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drank Winter Chai by Tea Forte
14 tasting notes

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60
drank Chocolate Rose by Tea Forte
288 tasting notes

Sipdown! One of hopefully many in the near future as I have now made a list of ~20 teas that I need to sipdown before I can buy more. I have my eye of August Uncommon Tea’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection but I just can’t justify it until I’ve drastically reduced my current stores (especially with the Canadian dollar being so low). Hopefully this whole postal strike ordeal will be over by then.

On to the actually tea. It’s okay, but just okay. There’s a hint of milk chocolate and maybe a suggestion of something floral, but overall I’d say it just comes across as a weak, cheap breakfast tea. Going to lower my rating on it, as it really is nothing special.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Chocolate Rose by Tea Forte
288 tasting notes

I’m kind of surprised by the poor ratings for this one as I found it rather nice, though admittedly I didn’t brew it strong. Not a hugely intense flavour—slightly floral and smooth. There’s a hint of chocolate here but it doesn’t exactly scream it. There was a slight bitterness that might have been unpleasant had I brewed it longer, but at 3 minutes it was fine.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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100

I can’t stop drinking this tea! Truly addicting and has a great aroma and flavor. One of the best teas I have had in a long while. I bought the single steeps and loose tea and can’t seem to get enough of it!! The tea has a wonderfully subtle sweet finish that lingers on the back of the tongue for a long time. Keeps me going back to kitchen and making more and more :)

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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40

So disappointed. I like lychee. I like coconut. But I don’t like wax tasting teas. Introducing, tropical candle-the drink! Brought to you by Yankee Candle and the Tea Forte.

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40

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60

Artificiality, you need to stop messing with good tea flavors. Well, I love the combo. The coconut is really nice, the mango is a great follow up, and the tea base is good. Oddly enough, this is a flavored tea that should be Gong Fu’d. But the chemical used to flavor the tea overwhelms the natural taste of the green tea making it kinda soapy. Only was able to finish one cup, unfortunately.

Flavors: Coconut, Grass, Mango, Soap, Tropical

Fjellrev

Ech, wonder if the coconut went off in it too if you’re getting soap.

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78
drank Blood Orange by Tea Forte
132 tasting notes

I received a sampler of this from a friend and I actually rather enjoyed it but I can see it getting bitter if steeped for too long. Nice chunks of citrus fruit that shone through in the flavor. Sweetness with just a slight hint of bitter to remind you of the citrus.

Not terribly complicated but pleasant.

Flavors: Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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60

A better one of the sampler. Tastes just like a coconut rum. Chocolate I only kinda get. Not too strong, but pleasant. Still a little bit too artificial.

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100
drank Sencha by Tea Forte
31 tasting notes

I drink this tea pretty much every morning! It’s got a beautiful green color and isn’t too strong. I brew it loose leaf in a pot and it goes nicely with breakfast or on its own. Very happy I bought it! I tend to just leave the leaves in the teapot and let it steep for ages, and even then it’s not overpowering, which is great. But maybe that’s not a proper way to do things. :)

Flavors: Grass, Green

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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65
drank Swiss Apple by Tea Forte
641 tasting notes

Not a bad tea, and I really couldn’t add anything further other than what has been said. Too much on the artificial side for me personally, but still enjoyable. Think of a spicy apple cider followed by a chocolate powdery kick. I would not mind trying this again and I think it deserves a decent rating. I’m just a little bit harder to please with rooibos. For newbies for sure or a guiltless apple cider. Would recommend very lightly because I’ve had better apple like blends before.

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55

The theme of pretty much all Tea Forte Teas: not bad, not good, clever combo, and too artificial. I tasted the honey, fig, peppermint, and berry leaves the most with everything else in the background.

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drank Peach Brulée by Tea Forte
288 tasting notes

This started out right on the nose: peach brulee. Peaches, burnt sugar, creamy, vanilla…delicious! Then I realized it reminded of Starbucks’ Blossoming Peach Tea Latte (which I think was out about a year ago), with that kind of artificial peach nerds on whipped cream vibe that’s a little odd but delicious in its own way. Overall, rather tasty. I’ll be sad to see the last bag go.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cream, Peach, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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52

Okay. Again, a bit too artificial for me and Cherry is iffy with Sencha. The marzipan almond flavoring actually goes nicely with the green tea and rooibos since those teas tend to have that kind of nutty taste anyway. Cherry kinda clashes with the almond, but it might be nicer for other people. It is pretty green and probably would be better with fresher leaves.

