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When I first bought this tea, I loved it…it was the first grocery store tea I’d ever tried that actually had flavor! This tea has an EXTREMELY strong orange flavor (almost like drinking hot orange juice, but without the pulp). It’s tart when it hits your tongue, but there is an oddly sweet aftertaste due to the licorice root. Now that I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy some much better quality teas, I’m glad to finish this box off and won’t be re-purchasing.
Flavors: Licorice, Orange, Sour, Sweet, Tart
Most green teas are known for their vegetal aroma. Tazo®’s China Green Tips meets this expectation. The first waves of fragrance from the bag remind me of freshly cut grass and running barefoot through the backyard. Raw, clean, and pastoral, but not particularly distinctive. Brewing this tea doesn’t enhance the aroma further, yet the playful, warm gold color persuades you to dive in nonetheless.
Taste-wise, China Green Tips proves that what you smell is often what you taste. It glows with a medium body and a pleasant grassiness that’s typical of green tea without being too strong. The smooth, zen-like finish may be what I like most about this tea, though. It’s almost purifying, as if each sip draws out the toxins from your body. If one wanted to taste the lush, mist-shrouded Wuyi Mountains or the calm intoning of a bamboo flute, this cup may be your gateway.
That said, China Green Tips is relatively plain. It lacks the complexities or undertones that other unadulterated green teas have. (By “unadulterated,” I mean without any additional ingredients.) My guess is the Mao Feng leaf used here isn’t one of the most savory types to come out of China. Some tea drinkers may not mind this, but I have a hunch that the more seasoned tea enthusiasts would opt for something more sophisticated.
Flavors: Grass, Smooth, Vegetal
I expected a much stronger vanilla flavor and was initially disappointed by how little I tasted the vanilla in this tea. But now that I’ve adjusted to what it’s really like, I actually quite enjoy it. The rooibos flavor is pretty strong, but it is pleasantly mingled with apple and cinnamon and that little hint of vanilla. There’s also a bit of sweetness to the aftertaste. It’s still not my favorite, but it’s an easy, soothing option for a bedtime tea.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Rooibos, Vanilla, Wood
This tea is strong and malty and just a bit bitter if you drink it straight. It’s delicious with milk! I drank an entire box and enjoyed every cup, but my not re-purchase because I’m getting into loose-leaf black teas which I enjoy even more.
Flavors: Bitter, Malt
I love Earl Grey, but this one really wasn’t my favorite. It was surprisingly bitter and the bergamot flavor was too heavy for my liking. I drank the entire box of this, but won’t be re-purchasing because there are so many better versions of this tea out there.
Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter
I really wanted to like this tea. It has a great name and it brews up to a beautiful fuschia color. But I really don’t taste the other flavors that are supposed to be here; the hibiscus overwhelms everything else. Hot, it’s almost undrinkable. Cold, it’s better, but still quite tart and sour. I suppose I could sweeten it, but if I’m going to be drinking sugar, I’d rather have lemonade than this stuff. Definitely won’t be re-purchasing.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Sour, Tart
I haven’t tried many green teas yet and I haven’t enjoyed most of the ones I’ve had. But this one is delicious! The mint and lemon flavors are both quite subtle, but just present enough to make it so refreshing. It’s good both hot and iced. I’m working on my second box!
Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Lemongrass, Spearmint
As soon as I smelled this teabag, I knew I was in for something serious. The smell alone is worth the purchase honestly. I make the extra effort of nearly breathing in the teabag every time I brew this. It’s not so much spicy, but very flavorful and tasty. All the components work so well together!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest
Finally! A cinnamon apple tea that doesn’t taste like chemicals! While it does taste a lot like cinnamon apple, the flavor is very light and nothing is overpowering about it, as you might find with some cinnamon teas. The aroma has a pleasant cinnamon-sweet smell. If you’re tired of cinnamon teas that taste artificial, I’d definitely recommend you give this one a try.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon
I bought this not realizing the giant letters announcing that it was a chai. I mean, I expect pumpkin SPICE to be spicy, but just seeing the word chai made me think it would be too intense. As a few people suggested to me, I brewed this in half water and half unsweetened coconut milk. This was the first time I have brewed a tea IN milk instead of just adding it after brewing.
First of all, oh my goodness. The smell is exactly pumpkin pie (not just pumpkin….crust…cinnamon…even whipped cream!) using this method. The taste….I’m not sold. I think I will try this with unsweetened vanilla almond milk next time because the coconut flavor either overpowered the pumpkin flavor or there was simply none to be found. That’s not to say that it wasn’t good, and the amount of spice was tolerable. I just wouldn’t think of this if I was craving pumpkin. I’d think of it on a cold night.
Am I really expecting too much when wishing for actual pumpkin flavor in a pumpkin spice tea?
I bought this on a whim. I was strolling down the tea aisle at kroger, as I usually do, and it caught my eye. I’m usually a huge fan of citrus flavors and I love some tartness in my teas, but this tea! I don’t even know how to explain. It was just not good. Even mixing it with lemonade didn’t help mask the overkill that is stuffed into this tiny little tea bag.
I’ve been waiting for the cooler months to hit before I broke this one out, but I have to admit that I broke down and brewed a steaming cup of this cinnamon-y goodness right in the middle of the 100+ degree heat. It was sooo tasty. Naturally sweet and full of fall-esque spices. Can’t wait to drink it guilt free :)
I bought this tea, hearing great things from my fellow starbucks fanatic friends, and I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. Then I mixed it half and half with fresh squeezed lemonade and it was perfection. I will always have a spot for this tea on my shelf during the summer months.
I was excited by the mix of ingredients in this blend of green tea, green yerba maté, and green rooibos (spearmint! rose hips! black pepper!) but when it’s brewed, the spearmint dominates for me. It’s fine, but just tastes like a green mint tea to me, which is less interesting than what I’d hoped for.
I picked this up on a whim at Target last week because the temperature went from 90 degrees to 45 degrees in the span of two days and I wanted something fall-ish and comforting.
You can definitely taste the chai spices with a hint of pumpkin at first sip, but I’ve found the aftertaste is mostly licorice.
Overall, for a bagged tea, it’s pretty darn good, but DavidsTea pumpkin chai still has my heart. I might grab another pack when I run out to store at work just for the convenience factor.
I don’t want to write a super long review because Steepster seems to be eating my notes :( But if you’re looking for a nice pumpkin spice tea for Autumn I don’t know if you can do any better than this. I think it might be a new flavor this season because it wasn’t in the system and I haven’t heard of it before.
It is incredibly rich tasting, like liquified pumping pie. I’m actually pretty amazed at the depth of flavor here. There is a deep caramel flavor present despite caramel not being listed in the ingredients. I added a dash of unsweetened soy milk and… whoa. Whole ’nother level. Highly recommend trying it with your milk of choice. Definitely one of, if not my absolute favorite flavored tea of all time.
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Ginger, Pumpkin, Spices