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So here’s a crazy thing I could not have made up: the writing on the outside of this tea’s box.
And I make up a lot of crazy things.
The box reads:
“Cinnamon sticks gather on a lush black-tea lawn for a leisurely afternoon of croquet and conversation. Ginger offers to keep score from the sidelines while handing out elegantly wrapped vanilla caramels.”
Oh yes. That paragraph genuinely happened.
I kind of want it framed.
It’s the most genteel, poncey, colonialist thing I’ve read in ages. I don’t know if it knowingly touches England and India’s fraught history. But here we sit.
Drinking what is honestly a pretty tasty chai, especially considering this is was cheaply purchased from a local grocery store. It’s very sweet and rich. The only downside is that it’s really heavy on the cinnamon. So much so that my husband could, for example, smell it from the other room. It’s… a… lot.
But overall, yep, this comes recommended if you want an inexpensive, sweet chai.
Several months ago my husband and I rented a garage downstairs from our apartment for the extra space. “Think of all the room we’ll have!” we kept saying. For months all that was in this garage was…….a bike. The garage had been empty for a while and badly needed de-spidering. My husband and I are both not fans of spiders. Why we chose to do it on a hot sunny day I can’t imagine. It was disgusting and dusty and spidery but its done now and we sprayed the corners with spider spray and then I sprayed everything generously with peppermint oil and water just to make sure the spiders get the hint. Now everything that is down there is staying forever because we can’t trust it not to have spiders on it. It’s the Goodwill waiting room.
Point is, it was hot and hot weather calls for BEVERAGES. I love BEVERAGES. I’m a huge fan of BEVERAGES. I like water, I like tea, I like coffee, I like hot chocolate, I like iced ones of those things, lemonades, limades, I try to stay away from soda unless there’s rum in it but you get the point, I’m well hydrated.
I love hibiscus tea. I’ve been drinking it for a long time and I’ve been drinking Passion tea for a long time. At Starbucks you could get it mixed it with lemonade, and eventually I started drinking it without lemonade, and then eventually I was drinking “real” tea and I didn’t have it much anymore.
Then we went to Mexico and the ubiquitous iced beverage of choice was Te Jamaica (“ha-MY-cah”), which is just hibiscus tea. At ElNicho restaurant in Puerto Morelos it was served with a mound of hibiscus and sliced cranberries in the bottom which was extra tasty and tasted just like Cranapple juice to me. So I kind of got a taste for it and I wanted some more.
I started a bad habit. A Starbucks opened near my house and it’s pretty quiet at about the time I leave for work in the mornings. My husband makes me drip coffee that I drink in the car in my Las Vegas tumbler, but I’ve started starting also stopping for a venti iced half-sweet Passion tea that I drink when I get to work.
Let’s be straight about hibiscus tea for a second. It’s pretty much Kool-Aid. If you throw a little sweetener in it and give it to a kid who is familiar with Kool-Aid, they will confirm for you that it is tasty Kool-Aid.
This Tazo stuff is also tasty Kool-Aid but it’s got a couple frills that make it taste a little bit sophisticated. The rose hips are tart and put a kibosh on the cranberry sweetness hibiscus has. The orange brightens it up. There’s a teensy bit of cinnamon that gives it a little depth and spice. It’s still Kool-Aid but it’s grown-up Kool-Aid.
My husband and I have been keeping a pitcher of it in the fridge since we got back from Mexico. I don’t make it very sweet, I boil up a cup of water and pour it over two bags with a little sugar and then leave it in there until its good and dark and then I pour it into the pitcher and fill it up. The pitcher has an infuser so I leave the bags in there overnight for some extra flavor. If you leave it unsweet it will be a little tart and dry but still good. A little sugar, refreshing with a little zing. Lots of sugar, grown-up Kool-Aid.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Licorice, Orange Zest, Rosehips
So for this tasting note I am doing a 1 to 5 scale. 1 being horrible and 5 being amazing! I will analyze before and after cupping.
