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Another tea finished in an effort to rein in my cupboard before some Black Friday orders arrive. This came to me by way of JennyFur and though it is pleasant enough, I doubt I will miss it too much when it is gone. It tastes as though someone took an apple, one that was neither particularly sweet nor tart, and sprinkled some sweet cinnamon on top. Not a bad flavor at all but not something I would reach for often. Nonetheless, I am very happy to have tried this cup and am quite thankful that JennyFur was willing to share it with me. Thank you JennyFur!!
This tea smells good. All I taste is rooibos with a slight aftertaste of berries. All together pretty bland.
This is not a tea for me. I have to admit that I have never tasted lychee in any way that I’m aware of, but I’m believing it is the super sweet note in the tea. There is a touch of coconut, but unfortunately it does taste a bit fake. Also, there is a bitter taste at the end of the sip that really threw me off.
Thanks, VariaTEA, for the chance to try this tea!
This has become one of my favorite teas ♡
The balance between the coconut and mango
is truly lovely…I enjoy this tea more and more with every cup.
Got this Tea Forte sampler as a gift. Slowly drinking through it. First taste is pear, then ginger. There is a nice ginger pear aftertaste to it. I would drink this again.
I have this as a loose leaf. Slightly better than bags, but not the greatest of quality. It’s a strong Earl Grey but I think at this point I’ve had so much I need to take a break. Resteeps well once.
Wow. You can really smell the coconut right off from the moment you open the packet. The coconut actually gives a rather creamy flavour that goes well with the spices making it chai. As it cools, the toasted quality comes out more.
I was somewhat surprised that the directions didn’t mention milk and sugar, as this is specifically entitled as a latte, but decided to make it and try it without anyway. I don’t regret it, but I do wonder what it would be like when doctored up as I normally would with chai, or made with hot milk rather than the water that the packet directs, as well.
This came my way from BrewTEAlly Sweet’s stash reduction sale. I see Tea Forte in the stores pretty regularly but have never bought/tried any of it.
This is a decent fruity black tea. Crisp, clean, bright and fruity – the type that I think would make a really good iced tea.
Really happy to have tried it, but I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to buy all the blends – might rethink that in the summer, but for right now – just happy to have tried it. Thank you.
For a very brief moment I taste sweet lychee unfortunately that is immediately replaced by a bitter flavor from the white tea making for a not too pleasant cup. Thank you JennyFur for sharing but this is a miss for me
JennyFur sent me a sample of this and it is delicious! Apricot and amaretto are pretty spot on making for a sweet nighttime treat. Thank you JennyFur for sharing with me!
Thank you MissB for sharing this tea with me. It is definitely a nice nighttime treat. Though I am not getting the different chai spices, I am tasting cinnamon. Lots and lots of cinnamon. This is like candy cinnamon hearts although not quiet as “hot” which is a shame because I think I would prefer that to the sweetness. Nonetheless, it is a pleasant caffeine free option for a cold night. Thanks again MissB for all your generosity!
MissB sent this to me and though I am very glad I got to try it, I am also glad there was only one cup worth to try. This tea is just not for me. I am finding I really do not like the hibiscus in this blend as it is cutting through the other flavors and denying me the sweetness promised. Also, I can’t find the ginger in this cup at all. Thank you MissB for the sample, if not for you I may have bought some and been very disappointed.
No matter how hard I try, my cupboard always seems to be at 180 teas. *Sigh. Well, all I can do is carry on! This tea is juicy and delicious! It has very little ginger. The aroma is candied pears, but the flavor is more natural pear with a touch of lemon. I think if it had a tiny bit more ginger, it would be much improved.
The ginger is coming out more at the end of the sip now that I’m halfway through the cup. But the predominant flavor is juicy, sweet pear. Like those Dole cups of diced pears in natural juices. No sugar added. ;) I can understand how this won an award. The flavors are delicately balanced. This is super yummy!
I got a sample of this from JennyFur in a swap. Unfortunately I got distracted placing Black Friday orders and this tea ended up getting super cold. Luckily, it was not bad cold. It had a strong apple presence combined with cinnamon and other spices. It is sort of similar to a weak mulled apple cider.
