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Tea Forte

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30
drank Earl Grey by Tea Forte
1 tasting notes

I personally didn’t like this tea, heavy on the bergamot. I handed it off to a friend of mine, who loves it.

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68
drank Peach Brulée by Tea Forte
8 tasting notes

Peaches and cream. On second steep, the peaches have departed for regions unknown. What you are left with is what restaurants serve as “tropical iced tea” (except hot), with a lingering aroma of coconut/vanilla cream.

Basically, I shouldn’t like this as much as I do.

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78
drank Sweet Orange Spice by Tea Forte
482 tasting notes

From the HHTTB2

So this should be called Sweet Cinnamon instead of Sweet Orange, but I still like it. The smell reminds me of Christmas and is unmistakably cinnamon. In fact, this tea reminds me a lot of Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice although there is less clove here. The base tea is strong and carries the spice flavor well. Nice.

I can see how this would be disappointing to people who wanted orange but are not big on strong cinnamon teas, but since I love cinnamon teas this is just a happy turn of events. I might snag one more teaspoon of it before moving on to the other teas in the box.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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62
drank Caramel Nougat by Tea Forte
8 tasting notes

Aroma is overpowering but taste is ok, the flavors do not overpower the tea. Initially there is a milky, not entirely caramel-like flavor that detracts a bit. But ultimately it’s a very cozy, dessert-like tea.

The caffeine level given in the official description is “robust”. At 5 in the morning, that’s definitely true…

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drank Sweet Ginger Plum by Tea Forte
60 tasting notes

I don’t know how I feel about this one. I do know that it is the first tea with ginger that I have been able to drink. It was drinkable, I just don’t know if I will order it in the future. I have one more sample from when I ordered my Kati Cup from Tea Forte. I wan’t to try it cold. I don’t have any thing for cold brewing, yet. I think, since it’s my long day at work, that I will put it in my (boyfriend’s) PerfecTea maker and put it in the fridge for the duration of my shift. It’s an herbal so I would be able to try it right after work.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Coconut Chai Latte by Tea Forte
178 tasting notes

Thanks, ashleyelizabeth, for including this as a random sample in our swap! I have to apologize to you, because in my rush to get the tea packaged and to the post office before it closed, I forgot to include any random samples, just the tea we’d agreed on… T_T Sorry!

Anyway, I made this over at my sister’s while I was visiting the other day. Her kids can be kind of rambunctious, and it can get overwhelming, so we were feeling like we needed a pick-me-up. She went for her Keurig, and I pulled this out, glad I’d brought it.

It’s a bit inconsistent with the flavor, to be honest, although I’m not quite sure how that works. Some sips are quite coconutty, while some sips are spicy, and still other sips are, unfortunately, neither. I’d be willing to give this another shot, though, so perhaps I’ll get some down the line.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashleyelizabeth

No need for apologies, I sent out about 7 swaps before I sent yours and I didn’t remember to put samples in most of them, but most people included them in their swap to me. To be honest, I didn’t even notice!

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72
drank Blueberry Merlot by Tea Forte
482 tasting notes

I saw this when I was looking through my tea bags eariler today. I took it out and set it aside for my evening tea. I love a good blueberry tea, so I’m surprised this one has escaped my attention until now.

There is a nice blueberry flavor, but I don’t smell or taste the sage which is disappointing. There is quite a bit of tartness from the hibiscus which I’m guessing is supposed to lend the Merlot flavor, but it misses the mark. Oh well. As a blueberry herbal this is ok, but it doesn’t knock my socks off.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Cherry Marzipan by Tea Forte
521 tasting notes

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68
drank Green Mango Peach by Tea Forte
521 tasting notes

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72
drank Mojito Marmalade by Tea Forte
405 tasting notes

Dude. I keep forgetting I have this tea.
I normally look at the teas that are organized in the little bucket stuff on my bookshelf, I keep forgetting that I actually have tins of teas just over to the right! Dang.
Ahh well. herbals for the night. It’s 11:30 and I’ve got stuff to do and I’ll need to be able to go to sleep tonight :)

A decent tea. Rooibos and peppermint blend. Can totally taste the citrus.
There’s a thing in this tea though that’s not necessarily working for me though. Like it’s great but… there’s an ingredient in there that just throws it off.

