Tea Forte

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This happens to be a green tea that I love! I’ve tried this before, and prefer the loose leaf variety. This is a nicely flavored green tea that tastes like cherries (I’ve never actually had the dessert) and almonds. It’s a nice pick me up dessert like tea that you can have any time of day. I like to drink my teas throughout the day, especially after meals.

The flavor is not overpowering but perfect. I only use agave nectar in my teas to sweeten.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank White Ambrosia by Tea Forte
24 tasting notes

Guesstimating that steeping time. I’m not feeling particularly nitpicky this time.

This is probably one of the first teas I had ever tried by Tea Forte, a tea bag a couple of years ago that I was given as a gift. I enjoyed it muchly, and bought more tea. _

This version is the loose leaf one, that I’ve had from time to time. I’m not really smelling anything right now, but there is a layer of… something on top of the tea – probably loose tea dust that got out of the ball and floated to the top. Doesn’t bother me, really, but that might bother others? Don’t know.

Anyway, this is another one of my happy white teas. (Granted, I will probably enjoy any tea where I can taste coconut.) Albeit, not quite as happy as my Teavana Ayurvedic Chai, but still pretty happy. I get a very smoothly blended coconut vanilla flavor that’s sweet, but not overly so.

Also, as white tea usually, I love how my fatigue-fogged brain usually turns on, like a flipped light switch, when I drink it. Yes, I know this isn’t exactly uncommon (why hello, caffeine!), but I felt like commenting on it, since white tea seems to give me the perfect caffeine boost in early evening times.

Flavors: Coconut, Vanilla

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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60
drank Earl Grey by Tea Forte
24 tasting notes

Used the tea bag version of this from the sampler I was given.

I’m smelling black tea and bergamot. :)

The taste is pretty much black tea, without much spice from the bergamot. This isn’t bad, but it’s nothing special. I don’t know if it’s the brand, or the tea bag vs. loose tea (I do tend to like the teabags themselves), but I much prefer the Star Trek Earl Grey from ThinkGeek (maybe it’s the fact that it has lavender in it, though I’ve been told that makes it a Lady Grey. Or the fact that I can see the lavender and bergamot flowers in it).

Flavors: Bergamot, Tea

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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60
drank Ginger Lemongrass by Tea Forte
15 tasting notes

I tasted the pyramid version.
I had only ever had loose leaf lemongrass ginger tea before I tasted Tea Forte’s pyramid version.
Both lemongrass and ginger in Tea Forte’s version tasted flat. It tasted like it had been sitting in the cupboard for some time.
Disappointing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 360 ML

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75
drank Raspberry Nectar by Tea Forte
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I like this one for the summer. Very refreshing.

Flavors: Fruity, Pleasantly Sour

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 360 ML

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75
drank Black Currant by Tea Forte
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I drink this tea whenever I crave a black currant juice drink, just to avoid all that unhealthy sugar.
Very nice alternative. I like.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 12 OZ / 360 ML

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30
drank Sencha by Tea Forte
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To all the nice people in the Steepster community:
Please, find some real sencha by a Japanese tea house or even just an Asian tea house, and taste that.
The so called ‘sencha’ from Tea Forte was not sencha.
Once you taste the real thing, you will never go back to Tea Forte for their sencha.
Trust me.

Flavors: Dry Grass

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 360 ML

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72
drank Earl Grey by Tea Forte
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For bagged Earl Grey, I think it tasted pretty good, although it is a rather expensive teabag.
I like my Earl Grey tea bold, so I don’t mind Assam in the blend. I like a pungent bergamot taste in my Earl Grey too. So this is totally my cup of tea. Pun intended ;P

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 360 ML

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51
drank Black Cherry by Tea Forte
30 tasting notes

This tea left me feeling apathetic. The scent was off putting due to the whiff of cough syrup I got upon brewing. But I digress,the tea just tastes like black tea with a scant trace of cherry, vanilla and licorice. If I had done a blind taste test, the only way I could detect the flavors would be through the scent, not the flavor.

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drank Caramel Nougat by Tea Forte
30 tasting notes

I don’t know if it’s the assortment set that I got, but I don’t feel like Tea Forte is usually this bad when it’s served at a restaurant.

I took a sip of the brewed tea straight first and it was awful. I thought it tasted like sweet dirt. I then added milk per the instructions and it was tolerable, but not enjoyable. Definitely will not be buying this assortment set again!

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drank Forté Breakfast by Tea Forte
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53
drank Chocolate Rose by Tea Forte
30 tasting notes

Steepster rating is after adding sugar and milk. Note that Tea Forte recommends this tea with milk.

I picked up a Tea Forte black roasted teas assortment box awhile ago and now I’m just trying to finish it off. The Chocolate Rose is not so great without milk and sugar (I wouldn’t rate it above a 33).

After 5 minutes of steeping (maximum recommended by tea forte), the flavor of chocolate isn’t really detectable nor is the rose.. it’s just a strange synthetic flavor.

I added sugar and milk to see if this would help and it did help a great deal. The tea became mild, and I was able to taste more of the chocolate, and something that tasted floral (although I wouldn’t go as far as to say I could identify it as rose).

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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45
drank Sweet Orange Spice by Tea Forte
1747 tasting notes

Apparently this tea is orange flavoured – I’ll take their word for it as I can’t taste anything beyond the overpowering taste of cinnamon. It reminds me of that Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice, which I can’t say I’m really a fan of either. Luckily this tea came in an assorted sampler, so this is only like two sachets out of the entire box.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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50

I got a bag of this tea from a recent hotel stay. Brought it home and brewed it up, so I could use my own water and kettle and give it a fair shot.

