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Aroma: Cinnamon, spice
Liquor color: Dark yellow
Liquor flavor: Subtle cinnamon and orange. Weak green base. Thin.
Notes: I won this sample pack part of a black Friday promotion. Once again I wasn’t impressed. Just like the other sample, the green tea base was extremely lacking to the point I questioned if there was even tea in there. Cinnamon overpowered the orange flavor. Meh.
Aroma: Minty like spearmint, crisp
Liquor: Light amber
Flavor: Minty, bland green tea base with a hint of smokiness
Notes: I got this as a free sample part of a black Friday deal, I wasn’t too impressed. Sure, it was minty, but the green tea base was really lacking. I was hoping it would be a good blend because it did smell nice but if the green tea wasn’t mentioned, I probably wouldn’t think there was any tea in there.
This tastes very similar to the Zingiber Ginger Coconut tea I’ve had from Teavana, which sits at the top of my list of all-time favorite steeps. I’m sure it’s because of the rooibos and vanilla notes, which are especially noticeable while taking in this tea’s scent just before tilting in for a sip.
I got an ounce of this as part of the green tea sampler from Argo’s pre-Black Friday promotion. I used most of it to make tea for my family yesterday. They liked it well enough. But then they’ll drink just about anything minty I put in front of them, so I take their opinion with a grain of salt.
As for myself, I find it pretty mediocre. The mint is quite lovely and refreshing, but the base tea is meh. It just completely fades into the background in the first steep. The second steep is substantially better in that at least some dryness and woodsy notes come out to convince me that there even is any tea in here. The mint is very nice, but the base just cannot hold its own. Drinkable, but nothing I’m interested in seeking out again. Except maybe as a breath freshener – the mint really lingers!
I bought the box of sachets to keep at work during their recent scratch to win promotion. I unfortunately dropped my work steeping mug a few weeks ago and have been living off of bagged tea at work every since (sad face). Anyway, this was surprisingly yummy since I’m not the biggest fan of earl grey.
Once a bit of sweetener was added, it was basically like drinking a lightly flavored creamsicle, with just enough tea flavor to convince yourself it was actually a mug of tea with bergamot and cream flavor and not some sort of juice. I share an office with a fellow tea lover who absolutely loved this stuff and wanted to buy a ton for home use.
I’m thinking of buying the loose version for home since it is really yummy. I don’t even know what temperature the water is at work, but I got two steeps out of my tea bag.
Normally, I am a huge fan of mint in gum, chocolate, etc., but I have had a few mint teas and not enjoyed them so much. I think it might be because things like mint chocolate are so sweet and in mint teas, without the sweetness, the mint is just too strongly herbal for me. Anyway, the dry leaf smelled almost like spearmint to me. The tea is very minty and refreshing, but like I said, just not up my alley. I won’t rate the tea because it’s not the tea’s fault that I have a weird relationship with mint.
Too sweet, and I don’t think the lemonade goes very well with the tea…should be more subtle.
This has great flavor without being too sweet or bitter. It definitely wakes me up and holds up to long brewing well.
So, been missing in action for a long while. Life changes and among the first time I’m able to get back to tea after buying the new house/farm/zoo. :D
The coconut oolong tea showed up at Argo Tea while i was away from my constant acquisitions and consumption of tea. However, as one of the first that I’ve tried in my return it’s certainly made me happy. It’s got a decent taste and the coconut is noticeable but not overpowering. I’d probably describe it as a poor man’s milk oolong.
Can’t taste much, got a weird head cold. Drinking this with some honey and milk. It’s nice.
I went on a tour of a really big Whole Foods today with Yelp and saw that not only were bottled Argo Teas on sale, but they had this one, which I had never tried before! So of course I got a bottle and I regret not getting two!
The name is a cute play on what it contains too…charitea is a cherry tea! It has cherry, hibiscus, and vanilla. It’s sweetened so it’s not too tart, but you can definitely taste each of these things. I really like the way vanilla and hibiscus taste.
I only drank half the bottle tonight because it’s pretty sugary and I wanted to try a coffee I bought. I enjoyed the coffee more I am so sorry tea.
But really this is one of the better bottled Argo options. I hadn’t ever seen this one in a store before.
There’s green tea in this?! There’s lemon in this?
