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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
1327 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
1327 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
1424 tasting notes

I iced up my last two triangles of this today. It’s not bad. More pear than ginger, and what with not being a fan of the ripe pear taste, I’m not sure why I thought I liked this so much.

It’s pretty good, especially if you like very flavoured teas, and you find it on sale at Chapters. :) 1 triangle does about 1 litre of final iced tea product to my taste, they say it makes 24oz. But drink what you prefer.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Anna

Hm. Maybe I should give this another chance.

OMGsrsly

All I taste is pear. It’s not super sweet but definitely reminds me of those terrible jelly beans. (Terrible because yuck! Pear!)

Anna

I reread my tasting note, and felt… no. Will not give second chance. HORRORFUL.

OMGsrsly

Ahaha. Yeah, definitely don’t drink this hot. Better iced. But still not a repurchase. (Srsly, pear jelly beans. So gross.)

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drank White Ginger Pear by Tea Forte
208 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
386 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
259 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
1327 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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60
drank Harvest Apple Spice by Tea Forte
1879 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (169)

I had this a little while back and wasn’t a huge fan so when I received a sample from jump62359 I decided to cold brew it and see if I liked it better that way. The result? A mulled apple cider type drink. Good, not great but I am still very appreciative of the share. Thank you jump62359!!! Now to watch Spiderman :)

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80
drank African Solstice by Tea Forte
581 tasting notes

One of my favourite teas from TeaForté :)

Today was quite possibly the most productive and laziest days ever. I got laundry done, paid rent, fixed jury duty stuff, studied a bit and took a quiz all before 1pm. So after that, I kinda sorta left the rest of my day to do whatever the heck I wanted. Watched a movie (or two) and like at least 7 episodes of 4 different shows and… yeah today was just a filler day.
I did dishes already so I’m using my DAVIDs disposable filters and my Peter Pan mug :)

I’ve got plenty of other notes of this tea that actually talks about the flavours and things soooo yeah

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Hello sipdown, hello sipdown!
to be sung to the tune of The Beatles Hello Goodbye hehe

A decent tea! I used to hate it before, but I think it’s because I used way too little tea for the amount of water I used. Nice cinnamon apple flavour, but I’d probably not restock.


I’m going to talk about my day now because DUDE TODAY.
So I was in a hurry this morning because classes and busses and thinking I had 2 hours before I had to go but in reality I only had 1 so it started off horribly. OH and I slept at 4 because I was tossing and turning for a good 3-4 hours trying to get to sleep ugh.
Finance happened and we learned about stocks and bonds and WOW THAT WAS A BUTT I had no idea what I just learned and it’s definitely going to take time but I’ll just read my textbook through and through and try to absorb as much information as I can. But the good news, I got a 90% on my midterm! That was the raw score so now he just has to go through the test and throw out questions so I’m expecting a 94%. He’s thinking of throwing out 2 questions, but I pass with an A either way so I’m happy about that!
Next class got cancelled, anthro at 5-7 and we learned how to find the race of a skeleton. Pretty exciting stuff :)
Then my friend and I decided to go out for dinner and they took freakin forEVER to get me my food and the manager came up to us and was all “You know what? Your food is on the house” and I was like WOW OKAY THANKS BABE.
And now I’m home ready to pass out and sleep but I know that can’t happen because I have a midterm tomorrow and I need to study as much as I can ugh


ALSO
yes. this is life update time I’m sorry
I SEE PEOPLE GOT MY PACKAGES AND I’M VERY HAPPY. Seriously. I was drowning in tea the past like 4 weeks because I had the TTB and like a ton of swaps to pack and pick out teas for everyone, so special shoutout to all the people I’ve swapped with pretty recently!
VariaTEA, Sil, NayLynn, MissB, shmiracles, and QueenOfTarts!
Also, not a swap but just.. packages and things. The long awaited package from awoogah finally came! I sent her tea, she sent me DAVIDs Silk Dragon Jasmine sachets (cuz she knows I need sachets with me everywhere I go ahha) and A BUTTLOAD OF CANADIAN CHOCOLATES THAT I CAN’T GET IN AMERICA. I think she wanted to send me like Kinder Eggs but yeah no. Don’t send that to me because those are illegal. But I’ve got other fancy schmancy chocolates that are SO FREAKIN GOOD.
So tea and canadian souveniers, yes please :)

and now I have to study for my midterm aaaand YES

/END STORY

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
keychange

Love your stories. And congrats on the awesome mark and free food!

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82
drank Blood Orange by Tea Forte
103 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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“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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drank Black Cherry by Tea Forte
103 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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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
680 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
270 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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68
drank Peach Brulée by Tea Forte
103 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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78
drank Sweet Orange Spice by Tea Forte
680 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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60
drank Caramel Nougat by Tea Forte
103 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
94 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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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
680 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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