• Sip

    Teavana Jeju Island Green Tea

    Country of Origin: Korea Leaf Appearance: deep green, slightly rolled Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 1 minute Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: bright green Many tea drinkers are surprised to hear that Korea grows tea because little is exported and they are not very well known. Needless to say, I pretty much did a happy dance when +Teavana sent me a sample tin. The leaves almost resembled a Chinese green tea called Gua Pian. They had a very sweet aroma, even when dry. The taste was somewhat of a cross between the sweetness of Gua Pian and the deeply vegetal quality of sencha. I didn’t quite pick up the chestnut notes…

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    Teavana Golden Dragon Yellow Tea

    Teavana released this limited edition tea to celebrate Nation Hot Tea Month. When I had a chance to try some, all I could say was “You had me at yellow!”. The leaves were quite dark in color and their appearance was positively fuzzy. Most yellow teas (the few that I’ve come across anyways) more closely resemble green tea whereas this one brought golden monkey black tea to mind. The taste was quite floral with notes of honey and a thick, somewhat creamy finish. In my impatience to try this tea when it first arrived, I tried it in my Perfect Steeper and while decent, it was not nearly as good as when I prepared…

  • Travel

    Tea Places: Teavana – Newport Mall, Jersey City

    It’s been a long time since I had a tea place to write about in New Jersey. Where’s the tea love New Jersey? I live in a veritable tea desert so I was excited to see that my local mall would be getting a Teavana. Even if you aren’t a fan, something is better than nothing in my book. They had literally just opened the day before my visit so things were still crowded and a bit flustered. Unfortunately the staff seemed to have been trained under the “old” regime because pushy sales tactics were spotted over and over again. I also overheard a staff member tell a customer that a Chinese and…