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This is called China Green tips (full leaf) and comes in a large tea bag / sachet. Unfortunately it didn’t have any full leafs they were medium sized pieces of broken leaves. That being said it was bigger pieces than any other tea bag I have seen.
It tastes very good and fresh. The best bagged green tea I have ever tasted.
The flavor of this concentrate is a little sharp, especially if you prepare it in the microwave rather than on the stove. I’ve discovered that if you don’t heat it throughly the ginger takes over and the other spices are more difficult to taste. Speaking of spices, Tazo’s chai is pretty mild in the spice department, so if you find chai to be over powering you may find this more enjoyable (plus you can always add more milk as necessary.)
You can read the full review on my blog:
This is one of those teas that I am always very excited about when I plan to have it sometime during the day. Imagine my excitement when I find a tin of this in the cupboard at my new work office the other day! I have been drinking Zen for a few years now, ever since I discovered it at Starbucks, where I also used to work (and developed a special love for Tazo teas). Every time I open the tin, the bright and fresh aroma of the tea just washes all over me, wakes up my senses and lifts my spirits!
The steeping time for this particular tea is quite short, only about 2-3 mins – otherwise is takes on a strong and slightly off-putting bitter taste. When steeped just right, the flavours are simply amazing – the most delicate balance of minty green tea with a kick of citrus and lemon! Honestly, how can you go wrong with this one? It’s my absolute favourite, and it will be part of my collection forever. :)
This actually isn’t bad, but it doesn’t taste a lot like the ingredients list. The ginger overwhelms everything even though it’s mild compared to other ginger teas I’ve had. The green base is also mild and doesn’t burn easily, which is nice, but there’s not a lot of flavor from it. There’s a hint of something floral in the aftertase, but it’s more like rose than jasmine; I can’t find the jasmine in this at all. Maybe if I could I’d like this one better.
If you use an individual teabag, this chamomile tea is quite weak and watery. I like this tea when I steep it using two tea bags, and I leave them to soak for quite a while so the water absorbs as much of the subtle flavours as possible. When done this way, I really like the herbal aroma of the tea, and the taste is quite noticeable, yet soothing at each sip. I do like my tea strong, so the two-teabag method is the only way I can drink this tea, but I think that it is worth it. It helps me relax and enjoy a warm beverage before bed.
I’m not going to try steeping this bag again, as there wasn’t enough flavor to hold my interest on the first pass. The chocolate is there, but without the other notes that most chocolate blended teas encourage, it reminds me of making hot cocoa as a kid when I first learned that you can’t add just one packet to an oversized mug.
If you are looking for a spiced hot chocolate flavor, look elsewhere. If you were hoping to find a black tea with some complimentary chocolate notes, move along. Whatever you are seeking, what you’ll find is a rather watery chocolate dissapointment.
I’ve found that a lot of Tazo teas are difficult to brew, and if you don’t get them just perfect they end up tasting off. I think this is one of those, although I haven’t found the perfect way to brew it yet. There is some peach/apple flavor (I taste both) and something reminiscent of well-browned pastry—there’s more of the pastry flavor than the fruit but the balance works overall. The flavors are actually nice and not artificial. The problem with this one is it’s bitter no matter what I do. It’s not overwhelming, and I never have trouble getting through a cup, but I probably wouldn’t buy another box.
Flavors: Apple, Pastries, Peach
Pre-Taste – It’s vapor gives a cooling sensation when inhaled. A very mellow scent. Minty, with a little bit of herbs. Light brown, dark yellow, however you look at it. Looks like a standard green tea.
Taste – When you take a sip the first noticed flavor is a medium strength mint. It begins to fade away after you swallow and fades into a light green tea flavor. The flavor is very smooth.
Mood – With a small amount of caffeine, and the warmth in your stomach after drinking it, you are left feeling calm, and focused. It’s no wonder it’s called Zen.
Overall I enjoyed it, but I would not consider it a go-to tea.
Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass, Mint
So for the last three days I keep forgetting to bring tea to work. So now I am stuck with work tea today. That is the tea in the drawer of the staff room at work, that people just bring in because they don’t want it. Most of it was herbal blends, this was one of the few that had actual tea in it so that is what I grabbed. We also have some keurig tea at work. But the keurig has never been cleaned, and is mostly used for coffee, I don’t think I can stomach tea laced with coffee, this morning anyway.
This was is ok. It is quite light, bland would be a good word. There are light hints of spearmint, a bit of lemon verbena type flavour. The green tea is very light but also slightly atringent in the aftertaste.
I wasn’t expecting much from this one due to the fact it is an old bagged tea from the work cupboard, but also. Being a blend called Zen, I don’t think it is supposed to pack any type of punch.
It will do for now.
I have all this delicious tea at home just waiting for me….. :(
I liked the sound of the blend for this tea and was drawn to it for that reason. I found the description to be quite tasty, a little excited about the prospect of a lemony-minty green tea blend.
The dry bag has a very spearminty scent, and it held a lot of good hope for me. The steeped scent is a bit subtle though it does retain those spearmint overtones. That’s about it though, didn’t notice too much of the other flavors, except maybe a little bit of green tea.
The taste is kind of subtle (as the scent) if not a bit bland. It’s definitely cool like its minty aspects, but that’s mostly what I’m tasting. I like the coolness of it, very refreshing, but I do believe it is a bit lacking overall. The aftertaste remains cool as well. One thing I noticed is that this tea can be slightly bitter at times, but I don’t think it’s bad enough to keep me away from drinking it again.
Overall, the flavor is a little bland, minty and earthy, with a refreshing cool feeling left to the mouth, but it does lack. The scent is not overpowering, and while it could be stronger, is nice. Could be improved, but definitely could be worse. Would recommend for someone who likes mint.
Flavors: Musty, Spearmint
This tea is pretty meh. I have a much better chamomile blend at home, but when I’m working this is the best tea they have available (and when you’re working for Guest Services, something calming is always best).
It does indeed calm you, but it doesn’t have a particularly strong taste of anything to it. This is definitely a light tea, and it takes about five minutes to brew it to my liking. The tea sachet itself is a pretty decent quality— I don’t find floating dust at the bottom of my cup like I do with most very cheap teas— but the flavor is overall lacking.
To describe it, I’d say it has a minty smell and initial taste, with the aftertaste being just a whiff of chamomile. The initial minty taste’s intensity if drastically cut by being mixed with the chamomile, though.
Flavors: Floral, Mint, Spearmint
I am having a sip down, trying to get rid of all the various bagged teas I have left over to make room for all of the loose leaf tea I have ordered lately. I want to try this one iced, as it seems like it may have some delicate flavors that aren’t coming through while hot. I will admit these bags are old, and that may play a part in this, but the tea was bland. I could smell the cranberry but haven’t really tasted any fruit in the tea. Not a tea I would buy again- and probably why I still have a few lonely bags left after years of owning this tea. Going to try it again tomorrow after throwing a bag into the fridge overnight.
Tazo might want to rename this one. “Licorice Spice Chai” seems far more appropriate, since that’s the main flavor here. I can smell pumpkin, but that’s about it; everything else is licorice. Even the other spices take a backseat to it. Cloves, ginger, cinnamon, all drowned out by licorice.
Don’t get me wrong; I love licorice. The black jellybeans always go first. However, it’s not really what I’m looking for in a pumpkin spice tea. Probably not going to get this one again.
…in the meantime I have two boxes to work through since it was on sale. /sigh