Review: Teavana MateVana

Almond Tea, Cactus Blossom Tea, Chocolate Tea, Cornflower Tea, Mate Tea, Rooibos Tea, Sunflower Tea, Teavana 1 Comment »
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Thumbs up!"Ideal for those that want a break from the standard black teas, but still want a rich and hearty morning brew that provides comparable chemical stimulation."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 8/10
Other Teaviews: Shelly gave it 8/10, Lea gave it 8/10
Your Reviews: 9/10
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teavana-matevana.jpgMateVana combines roasted Mate leaves, cocoa, rooibos tea, chocolate pieces and almond bits, cactus blossoms, cornflower petals, and sunflower petals for a visually appealing blend of warm brown, blue and yellow colors. The tea has a wonderfully sweet and toasted aroma. When I took a good look at Teavana’s MateVana, I said to myself “Hmmm, I think I have had this tea before”. After brewing and tasting the tea, I said to myself “I know I have had this tea before!” Indeed, I had previously sampled this tea, sold under the name “Mate Chino”, from a local tea shop. A quick Google search resulted in a plethora of sites that feature this tea under its alternative name, and describe it as consisting of “toasted Mate with cocoa, sunflower petals, almond bits, cactus flowers and cornflower blossoms”…basically the same exact tea. While Teavana’s version of this blend was not new to me, it was a welcomed cup of tea nonetheless. The roasted mate provides a warm toasty base which perfectly complements the cocoa, chocolate and rooibos. The almonds add a slight hint of nuttiness to the blend. I enjoyed this tea straight on its own, but also found it to be delicious with milk and sugar. This type of blend is ideal for those that want a break from the standard black teas, but still want a rich and hearty morning brew that provides comparable chemical stimulation (side note: it is debated if yerba mate actually contains caffeine or a similar compound that affects the body in a slightly different way). Since I best enjoy the distinct and rich flavor of mate in small, occasional doses, this is not a tea I see myself drinking everyday. And that’s probably a good thing, since at nearly $3.00 an ounce, I would need to find a second job to finance my tea habits! Seeing as Teavana’s MateVana is essentially the same blend that is available from other sources under a different name, I would recommend that those interested in trying this tea search the internet to find the best deal.

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Review: Teavana To Life

Cornflower Tea, Green Tea, Jasmine Tea, Orange Peel Tea, Peach Tea, Rooibos Tea, Rose Tea, Strawberry Tea, Sunflower Tea, Teavana, White Tea No Comments »
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Its OK"The description had me prepared for a sweet and fruity tea, but in reality this tea is more of a jasmine tea with just the slightest hints of fruity undertones."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 6.5/10
Other Teaviews: Numi gave it 8/10, Lea gave it 8/10
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teavana-to-life.jpg“To Life” is an interesting blend of red, white, and green teas. Specifically, Teavana says that this tea blends Rooibos Tropica, Silver Needle and Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls with orange peels, strawberry pieces, peach pieces, sunflower, rose, and cornflower petals. When I received my sample, the first thing I noticed about this tea was that due to the fact that the different ingredients were of very different sizes and shapes, there was a very obvious separation among them, with the smallest rooibos pieces falling to the bottom of the pile and the fluffy light Silver Needle leaves staying at the top. Thus, with a tea like this, it is important to really mix up the blend to make sure that each of the ingredients that is supposed to be there actually makes it into your teapot. “To Life” really is an attractive blend with a very refreshing aroma that has both fruity and floral notes. I was very eager to try this tea, but must admit that in the end I ended up being disappointed. To me, the jasmine (which is described by Teavana as offering a “soothing undertone”) just overpowered the brew. I found it difficult to really pick up on the rooibos, orange, strawberry and peach flavors because all I could smell and taste was jasmine. I don’t want to be too harsh, as the tea does have some positive points: a) provided you are prepared for the jasmine overload, it is tasty, b) the tea is made of natural ingredients rather than the questionable “flavoring” that many tea producers use to artificially add flavor to their teas, and c) the tea is good for multiple infusions, so a little goes a long way. Still, this tea fell just short of my expectations because I was really hoping to taste more of the rooibos and fruit components. The description had me prepared for a sweet and fruity tea, but in reality this tea is more of a jasmine tea with just the slightest hints of fruity undertones. Either the amount of Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls needs to be tweaked to reduce the impact of the jasmine, or the current Teavana description needs to be modified to better reflect the strong jasmine punch.

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Review: Tea Zone Jasmine Pearl

Green Tea, Jasmine Tea, Tea Zone No Comments »
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Thumbs up!"The scent and taste from this tea is authentic in taste and in just the right proportion."
David’s Teaview: 8/10
Other Teaviews: Troy gave it 6/10, Clay gave it 9/10
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teazone-jasmine-pearl.jpgJasmine tea is reportedly the top “flavored” tea in China (enjoyed by the Chinese), and Jasmine Pearls is a special tea created using green tea which has been infused with the perfume of fresh jasmine for some time before being fired and rolled into little pellets. It makes for quite a show, getting to watch the pellets unfurl in the steeping water. The aroma of this tea is what one would expect from a quality jasmine…cheap jasmine flavoring can make me sick to my stomach, but the scent and taste from this tea is authentic in taste and in just the right proportion, when brewed at 180 degrees for just over two minutes. The sweetness is present without being overpowering…the smell is rather like the sweet jasmine that is presently blooming in my back yard…and the taste is an enjoyable change from the usual. If you would like to try a green tea with an unusual yet mildly sweet and perfumed taste, you should give the Jasmine Pearls from TeaZone a taste.

