• Reviews

    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

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, twisted and covered in golden hairs Ingredients: yellow tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 175 degree Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep gold +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.…

  • Places

    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…

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    Teavana Sakura Allure

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: small, dark green with lots of flower petals Ingredients: Green tea, hibiscus blossoms, cherries, artificial flavoring, candied mango pieces (mango, sugar), candied pineapple pieces (pineapple, sugar), rose blossom leaves, lemon peels, rosebuds, cranberry pieces Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper Liquor: deep red I have heard the name of this tea so many times over the years and only just got a chance to try it when I attended the preview event for the new Teavana Fine Teas +Tea Bar in NYC. What I was expecting, based solely on that name, was a run of the mill sakura green tea. What I…

  • Places

    Tea Places: Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bar

    +Teavana has just recently opened a brand new concept store on Madison and 85th street in New York City. There’s been a lot of buzz about it online so I was really excited to have the opportunity to attend the preview event this past Wednesday. I’ve also seen a lot skepticism but I feel that the company has been moving in the right direction since being acquired by Starbucks. The moment that I stepped through the doors I knew that this was going to be a very different experience. The space was large, modern and inviting. There were lots of little details that you may not see upon first glance, like the tubes of…

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    Teavana Sevenberry Sangria Rooibos

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: shades of pinks, blues and browns Ingredients: Green rooibos, hibiscus flowers, grapes, elderberries, artificial flavoring, black currants, blueberries Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 208 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: deep, dark red I usually only buy teaware from Teavana as I prefer unflavored teas but I friend bought me this blend as a gift. The dry leaves as well as steeped tea had an incredibly strong aroma. For reason it had both my mother and I craving chocolate covered jelly rings. The taste was sweet and fruity with a tangy tartness. No sweeteners are needed at all with this blend. Hibiscus is…