Argo Tea

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81
drank Masala Chai by Argo Tea
117 tasting notes

This has great flavor without being too sweet or bitter. It definitely wakes me up and holds up to long brewing well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Oolong Coconut by Argo Tea
30 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Carolina Honey by Argo Tea
53 tasting notes

Can’t taste much, got a weird head cold. Drinking this with some honey and milk. It’s nice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Charitea (Bottled) by Argo Tea
1195 tasting notes

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.

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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.

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45

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.

Shelley_Lorraine

so happy to hear a southern tea fan acknowledge its pseudo-tea status. lol. My husband grew up in Florida and loves that ‘sugar water.’ I’ve always poked fun at him for drinking sugar water (yes, I call it that!). My sister’s boyfriend, from elsewhere in the south, also loves that stuff and he insists that it is the only ‘real’ tea in existence. sigh… southerners :p

Fiddling

I also grew up in Florida. Most of my friends would go crazy for Publix sweet tea which lists the ingredients as: water, sugar, tea. It really is just sugar water!

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74
drank Ginger Peach by Argo Tea
93 tasting notes

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!

yyz

sorry about that, is it the weather delay, mechanical or last minute travel plans. What a crazy busy airport to be stuck in!

gmathis

I’ll second the “sorry about that.” My O’Hare experiences have never been good.

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95
drank Earl Grey Creme by Argo Tea
25 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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16
drank Blueberry White by Argo Tea
9 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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16
drank Blueberry White by Argo Tea
9 tasting notes

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83
drank Genmaicha by Argo Tea
30 tasting notes

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…

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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44
drank Oolong Formosa by Argo Tea
30 tasting notes

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. :|

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70
drank Hibiscus Apple by Argo Tea
24 tasting notes

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. _

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97
drank Chamomile by Argo Tea
2 tasting notes

is one of the best chamomiles other than in my yard .. lol but I use these flower buds whenever i had an abscess from infected tooth to heal the abscess.

steep for couple minutes and take pinch of hot chamomile and place on abscess
for about 45 minutes 3x per day .. for two weeks even if swelling disapates .. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Hibiscus Apple by Argo Tea
30 tasting notes

My first attempt at this was an utter and dismal failure, I was almost ready to agree with everyone else, the tea was overpowering, too strong, and just didn’t taste very good with instructions on the container.

I looked up some sites on brewing loose leaf tea and decided to try it a little different. First instead of using a full teaspoon, I put just enough to cover half the bottom of my little styrofoam cups. I know that’s not an exact measurement, but, because this tea has lots of chunks of apple and such, you could probably translate it to a light teaspoon, just be a little less eager to get a huge amount. Second, instead of boiling water, I had hot water and let it cool for just a minute or two and then steeped for about six minutes. I shall do more science in the future so that I can get exact temperatures and such, but, doing it this way produces a very delicious cup of tea and is not near as overpowering as my first taste.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Black Currant by Argo Tea
24 tasting notes

Love the smell of this. Very simple, tart, and kinda sweet. Very good for when you are in a prime colors sorta mood.

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56
drank Blueberry White by Argo Tea
318 tasting notes

The Bai Mu Dan is strong with this one.

//bad Star Wars reference.//

I’m not a big Bai Mu Dan fan. Too earthy, too woodsy. The blueberry in the smell is beautiful, but it’s overpowered in the cup.

It’s okay. It came as a gift from my friend. I’m open to swapping.

Edit: Second steep better. Not as fuzzy. More blueberry.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Shmiracles

(yay bad Star Wars reference)

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40
drank Carolina Honey by Argo Tea
318 tasting notes
Elizabeth brought me some of this back from NYC!

Just used it to make honey crinkle cookies- so good. Also a hit at the last tea party, especially with milk and, well, honey.

(iPod note, so super short)

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73
drank Earl Grey Creme by Argo Tea
4 tasting notes

I had heard from a friend that this was the best tea Argo had, so I bought a bunch of it loose-leaf. I’m not the biggest fan of Earl Grey, but this tea just smells AMAZING. I made it with milk and a little bit of sugar when I was having a rough day. The smell is much stronger than the taste but it was delicious. Vanilla-y, Earl Grey-y goodness. I didn’t really taste the bergamot, but I’ll probably make it stronger next time. If you like Earl Grey, you should at least try this tea.

nickels36

i didn’t have them steep it for me at the cafe on michigan … but steep myself for 4-5 minutes … awesome.. and you can really taste the blend with the bergamot… you just have to steep longer.. I wonder if was an older batch of tea.. you know … different yields.. that can alter taste.. idk but trying to steep longer

nickels36

I am a lover of all things natural teas.. and a great pick me up (loose)
sage/chamomile/hisbiscus/vanilla/ginger
1:1 ratio and steep a 1/5tsp to 8 oz of water

will calm your nerves, stimulate the mind and aid your immune system
have fun with it and add your fav black or green tea

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I’m going to hold off on rating this for now. It seems a bit less flavorful than some teas, but it could be that I should just use more tea and less water. The green comes out as a bit of a grassy one, and the flavors are there more in scent than flavor.

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45
drank Autumn Leaves by Argo Tea
796 tasting notes

I had a cup of this at an Argo in Chicago. However, I can’t find any record of it on their website! As best I can remember, it was an herbal cup with fruit pieces (apple, specifically, but I forget what else). It was less spicy than I had guessed, and I think more hibiscusy, but I’m having a hard time even recalling the cup since yesterday. I think it’s because it was such an herbal tea that I just put it in that category in my head and can’t recall specifics. So obviously: not a stand out tea.

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drank Tea Sparkle by Argo Tea
796 tasting notes

I had this and it was really more like a soft drink. I had a black tea with peach flavor. This drink includes carbonated water, and I’m certain a fair amount of sweetener, so it was not quite what I am used to drinking. Still, a fun and refreshing drink—especially if a rare treat.

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66
drank Tea Latte by Argo Tea
796 tasting notes

I had a pumpkin spice chai tea latte, and it was quite good! Not nearly as sweet as the Starbucks chai lattes. I got it with soy milk, but the barista pointed out it’s really good with almond milk—which at least that location had. So, if I find myself near an Argo again in the future, I’ll be giving that a go!

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