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24
drank Rum raisin biscotti by Tea Forte
51 tasting notes

Holy crap, it reeks of alcohol. Could be sweet and spiced and enjoyable without that, but can’t get over the smell/taste of alcohol. I guess they succeeded at getting that rum flavor across!

Flavors: Alcohol

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75
drank Cherry Marzipan by Tea Forte
201 tasting notes

This is a nice green tea with a hint of cherry. I really like it.

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59
drank Coconut Chai Latte by Tea Forte
2012 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #55
A single serving taken from the teabox before it was sent. Not much to say about this one. I like the idea of coconut chai. The scent of the dry leaves was lovely dessert-like coconut but the flavor just isn’t great. There is a tangy, oldness to the coconut. I don’t know how because it certainly didn’t smell like old coconut and the packaging couldn’t be better. Then the black tea itself seemed too light to be the base of chai. The spices also took a backseat, so the whole cup was almost only not-good coconut. Always up for trying teas anyway!
Also… I’ve been drinking a billion coconut teas lately. I guess because I know they get old the fastest?

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70
drank Earl Grey by Tea Forte
30 tasting notes

Not my favorite-ever Earl Grey tea, but much better than the worst I’ve ever had. It steeps SUPER strong so you don’t need much to get a caffeine hit. The bergamot flavor tastes a little fake to me, though I couldn’t explain why…but the tin it came in does include “natural flavors” in the ingredients.

Flavors: Bergamot, Black Currant

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Caramel Nougat by Tea Forte
262 tasting notes

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65

I don’t taste the metallic taste that other drinkers have noticed. The one thing that I noticed is that I didn’t taste enough apricot for my liking in the tea. I was hoping for it to be a stronger flavour and was disappointed when it was not.

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drank Winter Chai by Tea Forte
14 tasting notes

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70
drank Chocolate Rose by Tea Forte
262 tasting notes

I’m kind of surprised by the poor ratings for this one as I found it rather nice, though admittedly I didn’t brew it strong. Not a hugely intense flavour—slightly floral and smooth. There’s a hint of chocolate here but it doesn’t exactly scream it. There was a slight bitterness that might have been unpleasant had I brewed it longer, but at 3 minutes it was fine.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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100

I can’t stop drinking this tea! Truly addicting and has a great aroma and flavor. One of the best teas I have had in a long while. I bought the single steeps and loose tea and can’t seem to get enough of it!! The tea has a wonderfully subtle sweet finish that lingers on the back of the tongue for a long time. Keeps me going back to kitchen and making more and more :)

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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40

So disappointed. I like lychee. I like coconut. But I don’t like wax tasting teas. Introducing, tropical candle-the drink! Brought to you by Yankee Candle and the Tea Forte.

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60

Artificiality, you need to stop messing with good tea flavors. Well, I love the combo. The coconut is really nice, the mango is a great follow up, and the tea base is good. Oddly enough, this is a flavored tea that should be Gong Fu’d. But the chemical used to flavor the tea overwhelms the natural taste of the green tea making it kinda soapy. Only was able to finish one cup, unfortunately.

Flavors: Coconut, Grass, Mango, Soap, Tropical

Fjellrev

Ech, wonder if the coconut went off in it too if you’re getting soap.

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78
drank Blood Orange by Tea Forte
88 tasting notes

I received a sampler of this from a friend and I actually rather enjoyed it but I can see it getting bitter if steeped for too long. Nice chunks of citrus fruit that shone through in the flavor. Sweetness with just a slight hint of bitter to remind you of the citrus.

Not terribly complicated but pleasant.

Flavors: Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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60

A better one of the sampler. Tastes just like a coconut rum. Chocolate I only kinda get. Not too strong, but pleasant. Still a little bit too artificial.

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100
drank Sencha by Tea Forte
30 tasting notes

I drink this tea pretty much every morning! It’s got a beautiful green color and isn’t too strong. I brew it loose leaf in a pot and it goes nicely with breakfast or on its own. Very happy I bought it! I tend to just leave the leaves in the teapot and let it steep for ages, and even then it’s not overpowering, which is great. But maybe that’s not a proper way to do things. :)

Flavors: Grass, Green

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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65
drank Swiss Apple by Tea Forte
526 tasting notes

Not a bad tea, and I really couldn’t add anything further other than what has been said. Too much on the artificial side for me personally, but still enjoyable. Think of a spicy apple cider followed by a chocolate powdery kick. I would not mind trying this again and I think it deserves a decent rating. I’m just a little bit harder to please with rooibos. For newbies for sure or a guiltless apple cider. Would recommend very lightly because I’ve had better apple like blends before.

