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100
drank Joy 2015 by Teavana
2 tasting notes

this tea is so good its sad its rare and doesn’t come on christmas but its super good

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 60 tsp

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70
drank Beach Bellini by Teavana
4 tasting notes

God does this tea smell good in the bag. Like luscious fruit candy. I let it steep for 6 minutes on everyone’s recommendations. It’s better than I remember- sweet, but not cloyingly so. I think it would be an excellent summer iced tea with frozen fruit. Peach is mostly on the aftertaste- initial taste is citrusy and orange, maybe some of the pineapple or apple. Definitely fruity, but not much else. Still, pleasant cuppa.

Flavors: Apple, Citrusy, Peach, Pineapple

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Beach Bellini by Teavana
4 tasting notes

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1 sachet for 275mL water @100C, steeped 5 minutes, evaporated milk added.

A decent ‘breakfast’ blend, though not worth the premium price charged. Stands up reasonably well to a teaspoon of thick and creamy evaporated milk … but could be stronger. It does have an unexpected and most welcome floral-bread scent. If I had to guess, I’d say this blend is Nilgiri-heavy, with some heft but no depth and very little maltiness.

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78
drank Beach Bellini by Teavana
171 tasting notes

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78
drank Beach Bellini by Teavana
171 tasting notes

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78
drank Beach Bellini by Teavana
171 tasting notes

Enjoyed this iced, girlfriend’s purchase and recommendation.

Steeped hot, let cool overnight, iced the next day. We enjoyed a few tumblers of it next to the pool. Light, fruity, and sweet! I look forward to diving in for a full review with a future steeping. I will definitely be trying this tea again.

Flavors: Fruity

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77

It’s good but it’s another one that I can’t help compare to another that I like better. This is peachy, no doubt about that but Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA just tastes juicier. It’s always the number one pick of my friends from all my teas when they come over. Teavana is more tart, less sweet and has more flavours mingling with the peach whereas DAVIDs tastes like pure peach and is very sweet and almost has a fruit juice-like quality to it. I’m sure that both would make a great iced version. As long as I can buy Just Peachy, I won’t bother getting Peach Tranquility but it still makes a decent replacement in a pinch.

Flavors: Citrusy, Peach, Sweet, Tart

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45
drank Ginger Peach by Teavana
600 tasting notes

Received one tea bag from someone in Switzerland (she sent me actually 5 different ones)

I have again some panic attacks lately. I think it is caused by staying in household with same people and I actually do not meet other people too much. I rather stay at home, doing school shit work. I began being more rude as well, maybe I am stressed out somehow. My mother thinks I spend too much time in front of screen of my laptop and when I told her, I have to – because everything is on the Internet, she was just angry that it doesn’t make any sense and that I should not do that much to school. Well – if it was normal life outside, I guess, I will spend all days in University, so what she expects?

I miss inventory checks. The money for summer will be short too I guess. They haven’t replied to a summer job yet, I wrote them e-mail week ago, so I guess I will try it again.

To the tea:
I tried to do it as much as I could do with instructions. 80°C water, 300 ml water (they recommend 236 ml (8 fl oz) and filtered) and 3 minutes of steeping.
It made bit of foam, which is weird. Aroma little peachy and mostly grass seed. Taste? Quite weak, I hoped for very fruity flavour. Some warming notes of ginger, but not spicy at all. Base tea? Meh. Grass seed flavour as well.

Expected way more than I actually get.

Flavors: Ginger, Grass Seed

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 300 OZ / 8872 ML
derk

Totally random question: is pizza popular in CZ?

Martin Bednář

I wonder why do you ask that derk – but yeah, it is quite popular here… but hard to get any right now, as restaurants are closed down and they can do deliveries, but they are always busy.

derk

Idk, I’m going to make a pizza from scratch if I have flour. Was wondering if you’ve ever made a pizza.

ashmanra

I get you, Martin. I treasure my time alone, but especially at night I like some interaction. Now I have lost a lot of my time alone, because my daughter’s hours have been cut but she still works some. My husband is essential personnel and was supposed to work from home every other day, but it wasn’t working out so this week he is going to start going in every day again but get off an hour early. So I have no students coming and therefore no income and no people to see other than husband and daughter. They are home more so I don’t get as much daytime alone time, but because they are both out in public there is a small worry of one of us catching the virus. And my only social activity was my ladies’ Bible study group, but it is cancelled. We are going to try it as a Zoom meeting this week, and while I am thankful for that, it isn’t the same. Also I find myself overreacting (on the inside) to things and feeling irritated at husband and daughter for doing exactly what they always do that doesn’t usually bother me. But this will pass. I will say a prayer for you!

