My First Teavana Experience!

by Meg on June 28, 2012

I am so blessed.

I am seriously so blessed.

I received yet another birthday present in the mail this week that instantly brought tears to my eyes. This time it was from my sweetheart of a friend, Linz!

I get so emotional when I receive these packages in the mail. I don’t think I’ll ever get over how many incredible friendships I have made through blogging <3

Life long friendships

Linz sent me way too much, just the reminder that I am going to be seeing her in August at HLS would have been plenty <3

But, of course, she out did herself and sent me a bunch of my favourite things. One of them being tea!

A Teavana tea to be exact! :)

I was so excited to receive this tea. Not just because I am a tea addict, but because I have never tried Teavana tea before!

Lindsay knew I loved spicy tea, so she bought me their Rooibos Chai.

Teavana described their Rooibos Chai by stating:

“The sun goes down on the sacred Ganges River as thousands of people around the world enjoy classic, pure chai. Our red rooibos blend takes its historical spices quite seriously. The ordinary is made extraordinary with spicy cinnamon, cardamom husks, piquant ginger and lightly citrusy lemongrass which brews to a blissful honey-amber perfection.”
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I particularly love rooibos teas. Rooibos teas are made from a South African red bush plant and are naturally caffeine free. You may have heard of rooibos teas being referred to as a “red tea” before. The fermenting of the leaves of the African red bush produces reddish brown leaves that look like little needles.

Rooibos teas may support the immune system, promote well-being, help with digestion, and relieve stomach upset.

I do not find rooibos teas to be tart or “leafy” tasting in any way. To me, they taste rather mild and nutty with a bit of sweetness, so I never feel the need to add any sweetener

The ingredients within Teavana’s Rooibos Chai are:

  • Red rooibos tea
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Lemongrass
  • Cardamom husk
  • Cinnamon flavouring

I love the smell of this blend. It smells quite sweet and you can definitely smell the ginger and cinnamon right away. I could pick out notes of lemongrass, as well.

Of course, I had to try this tea immediately after opening it up! :)

I steeped 1.5 teaspoons of dried tea leaves in 12 oz. of water (that is how much my favourite mug holds) for 7 minutes.

While steeping, this tea smelt very sweet and ginger was the most prominent fragrance. This made me happy because I love teas with a strong ginger flavour :)

The taste was mild and produced the perfect strength of cinnamon flavour.

This tea is definitely not overbearing which was nice because sometimes I find chai flavoured teas can get too strong and spicy, but this was perfect. 

I love drinking this tea in the evening as it is caffeine free and I tend to opt for caffeine free teas later on in the day; however, I have been enjoying this tea all throughout the day as well because I love it so much <3

It is a comforting tea and I always think of Linz when I have a sip :)

I thoroughly enjoyed my first Teavana experience and hope to visit Teavana when I go to Boston in August so I can try some more flavours! :)

Did you enjoy this tea review? 

Do you have a favourite tea that you would like me to review next?

Do you like rooibos teas?

Don’t forget! Tomorrow is HFF, so please email me with your high five of the week! I’m waiting ;)
If your not familiar with High Five Friday read more about it here. I want all of you to join in on the fun!

Meg
xoxo

{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

Linz @ Itz Linz June 28, 2012 at 7:24 AM

YAY!! Glad it was a winner!! I went in there and was like uhhh she likes spicy tea!! Haha. You’ll have to teach me about tea in August!! :) :) xoxo

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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 28, 2012 at 7:46 AM

I love Rooibos tea – Starbucks Vanilla Rooibos is my fav :)

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Meg June 29, 2012 at 8:23 AM

That one is amazing, yes! :D

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Meghan Rene June 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Yum!!! Are you a June baby too!?!?! Mine is today! Boston is where I grew up – I get so jealous when I hear of people visiting there! I might be up in the area that weekend as well.

I think I need to get more into tea – so many great flavors!

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Meg June 29, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Oh my goodness! Happy belated birthday sweetheart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxo

P.s. you might be in Boston that weekend!?!? PLEASE keep me updated!!!!!

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Lauren (@poweredbypb) June 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I love rooibos tea. I started drinking it after getting a free sample in a half marathon goody bag. This looks particularly delicious!

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig June 28, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Aww how sweet! I will have to send you some English tea! We had afternoon tea yesterday and I thought of you :)

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Meg June 29, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Awwww I feel so special :D

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Sable@SquatLikeALady June 28, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Awwwww what a wonderfully sweet gift! So glad you two will get to meet <3

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Lindsay @ Conscious Cravings June 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Totally jealous that you keep getting all of these presents. I wish it was October already, so it could be my birthday lol I love tea though. Tea is so soothing and healing. I have like a tea surplus in my pantry.

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Hannah June 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

You are so lucky to have made such amazing relationships through blogging. It inspires me and makes me want to have the same! Hopefully some day I will have as many blogger friends as you do :)

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Kate @ Work in Progress June 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM

aah so glad you loved your Teavana!! I’ve had their rooibos chai a few times, it’s SO good – I especially like it in the winter!

