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Tea #2 from Another Traveling Tea Box?!?!?!
This was the first time I had a chance to checkout one of this company’s pyramid-shaped tea bags, with the wire leaf at the top. It’s adorable, and did a nice job twining around the lip of my cup for easy removal later. The tea itself was brisk and tasty – my brain wasn’t quite up to par on Friday morning, so the intense jolt of caffeine was exactly what I needed!
Another fruity blend from Tea Forte, this one has a white tea base. To be honest, in fruity blends, I find white tea to be pretty much the culinary analogue to tofu. I rarely ever taste the white tea under the fruit essences, and White Ginger Pear is no exception to the rule.
I have a box of the filter bags. The brew is golden-peach colored, and the flavor is fruity in a sort of vague way. I definitely would not have identified pear in a blind test. There is an accent of light ginger here as well, but it is very light. A pleasant cup.
I am really surprised by the low rating of this tea because I find it delicious and I’m going to steal the other two bags left in the Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box! It is basically a coconut tea with hints of chai spices, and I really mean hints, you almost have to look for them to notice them at all, and I kind of like that. I can’t attest to there being any sort of creaminess because I added a ton of cream to this.
I love chai flavour; I love tazo and Oregon chai lattes and chai flavoured baked goods. I had these chai flavoured mints one time that were the best thing ever and I swear I bought every tin this café had over a 6 month period of time and then they were out of my life forever. BUT, I don’t like chai tea, crazy, I know! So it’s a good thing to me that the chai is so light in this one. Other people speak of a bitterness, which I am not getting at all, maybe I drowned it out with all the cream and agave I put in this.
I was really worried about whether or not I would like this because it had such a low score on here and some of the reviews were not very favorable, but I decided to try it because it had my beloved coconut in it. This is a lot different than the other coconut teas I have tried so far, more floral and not as coconutty but still very unique. I like it but I don’t love it, only bc I like to be hit in the face with coconut and this is more subtle. It is a good tea though, and while I will enjoy what I have of it, I don’t know that I would re-order.
Caveat: this tasting note refers to the filterbag.
I usually don’t add adulterants to green tea. In fact, I never do! But I’m always willing to try a new blend, so here I am drinking Tea Forte Green Mango Peach, a box of which I threw into my shopping cart amidst other items during my first and only visit to this company’s website.
I am pleasantly surprised. The liquor is colored pure gold with a hazy shimmer. The taste is quite complex, and looking at the ingredients list, that makes sense:
green tea, peppermint leaves, honeybush, peach flavor, ginger root, and mango flavor
Apparently these are all natural and mostly organic ingredients, so that’s already reassuring. I was nearly sure that I was tasting and smelling coconut in this blend, but it is nowhere listed, so it must be an illusion caused by the mingling of the mango and the honeybush? Not sure.
What matters, in the end, is that this smells and tastes pretty good. Smooth with no bitterness, somewhat fruity, not very minty, quite likeable, and probably perfect for people who are not hard-core au naturel green tea drinkers.
Ohmygosh, how have I not had this tea before? My amazing sister Kyra (she has a steepster too, idk how to link people here) gave me a little tea sampler and this was part of it. Holycrap this is the best tea ever! It’s sweet and delightfully delicious. It almost has a hint of mint but I can’t tell. it’s so good. I can’t even get over it. I’m making myself another cup.
Studying and a fruity-ish tea and wow still sticking to herbals because of midterms! After tomorrow night I’ll go back to drinking all my other teas :)
((I actually did this on my phone and wanted to add a photo because I thought there was an option to on the app but nOPE. Ahh well. It’ll probably get fixed eventually))
What the heck. Just one last cup of tea before I head to bed tonight!
Dang today was a crazy day! Well, just the fact that I’ve been studying all day long, and sprinkle in a bit of MasterChef Junior along the way ehhe :) But daaang those kids are talented!!
Finishing up the night with a mug full of my Apricot Amaretto :) So happy I brought a whole bunch of mugs with me from back home, cuz I’m on my last one! Everything else is drying in the rack and my roommate just laughed because there are 8 mugs in there and that happened over the course of 2 days.
But yes. TEA! Apricot Amaretto is not exactly my favourite, but I was sorta craving it tonight. I need my herbals and a majority of them were minty or spicy and I wanted fruity. You know, I actually think I really like this tea! Going to bump this rating up a wee bit because I really like this! It smells like medicine dry, but when you steep it and drink it, it’s really good!
More concentration tea!
Took a study break because my friend texted me and FREAKIN COLIN MORGAN THOUGH. THOSE PHOTOS.
