Review: Tavalon Jasmine Dream

Green Tea, Jasmine Tea, Tavalon 2 Comments »
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Thumbs up!"This is obviously a high quality jasmine because the taste and scent last through several steepings."
Nicole’s Teaview: 9.5/10
Other Teaviews: Christine gave it 7/10, Troy gave it 8/10, Chelsy gave it 6.2/10, Raven gave it 7.9/10, Sophie gave it 5.9/10, Laura gave it 6.25/10
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tavalonjasminedreamIf you’ve read any of my other reviews you would know that I am a complete jasmine addict. I’ve heard very good things about this blend so I could not wait to try it when I won a coupon in one of Tavalon’s many Twitter contests. The leaves were a very dark green and the scent of the jasmine was so strong that I was able to smell it through the package. I brewed this tea at work so I don’t have the exact specs. It is relatively bomb proof though. I haven’t had a bad cup yet.

This tea is obviously of a high quality because it very heavily scented. The taste and scent lasts through at least three steepings and I am always left feeling like I could have gotten another brew out of it. This was the first jasmine tea I have tried that did not have visible blooms in it. It detracts a little from the visual aspect but did not seem to have affected the taste very much. I would definitely recommend this tea.

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Review: Baxter Tea Company China Green Mandarin Sencha

Baxter Tea Company, Citrus Tea, Green Tea, Orange Tea, Sencha Tea No Comments »
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Its OK"The Sencha isn't very strong in its presence, which is disappointing, but the mandarin is not overwhelming either, which I think is a good thing."
Jamie’s Teaview: 6/10
Other Teaviews: Laura gave it 6/10, Troy gave it 9/10, Katie gave it 7.0/10, Cindy gave it 6/10, Geoff gave it 7.3/10
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baxtermandarinsenchaMy sample of Baxter’s China Green Mandarin Flavor Sencha was comprised of a dark green slender sencha leaf with some twigs and many broken bits. The mandarin scenting is prominent in the nose and there aren’t too many of the vegetal or sweet sea like undertones or overtones I would usually associate with a green tea.

I opted to brew a tablespoon to 24 ounces of water for three minutes after bringing the water to about 180 degrees. Brewed, the leaves swell up beautifully and lighten a bit in color. The brewed tea has the pretty, verdant glow to be expected, and the orange scenting is still quite forward. At the rear of my nose, I sense a slight bitterness. I can’t tell if this sense comes from the scent of the tea itself or the flavoring.

The taste to my first sip is fairly pleasant. The Sencha isn’t very strong in its presence, which is a little disappointing, but the mandarin is not overwhelming either, which I think is a good thing. The taste of the sencha seems to die an untimely death on the tongue, the flavor fading a little fast. The sencha has a very slight toasty aftertaste that started out well, but is not outstanding and doesn’t linger. The tea seemed to become somewhat bitter and rather sour as the cup progressed, too.

I couldn’t determine a great deal from the website about steep times, temperature preferences for brewing or where the tea is grown and harvested. I think this is an area that the website would benefit from fleshing out a bit. Otherwise, it’s easy to navigate and customer service is great. I also think the mission of the company to donate a portion of their sales to the preservation of Baxter State Park in Maine is really wonderful and worth supporting.

I think a better sencha as the base would make this a much better tasting tea. The mandarin is a neat touch and seems to suit the toastiness and sweet springlike nature of the tea well, a good match up, but with a mediocre sencha as the base, the blend falters.

