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First cup of the day/morning. I got excited with this one when I opened the package as it smelled like this lovely mix of oranges and jasmine green tea. Naturally I expected to get a nice mix of the two flavors when my cup was ready. Instead I get minor whiff of orange and a whole lot of jasmine. Good news I like jasmine green teas. Bad news, don’t name a tea Orange Jasmine if there’s not much orange… I only steeped it for two minutes…maybe if I give it a little more time that might help? Though I do get a weird orange aftertaste…so I guess that’s something.
This tea was part of the “Lotus, a curated collection of relaxing teas for mind, body & spirit” from Tea Forte. I wanted to try one of the higher caffeine teas as I’d been napping all day (thanks to the hubs melting tupperware in the bread machine – the smell caused a migraine….long story). Anyway I’m not worried about not sleeping at my regular bed time tonight. The dry leaf smells like this darjeeling should turn out like an earl grey. The citrus notes are really pronounced.
Steeped the orange and grapefruit flavors are muted a little. But still present throughout the sipping. Really nice here is I don’t get the usual bitterness that usually comes with darjeeling teas. I really liked this one quite a bit. I didn’t bother with the suggested addition of milk this time around. Maybe when I try the second sachet.
Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Orange
I’m happy to find something in my Tea Forte sampler pack that is actually tasty. This is probably the best of the bunch.
The peach tastes fresh, delicious and not at all artificial. As others have noted there is also a bit of mango and coconut flavor in the tea. I drank mine with soymilk and that gave it a creamy element that boosted the dessert type flavor this one has. If you’re into fruit flavored teas, I would certainly consider giving this blend a whirl. I bet this would be really good as an iced tea also.
Flavors: Coconut, Mango, Peach
Part of a recent tea flavored black tea sampler that I got from Tea Forte, which has gotten me to pretty much give up on Tea Forte as a company…
Anyway this is one of the better flavors in the bunch. It is very citrusy, with lots of tart orange, grapefruit and lemon myrtle flavor. It even stands up to soymilk okay (I was wondering if it would curdle). It has a slightly musty smell, in my opinion and also a slight bitterness. It does have oil of bergamot, which tends to not be my favorite flavor unfortunately. If you would like a really citrusy earl grey, check this one out. I’ll certainly finish the cup and the other samples, but I don’t think I will need to buy it anytime soon. I would have liked it better without the bergamot, I think.
Flavors: Bergamot, Blood orange, Grapefruit, Musty
Out of my 25-flavor Tea Forte tasting chest, this one was my favorite. It’s a mounds bar in a cup. The coconut tastes real, the chocolate is rich without the watery flavor of other chocolate teas… just excellence all around.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut
Dreadful. Absolutely dreadful.
This tea had everything wrong. The colada flavor was horribly artificial and metallic, the coconut was perfumy, and a weird tang permeated the entire flavor. Never again.
Flavors: Coconut, Mango, Tropical
Out of my entire 24-flavor Tea Forte sample chest, only three flavors really stood out. White Cinnamon Sage was one of them, Chocolate Coconut Truffle was another. Apricot Amaretto was the last.
I adore the combo of apricot and almond anyway, so this seemed like a no-brainer for me. The apricot is juicy without being overly sweet, the floral almond flavor compliments the apricot taste so well. I might have to commit to a full tin of this one.
Flavors: Almond, Apricot
A tea that smells and tastes just like its name, imagine that! The main flavor is cinnamon but it’s not overwhelming, the other ingredients are there in the background and they make a good blend. (Unfortunately I had a bit of a mishap with the loose tea, so it’s a slightly chewy cup, but still pretty good.)
This came as part of a “single steeps” sampler, but this packet actually was 1 serving, unlike the last “single.” I may eventually get a tin of this as my go-to for cinnamon tea, if it’s still on sale.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Sage
I love this mug! Hold the perfect amount of tea, and the strainer dips low into the cup so that the tea steeps evenly and quickly, and all the leaves are submerged.
The lid can be used as a saucer for the strainer once the tea is brewed, which is very ergonomic and elegant. Strainer, mug, and lid are all sturdy and easy to clean.
Perfect for work or for being lazy on weekends!
Smells delicious (I think. I’m congested right now.) but I’m not sure what to do with it. After 3 min of brewing, just a slight fruity/sweet taste with an herb/grass aftertaste. Promising but still too bland. After 6+ min the peppermint took over.
Might become a pretty good tea if you have the time/effort to baby it. Or just relabel it as “Peppermint Honey” and you’re good to go.
(BTW I got this from a “single steep” sampler. Each envelope was supposed to hold exactly one portion of loose tea, but I could only put about half into my larger tea-ball.)
ADDENDUM: After reading other peoples’ reviews, it seems like nobody can find the figs!
Flavors: Herbs, Honey, Peppermint
This came from the dark tea set I got from Tea Forte. I needed something dark as I just woke up from a nap ;)
I do get a faint caramel note here but it smells a lot like hazelnut. To me it just tastes overwhelmingly artificial like a bad dessert drink. It was improved a bit with soymilk but overall it’s not that good. I am just going to give up on Tea Forte as a company…. it’s entertaining to review new teas but not when they’re all yucky.
This is so unique. So smooth and creamy, even without milk. Because it’s rooibos, you can and should brew it longer than 3-5 minutes. Berries and vanilla is a very good description of the taste. It smells gorgeous out of the tin, and it’s divine with a bit of raw, unfiltered honey. This is one of my preferred teas.
Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Creamy, Rooibos, Rosehips, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla
Sorry, this one isn’t for me. I generally do like sweeter teas, but I love a good mint with lemon as well. This just didn’t do it for me. Honestly, for what you pay, I could have gotten something that tasted exactly the same at Wal-mart for 1/3 of the price. This is not very good. Off tasting to me.
Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Lemon Zest, Peppermint, Vegetal
I think this is my fave apple tea. I absolutely LOVE the spices in it. The cardamom and the clove is divine to me. This is my go to fall tea and the bonus is that it’s great for your skin!
Flavors: Anise, Apple, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Floral, Rosehips, Vanilla
This is fall in a cup. I like this with a lot of honey, really hot and in the morning. I don’t know why, but it’s also filling to me. I mostly get the apple, cinnamon, and rooibos (which I like) but the spice isn’t overwhelming to me. It’s definitely more dessert tasting to me.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Rooibos, Sugar