Jade Citrus Mint

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

80
Percentile
4 ratings
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Brand:Teavana
Style:Flavored Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Region:Blend
Loose/teabag:Loose

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This tea's info last updated: Aug. 25, 2017

Commercial Description

Bright citrus balance of lemon verbena and lemongrass with a hint of spearmintand rich China Chun Mee green tea base.

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Reviewer pic64 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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Wow, am I ever ignorant. After rating a hundred-some-odd teas, I only just discovered by accidental click that I can rate teas on RateTea that have retired! Except...it ain't really retired anymore. This one and at least few others from Teavana have come back like that mythical phoenix. A set of 15-sachet plastic jars of assorted Teavana tea blends have appeared on the tea shelf at WalMart as of July 2018, and having heard great things about the brand, I decided to give their mint/green/lemongrass blend a fair shot (despite the rather high price of almost $6 for 15 doses).

Each sachet contains large loose-leaf pieces of the readily identifiable components. The dry-bag aroma (in-jar) came across as grassy and slightly minty, no lemon. The wet-bag and in-cup aromas wafted decidedly more spearmint into the nostrils, and the flavor was very smooth and spearmint-dominant too. I had to steep this a long time (10 minutes plus) and swirl it through the cup to get it even moderately strong to my liking, but once I did, it came across better than the great majority of spearmint teas I've tried. Yes, by taste alone, this is a spearmint tea, and an enjoyable one, but not quite what the ingredients list would indicate.

The green tea and lemon? Barely detectable except to the eyeballs. Maybe the spearmint told the Chun Mee and lemongrass on the way in, "Step aside and shut up. I'm in charge here!" I can't explain the craven submissiveness of the green tea otherwise.

However, I have figured out the reason for the weakness of lemon. As in Trader Joe's loose-leaf Coconut Green Tea, the lemongrass is in big stem pieces. When one lets a used piece dry, then rubs it hard between fingers, a good deal of lemon aroma still comes out that obviously never got released in steeping. As with the TJ Coconut Green, it seems like a waste of perfectly good lemongrass to keep it so coarse, instead of chopping it finer to let more of the essential oils steep out. Teavana: chop, chop, chop...that lemongrass! Just don't slice up the spearmint any finer, please...it already makes the other ingredients cower and quiver with fear in the corner.
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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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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 favorite of mine, but I think this is a slight improvement. My one complaint about this one is that it was almost too "clear" tasting, almost to the point of tasting a bit "empty".

Brews a beautiful golden cup. The aroma is surprisingly perfumey: the spearmint dominates, but there are fruity and floral hints. The mint has a candy-like quality. The lemon is barely detectable.

Upon drinking, very strongly cooling from the mint, yet also creamy and smooth. The base tea is subtle, and seems mainly to impart body. It may be imparting flavor and aroma, but I find it hard to pin any aromatic notes on the tea.

Resteeps well. The second cup was surprisingly strong, and tasted more herbaceous than the first. I also found that the base tea's flavor came out a little bit more in the second cup.

Enjoyable, but not the sort of tea I'd drink regularly. I also think it is overpriced, if bought loose from Teavana, but I'd happily order and drink it in a Starbucks if I were in the mood.
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Reviewer pic97 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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with or without sugar, this tea tasty very good, and I read its all natural, (rare in teavana house).
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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
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This is a blended tea, but the menthol-esque mint flavor is by far the dominant taste; I didn't even realize that this was a green tea blend until I looked up the product page.

Nonetheless, as far as minty teas go, I like the flavor of this one quite a lot. I'd even buy it in place of a lot of pure mint teas--if it weren't for the fact that the price doesn't feel justifiable to me. There are a lot of more interesting teas out there in Teavana's price range.
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