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97
drank Peach Brulée by Tea Forte
428 tasting notes

So… yeah… this is gone. Man, was it good. Peachy, sweet, smooth, creamy, lightly coconutty. Now I have to work on the Orchid Vanilla so I can have a bigger reason to make a restocking order!

I need to take something like this into work. The hub has an employee appreciation/workshop type thing coming up in May. They are sending employee +guest to Vail for a week. So… I have to be the mingling and socializing spouse. I’ve never had to do this before really. I mean, yeah, at a bar in blue jeans and a nice shirt with drunk people from Missouri. You know – my people. :) But this is international and I know none of the spouses/sig others already. I’m really not a mingling person by nature and I’m certainly not a Vail/Aspen/ski/shop person by nature. I am excited about going but I kind of feel like I need to at least make an effort to not look like a total slob… so I’ve been really trying to be good. Plus, I have to get down in weight if I want to think about riding horses while I’m out there! I wanted Ho-Hos soooo bad today at work. And it’s only the first week of being good – well, better, anyway. :(

I need to take some dessert tea in to help me!

Sil

you can doo eet!

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drank Cucumber Mint by Tea Forte
279 tasting notes

I want to like this. Cucumber and mint sound like an excellent combo, but what is coming through is chemical like. It smells a little like perfume and some of that comes through in the taste. It is flat, the flavors don’t seem to dance well, there is a walnut aftertaste and my skin doesn’t feel any smarter (advertised as a skin smart tea). I just can’t get over the gross. Mmmm, and dry mouth to top it off. Nice. : [

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drank Honey Yuzu by Tea Forte
279 tasting notes

Ehhhhhh…. Tastes a little of honey, I guess. Leaves my mouth dry. That is about it. Bummer.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

I was not impressed at all with Tea Forte :/

Dustin

Yeah, I think I’m there with you. Drinking my 3rd sample from them and all have been on the gross side.

darby

It’s sad, I haven’t found one I like from them either!

CHAroma

I personally enjoyed their Black Currant and Chamomile Citron.

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74
drank Lemon Sorbetti by Tea Forte
35 tasting notes

I was so glad this was in Another TTB! I’ve been wanting to taste it and I loved it. Normally I don’t like green teas, but the citrus in here made it a delicious offering. I may have to buy some of this myself.

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69
drank Hazelnut Truffle by Tea Forte
60 tasting notes

Had a little bit of a headache when I woke up, sometimes it means that I need caffeine. I wasn’t in the mood for coffee so I rustled through my box of tea to find something black. This was the first one I stumbled on and it sounded tasty. I received single steeps with my order of a Kati Cup so, that’s what I did this morning . A single steep in the Kati Cup for about four minutes.

After the addition of splenda, this became more drinkable. It seems creamy. At first I really liked the idea of chocolate-flavored teas. However, most that I have tried are just plain, “yuck”. This seems like it would satisfy a sweet-tooth well without the “yuck” factor. I can’t see keeping this in stock as I feel there are better blacks out there. I just need to find the ones I like.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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45

Backlog.

One of my coworkers gave me a bag of this tea to try, saying it was one of his favorites. The bag was intended to make iced tea, so I used it to brew up a pot for myself. It tasted … weird to me. Maybe it’s the ginger. I kept thinking this was a peach-ginger tea, and did get some fruitiness in the first few sips. Once the tea cooled down, however, I lost the fruitiness to a weird taste that I can only assume was the ginger.

This isn’t bad, but I don’t think I’ll seek out any more ginger teas.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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72
drank Apricot Amaretto by Tea Forte
1374 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (180)

Thank you Kat_Maria for sharing this with me. I have actually had this tea before and though I find it enjoyable to have every now and again, it is not my favorite tea. Sipping on it now, I find the amaretto aspect is prominent while the apricot fades to the background as a fruity sweetness. It is nice, and I am happy to have had another cup but I think I would be okay if I don’t see another for a while as there are so many other teas I would reach for first.

