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This one is very interesting. So, like all Teavana “teas”, this is more fruit chunks than actual tea, which is absolutely fine for me since it means that it’s not extra caffeinated.

This is probably the closest thing I have tasted to Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. Yes, I realize that this doesn’t have coffee in it, nor does it have any milk, but the taste profile is very similar. I bet this would be really excellent as a latte. If I manage to get my butt to IKEA (planned for today) and buy a milk frother (they are only $1.99 there!!).

Anyway, I really like this. I used 2 teavana “perfect” teaspoons (I think they are more like 1.5 teaspoons) and added sweetener in my 16oz steeping mug.

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I liked this one too! It was a little bit grainy I found, but had a nice taste.

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I succumbed to the Teavana sales.

Also, we just got back from a trip to Long Island, where we celebrated my great-aunts 100th birthday, pretty crazy. I’m happy to be back, especially since it was so dry. Both my sinus passages and I are happy to be back near my tea stash.

This one I was a bit worried about, but it’s actually pretty nice. I’ve been into teas with almond and this is a light fruity one. I’m curious how it will fair with the addition of some rooibos. It definitely needs sweetener, it’s a little sour without and it’s not as creamy as say, Tiesta Teas Nutty Almond Cream but definitely drinkable!

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Kinda wish I bought this now.

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drank Fig Rose by Teavana
343 tasting notes

Right out of the bag, this smells really alcoholic, but it’s a sweet type. My first thought was, Manischewitz – super sweet, kosher wine. Not like I’d reject a glass of it, but I was really really hoping this wouldn’t taste like it!

I really like figs. I didn’t care much for them growing up, but as an adult, I’ve eaten dried figs as a tasty super sweet snack. Oh my goodness, the deliciousness.

Anyway, my mug is cooling right now, but I took a small taste right before I took out the ""leaves"". It’s quite good and it’s sweet on its own so I didn’t add sweetener, though as it cools it’s getting a little bitter so I think I might add some next time.

I used 2 perfect teaspoons in my 16oz steeping mug

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LOL aboout the Manischewitz reference.

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Sad sipdown today. I finished the last of this one. Although I never thought I would finish 250 grams of this tea, I managed to in less than 6 months. Granted, I portioned off a fair bit of it for swaps, but I think I probably drank 90% of the 250 grams. I’m bummed that this appears to be discontinued but maybe it will show up on the Davidstea sales page sometime in the future.

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I’ve been drinking this all week and I finished the 2oz (semi-sipdown since I have more). I don’t think I’ve ever finished that amount of tea in such a short amount of time – though this is rather heavy! I’ve been loving this mixed with pretty much any kind of vanilla or nutty rooibos. It’s great on its own, but when you add a teaspoon of a creamy rooibos, you get the cream taste at the end of the sip which is lovely.

At the rate I’m going, I’m going to finish the 8oz in less than a month… so I might have ordered more. Oops.


Darn, now I regret not picking this one up :(


@Yvonne: It’s still in stock on their website. =)

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Given the general success with Teavana Spiced Apple Cider and random rooibos blends, I’ve been using it as a way to use up some of the vanilla rooibos that I really dislike on their own.

Yesterday I used the Adagio Vanilla Rooibos which tastes the same as the Tealux version (yucky). It mutes the cider just a bit but it still tastes like apple cider. I’ve been using 1 level teaspoon of the rooibos and 2 perfect teaspoons of the Spiced Apple Cider. You can barely taste the rooibos (or what smells and tastes to me like fake vanilla) and it imparts a nice creaminess at the end of the sip.

I’ve almost managed to get through my first 2oz of the Spiced Apple Cider. I have a feeling I’ll be drinking this combo all winter long. Maybe, eventually, I’ll use up the vanilla rooibos bags!

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So I took the last bit of my Almond Rooibos by Cuppa’T Specialty Teas (sipdown!) and the Teavana Spiced Apple Cider. Together, they are a really pleasant cup! If you have the Teavana Spiced Apple Cider, and it’s a bit too much for you, I highly recommend mixing with another rooibos blend. I didn’t have quite enough of the Almond Rooibos for its own cup and it’s not really a favorite of mine, but mixed together! Perfect.

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I think I finally figured this tea out. I had this yesterday for the record.

In my previous steeps, I didn’t find it flavorful and I was missing the cream cheese frosting bit that everyone raved about. Well, it turns out that whatever Della Terra uses as the “cream flavor and bits” had attached itself in such a way in transit, that it wasn’t allowing it to really detach from the leaves (or something). Because, once I took a spoon and almost roughly swirled the leaves in my steeping mug, lo-and-behold, cream bits suddenly appeared (and dissolved) and I was left with a much more flavorful cup!

I don’t know if it’s worth the effort to make this creamy and so I don’t know if I’ll repurchase, but I’m happy to say that I finally figured out a way to drink this and really enjoy it.

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We visited friends yesterday and it was absolutely freezing, so when they offered tea, I jumped at it. I’ve been put off somewhat from Yogi teas in the past, but this one was really good!

I added a touch of skim milk and let the tea bag steep away for longer than I would with pretty much every other tea, but it managed to be a bit sweet on its own. I’m not sure I’d stock in my cupboard as the taste wasn’t really hazelnut, more of a chai, but I wouldn’t refuse another cup.

And I wouldn’t deny picking up a box if I were to find it on sale.

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So… I feel kind of bad for liking this tea since most everyone who has reviewed it so far hasn’t really liked it all that much. I bought this for a ridiculously low price during the heavenly sale. Actually, I think I have close to a 1/2 pound of it based on my cheeky order of 4 of the “Holiday Favorites” collections when they put it 75% off (it was just under $6 for each set with the coupon code I found, how could I not?!?).

Anyway, this doesn’t taste like tea yet has the benefit of rooibos. It is a sweet cinnamon goodness with a bit of juicy tartness. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll have trouble finishes the baggies I have, especially since it’s a rather heavy chunky blend.

3 tsp + a dash of sweetener in my 16oz steeping mug

Reserving my rating till I try a 2nd steeping.

Second steep was significantly less flavorful, but still tasty. And to be honest, for the price I paid, I don’t mind only getting one steep out of it.

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I recently discovered loose leaf tea and am already addicted (much to my husband’s dismay)! I prefer fruity teas iced and savory teas hot. Looking forward to drinking and chatting.

Some likes/dislikes I’ve been noticing:

Fruity White Teas
lighters Blacks
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)
dessert teas
tisanes iced that don’t require added sweetener

Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas
heavy ginger teas
teas with licorice (as primary ingredients – somehow I like some where the licorice is in the back drop)
heavily oxidized oolongs

For my own reference, I’m only placing “full size” teas in my cupboard.



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