Colin Morgan’s beautiful face right there on my screen. Like how can one man possess so much unf.
Seriously. My entire blog right now is just his face because hAVE YOU SEEN IT.
Hahha okay bUT TEA. TEA IS GOOD. I got the trio set thing from Tea Forté from my sister and this one is pretty good! Very similar to Foxtrot by Adagio, minus the chamomile, add the citrus. It’s nice :)
1/21/14 PM Decaf. This is a mixed brew – the Tea Forte bag for the flavour, and a bag of Bigelow decaf green tea to add body and let me brew a large mug. The predominant aroma is of cinnamon with dried apple undertones. The cinnamon and apple carry well into the tea, and the rooibos works well them. As I suspected, the Harvest Apple tea is more then a match for the green tea, making the mixed brew a great way to extend this tea. I sweetened this with honey.
Caveats: the Tea Forte tea bag is so utterly kawaii that I doubt my judgment of this tea can be trusted. I am crushed by the cute.
Whoops: perhaps I really am comparing bergamot with oranges, because it turns out that the Tea Forte Earl Grey filter bag contains orange zest, which the Tazo Earl Grey filter bag lacks!
But does it help? Does the orange improve the flavor? Honestly, the Tea Forte version smells much more like tea (ceylon, I’d guess) than either bergamot or orange! The brew is less strong (in part no doubt due to the smaller amount of tea in the filter bag), less red, and generally less appealing. It does taste pretty good for a grocery store bag tea (faint praise…), but I prefer the Tazo.
I drank both of these brews with light cream, and the Tazo is much creamier and smoother than the Tea Forte. This Earl Grey seems to be geared more for people who dislike bergamot, given that the dried filter bag does not smell like perfume but like tea. My question: do people who dislike bergamot buy Earl Grey tea???
I stand by my earlier evaluation. The Tea Forte Earl Grey is potable, but I will not be purchasing it again.
1 “single steep” sachet for 300mL water @100C, steeped four minutes, drunk bare.
This is re-packaged as “Reflect Vanilla Black Tea” in a collection of single steep packets sold in Chapters/Indigo stores in Canada. I bought such a box this evening. So far, the Lemongrass Ginger is great; the “Revitalize Cherry Black Tea” is the equivalent of drinking melted cough drops; now it’s Reflect’s turn.
I can really smell the coconut, like in DavidsTea Buttered Rum. My study smells lovely, in fact; vanilla and coconut go well together. In a candle, say, or soap. They’re not going well with what tastes like low grade astringent Ceylon. The entire tea is soapy: taste and mouthfeel, probably from the coconut. Like the Revitalize Cherry before it, this is, for me, undrinkable.
I like this tea a lot! And not just because the company is located in the town I was born in. It’s very citrusy and smooth. Some teas are very unforgiving when you over steep them. I HATE bitterness. So the first cup I did my usual 4 min. It was good but almost too….pretty tasting. Don’t know how else to explain it. The cornflowers maybe? Perhaps someone could leave a comment that would shed some light on things. Anyway, the next cup I left for 5 min…..Really good! I may even try for a bit longer next cup. There’s doesn’t seem to be any need to worry about bitterness with this tea. Just full, rich earl grey goodness :)
This has been in my box from Sil for awhile, & I brewed it tonight to get another sipdown in for the day, & also because, silly me, I didn’t read the label & was thinking this was some non-caffeine cup. As it turns out, there is green tea in there, but oh well, the night is young!
Flavorwise, it’s not bad. And now it’s gone! That’s ends my day at 358 teas!
Damn. Hoisted by my cut and paste. I don’t know how to make that accent mark on the keyboard so I couldn’t find this by typing in the name. Had to search for Tea Forte and look through their teas. That’s what I get for entering the tea info via cut and paste from the Tea Forte site. :)
Had this with dinner tonight. Mom came up to take me delayed Christmas present clothes shopping and we had a very substandard turkey & rice soup – it’s always so disappointing when soups don’t turn out and I can’t think of anything to improve them – with some fresh oatmeal bread. The bread was AH-MAZING though so that made up for the bread. And this tea is very, very good. Probably not the most fitting match for the dinner but excellent nonetheless.
I made up a package of the iced tea last night. Steeped for 4 minutes in 2 cups of water, then added it to another 4 cups of water and stuck it in the fridge overnight.
It’s not bad, although the flavouring is a little fake. It’s really sweet, but the flavourings are better with a little sugar from what I can remember.
I’ll save my other two packets of this for the summer. It’s pretty good, and it’s nice to have an easy iced tea to make.