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85
drank Peach Brulée by Tea Forte
276 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
2194 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
276 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
276 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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75

good tea, light notes

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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66

Not too bad. Not too great. Apricot and almond are the obvious tastes, and I really like those tastes. The artificiality is just as obvious. I felt like I was drinking an old fashioned hot soda, which is another reason why it did not necessarily offend me.

For me: pleasant. For a lot of other people, not so much. Not something I’d drink again, but something I’m glad I tried. Organic and au naturale are à la mode anyway.

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81
drank Cherry Cosmo by Tea Forte
7525 tasting notes

thanks omgsrsly! this is probably? my favourite of the bunch if only because i can see this one being delicious cold brewed in the summer – similar enough to the cherry snowcone concept :) hibby for sure, but i don’t mind hibby :)

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66
drank Mojito Marmalade by Tea Forte
7525 tasting notes

i think i’ve finally come to the conclusion that i really only seem to like mojitos in alcohol form, while on vacation. lol any other time of year or form, they just aren’t my thing. Maybe it’s because the mint to “whatever other flavour” just never seems as balanced as in a real drink. at least now i know. no more mojito teas.

Nicole

Yeah, I generally like alcohol better than alcohol flavored things. :)

Sil

hahahahaha

mrmopar

I agree with Nicole..

OMGsrsly

I’m scared of the mint in this one. The tea is sitting on the counter, taunting me.

Sil

there’s a lot of mint

Fjellrev

Ha! I never had the actual drink before, but I did recently finish a mojito-flavoured lip balm and really enjoyed it.

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72
drank Apricot Amaretto by Tea Forte
7525 tasting notes

another from omgsrsly. this one’s not bad but it’s not knock your socks off, which is i think where i landed the last time i tried a few of these tea forte things. It’s amaretto and there’s a slight apricot note in here which makes it more enjoyable for me, but not enough to want to have this around all the time. A nice tea to try and then move on:)

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30
drank Kiwi Lime Ginger by Tea Forte
7525 tasting notes

this one smells like ass. Honestly. Dry it was sort of ginger, lime…not so much kiwi….steeped, i was getting this weird tangy smell with an underlying ginger taste..sort of. Not a fan of this one. I tried to drink it but ended up having to not finish the cup because it was just wrong. :) sorry omgsrsly! haha

__Morgana__

Smells like ass. LOL. If the asses around me smelled like ginger and lime that would be an improvement. ;-)

Sil

hahahahahaha

OMGsrsly

LOL. Oh well.

Fjellrev

Haha oh god.

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69
drank Blueberry Merlot by Tea Forte
7525 tasting notes

sample from omgsrsly this one isn’t too bad, but it’s not great either as far as blueberry teas go. it’s buleberry, but i wouldn’t call it merlot. And it’s not blueberry enough. still though, it’s not super sour which is typically rare in a tisane like this.

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65
drank Blood Orange by Tea Forte
37 tasting notes

This had a real lightness and brightness to it – not what I was expecting from a tea labeled Noir. It almost tasted like a mandarin green tea. It was very good, but not what I was hoping for.

Flavors: Blood orange, Lemon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

Christmas sampler! I hesitated with Tea Forte at first, but then low and behold, a loose leaf individual set with a little bit of each flavor. Each serving is the perfect size for my tumbler. Lucky for me.

I liked this tea quite a bit for the following reasons.

1. Incredibly easy to steep, and does not over steep at all-it actually gets better as it soaks.
2. I like the blend picked. I’ve had pear flavored white teas before and they typically work really well for me. The ginger is an added spicy bonus. I also really like these individual flavors, so totally narrow appeal.
3. Though it took long steeps, I got five out of it-each amount of water was different. 12 ounces at first, then 8 towards the end.

I’m a little surprised that Tea Forte offered a combo like this, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. At the same time, I’m rating this tea by the standards of: can I drink it and not worry about over-steeping across campus? Yes, I can, so this tea is narrowly tailored for my purposes. I otherwise have different standards for other teas, which is subjective. But this is a gift. All tea are meant to be enjoyed, and each tea is to be enjoyed at its moment of calling.

