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Amount: 2 packets
Water: 750ml at 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: alcohol, chocolate, savory, hints floral
Steeped Tea Smell: chocolate, rose, slight bakey background
Flavor: bakey, sweet, savory rose, then a tangy finish
Aftertaste: tangy, perfumy
Liquor: translucent dark brown
the finish kills it
reduces the after tang
Rating: 2/4 leaves
My dad gave me this sampler pack for Christmas a couple years ago. I’m ashamed to say that I’m only now making it a priority to drink. Luckily for me though, it was shrink-wrapped and marked “best before July 2014.” So, I think it’ll still taste fine despite its age. It is definitely an impressive looking sampler! Check out a photo here: http://instagram.com/p/gUPj9Hl-ge/
First up, Chamomile Citron! I think my tastes are changing. I used to gag at the mere aroma of chamomile, but now I’m starting to like it. I like this bagged version in particular because it’s blended with a small amount of lemongrass and mint. These three flavors meld into a delicious and soothing cuppa better than I would have thought possible. It’s still primarily chamomile, but the other undertones add depth to the flavor. Color me impressed! I am thoroughly enjoying this! :)
Tea #11 from Traveling Tea Box C
We seem to be on a roll tonight! My husband did hog the first cup of this – he loved it so much he wouldn’t share! – so this is actually a re-steep. With that in mind, this is absolutely delightful. The fruit and citrus blend wonderfully, and there’s just a perfect bite of ginger.
This tea has also come to the end of its travels, and will be making one last trip into our cupboard!
Ahhh….a sunny infusion is right
I taste the coconut, citrus and vanilla
Mostly coconut, and I was surprised at how lovely the re-steep is
I am loving this because it is transporting me back to Summertime and the islands
The past few dreary, dark and rainy days have had me ready to skip Christmas
and get right back to SUMMER!
I don’t know if I like this tea. I was expecting something totally different! I like how you can really taste the apple, but it has a really weird aftertaste that I don’t really like.
I thought I made it a bit too bitter, I let my roommate try it and she said it tasted like water. Ahh I don’t even know! Maybe my first time trying this tea, I made it all weird.
I’ll try again soon enough
Today I am reviewing another tea by Tea Forte, Cherry Marzipan,a Green Tea blended with Rooibos, Cherry Flavoring, Raspberry Leaves, Almond Flavor, Berry Flavoring, Superfruit Berry Flavoring, and Acerola Cherries (all organic and natural flavorings). I love cherry almond as a smell, for years I used a soap that had that scent and so did my mom so to me it is extremely nostalgic. Instant happy aroma points! Oddly I have never had this combination as a food/drink, I love cherries, I love almonds, but never had them together so this tea excited me. The aroma is very VERY sweet, lots of cherry and almond. It is a great mixture of tart cherries and sweet, nutty almonds. The only problem is I do not smell any tea at all, you could have told me this was just a fruit tea and I would not be at all surprised.
Once the teabag is popped in its hot water bath and given a nice steeping the aroma mellows out a bit. It is still a sweet mix of almonds and cherries (with almonds being more prominent) but there is also a tiny hint of leafy green under all that sweetness. The blend is really smooth and is pleasing to my olfactory bulb.
This tea is surprisingly mellow and smooth! There is absolutely no tartness like some cherry teas can have, and no bitterness like some almond teas can have, bravo for a good blend! The almond is the most prevalent taste and the cherries take the back seat while a hint of hay like green peaks through. I wish the tea would have been a little sweeter, like marzipan and not just almonds, but that was easily rectified with a bit of sugar. There, now it tastes like cherries and marzipan with green tea. This tea is not bad, it certainly gets points due to the nostalgia factor, but I could see myself sipping on this tea when I want to drink tea without having to think about it.
Traveling Tea Box C #15
I cold steeped this one the other day and had it yesterday! hmmm.. this is an interesting flavor, definitely mostly ginger, hints of kiwi with that tart lime taste that I love so much. It was a nice refreshing cup, not one I would go out and buy but definitely worth trying, and glad I did:)
This tea is *okay.
I feel like the amaretto overpowers the apricot though.
I just got a whole lot of Tea Forté from my sister for my birthday and ahhh this is good!
