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Fond memories of this tea. Admittedly in high school and even continuing into college I drank this with an obscene amount of sugar. Like 2-3 tsp/mug. And always Sugar in the Raw, or a stick of sugar cane. It doesn’t taste as nice with white sugar.
It doesn’t have the same effect when unsweetened, but I mostly don’t mind. Camomile is a tea I can deal with in a tea bag. Mostly I think because the loose version…. little flowers floating in my cup kind of freak me out. I vaguely wish for a loose version because I really like the blend, but I probably would stick it in a tea or strainer to avoid looking at it.
Backlog. I needed a quick fix of caffeine after a long day of class to have energy to meet up with a friend for dinner, so I stopped by Starbucks on the way and chugged an iced tea. It was actually tastier this time around, but that may be because I was also super thirsty. Anyway, not a bad iced tea for when I’m in a pinch.
I actually ordered Tazo Green Tips as my refill at Starbucks this afternoon. I was given Refresh instead. Rather than complain (it was free!), I decided to look at the mistake as a dictate of fate. It had been a while, and yes, it was good.
There is a reason why Refresh is my most logged tea! Or I should say “tea”. Simple yet oh-so-satisfying: tarragon and mint. I do feel a bit better now, having imbibed a venti Refresh after a grueling day of moving challenges.
I feel like Sisyphus. Seriously.
Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box (pt.1)
I had this tea on Sunday ( March 23rd)
Dry Leaf: the tea is in a tea bag, so I couldn’t see much. In terms of smell, the tea gave off a minty and licorice-y scent with hints of lemon grass and citrus. The scent was soothing.
Steeped: The smell changes when steeped, it makes it more licorice-y. The water is nice and yellow. The taste is also strong in the licorice sense, and there was also a sour overtone. I am sort of on the fence about this tea.
In today’s steep-off chez sherapop, I have determined that I slightly prefer Tazo Chun Mee Green to Clipper Organic Green—mainly for the smoothness. But it is so very close, and the teas are so similar in appearance, scent, and taste, that I cannot recommend the Tazo over the Clipper, since the latter is quite economically priced. Both of these teas are in the style of baked Chun Mee, and both feature organic leaves. Both are quite decent grocery store filter bag options.
What I learned today is that these teas are much better when brewed for only 2-3 minutes using cooler water. Oversteeped, they lose their appeal for me, but today’s brews were rather tasty!
Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box
I brewed 8oz of this with 1 bag and then put it in the fridge to cool. My first thought was, why did they take something that smelled absolutely delightful in the bag and make it into something so gross?! Maybe if you like licorice you’ll enjoy this, but cold it tastes like orange and licorice which is not a great combination. Plus, who decided to put spearmint in it? Because everyone loves the toothpaste + orange juice taste. No, just no.
The only way this was palatable was adding a boatload of sweetener. These bags will be heading on their way!
To satisfy my caramel cravings (unslaked by Kusmi St. Petersburg, despite the caramel scent of the dried tea), I felt the need to brew up a beautiful glass of Tazo Golden Monkey, my favorite caramel tea—with nothing added to produce the gorgeous caramel texture and taste of this Yunnan-origin marvel. As usual I drank this delicious brew with light cream.
Yum, yum, yum!Have I made my position clear?
I had this as an iced tea lemonade at Starbucks while the boy and I ran errands yesterday. I am not a coffee or a latte drinker, and they have been unable to make refreshers for a month (you know you live in a small town when…), but this is a nice alternative. I adore the tartness from the tea mixed with the sweet lemonade. It has inspired me to make my own calorie free version at home. I plan to mix Teavana Passion Berry (which is the same thing) and Crystal Light lemonade. Jace may question my brilliance, but this plan is sure to succeed. Now all I need is the snow to melt so I can implement it!
Somehow I hit the sweet spot for this this morning: Recognizable as green tea, and both the spearmint and lemongrass were present. I was really liking the citrusy flavors this morning so this was perfect. Bumping the rating up just a little because it finally tasted as promised; now if only I could recreate it at home!
