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drank Tazo Chai Tea Latte by Tazo
1184 tasting notes

Had to run to the store for something on the way to work this morning and there was a Starbucks next door, so I decided to try AmazonV’s “no water” suggestion. Yum. The more I have this the more I like it. Nice blend of spices that takes the milk just right. It’s the same comforting feeling as drinking hot cocoa. It isn’t in the same league of chewy and nommy as the Samovar, but on the other hand one can’t just run into the (every) corner Starbucks and get the Samovar Masala Chai. Life is full of such trade offs. Bumping the rating a hair.

Cofftea

Did you have it w/ concentrate or the full leaf version? I do not like the concentrate unless I add other syrups to it and even then I don’t like it all that much. I wish I could figure out how to do an iced full bag version.

__Morgana__

No idea, I was going potty while they made it. ;-)

Cofftea

If you didn’t specify the sachets I know they stuck you w/ (in my personal opinion) the inferior concentrate. No real tea taste, just spice.

__Morgana__

Thanks for the tip. Wow. So much to specify. Nonfat, no water, now sachets. I used to make fun of someone I knew who always ordered “double decaf nonfat latte no foam” and now… I’m becoming that myself!

Cofftea

My default is always a tall double shot double bag half water half nonfat milk dirty chai w/ 2 pumps each sugar free vanilla and caramel 2 pumps chai topped w/ whip and mocha and caramel drizzles. When I get it iced I switch to 2 pumps concentrate and half ice half non fat milk blended. (other customizations the same) Why would you make fun of someone for ordering something they enjoy? That’s not polite.

__Morgana__

Because it’s a crazy long thing to say every time you order something, and she’s my friend and thinks it is funny too.

Cofftea

I get smiles from Baristas often. Not “Ohmygosh why would you order that?” or “Gosh can’t you just order something simple?”, but “Ok wow- impressive, what was that so I get that right?” My response is usually “Well you do say can customize my drink 87,000 ways” which normally gets us both laughing and then I repeat my order slowly again (if I don’t have it written down for them, which I often do). I’ve only had my drink made incorrectly once… and it was actually a much simpler drink.

AmazonV

lol, yea it can get long and crazy, and it isn’t as good as making your own but it’s great to be able to pop in to a starbucks anywhere in the country (or world) and get the same nice soothing chai – luckily i don’t order normally, i show up and smile, and they ring me up, cough just a weee habit

Rabs

@__Morgana__: I had a wonderful regular customer who would order your friend’s drink and she always called it the “why bother” since it was decaf, NF with no foam. It cracked me up every time :)

As a former barista it really didn’t phase me (and most of my coworkers) when people had lenghty orders. After all, we tend to be even pickier about our drinks ;) The only time I got annoyed was when I worked at a store in the Rockies and a tourist wanted a 195 degree latte. I tried to explain that I would need to drop the temp by 10 degrees since we were so far above sea level. The customer almost lost it, so I made it for him – horribly scalding milk and all. I’ll give him props that he didn’t try to return it :)

__Morgana__

I really don’t mind how long someone’s order is other than mine. I have a hard enough time remembering my own name sometimes. It’s the thought of having to remember to specify all this stuff. When I get coffee at Starbucks, I get drip, and I get whatever the mildest one on offer is. So this whole specialty drink thing is new to me and I feel like unless I come up with a jingle I’m gonna forget it at least the first few times. (I need more sleep and less stress ;-) and being a lot younger than I am wouldn’t hurt either.) Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese….

AmazonV

Morgana perhaps you should get the starbucks application, make the drink “card” (the baristas speak) for what you want then just hand it to them – http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_8PVvSpqz4_0/S8dAYboUojI/AAAAAAAABXI/X8MptIF9UVE/s1600/IMG00810-20100415-1023.jpg as an example – see the cup markings, i pen them on in advance, and can change it to whatever i want

AmazonV

(they used to have white strips of paper you could use and tack to your own mugs, some stores may still have them, they’re like post-its)

__Morgana__

Oooh. Cool. I was thinking of doing something like that but then I felt kind of pathetic about it. ;-)

Cofftea

Morgana, don’t feel pathetic- especially w/ orders like mine they’re greatful for anything you do to make their job of giving you the drink you want easier.