Appearance: No comment – 0
Aroma: Dark Chocolate, Black Teas, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon – 5
Body: No comment – 0
Taste: No comment – 0
Finish: No comment – 0
Overall, before cupping, the tea smells amazing and makes my mouth water. Wonderful aroma of dark chocolate and chi tea.
Appearance: Define line, not mixing or blending properly with Belgian Rock Sugar, cloudy, caramel brown in color (expected for chi tea) – 4
Aroma: PERFECT! Smells just like before cupping! Yummy! – 5
Body: Smooth, silky, not a good balance though! Really only activated my sweet taste buds. Not really spicy or smokey, like many chi teas are. – 3
Taste: It’s alright. Chi is over powered by the chocolate. Sweet. Yummy dark chocolate after taste. Can’t taste the pepper, cinnamon, or cardamom unfortunately. – 4
Finish: TASTE LINGERS! THANK YOU JESUS! Nice and smooth and leaves me wanting to drink more! – 5
Overall score: 21/25 84% B
Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Tea
I was mad-hype about trying this iced, but it didn’t work out. Hot, it’s delicious; but cold, it’s too much. The cold has an insidious aftertaste that’s syrupy and aggressive.
You know, in movies, when the dad is dating some new woman, and she’s super-fake-nice to the kids? Then he leaves and she’s the worst? (The main example I’m thinking of here is The Parent Trap.) This tea, cold, is basically that woman. You don’t want her in your house, much less your digestive tract.
I’m leaving my rating as “80,” however, because hot, it really is a nice tea, especially at Tazo’s inexpensive price point.
This is the Ingrid Michaelson of teas, by which I mean it’s very sweet and delicate.
There will be times that it’s perfect. Today is such a time, with a leisurely pace of tasks to be completed, pop music on the speakers, sun outside.
This is not frantic-day tea, or heavy-metal tea, or tea-with-cigarette.
This is not breakup-tea, or fresh-romance tea.
This is the tea of a nicely-settled life, with a dusting of optimism on top.
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Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Ginger, Pepper, Peppercorn, Spices, Spicy, Sweet
I’m on a Tazo review binge today because I realize I have had quite a few Tazo blends many times but never rated them. I’ve actually drank several boxes of this blend because I kept getting it as a gift, but I dislike sour/tart blends. I highly recommend people try this sweetened as an iced tea. Hot is tastes like boiling hot acid but it is much better cold.
I found the tartness covered some of the undertones, but I did taste a few citrusy notes (orange, lemon, maybe candied orange peel?) and some spices. It also steeps a bright yellow orange, which is pretty cool.
Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Fruity, Lemon, Orange Zest, Sour, Spices, Tart
This is a pretty standard English Breakfast. It is a bit strong for me, I found it a bit bitter and overly tannic, but I think milk would have mellowed it out a bit. This would be a good blend for those who like strong/tannic black teas or need a lot of caffeine, but it isn’t my personal favourite.
Flavors: Bitter, Tannic, Tannin
Absolutely deliciously creamy and sweet. I think this blend is very calming and great in the morning or after dinner. It is like a dessert (but without the guilt.) I found it very rooibos-y with hints of wood and caramelized marshmallows, which make it sweet but not in a fruity way.
Flavors: Caramel, Irish Cream, Rooibos, Sweet, Toasted, Vanilla, Wood
Someone gave me a sample of this and I knew I would not like it. Some of the main ingredients are hibiscus, rose hips, lemon, and citric acid. I literally dunked my tea bag into the water and took it out (less than 2 second steep) and my whole cup was pink. It tasted like drinking straight hibiscus or rose hip tea. Super bitter, sour, and acidic. I keep trying but I will always hate hibiscus and sour teas, even iced with sugar.
I’m glad other can enjoy blends such as this, but I find it extremely unpleasant and undrinkable. The sour overpowers the fruity and herbal flavours underneath and makes it undrinkable to me. :(
I do like the vibrant magenta colour though.
