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I was standing in line at TJ Maxx yesterday. Even though it was snowing (or maybe BECAUSE it was snowing) I’d gone to purchase a couple of pieces of spring/summer clothing. As I stood, looking out the wide window at the nasty snow, I felt like throwing a tantrum. Like a two year old who isn’t getting what they want. Full blown tantrum, like throwing myself to the floor, drumming my heels and screaming. We’ve had way too much winter this spring in North Dakota. :(
As I was waiting I saw a few Teavana tubs of bagged teas crammed in with the rest of the cart bait lining the checkout queue. This one appealed because it said good hot or cold. Yesterday it was snowing, so that would mean hot tea. But who knows? Next week could be 80. So iced tea. But last night I tried a cup hot.
Anyway, sorry for whining. Here is what I thought of the tea. It was quite good. It brewed up fairly pale, which is normal for a tisane with no tea or rooibos. The flavor was light but with a nice tart zing. Not like hibiscus-sour zing. I do not like hibby, and made sure to check the ingredients to be sure there wasn’t any. I think the zing would have been the citrus. So I will have no trouble drinking these 12 tea bags.
I understand that tantrum. It was a cold spring start here, and I was pretty much same. I could not wait for better and warmer days.
I wish I could find more Teavana varieties at my local shops. I’ve been looking for white chocolate peppermint unsuccessfully!
@Martin Spring will come eventually. Next Wednesday is expected to be 9C and by next weekend it will be 12!
@AJ I really liked that one. I found it at TJ Maxx as well, around Christmas last year. But that is completely hit and miss, and you never know what they will have. :(
I tried this in the mall when i was 12 and annoyed the f out of the Teavana employees taking free samples, i haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I’m 21 now. I’ve not been lucky enough to find it again, but hopefully soon. I don’t remember much about it now, but I hate tea always have, still do. Somethin about it.
I had this tea again last night as my evening cuppa. I really do like it. This time the licorice flavor was strongly present. It cut through the mint and brought a new dimension to the sip.
Back on December 14, I placed an order at Davids Tea. I ordered 50 grams of Santa’s Secret and a sampler of their Winter Teas. I didn’t expect it in time for Christmas, but I did expect it to be shipped sooner than today. Oh well, It’s not like I don’t have plenty more tea to drink up.
Wanna hear something funny? I mentioned to my brother that I have so much tea I can’t keep track of it all. He said gasp that I should go through it and throw some away!
Same, I placed an order on Dec. 8 – that included holiday gifts – and even though a shipping label was finally printed on Dec. 23, it hasn’t actually shipped since then! Their fulfillment is kind of a mess right now, unfortunately.
Your brother’s reaction is hilarious. I think my partner would be so happy for the kitchen space if I threw some away, but if nothing else I shudder to think of how much money I’d literally be throwing in the garbage.
throw out tea! I don’t remember ever doing that… though I probably should once in a while if they are really old or just not good tea…
Oh my gosh, I went through my tea drawer and sorted through them. I am -eek!- throwing away four old pouches that I’ve had for years and didn’t like. Then I have a small-ish gift bag full of teas I am going to share this weekend at my SCA (historical recreation group) meeting. My drawer has room in it now! Good thing, since I just placed a small order with 52Teas!
The 6 days storm is done at last! Now we’re settling in for the cold stretch. It is -3F right now and tomorrow we may hit 0, but the rest of the week will be sub-zero highs. You know what that means? Tea! Excellent tea-drinking weather.
I made a pot of this (my go-to pot when it is just me is a 4-cup bubble pot from David’s Tea) using 3 tea bags. This time I got the creamy mint that I got last time, but also notes of anise/fennel/licorice came through. It was very nice. I am going to miss this tea when I finish it off. Not enough to rush out and buy more, but I may look for it next winter.
This was a gift from a coworker. 12 bags of this tea in a decorative plastic container. It was lovely of her to do that for me. I had a cup last night and really enjoyed it. Like many rooibos teas, it brewed up very dark. The flavor was mild while it was hot but as it cooled the peppermint came out. There was also a faintly sweet note, which I assume was from the white chocolate. As I said, I really enjoyed it. I could see myself someday getting more of this.
On a personal note, I am back from my blood work and CT scan. I won’t have the results of the scan until I meet with my oncologist on Friday, but I have the blood work results. In June my CEA (carcinoembryonic antigen-which may measure cancer markers in the blood) was 7.3. Today it is 1.7, which is smack dab in the normal range. I know it is too early to rejoice, because the CT scan may show something, but I think the liver ablation treatment was successful. When I saw the result I actually teared up. I hadn’t realized how stressed I was by it until then.
