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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 051: Bai Hao Wu Long

Bai Hao Wu Long is a Taiwanese tea that goes by many different names — oriental beauty, eastern beauty, dong fang mei ren, white tip oolong, champagne oolong, formosa bai hao, fancy formosa silver tip, formosa fancy, etc. Whatever you call it, it’s still a great cup of tea.

The champagne-colored liquor smells and tastes a lot like honey, with some subtle orange and peach flavors. (It’s complex like a darjeeling in that way.) These leaves can be steeped multiple times, so savor the flavor all day long! This would also make a really posh iced tea. Make sure to check out the health benefits too!


Purchase Tea Geek’s Bai Hao Wu Long (2010 Summer Harvest)

Episode 058: Kamiya Papaya Oolong

I was surprised to find that I still had some of this particular blend left in my collection! This is Teavana’s Kamiya Papaya Oolong, a tropical oolong mix including papaya, pineapple, and some other fruits and spices.

It’s a pretty middle-of-the-road cup of tea as far as oolongs go. The buttery oolong is punctuated with floral, fruity notes from the inclusions. Great hot or iced, I would say.

Teavana doesn’t sell this blend anymore, but Amuse Projects’ Tropical Oolong looks like a good substitute.

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 094: Maharaja Chai/Samurai Chai Maté

Teavana sometimes sends out these sample packs that include a mixture of two tea blends and rock sugar. Are these blends better than the sum of their parts? Let’s find out with this Maharaja Chai/Samurai Chai Maté blend!

These two blends have a lot of the same ingredients, but Maharaja Chai brings oolong and chicory to this mix. The overall result tastes like a muted Samurai Chai Maté. For the price, you would probably do better just buying twice as much Samurai Chai Maté.


Purchase Teavana’s Maharaja Chai/Samurai Chai Maté