drank Utopian Jewel by Teavana
243 tasting notes

Backlogging from Saturday.

Saturday was a rough day, the in-laws were in town, so much cleaning and preparation had to be done. While it was in progress, disaster struck, early in the morning when I was putting away dishes and accidently smashed my favorite Coconut Beehouse Teapot. I’d probably move on, get another replica but there would be a 10 minute period there where I would just be inconsolable. I had to get to the nearest Teavana ASAP to get a replacement.

The nearest locale is relatively new, and unfamiliar with me and my tea addiction, trying to upsell and sample me everything in the store, I quickly located the nearest and most uninterested Teavana worker, told her exactly what I needed – the teapot on the tip-top shelf and a cup of tea. I chose Utopian Jewel, I wanted oolong and fruit and something to celebrate my success at finding my teapot and to calm the nerves from the adventure this morning.

Unfortunately, this was not quite what I remembered. I asked for it iced and slightly sweetened with the Rock sugar. The tea is light, though unfamiliar, it is more tart and bitter than I remembered; maybe the “slightly sweetened” is different from what I get at my other Teavanas. Oh well. The fruit: raspberries, strawberries and apples, will of course be a bit tart with this, probably why Teavana suggests blending it with another, mild and sweeter tea, which I refused. However, the large raisins and the malty aroma would suggest that slightly sweet, should be sweet enough. Again, oh well. I have no regrets about the tea, you would expect that fruit power house to be tart, especially when you read the description (just now) and find out there is also carrot and beet.

Now, I wonder how this would be blended with another tea, maybe a white or green tea, something a little floral and crisp and clean…I will have to finish more of my stash before I find out.

Madison Bartholemew

I heard that it goes well with their white chai… never tried it though

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Madison Bartholemew

I heard that it goes well with their white chai… never tried it though

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I am a sarcastic perfectionist, a computer nerd, a game geek, an avid reader, a gadget guru, a wine (and tea) enthusiast, and (in my spare time) a chemist.

As I mentioned, I am a chemist, research and development to be exact, so when evaluating tea, it is much like evaluating my products: I will find the flaws and do my very best to fix them because it is what I love to do. Along those lines, nothing is perfect, but can have perfect qualities, I will highlight those also.

I made a preliminary guide to my rating scale:
0-19 – Did not like anything about the tea, feel it cannot be saved without being reformulated.
20-40 – Did not like the tea, it can be saved with extreme amounts of tweaking (i.e., sugar, milk, honey and or blending with another tea)
41-60 – Neutral about the tea, it can be helped or hurt by additives or blends, varied temperatures and steep times
61-70 – Decent tea, needs a little bit of help to get it in the place I like it, but definitely not out of reach
71-80 – Quality tea, liked it, will try again
81-90 – Really enjoyed the tea, high quality, will continue to drink the tea, not looking for something better
91-100 – Loved the tea, will continue to brew and drink and spread the word about the tea to everyone



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