavy malt of this blend, making it better, but it will never really be anything I like.

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56
drank Royal English Breakfast by Teavana
2071 tasting notes

Exciting developments! I can see the bottom of this tin. If I am diligent, I might be done this week or early next week! Eee! That is exciting and encouraging.
I am finding the sipdowns to be oddly thrilling. What joy to be refining my cupboard!

Fjellrev

You can do it. I believe in you!

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56
drank Royal English Breakfast by Teavana
2071 tasting notes

Mondays are typically days that require plenty of tea. So tea shall be poured liberally down the gullet, to propel me through the day.
This is always drunk now with a small, satisfied voice in the back of my mind commenting that we’re one cup closer to being done for good with it. What a lovely day that will be, when it is all sipped down.

Evol Ving Ness

I really enjoy your tea notes, Rosehips.

Today’s winning line was the following. I think I may chuckle over this for quite a while.
Mondays are typically days that require plenty of tea.

Rosehips

I’m glad you like them! They are goofy things, but I always hope they will amuse.

Evol Ving Ness

Goofy didn’t figure into my impressions, more like lovely and real.

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56
drank Royal English Breakfast by Teavana
2071 tasting notes

I love having tea at work. I just love it. Because I can sip on this blend, which, if I had at home, I would totally ignore in favor of other teas. This allows me to sip it down, and feel virtuous!
I’m a ways yet from finishing it, but I’m miles closer than if I had not brought it along to work with me today.

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56
drank Royal English Breakfast by Teavana
2071 tasting notes

One of the unexpected downsides to hot weather is that my boss cranks the air conditioner up to frozen tundra levels. I cannot tell you how often he popped out of the office and tinkered with the AC yesterday. I can see layers will be critical in the coming months.
Also! Also I will drink lots of hot tea.
This was a warming cup in a cold office this morning, though I am still wildly unimpressed with the flavors.

Super Starling!

I keep an enormous (like, 3 sizes too big) hoodie and also a neon pink blanket in my office for that exact reason. Stay strong.

Evol Ving Ness

Don’t people know that the purpose of air conditioning is to take the edge off hellish hot and humid days, not to imitate the directly opposite season.

What’s wrong with people?

Evol Ving Ness

This is how people get sick. rant rant rant.

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56
drank Royal English Breakfast by Teavana
2071 tasting notes

Once again not a good night of sleep. I lay awake far longer than I wanted, probably due to the heat of the night.
I hate summer, have I mentioned that?
So up and to work, armed with a trusty cup of tea. This should help.

Evol Ving Ness

Ahh, yes, I like summer far less than I used to given the killer humidity we have here.

teepland

:( Hope the day goes better for you!

Super Starling!

Now that I’m an adult, summer no longer means “time off.” It now means “being insufferably warm” and “thighs touching each other uggggh.”

Fjellrev

I hope you’ll be able to catch up on some sleep!

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56
drank Royal English Breakfast by Teavana
2071 tasting notes

What I’ve decided is the real problem in this blend is just how dry my mouth feels after having a cup of it. The malt is so intense that I feel thirsty after consuming it.
Not brilliant, but it was a blunt instrument to thwack me into wakefulness this morning, and I needed that.

teepland

Sometimes, a “blunt instrument” to wake you up is the best you can hope for in your morning cup! :)

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56
drank Royal English Breakfast by Teavana
2071 tasting notes

It is quite something, the way I can drink this without having to think about it at all. That may sound like damning it with faint praise, but that’s a good quality in a work tea.
And I think this one is best drunk while absentminded. It is otherwise a rather disappointing cup.

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56
drank Royal English Breakfast by Teavana
2071 tasting notes

Golly but its cold in my office this morning. This cup of tea was only partially a desire for caffine- its also to keep me from freezing to death.
Its still excessively malty. This will never be a favorite, but it did help warm the old bones today.

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56
drank Royal English Breakfast by Teavana
2071 tasting notes

I’m only just really getting into breakfast blends. This year has been illuminating in what I like and what I don’t like in terms of breakfast blend, and I was beginning to wonder why I’d been so hesitant before.
Aha. This sort of breakfast blend.
A friend gave me this as a gift a while ago, and its sat, untouched, since I unwrapped it. Bingo, perfect work style tea! I’ve shuffled it along to the office, and now am going to sip it down where I can ignore it.
This is very, very malty. It leaves my mouth feeling dry, and the flavor does not inspire me.
Ah well. A lovely gesture from my friend, and a good enough work tea!

Terri HarpLady

I used to be on the quest for the perfect breakfast blend, but somewhere along the line I became more a fan of single varietal teas, mostly from yunnan. I still enjoy a good blend, but so many of them seem kind of ‘flat’ to me these days. I guess I’ve become jaded? :)

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50
drank JavaVana Mate by Teavana
52 tasting notes

I used to drink a cup of coffee first thing in the morning and then switch to tea throughout the day. Because of ongoing stomach problems, I stopped drinking coffee and switched to tea entirely. This was one of the first teas I bought to replace my morning coffee since the description on the website said something about how this would appeal to coffee drinkers.

The problem is that I always drank my coffee black—no flavors at all. This tea, however, has a very strong flavor of bourbon! A hint of vanilla is also there, but the bourbon flavor is overpowering.

It’s been sitting on my shelf for awhile since my first attempt so I thought I’d try it again today. I made it extra-strong (2 tsp for 8 oz of water; brewed for 6.5 minutes) so that I could add milk and stevia to it to hopefully detract a bit of the flavor and make it more palatable. It still isn’t great but this made it somewhat more appealing.

I don’t think I’d get it again; it doesn’t appeal to me. For flavored coffee drinkers, though, I could see how this would be a welcome, lighter alternative.

Flavors: Vanilla, Whiskey

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 12 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Why is it the ones that smell so good seem to be the ones that lack flavor?? Maybe I shouldn’t be using the infuser with this one? Maybe it needs to be loose so I can stir that chocolate into the water and just deal with the residue at the bottom of the cup?

I’ve tried it twice, following the brewing instructions on the bag and I’m just not getting a lot of taste. Ican see and smell the chocolate. But the taste…it has a richer flavor than just boiled water but I really am not getting a distinctive flavor.

I did add a little sweetener and that finally brought our a hint of the key notes but overall disappointing.

I plan to try some of the suggestions here regarding adding milk or cream. Hopefully I’ll be back to up the score :(

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82
drank Spice of Life by Teavana
41 tasting notes

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Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Coriander, Spices

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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40
drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
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Flavors: Artificial, Peach, Pineapple, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

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Flavors: Floral, Orchid, Smooth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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60

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Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Grass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70
drank Tiramisu by Teavana
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Flavors: Bitter, Coffee, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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