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Enjoyed this black tea with a splash of milk and honey! Voila, great way to start the day..
In a lovely tin, this sachet tea allows the scented tea to breathe. Despite still being a bagged tea, it does have more room, albeit a very limited amount.
The jasmine aroma is quite strong. It actually reminds me of Adagio’s Jasmine Silver Needle oolong tea. Only, this tea is not the beautiful long and slender leaves of the Silver Needle, but rolled into tiny pearls.
The liquor is equally as strong, with a deep copper tone. The leaves in the sachet unfurl and reveal quite small and light leaves.
The first initial sips are a full on jasmine and green tea bliss. The jasmine, despite the overpowering aroma, is not as overpowering in flavor. There is a subtle sweetness, but the jasmine provides a stable body with the green tea.
Color me lavender, as my reaction to this is similar to Adagio’s Jasmine Silver Needle. The jasmine scent can become overwhelming, but can work beautifully with a proper leaf.
This is a perfect Earl Grey tea. Nice on a cold day.
I began drinking this tea in the filter bag version and enjoyed it then. But as I gained more knowledge about tea and subsequently discovered full leaf and loose teas I “upgraded” to this full leaf version of Awake. I enjoy the robust, malty flavor of this tea. After steeping I add a little sugar and a dash of half and half. I’m still working on trying other, better black teas but I still come back to Awake occasionally.
I don’t drink coffee (a childhood mishap with a General Mills Vanilla Instant Coffee mix and overcrowded porta-potties at a New Year’s Day parade took care of that option a long time ago), but often will find myself in a Starbucks with a friend. This is really the only tea I will drink here, and to be honest, it is more like paying rent for the seats than it is paying for a drink.
I find that this tea has almost no flavor whatsoever. I tend to like smooth, but strong black teas, and I often add sweetener and milk. If I drink this straight, it really doesn’t taste like much beyond “HOT,” and if I add milk and sugar, that is all that I can taste.
After reading the other tasting notes, I think I should make an effort to steep this tea a bit longer from now on. However, I tend to avoid steeping my teas for very long because I don’t like the bitterness/astringency that comes out of them over a long steep. And this tea is simply not strong enough to leave me with any flavor in the amount of time I spend to steep it.
I had no plans for a stop at Starbucks this morning, but my dad offered to buy me breakfast. Since I’ve been feeling under the weather, I decided to forgo my usual skinny peppermint mocha and get some soothing Refresh tea. The peppermint really shines in this tea and it was exactly what I needed. One of the better teas offered at Starbucks.
Has this ever happened to you? “You don’t want that tea? Give it to _____! She’ll drink anything!”
Thus, a nearly full box of Earl Grey bags on my desk, minus one suspiciously eyed, hesitantly tested bag.
I will finish the cup, but (apologies to those of you who like this) it tastes like furniture polish.
Correction. Maybe I will finish the cup.
So much for horsdeouvres, thus the spearmint in this tea is like a minty ice cream. I regulated the concentration of this tea by using some water less than boiling and by adding some splenda to bring out the date sugar taste of mint around the fifth minute of the steep.
Imagine date flavors wrapped around an ice cream cone of pure mint and chip. I stopped drinking to eat some actual brie on a biscuit dipped in basra date molasses so probably where this taste is coming from but you have got to love how it is like finding an oasis in the desert and being completely refreshed. I am definitely getting a second round of this one for my next snack attack.
Aroma when Dry: floral, jasmine, grassy honey notes
After water is first poured: floral, honeysuckle, honey and jasmine
At end of steep: sweet, floral honey notes
At end of steep: grassy, clear
Staple? Type yes, looking for a good loose “leaf” brand for restock
Preferred time of day: Any
At first:bitter, buttery, jasmine notes close
As it cools ? gets grassy and harsh
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? yes, with gritty grassy notes, closing with a floral finish
A review of Herbal Infusion with peppermint and Spearmint by Tazo
Company: Tazo Tea
Tea Name: Herbal Infusion with Peppermint and Spearmint
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: bottled tea
Liquor Color: brownish herbal mixture
I had purchased this tea during a visit at Living Earth market and put it in the refrigerator saving it for a day when in need of something sweet and soda like, I mean something other than tea.
I was having some noodles and decided to fix myself a glass of the Tazo tea. I put some ice in a tea cup and poured the juice like tea in the cup; after having shaken the tea. I ate most of the noodles and then took sip of the tea and pew; it was really heady herbal tea. As said on bottle…herbal infusion which, now has come to mean strong and potent. And I am reminded of the mixture in peppermint and spearmint another mixture that I don’t care for.
Please note once again, I was not paying attention when I grab this tea from store shelving. I read that it was Tazo Teas and an Herbal Infusion and since I have had Tazo Teas before and they were most enjoying, I did not feel the need to read further. Had I seen the part about peppermint and spearmint, I would have selected the Açai Berry Tea in a bottle instead.
Eh. The first few tazo bags in the sampler I liked, but this and the chair bored me to tears. Granted I’ve never had an Earl Grey before, but this tasted like I stole perfume and guzzled it. It was not enjoyable in the least…I actually threw most of the cup away, which I never do. I will try again maybe when I am less tired and cranky.
