• Reviews

    Teavana Samurai Chai Mate

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: mottled mix of colors, stemmy looking Ingredients: green mate, green rooibos, cinnamon, anise, cardamom, almond, papaya, pineapple, orange and lemongrass Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 205 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: gold This tea was given to me as part of a secret Santa present. It was very heavy on the cinnamon but still fruity and light. All of the sweeter ingredients completely masked the astringency of the green mate. The finish of each sip left a tongue tingling feeling and a cloyingly sweet aftertaste. While not necessarily bad, this wasn’t really my cup of tea. I’m a bit of a chai…


  • Teaware and Gadgets

    Teavana Green Embossed Lotus Infuser Mug

    My secret Santa gave me this infuser mug from Teavana along with a couple of teas that will be reviewed soon. I’ve actually had a similar type of cup before but gave it away to a friend. Not only is this one a good deal prettier but it includes the all important saucer. I like to use it to hold the infuser after steeping since it really prevents me from spilling tea everywhere. I’m way too clumsy to perch it on the lid as pictured. The holes in the infuser are a little big but it worked very well for larger leaved teas like Ooooh Darjeeling from Adagio (also a review coming soon).…

  • Places

    Tea Places: Teavana Lexington Avenue

    It’s been open for a few months but I finally had a chance to stop by Teavana’s new Lexington Avenue location. While I’m not a frequent customer of this particular retail chain, I was inclined to stop in since this is their first Manhattan shop. While a little on the small side, the interior was airy and well organized. Teavana is known for its pushy salespeople but I found the staff here friendly and unobtrusive. Being on a busy corner in the Upper East Side, they probably don’t need to resort to the same sales tactics as a mall based location. I picked up a copy of The Tea Companion by Jane Pettigrew…