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I had this tea this morning when I had to get up early for a work meeting on a Sunday. I added sweetener, because I wanted a sweet kick to wake me up. I liked the tea. I am surprised that people are so against this tea. I would have to absolutely hate a tea to give it such low marks, but to each their own and everyone’s tastes are different.
Flavors: Orange Zest
I like any chai tea, its my favorite kind of tea. I made it tonight because its going to get really cold over the next day. We are expecting storm Titan to hit tomorrow.
I went to Trader Joe’s today with my mom. I stocked up on TV dinners. I have paper plates and bowls and plastic silverware just in case we lose water [again].
I’m supposed to be studying for Spanish Speaking test 1. I think I’m pretty much ready. I’m listening to Pandora to try to relax. A neighbor is playing really LOUD music. (I’m using headphones). I love Chai tea. I like it iced the best with milk.
For me, the aroma and taste of this tea brings pure comfort. I am sure this is largely due to the fact that (it’s a lovely tea, and) I ordered this tea from Starbucks regularly when I started dating my sweetheart. It wasn’t uncommon for us to meet up, grab a cup of Refresh and head out on our date. He isn’t a tea drinker at all, but he enjoys this blend.
I do enjoy Peppermint, but I have always been more partial to Spearmint, so I really enjoy it. I love it “hot and clear” or with a touch of honey.
A venti iced Zen accompanied me on yet another journey to yet another possible future humble abode. This one must have been five miles away, and upon my arrival, exhausted from having speed-walked the whole way, I found a ghost-town like demeanor hovering over the building. Not a single soul in sight! Tattered labels on the mailboxes with names crossed out and new names, and some mailboxes with no names at all. Nine apartments: where oh where could the person whom I was looking for be?
En route, rather than seeing the usual depressing flyers about missing cats, I saw one on a telephone pole with the ominous bold-faced, all-capital letters MURDER, below which was a photograph of a woman who apparently came to an unfortunate and premature end. The poster was offering a reward leading to the apprehension of her killer. “My future neighborhood?” I mused to myself…
Then when one of the building’s residents (who had never heard of the person with whom I was to meet) gave me his Wifi password so that I could open my email to find the guy’s phone number, I discovered that among the various named Wifi stations in the area was this one: pussy house. “My future neighborhood?” I mused to myself.
I never found the tenant and much later, hours after the scheduled appointment, I received a text message from him inviting me to come back after 6 pm. No, thanks all the same!
The search continues…
It is rare for me to drink a chamomile blend before noon, but it happened today. I do believe that this brew may have calmed my frazzled nerves to some extent. Well, to a degree. The latest hilarious finding in my seemingly interminable quest for a new apartment featured this amazing phrase:
“A clothing optional atmosphere is hoped for when circumstance and weather permit.”
No, I am not joking.
I have encountered a variety of people who refuse to provide the address to the place which they are ostensibly attempting to rent. I have encountered people who agree to send the keys so that I can see the property—but only after I mail them a check to the U.K. I have been sent pictures of properties which look like images from postcards of historical buildings. I have been asked to meet men with only first names at intersections at 7 pm.
Miranda Barbour & Co., anyone?
Like I was saying: chamomile is de rigueur under the circumstances—which do not, incidentally, permit of a “clothing optional atmosphere”!!!!
I only have two bags of this left in the home stash but almost a whole box at work, and as my work stash is now not exactly a pillar of diversity, this has been my “commute home” tea for the past few days.
I really do find this pleasant. Some teas blow you away from day one. Others grow on you slowly. This one has grown on my slowly. It’s like that friend who keeps being a great friend and then one day you wake up and you’re in love.
I’ve never had an unpleasant cup of this. It has never been at all offensive even when abused by water temperature and oversteeping. It’s forgiving. And it’s nothing if not consistent. It’s not flashy or terribly exciting, but kids, when you get older you’ll find there’s a lot to be said for stability. ;-) This is a tea I can count on.
I do want to try some more lotus flower scented teas if I can find any that look promising (as opposed to the Thai seed thing which is said to be bitter), but not to replace this one. Just out of curiosity to see what a non-decaf lotus flower tea might be like.
I have to bump the rating on this one for its steadfastness. Rock on, Lotus.
