Somehow I ended up at the mall tonight, I hate the mall, so I decided to console myself with a cup of tea from Teavana. Our store recently had a complete staff changeover, so I’ve been trying to give them another shot. I’m actually glad that I did, this is 2 visits in a row where I wasn’t pressed overly hard about buying something. The new staff realizes pretty quickly when someone isn’t interested in buying anything other than what they walked in to buy. In this case I had walked in to buy a single cup of hot tea and walked out 5 minutes later with exactly what I had asked for.
I’ve never actually ordered tea to go from Teavana before, unless they’ve had a promotion, which means I normally don’t get to pick my flavor. I’ve been curious about the quality of their extremely high priced unflavored teas, so I opted for the most expensive at $25 for 2oz or $4.99 per to-go cup.
When they opened up the canister to waft the scent, I was immediately surprised by the dull color of the dry leaf. This tea falls short in the taste department as well, it isn’t nearly as robust tasting as many others I have had and it doesn’t even come close to the quality of teas that I purchase from TeaVivre or Verdant, both of whom are my go-to places for Tie Guan Yin.
The cup of tea was perfectly drinkable, but in my opinion it is overpriced for what you get and was a real let down.