1454 Tasting Notes

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I have a bag of each of these so I mixed my own using half Blueberry Bliss and half Pineapple Kona Pop. It was in the fridge for approximately 16 hours before I removed the tea leaves. I’m drinking this at work after sweetening with a little sugar.

This is so refreshing. I can taste and smell the pineapple. The color is almost coral, but it really leans more toward a golden sunset orange. I keep thinking I’m tasting bubble gum as I’m drinking this. This is much better iced than either the Blueberry Bliss or the Pineapple Kona Pop are on their own. I know what I’ll be doing with the last of my Blueberry Bliss . . .

Flavors: Pineapple

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Earl Grey White by Teavana
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I’m sure I’ve said this before, but this tea is strikingly fragrant. It smells bold and somewhat sweet, and it tickles my nose a bit. I don’t drink this often because it is such a fussy tea, but it’s one of the older teas in my cabinet so I should probably start drinking it more. Even though I’ve had it in my possession for a couple of years now, the aroma still hasn’t lost a bit of its bite. The leaves are still long and beautiful. I do notice a pale mustard-colored powder on the edge of my spoon; I’m guessing I must have stirred up some of what has settled on the bottom of the bag.

After steeping for a short time and at a low temperature, most of the bergamot is gone and the liquid smells primarily of tea. I think my problem is that I’m not really a fan of white teas, at least not any that I’ve tried so far. This one is just fine when it’s steeped well, but to be honest there is not enough tea flavor for me. It’s there but only slightly so. This isn’t a cup I would ever crave but would instead turn to out of necessity.

I’m not tasting any bergamot. Where did it go?! Not bad, but not good either.

Flavors: Bergamot, Sweet

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
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I started pouring the last of this tea from my bag and realized that there was more hiding within the folds than I had originally thought. I’m not a fan of Teavana’s in-store bags for this reason – you pretty much have to tear them open to get to the last of the tea. We usually move our teas to other containers but I hadn’t done that with this one so I made a big mess trying to get the remaining tea into my cup. I ended up with closer to 2 teaspoons so this last cup will be just a little stronger than the rest.

The liquid is much darker than before which I expected since I used extra tea leaves. It has a nice, bold smell and seems to be a good strength. The color is very close to the raw wildflower honey I’m using.

After trying this with close to 2 teaspoons of tea, I definitely prefer it this way over using the recommended amount. It’s rich and bold, not at all bitter. It’s my favorite cup of this yet.

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
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I’m down to my last bit of this tea. After this cup, I may have enough for just one more. I’ll be glad to finish this one simply because it’s been in my cupboard for a while. It’s a good tea, but I’m sure there are better ones out there so I don’t plan to buy more anytime soon. There are too many others I want to try. This is just a touch bitter, but I’m still enjoying it. There is also a slight tartness there. I don’t plan on re-steeping this one since I haven’t had much success with it in the past, but I will probably go ahead and finish the last of the bag here in a bit.

Flavors: Bitter, Tart

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I’m in the mood tonight for a favorite so here we are. I’m amazed at how much I’ve grown to love this tea since my first note. I could go on and on about it, but I’ve said it all before. It’s just so GOOD.

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

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drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
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I may have over-steeped this one as it’s a touch bitter. A little extra honey tames it nicely. The dry tea is much more fragrant than the brew, but I still smell the bergamot after steeping.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 200 degrees

I honestly forgot all about this and let it sit on my desk for at least 8 minutes and probably longer. It’s weak but still not bad. Either I didn’t steep this long enough or at a high enough temperature or it’s just not good for re-steeping.

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Blueberry Bliss Rooibos by Teavana
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I’ve had this tea a few times before, mostly hot, but also iced when they have it in-store mixed with the Pineapple Kona Pop. I love that version and I’m pretty sure the reason we ended up buying this tea was so we could make that blend at home. The funny thing is, we drink them both separately on occasion but still haven’t taken the time to mix them together! I only have a serving or two left after this cup so I may try that with the rest.

This one has a menthol smell and reminds me of Teavana’s Imperial Acai Blueberry which is a white tea. I’m not sure of the difference between the two other than the addition of the tea to the Imperial Acai Blueberry. Unfortunately, my tea ball is not containing this one very well. There are bits of this all in my cup – long, skinny, hay-like pieces floating about and then sinking to the bottom. The liquid still keeps some of that mentholated aroma but also smells like berries. The flavor is tart and could benefit from some added sweetness. There is also some astringency here. Overall, it’s an okay tea. I’m not a huge fan of it hot but maybe I’ll like it better iced.

Flavors: Astringent, Berries, Menthol, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The liquid is a deep amber color with a definite green tint. It smells minty and slightly vegetal. The taste is mint but also chamomile. It’s only the slightest bit bitter.

This is definitely a feel better tea, one you might crave when feeling sick. I felt yesterday that I might be coming down with a cold, but today I feel pretty much back to normal. Maybe it was the citrus tea or maybe it has something to do with the multivitamins I started taking. I’m not sure, but I thought it would be best to banish any remnants of sickness with a cup of this tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Mint, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
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A few people at work have been sick this week and I woke up this morning with the sniffles so this tea seemed like a good fit. The dry mix is very fragrant, really in-your-face. I actually got some dried apple in my cup today but unfortunately I’m not really tasting it. I really wish I tasted the sage too but this is all citrus to me. There was a bit of sediment in the bottom of my cup that was pretty unpleasant so I think this may need a finer sieve.

Flavors: Citrus

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank White Ayurvedic Chai by Teavana
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This mix has large flakes of coconut mixed with ginger and lemongrass. It’s fragrant with cinnamon and smells especially like cinnamon gum. I read through a few of the reviews here and decided to steep in a small amount of water then add 1/3 cup steamed milk and honey. I may try more water and less milk next time because it was more like a flavored milk than a milky tea, but overall it was good – lightly spiced and sweet.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
Lime, white teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-70: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

71-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated July 2021.

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