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drank Awake™ Full Leaf Tea by Tazo Tea
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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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68
drank Awake by Tazo Tea
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Huh. Much maltier than I was expecting for an English breakfast, but luckily I’m getting used to maltier teas and accepting them as something I don’t quite dislike. Aside from the maltiness it was pretty plain, and while it wasn’t bad I probably won’t reach for it again. As always breakfast blends are a little boring to me.

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40
drank Awake by Tazo Tea
28 tasting notes

As a caffeine feind I used to drink this on a daily basis, however it’s really lost it’s spark for me. It has an unusual taste to me now and doesn’t hit the spot.

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57
drank Awake by Tazo Tea
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Yesterday, while waiting for the hotel bus to come pick us up I was sitting by the fireplace in the lobby. A nice lady came by and asked me if I would like a cup of coffee. course I don’t drink coffee so I asked her if I could switch that with a cup of tea. She walked into the hotel restaurant and brought me out a cup of black tea. As I sat there sipping it I thought that it could use a bit of honey or lemon to it. I’m not a major fan of black breakfast teas but this one was alright.

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My earlier Tazo EG post was from yesterday. I am sitting at Starbucks again today downloading a cad program so I can draw up a porch for our home. We hope to finally build it this summer after 23 years.

The kind folks behind the counter are new and they don’t seem to get tea – imagine that at a coffee shop. I asked for iced, I am pretty sure they forgot and just prepared it as a hot tea as they gave me a leftover cup. The iced cup has no ice – it melted, so they gave me a cup of ice. This is very bitter. I kind of get the whole blergamot thing. What a difference a day makes. I took it in stride. It amused me and it is my fault for expecting s small town coffee shop to get tea right.

TeaBrat

blergamot? lol!

gmathis

When you get finished, we desperately need a bathroom overhaul and I want a sun room…

K S

Hey, I just draw them. If I could build it, the porch would have been done years ago.

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I know I have posted on this tea before but I don’t feel like digging through the archives to figure out under what listing – anyway, from Starbucks, iced. Not my favorite EG but it is pretty good, especially from the full leaf sachets. For years people rated Tazo EG much higher than I did. I thought they, like Sil, must hate blergamot as she calls it. I never got any wonderful bright citrus notes out of it. All I was getting was wimpy plain tea. Maybe I always got an expired bag or one stored in direct sunlight. Whatever the reason I was not impressed. Same goes for Harney Supreme EG – I did not get bergamot from it so it did not speak to me. Fortuitously, ordering this Tazo EG in house results in a pretty good cup. Makes me happy I did not give up trying.

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80
drank Awake by Tazo Tea
52 tasting notes

A breakfast tea to attempt to get me up and going this morning! We had an ice storm last night and I did not want to leave my cozy bed to go out in the yucky-ness. Unfortunately, I had to so here I am with a cup of tea in one hand and keyboard keys at the other. This is really very good. No astringency or bitterness in the base and a nice color. This could really lend itself to pretty much anything but then, I suppose that it the point of breakfast teas. This has done its job so I guess I ought to go do mine!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Awake by Tazo Tea
125 tasting notes

Not really my cup of tea. Good for when you need the extra caffeine . Tried another cup with vanilla and enjoyed it more. I’m not sure if I’d buy it again but it is okay.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Awake by Tazo Tea
20 tasting notes

The best tea starbucks has to offer

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100

This is my go to summer drink!! Love it soo much!!

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 15 sec

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41

At Starbucks because I wanted to read a bit and I knew I wouldn’t if I stayed home. The Seahawks vs 49ers game is on and I’m kinda keeping up with it. My team, the Patriots, already lost this afternoon. Oh well. Next year.

This tea, despite 3 packets of sugar, is still somewhat bitter and I don’t know that I want to put any more in it. It also has more than its fair share of half & half because I forgot to tell them to put milk in it. I can’t say I like it much but I don’t feel like getting my whole thing from the car and setting it up. So swill it is. Perhaps the second steep will be better.

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Today’s trip to Starbucks began with a tall Americano with long shots. Pretty simple and pretty small, since I knew that I’d be lingering around for refills—I was meeting a friend visiting from out of town.

For my first refill, I finally decided to put the Earl Grey full-leaf sachet to the test. I had already tried the Tazo Earl Grey filterbags (in the dark purple envelopes), and also the older version of loose leaf, which came in a cylindrical yellow can. In fact, I believe that I may still have a bit of that on hand…

I have been pretty happy with the Tazo Earl Grey, and was wondering whether the sachets would be better, since they feature large leaf pieces. My first observation was that the sachet is generously loaded with leaves, which is important to me because I do not drink black tea weak, especially not Earl Grey and Assam, since I prefer to add cream. So the sachet in a tall (12 ounce) cup was a good match for me, though the same sachet is used for customers who order a grande tea (16 ounce). For me, that might be too weak, but the resultant liquor in the tall cup was nice and dark golden brown.

