I hate teavana. The spazzes they hire in the store are pushy like car salesmen, the atmosphere is alienating, and all of their products are ridiculously overpriced. I've gone to them occasionally for years only because I thought there was no other reliable way to get decent loose leaf tea. Recently I saw a tin of PTT co's white silver needle online for a measly 10 bucks, so I bought it figuring I'd save myself the trouble of going to teavana. I'm happy with the flavor so far, though it is slightly more delicate than teavana's equivalent, and I find myself using more and more spoonfuls per cup to be satisfied. My biggest gripe is that the leaves themselves seem to be dry. Now I'm no expert on tea; I do know that tea leaves are dried, but these were so dry they were like twigs. They seemed stale, and had little-to-no aroma. I guess this is why the flavor was lacking. Clearly a quality concern, but I bought it from amazon, so I assumed it had just been in storage for too long. Overall, This stuff is a MUCH better deal than anything teavana has to offer going by the price alone. I will buy again, but if I get another tin of twigs, I'll have to find yet another way to get my delicious white tea.
By jenn b
This tea always reminds me of winter
It's been a long time since I've tried Lapsang Souchong, so I decided to pick up a sample of this and give it another try. The deep smoke flavor always reminds me of winter, so today was the perfect day to try it out (our high is going to be -9°F.) Smoke teas really are an acquired taste and I've decided fairly recently that, anymore, they just aren't for me. This tea wasn't bad, just not something I'm likely to reorder.
By jenn b
All my favorite ingredients in one tea!
This is a tea that I have been meaning to try for awhile, it combines a lot of my favorite ingredients all in one blend. I made it hot, since it is such a chilly day, but sadly the mint took over and drowned out the other flavors. I think this may be even better when cold steeped because it would allow the floral flavors to develop more. Even without the floral flavors I still enjoyed this tea. I love peppermint tea, period. This had the added bonus of having a good dose of caffeine in it from the white base which I certainly needed today. I’ll give this one another shot once the weather warms up and see how it does with a cold steep.
By jenn b
Tastes just like chocolate after dinner mints
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this tea, chocolate teas and I, for the most part, don’t get along. I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when I decided this was one of my favorite chocolate teas to date. It reminds me a lot of those chocolate mints you get after dinner at a lot of restaurants, I love those things! The combinations of vanilla and yogurt give the tea a smooth, almost melts in your mouth feeling, just like the chocolate mint have. The flavor of the rooibos gets hidden behind all of the flavorings (and there are a lot of flavors going on here other than just chocolate and mint.) The apple pieces in the blend were rather unexpected, but the do lend a tiny bit of flavor that hides out in the background. My only real complaint about this tea is that there is an oil slick at the top that is really unappealing looking, I know it is likely from the yogurt, but I still hate seeing it.
Creamy coconut goodness!
This tea is light like a white tea and has that white-tea musk but also is extremely creamy with a smooth coconut flavor. This is not an in-your-face tropical coconut tea at all and the flavor is not artificial. It's a silky, velvety, wonderful white tea which means it's a mellow strength but still very flavorful. Highly recommend!