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Cofftea

Did you have it w/ concentrate or the full leaf version? I do not like the concentrate unless I add other syrups to it and even then I don’t like it all that much. I wish I could figure out how to do an iced full bag version.

__Morgana__

No idea, I was going potty while they made it. ;-)

Cofftea

If you didn’t specify the sachets I know they stuck you w/ (in my personal opinion) the inferior concentrate. No real tea taste, just spice.

__Morgana__

Thanks for the tip. Wow. So much to specify. Nonfat, no water, now sachets. I used to make fun of someone I knew who always ordered “double decaf nonfat latte no foam” and now… I’m becoming that myself!

Cofftea

My default is always a tall double shot double bag half water half nonfat milk dirty chai w/ 2 pumps each sugar free vanilla and caramel 2 pumps chai topped w/ whip and mocha and caramel drizzles. When I get it iced I switch to 2 pumps concentrate and half ice half non fat milk blended. (other customizations the same) Why would you make fun of someone for ordering something they enjoy? That’s not polite.

__Morgana__

Because it’s a crazy long thing to say every time you order something, and she’s my friend and thinks it is funny too.

Cofftea

I get smiles from Baristas often. Not “Ohmygosh why would you order that?” or “Gosh can’t you just order something simple?”, but “Ok wow- impressive, what was that so I get that right?” My response is usually “Well you do say can customize my drink 87,000 ways” which normally gets us both laughing and then I repeat my order slowly again (if I don’t have it written down for them, which I often do). I’ve only had my drink made incorrectly once… and it was actually a much simpler drink.

AmazonV

lol, yea it can get long and crazy, and it isn’t as good as making your own but it’s great to be able to pop in to a starbucks anywhere in the country (or world) and get the same nice soothing chai – luckily i don’t order normally, i show up and smile, and they ring me up, cough just a weee habit

Rabs

@__Morgana__: I had a wonderful regular customer who would order your friend’s drink and she always called it the “why bother” since it was decaf, NF with no foam. It cracked me up every time :)

As a former barista it really didn’t phase me (and most of my coworkers) when people had lenghty orders. After all, we tend to be even pickier about our drinks ;) The only time I got annoyed was when I worked at a store in the Rockies and a tourist wanted a 195 degree latte. I tried to explain that I would need to drop the temp by 10 degrees since we were so far above sea level. The customer almost lost it, so I made it for him – horribly scalding milk and all. I’ll give him props that he didn’t try to return it :)

__Morgana__

I really don’t mind how long someone’s order is other than mine. I have a hard enough time remembering my own name sometimes. It’s the thought of having to remember to specify all this stuff. When I get coffee at Starbucks, I get drip, and I get whatever the mildest one on offer is. So this whole specialty drink thing is new to me and I feel like unless I come up with a jingle I’m gonna forget it at least the first few times. (I need more sleep and less stress ;-) and being a lot younger than I am wouldn’t hurt either.) Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese….

AmazonV

Morgana perhaps you should get the starbucks application, make the drink “card” (the baristas speak) for what you want then just hand it to them – http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_8PVvSpqz4_0/S8dAYboUojI/AAAAAAAABXI/X8MptIF9UVE/s1600/IMG00810-20100415-1023.jpg as an example – see the cup markings, i pen them on in advance, and can change it to whatever i want

AmazonV

(they used to have white strips of paper you could use and tack to your own mugs, some stores may still have them, they’re like post-its)

__Morgana__

Oooh. Cool. I was thinking of doing something like that but then I felt kind of pathetic about it. ;-)

Cofftea

Morgana, don’t feel pathetic- especially w/ orders like mine they’re greatful for anything you do to make their job of giving you the drink you want easier.

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)

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