I’d say this tea is a standard black tea that you can buy in boxes of 50 bags at your local grocer. Nothing stands out about it. I’ll give it a score right down the middle, because it will do in a pinch, but there’s no way I would pay money for it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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63

Again this was a score from my $8 set from Chapter’s.

So far this is my second out of the box & I find they all have this similar off taste as they cool.
The initial taste is slightly rum like with a hint of raisin. There isn’t any biscotti taste, but it’s a decent tea. Not overly strong in flavour, ideally I would use twice the amount of leaves in these bags, but have been making smaller mugs to accommodate.
I wish that as these cooled that unpleasant taste wouldn’t be there, I’m not sure what’s causing it. I can’t finish the mugs because of it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Jillian

Good to see that I’m not the only one who takes advantage of the end-of-season markdowns at Chapters. ;)

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71

Bought this in a mixed box from Chapters. On sale for $8 wooo

It smells amazing! Like sweet crisp apples. There is something in the taste that I can’t pin point but it’s not a pleasant flavour, it comes through at the end of the sip. You definitely get the crisp apple flavour at first. I’m not getting any of the spice though.
Once this had cooled to room temp I didn’t get the unpleasant flavour at the end of the sip. Tastes like a great unsweetened apple juice.

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75
drank Harvest Apple Spice by Tea Forte
1747 tasting notes

i’m not a big fan of red rooibos teas generally, but I’ve found that it usually goes very nicely with apple flavours. There’s plenty of that in this tea along with some sweet, cinnamony notes. It’s very warm, and comforting tea that’s reminiscent of stewed apples or maybe apple pie filling.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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55
drank Sweet Ginger Plum by Tea Forte
1747 tasting notes

I picked up a discounted sampler box of winter-themed Tea Forte teas at work yesterday.

A lot of people have been hating on this tea and when I saw the hibiscus in the ingredients I wasn’t expecting much. But honestly? It’s not too bad. The sour, tangy hibiscus is kept to a manageable levels and there are some actual plum-likes flavours in there along with the warm notes of ginger. Not something I’d go out and buy on its own but it’s not horrible.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Found a couple pyramids of tea from Tea Forte while I was packing to move. Decided to have this one tonight. A very dark color in the cup, a rather pretty shade of purple while it’s brewing. I am actually glad I can’t really taste this one. It sounds marvelous, but the flavor is odd. Like it’s trying to be sweet, but instead it’s tart. The sour coats my tongue and throat and lingers even after I dumped the cup.

gmathis

Ick! :)

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(55 = probably good but not to my taste. Should be renamed “Jamaica Yams.”)

Disclaimer, I’ve never actually tasted rhubarb; to me, the tea smells like peaches and something vaguely like a yam or sweet potato. Sadly it does not taste of peaches at all - TeaForte, if you just named your teas properly you’d get much better ratings!

I didn’t notice the hibiscus initially but after a few sips it became pretty obvious. Objectively this is not a bad tea: hibiscus/rhubarb lovers would probably enjoy it, but the hibiscus flavor plus the lack of peach means I won’t be buying it again.

Brewed from a “single-steeps” loose tea packet. This one had nice large pieces and no dust.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Yams

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61
drank Sweet Orange Spice by Tea Forte
838 tasting notes

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I pulled this one out of the box for one very specific reason. A few years ago, in a sample pack of Tea Forte, I had tried Moroccan Orange Blossom tea. I absolutely loved it. Even if I am the only one on the internet to give it a good review, I still maintain it was delicious. I have not been able to find a suitable alternative with any other tea companies.

I pulled this one out of the box because it was Tea Forte and had orange in the name. But I failed to look at the description. It describes orange with cinnamon. I just don’t see how orange would ever go with cinnamon. Maybe orange peel, but not orange.

The tea bag, once unwrapped, smelled strongly of sweet cinnamon. The brewed tea smells like cinnamon hot lips.

The tea tastes like a very strong, somewhat bitter black tea. The cinnamon is very flat, not much bite to it. I am not picking up too much citrus but there is a sweetness to the tea which could be reminiscent of citrus.

I have never really thought much of Tea Forte, except for the moroccan orange blossom of course. This tea falls into the not think too much of it category.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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70

The brewed tea smells like tasty dried apples but tastes mainly like ginger. The dried tea also had another savory herb smell I couldn’t recognize (maybe the blackberry leaves?)
Took about 15 minutes of steeping to actually get an apple flavor. So you have two alternatives for this tea: a short brewing gives you a mild ginger with apple scent, a long brewing gives you an apple tea with a strong ginger “bite” at the end. Both are tasty but I prefer the latter.

As a side note, this was a “single steeps” loose-leaf packet, but the dried mix was in very small pieces and there was a lot of “dust” that escaped the tea ball and floated to the top of the water. This might be a packaging issue. If I see it on sale I may be tempted to buy a proper tin of it, maybe.

COMMUTER NOTES: Because it took so long for the apple taste to show up, this might work in a commuter brewing thermos.

Flavors: Apple, Ginger

Preparation
8 min or more

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58
drank Hazelnut Truffle by Tea Forte
341 tasting notes

I’m meh on this tea. It is definitely hazelnut, and a bit chocolatey, but I think I like my chocolate hazelnut in actual solid chocolate form and not tea.

I got a sachet of this as part of a sampler for my birthday. I’ll finish off the other sachet but won’t be buying this myself. It was interesting but not really my thing.

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25
drank Vanilla Pear by Tea Forte
417 tasting notes

Tea this evening….welp color me disappointed in this one. Once again I loved the smell of the vanilla and pear when I opened the package. But the steeped leaves smelled of some weird pear smell and the taste was also some almost cardboard fake pear taste. Sad to say but I’m dumping this down the drain….

Flavors: Cardboard

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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