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The brewed tea smells like tasty dried apples but tastes mainly like ginger. The dried tea also had another savory herb smell I couldn’t recognize (maybe the blackberry leaves?)
Took about 15 minutes of steeping to actually get an apple flavor. So you have two alternatives for this tea: a short brewing gives you a mild ginger with apple scent, a long brewing gives you an apple tea with a strong ginger “bite” at the end. Both are tasty but I prefer the latter.
As a side note, this was a “single steeps” loose-leaf packet, but the dried mix was in very small pieces and there was a lot of “dust” that escaped the tea ball and floated to the top of the water. This might be a packaging issue. If I see it on sale I may be tempted to buy a proper tin of it, maybe.
COMMUTER NOTES: Because it took so long for the apple taste to show up, this might work in a commuter brewing thermos.
Flavors: Apple, Ginger
I’m meh on this tea. It is definitely hazelnut, and a bit chocolatey, but I think I like my chocolate hazelnut in actual solid chocolate form and not tea.
I got a sachet of this as part of a sampler for my birthday. I’ll finish off the other sachet but won’t be buying this myself. It was interesting but not really my thing.
Tea this evening….welp color me disappointed in this one. Once again I loved the smell of the vanilla and pear when I opened the package. But the steeped leaves smelled of some weird pear smell and the taste was also some almost cardboard fake pear taste. Sad to say but I’m dumping this down the drain….
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!
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
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?
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
(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