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55

The theme of pretty much all Tea Forte Teas: not bad, not good, clever combo, and too artificial. I tasted the honey, fig, peppermint, and berry leaves the most with everything else in the background.

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85
drank Peach Brulée by Tea Forte
262 tasting notes

This started out right on the nose: peach brulee. Peaches, burnt sugar, creamy, vanilla…delicious! Then I realized it reminded of Starbucks’ Blossoming Peach Tea Latte (which I think was out about a year ago), with that kind of artificial peach nerds on whipped cream vibe that’s a little odd but delicious in its own way. Overall, rather tasty. I’ll be sad to see the last bag go.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cream, Peach, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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52

Okay. Again, a bit too artificial for me and Cherry is iffy with Sencha. The marzipan almond flavoring actually goes nicely with the green tea and rooibos since those teas tend to have that kind of nutty taste anyway. Cherry kinda clashes with the almond, but it might be nicer for other people. It is pretty green and probably would be better with fresher leaves.

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52

Planning a trip, and trying to pick the most portable leaves for my tumbler, and had to try. It does taste like a nougat, and it does taste like caramel with a buttery hazelnut finish. Not a bad flavor combo, but like all Tea Forte Teas, the flavoring is replicated. It’s almost alcoholic. Cream and sugar does well and it is pretty nice, it’s just weird to drink on it’s own. It is sweet, smooth, and nutty, but it is so, so, so boozy. The color is gorgeous brewed, almost like a syrup, but so is the tea. It’s like someone took a piece of caramel out of a Bailey’s Irish Cream.

A little bit too much for me personally.

Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Caramel, Hazelnut

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Blueberry Merlot by Tea Forte
2192 tasting notes

Brought this one to work today.

It’s not bad, but it’s not really great, either. And I will note that I’m having it hot and unsweetened. It’s maybe blueberry, it’s thick because of the hibiscus. But the tea itself is almost insipid.

Oh well.

Edit: There’s sage in this?! I honestly couldn’t tell.

__Morgana__

The name is a little scary. ;-)

OMGsrsly

I’d rather just have blueberry wine in my thermos, TBH. :D

VariaTEA

I went up North once and bought really good blueberry ice wine and raspberry ice wine and then I took it back to Montreal with me, on the plane, in my suitcase. It exploded. I was sad. My clothes were sad (and purple). And I had no wine to help forget my sadness. That`s what the name makes me think of so this is not a happy tea. Also, blueberry ice wine is delicious but I don`t know how I feel about Blueberry Merlot

OMGsrsly

Blueberry Merlot is the cheapest of the cheap wines I’ve ever had in the States. It was a generic red sweetened flavoured wine for under $5 for the bottle. Hahaha.

OMGsrsly

That is really really sad, actually. Wow. The loss of the wine. The clothes. THe WINE. :(

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80
drank Blood Orange by Tea Forte
262 tasting notes

This one worried me, because I actually hate blood orange (or at least I have in the past; it’s been a few years). I need not have worried though because this is more like a Lady Grey with that distinct light Froot Loop flavour. If you’re turned off by the Froot Loop description, I guess you could say it’s citrus-y with bergamot. I wouldn’t say it’s distinctly blood orange (or even orange for that matter) but it’s good, smooth, and a dead ringer for Twinings’ Lady Grey.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

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65
drank Black Cherry by Tea Forte
262 tasting notes

Picked up Tea Forte’s Noir collection today on a whim—mostly because Peach Brule sounded delicious. Haven’t actually heard of this company before so I just kind of had to hope for the best.

First up to try is Black Cherry. I liked this a lot better than DAVIDs’ Black Cherry, that’s for sure! The cherry flavour is subtle in this but noticeable. The base is basic and unimpressive, but not unpleasant (though the very last sip had an astringency I didn’t get through the rest of the cup). Considering all that’s packed into this tea I expected something a bit more complex, but this is pretty much as advertised—black cherry. Not a rebuy, but I can get through the second bag.

Flavors: Astringent, Cherry

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9

Not a fan of this tea. The cinnamon is too strong.

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