Tea Forte

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85

Favorite hiking tea! Best blended down. A bit too overpowering straight, but wonderful if you blend down by half with a base tea like a simple breakfast tea or Assam. The spice is well balanced with the orange peel and cloves.

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Here’s Hoping traveling teabox – Round 3

So, I recently discovered that I love cinnamon tea, but there was something slightly off about this one. I was getting an almost sour tangy taste around the sides of my mouth which I didn’t enjoy. Maybe that was the brief hint of orange? Regardless, there are other cinnamon teas I prefer.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Veronica

Yeah, I liked this one, but I didn’t love it.

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26
drank Apricot Amaretto by Tea Forte
2 tasting notes

From all the teas that I’ve tried from Tea Forte, all of them are very aromatic but are very dull and lackluster in taste. The tea smells absolutely divine, but the taste doesn’t compare.

Flavors: Apricot

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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55

TTBC R2
Okay, not much else. Fruity but no real peach or rhubarb. OK but I wouldn’t buy it. Maybe others would like it as a fruity tea but I’ve had much better.

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65
drank Bombay Chai by Tea Forte
1367 tasting notes

’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #33
Wooee I have never seen tinier black tea leaves! The spices seem tiny too. One teaspoon steeped for two minutes seems really brisk, so I wouldn’t recommend longer steep times. This one could definitely be mixed with milk. I don’t usually like adding milk to my chai – the brisker the better for me. This wasn’t bad for me then, but it certainly wasn’t as delicious as the ’Kim’s homemade chai’ I tried the other day. I like the lingering flavor though.

MzPriss

The Steeping Room here in Austin has a House Chai that is my favorite and it is “micro-ground”. I really like it because even though it can be a bit sludgy, with the spices so finely ground they really pop and I like my chai SPICY.

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58
drank Sweet Orange Spice by Tea Forte
1367 tasting notes

’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #31
Super super sweet cinnamon here. I think I’ve had this blend before. It was called Marketspice or something. It also reminds me of Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Sunset but that stuff is supreme. This one seems like the flavor is a little off and the cinnamon is a little too sweet. Definitely doesn’t seem like orange to me, but the ‘sweet’ in the name certainly fits! Nice to try it though!

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drank White Ginger Pear by Tea Forte
217 tasting notes

Tea #10 from Traveling Tea Box C Round 2
One of the two white teas that I picked to try (the other is Cotton Candy and I may pass on that one in the end) mainly because I’m, well, I don’t exactly dislike white teas. I’ve just never found them to be strong enough flavor wise. They’re too delicate for my heavy handed palate apparently. Lol.
This tea had a mostly ginger scent in the bag with a light pear-ness.
Steeped I get more pear than ginger from the scent. It’s pretty balanced between the two with the taste. Pear in the forefront with a pleasant poke from the ginger. Though honestly the one reason I can tell this is a white tea is just from a lack of any sort of characteristic of another type, I can’t really tell any sort of particular nuance from the white tea specifically.
It’s not bad unsweetened, but sweetening it doesn’t really do too much to it. Lol. I’d bet this would be pretty good as iced tea, though I don’t really have any intention of buying myself some to put that to the test. Lol!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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67
drank Bombay Chai by Tea Forte
388 tasting notes

I had a Single Steep pouch of this. I think there was about 1 tsp of tea in it.

The dry leaf smells nice, primarily of clove with a cardamom undertone. The leaf is extremely fine. The brew is an opaque orange-brown. The taste is blegh. Bitter? This is definitely not a chai that can be drunk without some version of milk & sweetener.

I was able to improve it substantially with almond milk and honey. The optimal ratio seems to be 2 parts almond milk to 1 part chai. I also added about a tablespoon of honey. It’s still not great, but it’s decent now. Heavy on the clove. Some ginger comes through, along with a hint of something minty – maybe that’s the star anise?

This leaves a dry, clove-tingly aftertaste. The sweetness of my additions comes through but doesn’t linger. Even with loads of almond milk and honey, though, this is meh at best.

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

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drank Kati tea brewing system by Tea Forte
268 tasting notes

I really like this mug! It has a wide infuser that fits on the rim of the cup and has a fine enough mesh to keep your tea relatively sediment-free. It also has a top to keep your tea hot while brewing and that also functions as an infuser rest. The cup is quite heavy ceramic and despite not having a handle is comfortable to hold even after you’ve just poured boiling water in it, except in one small vertical line down one side of the cup. There must be a seam there on the inside because it’s hotter than the rest of the cup. Clean up is a snap! The designs are not stickers and seem like they will last. Plus they are soooooo cute!! At least I think so! I got mine for $15 with free shipping from amazon prime. Bargain!

