drank Caribbean Breeze by Teavana
958 tasting notes

I’m trying this side by side with Tazo Passion just for fun. I’m trying them without sweetening first.

For starters, the colors of the steeped tisanes are nearly identical. They might even be identical, but I didn’t attempt to assure that they were exactly the same in terms of dry mix to water ratio. I made the Caribbean Breeze in the Breville, the Passion is in a sachet so I just poured boiling water over it and steeped 5 minutes.

The aroma of the Caribbean Breeze is sweeter and more berry like. The Passion is more hibiscusy in aroma.

The Passion has that unsweetened black cherry juice taste, for sure. The Caribbean Breeze is in fact quite similar tasting. It is sweeter, though, with a strawberry leaning taste. To put this in synesthetic terms, the Passion tastes lower than the Caribbean Breeze. If Caribbean Breeze starts at middle C, Passion starts at bass C.

With sweetening the strawberry-leaning note in the Caribbean Breeze becomes more pronounced. But I’m finding it hard to argue with my initial impression, that apart from that strawberry in the mix, the two are very similar. I think Passion may have a slightly more interesting taste than Caribbean Breeze, but not enough to quibble over.

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and 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’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to 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. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

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

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.


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