Tag: hibiscus

Episode 036: Raspberry Riot Lemon Maté

I generally like my matés pretty plain (Samurai Chai Maté is an exception), but this raspberry riot lemon maté blend from Teavana is pretty fantastic.

Green maté is mixed with raspberries, hibiscus, big pieces of apple, and lots of rose flavors to create a pretty satisfying cup of tea. The raspberry and fruit flavors are the star here, but you also get the kick that comes with a proper maté. It’s the best of both worlds!


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Episode 047: Maté Limón Chai

The Tea Spot‘s maté limón chai is an odd bird of a blend. They start with some really great quality yerba maté, add lemongrass, lemon oil, and lemon myrtle for the limón, along with traditional chai spice. The result is…weird.

It’s an oddly dark brew for a green maté, and when hot, the chai spices overwhelm everything else. More of the limón flavor comes through as it cools, but overall, it’s a forgettable cup of tea. Excellent packaging though!

The Tea Spot no longer sells this particular blend, and I couldn’t find a suitable replacement blend. Can’t win ’em all.

Episode 072: Berry Basil Blast

I’m not really sure what to make of Teavana’s Berry Basil Blast. This is a discontinued blend from them — with good reason, honestly.

It’s another one of their “kitchen sink” blends, and it’s chock full of so many fruit inclusions that you barely taste the white tea or the basil. It tastes very similar to their Blueberry Kona Pop, except the basil imparts a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Episode 075: Sakura Allure

I do love cherries — namesake notwithstanding — so I had to try Teavana’s Sakura Allure. This is another one of their blends with a ton of additions, including bamboo and cactus. Luckily, most of those flavors don’t really float to the surface — green tea and cherry are the stars here.

It’s a pleasant tea, but the sour aftertaste lingers a bit longer than I’d like. Maybe it’s the cranberry and hibiscus, but it tastes like a lighter version of Tazo Passion. I imagine this would be really great iced!


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Episode 098: Youthberry/Wild Orange Blossom

Teavana really loves these fruity tea blends, and Youthberry/Wild Orange Blossom is no exception. I’ve reviewed Youthberry before, so I was interested to see what Wild Orange Blossom would bring in terms of a flavor profile (besides orange, duh).

It’s very floral and sweet, and that’s not just because of the addition of rock sugar. I did pick up a bit of a sour, tart aftertaste (maybe from that big hunk of orange slice), but I imagine this would be just as good hot as it would be iced. Give it a try!


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