Lydia Jen (lydiajen) wrote in teafreaks,
Lydia Jen

Two tea blends I really love

It actually never occurred to me to try blending tea until I tried a couple of blends at Teavana.

The first one is a blend of White Arurvedic Chai & Samurai Chai Mate:
I actually had trouble getting into black chai teas, which is what I was initially introduced to...even though I normally like the mixture of spices in them.  I'm not sure what it was about the black chais but I couldn't tolerate them unless made into a latte.  These, on-the-other hand, mmm...I'm not sure how to put this in words...I guess since the chai spices are blended with lighter teas, the spice flavor just comes through in a much better way for me.  I guess w/the blacks I thought the tea itself was overpowering the spice and I thought I would never be a chai type of person till I tried this.

The second one is Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls with Rooibos Tropica:
I have been a Jasmine drinker for a while but the first time I tried this blend in the store, I admit, I was expecting it to be more "jasminey" so at first I didn't take to it.  The second time, since my expectations were different, I tried it again and I left the store without it but ended up with a craving for it later that night and went back to buy it the next day.  The Rooibos Tropica, although it has strawberry notes, really adds more of a peachyness to the Jasmine Pearls.  So it's a bit more fruity.  In my husband's words, "this doesn't even taste like tea" but he meant it in a good way, and I agree, if someone told me it was a blend of fruits & honey, I'd probably believe them...but it's a really good blend.

I purchased the Jasmine Pearls and the Rooibos Tropica separately because I have a feeling the Rooibos Tropica may go well with the Silver Needle White Tea, although I haven't tried it yet.

Also, on my consecutive trips and re-trying of these blends, I realized they had a little something more to them in the store than what I was getting at home and that was their German Rock Sugar which seemed kinda pricey to me but a little goes a long way.  I never before sweetened anything other than the black teas I drink prior to trying the above mentioned blends.  Also, next time I'm buying it at their website because I live in a big city and the store is in a pricey area so the rock sugar is actually cheaper on the website.

I've never really written tea reviews and found myself fumbling for descriptive words here.  It's just that these blends have sort of opened my mind in a new way to trying things I didn't think I would even like before so I just wanted to share with you all.  If you have any advice on improving my descriptions I wouldn't mind.  Also, any questions, I'll be happy to try to answer to the best of my ability.

I don't mean to sound like I'm doing a sales pitch for Teavana but it's just recently that I found one locally so I couldn't help but go there a few times, and will probably keep going.


Edit: Forgot to add these hold up well to a minimum of two resteepings, depending on how quickly you go through it. I've resteeped the Chai blend up to 5 times and it was still pretty flavorful
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