The first episode starts with one of my daily teas — Teavana’s Samurai Chai Maté.
This blend from ESP Emporium is weird. It’s supposed to be a chocolate/mint rooibos blend, but you really don’t taste chocolate or mint in the resulting brew!
Rooibos is the base, which is good for a flavored blend like this. But you really taste the anise more than anything else. The mint that is in this blend is overshadowed completely by this. For some reason, the description on the website says there’s hints of vanilla and coconut. Are we tasting the same tea?
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 have a few sample packs in my collection from The Tea Spot, and this is the first one that stood out to me. I mean, who doesn’t want a tea that tastes like a smoothie, right?
This blend does not disappoint. It smells and tastes just like a Creamsicle. Best of all, you can’t really oversteep this since it has rooibos as a base. Try it iced for maximum vanilla flavor!
Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit” came to mind when I chose this tea. This is one of Teavana’s mixed blends (i.e., a blend of two blends), which consists of Blueberry Bliss and Pineapple Kona Pop. Hence the name Blueberry Kona Pop!
The dry leaves are really floral; actually, it kinda smells like Bubbalicious! It was great hot, but it really shines as an iced tea. It would be great as a mixer as well!