I wish I could ‘like’ everyone’s comments as I would on Facebook! I celebrated tonight by brewing a whole pot of this tea. Now the licorice flavor is coming out, overlaid by a sweet creaminess. Very enjoyable!
I was gifted this last Christmas and have 2 tea bags left. I like this as a mid day cup of tea but I have to be in the right mood for it (I think that’s true for most teas though!). I drank this mostly through the spring and summer. Its a warm day today and I want to make some space in the cabinet. I don’t like the plastic packaging it comes in. The container is shaped like to-go cup and it fits awkwardly in my cabinet.
The tea has a light yellow tint to it. It’s light and fruity- mostly pineapple and mango but I get hints of peach too though that’s not in the ingredients. It does leave a bit of a syrupy feeling in my mouth after but not unpleasantly.
I still miss Teavana shops and I’m pretty sure I tried it there when the shops were in operation. If I saw this on sale at the local Target, I’d probably pick it up again.
Flavors: Peach, Pineapple, Tropical Fruit
My husband gave me a bunch of different containers of tea bags at Christmas as stocking stuffers from Target. I was surprised that he picked up this container as he greatly dislikes mint and mint flavorings, especially spearmint. But he rarely raids the tea stash, so I guess he picked it up for me. He knows that I miss having the local Teavana shop.
This is the last of the Jade Citrus Mint container. I enjoy this mint blend quite a bit and would pick it up in the future. The sachets seem to have enough room for the leaves to do their magic. I steeped it for 5 minutes in 200* water as directed. It was my after breakfast drink while listening to Jack Johnson out on my deck. It does bother me that each of the containers recommend 200* for all the herbals, greens, etc. You can tell that a coffee company owns this label. I taste the spearmint right away. There is a slight hint of lemongrass which is definitely not overpowering. I’ll pick up another, if I see it in the shops
Flavors: Lemongrass, Spearmint
When Teavana was closing, I bought an 8 oz tin of this, which I finished within weeks. I’ve been thinking about this tea ever since, so when a large bag showed up in a TTB, you can bet I grabbed a decent portion of it. It makes the most beautiful pink cup of tea with milk. The flavor is warm and nutty. Due to age, the flavor isn’t as strong as I remember it being, but overleafing seems to help. I don’t know if this tea is actually that great, but it’s great for my tastes.
For my first time trying this blend it was actually really good. A lot of the time I find myself trying new teas iced first to enjoy the flavors that way before transferring over to hot. This blend was different, I actually really enjoyed this one as a hot tea after a long hard day. Today especially has been pretty cold so having a good hot cup of tea to warm up with really came in handy!
I also found for this blend there weren’t teas in Steepster to choose from so I had to add my own. The blend that I could find, and many of, was Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana. I was guessing this was what this blend use to be before the company did their remodel because the blend I drank today didn’t have any sage in the ingredients.
Flavors: Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Sweet
Most of my cup of this was drank cold as I was busy baking for my family’s Halloween Dinner tomorrow. This tea bag was given to me by someone who snagged it from their work. It’s actually quite good for a green tea bag. There wasn’t any bitterness or astringency at all which is impressive alone for a green tea bag. The citrus is lovely and fresh tasting and I wouldn’t mind picking up a box of this. Although I haven’t seen this one before so it may be part of an office sampler. I wish this was one Starbucks carried.
I remember having a bag of maharaja chai many years ago, so I was happy to see a little sample in a previous TTB. The scent really takes me back. The flavor isn’t very complex. It’s sort of just a tang of cinnamon stick. It’s a little thin, and I never used to drink it with milk, but I tried some this time and think that helped a bit. I’m not really sure what the samurai chai mate adds since I feel like I only taste the other tea. I don’t need more of this one, but it’s always nice to sample some classic Teavana!
My sister had a sealed tin of this from many years ago, and we knew it would probably be weird, but we decided to give it a try anyway. Yeah, I really didn’t like it. The powder didn’t mix up very well, and the flavor was super savory, powdery, and unpleasant. My sister thought it was fine, so I let her have the rest of my cup. I’m sure it was better fresh, so I definitely won’t rate it.
#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #239 overall / Tea #19 for June
Tuesday 6/15 — Teavana Precious White Peach. cold brew pitcher. can’t remember what this was like in past but it did not taste good but I suffered and drank the whole pitcher.
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I remember liking this tea years ago, so when a bag popped up in a recent tea box, I was happy for the chance to try it again. This really is one of the better EG cremes I’ve tried. The flavoring is interesting and tasty. You get a little bergamot, but also the nice creme and some other flavor notes happening. I’m not sure I would really be able to tell this is EG without the label, but the flavors certainly combine pleasantly. The whole thing ends of pretty light, mostly just tasting like the fake creme flavor, but I like it.