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77
drank Tupelo Honey Fig by Tea Forte
573 tasting notes

This isn’t bad- I skipped it hot and made it iced and it works pretty well. I taste artificial honey, but it isn’t overpowering or overly gross, and there is a thick earthy fruity taste that I assume is supposed to be the fig. It’s weird but it has all those figgy elements without actually tasting like fig. That said, I punched it up with a tablespoon of agave in the pitcher and it served me well on my first day substitute teaching!

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70

The mister and I were lured out to a local wine bar for drinks and tapas with friends. So I’m drinking this one as my pre-bedtime tea. Smells a bit like Pine-Sol when I opened the packaging. Which means I had little hope of finding this one tasty. But I’ve been wrong before. Steeped tea smells more like chamomile and lavender…things are looking up! The taste is an interesting combination of chamomile, lavender, and lemon. It isn’t bad…which is good. But it isn’t really anything to write home about…which isn’t good, if you follow me. Long story short, I think I would drink this one again.

Flavors: Lavender, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55

Tea of the evening. I again had high hopes for this one…the dry leaf smelled full of peach goodness. I love peaches. Even as it steeped all I could smell was peaches. However, after drinking it the only peach flavor I got was in a weird aftertaste. Sigh…maybe a little longer on the steep next time?

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

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.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Peach Brulée by Tea Forte
2786 tasting notes

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ost

Was rather curious about this one! Glad to see a good review of it for if I ever order!

TeaBrat

It’s peachy ;)

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74

The kiwi lime mix was refreshing, but this tea was nothing special taste wise, though the ginger helped soothe my stomach ache.

Flavors: Fruity, Ginger, Lime

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Megan

This sounds interesting perhaps I can try it sometime.

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12
drank Cucumber Mint by Tea Forte
34 tasting notes

This tea was quite honestly, a gosh darn disappointment. I love mint but this tea did not taste pleasing at all. I will never give this tea another chance. Never.

Flavors: Cucumber, Mint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Megan

sounds terrible. I will avoid this tea like the plague.

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66
drank Blood Orange by Tea Forte
2786 tasting notes

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

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

I believe that was one of the teas in my Tea Forte advent calendar. On the whole I was disappointed by them.

Maddy Barone

I just went back and reviewed my tea log. Apparently this is one I liked better than the others. Wonder what I would think of it now?

TeaBrat

I would have liked this one better without the bergamot, but overall yes, disappointed is what I felt too.

gmathis

You know, nearly every orange or blood orange tea I’ve tried has a musty-bitter thing going on. Must just be the nature of the fruit when you have to dry it…

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33
drank White Ginger Pear by Tea Forte
10 tasting notes

This is far too sweet for my taste. The fruit flavor is very artificial.

Flavors: Ginger, Pear

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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92

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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10

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

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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87
drank Apricot Amaretto by Tea Forte
34 tasting notes

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

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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55
drank Tupelo Honey Fig by Tea Forte
36 tasting notes

Drank this on the weekend.. This tea was very strong and kind of sucked… didn’t really finish it but it was drinkable… I would not try again.

Flavors: Fig

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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60

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Sipdown!

A decent tea. Kind of creamy and it reminds me of almonds. It has a sharp, clean taste at the end of the sip that reminds me of nuts.

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85

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

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

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!

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55

(Renaming this tea “Peppermint Honey”) Smells delicious – I think, ‘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

Preparation
8 min or more 1 tsp

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41

This isn’t a bad tea — it has some nice spicy orange notes — but I prefer my black tea with fewer added flavors.

Flavors: Orange, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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40
drank Caramel Nougat by Tea Forte
2786 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Chai (the Mispronounced Chimera)

I almost bought that set the other day but chose the Garden Harvest (fruity white teas) sampler instead. Perhaps there’s a reason they were on sale. :(

TeaBrat

I have to say Tea Forte is underwhelming!

Maddy Barone

I got their advent calendar. I enjoyed trying a new tea each day, but found only a couple I would drink again. This wasn’t one of them :(

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86
drank African Solstice by Tea Forte
13 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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