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drank Tazo Chai Tea Latte by Tazo
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Today I had to go to Toys R S to get a present for a birthday party this afternoon that the almost 6 year old is now well enough to attend thanks to the miracle of antibiotics. I got there before it opened, so I wandered into the adjacent Starbucks armed with my increasingly detailed order. This time I got nonfat, no water, make it from leaves not concentrate.

There is definitely a difference between the leaves and the concentrate. Made with the leaves, the flavor was much spicier. The pepper was really, really pronounced, too. It did taste much more like it does when I make it at home, only creamier.

Surprisingly I’m not sure which way I like it better. It seems obvious I should say with the leaves rather than the concentrate, but the concentrate had a much more blended taste while the leaves were much starker.

I think this decision will have to be case by case and will depend largely on my mood at the time.

SoccerMom

Yay glad the 6 year old is feeling better!

Midnight Train

Have you ever tried Panera Bread’s Chai Tea Latte? Waaaaay better than Tazo’s. That one’s from concentrate, too.

__Morgana__

No, haven’t tried that. I don’t think there’s a Panera Bread that’s very close to me but I’ll be on the lookout for one when I’m out and about. Looks like the nearest one is in Millbrae, which isn’t really that close.

Cofftea

You think the concentrate is more blended? Interesting. I find the concentrate way too harsh on the spices- but maybe that’s cuz I only have the concentrate iced?

Midnight Train, I too, enjoy Panera’s- for what it is. Although I’ll take Tazo’s hot over Panera’s hot any day.

__Morgana__

The concentrate hot was very even-handed flavor-wise compared to what I had today, which was, as I mentioned VERY peppery. I liked it, it was just different and gave a different overall impression of being less blended since the pepper stuck out so much, comparatively.

Cofftea

Moving the bag around may help a bit. Sometimes I think when then bag infuses in one spot, especially in milk, the spices also stay in one spot.

Meghann M

I work at Panera bread and if you want to try their chai they use Republic of tea’s chai tea concentrate and just follow the recipe on the box. It’s good but I think I like the sbux bagged leaves better as the anise is turning out to be something I NEED in chai!

Cofftea

Meghann M- lol that’s odd… until I prepared their bagged chai at home I never noticed the anise.

Meghann M

Nor I, hence why I like the bagged version. I thought the anise was what I hated. But now it is something I crave, and one of the things that differenciates these full leaf bags from several chai’s out there. I have yet to get cravings for other teas but this one has to be in the cupboard :-)

Cofftea

No I mean when I order a full leaf chai latte in store I don’t get the anise, but do at home.

Midnight Train

Meghann – Thank you so much! I’ve been trying so hard to find what kind of concentrate Panera uses. It’s about $4 at Panera just for like, an 8oz cup. Can’t wait to try it myself.

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SoccerMom

Yay glad the 6 year old is feeling better!

Midnight Train

Have you ever tried Panera Bread’s Chai Tea Latte? Waaaaay better than Tazo’s. That one’s from concentrate, too.

__Morgana__

No, haven’t tried that. I don’t think there’s a Panera Bread that’s very close to me but I’ll be on the lookout for one when I’m out and about. Looks like the nearest one is in Millbrae, which isn’t really that close.

Cofftea

You think the concentrate is more blended? Interesting. I find the concentrate way too harsh on the spices- but maybe that’s cuz I only have the concentrate iced?

Midnight Train, I too, enjoy Panera’s- for what it is. Although I’ll take Tazo’s hot over Panera’s hot any day.

__Morgana__

The concentrate hot was very even-handed flavor-wise compared to what I had today, which was, as I mentioned VERY peppery. I liked it, it was just different and gave a different overall impression of being less blended since the pepper stuck out so much, comparatively.

Cofftea

Moving the bag around may help a bit. Sometimes I think when then bag infuses in one spot, especially in milk, the spices also stay in one spot.

Meghann M

I work at Panera bread and if you want to try their chai they use Republic of tea’s chai tea concentrate and just follow the recipe on the box. It’s good but I think I like the sbux bagged leaves better as the anise is turning out to be something I NEED in chai!

Cofftea

Meghann M- lol that’s odd… until I prepared their bagged chai at home I never noticed the anise.

Meghann M

Nor I, hence why I like the bagged version. I thought the anise was what I hated. But now it is something I crave, and one of the things that differenciates these full leaf bags from several chai’s out there. I have yet to get cravings for other teas but this one has to be in the cupboard :-)

Cofftea

No I mean when I order a full leaf chai latte in store I don’t get the anise, but do at home.

Midnight Train

Meghann – Thank you so much! I’ve been trying so hard to find what kind of concentrate Panera uses. It’s about $4 at Panera just for like, an 8oz cup. Can’t wait to try it myself.

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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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