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19
drank Sweet Cinnamon Spice by Tazo
455 tasting notes

Why do I even keep bothering with Tazo? I guess in this case, it was free at work, so I grabbed a teabag.

It reminds me of Yogi teas. That same mushy, herbaceous, vaguely medicinal experience, you know? I even taste dirt! Yuck. I blame the star anise and licorice. What a tragic waste of perfectly good cinnamon.

Work has been totally miserable today. I hate having to work Sundays in general, but today has been its own hellish kind of crazy. At least it’s nearly over!

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Dirt, Herbaceous

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28

I haven’t had tea all day. Been waiting for a cuppa for awhile… finally just broke down and pour cold water on this tea bag. It’s ….meh. I guess I didn’t know what to expect from lotus flavor, except maybe a floral sensation. Not getting that though. It’s like I’m drinking a tea that accidentally had some Chinese dish spilled into it.

Preparation
Iced

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85
drank Cinnamon Chalet by Tazo
1 tasting notes

Personally really enjoy this tea. I like that it isn’t very strong but definitely has a very distinct flavor. Wonderfully with a nice book at hand.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Fruity, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70

A nice blend, too bad it is discontinued. The orange reminds me of Earl-Grey.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Organic Peach Cobbler by Tazo
253 tasting notes

Wow, this really does smell like peach cobbler! I’m actually pretty surprised. I can almost imagine my cup being filled with the sweet, syrupy peach filling. The taste is bitter as other notes have suggested, but I can also taste the sweet peach flavor and smell the cinnamon and spice.

I added cream but it’s not mixing as well as I would have liked. Also, the honey is overwhelming the flavors in the tea so next time I may try a different sweetener. Overall, this is an enjoyable cup. Quite the dessert experience.

Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Peach, Spices, Sweet, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Zen by Tazo
2970 tasting notes

Backlog.

More of this today. Not a favourite, but nice and refreshing when sweetened (but irritating as a teabag since it’s a green, and I like my teabags to be no-fuss).

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drank Zen by Tazo
2970 tasting notes

Backlog.

Once upon a time, I used to rather like this tea. I think that’s because I sweetened it, because I really wasn’t keen on the bag I brewed up yesterday, until I added sugar. Then, it was delicious – all minty, fresh, and sweet. I’ll probably get through the remaining few bags of this that way (maybe brewing some up to make sweetened iced tea once it finally warms up???)

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75
drank Vanilla Caramel Chai by Tazo
18 tasting notes

Perfect with milk and sugar. However, do not steep two tea bags for stronger flavor; your tea will be super bitter.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Passion by Tazo
127 tasting notes

Still have a whole bunch of this from last summer when I was on a kick of trying to make passion tea lemonade at home. Down to maybe 7 tea bags of the original 16, so getting there.

I don’t drink this hot often, though it is rather nice. Getting a raspberry/blackberry vibe here. There’s cinnamon, but not as intense as in Teavana’s Passion Tango. Supportive role from the lemongrass as well. Quite heavy on the hibiscus, particularly as it cools.

Flavors: Blackberry, Cinnamon, Fruity, Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Raspberry

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drank Pumpkin Spice Chai by Tazo
338 tasting notes

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51
drank Passion by Tazo
15 tasting notes

BACKLOG: Made this on Mother’s day weekend as a lightly sweetened ice tea for my mom and brother during a break from yard work. I enjoyed the tart flavor but it was acidic enough that it gave me instant heartburn. Both my mom and bro added additional sweetener to theirs (agave).

Flavors: Cinnamon, Herbaceous, Hibiscus, Tart

ashmanra

I used to mix this with orange juice, and then it tastes like guava juice to me!

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57
drank Green Ginger by Tazo
15 tasting notes

Reallllllly confused about the pear… love the lemongrass. ehhhhhh

Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass, Pear, Vegetables

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84

I received this tea in swap which was interesting because I’ve never seen Tazo in loose leaf form. I decided that it sounded like a nice tea to make iced via cold steeping overnight for my graduation party. I went ahead and tasted it after I finished brewing it and realized that it’s a fantastic cold steeped tea. The black tea is mild like a sweet tea without sugar and the peach is quite nice, not too juicy with the small spice. I hope everyone else likes it tonight because I find it to be excellent as an iced tea.

teaqueen

All of Tazo’s blends are better iced than hot, I find.

Liquid Proust

That is probably correct. If you cold steep something it tends to be milder which helps a lot when some teas are a bit bitter when brewed hot. I find it interesting to compare hot versus cold steeping. My favorite is to cold steep rooibos teas because the warm woodsy taste disappears.

teaqueen

Interesting! I’ll definitely need to give that a try.

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drank Calm Chamomile by Tazo
15 tasting notes

I’m confused. My co-worker brought some sachets of this to work in a tin and I have been enjoying about one cup a week. The enjoyment part is what is puzzling to me.

