141 Tasting Notes
Somewhat bland, on a par with Tetley’s British Blend.
Tastes like gingerbread cookies. Surprisingly not bad at all, considering that I have disliked every other Tazo tea so far.
Tasted too weak – I took heated water from our office water cooler, put the teabag in before measuring the temperature, which turned out to be only 183 degrees.
Strong flowery perfumy Jasmine flavor, but it overpowered the taste of the Ceylon Black. Not bad if you like Jasmine.
I liked this tea much better the second time – perhaps it tasted bland because I was getting a cold.
When I opened the packet, I was confronted by an overpowering floral aroma reminiscent of the kind of cheap perfume that arrives ten minutes before the person wearing it. I had to overcome my revulsion to the smell to steep the tea and drink it. The floral aroma certainly did not produce in me the meditative state I associate with zen. I wish I knew what that floral aroma was, since nothing on the ingredient list matches it. I get the same smell from tazo’s calm chamomile and passion packets, but in their case I couldn’t even bring myself to make the tea.
Once the bag had finished steeping, the aroma had mostly subsided, and the tea tasted similar to tazo’s refresh, though more like spearmint. I did not taste any lemon that I expected from the lemon verbena and lemongrass, nor did I really taste the green tea. I didn’t finish the cup. The mint flavor was its only redeeming quality.
This tea starts out with a spearmint flavor and then ends on a peppermint note – I really don’t taste the black tea at all. The flavor is good and strong even though the expiry date is this month. On the whole, however, I prefer Numi’s Moroccan Mint.
This is my second cup of Ahmad’s Blackcurrant tea, and I did taste more of the blackcurrant this time, though it tasted more like unsweetened sour blackcurrants (even after adding sugar) than like the blackcurrant jam I used to eat in Britain. I woud say I like this the least of Ahmad’s fruit teas (which I generally love).