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30
drank Zen by Tazo
24 tasting notes

The mint and green tea flavors were present butI was underwhelmed with the initial taste of this tea. It didn’t knock my socks off like other Tazo teas have. There is a slight minty aftertaste, but while drinking it, I don’t get a heavy punch of any flavor. This sample has been in my cupboard for awhile so it may just have been too old.

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45
drank Passion by Tazo
24 tasting notes

The purple color has me hooked, however the sweet/tart flavor combo that others have mentioned was a bit too tart for me, especially as the tea cooled. The fragrance of this tea is floral and fruity. I would recommend it only to someone who like fruity, citrusy teas.

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82
drank Iced Passion Tea by Tazo
138 tasting notes

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Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Hibiscus

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92
drank Organic Chai by Tazo
24 tasting notes

Wow…the fragarance alone has completely impressed me! The black pepper, cardamom, and clove notes are clearly pronounced and are what I would expect from a higher-quality bagged chai. I added a bit of honey and milk and the spiciness still comes through with gusto! I will definitely be purchasing this again!

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cloves

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100
drank Passion by Tazo
9 tasting notes

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100
drank Passion by Tazo
9 tasting notes

This has to be one of my favourite teas from TAZO. It has the right amount of fruitiness. You get some teas where its too fruity and you feel like your eating a smoothie. This is amazing. I usually drink it with the tea bag left in, the stronger the better. No milk just straight with one sweetener or honey.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 15 g 14 OZ / 400 ML

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75
drank Wild Sweet Orange by Tazo
2 tasting notes

I got this tea for very cheap, 2000 (yes, you read that right….two thousand) tea-bags for $120 including shipping. I make most of my teas iced unless it’s cold weather.

I make this tea as an iced tea, using hot water from the spigot. I use a half gallon glass container and 7 tea-bags. 6 was too weak, 8 was a bit strong. 7 seems to be the magical number.

I leave the tea-bags in the jar, in the fridge, until its’ all been consumed.

It does taste a little tart and I can taste the mint, but not too strongly. I smell the mint more than I can taste it.

I fill a quart jar with ice and pour this over and I find it refreshing, light and delicious. Sometimes I mix it with another herbal tea or some black or green tea, just whatever I have in rotation at the time. It can be a bit astringent if you drink too much of it, but it’s pretty light and tasty.

I like it and would recommend it.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 7 g 64 OZ / 1892 ML

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30
drank Tazo Chai by Tazo
30 tasting notes

Another random chai I found in my cupboard.

Didn’t like this, even after adding milk and sugar… could be the anise in it. It tasted too much like licorice for me and not enough spice!

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55

Ugh, today was one of those days where I got absolutely nothing accomplished. I had a list of things I wanted to do, but I think the utter lack of sleep last night sapped any desire to do anything today. Well, it is a lie, I have successfully mastered the fine art at staring at a website without actually reading it. We all have one of those days sometimes.

Today’s tea is Tazo Teas Rest Herbal Infusion, a blend of roses, valerian root, and citrusy herbs. I will admit, I have no idea how this tea bag got into my stash of tea, but I wanted an herbal tea to sip in the evening, so why not? I am very curious where this tea came from, maybe the tea fairy visited me, you know leave a tea-ball under your pillow and wake up with a soggy mess…and maybe new tea! The aroma is a soothing blend of lemony, herbaceous, a little bit of floral sweetness, and a finish of bitter herb (hello valerian, you still smell kinda awful.) The rose aroma is pretty faint, mostly the dominant notes are herbal and citrus.

Once the teabag has been steeped, however, the rose becomes more dominant. As does a bunch of different herbal notes, some of them not so pleasant and bit astringent smelling. There are also strong notes of citrus, honestly the tea smells like a medicinal cacophony with some rose perfume covering it up, it is not bad, but it does smell like medicine!

The taste of this is not offensive, which is always a good way to start out with a tea that has valerian in it. There is some bitter root taste, but it is pretty faint and only at the end, a bit of honey or sugar takes that bitterness right away. The taste of the tea is mild, with notes of citrus, rose, wildflowers, sage, and a general herb and grass feeling to it. I didn’t hate it, if this tea magically shows up in my stash again I would drink it before sleep, granted there are significantly better night time herbal teas out there, but this one is not bad.

