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drank Passion by Tazo
15 tasting notes

BACKLOG: Made this on Mother’s day weekend as a lightly sweetened ice tea for my mom and brother during a break from yard work. I enjoyed the tart flavor but it was acidic enough that it gave me instant heartburn. Both my mom and bro added additional sweetener to theirs (agave).

Flavors: Cinnamon, Herbaceous, Hibiscus, Tart

ashmanra

I used to mix this with orange juice, and then it tastes like guava juice to me!

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drank Green Ginger by Tazo
15 tasting notes

Reallllllly confused about the pear… love the lemongrass. ehhhhhh

Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass, Pear, Vegetables

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I received this tea in swap which was interesting because I’ve never seen Tazo in loose leaf form. I decided that it sounded like a nice tea to make iced via cold steeping overnight for my graduation party. I went ahead and tasted it after I finished brewing it and realized that it’s a fantastic cold steeped tea. The black tea is mild like a sweet tea without sugar and the peach is quite nice, not too juicy with the small spice. I hope everyone else likes it tonight because I find it to be excellent as an iced tea.

teaqueen

All of Tazo’s blends are better iced than hot, I find.

Liquid Proust

That is probably correct. If you cold steep something it tends to be milder which helps a lot when some teas are a bit bitter when brewed hot. I find it interesting to compare hot versus cold steeping. My favorite is to cold steep rooibos teas because the warm woodsy taste disappears.

teaqueen

Interesting! I’ll definitely need to give that a try.

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drank Calm Chamomile by Tazo
15 tasting notes

I’m confused. My co-worker brought some sachets of this to work in a tin and I have been enjoying about one cup a week. The enjoyment part is what is puzzling to me.

I wouldn’t say I get anything from this tea. It isn’t particularly calming or comforting and comes off rather flat. Chamomile seems to be competing. Leaves a dry taste in my mouth

Flavors: Drying, Flowers, Hibiscus

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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76
drank Blushberry Black by Tazo
44 tasting notes

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drank Organic Bramblewine by Tazo
518 tasting notes

I received this tea as a gift a good while ago and have made it several times without reviewing. It’s certainly not something I’d buy for myself due to the rooibos content and the sheer LOAD of hibiscus.

When steeped, it’s what you’d expect with a hibiscus tea. A bright, cheerful magenta. Very pretty! I made it iced and had to sweeten it – it’s pretty dang tart otherwise. The flavor makes me instantly think of Starbucks’s Berry Hibiscus Refreshers. There is a nice berry flavor that goes along with it, but it’s on the lighter side and kind of blends with the tangy hibiscus.The green tea aspect might as well not be there, but the rooibos… It doesn’t let itself be forgotten about. It leaves that aftertaste I hate so much in my mouth and nose with every sip.

Like I said, this isn’t something I’d get again, but I won’t mind finishing it over ice on hot days. Also, I’m not tasting wine at all. I think they just call it that to sound fancy.

Flavors: Berry, Blackberry, Fruity, Hibiscus, Rooibos, Sour, Strawberry, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec
teaqueen

I have this one. Hibiscus galore with a hint of fruitiness, and not so much wine. Or bramble, whatever that is.

Tabby

Bramble is just another word for blackberry bushes, lol.

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57
drank Earl Grey by Tazo
35 tasting notes

Among the Tazo varieties this one is just a mystery to me. So much as touch this to your water and you have a bitter steep. Maybe it’s the fannings in there. I don’t know, but this is a pretty astringent Earl Gray without a lot of complexity (dull and muted, in terms of flavor).

The best thing about this is the strong floral bergamot scent after brewing, but by the time I finish the tea I always regret those first few sips—it gets increasingly bitter, not more flavorful, as you drink.

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THE RUNDOWN
1) Before Tasting: I’m pretty sure I’ve tried this before, but never reviewed here. All in all I’m working through my herbal bags because I want an excuse to go buy something at David’s or Teavana in the Herbal section, so this is the third herbal I’m reviewing this week. I’m getting a stronger Spearmint scent here than anything else, but I don’t think this tea is made with any quality in mind – even Tazo’s Earl Grey is pretty overpowering in the “scent instead of flavor” department. Peppermint is there too, but pretty faint.
2) First Try: And there’s how you know it’s all scent no flavor – the first taste is overpoweringly peppermint! I still don’t get how they accomplish this, but maybe they consider like this: “part of taste is smell, so if we counter the powerful spearmint aroma with a power peppermint taste, they’ll never know how terrible this is!” Yeah.
3) Second Sip: I should mention the mouthfeel is pretty lacking too. Another powerful punch of peppermint, mixed with, yes, my favorite and yours, dustiness. I can’t tell you this enough: dust is ONLY a flavor I taste when drinking filter bag tea. And folks wonder why I’m a whole leaf girl.
4) Afterthought: So, I take it back, there is a mouthfeel, but it’s the dusty flavor. I can’t imagine this would even make a decent blend with something else. Yeah, I do not recommend it and I do not think I would try it again. By the way, if there’s any licorice-flavored tarragon in this bag, I never tasted or smelled it. And I would know licorice, believe me.

Flavors: Dust, Peppermint, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Flavors: Mint, Orange

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Joy by Tazo
13 tasting notes

A little more green tea than I was expecting. Went well with some Earl Grey.

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I can only take this steeped for exactly 5 minutes with no milk or sugar. It’s mild – or maybe flavorless is a better word? It smells like black tea, but it doesn’t taste like much of anything at all.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Organic Peach Cobbler by Tazo
462 tasting notes

Cold-steeped overnight in my glass teapot. It’s soooooo much better this way! I got lots of cobbler, dessert-y taste and fresh, juicy peach. It was fabulous. My mind was blown— it was like I was drinking a totally different tea. The astringent base is completely subdued. Never drinking this hot again.