I went to Salem today to check out a couple of possible apartments. Naturally, I had to test out the local Starbucks, plus I was starving, so I ordered a “meal replacement” beverage (with soymilk), and then took a large Tazo Refresh away as a refill. I am pretty sure that this is the perfect post-coffee beverage! Plus it was freezing out, so it kept me warm as I walked across the quaint little town where I may be living in the not-too-distant future. On verra…
I have to say that Tazo Golden Monkey is very different from most other yunnan teas—not at all smoky, and with a burnt caramel flavor but without being sweet.
This gorgeous reddish-brown brew is so ridiculously delicious. The caramel finish is perfect and greatly enhanced with light cream. This is definitely my top Yunnan-origin tea.
I have increased my rating to reflect my enthusiasm. This is how all tea should be: beckoning me to go brew up yet another cup because it is so irresistibly wonderful. Why settle for less?
Not usually a fan of Tazo teas but I try not to judge before sampling something new. On another note it’s my cat Ivory’s birthday today, he turns 2 and it’s gone by so fast. RIP to Ebony who would have also been 2 today, I looked out of the window half an hour ago and there was the biggest rainbow I had ever seen and I was in perfect place to admire it. I’ve always called Ivory my little rainbow baby. Ebony and Ivory did everything together so I think it’s his way of wishing his brother a happy birthday from cat heaven :)
(sip, sip, sip) Very tart and sour with in a fruity berry like way. Still rather hibiscus heavy overall though. There is some sweetness but it tastes somewhat chemical and just doesn’t cut through the tartness enough for my liking. It does in a way taste like passion fruit but much tarter.
Not a fan of this at all, may have to throw this away and make another tea as I believe I will struggle to finish this cup. Much too strong hibiscus wise for me.
i wanted to like this one and i thought i would, since it’s green tea with peach! i love fresh peaches & peach flavoring, and since i have a bunch of straight greens on hand i thought i’d try a fruity one. plus, i also had a great experience with Tazo’s other fruity green offering, Decaf Lotus Blossom.
this one is a letdown.
it has a somewhat ashy green tea base (not sure which one is used) that got bitter very quickly! in fact, it is so bitter now after having cooled, i’m not sure i can finish my cup. i’m not entirely sure if i’d write this one off as undrinkable as i think i should adjust my steeping parameters from 3 to 2 minutes and let it infuse in considerably cooler water next time, just to be sure.
for me, the only redeeming quality about this tea is that the aroma is definitely better when cooled & the peach opens up more, but it is soo bitter! ack.
I am a pu-erh gringo, so only complex blends so far. This one from Tazo, Peach Cobbler, promises a delectable sweet peach cobbler experience—at least judging from the scent of the dried tea!
The prepared product is another thing altogether. Without cream, I find the dark amber brew a bit overwhelming. I’m not sure whether this should be a cause for complaint, however, because what I find most dominant of all is the intense flavor of pu-erh! This makes me wonder whether some of the negative ratings on this tea are coming from people for whom, like me, pu-erh lies fairly far from their tea comfort zone.
I’m a big fan of green and black teas, but my experience with pu-erh is so limited that I cannot really say that this is a bad tea, since I do think that it tastes like pu-erh. It does not taste very much like peach cobbler—or peach, or even fruit—but with cream it is a not unappealing dark blend.
I’ll definitely be drinking this one again (I have the rest of a 2 ounce package), as training wheels to unadulterated pu-erh. Whether I’ll ever graduate to a two-wheeler remains to be seen.
Tazo Blushberry Black is a fruity-black tea featuring strawberry, blueberry and raspberry mingling together with a multi-region black tea base. Unlike many fruity-black teas blends, which appear to use the same or a very similar China black base, this one combines teas from several different sources, none of which is China.
I brewed this small pot rather strong, under the assumption that I’d be drinking it with cream, which I am, and it tastes good this way, flavorful, creamy, and smooth. Without cream, the tea seems a bit tannic to me, but that may simply be a consequence of the strength of the brew!
The color of the liquor is dark reddish orange, and the fruity flavor is quite nice without being overwhelming, although I’d be hard-pressed to identify the specific red and blue fruits. The scent of the dried tea is redolent of forest berries and reminds me a bit in wafts of one of the dark reddish purple Bonne Maman mixed fruit jams.
This is a solid fruity black blend, and all natural, too, which is an added plus.
