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Given the choice between a cup of coffee and a cup of Tazo Earl GrEy, I would choose the Tazo any day. Our local Target store had a killer sale on Tazo teas recently, and the penny pincher in my promptly loaded the cart with 4 boxes of Tazo Earl Grey. My husband drinks Earl Grey all day long, like I do, and we go through a LOT of tea! He prefers tea bags to loose, as well, and he seems to think it all tastes good. Tazo’s version is good. Not great, but good. Upon opening the sleeve of tea, you are met with a poof of lovely bergamot scent. A nice “lift” to awaken the senses. Brewing time must be carefully monitored, as I have found that it can get bitter if over-steeped. Four minutes is my max, but I prefer about 3 minutes 30 seconds. I’ve found the bergamot flavor to be a bit artificial, but not nearly as much as the Teavana’s shameful Earl Grey loose tea! All in all, I’d happily choose a Tazo Earl when out and about, in the absence of other options when I’m at home with my precious tea cupboard. They do a nice job for a mass-produced Earl.
Flavors: Artificial, Bergamot
Having no strainer around, I decided to go for the bagged stuff and drank this “Zen” blend.
Unsurprisingly this is a sad, bland cuppa. It is indeed “zen” as one will not experience any strong reaction to this tea but rather be soothed by the taste of verbena.
People in other houses always have what I feel to be weird tea selections, and then seem confused by them.
I asked my aunt what non-caffeinated tea she had, and she dug out this and some lemon zinger, shrugging at me. “I guess this is it,” she said.
It’s… your… house? Don’t you have your tea cupboard of three teas memorized?
It’s possible she just keeps it on hand for guests. This is how I am about coffee (I keep some Folgers and a cheap-ass coffee pot on hand), so I get it. Maybe she’s not a tea person.
Anyway, this was a really nice tea. It tasted a lot like Sleepytime Tea. Chamomile was the leader of the party, with some nice flowers, too.
It might have helped me fall asleep, except the house had no air conditioning and my dog was allowed to share a bed with me. He kept huffing around, wiggling, and shuffling. Oh, and he hogged the bottom of the bed. Somehow. He’s 30 pounds. Between his relentless, shifty bed-hoggery and sweat oozing from my skin, I got maybe four hours of sleep.
BUT SO CUTE:
I’m willing to forgive.
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So here’s a crazy thing I could not have made up: the writing on the outside of this tea’s box.
And I make up a lot of crazy things.
The box reads:
“Cinnamon sticks gather on a lush black-tea lawn for a leisurely afternoon of croquet and conversation. Ginger offers to keep score from the sidelines while handing out elegantly wrapped vanilla caramels.”
Oh yes. That paragraph genuinely happened.
I kind of want it framed.
It’s the most genteel, poncey, colonialist thing I’ve read in ages. I don’t know if it knowingly touches England and India’s fraught history. But here we sit.
Drinking what is honestly a pretty tasty chai, especially considering this is was cheaply purchased from a local grocery store. It’s very sweet and rich. The only downside is that it’s really heavy on the cinnamon. So much so that my husband could, for example, smell it from the other room. It’s… a… lot.
But overall, yep, this comes recommended if you want an inexpensive, sweet chai.
Several months ago my husband and I rented a garage downstairs from our apartment for the extra space. “Think of all the room we’ll have!” we kept saying. For months all that was in this garage was…….a bike. The garage had been empty for a while and badly needed de-spidering. My husband and I are both not fans of spiders. Why we chose to do it on a hot sunny day I can’t imagine. It was disgusting and dusty and spidery but its done now and we sprayed the corners with spider spray and then I sprayed everything generously with peppermint oil and water just to make sure the spiders get the hint. Now everything that is down there is staying forever because we can’t trust it not to have spiders on it. It’s the Goodwill waiting room.
Point is, it was hot and hot weather calls for BEVERAGES. I love BEVERAGES. I’m a huge fan of BEVERAGES. I like water, I like tea, I like coffee, I like hot chocolate, I like iced ones of those things, lemonades, limades, I try to stay away from soda unless there’s rum in it but you get the point, I’m well hydrated.