I found myself in a Starbucks for the early part of my day, helping my cousin brainstorm some future story ideas. I had a hand in a children’s book/app he’s developing. Also got a sneak peek of it’s near-completion; lookin’ pretty sexy…er…for a children’s book. (You can “like” it on FB, if you so choose: http://www.facebook.com/The.Riverbottom.Tales).
I was running on four hours of sleep and needed a “brewed” awakening of sorts. So, “Awake” it was. Not much special to say here. It’s black, it’s bitter, it’s the tea version of coffee. As far as English Breakfast variants go, it gets the job done. No more, no less.
I’ll be back a wee bit later for something more esoteric.
Had this served from Starbucks. Smelled pretty good, but the taste just wasn’t my thing. Didn’t care for the bold bitterness. I don’t drink tea for bitterness, I drink coffee for that.
I was on the go this morning, so I decided to head into Starbucks to get my daily tea fix. I’ve had this tea many times in the past, but I’ll be reviewing it as though it were my first time.
The leaves were in sachets. I did not get to smell them before brewing, as I was given the cup with it already brewing. However, I did smell them after brewing. They were not complete leaves; they were cut in half. Some were almost whole. Nevertheless, the leaves were loose, and smelled slightly floral and malty.
At my first sip of the tea, I could tell that the base was a Ceylon tea. A slight hint of malt told me there was some Assam, or perhaps Darjeeling as well. The color of the brew was a dark copper-red. It smelled like a version of an English Breakfast tea. It tasted much the same as well. I did not taste any of the floral notes I smelled in the leaves. The malt was as strong as the scent either.
I suppose this would be a good cup to carry me on, but I would prefer some of the other teas I have.
Had a cuppa before my spa date this morning. Remembering that I disliked the flower like taste here, I experimented and added some cinnamon, along with my usual milk and not quite a pouch full o’sugar. Well, the result was amazing! this is what I’ll do forever more with Starbucks teas. YUMMM!!
On a side note, I had my first coffee in six months yesterday. Iced with some milk and a touch of sugar. For some reason it made my mouth numb. What?! that makes no sense to me, but there you have it. Has anyone else experienced that before? so confused…
It’s a decent one to have on hand for running out the door. I’ve had these bags a while; it’s probably a bit stale. It is better than their other bagged variety, more depth in flavor. I’d be interested to try a ‘fresh’ bag but not interested enough to go buy some of this. :P
You know it’s a really freaking hot day when Starbucks is all out of lemonade at 4pm. Thankfully I got the very last of it! The lady behind me looked pretty pissed…
When it’s 95 and not at all breezy, this is the best thing on earth. It’s also really nice to not have to make drinks yourself in this heat!
On a hot day when you’re walking back from the post office and realize you haven’t had anything to drink all day and might die of dehydration before you make it back home (okay, maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration) this really hits the spot. Unsweetened black tea + lemonade = thirst-quenching heaven.
Pretty good for a teabag. This earl grey has a nice balance of citrus from the bergamot and spice from the lavender. It feels very chai like and I swear I can taste some clove in there too. This tea also has the big plushy pillow size teabag which definitely kicks it up a step from other teabags. Very relaxing.
Had a nice experience with this one at starbucks yesterday. Normally the only way I can drink this tea is iced and sweetened as its just too strong hot. Its pretty good as an iced black tea lemonade as well.
So today I tried something new and ordered it as a latte with soy milk and vanilla syrup. It was actually very pleasant and smooth, while not being too sweet either. I still took the tea bag out pretty quickly to not steep it strong and once I finished the cup, I re-brewed it again with just their hot water, raw sugar, and some cinnamon and it was pretty yummy and light. Best enjoyed in a mug.
I was craving bergamot and I had this lying around (untouched for ages) and out of desperation I brewed some up. Now I remember why I left it sitting. This stuff tastes how I imagine lavender scented perfume would taste, with a slight aftertaste of soap. On the bright side, I’m re-watching a fantastic documentary called “Wild China”. It shows different regions in China and explores each regions nature, wildlife and culture and let me tell you, it’s a BEAUTIFUL country with amazing people. On my list of top 5 places to visit in the world, China would be number one (with Japan and Canada following). But now I’m rambling a bit. But if you’re bored or looking for something with substance to watch and you have Netflix, you should definitely stream it or rent the discs. It’s a great documentary about a beautiful and culturally rich place (and, of course, the motherland of our precious tea).
How should I describe this Earl Grey? It is strong and malty, like an Assam, but has the subtle taste of lavender underneath the Bergamot overtones. In fact, I found it a little too strong for an Earl Grey, and was only satisfied by the aroma. Earl Grey teas are a signature tea for each company. For this reason, I expect a variety in the flavor from company to company. And perhaps Tazo simply wanted to make this blend stronger than most Earl Greys. Still, I find myself going back to Twinings or Harney & Sons for the best Earl Grey.
Great when I don’t want coffee in the morning