Flavors: Bitter, Hibiscus, Lemon, Rosehips, Sour, Tart
Leaves: tea bag
Aroma: peppermint, spearmint
Color: light olive green to copper brown color
Taste: I’ve actually had this tea in my collection for a while now and thought why not go ahead and review it. It’s your classic grab and go just add hot water & since it’s an herbal boiled water is used. The aroma from the teabag was that of peppermint & spearmint i don’t know what tarragon smells like so i can’t speak on that part. It’s also a color changer from a light olive green when the water is just poured over to a copper brown color once steeped for the time recommended. The aroma it gives off is more spearmint when brewed. As far as taste it can be a hit or miss depending on the packet, sometimes you get the minty-ness you want other times it’s light and bland. sometimes i tend to let the teabag sit in my cup as i drink to allow the flavor to intensify. As for clarity it’s a cloudy which may be off putting to some. I could still faintly see the bottom of my cup where a bit of the micro tea particles collect. Overall this is an okay tea, also i will mention it does help if you have any stomach discomfort after a meal which is a plus!
Zingy, a feeling of light pressure against gum line of top front teeth, green in middle of tongue which in the finish rolls into the back of the tongue and meets the throat with a sweet green taste… Sort of like the four leaf greens or clover greens we ate as kids when out walking.
Yellow around the top half of the mouth as a point longer into the finish.
It has a general sweetness when you sip and it’s a little cooler. The sweet green again wraps around the back of the tongue but also the rear portion of the sides of it, more forward than the finish a bit.
The lemongrass is certainly noticeable and puts that pleasantly unbalanced feel to the taste
It’s pretty good for an off the shelf bag tea. Something I’d pick if that was the best of the options in the supermarket sort of good. Not something I’d want in my collection if I was able to have one again right now.
A pretty good supermarket tea.
Flavors: Astringent, Green, Lemongrass, Plants, Sweet
This tea smells fruity, delicious, and a very pink color. Alas, to me it was sour….. I have no idea what I did wrong. All I tasted was the sour citric and nothing else. I am mostly a black tea drinker, which might be why I haven’t found a good herbal tea I enjoy. Maybe I will try mixing it and having it in the summer.
My current favorite bag chai. Excellent with either honey or sugar, good mix of spices. Does well with longer (4+min) steeping; I usually set the timer to 4min but sometimes after first pouring water, sometimes let go a bit after timer goes off.
I can only marvel at how differently we humans can experience the same thing. I enjoyed this tea from the first time I had it. I was at a friend’s house in the late afternoon, and she offered me some tea. I would have loved some Constant Comment, but it was getting toward five, and I didn’t want to drink anything caffeinated. She had this, which fit the bill nicely. Not only was it orangey, it was light and refreshing. I have made sure I have some in my cupboard ever since. Yes, it does taste rather like Tang, but for me that’s a sentimental memory (though a wryly enjoyed one). Best of all, when I want to drink Constant Comment, I can blend a bag of this with a bag of that, and it’s a perfect blend with less caffeine. Doesn’t taste medicinal to me. Don’t know what those haters are carping about. “Chacun a son gout,” as the French would say.
Flavors: Orange, Orange Zest, Sugar, Tangy
I was offered a selection of tazo’s tea, i choose this one thinking it would taste like a sweet orange. BUT…. this taste sour!, like a wild not ripped orange would. Growing up in an island my mom use to use this type of citric oranges as a condiment in food to cook meats she would use it instead of lemon or lime, this is what it reminds me of those wild oranges NOT GOOD IN A TEA. I don’t think i would like the even over ice. This is a complete failed.
Flavors: Orange Zest, Sour, Tangy
I would recommend this tea more for blending with another tea (or more) than I would for drinking it by itself. I’m ashamed to admit that to date,I’ve actually avoided drinking ‘naked’ rooibos all by itself. This one has pronounced hibiscus flavor, which I like. There’s a bit of an off note toward the back of my throat, which I (rightly or wrongly) assume to be the rooibos. The combined flavors of hibiscus and rooibos tend to “lend to blend”, so it works for me.
Flavors: Citrusy, Freshly Cut Grass, Hibiscus, Rooibos