The first episode starts with one of my daily teas — Teavana’s Samurai Chai Maté.
Teavana’s tea blends can be really hit or miss. This toasted nut brulee blend is a mix of oolong and rooibos along with a kitchen sink of other ingredients like coconut, ginger, and pineapple.
The resulting brew is nutty and spicy and oddly creamy. All the flavors really don’t come together in a very good way, but it’s more palatable iced than hot. If you’re allergic to nuts, you definitely should stay away from this.
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.
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.
Sweet Oolong Revolution is a fruity herbal tea blend from Teavana with flavors of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves…and papaya abd pumpkin. It sounds weird, but it actually doesn’t make for a bad cup of tea! It’s sweet and spicy, and the pumpkin and papaya lends a creamy/savory note that’s pretty satisfying.
Teavana doesn’t sell this blend anymore, which is kind of a shame. I know there’s a lot of people out there who wish they would bring this back!