Liquid Proust

That’s what I did :)

teaqueen

Yes! You inspired me. :)

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drank Organic Peach Cobbler by Tazo
462 tasting notes

I got this because it seems summery. It smells very fruity and cinnamon-y in the dry bag.

Once I steeped it, I only got peach in the aftertaste. It was mostly a mediocre black base with a lot of apple and cinnamon.

Oh well.

masked185

I’ve had bad luck with fruit blends from big companies. Always seem to have a mediocre black base with a not very realistic fruity flavor. They seem to fair better when making it just a tisane.

teaqueen

I completely agree. Serves me right for trusting Starbuck’s with tea. They should stick to their overpriced and over-sweet chai lattes and their ridiculous coffee products. Lol

masked185

Haha very well said!

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drank Chai Chocolate by Tazo
85 tasting notes

Another one to be donated to the staff break room stash. As others have said, there is almost nothing reminiscent of Chai in this tea – it tastes like hot chocolate mixed with a lot of water and a tiny, tiny bit of bagged tea.
I vow to always check steepster before impulse buying tea at my local grocery store in the future.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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drank Organic Bramblewine by Tazo
462 tasting notes

The green rooibos was the appealing part for me. I’ve never tried it before.

I sniffed the dry bag and had a mini panic attack— surely they wouldn’t DARE put stevia in this tea! I reread the ingredients and breathed a sigh of relief. It’s just naturally sweet from all the fruit.

The hibiscus somehow doesn’t make my lips pucker with disgust! It’s a miracle. I taste lots of cherries and jam, and even a echo of wine in the aftertaste. Not bad! I’m starting to reconsider Tazo.

masked185

Geen rooibos is on my list to try. I love the regular rooibos, how would you say green differs?

teaqueen

It’s much more subtle! Not as woodsy, very mild and plays nice with fruit flavors. I like red rooibos with more dessert-y flavors like chocolate and vanilla, personally.

masked185

Hmm that makes sense :)

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drank Apricot Vanilla Creme by Tazo
285 tasting notes

Another sample from The Cookie Lady! I’ve tried quite a lot from Tazo, but I don’t remember ever seeing this one before. (Maybe it’s discontinued?) Anyway, it’s lovely! I don’t notice the base tea at all, but the apricot flavor is spot-on. The vanilla is more subtle, but it definitely imparts a nice creamy mouth-feel to the blend. This is one of those teas that tastes like you added milk to it even though you didn’t. I would definitely drink this one again!

Flavors: Apricot, Creamy

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76
drank Zen by Tazo
81 tasting notes

I liked this a lot more than I thought I would!! The mint and lemongrass complimented the green tea perfectly… I never think I’m a big fan of green teas but then a tea like this comes along and I really like it… probably because of the addition of the mint and lemongrass. It’s just a nice, soothing blend, perfect for getting down to work in the afternoon.

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drank Iced Passion Tea by Tazo
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drank China Green Tips by Tazo
12 tasting notes

Terrible. Tastes like overcooked vegetable-boiling water. Asparagus? Collard greens? Either way, not what I want in my cup.

Flavors: Asparagus, Vegetable Broth, Vegetal

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Notes: Teabags, Made specifically for pitchers of tea
Type: Herbal
Leaves are tea fannings
Dry leaves smell strongly of orange peel, cinnamon, and hibiscus
Pouring hot water over tea bag resulted in immediate dark red liqour, resembling Kooaid
Brewed tea smells like hibiscus and oranges
Brewed leaves hardly expanded
Head Notes: Hibiscus
Body Notes: Tropical Flvors
End Notes: Orange
Aftertaste: Orange
Tea is extremely sour. I ws not expecting the astringent and tart flavor.
I added a little bit of unrefined cane sugar to my glass and it made the tea sooo much better.
With Sugar, the tea is light, fruity, and refreshing.
I would share this tea with my friends on a summer afternoon.
It would have ti be a really hot day for me to truly appreciate and enjoy this tea.
I give this tea three stars because I like the packagin, the liquor, and the flavor.
I probably wouldn’t buy this tea again.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Orange, Tropical

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade by Tazo
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drank Wild Sweet Orange by Tazo
273 tasting notes

My husband picked up a box of this but really doesn’t like it. I’m hoping I will so that we’ll be able to finish it off. The dry tea is very strong and smells like orange zest. It’s very powerful. There is also a sweetness there so my fingers are crossed that this will taste just like a warm orange marmalade.

It definitely seems more tame while steeping. It does smell like marmalade and also a bit like orange juice. I can also smell a touch of mint. The color is a deep, deep orange. It’s almost red. The taste of the tea is very tart so I think next time I’ll try steeping this at a lower temperature for less time. Maybe I’ll even add some raw sugar and vanilla, or maybe make some vanilla sugar, to see if I can make this taste similar to my favorite marmalade.

Oh wow, this is even worse once it has cooled. I’m going to have to do my research on this one to see if I can find other ways to make it. I reheated my cup and added some heavy cream thinking it might be something like an orangesicle, but apparently even the cream doesn’t want to play nicely with this one. I thought with the heavy cream it would be fine, but nope. They’ve just gone their separate ways inside the cup. It looks grainy but doesn’t taste bad. I think it might have even helped a little.

Flavors: Mint, Orange Zest, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Minty and refreshing! Great hot with dollop of honey or iced.

Flavors: Peppermint, Spearmint

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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