For photos and blog: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/06/tazo-teas-rest-herbal-infusion-tea.html

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drank Awake by Tazo
2955 tasting notes

In an effort to save some of my tea samples for when my tastebuds are actually working, I rummaged through Tony’s cupboard & found a few bags of this. At least it’s bold & black!

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45
drank Tazo Chai by Tazo
1 tasting notes

Sub par, weak attempt of a chai tea

Flavors: Artificial, Burnt, Cardamon, Decayed wood, Wet wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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2

This tea is horrible. Bitter. Chemical. Sour. Weird aftertaste of spearmint and windex. And I have 18 bags of it I have to finish.

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35
drank Calm by Tazo
9 tasting notes

I’m a huge lover of Tazo teas, But i wouldn’t drink this one if i had another opiotion. I dunno who, its something with the rose petals in it. To me it makes it taste a little soapy,

Flavors: Rose

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec 6 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76
drank Jasmine Yin Hao by Tazo
1082 tasting notes

Somehow I went two days without drinking either green tea or jasmine! I decided that I needed to rectify the deficiency on both counts and so brewed up a pot of Tazo Jasmine Yin-Hao right after lunch. I don’t usually drink jasmine with a meal, but since I ate only a bagel it seemed compatible.

The liquor of this good-quality jasmine green tea is light gold veering green. I brewed this floral-scented tea a bit stronger than usual, with 5.2 grams for a two-glass tetsubin. The pot is said to hold 20 ounces, but in my experience, it really produces about 17 ounces of tea.

The flavor is smooth and rather floral—naturally! I think that I may prefer jasmine dragon pearls to Yin Hao, but I’ll have to try out some other versions before I can know for sure. I also may have slightly overleafed this pot.

I always look forward to the second infusion of jasmine teas, since they tend to offer a completely different—far more green—experience…

(Blazing New Rating #72)

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

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10
drank Earl Grey Tea Latte by Tazo
1 tasting notes

Starbucks early grey is much too bitter to drink. Two large sachet tea bags is way too much tea for one cup. The recipe needs less citrus and more smoothness.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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55
drank Iced Citrus Bliss by Tazo
1082 tasting notes

I cold-steeped one of the large pitcher-sized filterbags to prepare half a gallon of Tazo Citrus Bliss. The dried tea in the bag smelled soooooo delicious when I put the pitcher in the refrigerator last night before retiring that I was totally looking forward to the result in the morning.

The color of the liquor is cloudy orange—a little darker than Tang, in case anyone out there knows any astronauts—and the flavor is basically citrus-tinged rooibos. A lot of rooibos going on here. It’s possible that I am sensitive to rooibos, or perhaps rooibos is just plain strong.

Either way, I’ll drink the remaining five filterbags in the box—the summer months ahead promise to be hot!—but will not purchase again. Nothing wrong with it, really, I’m just not that fond of rooibos.

(Blazing New Rating #71)

Flavors: Citrusy, Rooibos

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 30 g 2000 OZ / 59147 ML

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77
drank Pi Lo Chun by Tazo
1082 tasting notes

Still trying to get to the bottom of the Bi Luo Chun mystery. This one, from Tazo, is closer to the light and airy versions, such as the Tealux which I imbibed earlier today. I really cannot figure this out. The tightly sculptured little snail shells from Yunnan Sourcing bear virtually no resemblance to these other versions! No mention is made of the island cited in The Harney & Sons Guide on either the Tazo or the Tealux packaging, so perhaps only the snail shell sculptures are produced there?

The liquor of this Pi Lo Chun was pale golden green but by the second glass had turned peachy colored. The liquid was fairly cloudy, with lots of tiny filaments floating about. Usually I enjoy the second glass more than the first, but in this batch I preferred the first, as the second started to seem a bit bitter. Perhaps because of all the particles in the glass?

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 502 ML
apt

note that biluochun isn’t limited to one place. I recently tried one from Taiwan! it had long and wiry leaves, not tiny curls and was sweet and buttery.

sherapop

Thank you, apt! You are a true fount of knowledge. That helps a lot. The tea about which Michael Harney wrote in the guide must have been specifically the island-produced snail shell version. This is very helpful. I am no longer perplexed. ;-)

apt

I’m sure other places produce snail shell versions as well. That island must be the origin of it though. Just like you can find Long Jing from anywhere but West Lake is the true location for it.