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Meg June 29, 2012 at 8:36 AM

You should tell me your Teavana favourites :D

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Kate @ Work in Progress June 29, 2012 at 9:30 AM

hmm definitely the White Ayurvedic Chai and the Youth Blossom! It’s kind of fun to mix those two together actually :-)

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Meg June 29, 2012 at 9:47 AM

The white chai sounds like something I would LOVE :)

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Lindsay @ LindsayInNYC June 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Teavana is awesome! Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of their teas… My husband is a huge fan of the Strawberry Pu Erh (pronounced just like it looks, lol) – http://www.teavana.com/the-teas/black-teas/p/strawberry-slender-pu-erh-tea

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Meg June 29, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Lindsay! I love pu ‘erh tea! I have ginger pu ‘erh every day :D

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Lindsay @ LindsayInNYC July 2, 2012 at 1:17 PM

My husband and I went to David’s Tea for the first time this weekend! They opened a store in NYC in November and when we walked by, I had to get something!! I can’t wait to try more of their teas :)

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Jessica, the_toned_teach June 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM

YUM! I absolutely love tea… I have a whole cabinet full… my friends/family make fun of me, but I just say they’re jealous ;) Glad you’re feeling loved on your birthday (week/month)!!

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Kimberly @ RedefiningKim June 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM

How sweet of Linz! I loved the review of the tea. I am a tea novice so, I enjoy learning about various teas.

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Meg June 29, 2012 at 8:37 AM

good to know! :) thanks hun!

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Lisa June 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Aww that’s so sweet! I love roobios tea! I’m so happy for the friendships I’ve made through blogging as well! Its pretty awesome!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies June 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Mmmm….I love Roobios tea, the chai version sounds so good! You guys are going to have so much fun at HLB, I wish I could go to every blog conference ever. :)

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Caroline @ After Dinner Dance June 28, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I love Teavana! I don’t buy their stuff too often because it can be a little expensive, but it’s so good!

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Kristi @ Sweetly Fit June 28, 2012 at 11:52 AM

ahh that is awesome! I definitely enjoyed this review. Tea is becoming more popular with me since coffee and I aren’t friends anymore haha. :)

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Meg June 29, 2012 at 8:39 AM

So happy you liked the review babe :) thank you

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Danielle @WorkItWearItEatIt June 28, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Whoa you’re like a tea connoisseur! I love teas too, but I really don’t know much about them! I went to David’s Tea yesterday actually (and thought of you, of course) and tried Citron Oolong and Amaretto iced teas. So yummy! I’ve never heard of Teavana though, gotta check that out!

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Meg June 29, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Teavana in like the DAVIDsTEA of the US ;)

Eeee <3 you are so sweet Danielle! I can’t believe you thought of me when you went :) I LOVE both of the teas you tried! I LOVE THEM! Amaretto is really good hot too :)

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

What a perfect present for you! Did you know Teavana is based in Atlanta? Clearly a sign you should come see me. :)

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Meg June 29, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Hmmm you don’t say ;) I think I will have to plan a trip to see my Laura ;)

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Heather @ For the Love of Kale June 28, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Oh my gosh! SO SWEET of Linz to send this to you. Rooibos chai! Ahhh…looks so amazing!

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Sarah Kay Hoffman June 28, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Yes, yes, yes –> LOVE my Teavana! It’s really the only tea I drink. I invested in my own mini pot, cups and the whole shebang. I drink it hot and also make iced Teavana. You will love it! :)

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Meg June 29, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Love icing teas! :) What are your favourite Teavana teas? I am going to the states in August and hope to make a trip to Teavana to try more flavours :)

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Sarah Kay Hoffman June 29, 2012 at 8:56 AM
Anna @ The Guiltless Life June 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I am a HUGE rooibos fan but for some reason don’t like it with creamy-type flavours like vanilla – instead I am a rooibos citrus girl all the way. There’s a blend, I can’t remember the brand though, called African Autumn that’s a citrus rooibos blend and it’s heavenly!

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Electra @ Vanilla Bean Lean June 28, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Seriously, could you be more humble??? You’re wonderful Meg!

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Meg June 29, 2012 at 8:41 AM

I love you :)

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Annette@ FitnessPerks June 28, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I love Linz too!! Did ya know we are childhood besties?? We grew up together and are still close :) SHe is full of love!

And how cool that you got to try some yummy tea! I love herbal tea–rooibos is pretty good too.

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Meg June 29, 2012 at 8:43 AM

I DID know you were childhood besties :) How cute <3 !!!!!!

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StoriesAndSweetPotatoes June 28, 2012 at 2:32 PM

That’s so sweet. :) Roobios tea has all my favorite spices. You could make oatmeal in it.

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Julie June 28, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Love Teavana!!! If you watch their website they sometimes offer free shipping too. Love their Blueberry Bliss Rooibos. Also they have a Strawberry Lemonaide that is awesome for iced tea. I could go on…..

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Meg June 29, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Ooooo thanks Julie :)

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Julie July 1, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Just have to tell you that Teavana is offering free shipping on any order!! I can’t believe I missed that email from them. Offer ends tonight.
And the Raspberry Lemon Riot makes awesome iced tea as well.

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables June 28, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I have never had Rooibos tea I don’t think. However, we have a Teavana, and I have been dying to go! Maybe something to do this weekend!

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Meg June 29, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Let me know if you go :D

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 28, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Aww what a sweet gift! That tea sounds amazing – I love rooibos and I love chai, but I’ve never tried the two together. It sounds delicious though!

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Alex @ therunwithin June 28, 2012 at 7:05 PM

so sweet, I love unexpected packages.

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Angela @ Sleep and Repeat June 28, 2012 at 8:26 PM

I absolutely ADORE teavana, especially their rooibos! SO good :) glad you enjoyed!

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Megan @ Weddings and Workouts June 28, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Awww, that’s so sweet!

I love rooibos tea, especially vanilla rooibos. I love that its caffeine free, too!

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Christina @ The Athletarian June 29, 2012 at 1:14 AM

What a nice present! Tea is definitely the way to your heart! <3

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Jane June 29, 2012 at 7:43 AM

That is so sweet! I love rooibos tea too!

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