I have consumed a huge volume of Tazo Passion iced tea in the past, but today was my first serving for 2014. Hoping for many more in the months to come as the weather continues to improve until at last the layers of snow atop layers of ice atop layers of snow atop layers of ice have become but a vague memory trace in my mind as I sit sweating in front of a fan.
The concentration of my iced Passion was perfect today. Sometimes I find it overdiluted slightly, but this brew was dark and rich and red. I take mine unsweetened. This is definitely my favorite hibiscus tea—leaps and bounds better than the Zingers.
With the rising spring temperatures, I’ve been in the mood for something other than my usual hot black tea. I spotted this at the store, and knowing that Tazo makes some amazing tea, decided on this one.
As it was steeping, I picked up on a fruity scent with a hint of cinnamon. The color is a gorgeous red like pomegranate or cranberry juice. As my cup cooled down, the cinnamon scent lifted a little and was replaced with a slight tartness. The hibiscus is very prominent in flavor but is balanced well with the tartness. It’s not too tart or fruity though. Everything blends together nicely.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a light tea for this spring and summer. This also seems like it’d be a good replacement for those wanting to cut back on fruit juices that are full of sugar and calories.
I made it to Whole Foods today to buy some more alternative health care crap.. :) They had this tea and I’ve been wanting to try it though I haven’t had a great experience with Tazo in the past. It’s a box of paper teabags but the bag smells really good after I unwrap it, cinnamon and apple-y goodness. After I brewed the cup, I inhaled the aroma which reminds me exactly of a baked apple. The tisane is good, there’s plenty of sweet apple flavor and lots of cinnamon too. There’s chamomile in here which you taste in the finish. I don’t get a whole lot of rooibos flavor, which could be a plus or a minus depending on your point of view. I might have preferred less chamomile and more rooibos, but I like it.
Overall not bad for a bagged tea. I don’t regret picking this one up… 1 teabag for 8 oz. of water. Looks like I might have found a replacement for the Simpson and Vail apple rooibos that I used to like.
I’m pretty sure that expectations play a big role in evaluations of tea—at least for me. Now that I understand what Chun Mee is—and isn’t—I am more favorably disposed toward this Tazo filter bag organic Chun Mee. It’s not bad at all—it’s just very different from most of the teas I usually drink, and it seems to be the same type of green used in many lower-grade green tea bags. Perhaps Chun Mee is the CTC of China greens? Not sure. Anyway, I have increased my rating a bit after today’s more satisfying cup.
Sipdown no. 127 of the year 2014. I didn’t drink a lot of tea today—a cup in the morning, two at work, and a commute home with this, plus the last two bags in my bigass Shakespeare mug that looks like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wedgwood-creamware-Shakespeare-mug-ca-1964-/161232245159?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item258a30d1a7
(Hope that link works.)
This isn’t goodbye, just until we meet again.
I enjoyed a late afternoon venti Tazo Calm prepared with two sachets at Starbucks. I carried it with me as walked home in unseasonably cold weather (what’s new?). I have to say that it did seem to calm my frazzled nerves a bit. I went to the doctor today because I woke up with a killer backache—perhaps I should not be carrying boxes of books down two flights of stairs? Just a hunch. Anyway, I’m now armed with painkillers, in addition to tea…
I have no idea whether Tazo still makes Vanilla Apricot White, but I found an errant filterbag in my “maybe I’ll drink this someday” tea chest of stray envelopes without boxes. I don’t recall ever having purchased or consumed this tea, so perhaps I received it as a free sample somewhere…
The tea offers a light apricot flavor, and that’s about it. I don’t detect much in the way of vanilla. It’s possible that this bag is so old that the vanilla evaporated away, but the brewed liquor, which is a lovely peach color, tastes fine—not stale. It just tastes like apricot, not really much else. On the bag it is described as “a delicate tea”, and I’d have to agree.