Teavana Youthberry tea

I enjoy iced tea on summer days and warm tea in mornings or lazy afternoons, or any time I’m reading or writing. Tea and books just seem to go together well. I guess I’ve always liked tea, though I’ve always been a casual drinker. I never felt like I was fancy (or rich) enough to be a tea connoisseur, but why not? Nobody is born with refined tastes. Everyone starts somewhere, so there’s no reason I can’t become a classy tea person too, and I get to share the adventure with everybody!

As a penniless writer, I decided it was best to start with things I had on hand. I was fortunate enough to receive a lovely little tea pot with an infuser as a bridesmaid’s gift a few years back. Six years? Seven? I’m sorry, Tiff, I don’t remember when your anniversary is!
Anyway, while I always loved the teapot, it always served more as decoration in the kitchen than anything else. I’m grateful to have it, though, and getting to use a special gift from a special friend for a new experience is grand!

For my first cup of tea as a tea person: Youthberry white tea from Teavana.

I don’t remember why I had this tea, but it was already in my pantry and had been for several months, sealed away in an airtight container. Actually, I think I had it for a tea party I intended to have with my mother and mother-in-law. Needless to say, the tea party didn’t happen, so I’d never had a taste.

I normally like fruity teas, so it seemed like a good option. It’s a pleasant-smelling mix of white tea leaves and fruits, with a few flower petals as well. Apples, mango and pineapple make it sweetly fragrant, with red currants and açai berries to give the brewed tea a lovely purple-red color in the cup.

Despite the candied fruit pieces and what I’ve heard about white tea having a light flavor, I was surprised by the bitterness of this tea. I followed the directions to the letter, since the label warned of improper preparation resulting in bitter tea, so I was disappointed it required me to add a bit of raw honey to sweeten it up before I could taste anything but bitter tea.

Once sweetened, the other flavors began to emerge. The taste of mango and pineapple were the strongest, with more subtle hints of tart apple beneath. The honey I added was barely perceptible, which pleased me, since it meant I got to focus on the more nuanced aftertaste of hibiscus petals.

On the whole, the flavor was very tropical, and while I had it hot, I think the tea would be better served iced and perhaps slightly sweetened. While I think it would be enjoyable that way, I found it too exotic for my taste.

Have a tea recommendation for this newbie? Leave it in the comments!

One Reply to “Teavana Youthberry tea”

  1. Hi! As a former Teavana employee, I'll tell you there are several steps to brewing the tea, and any number of things could have led to your tea being bitter – the most vital being the amount of tea you used, the temperature of your brewed water, and/or your steeping time.

    Practicing the brewery of tea takes time, and everyone has different tastes – in stores they actually use an all natural rock sugar from Germany to sweeten their teas. It enhances the flavor of the tea by brightening the fruit infusions and tea leaves.

    Youthberry is an incredibly popular fruity flavored tea, but I agree that it for sure, is not for everyone.

    All of the herbal infusions are particularly good, because they're mostly a blend of fruits and flowers – however they're low in actual tea content, which is why they are on the lower end of the price range. These are great for beginners as they can brew AT boiling temp and steep for long periods – they also blend well with other teas.

    Some herbals I recommend include:
    -Dragonfruit devotion (has hibiscus and provides a sweet and tart taste)
    -Peach Tranquility (light peachy nice bed time tea with chamomile leaves)
    -Citrus Lavender Sage (another sleepy time tea with orange flavors)

    If you want to get into the higher quality teas, here are at least one suggestion from each tea category:

    White: Body + Mind – if you are an unflavored more traditional tea drinker, this tea is great because it's a blend of three times of tea together – mao feng white tea, monkey picked oolong tea, and jasmine green tea. This tea allows you to experience each flavor peacefully as a blend.

    Green: Strawberry Grapefruit Xue Long – this is a new Spring time green tea infused with strawberries, hibiscus and grapefruit. If you're a fan of the tart grapefruit flavor, you will LOVE this!

    Oolong: Strawberry Blush Rose (formerly known as Rose Champagne) – a lightly earthy mild flavored tea with strawberry pieces.

    Black: I'm not big on dark dark black tea flavors – so I always go with Weight-To-Go, a black pu-erh tea that has apples and strawberries in it. For sure one of my favorites of all time. It's very fruity, and it's a great caffeine pick me up!

    Mate ("mah-tay"): If you're a coffee fan, my favorite mate is Java Vana which is actually more like a black tea blend of cocoa infused tea (similar to MateVana) – try this if you still want coffee tastes!

    Rooibos ("roy-bus"): Zingerber Coconut – a delicious blend of spicy cinnamon and cardamom. This is a great comparable "chai" blend without the caffeine!

    Good luck!

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