I love hibiscus tea. I’ve been drinking it for a long time and I’ve been drinking Passion tea for a long time. At Starbucks you could get it mixed it with lemonade, and eventually I started drinking it without lemonade, and then eventually I was drinking “real” tea and I didn’t have it much anymore.
Then we went to Mexico and the ubiquitous iced beverage of choice was Te Jamaica (“ha-MY-cah”), which is just hibiscus tea. At ElNicho restaurant in Puerto Morelos it was served with a mound of hibiscus and sliced cranberries in the bottom which was extra tasty and tasted just like Cranapple juice to me. So I kind of got a taste for it and I wanted some more.
I started a bad habit. A Starbucks opened near my house and it’s pretty quiet at about the time I leave for work in the mornings. My husband makes me drip coffee that I drink in the car in my Las Vegas tumbler, but I’ve started starting also stopping for a venti iced half-sweet Passion tea that I drink when I get to work.
Let’s be straight about hibiscus tea for a second. It’s pretty much Kool-Aid. If you throw a little sweetener in it and give it to a kid who is familiar with Kool-Aid, they will confirm for you that it is tasty Kool-Aid.
This Tazo stuff is also tasty Kool-Aid but it’s got a couple frills that make it taste a little bit sophisticated. The rose hips are tart and put a kibosh on the cranberry sweetness hibiscus has. The orange brightens it up. There’s a teensy bit of cinnamon that gives it a little depth and spice. It’s still Kool-Aid but it’s grown-up Kool-Aid.
My husband and I have been keeping a pitcher of it in the fridge since we got back from Mexico. I don’t make it very sweet, I boil up a cup of water and pour it over two bags with a little sugar and then leave it in there until its good and dark and then I pour it into the pitcher and fill it up. The pitcher has an infuser so I leave the bags in there overnight for some extra flavor. If you leave it unsweet it will be a little tart and dry but still good. A little sugar, refreshing with a little zing. Lots of sugar, grown-up Kool-Aid.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Licorice, Orange Zest, Rosehips
So for this tasting note I am doing a 1 to 5 scale. 1 being horrible and 5 being amazing! I will analyze before and after cupping.
Appearance: No comment – 0
Aroma: Dark Chocolate, Black Teas, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon – 5
Body: No comment – 0
Taste: No comment – 0
Finish: No comment – 0
Overall, before cupping, the tea smells amazing and makes my mouth water. Wonderful aroma of dark chocolate and chi tea.
Appearance: Define line, not mixing or blending properly with Belgian Rock Sugar, cloudy, caramel brown in color (expected for chi tea) – 4
Aroma: PERFECT! Smells just like before cupping! Yummy! – 5
Body: Smooth, silky, not a good balance though! Really only activated my sweet taste buds. Not really spicy or smokey, like many chi teas are. – 3
Taste: It’s alright. Chi is over powered by the chocolate. Sweet. Yummy dark chocolate after taste. Can’t taste the pepper, cinnamon, or cardamom unfortunately. – 4
Finish: TASTE LINGERS! THANK YOU JESUS! Nice and smooth and leaves me wanting to drink more! – 5
Overall score: 21/25 84% B
Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Tea
I was mad-hype about trying this iced, but it didn’t work out. Hot, it’s delicious; but cold, it’s too much. The cold has an insidious aftertaste that’s syrupy and aggressive.
You know, in movies, when the dad is dating some new woman, and she’s super-fake-nice to the kids? Then he leaves and she’s the worst? (The main example I’m thinking of here is The Parent Trap.) This tea, cold, is basically that woman. You don’t want her in your house, much less your digestive tract.
I’m leaving my rating as “80,” however, because hot, it really is a nice tea, especially at Tazo’s inexpensive price point.
This is the Ingrid Michaelson of teas, by which I mean it’s very sweet and delicate.
There will be times that it’s perfect. Today is such a time, with a leisurely pace of tasks to be completed, pop music on the speakers, sun outside.
This is not frantic-day tea, or heavy-metal tea, or tea-with-cigarette.
This is not breakup-tea, or fresh-romance tea.
This is the tea of a nicely-settled life, with a dusting of optimism on top.