This may be the highest rating I’ve ever given to a tea that contains hibiscus! There are probably too many other sweet-tasting ingredients so that the tartness of hibiscus is quite subtle. Both cinnamon and apple flavours are really intense in this tea. I love the spiciness and the whole cup tastes really like an apple cider. Pretty yummy I must say!! :)
I’m moving to a new home this November… so I’ve been busy packing stuff and finishing as much tea in my cupboard as possible!
This is one of the few herbal teas from Tea Forte that I like. Though fans of chai will be disappointed because it’s hardly spicy – I can’t taste the cardamom at all. It’s just cinnamon, cinnamon and cinnamon. It’s not strong either as the base is a rooibos. A very drinkable winter tea that can really warm you up!
My office manager gave me a few bags of this, and I’m finally trying it. The flavor in this is a bit weird. The mango and peach are faint, with the strongest flavor actually being peppermint.
I don’t hate it but I wouldn’t have bought this for myself, and won’t in the future.
Tea #6 from Traveling Tea Box C
I’m still slowly converting my hand-written notes to tasting notes.
Kiwi and lime flavors were quite prominent, but I didn’t taste any ginger at all. While it didn’t live up to what the name promised, I still found this to be an enjoyable tisane. I liked it enough to take a few bags out to enjoy later. I think I’ll try it out iced next time.
I finally found some of this! I splurged an bought a whole 3.5oz tin, even without trying it because I wanted it so badly and couldn’t find it anywhere. The tin is all the store had. I had come across this in bagged form quite a while ago but chose to try a different blend of Tea Forte’s coconut line of teas. Then of course when I got home I regretted my decision, but it was gone by the time I got back.
Anyway, excited to have found this tea, but now not so excited that I have tried it.
I don’t mind coconut teas, but am not a huge fan – they have to be done right!. But I have discovered that I love, love, LOVE lychee.
The dry tea smells very artificial, perfume-y. Not quite lychee, smells like fake coconut perfume. Hmmm. The dry leaf is also cut so small it is almost crusher dust. There are a few large pieces of maybe flower petals, some kind of leaf?
The brewed tea smells quite roasty. Sweet artificial coconut scent. Another sweet floral type perfumey scent which I assumed was to be the lychee.
The brewed tea tastes not horrible, but in comparison to the other coconut blends from Tea Forte I have tried, not very good. There is an artificial coconut flavour. You can taste a white tea base but it is quite a roasty flavour, reminding me of a dark oolong. For a brief second, I think I get taste of perfumey lychee but I think if I had not known what a real lychee tasted like, I wouldn’t be able to place the taste.
Its drinkable. Disappointed I splurged on such a big tin now.
Thanks again Nicole for that awesome tea package! I’m gradually trying the teas you sent, but I’m working on tea boxes! What an odd list of ingredients this has. It sounded good though! Sadly, it doesn’t actually taste like figs or honey. But the flavor that is here isn’t bad. Mostly mint, a little lemon myrtle and then something savory… but not really basil. I’m a HUGE lover of basil and I didn’t really detect any. Not bad as a blend, but it seems there should be something more here. The mint is probably masking the flavors. My rating for this one would be higher if this one weren’t supposedly honey fig.
This is a decent enough tea to me. It’s smooth and has a pleasant flavor, but it was a bit astringent at the end. I steeped for 4 mins. I’ll definitely give it another try, with less steeping time.
This time, it’s pretty good! I made 4 cups of tea, and diluted a cup and a half or so over ice for drinking now. The other 2.5 cups-ish, I diluted with cool water and put in the fridge.
Very sweet, candy-like flavours from Tea Forte. I added a little sugar to boost the “candy” a little, and this is quite delicious! Still a little drying at the end of a sip, but nothing that will prevent me from guzzling all the tea.
Did up a pot of this at work today for our tea group. Half 2% milk, half water, some sugar. I tasted it at about 4 minutes and then just left the infuser in the pot for the rest of the time it took for us to drink it.
It was very, very gingery. The other spices were noticeable, but ginger was the obvious and over the top star. Not one I’ll keep on hand but this will be enjoyed to the finish of the bag. :)