Great bottle, but I don’t know why they’re filling it with… whatever factory rejects they’re filling it with. Watery. All you can taste is the vanilla and sugar. Occasionally you’ll get a burn of ginger as an aftertaste. There is no universe in which this murky vanilla-flavored sugar water is worth almost $3.
Good news, everybody! I finally escaped O’Hare and made it home.
Before leaving the Argo in the terminal, I picked up another tea to sample. Iced black tea with honey and lemon sounded great, so I went with a Carolina Honey Tea. This stuff was CRAZY sweet. Growing up in the South, I can drink my fair share of the sugar water they like to call tea. This tasted like it was Southern sugar water/tea to which they had added heavy amount of honey and a dash of something that was supposed to be lemon-flavored. Not good at all. The only redeeming quality was that the honey they use was really tasty. If they would have just sweetened the tea with only the honey, it would have been a much better experience.
I got to enjoy my birthday dinner at Frontera, so being stuck in O’Hare wasn’t a complete disaster, even if the teas were a bit of a bust.
Well, I didn’t expect that I’d be celebrating my 25th birthday alone and stuck in O’Hare, but I’m trying to make the most of it. I’m already planning to treat myself to Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless for dinner. The fresh lime margaritas at the bar looked awesome when I passed by, so I may just have to indulge.
In the meantime, I’m hanging out at Argo Tea enjoying the first of what I expect will turn into 2 or 3 cups of tea. The first I picked up to try was Ginger Peach. They serve it both iced and hot. I went with hot and almost immediately regretted the decision. The ginger is a bit spicy, but not overdone. It tastes like there was probably dried ginger chunks in the tea rather than a ginger flavoring. The peach, however, was just okay. I’ve had much better tasting peach teas. As it cooled, the ginger really started to shine through. I’m kicking myself for not getting the iced version of this!
I have been an Earl Grey fan since I went to Oxford University (New College) in 1985. (They really do have tea time and the whole school breaks for tea- or did, I cannot imagine they’d ever stop…)This Earl Grey is smoother and tastier, more soothing and delicious than Twinings. It’s a great morning cup if you like Early Grey! I do not sweeten teas or add milk for now because I am trying to taste the tea alone.
No matter how short I try to steep it, this is not going to work. Maybe I haven’t played around with the steeping times enough, but any shorter, and I don’t think there would be any flavor at all.
Ok, so you open the jar, and the smell is just completely blueberry. It’s not a bad smell, but the fact that the bitterness is apparent as soon as you open it is a bad sign. The package suggests a steeping time of 5-6 minutes. To that, I say: you have gotta be kidding me. Even with steeping times around 2 and a half minutes, the taste is just all bitterness, astringency, and maybe the tangy bite of blueberry.
Blueberry and white tea isn’t a bad idea. What is, however, is the fact that the leaves come in clear glass containers. WHITE tea leaves. I bought this before I knew that light would have a bad effect on tea leaves. I found this at a convenience store, sitting underneath bright fluorescent light for who knows how long. Maybe it’s not the tea, then, but the godawful packaging.
An interesting blend of roasted brown rice and green tea. I didn’t really know what to expect when trying this, and wasn’t really sure what I thought after my first cup. I went off to do research, learning that genmaicha was originally consumed by poor Japanese and became known as the “people’s tea”.
I had multiple cups, playing with the steeping time and temperature, the most successful of which is to use boiling water, steeping for anywhere between 30 seconds to a minute, pouring into a cup and letting it cool for a bit. The resulting tea has the scent of the roasted rice and the flavor is difficult to describe, but, it’s smooth and delicious to me, in this particular blend I can barely taste the green tea, most of the flavor is of the rice. After the 7th cup of this or so today, I think I have to allow myself to like it because I keep drinking it…
So far I’ve not managed to brew a great cup of tea out of this stuff. I’ve tried everything I know how, but, haven’t been able to drink enough tea to try all the options on steep time. The directions on the label say 4-5 minutes, but, so far every variation on temperature and steep time I’ve tried has left me with something that’s not quite that good, I’ve yet to explore some of the shorter times. It’s not bad, but, it doesn’t have the sweet almost chocolatey taste that I’ve gotten out of some of the other oolongs I’ve tried, leaving me drinking some slightly weird flavored water. I might be doing it wrong. :|
Not bad, but make sure that you don’t over steep. Otherwise it is just undrinkable. It gets that kind of mouth puckering powdery feel to it. So, under controlled circumstances, cold… not bad. _