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Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Ginger, Pepper, Peppercorn, Spices, Spicy, Sweet
I’m on a Tazo review binge today because I realize I have had quite a few Tazo blends many times but never rated them. I’ve actually drank several boxes of this blend because I kept getting it as a gift, but I dislike sour/tart blends. I highly recommend people try this sweetened as an iced tea. Hot is tastes like boiling hot acid but it is much better cold.
I found the tartness covered some of the undertones, but I did taste a few citrusy notes (orange, lemon, maybe candied orange peel?) and some spices. It also steeps a bright yellow orange, which is pretty cool.
Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Fruity, Lemon, Orange Zest, Sour, Spices, Tart
This is a pretty standard English Breakfast. It is a bit strong for me, I found it a bit bitter and overly tannic, but I think milk would have mellowed it out a bit. This would be a good blend for those who like strong/tannic black teas or need a lot of caffeine, but it isn’t my personal favourite.
Flavors: Bitter, Tannic, Tannin
Absolutely deliciously creamy and sweet. I think this blend is very calming and great in the morning or after dinner. It is like a dessert (but without the guilt.) I found it very rooibos-y with hints of wood and caramelized marshmallows, which make it sweet but not in a fruity way.
Flavors: Caramel, Irish Cream, Rooibos, Sweet, Toasted, Vanilla, Wood
Someone gave me a sample of this and I knew I would not like it. Some of the main ingredients are hibiscus, rose hips, lemon, and citric acid. I literally dunked my tea bag into the water and took it out (less than 2 second steep) and my whole cup was pink. It tasted like drinking straight hibiscus or rose hip tea. Super bitter, sour, and acidic. I keep trying but I will always hate hibiscus and sour teas, even iced with sugar.
I’m glad other can enjoy blends such as this, but I find it extremely unpleasant and undrinkable. The sour overpowers the fruity and herbal flavours underneath and makes it undrinkable to me. :(
I do like the vibrant magenta colour though.
Flavors: Bitter, Hibiscus, Lemon, Rosehips, Sour, Tart
Leaves: tea bag
Aroma: peppermint, spearmint
Color: light olive green to copper brown color
Taste: I’ve actually had this tea in my collection for a while now and thought why not go ahead and review it. It’s your classic grab and go just add hot water & since it’s an herbal boiled water is used. The aroma from the teabag was that of peppermint & spearmint i don’t know what tarragon smells like so i can’t speak on that part. It’s also a color changer from a light olive green when the water is just poured over to a copper brown color once steeped for the time recommended. The aroma it gives off is more spearmint when brewed. As far as taste it can be a hit or miss depending on the packet, sometimes you get the minty-ness you want other times it’s light and bland. sometimes i tend to let the teabag sit in my cup as i drink to allow the flavor to intensify. As for clarity it’s a cloudy which may be off putting to some. I could still faintly see the bottom of my cup where a bit of the micro tea particles collect. Overall this is an okay tea, also i will mention it does help if you have any stomach discomfort after a meal which is a plus!
Zingy, a feeling of light pressure against gum line of top front teeth, green in middle of tongue which in the finish rolls into the back of the tongue and meets the throat with a sweet green taste… Sort of like the four leaf greens or clover greens we ate as kids when out walking.
Yellow around the top half of the mouth as a point longer into the finish.
It has a general sweetness when you sip and it’s a little cooler. The sweet green again wraps around the back of the tongue but also the rear portion of the sides of it, more forward than the finish a bit.
The lemongrass is certainly noticeable and puts that pleasantly unbalanced feel to the taste
It’s pretty good for an off the shelf bag tea. Something I’d pick if that was the best of the options in the supermarket sort of good. Not something I’d want in my collection if I was able to have one again right now.
A pretty good supermarket tea.
Flavors: Astringent, Green, Lemongrass, Plants, Sweet
This tea smells fruity, delicious, and a very pink color. Alas, to me it was sour….. I have no idea what I did wrong. All I tasted was the sour citric and nothing else. I am mostly a black tea drinker, which might be why I haven’t found a good herbal tea I enjoy. Maybe I will try mixing it and having it in the summer.
My current favorite bag chai. Excellent with either honey or sugar, good mix of spices. Does well with longer (4+min) steeping; I usually set the timer to 4min but sometimes after first pouring water, sometimes let go a bit after timer goes off.