— To purchase Baxter Tea Company China Green Mandarin Sencha, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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Review: Kokomo Tea Raspberry Ginger

Bai Mu Dan Tea, Berry Tea, Black Pepper Tea, Cardamom Tea, Clove Tea, Fruit Flavored Tea, Ginger Tea, Green Tea, Kokomo Tea No Comments »
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Thumbs up!"This tea’s predominant flavor is a mixture of ginger, lemon-citrus, and an unexpected soap-like element. The ginger is by far the most noticeable ingredient. The raspberry flavor was pretty elusive, but was most detectable in the aftertaste, providing for a sweet finish to an otherwise sharp and crisp tea. This tea is, in a word, intriguing. "
Vanessa’s Teaview: 7/10
Other Teaviews: Geoff gave it 7/10
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kokomoraspberrygingerGinger is often paired with citrus, peach, or honey, but this raspberry-ginger blend was a new mix for me, and one I was quite curious to sample. When I requested a sample of Kokomo Tea’s raspberry ginger tea, I assumed this would be a flavored black tea blend. Boy, was I wrong! This tea is actually, according to the Kokomo website, “made from a Pai Mu Dan base and blended with a mixture of refreshing green teas, as well as, ginger bits, raspberries, cloves, cardamom and even a tiny bit of black pepper”. There were whole intact raspberries in my sample, which was an unexpected yet much-welcomed surprise! The different ingredients ranged from very small specks to large leaf pieces and whole berries/pods which settled out by size; one should keep this in mind and be sure to mix this blend together well so that the infusion includes all of the ingredients in this blend. When taking my first whiff of this dry blend, my initial reaction was that it smelled very much like potpourri. To brew this tea, I used my standard approach for herbal teas by infusing the blend in boiling water for five minutes, which resulted in a relatively pale-colored liquid with a strong ginger aroma. When I really concentrated, I could pick up on a raspberry scent as well, although it was really much less noticeable than the ginger. Overall, the scent reminded me of the potpourri you might find simmering in a holiday gift shop. Generally speaking, potpourri isn’t something that tantalizes my taste buds, so I was a little concerned about how this tea would taste.
As it turns out, this tea’s predominant flavor is a mixture of ginger, lemon-citrus, and an unexpected soap-like element. The ginger is by far the most noticeable ingredient. The raspberry flavor was pretty elusive, but was most detectable in the aftertaste, providing for a sweet finish to an otherwise sharp and crisp tea. The white tea base is masked fairly well by the ginger and other added flavors. This tea is, in a word, intriguing. I have to say that while I didn’t exactly love this tea, I did continue to sip my way through the entire cup because it was such an interesting blend. New flavors seemed to emerge with each sip. While I wish that the soap-like flavor was a little less prominent, this is still a tea worth recommending to others. Because of the potpourri-like qualities that I observed, I imagine that those who enjoy floral teas might particularly enjoy this blend. The bottom line is that I wouldn’t describe this tea as outright delicious and it does have a strong potential to elicit an immediate love-or-hate response, but because it’s such an unusual blend, it’s worth sampling.

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Review: Red Leaf Tea Green Rooibos

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Thumbs up!"To my awe , the honey-like tone did transfer to the flavor."
Geoff’s Teaview: 9/10
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redleafgreenrooibosGreen rooibos is the unfermented version of red. Not exactly rocket science, but I thought I’d specify anyway for posterity’s sake. For folks that can’t stand the bite or astringency of a green tea, this is usually a good bet. I took quite a liking to it, probably too much.

Red Leaf Tea’s Green Rooibos is something of an enigma, though. It marked the first one I’ve tried that didn’t have the underlying taste of green rooibos. At least, not the kind I was used to. The standard flavor profile for it is nutty, sweet, slightly vegetal and smooth. Depending on the brew time, the liquor usually takes a green-ish hue, and the taste sort of reflects that.

This batch didn’t taste at all like that.

Granted, it looked the same; little green leaf pieces and all. However, there was a faint honey smell to it, slightly grassy finish in the aroma too. The honey aspect is what threw me off. Only the rooibos cousin, honeybush, was supposed to impart that whiff. I wondered if that carried over to taste as well, or if it was just a fluke.

Since the Red Leaf Tea site contained no brewing instructions, I had to go with my usual prep for this. I took 2 teaspoons to 16 ounces boiling water for five minutes. The liquor infused to a deep amber-gold, which was par for course. To my awe , the honey-like tone did transfer to the flavor. No nuttiness was detectable, even if the grassy aspect still remained.

