The Tao of Tea

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Bought this tea recently with an Amazon order. It has dark black leaves that smell intensely sweet. The tea is roasted in taste but only slightly. I added sugar to this tea so I’m not sure if it tastes without sugar as sweet as it smells but I think so. Overall this was an excellent value. I think I paid less than $9 for three and a half ounces in a nice tea tin. It will probably be one that I finish off rather than see go to waste. I buy too much tea and never get around to selling any so too much of it gets stale.

I steeped this tea one time in a 160z Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for three minutes after a 10 second rinse.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Ubacat

Is that the same as Tao Tea Leaf in Toronto, Ontario? The name looks almost the same and I think Tao Tea Leaf sells some on Amazon.

Sil

pretty sure they’re different – one in toronto and the other in portland

AllanK

I think The Tao of Tea and Tao Tea Leaf may be two different companies but I’m not sure. Sure way to find out, do separate web searches, see if there are two websites?

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75
drank Black Mango by The Tao of Tea
957 tasting notes

This tea is pretty tasty. I was going to review this yesterday but my computer crashed. This tea has a sweetness from the mango flavoring and little in the way of bitterness or astringency. I detect no notes of malt. Overall this is pretty good. The mango flavoring does come off a just a tiny bit artificial. I don’t know if it’s natural or not. I do like this tea.

I brewed this tea one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Mango

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75
drank Black Mango by The Tao of Tea
957 tasting notes

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drank Pitta-Dosha by The Tao of Tea
957 tasting notes

Decaf and Herbal Tea TTB. This is an interesting tea. It is billed as an Ayurvedic blend. This as I understand it is a Hindu concept of herbal tea, but I could be wrong. There is a strong note from the hibiscus in this. To a lesser degree I think I taste the chamomile. I’m not really getting the peppermint. I ended up adding sugar to this simply because I like sugar in a lot of tea but you could certainly drink this straight. It’s not particularly bitter. There was only enough of this in the box for one large pot of tea so I used the whole sample, just over three teaspoons. I have never bought from The Tao of Tea but would consider this if I ever put in an order. I don’t even know if they are a Canadian or US company, or even Chinese for that matter.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Glass Teavana Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 7 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
cookies

Tao of Tea is based out of Portland I believe. They have some really tasty blacks.

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80

A good chai, more authentic than many of those sold in the US. However, you need to be careful with steeping it, as it’s easy to end up with a drink that’s excessively astringent. I recommended using only a simmer, rather than the full boil on the package directions.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger

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drank Pitta-Dosha by The Tao of Tea
300 tasting notes

Beorhthraefn included a sample of this in the Secret Pumpkin package. Thank you!

For those who dread hibiscus in their teas, this is one herbal blend to try. The hibiscus is so light that it’s barely noticeable. It’s the rose that stands out. Relaxing evening cup.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Used more milk and sugar than in my other chai’s, and threw a cinnamon stick in there while it boiled stovetop. I think it came out a LOT better than my first two attempts. :)

I forget how caffeine-punched this tea is (you’d think the story behind the name would remind me). I’m half-way through my huge mug and already feeling the kick. :D

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 9 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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75

I steeped this not quite how you would traditionally make chai—I just added boiling water to the loose leaf and let it brew for five minutes. This is very strong tea! I used about twice the sugar, and added cream (which I rarely do). I pretty much treated it like coffee. The spice felt a little bit lost, and that might be because of how I steeped it. Next time will be stove-top boiling, for sure. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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60
drank Nilgiri Blue by The Tao of Tea
1443 tasting notes

It’s been a while since I tried a Nilgiri tea, so I’m hoping this will be a pleasant re-acquaintance.

See my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/10/23/nilgiri-blue-black-tea-tao-tea/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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88

I really like this earl grey! Would happily put back in my cupboard.

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85

I just bought this tea and it’s already one of my favorites. It has a floral and fruity aroma, and it tastes nutty, fruity, lightly smokey, and floral. A very good tea.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Nutty

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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63

The Lincang Maofeng tea from the Tao of Tea is one that I enjoy drinking in the morning. It’s my go-to tea when I can’t think of anything else I want to have. It has a light smokey flavor, but other than that it’s not particularly special. It’s like that pair of jeans that you wear when all of your others are dirty. It’s not bad at all, but it’s not a “favorite”.

Flavors: Floral, Smoke

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Nilgiri Blue by The Tao of Tea
173 tasting notes

Sorry. I’ve been out of (brewed tea) commission for a while since I started a new job in April. I’ve been working long hours at an office where I haven’t time or an apparatus to brew and review new teas.