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77
drank Pi Lo Chun by Tazo
1082 tasting notes

I must have got the last bag of Tazo Pi Lo Chun, as it is no longer even listed at the Starbucks website! The demise of Tazo is imminent…

This is my third experience with Bi Luo Chun, the first and second having been from Teavivre and Tealux. These Tazo leaves are not as airy and voluminous as the others, and they are darker in color and more robust in scent. Today’s batch I drank right after a big bowl of oatmeal, which I prepared to celebrate the unseasonably cool and rainy weather we’re having.

The liquor is peach veering gray more than green, and now that I’ve read the story of this tea, it makes sense, given that the leaves are charcoal fired. I like this pleasant, slightly sweet and not very vegetal green tea, and will surely finish this bag!

(Blazing New Rating #62)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

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86

A staple I always brew in combination with a black tea and drink over ice. One of my favorites I really love. Have not had it hot.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Awake by Tazo
2 tasting notes

A good black tea staple that I keep on hand. It is great brewed in combination with a fruity tisane and served over ice in the summer.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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86
drank Jun Shan Yin Zhen by Tazo
1082 tasting notes

My second yellow tea, Tazo Jun Shan Yin Zhen has a much more uniform leaf form—very similar to silver tips, except more yellow—than the Teavana Yellow Tea I tried yesterday. The shimmering leaves are covered with tiny hairs.

The flavor of the similarly pale peach-colored liquor is very similar. The aroma, too, reminds me of the Coors Beer Company boiling barley emanations. Maybe I don’t understand what tea masters mean by “floral”, but to me this tea does not really offer any identifiably “floral” notes. I find it closer to cooked vegetables, but with a smooth finish.

Anyway, I like it, and am happy to have tried Chairman Mao’s favorite tea!

(Blazing New Rating #54)

Flavors: Vegetables

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 502 ML
TheTeaFairy

I also really like Jun Shan Yin Zhen from Tealux, it’s very sweet. Not floral either, just sweet, creamy and slightly vegetal. Yum.

TeaBrat

Mandala also has a yellow tea which is nice.

Scatterbrain

I have yet to try a yellow tea. On to the mental list it goes!

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72
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Tazo
2400 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. Thanks to Carol Who for this sample that I’ve been meaning to try.

I steeped this entire sample for 3 minutes in a 20 oz. teapot. What I had was around the equivalent of 6 or 7 pearls. Eh, this stuff is okay. It certainly got some dismal reviews from others but I don’t mind it that much. It seems to be a bit on the side of brisk and winey for me, which is strange for a tea you’d think is Chinese. To me this tastes a bit more like an Indian tea. I thought it was better with some soymilk added. Now I feel like I’m getting a bit of chocolate notes. I’ve definitely has better dragon pearls but this wasn’t terrible in my opinion.

I’m NOT looking forward to my morning. I have to visit the dentist and I’m getting 4 fillings worked on. They told me to eat a good breakfast because my entire mouth will be numb for hours afterwards. I guess I will be having a smoothie for lunch… lol

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML
carol who

I’m glad you got to try the Tazo Black Dragon Pearls. My opinion was about the same. Nothing special.

Sorry about the dentist. That’s never fun. But think how strong and healthy your teeth will be! OK, its hard to come up with something positive to say about going to the dentist!

TeaBrat

at least my teeth probably won’t fall out if I take care of them… lmao

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80
drank Long Jing (Dragonwell) by Tazo
1082 tasting notes

I just read the other reviewer’s tasting note on this Tazo Long Jing. Interesting how different people end up with completely different views about the same tea. For me, this has never been bitter at all. I also like the uniform leaf form and the snare-drum sound of the flat leaves sliding by one another.

Well, it’s gone, so no one has to decide who is right and who is wrong! ;-)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 502 ML
Kirkoneill1988

dragonwell is never bitter to me no matter how long I steep it

sherapop

Kirkoneill1988: that’s good to know—I’ve never risked an oversteep on long jing, not wanting to waste good tea. ;-)

Kirkoneill1988

remember there is always the risk of the saying “it’s different for everyone.” but it seems I have to steep it long so I can taste more flavor (for me that is)

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80
drank Long Jing (Dragonwell) by Tazo
1082 tasting notes

Every time I make this tea, I am pleased by the sound of the dried leaves rustling against one another. It sounds like a unique percussion instrument half-way between a snare drum and maracas.

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