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Beach Bellini from Teavana

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 27th, 2017

I really enjoyed this one! It was a gift from my roommate, so thank you!

The dried fruits in this blend were intensely aromatic, just opening the bag resulted in an explosion of aroma, mostly tropical fruit with hints of citrus, the smell strongly suggests sweetness, and there's a hint of spice in the aroma. The in...

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Earl Grey Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 26th, 2016

This tea had a pleasant aroma, slightly fruity and slightly perfumey, with a good balance of the beas tea and flavoring. Piquant: bold and edgy, both in flavor and aroma, but pleasantly so. Quite bitter, and with a light astringency in the finish. Potent.

A typical Earl Grey of good (but not amazing) quality. Noth...

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Oprah Chai Herbal Blend from Teavana

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

2 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 26th, 2016

This was the worst thing I've ever seen to come out of Starbucks and Teavana, and the worst thing I've seen associated with Oprah's name. It's an abomination, absolutely abhorrent.

The cup has an overwhelming aroma of fake cinnamon, like those fireball candies that I hated as a kid. If you like fireball candies (o...

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Jade Citrus Mint from Teavana

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 25th, 2015

A smooth, creamy tea where the mint aroma is more evident than the base tea. Resteeps very well.

Sampled at the Starbucks in Newark, Delaware.

This is the tea that replaced, or corresponds fairly closely with, the old Tazo Zen, the combination of green tea with spearmint and lemon-scented herbs. Neither tea is a...

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Emperor's Clouds and Mist Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Clouds & Mist (Yun Wu) – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 26th, 2015

This was the first of the new Teavana teas served in a Starbucks that I sampled. I thought it was a delightful tea, a great example of a high-quality Chinese green tea.

Brews a cup with a very pale liquor but a surprisingly strong flavor: flavor is both sweet and bitter, lightly sour, and with a strong savory or um...

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Spiced Apple Cider Rooibos from Teavana

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 13th, 2014

Thank you Brytta for the sample!

The aroma of the dry leaf smells a lot like spiced apple cider.

Upon brewing, produces a cup that tastes a little bit like spiced apple cider, without the sugar--which is the kind of thing I'd normally like. The spice blend is very heavy on the cinnamon though, and clove is notic...

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Passion Tango (Formerly Passion Berry) from Teavana

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 5th, 2014

This tea is now being served in Starbucks, under the name "Passion Tango". I find it a little annoying (and a poor marketing decision) that the names don't line up completely--when I looked for Passion Tango on Teavana's site, I found nothing, but upon contacting Teavana, they told me that this is the same tea, and re...

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Blueberry Kona Pop from Teavana

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 28th, 2013

Another well-executed fruit blend, albeit overpriced, from Teavana.

This one definitely did not smell like rooibos, and I think this is because they use green rooibos rather than red.

The aroma was pretty complex and had a lot going on...flavor is lightly tangy (thankfully not too much hibiscus, just the right a...

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Zingiber Ginger Coconut Rooibos Tea from Teavana

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 12th, 2013

I'm normally not a fan of coconut-flavored teas, but the coconut in this blend is very subdued, and the dominant tones are rooibos and spice.

I notice that the ingredient list contains both sugar and artificial flavoring, both of which I'm not a huge fan of, but this blend is barely sweet, and it did not have much o...

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Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 9th, 2013

This struck me as a solid-quality Jasmine tea, but nothing extraordinary.

Unlike many of Teavana's offerings, it's on the strong side.

Flavor is smooth, but there is a bitter undertone. To me, this tea felt fairly strongly caffeinated. Aroma is perfumey, more than I like it to be. The base tea is very mild and...

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Monkey Picked Oolong Tea from Teavana

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 27th, 2012

I got some of this tea in a trade from a friend, and it was enough that I have been able to experiment with brewing it a bit. I've been enjoying it quite a lot; this tea is versatile and pleasing to drink.

This is a greener oolong, but not among the greenest. I think this might place it in the zone where it is mor...

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Snow Geisha® White Tea from Teavana

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

40 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Apr. 24th, 2012

I normally like Teavana's fruit-flavored blends, but this one had an overpoweringly artificial-seeming cherry quality to it. I liked the rose, and I liked the flavor imparted by the base tea (which was much folder than typical for white tea, yet still greener in character and less like the darker while teas like shou ...

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Blueberry Bliss Rooibos Tea from Teavana

Style: Fruit Rooibos – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 27th, 2011

I normally am not a fan of blueberry in herbal teas, but I tend to like Teavana's fruity blends so I gave this one a try. I was impressed.

Aroma is pleasing and fully natural: there's not a hint of anything remotely artificial, which I greatly appreciate. I definitely like green rooibos more than red, and the gree...

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MateVana Herbal Tea from Teavana

Style: Flavored Yerba Maté – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 7th, 2011

A very smooth blend, but bordering on bland. I can see this as being vaguely coffee-like only in the most remote sense: the flavor is very mellow and smooth, unlike coffee.

I notice rooibos and cocoa, and a little bit of spice...it suggests cinnamon even though I don't see that listed in the ingredient list. Light...

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Youthberry White Tea from Teavana

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Blend

37 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 14th, 2011

I tend to be highly impressed by Teavana's artful blends, but today was evidently not my day: I sampled this together with the Samurai Chai Mate and was disappointed with both.

The aroma and flavor profile of this tea are dominated by a tangy, sour fruit flavor and aroma that I suspect is some combination of the ros...

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Samurai Chai Mate from Teavana

Style: Flavored Yerba Maté – Region: Blend

47 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 14th, 2011

The aroma is dominantly cinnamon, and there's also a strong suggestion of vanilla, which I suspect is from the mate. Creamy overall character. Not much complexity, especially given how many ingredients there are. This blend contains appreciable amounts of red rooibos, but I can't find it in the aroma. I also cannot...

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Three Kingdoms Mao Feng Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
May. 23rd, 2010

This is a very mild and sweet green tea, similar to Teavana's Pi Lo Chun but less aromatic and perhaps slightly grassier. Pleasing but bordering on bland and boring if brewed as instructed. I find that with a very long steep time (8+ min), however, it acquires nuances in the aroma that are absent otherwise...includin...

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Pi Lo Chun Organic Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Bi Luo Chun – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
May. 20th, 2010

Aroma is grassy and fruity. The aroma is light and very pleasing...not the most complex I've had for a green tea but certainly very enjoyable. Flavor is very smooth...almost no bitterness and only the faintest hint of astringency if you let the cup brew for a very long time.

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Assam Gold Rain Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 2nd, 2010

The dry leaf is by far the fruitiest-smelling Assam that I have yet encountered...but upon brewing it's a little less fruity. This is a very strong tea...when brewed it's maltier than fruity, and has a fairly tannic aftertaste like Teavana describes. Bitter and somewhat astringent...I've had much smoother Assams.

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