The leaves were actually quite pretty, though by no means the highest quality tea at all. I think the allure lies in preference for this type of flavor; tea purists might think this is artificial. It wasn’t too artificial for me. I the Bai Mu Tan actually blended naturally and creamy with the sweet pear. I’d introduce a newer drinker to it, though my mom and my grandmother loved it and they are fairly experienced. Again, down to preference and someone searching for a unique, spicy, but calming tea.

Flavors: Creamy, Ginger, Pear, Smooth, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95
drank Caramel Nougat by Tea Forte
751 tasting notes

Smells decent, looks okay. Steeped… ermahgerd… this is dessert in a cup. I get the hazelnut and the caramel, mostly the caramel. Tea is an aftertaste here, but that’s okay for what this is supposed to be. Little bit of orange but not a lot. The caramel is a fresh, buttery caramel taste, too. Add just a little splash of cream and wow does it feel like a dessert! I would not serve this with any food course at a tea party unless it was just a plain shortbread cookie. And then you’d leave the table feeling utterly decadent. As flavored teas go, this is off the charts.

And since I consider this a fundamentally unserious tea, I pulled out the frou-frou. :)
http://tinyurl.com/o3dmhk2

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TeaExplorer

Love the frou-frou … perfect! :-D

Fjellrev

So cute!

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drank Apricot Amaretto by Tea Forte
2194 tasting notes

Part of a sample pack a friend gave me…

And I was actually pretty surprised! I liked it. Really fruity, with an amaretto flavour just like the liqueur. Om nom nom. I didn’t add anything to it last night, but I’m going to try it again with milk. I think it could be really tasty.

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3

Im not a tea nerd, but I do like black tea, every day. My husband got me this tea loose leaf for my birthday, and ive been choking it down with a fake smile on my face ever since. It tastes like chemicals, or rancid oil, or something else unpalatable. The bag inside the tin is covered in orange coloured grease. Ive experimented with steeping times, tried fishing out the cornflowers, water temps. Its no good and not worth buying. In my opinion. Maybe you like horridly bitter flavours, or maybe this batch went bad. Im open to that, but im never going to purchace this overly expensive tea again.

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drank Kiwi Lime Ginger by Tea Forte
2194 tasting notes

Hmm. I’m not sure about this tea. I chose it this evening because it’s kiwi lime GINGER on the packaging. But I’m not smelling much ginger. Just an intense lime-fruitiness.

Oh, that is interesting. I wouldn’t say it’s the best rooibos, but it’s not terrible. It is definitely lime, but an unexpected lime. It’s not candy so much as it’s peels without much pith. There is some ginger, but instead of being spicy ginger, it lends a warmth to the lime.

It’s also fruity without being identifiable (by me) as kiwi.

So not bad, but not that spectacular either. I’m glad I had a chance to try this.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Cherry Cosmo by Tea Forte
2194 tasting notes

A friend of mine got me the herbal tea sampler as a bribe for something she didn’t need to bribe me for.

So of course I have to try them all!

This one smells pretty good. A little cherry-amaretto, along with the hibiscus.

Unfortunately the flavour is almost all hibiscus. I think this might do better as a cold brew.

Actually, it’s even doing better as it cools.

Not bad, but not something I’d seek out.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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55

I like this blend more than most of Tea Forte’s Noir line. The fruit flavors are nice and subtle, but there’s a strange aftertaste I can’t quite place.

Flavors: Cherry, Strawberry

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90

This is one of my favorite teas. For many the strong cinnamon taste is off putting, but it seems I like cinnamon in my tea. I wouldn’t drink this tea at dinner as the taste would overpower the food, but I like it at breakfast.

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80

A mild Earl Grey (although I might have underbrewed a bit), not as bitter as some. The bergemot flavor is subtle at first but becomes more apparent after the tea cools slightly. The “single steeps” packet had whole cornflowers mixed in which I’ve never seen before. Usually they’re just bits of petals. The serving size was also quite generous and I only needed half for my mug.

Is this a great tea? I don’t really know – Earl Greys depend so much on brewing time, mood, etc that I can’t really rank them without a direct comparison, which I’ve never actually done. But I’ll certainly be bringing a packets of this to the office for morning tea emergencies.

Flavors: Bergamot, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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