See this? This is my “shocked” face. Pleasantly, mind you.

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Review: Kalahari Ruby Grapefruit White Tea

Bai Mu Dan Tea, Grapefruit Tea, Guarana Tea, Kalahari, White Tea 2 Comments »
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Not Great"It is plain and might as well be an unflavored white tea because the grapefruit flavor is AWOL. This is not a blend that I would buy or really recommend to others for purchase."
Laura’s Teaview: 4.5/10
Other Teaviews: Katie gave it 4/10, Vanessa gave it 6/10, Geoff gave it 5.5/10, Erika gave it 3/10
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kalaharirubygrapefruit.jpg“Rare white tea from China is blended with bright, sun-sweetened grapefruit for an invigorating citrus-infused cup.” — Kalahari Tea website.

I have had a couple of grapefruit flavored tea blends in the past few months and have been rather surprised how much I’ve enjoyed them because I am not a fan of the actual fruit. I find it to be a little tart for my taste. Many of the grapefruit blends have been quite well done with a delicious, tangy citrus flavor and I was hopeful that would be the case with this Kalahari blend. Kalahari lists the ingredients of this as: Organic Bai Mudan White tea, Organic Eleuthro Root, Guarana, and natural Grapefruit flavor.

The dry tea bag is unimpressive to look at as so many of them are—very small tea particles and little aroma to speak of. I infused this in water that had brought to a bubbly steam in the pan for close to 4 min. Unfortunately, I am just not too impressed with this one. It primarily tastes like a very strong white tea—and not a particularly good one. I sense the guarana or eleuthero is adding a slightly roasted note to this. It is not bitter, but not really very good either. Sadly, I am picking up on almost no citrus or grapefruit notes like I have experienced in other blends. As this cooled, I occasionally thought that I could detect a citrusy note (if I tried really hard), but it is more likely in my head than in my cup.

While this isn’t necessarily nasty or anything, there is nothing really special about it. It is plain and might as well be an unflavored white tea because the grapefruit flavor is AWOL. This is not a blend that I would buy or really recommend to others for purchase. If you want a decent tasting tea (bagged) from Kalahari, I would suggest the Raspberry Truffle or Matcha Mint. I might have become too much of a tea snob to really enjoy bagged tea anymore.

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Review: Teavana Yin Yang Dragon Rooibos Tea

Berry Tea, Blue Mallow Tea, Cornflower Tea, Cranberry Tea, Herbal Tea, Mango Tea, Papaya Tea, Pineapple Tea, Rooibos Tea, Rose Tea, Sunflower Tea, Teavana 1 Comment »
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Not Great"I feel as though if an overripe pineapple and a glass of weak hot chocolate had an illegitimate child, it would taste like this beverage."
Katie’s Teaview: 3.5/10
Other Teaviews: Troy gave it 4/10, Numi gave it 6/10
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teavanayinyangI knew this tea would be a risk. The ingredients list has quite the cacophony of strange additions: green rooibos, candied pineapple, mango and papaya bits, cocoa bits, pink pepper, bruised pepper, sunflower and cornflower blossoms, rosebud leaves, mallow blossoms and cranberries. I’ll be honest: I only decided to try out this rooibos because of the pink pepper and bruised pepper, which aren’t things you often find in teas, and I love sampling creative blends.

The peppery bite in the aftertaste ended up being the only redeeming quality of this tea. The plethora of flavours seem to end up in conflict. Although the bite in the aftertaste is good, it does not really add to the drink in any way, and it certainly doesn’t meld with the overly-sweet fruitiness that encompasses the rest of each sip.

I feel as though if an overripe pineapple and a glass of weak hot chocolate had an illegitimate child, it would taste like this beverage. I am very rarely unable to finish any given up of tea, but I found myself struggling before I managed to choke down even half of the cup. I ended up dumping the rest out and will pass the rest of the sample to someone hopefully a bit more appreciative.

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