Enough with the excuses. Here I am, ready to get back into the swing of things by trying out this Nilgiri Blue tea that I picked up in the bargain bin at a local discount store.

When I opened the brown paper bag packaging (which a Teavana store associate once told me is a barbarous mechanism to store tender tea leaves – while she tried to sell me a thin metallic can for $12), a Darjeeling-like aroma wafted upward. I brewed the short mostly black leaves for five minutes at 212 degrees.

The brewed color was a deep reddish amber. The odor was mostly nondescript but slightly sweet.

My first few sips were not very powerful. After 1/3 of my cup was history, I began to discern a less-than-robust tea-like flavor with a faint sweet attribute.

This tea is not bad. It isn’t bitter. I just didn’t find it exciting or compelling (much like this review). The after taste had no astringency. It also was “ho-hum.”

I will drink this tea again but I won’t be brimming with anticipation to fire up the tea maker for it. Oh well. Can I take a nap now?

Flavors: Sweet, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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76

This is a nice example of Vietnamese green tea. No bitterness, nice and creamy. Overall a really nice tea for me :)

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90
drank Black Mango by The Tao of Tea
502 tasting notes

I finally steeped this perfectly. It was magic. It has a mushy, thick mouthfeel, reminiscent of the flesh of a mango. The liquor brews a deep brown with green around the edges of the cup.

It’s very fragrant, floral and fruity. You do need to be careful about oversteeping though because the base is finicky, and it’s also tempting to overleaf because the dry leaf is rolled into little pellets. Trust me, a little goes a long way!

I must remember to try this with honey next time.

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90
drank Black Mango by The Tao of Tea
502 tasting notes

Making this one at work because I have 8 oz of it and it will never get drunk otherwise.

I recently had a lateral move at work, so I’m in a new location, and of course not even a week into it, I get sick with a nasty cold. I’m in the “recovery” stage now, but I’m still congested and I can’t really taste this as well as I usually can.

I took it black, as usual, and steeped it Western style.

I can still taste the nuttiness of the base tea and the perfume from the calendula, and I can still appreciate the beauty of the CTC leaf pellets opening in the water, though, so that’s something! This is such a lovely blend.

Christina / BooksandTea

8 oz is a lot! Good luck.

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drank Black Mango by The Tao of Tea
502 tasting notes

The more I drink this one, the more I love it! I don’t even like mango usually— I like the initial taste of the fruit, but the aftertaste ruins it for me. I think the bitterness of the tea and the flowery calendula petals balance out that tangy, grassy aftertaste that I dislike in mangos, and just leaves the sweet, floral flavor that I DO enjoy. Masterfully made. Will be sad when this is gone, although I’m not remotely worried about that yet because I have an 8 oz bag of it to play with.

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drank Black Mango by The Tao of Tea
502 tasting notes

I got 8 oz of this for $7! Unbelievable.

It’s so beautiful and delicate. I over-leafed (a chronic problem of mine) but it’s still a gorgeous tea. Mangoes have a natural perfumey quality to them from the start, and it just translates so well into tea! The black tea base is strong and nutty, and yet perfectly balanced with the sweet fragrance of the mango and the floralness of the calendula.

Gorgeous!

Flavors: Flowers, Fruity, Mango, Nutty, Perfume

Christina / BooksandTea

You know, I really should try to find more mango-flavoured teas. I still miss the bit of Marquis de Gris (Mango EG) from RiverTea that I tried once…

teaqueen

Well, I can certainly recommend this one! Also, mango EG sounds amazing.

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80

Good amount of tea for the price. Tastes like a First Flush should but on the weak side , a pretty standard daily drinker Darjeeling otherwise .

Flavors: Muscatel, Sweet

Preparation
1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Ayurvedic by The Tao of Tea
724 tasting notes

I had no clue what this tea was but it sounded cool so I bought it. When I opened it up I was wondering what in the world I was looking at. This is holy basil tea from India known as a healing plant and is considered sacred to some. The taste of this tea is completely different than anything else so I cannot compare it to anything- however, just imagine what would happen if India chai met yerba mate and blended together… that’s what it would be closest to. Rather strong and out there taste overall. Fun to try if you get the chance to taste a holy basil you should take it to understand the unique taste.

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I’ve had so many black/lemon blends over the years that I’ve really enjoyed—unfortunately, this isn’t one of them. I think I was expecting more of a “lemon peel” flavor, and the lemon myrtle isn’t the same. There’s something menthol-like in the flavor that I find distracting or overpowering.

I can drink this if I mix it half and half with a straight black tea, but I won’t reorder it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

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