Suziqzer

I too have looked at them.. always afraid it would get too hot without the handle.

Cheri

I was worried about the same thing, too, so I’m glad to know it doesn’t get hot. I’ve looked at them multiple times, but I keep going back to my ForLife Curve mug.

Megan

Oh those are cute! Good to know that they don’t get too hot.

mj

I’m a total baby when it comes touching hot things, like when I’m doing the dishes the water can not be super hot. I’m perfectly comfortable holding this mug, so you probably will be too!

Cheri

Thanks!

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83
drank Hazelnut Truffle by Tea Forte
1367 tasting notes

’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #3

Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
I used two teaspoons of leaves. There is cacao in this, which I think every chocolate tea should have! I like it for the dusty chocolatiness of it… it does taste like a truffle. But oh if only this one didn’t have the sour coconut in it, it would be so much better. The coconut gives it an off scent that isn’t very appealing. But I like it anyway, so I kind of ignore the coconut.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 min
I added some of Zen’s Peppermint to the second steep since I had a headache and I’m pretty sure the peppermint made my headache disappear. But this cup was nice – chocolate & mint! The ingredient list is well thought out, but I’m cutting a few points in the rating for that coconut. I will probably remove some or all of this one from the teabox, as I’d love a cacao tea in my collection, but I’d also love it if others could see how nice cacao chocolate teas can be.

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85

It’s really good. This was a part of a three flavor Coconut variety pack. It’s really light, yet still flavorful. No sweetener is required. It’s yummy as is!

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78
drank Hazelnut Truffle by Tea Forte
719 tasting notes

From the HHTTB2

This tea is unsweetened dark chocolate and hazelnut. The tea itself smells like a box of chocolates, and each sip very much hazelnut truffle. As the tea cools it does have a fair amount of bitterness, so if I were to have this again I’d make a point of drinking it while it’s very warm.

This tea is making me wish that the Naked Chocolate Cafe in Philadelphia was still open. They had amazing truffles and drinking chocolate!

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

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66
drank Blueberry Merlot by Tea Forte
275 tasting notes

Snagged from a box in the breakroom at work, because I was curious. Not generally a big fan of tisanes, but this wasn’t bad. Strong flavor, I liked the sage. Wouldn’t refuse an offered cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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30
drank Earl Grey by Tea Forte
2 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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78
drank Sweet Orange Spice by Tea Forte
719 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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82
drank Blood Orange by Tea Forte
110 tasting notes

This is a nice surprise after the moderate disappointment of the last few Tea Forte teas I tried. It has a mild, pleasant aroma, and unlike many tea blends with citrus, doesn’t become too tart in the cup. The core of this is a strong and fairly good black tea.The orange is definitely there, and it goes well with the tea without overwhelming it. It’s a natural, orange-peel zest, and doesn’t taste like an added flavor. As a plus, I could see some of the orange peel pieces in the tea sachet.

It seems like with some of these flavored teas with fancy names, it’s high praise to say that I can taste the tea itself! Maybe it’s time to go back to pure teas for a while…

Flavors: Lemon Zest, Orange Zest

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60
drank Black Cherry by Tea Forte
110 tasting notes

At first whiff, this has a bit of that dreaded cherry cough syrup aroma, which fortunately isn’t present once you taste it. It’s a very strong black tea, and the vanilla and other notes help mellow that out a bit. The cherry, again, isn’t really there, more of a subdued sweet almond.

With all the Tea Forte flavored teas I’ve tried, the flavor in the actual name of the tea is consistently the weakest one, once the tea is actually brewed. Maybe they just pick the most appealing-sounding one?

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60
drank Caramel Nougat by Tea Forte
110 tasting notes

Aroma is overpowering but taste is ok, the flavors do not overwhelm the tea as it turns out. Initially there is a milky, not entirely caramel-like flavor that I’m personally not very fond of. 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
101 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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“Unusual” is probably the best thing I can say about this one. Upon brewing, it smelled burnt and even greasy, which fortunately did not carry over into the taste. The chocolate and rose flavors don’t harmonize well, and the chocolate is deeply bitter, so much so that the brew almost tastes (and looks!) like a cup of coffee. The rose is inoffensive and lingers on for a bit longer, which is the one saving grace here.

As for what the tea leaves themselves are like in this blend…I have no idea.

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68
drank Peach Brulée by Tea Forte
110 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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70
drank Coconut Chai Latte by Tea Forte
183 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
719 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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drank Cucumber Mint by Tea Forte
468 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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