Another Tazo China Green Tips at Starbucks yesterday. This time I ordered it in a ceramic mug and threw in a few ice cubes to cool the water even further. The brew was good. Maybe the best way to order this is to ask the barista to throw some ice into the bottom of the cup?
second infusion: I reinfused the spent sachets at home. The second round was almost as good as the first, albeit more golden in color than green.
third infusion: I was still craving green tea to accompany my bath, so I gave these sachets another dousing, and the tea was perfectly potable, now veering more toward “generic” green than anything recognizable as Mao Feng. Still, not bad for a decaffeinated green!
another that was finished prior to entering my cupboard!
Thank you Kat_Maria for the added in teabag.
I have a few friends from my old city who think they’re big time tea drinkers but are more the ‘type’ of tea drinker that basically only owns teabags and kinda does it because it’s ‘trendy’ to be a tea drinker and drink Starbucks tea. Only a few even know what loose leaf is, and I think they’re only aware of DAVIDsTEA. Look at me sounding all ‘Tea Elitist’ ; that’s totally not the intention here. To each his/her own, and you know – move forward at your own pace, right? If teabags do it for you, then right on.
My point, anyway, is/was that the most recent time I talked to one of them I made the mistake of bringing up tea and she got very excited about this tea in particular and asked if I’d ever tried it, to which I responded that I’d heard of it and was familiar with the company/brand, but had never tried it personally. She just went on and on about how great it was. I believe at one point the phrases “Best tea in the world” and “Hibiscus is so great!” were uttered at least once, which I thought some people here on Steepster might find amusing.
So anyway, I received this one unexpectedly from Kat_Maria and finally took the opportunity to try it to see what all the “Tea Drinking Hipster” hype is all about, and I can summarize this in one word which makes practically every Steepster user simultaneously cringe: “Hibiscus”.
How the hell do people love this and drink it on a regular basis!? It was one of, if not the, most sour/tart and way overly sugary teas I’ve ever tried and I was puckered up throughout the entire mug full. Some kind of horrible cross between cloying and painfully sour/tart. It was so bad. Yeah, I’ll pass on this one in the future…
This decaffeinated blend from Tazo is a rare example of a floral-scented green tea which sits well with me. I have serious issues with jasmine, and this tea is generously scented in a similar way—only with lotus and marigold. Somehow this works for me. The liquor is peach-orange colored, and despite being decaffeinated, these leaves can be multiply infused, yielding a beautiful peach color and a floral flavor each time!
I brewed up a pot of Decaf Lotus Blossom Green this evening because I imbibed black teas this afternoon, rather than green, and so had no spent leaves from which to prepare a post-dinner pot. This really hit the spot, as usual. I do believe that I could not drink such a markedly floral tea every day, but that’s just fine since most days I do drink a pot of caffeinated green during the afternoon, which I am then able to resteep long after the final caffeine bell for the day has rung…
I remain impressed by the Tazo offerings. I find the teas to be of high quality—relative to most other mass market varieties. I’ve been noticing that the fans of Tazo and the fans of Teavana do not seem to overlap much. The two companies seem to have very different approaches to tea and tea-like beverages. I’m a Tazo gal, myself.
Starbucks acquired both companies to cover all bases in their quest for total global beverage hegemony. I’m not complaining, mind you. They are a well-run company with high-quality offerings. Plus a most generous tea-refill policy!!!!!!
Tazo Awake has always struck me as the tea equivalent to dark-roasted coffee. Some people don’t like it because they find it too unrefined and blunt. For me what matters is that it does what it says on the label. This Assam blend packs a mighty punch of caffeine, has a malty heft, brews up dark reddish brown, and tastes good with cream.
Awake satisfies both my Assam cravings and my need for an afternoon caffeine jolt. Dare I demand more?
3 balls, 12oz boiling water for 3min.
I’m a fan of black teas in general, but this one didn’t quite impress me…it has a woodsy flavour with what almost tastes like fishy or umami undertones, but past that it actually falls pretty flat.
This might be okay as an iced tea with a decent amount of sugar, but as a simple hot steep it didn’t really make me want to go back for more.
I hardly know anything about roobios teas. The selling point to me tonight versus the other teas I have on hand: caffeine free. My tea habit has escalated quickly in the past few months, and this week especially I was really feeling the caffination.
This is quite an interesting taste, not one that I expected. While nice and mellow, there’s an surface taste of slightly tangy/sour. It’s hard to describe, but my first comparison would be yogurt. A fitting end after a dinner of greek food, and a relaxing cup while I watch the Women’s free skate in Sochi. =)