Amariel

Still sounds good though, as I love both!

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62
drank White Ginger Pear by Tea Forte
521 tasting notes

Perhaps white tea is best brewed from big billowy leaves covered with white fuzz? Somehow filter bag whites, including this flavored blend from Tea Forte, always start tasting indistinguishable from grocery store greens. This is okay, but the ginger is quite light and polite. My preference is for a bolder ginger bite.

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70
drank Lychee Coconut by Tea Forte
521 tasting notes

Coconut always cheers me up, so I decided to have a glass of Tea Forte Lychee Coconut. (The lychee is pretty much MIA for me in this blend.) The water I used today was a little bit too hot, and the slight roughness of the resultant brew reminds me of overheated green tea. I had thought that white tea was less temperature sensitive, but for my remaining steeps of this tea, I’ll be sure to keep the temperature far below boiling…

I suspect that the Lychee Coconut loose tea is much better than the filter bags. One day, I’ll have to see!

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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67
drank Chamomile Citron by Tea Forte
60 tasting notes

Mixed this with peppermint tonight. Decided that I should probably work on drinking up the remaining single steeps I have of this to make room for everything I just picked up from a local tea shop.

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70
drank Chamomile Citron by Tea Forte
521 tasting notes

I have nearly reached the end of my supply of these rip-off single-serve loose leaf portions of Tea Forté Chamomile Citron, and I have to say that this blend has grown on me over several sessions.

Tonight I used a wider-gauge sieve, which made the particles of chamomile slip through, so maybe that’s why it seemed stronger than usual. Anyway, I would definitely consider buying this blend again, perhaps in the loose-leaf rather than in these individual packets. I don’t have a problem with teaspoons. No, not at all!

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec
Kirkoneill1988

i don’t like chamomile teas :(

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64
drank Cherry Cosmo by Tea Forte
4 tasting notes

Very well balanced tea between the cherry and raspberries. You would think it could be overpowering or too sour, but I did not find that to be the case. Very nice finish and lingering flavor on the palate

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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5
drank African Solstice by Tea Forte
500 tasting notes

Sipdown #21

Ewwww, I am not a red rooibos fan. This is medicinal and gross. I’m sure if you like rooibos, this is probably just fine. But this is not my tea at all. Blech. Under 10 and down the drain it goes. :/

And with that, I’ve finished the Tea Forte sampler from my dad before it expired! He only gave it to me two years ago. ;) I got to try a lot of different teas, and I feel confident that I know what my favorite is. And the winner is…drumroll please…a tie between Black Currant and Chamomile Citron! Those were my definite favorites by far. And I have to say, all the teas held up very well considering how long they were shelved. Thumbs up for Tea Forte’s sampler pack!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
teataku

I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that lets teas sit on the shelf for that long. XD

keychange

hahaha a rating of five.

CHAroma

@teataku, You’re not alone! I never mean to let them sit that long, but it happens.

@keychange, Yeaaaaah, I didn’t find this even remotely drinkable. LOL!

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75
drank Lychee Coconut by Tea Forte
482 tasting notes

This is the second tea I decided to give another go. One of the advantages of being up before the sun is having extra time for the kettle to cool so the water for my white tea is at the correct temperature. I think I rushed this the first time around.

So, after letting the kettle come to a boil and then cool for 25 minutes I steeped the tea, and even while it was steeping I knew I would like it more this time. There was a nice strong coconut scent and a very floral note that smelled fantastic. [Note to self: Try other lychee teas!!] The tea in my cup was darker than I expected (Maybe I under leafed and/or steeped last time?) but the taste was sweet and fruity with the coconut flavor most present at the end of the sip. Nice! Very summer-y, and a tea I can see being fantastic iced.

Thanks VariaTEA for this sample. I’m glad I gave it another try. Bumped up my rating to reflect my current thoughts.

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