Martin Bednář

derk: haha, okay then. I never made a pizza from scratch, but… I was working in pizzeria as delivery boy, so I indeed saw how to make it. Two types of flour, half and half, little of yeast, olive oil. Mix and stir. Wait few minutes (I think it was around 20), prepare packages of made dough and right into fridge to let them wait for pizza orders. Ahh, 5 years ago, 3 weeks of work there. The boss was dumbass though, so I left. I was not into losing my driving license within first year I had it. He told me I must drive faster (but that would mean at least 70 kph in a town (limit is 50)).

Ashmanra: Thank you for this. I like to be alone, being alone is just good. But yeah – I need to see poeple too. And I would really enjoy if it was somebody else than family. I myss friends for example. Yes, we can call each other, but it’s not that great as meeting them real life.
I can imagine it’s hard for you as well, especially you are used to meet the students, but you can’t. I think the overreacting is some reply of body to stress. We are somehow all stressed, can’t really find the reasons for that and so on. Let’s be safe and thinking about each other, not ourselves.

Martin Bednář

*miss

How I could made that mistake? :D

tea-sipper

I guess in these days we should be thankful of the technology and hopefully being able to keep updated on what is going on because of the technology. I guess this pandemic made me aware that Zoom exists? Hopefully things will settle down soon.

derk

Martin: I was going to ask if you wanted to make a pizza and share the results but I don’t know why I didn’t follow up on that. It was something for me to do to pass the time and loneliness. Idk if you’re interested but I made two pizzas, one with spinach, mushroom, shallots, purple potatoes from the garden and truffle oil; the other with roasted red bell peppers, fresh pineapple, basil and little pickled hot peppers. Sauce and dough from scratch.

Also good call on quitting the pizza joint. “Take this job and shove it, I ain’t workin’ here no more.” — Dead Kennedys

Martin Bednář

Maybe I could try it, but I prefer to roast meat, usually pork or chicken. I started to do some beef as well; still I have lots of to learn.

Your pizzas sounds very tasty, especially the first one looks great. I like to cook, but as I was cooking all last week, it wasn’t pleasure anymore. But then, like today, I like that I can cook again. This time it is pork shoulder with caraway (lots of), sauerkraut and dumplings. Check vepřo-knedlo-zelo, it should be very similar to it, but we are using potato dumplings instead today (leftovers from yesterday). Maybe I will do a pizza when I have to stay at home.

tea-sipper: indeed good point! We are updated what is going on, how to protect oureselves, we can study, some people can work from home (although the work effeciency drop) and so on. I hope that it will settle down soon as well, we still have no idea when we could return to University.

tea-sipper

derk! Your pizzas! You have purple potatoes growing! I became obsessed with those while visiting Maine. And that second pizza! I love basil, pineapple (especially on pizza) and pickled hot peppers but never thought to put them together! Thank you for sharing that. :D

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80

Another sample from the lovely derk!

So, I’ve been having umm, issues with Rooibos lately. Don’t get me wrong, I love rooibos when done right. But I keep having trouble with brewing times. Since this was a sample, and Teavana has gone POOF, I couldn’t exactly look up brewing instructions or times anywhere but here. So I went with about what it listed here: 205F/6min/2tsp/12oz.

The problem is it still isn’t as strong a cuppa as I would like. I certainly get the tropical vibe that it presents. And the rooibos isn’t too woody, which I’m not sure is a plus or minus (for me anyway). Primary flavor notes are pineapple, citrus, and I swear I taste a touch of passion fruit. But it’s hard to pick out individual notes because the flavor is so weak. If it were up to me, I’d have this same cuppa, with the flavor turned up about three or four notches. I wouldn’t want to make it too strong – these kinds of teas can get super artificial fast. But I would love to have a stronger flavor in general.

Overall? It’s decent. Maybe even above average. I still have half a pouch of this from the sample, so I’m pretty sure I can make another brew. When I do, I’m just going to have to remember to steep it a bit longer than 6 minutes. Maybe 8 or 9 would be better. But I would gladly drink this again.

B-

Flavors: Citrus, Passion Fruits, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
derk

This mysteriously showed up in a kitchen drawer. It’s Teavana so probably quite old. I haven’t tried it yet but you make it sound halfway decent. Maybe cold brew the rest of it this summer.

derk

Or, if you want more, lmk.

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33
drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
630 tasting notes

I got this in teabag form for a before-bed cup, and I can’t say I like it much. I find it peachy, but also possessing a note that I can’t put my finger on, one that reminds me of when I drink things with stevia in it. Almost a metallic flavor. Not for me.

