Snow Geisha

Tea type
Fruit White Blend
Rose Buds And Petals, White Tea
Cherry, Rose, Bitter, Medicinal
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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 53 oz / 1554 ml

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  • “When I had this tea two months ago, I threatened to pick all the sour non-tea bits from this tea and go from there. Well, I did. My husband (who is a fan of Theraflu… I’m just sayin’) said he...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is, officially, my lowest rating yet. I actually feel a bit bad about taking the time and energy to write about a tea that I just didn’t like. Still, considering how expensive this particular...” Read full tasting note
  • “I believe I got this one from CupofTree…thanks! I can taste a little bit of Cherry with some ‘stale’ type of rose flavor. Sometimes I find Teavana’s Rose(s)/Flavors to be a little bitter or...” Read full tasting note
  • “LOL this clearly is one of those love it or hate it teas! I am on the loved it side! Granted it is not the all time best ever tea EVER or anything but its mighty fine if you are wanting something...” Read full tasting note

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Chinese white tea combines deliciously with sour cherries and candied cranberries to create an exotic, yet delicate blend.

How to Prepare
Use 1.5 teaspoons of tea per 8oz of water. Heat water to 175-180 degrees and steep tea for 1 minute. 2oz of tea equals 25 – 30 teaspoons.
White tea, sour cherries, candied cranberries, pink Rose buds and petals.

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82 tasting notes

I bought this tea last year (so before the upgrade) and all I can say is that I wish I had bought less than 4oz. Now I’m down to my last ounce, and I just can’t bring myself to drink anymore of it. Now, I don’t mind the smell—i love cherries! The taste of this tea is what bothers me.

No matter how hard I tried to not over-steep, the tea always came out bitter, extremely bitter. Usually I sweeten my tea with rock sugar, but sometimes this tea comes out so bad I have to pull out an equal…or two just to make it somewhat drinkable.

Some days it tastes better than others , but I have never eagerly made this tea. Mainly, I just keep making it to use it up to make room to buy my next tea.


I hate when that happens (tea fatigue)…

Have you tried using less leaf or decreasing the temperature? That sometimes helps me make bitter teas more bearable :)

Kathryn Ann

Cofftea, thanks for the heads up! I don’t have enough of Snow Geisha left to do that, but I’ll keep that in mind for future buys that I dislike.

Shanti, I’ve tried decreasing the temperature, next time I’ll try to use less leaves too. Thanks for the tip!


Kathryn, there is no minimum requirement.

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5 tasting notes

This is not my favorite tea. However, I find that it is much better when brewed correctly.
When I first got it I was guessing on time and temperature, as I had just begun my loose tea adventure. It was awful, bitter, and even more artificial than a cough drop. This tea begs to have its instructions followed, so be warned lazier brewers!
I have learned since then, and while this is not my favorite, it is an improvement.
The loose tea is really nice to look at, all flowers, cherries and leaves. The scent is still very candy-cherry, little scent of tea itself.
The brew is a light pink-tinted amber, smells less artificial than dry, but still very twizzlers-y.
Taste when properly brewed is light and slightly sweet, with floral cherry at the forefront. Slightly artificial aftertaste. Definitely a candy tea. I added a few crystals of rock sugar to balance it out. This is a much better experience than my first try. I probably will not buy again after finishing this tin which contains about another 2 oz.
I’d recommend only if you enjoy cherry CANDY and floral teas, not if you like fresh cherry fruit.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

I think that pretty much sums up all Teavana tea haha. Looks pretty, but tastes so artificial.


For the most part, yes, it’s too true. I have considered just displaying it, the little flower buds are nice to look at. And who knows if I’ll ever finish it! Admittedly I really liked their Huang Shan Mao Feng Reserve mixed with a bit of osmanthus flower, but that’s because it was tea, not flavor-filler.