I added half and half, and the brew tasted pretty good, but interestingly enough, it was not as strong on the bergamot as I remembered the filterbag and loose leaf (non-sachet) to have been. The quality of the black tea seemed just okay—a little scratchy, but that may be because I have become spoiled by Earl Grey Blanc (also Tazo), which includes a dollop of delicious vanilla.

All in all, my first Tazo Earl Grey sachet experience was not bad, but I feel that I have to do this again before attaching a number to this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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heavens! if you seek to perfume your viscera, this is most certainly your tea!!

i understand earl grey is a classic, beloved by many, i’m just not understanding why, given what i am tasting at this particular moment. is this for real? granted, i think Tazo did a good job sourcing quality tea & ingredients (they most certainly are what they are- and unashamed, at that!), i just think they’re rather cacophonous when put together.

when i first smelled this through the peephole, i was immediately hit with a blast of astringent bergamot that became increasingly metallic by the minute. i’m not sure if it’s the lavender that’s causing me to think i’m tasting a metallic, herbal quasi-citrus, as i’ve never tasted bergamot on its own, nor have i smelled it, though i do know it’s frequently used as a top note in perfumes.

anyway, i got a cup of this as an experiment, simply because i wanted to learn what earl grey tastes like (apparently i’ve never had it!) and my, was it memorable. this one is quite tinny & medicinal…very perfumey. i think that’s really the lavender speaking. the Earl is distinctive & ribald, a thoroughly pungent character! any feelings toward him are strictly black or white: i can’t imagine it’s possible to experience him in shades of grey! a necessary pun, i’m just sorry.

in this tea’s defense, i know i can’t stand lavender as a fragrance, and i’m sent running at the slightest hint of it, so it stands to reason that i wouldn’t like its taste. it truly makes me recoil. that may have been this particular earl’s downfall. for me it’s like clove: all or nothing, love or hate. quite remarkable then, that i managed to ingest it! Tazo’s EG reminds me of pine needle, or something akin to the monstrous patchouli in Thierry Mugler’s Angel. it doesn’t just flavor the punch, it spikes it with a vengeance. this is quite simply, potable cologne.

way harsh, tai.

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I met a friend for breakfast this morning, & had a cup of this. All I can say is this is bitter swill.

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67

A little floral for my tastes, but a decent black tea.

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Sometimes I can tolerate earl greys – depends on the bergamot. But the lavender in this is like getting punched in the face with a flower. Ick.

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90

I loved this. Very strong in only 6 oz of water.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec
sherapop

Do you drink this with milk or cream? I think that it is a decent Assam-esque blend. Not sure whether it is Assam or not, but it’s definitely in that general neighborhood!

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I’m a huge Trekkie, and so when my hubby’s work party had a selection of tea bags, I tried the Earl Grey.

I wanted to like it, but I just didn’t. I added some milk, and that helped, but I didn’t like the smell or taste of Earl Grey. I guess I just can’t ask for ‘Tea, Earl Grey, hot’.

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74

I was actually pleasantly surprised by this. It’s good! A nice black tea blend. I only added honey to it, but I could taste notes of cinnamon and an earthy quality which was lovely.

Maybe Tazo has stepped up their game a little.

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51

This is not my favourite Earl Grey, but I keep it around for my mother and those that come over and want to have Earl Grey because I don’t have any in loose leaf (that will change though.) I got it on sale for Starbucks and their 12 days of Christmas, TAZO tea tins were on sale.

This is a very flowery Earl Grey and I think the lavender in it overpowers the beautiful Bergamont, which is a pity. It’s a good run-of-the-mill Earl Grey, but there are other companies that do it better if you’re looking for run-of-the-mill.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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95

I love Earl Grey very much. I’ll try any Earl Grey, and for the most part, I enjoy whatever I try. Tazo is no exception, and I’ve always loved Tazo teas. Me personally, I think they are pretty good quality for a bagged tea, and now they do sell loose leaf, too, so you can have either.

Quality/brand aside, this tea is darn near perfect. It has the lovely flavor Earl Grey is known for, and it is not bitter at all, which is the one problem I encounter with Earl Grey sometimes. This tea, however, doesn’t have any of that. It’s just got a wonderful, smooth taste, a slightly astringent aftertaste (the good kind) and it takes vanilla soy milk well, which is a lovely surprise.

I’m so excited to have this in my stash now! I should add, by the way, that this is the loose leaf sachet kind you can get from Starbucks, not a regular bag or plain loose leaf. IT’S SO GOOD. Careful on the steep time though.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
K S

I’ve been enjoying this one iced.

Violet

Iced?? I’ve never even thought to ice Earl Grey. I’ll have to try that sooner than later!

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