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52

Planning a trip, and trying to pick the most portable leaves for my tumbler, and had to try. It does taste like a nougat, and it does taste like caramel with a buttery hazelnut finish. Not a bad flavor combo, but like all Tea Forte Teas, the flavoring is replicated. It’s almost alcoholic. Cream and sugar does well and it is pretty nice, it’s just weird to drink on it’s own. It is sweet, smooth, and nutty, but it is so, so, so boozy. The color is gorgeous brewed, almost like a syrup, but so is the tea. It’s like someone took a piece of caramel out of a Bailey’s Irish Cream.

A little bit too much for me personally.

Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Caramel, Hazelnut

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Blueberry Merlot by Tea Forte
2194 tasting notes

Brought this one to work today.

It’s not bad, but it’s not really great, either. And I will note that I’m having it hot and unsweetened. It’s maybe blueberry, it’s thick because of the hibiscus. But the tea itself is almost insipid.

Oh well.

Edit: There’s sage in this?! I honestly couldn’t tell.

__Morgana__

The name is a little scary. ;-)

OMGsrsly

I’d rather just have blueberry wine in my thermos, TBH. :D

VariaTEA

I went up North once and bought really good blueberry ice wine and raspberry ice wine and then I took it back to Montreal with me, on the plane, in my suitcase. It exploded. I was sad. My clothes were sad (and purple). And I had no wine to help forget my sadness. That`s what the name makes me think of so this is not a happy tea. Also, blueberry ice wine is delicious but I don`t know how I feel about Blueberry Merlot

OMGsrsly

Blueberry Merlot is the cheapest of the cheap wines I’ve ever had in the States. It was a generic red sweetened flavoured wine for under $5 for the bottle. Hahaha.

OMGsrsly

That is really really sad, actually. Wow. The loss of the wine. The clothes. THe WINE. :(

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drank Blood Orange by Tea Forte
288 tasting notes

Sipdown! Which brings me below 40 for the first time in who knows how long.

This batch tasted more like blood orange than previous cups, which tasted more like a lady grey. This is bad news for me as I’m not really a fan of oranges, and I have a particular dislike of blood orange. It’s also quite dry, which again is not really a good thing for me. Having a very hard time understanding my previous rating of 80; lowering my rating.

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40
drank Blood Orange by Tea Forte
288 tasting notes

This one worried me, because I actually hate blood orange (or at least I have in the past; it’s been a few years). I need not have worried though because this is more like a Lady Grey with that distinct light Froot Loop flavour. If you’re turned off by the Froot Loop description, I guess you could say it’s citrus-y with bergamot. I wouldn’t say it’s distinctly blood orange (or even orange for that matter) but it’s good, smooth, and a dead ringer for Twinings’ Lady Grey.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

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drank Black Cherry by Tea Forte
288 tasting notes

Picked up Tea Forte’s Noir collection today on a whim—mostly because Peach Brule sounded delicious. Haven’t actually heard of this company before so I just kind of had to hope for the best.

First up to try is Black Cherry. I liked this a lot better than DAVIDs’ Black Cherry, that’s for sure! The cherry flavour is subtle in this but noticeable. The base is basic and unimpressive, but not unpleasant (though the very last sip had an astringency I didn’t get through the rest of the cup). Considering all that’s packed into this tea I expected something a bit more complex, but this is pretty much as advertised—black cherry. Not a rebuy, but I can get through the second bag.

Flavors: Astringent, Cherry

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9

Not a fan of this tea. The cinnamon is too strong.

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75

good tea, light notes

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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66

Not too bad. Not too great. Apricot and almond are the obvious tastes, and I really like those tastes. The artificiality is just as obvious. I felt like I was drinking an old fashioned hot soda, which is another reason why it did not necessarily offend me.

For me: pleasant. For a lot of other people, not so much. Not something I’d drink again, but something I’m glad I tried. Organic and au naturale are à la mode anyway.

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drank Cherry Cosmo by Tea Forte
7679 tasting notes

thanks omgsrsly! this is probably? my favourite of the bunch if only because i can see this one being delicious cold brewed in the summer – similar enough to the cherry snowcone concept :) hibby for sure, but i don’t mind hibby :)

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drank Mojito Marmalade by Tea Forte
7679 tasting notes

i think i’ve finally come to the conclusion that i really only seem to like mojitos in alcohol form, while on vacation. lol any other time of year or form, they just aren’t my thing. Maybe it’s because the mint to “whatever other flavour” just never seems as balanced as in a real drink. at least now i know. no more mojito teas.

Nicole

Yeah, I generally like alcohol better than alcohol flavored things. :)

Sil

hahahahaha

mrmopar

I agree with Nicole..

OMGsrsly

I’m scared of the mint in this one. The tea is sitting on the counter, taunting me.

Sil

there’s a lot of mint

Fjellrev

Ha! I never had the actual drink before, but I did recently finish a mojito-flavoured lip balm and really enjoyed it.

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