I wouldn’t say I get anything from this tea. It isn’t particularly calming or comforting and comes off rather flat. Chamomile seems to be competing. Leaves a dry taste in my mouth

Flavors: Drying, Flowers, Hibiscus

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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76
drank Blushberry Black by Tazo
44 tasting notes

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76
drank Organic Bramblewine by Tazo
517 tasting notes

I received this tea as a gift a good while ago and have made it several times without reviewing. It’s certainly not something I’d buy for myself due to the rooibos content and the sheer LOAD of hibiscus.

When steeped, it’s what you’d expect with a hibiscus tea. A bright, cheerful magenta. Very pretty! I made it iced and had to sweeten it – it’s pretty dang tart otherwise. The flavor makes me instantly think of Starbucks’s Berry Hibiscus Refreshers. There is a nice berry flavor that goes along with it, but it’s on the lighter side and kind of blends with the tangy hibiscus.The green tea aspect might as well not be there, but the rooibos… It doesn’t let itself be forgotten about. It leaves that aftertaste I hate so much in my mouth and nose with every sip.

Like I said, this isn’t something I’d get again, but I won’t mind finishing it over ice on hot days. Also, I’m not tasting wine at all. I think they just call it that to sound fancy.

Flavors: Berry, Blackberry, Fruity, Hibiscus, Rooibos, Sour, Strawberry, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec
teaqueen

I have this one. Hibiscus galore with a hint of fruitiness, and not so much wine. Or bramble, whatever that is.

Tabby

Bramble is just another word for blackberry bushes, lol.

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57
drank Earl Grey by Tazo
35 tasting notes

Among the Tazo varieties this one is just a mystery to me. So much as touch this to your water and you have a bitter steep. Maybe it’s the fannings in there. I don’t know, but this is a pretty astringent Earl Gray without a lot of complexity (dull and muted, in terms of flavor).

The best thing about this is the strong floral bergamot scent after brewing, but by the time I finish the tea I always regret those first few sips—it gets increasingly bitter, not more flavorful, as you drink.

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9

THE RUNDOWN
1) Before Tasting: I’m pretty sure I’ve tried this before, but never reviewed here. All in all I’m working through my herbal bags because I want an excuse to go buy something at David’s or Teavana in the Herbal section, so this is the third herbal I’m reviewing this week. I’m getting a stronger Spearmint scent here than anything else, but I don’t think this tea is made with any quality in mind – even Tazo’s Earl Grey is pretty overpowering in the “scent instead of flavor” department. Peppermint is there too, but pretty faint.
2) First Try: And there’s how you know it’s all scent no flavor – the first taste is overpoweringly peppermint! I still don’t get how they accomplish this, but maybe they consider like this: “part of taste is smell, so if we counter the powerful spearmint aroma with a power peppermint taste, they’ll never know how terrible this is!” Yeah.
3) Second Sip: I should mention the mouthfeel is pretty lacking too. Another powerful punch of peppermint, mixed with, yes, my favorite and yours, dustiness. I can’t tell you this enough: dust is ONLY a flavor I taste when drinking filter bag tea. And folks wonder why I’m a whole leaf girl.
4) Afterthought: So, I take it back, there is a mouthfeel, but it’s the dusty flavor. I can’t imagine this would even make a decent blend with something else. Yeah, I do not recommend it and I do not think I would try it again. By the way, if there’s any licorice-flavored tarragon in this bag, I never tasted or smelled it. And I would know licorice, believe me.

Flavors: Dust, Peppermint, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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74

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Flavors: Mint, Orange

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Joy by Tazo
13 tasting notes

A little more green tea than I was expecting. Went well with some Earl Grey.

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33

I can only take this steeped for exactly 5 minutes with no milk or sugar. It’s mild – or maybe flavorless is a better word? It smells like black tea, but it doesn’t taste like much of anything at all.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Organic Peach Cobbler by Tazo
455 tasting notes

Cold-steeped overnight in my glass teapot. It’s soooooo much better this way! I got lots of cobbler, dessert-y taste and fresh, juicy peach. It was fabulous. My mind was blown— it was like I was drinking a totally different tea. The astringent base is completely subdued. Never drinking this hot again.

Liquid Proust

That’s what I did :)

teaqueen

Yes! You inspired me. :)

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drank Organic Peach Cobbler by Tazo
455 tasting notes

I got this because it seems summery. It smells very fruity and cinnamon-y in the dry bag.

Once I steeped it, I only got peach in the aftertaste. It was mostly a mediocre black base with a lot of apple and cinnamon.

Oh well.

masked185

I’ve had bad luck with fruit blends from big companies. Always seem to have a mediocre black base with a not very realistic fruity flavor. They seem to fair better when making it just a tisane.

teaqueen

I completely agree. Serves me right for trusting Starbuck’s with tea. They should stick to their overpriced and over-sweet chai lattes and their ridiculous coffee products. Lol

masked185

Haha very well said!

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45
drank Chai Chocolate by Tazo
85 tasting notes

Another one to be donated to the staff break room stash. As others have said, there is almost nothing reminiscent of Chai in this tea – it tastes like hot chocolate mixed with a lot of water and a tiny, tiny bit of bagged tea.
I vow to always check steepster before impulse buying tea at my local grocery store in the future.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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