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300 tasting notes

This is a tea that I have wanted and tried to like many times but no matter how low my water temperature or short my steep time I get an astringent aftertaste that bothers me much more than the cherry cough drop taste most people talk about, not sure if it is the tea leaves themselves or one of the other ingredients. When Sakura Allure was released I tried the blend of the two and it was much better, but I prefer Sakura on its own unsweetened and recommend it to anyone who has tried Snow Geisha. They can discontinue this next year and the only thing I’ll be sad about is that it was a waste of a pretty name.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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6 tasting notes

Luckily, I was not the one to purchase this tea, I just tried some from my brother. It’s really gross! It tastes like cherry-flavored red food dye. Just a very strong chemical taste. I tried blending it with a few other fruit flavors to maybe get something better, but all I could taste was the too-strong cherry.


I agree on this one too!!! I am also very thankful I got it as a gift! : )


If this is anything like the Sakura Allure then I’m glad that I have avoided it. Cherry flavoring is just not something I can trust people to use sparingly anymore.

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5 tasting notes

This tea was amazing. A friend and I had a tea-tasting evening a couple of years ago, and I had just a precious bit of this tea. We ignored Teavana’s ridiculous tea instructions and brewed Snow Geisha for exactly 60 seconds, using water just before it had reached the boiling point.

The tea actually tasted like snow. We sat there and sipped it and were amazed at how bright and dry it was – with a crispness like a fresh snowy day and the very mild, sweet flavor. I think we must have had the original version because this tea was really revolutionary for me, a traditional black tea, milk-and-sugar gal. I absolutely love and and miss it – there’s nothing like your first time.

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84 tasting notes

I enjoy this tea not for the tea base itself, but for the delightful cherry flavor. The upgraded version now actually tastes the way it smells. The older version was more mellow in terms of taste for certain. The tea base is also stronger in that it can be brewed for a longer time without going bitter.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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222 tasting notes

Sighs Been so long since I’ve done a tasting note that I wanted a really stellar tea to review.

This ain’t it.

Granted, there are many factors that could be standing in my way, such as being exhausted from snow shoveling all day to not preparing this tea correctly. (The bag said 2 min steep, the description on this site said 1 min. steep.)

At any rate, I have to agree with the assessments of the majority in that this tastes like candy or cough syrup, (Though thankfully not the heaviness of cough syrup.)In principle I am not against artificial flavors in tea, though with cherry…ehh. My favorite artificial cherry flavor is Luden’s throat drops, which this tea tastes alittle bit like…but I don’t like the taste in tea.
Probably doesn’t help that I am not a huge fan of cherries in general, (I do eat them when they are in season and I like many recipes that use cherries, like chicken salad.) But they are not my favorite fruit.

Anywho….I will try and remember to review this again and try for a 1 min steep time. Maybe that will improve it. If nothing else I can either save it for iced tea season or give it to my Dad, who is the cherry nut in the family. LOL.

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22 tasting notes

Sunday night, working on a photo video for a class. Its cold and rainy today in Mexico City, and after going through my teas I decided it was Snow Geisha time, and boy, was I right!

This is one of the very few teas that taste exactly as it smells. Ad you can imagine I love the cherries and white tea combination. Floral, creamy… and at my stage in the tea-learning-curve just plain delicious.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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6 tasting notes

I had this tea twice before I marched right over to Teavana and asked for an exchange. This was one of the worst teas I have ever tried. It smells nice at first whiff, the intermingling of cherry, floral notes, and the subtle white tea, but it was better used as potpourri than as a drink. First sip, it tasted like like I was drinking red plastic. I quickly threw ice and sugar in it and chugged it down like a frat boy. I thought, perhaps, I brewed it too long/hot. Second up, there was no different. I couldn’t even taste the white tea due to the pronounceable nature of the cherry. Seriously, worst decision ever.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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1 tasting notes

The new version is terrible. I loved the previous version

Kathryn Ann

I still have some of the old version and I’m not a fan. The new version is worse?! crazy.

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