I did, however, manage to get a few sips in prior to it cooling. As a hot tea, the spices have a far more prominent role in the cup. Perhaps there us even a bit too much spice in the hot cup. There is a bit of sweetness from the apple but rather than the flavors complimenting one another, they just seem to conflict.
I think I will enjoy the sample I have but I don’t think I will be ordering this in the future. Thank you JennyFur for sharing!
Cinnamon, Clove, Cardamom, Ginger, with a not so subtle peppery note.
I cannot taste the vanilla , which is really disappointing…
This is not nearly as good as I imagined it would be, but not awful…
Next time I will try it with some cream.
I have been trying to drink more herbal blends and lessen my caffeine intake. This tea was an attempt to do that. I will cut to the chase, it didn’t work. I will say that I did taste berry and citrus notes in this. As for hibiscus, when brewed I could smell it, and I guess now I can say I tasted it because I can’t say I had hibiscus flavor before this. So, I thought, what can I do with this tea to improve it. Well after a trip to Teavana not so long ago, I realized how much they blend different teas together. I thought, I could do that at home. So, I took this tea bag and added it to a batch of green tea I was brewing. Low and behold, it helped me enjoy both teas more. I have sinced continued to mix teas together, so I learned something from all this. In short however, I am not a big wild berry hisiscus fan.
Hmm, this pretty much just tastes like coconut oil. Upon opening the sample, there was some weird golden fuzz on the outside of the teabag. I’m not sure what that’s about. This tea has a slight acrid aftertaste, and each successive sip grows more astringent than the last.
It’s not going to become one of my favorites, but I’m happy I got the chance to try something new. I had higher expectations of something named ambrosia. Sadly, that’s just a fancy name for a mediocre coconut tea.
I get tons of peach. Probably mango, though I’m still not sure that I could pick out a mango flavor from other tropical fruity things. I’ve never thought that marigold blossoms added anything to teas other than making the dry leaves prettier so I don’t really get any floral here. I don’t get much coconut until it cools down then I think that is what I’m tasting. This probably isn’t for someone who doesn’t like coconut at all, but if you just don’t like it a little, the rest of the taste may make up for the coconut.
It might be good iced, but as it cools, a bit of bitterness creeps in. Possibly I oversteeped or maybe the black base is just a little bitter. Dunno. I prefer it hot at this point and that’s a rarity. I generally prefer my fruit blacks cold. (Usually something about warm fruit… blech. I am not a hot cobbler & ice cream fan.)
Bottom line is: This is really tasty and it smells amazing. I would probably like to keep this around but I need to compare it with New Mexico Tea’s Peach & Apricot India Black, which I also lurve. Regardless, this was totally worth adding to my order to get to free shipping level. :)
i made this last week, and apparently forgot to log it. It was a pretty average, every day iced tea. On sale, i’d buy it again but otherwise i have other loose teas i prefer iced. :)
I’m quite fond of this one. It’s light and sweet; the taste of the vanilla and, to a lesser extent, the berries comes through without being overwhelming. It’s just a lovely, well-balanced tea that I find especially suited to curling up with a good book on a lazy afternoon.
This isn’t a bad jasmine green tea, but it’s not among the best I’ve tried (I’m looking at you, Verdant & Teavivre). The jasmine is strong and flavorful in the first steep and quieter in the second. The end of the sip leans towards bitterness, so I probably should have used a little cooler water.
I’m also not sure if the bitterness is originating from the jasmine flavoring or the green base. I brewed the second infusion at 180 degrees for four minutes and the bitterness was noticeably less apparent. So, I think it’s safe to say that 185 degrees is just too hot for this particular tea.
This is similar to Tea Forte’s Earl Grey. There’s a harshness to the flavoring that dulls the overall flavor profile, making it flat and one dimensional in the second steep. It doesn’t dance across the tongue. Like I said, overall it’s not bad. But I think I’ll stick to the other jasmine teas I’ve found.