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I’m spending my lunch hour at Starbucks today because I’m just sick of our cafeteria. Anyway, I got this as a latte and they accidentally sweetened it. Starbucks employees today have been a bit off their game. Anyway, it’s a decent black tea that holds up in the latte. I have to admit that I’m spoiled from trying a bunch of different high quality black teas in the last few months, so buying tea at Starbucks has become more of an excuse to take up a table for a while than for the tea itself. So my overall conclusion is that I won’t be buying any of this for myself to steep at home, but I’m perfectly fine buying a cup every now and then to justify hogging tables :)
Every two weeks I meet my friend at Starbuck’s to catch up and chat. Keeping our friendship tuned up. We both order Awake in a vente cup. I let it steep 7 min. add cream and just a hint of sugar. It’s mild with a balance of Ceylon and black teas. It’s much like a English Breakfast and I would say I enjoy it very much.
So, I had a minor outpatient surgery yesterday to get a cyst removed. So I’m drinking Earl Grey tea and relaxing. I’m listening to Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton, on Overdrive. It’s a nice Summer evening. Perfect for drinking tea. I love Earl Grey tea anytime.
Stopped by Starbucks today after getting groceries for the week. I am a sucker for iced tea lemonade. There is nothing better to me in summer or winter. I often mix my own by using black tea mixed with either lemon tea or sugar lemonade mix. I haven’t found my perfect blend yet but I am enjoying trying.
This one tastes like a mild black tea, with sweet lemonade. It is quite sweet. I wish they didn’t make this one so sweet but they use syrup so it is hard to modify.
I am going to be enjoying this one all summer long. Its always better when someone else makes it for you!
This was my 2nd cup of tea at breakfast.
I can’t say I’m a fan, but at least the lavender wasn’t too prominent. I love lavender, the smell of it is wonderful, but I don’t care for it in my tea or in my food.
Gratefully I’m home now, where I have a crazy & wonderful selection of teas that I do love!
BTW…did you know that under the ‘companies’ heading, there are 4 listings each for Stash & for Tazo? This applies to several other company listings as well. If I had more time, I’d go in & consolidate all the multiple listings, just because (look out, here comes a rare left brain moment, someone let Ms Theresa out of the closet) it really irritates me! Maybe a group of us could each agree to take a letter of the alphabet, & clean up that letter, consolidating all the companies & reviews that have multiple listings. Any comments?
This is a review for the newer “full leaf” tea sachets that you can find at Starbucks, not a flat tea bag. I got a cup of this at the airport today… Yes, back at the airport. I have seen way too many airports in the past month, even for me.
I immediately put milk and sugar in this mostly because I wanted something comforting and was too tired and annoyed at having to be my the airport to mess with trying this tea on its own. Nevertheless, this is quite clearly a much better quality tea than the tea bag version. The bergamot was nice and strong, but with good flavor too. Maybe sometime I will try this on its own.
Probably the one bagged tea I’ll keep a mean, firm grip on. For one, so far it’s the only English breakfast tea I’ve tried that has that tangy taste along with the otherwise typical breakfast taste. But the main reason is that, as a Starbucks employee, I get to take a tin of this home with me every week for free. Hard to beat that. It’s also the only Tazo tea I can drink. Every other variety by Tazo? No thanks.
Awake tea is very, very fussy. Oversteep it even just by a marginal amount, and BAM it turns to mud. For me I’ve found the magic time to be three minutes. Two minutes it’s hot water. Four minutes it’s mud.
If you get the magical time, you get the typical taste of a breakfast tea, with a unique tang like finish that sort of buzzes on your tongue. The tang is the best part as it gives it a very nice flavor.
I like it with a little bit of golden sugar and a little bit of milk.
Unfortunately, if you oversteep this, the tang is the first part to disappear into the mud taste. Set the oven timer when preparing! :)
If you would like to order this a latte at your local Starbucks, I recommend ordering a tall size with one pump vanilla, no classic syrup.
I think this tea is okay. I do put it through my Keurig so I am positive that makes a difference (rather than steeping myself). It’s more of a convenience tea when I’m feeling lazy haha. It’s quite strong and bitter, I have to put some agave in it to help balance it out a bit. I don’t mind the taste, I’m sure it would be great as an iced tea. But I do get a pretty astringent-y after taste with this tea. It’s just a little bitter for me! But…it’s still okay. I always get these tea if I go to Starbucks. My friends are Starbucks junkies but I don’t really drink coffee or enjoy anything else besides this or an Earl grey tea latte :)
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.
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.
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.