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Review: Tea Zone Kenya Milima Estate GFBOP

Black Tea, Kenyan Tea, Tea Zone No Comments »
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Its OK"There's a woodiness/wineyness, with floral overtones, together with a bit of mouth-puckering astringency and a basic underlying strength of flavor."
David’s Teaview: 6/10
Other Teaviews: Stephen gave it 8/10, Shane gave it 6/10, Jake gave it 7/10
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teazone-kenya-milima.jpgThis is a tea from one of the better-known estates in Kenya. Kenyan teas are probably best known for their use in various blends, including some British breakfast teas. They are generally thought of as being rather strong-flavored, without the refinement of the best Indian/Sri Lanka/Chinese black teas. This is one of the better ones. To the eye, it includes some tips mixed in with the darker leaves, this in itself usually an indicator of higher quality. The taste proved to be an interesting combination of flavors: a woodiness/wineyness, with floral overtones, together with a bit of mouth-puckering astringency and a basic underlying strength of flavor. It is not so unlike some of the better Ceylon teas, but stronger. It is this strength of flavor (not really bitter per se, just STRONG) that may turn you off to this tea, but if you are looking for a coffee substitute this might be a good choice. I brewed this tea at a bit over four minutes, but brewed for a shorter time, I might find I like it better. Combined with milk, I didn’t personally find the mixture to be complimentary, as it is with a good Assam, for example. This is not a bad tea, but just one that doesn’t fit my personal preference.

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Review: Zoomdweebie’s RadioactiviTEA

Assam Tea, Black Tea, Zoomdweebies No Comments »
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Its OK"Fairly run-of-the-mill as far as Indian black teas go... certainly drinkable but nothing to set it apart from a thousand other blends."
Shane’s Teaview: 5.5/10
Other Teaviews: Troy gave it 5/10, Shelly gave it 5/10, James gave it 6/10
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zoomdweebies-radioactivitea.jpgRadioactiviTEA is a special breakfast blend from your favorite 80’s based tea bar, Zoomdweebie’s. They describe this tea as:

“Malty and strong, Get your Caffeine on! RadioactiviTEA is a strongly caffeinated blend of robust CTC and BOP Indian teas. It is the perfect pick-me-up and it’s great hot or iced, with or without cream and sugar”

The first thing that comes to mind is that it would be nice to know exactly where in India the teas that make up this blend come from. You can tell that the tea is obviously CTC and BOP tea and nothing like full leaf tea, but this adds to the whole effect of it being a “strongly caffeinated blend” as it brings to mind the way instant coffee looks. The tea itself comes out to a nice dark orange/red color. The taste of Indian tea is very apparent in this tea. I’m almost sure there is a Darjeeling and as Assam in there, again it would be nice to know the exact teas in there but that’s what I taste. It is malty, but nothing that hits you quite as strong as the description implies. I got two good steeps out of the leaves using a teaspoon per 6 oz. of water, although if you left it go longer and went with a single long steep I’m sure you’d end up with a strong brew. This tea is nothing special but quite far from being a bad tea by any means. This would be great anytime tea, not just for breakfast.

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Teaviews Member: Shane Shane
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Review: Zoomdweebie’s Watermelon Green

Green Tea, Watermelon Tea, Zoomdweebies No Comments »
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Not Great"The watermelon is there in the flavor but seems very artificial and watered down, plus the tea base goes bitter very quickly."
Shane’s Teaview: 3/10
Other Teaviews: Nicole gave it 3/10, Lea gave it 4/10, Troy gave it 5/10
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zoomdweebies-watermelon-gre.jpgI haven’t really seen any watermelon teas on the market so this was a whole horse of a different color when I was ready to try Zoomdweebie’s Watermelon Green tea. It is basically nothing more than a green tea that looks more like a black tea with some kind of watermelon flavoring added to it. After their apple tea I was hoping this one would be great since watermelon is a flavor I thoroughly enjoy.

The smell off the leaves themselves is very nice and true to its watermelon name. There is without a doubt watermelon in there, at least in the aroma. After brewing this tea I was taken completely the other way. The tea itself becomes bitter really easy and the best way to make this tea will be with cooler water so it doesn’t get that way. The watermelon is there in the flavor but seems very artificial and watered down.

Perhaps like others have recommended if a higher quality tea was used it watermelon would come out better and it wouldn’t be so bitter. However now that I know at least someone has tried a watermelon tea, I’ll be on the lookout for others.

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