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drank Tranquil Dream by Teavana
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Flavors: Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65
drank Defense by Teavana
640 tasting notes

I grabbed a bag of this I think from the tea box. It tastes like orange and spices. It’s okay but a little bit like potpourri. I don’t love orange and spices together in tea, so it’s not necessarily the tea’s fault, but it’s also not one of the better versions of this concept I have tried.

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Mixed 2 teaspoons Mango Black with 1 teaspoon Peach Tranquility.

I’m not sure I got much actual tea in either of my two scoops of Mango Black. This basically tastes like apple, maybe some peach candy. Not as good as I thought it might be, honestly. Bummer. I’ll finish it, but really only to get to the next cup.

Flavors: Apple, Candy, Peach

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55

I needed to take some headache medicine. I found this at a gas station. I figured I’d give it a try…

Very watered down. Slight apple notes, but not really strong.

There, I noted it. :P

Shae

I hope you’re feeling better!

MadHatterTeaDrunk

Yes, I am, thank you! After taking the meds and resting a short bit, I’m back on my feet! :)

Shae

That’s wonderful!

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100
drank My Morning Mate by Teavana
10 tasting notes

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Flavors: Chocolate

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85
drank Raspberry Balsamico by Teavana
968 tasting notes

I’m not much of an herbal drinker, but my husband loves this one so I thought I’d try it for an evening cup. Teavana’s fruit blends have always been a hit or miss for me. This one is basically like drinking grape juice with just a touch of sweet balsamic vinegar added. Sounds weird but it really works. Also, for some reason, I am so often smelling tobacco with these herbal blends. Not sure what that comes from, maybe the elderberries or juniper?

This was just a really nice blend. I’m sad we won’t be able to get more of it.

Flavors: Berry, Grapes, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Qi'Lan Fireside Oolong by Teavana
648 tasting notes

Tea Advent Calendar – Day 23

From what I remember, this was a nutty roasted oolong. Enjoyable, but apparently not very memorable!

Flavors: Nutty, Toasted

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Shae

Haha, oolongs all taste the same to me but I think it’s because I don’t drink them regularly. I remember when I bought this one that it was highly rated, but I’m not an oolong drinker so someone else might appreciate its flavors more.

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75

Side Gongfu Session (Read previous note):

I acquired 2lbs of this about 4-5 months ago. A friend was trying to rid their stash of a few Teavana teas which they had too much in their storage. I jumped on the chance to get this into my collection.

I’ll admit, it wasn’t my favorite tea, even when Teavana was in business. Firstly, it was too pricey for the quality of the leaf. I felt that it was a mid-ranged TGY, but it wasn’t worth the $25/2 oz that was listed. Fortunately, I worked at Teavana, so I was able to brew a cuppa at any given moment.

Secondly, despite it not being my top pick, I still drank a cup of this on the daily, amongst the other cups I had during my shift. It was something that became a tradition during my time at the shop.

I alternate this one with a milk oolong at work. I think that it’s soothing, despite the fact that it’s two-ish years old. I don’t think that this has spoiled in any way, but it does have a bit of a sour note, when steeped for too long. I noted yesterday, while sharing a cup with a coworker who once was the die hard Teavana fan, that it reminds me of a sour ale. Not for everyone, but the tartness gives it a unique flavor throughout the session.

I like to gongfu brew this, though. I think allowing the leaf to open up naturally, in small flash steeps, results in less sour notes, and more generic floral flavoring during the session. I oversteeped the first two rinses, but the tartness wasn’t as strong as it might’ve been when Western brewed.

I’ve a long way to go until this tea is gone, but I’ll continue to savor each moment, as I typically do with all things that are no longer available.

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65

This is one I really enjoy so I’m surprised I don’t have a note here for it. The aroma is menthol and peppermint candies – the little pillow-shaped ones that dissolve in your mouth. The peppermint is strong enough that it’s making my eyes burn a bit. Do you know the sensation I’m talking about? Like smelling a really strong essential oil. There is a little artificial sweetener taste there but mostly this is just straight peppermint candy. Such a treat.

The more I drink it, the more I’m picking up on that artificial taste. Maybe it’s licorice instead of a fake sweetener. Yup, just looked it up and there is licorice root. Bummer.

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Licorice, Menthol, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Zingiber Ginger Coconut by Teavana
968 tasting notes

Another old tea, another round of questionable coconut.

I really like this one! I was worried because of the coconut, but it is delicious. I think I’ve always put off drinking this one because of the prominence of the ginger. It can really be overpowering sometimes. It’s not in this blend though. I can taste it and feel the spice but it isn’t too much. It’s really like a nice chai.

Flavors: Ginger, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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