264 Tasting Notes
The delicious apricot zingy scent of this in the bag made me bump it to the top of my list of teas to try. It’s so good, with its almondy and fruity flavor mingling together harmoniously, and giving me the wherewithall to actually get my work done this evening (are not you jealous of my grad student life? admit it!) This is YET ANOTHER Tea Forte blend that is not only more than the sum of its parts, but going on my ‘buy a whole bunch of’ list. Love you, Tea Forte!
This would make an outstanding cocktail. It’s simply delicious- a bright, vivid lime with a backdrop of the ginger. I might have to acquire more of this one just to make the best iced tea ever- if not this summer, than really any season in Houston. This is so limey that I’m almost tempted to think about lime lollypops, but I hate lollypops and am enjoying this, so…. maybe I shouldn’t have brought up lollypops. Again, I say, why do I not order more often from Tea Forte? They’re excellent tea mixologists. They’re going on my Steepster shopping list.
I really need to order a lot more from Tea Forte. I adore everything I have ever tried from them, and this is no different. They have such a way with flavor combinations. This is minty and citrusy at the same time- two tastes that I’d have been a bit wary of pairing, but am loving nonetheless. Both are very well balanced- the mint hitting first, and the citrus hanging on a bit longer. This would be so nice as an iced tea. p.s. thank you to OttawaTea for letting me try this one!
Yep, it’s earl grey. I’m not quite sure I can taste anything that the blue flower might be adding to this. It’s a good earl grey though, quite possibly a candidate to keep around when I just want a cup of EG. Oh, and my tummy hurts. I think I OD’ed a bit on the spicy kimchi-bean curd stew at the Korean restaurant last night. And the kimchi pancake. I’m trying to drink soothing tea with almond milk to make it better, but it’s not working so far. Anyway, good thing I like earl grey by itself…. I have had blue flower in delicious chai blends, and I thought it added sweetness? Eh? Well, I’ll finish the sample. I bought too much earl grey at once, and I may hate it by the time I’m done the 3000 lbs of it in my house.
This doesn’t taste at all like Earl Grey to me, and doesn’t taste at all of vanilla, or green tea either. It’s basically a plain ceylon tea. This turns out to be fine, because sometimes that’s what I’m in the mood for. When my allergies have been acting up due to pollen (oh god, so much pollen), this is pretty nice! I’m drinking it without any additions, just letting it soothe my throat. Too bad this is the last of my sample… but on the other hand, I have plenty of plain black tea in my cupboard. Also, this is heinous oversteeped, as you might expect.
I actually feared this was going to taste a bit too much like Teavana’s white ayurvedic chai, which I liked when I began my enormous bag of it, but a year later was ready to bury out back in the compost pile when nobody was looking.
I didn’t follow the directions and add sweetner and milk, but next time I will. First impression is a mild, spicy blend. The apple does come through, but it’s not gross to me like it is in Tazo’s rooibos vanilla blend (ooh, I want to try a pot of the two together now- maybe it’d make the Tazo less severe.)
I’d say this is a good addition to anyone’s chai collection. It’s not sweet on its own despite having a vanilla component, so you may want to do better than me and follow the directions to sweeten it. (I also accidentally forgot to set the timer for this cup, but it still tastes good even after a 10 min steeping.)
I have a head cold and can hardly taste a thing, and this is still awesome. I honestly don’t know how, because I don’t like pina coladas much, and I really don’t like pineapple. But as a tea, slightly softer than the cocktail version, I like it quite a bit. It’s helping to make me feel less like falling onto my couch and not getting up again for hours. If it tastes this good when my nose is stuffed up, I have high hopes for it in a few days! Delicious.
Ugh, cough sneeze I hate having a cold. But this tea really does help. I’m on my second bag of the day, and it mostly tastes of ginger and pepper and a hint of basil and oregano. (Don’t worry, the latter two are muted and don’t taste unpleasant.) Though this has the ubiquitous Yogi Teas licorice in it, the flavor is actually rather dormant.
I am such a fan of Yogi Teas and Traditional Medicinals to help cure what ails me. I use this one for allergies too, as it’s for overall respiratory health, and to help keep my sinus infections at bay.
I’m not sure where the vanilla is hiding in here, because I’m getting that hot jell-o mix taste that I get from so much red fruit tea. But I’m in a hotel, and I’m exhausted, and this tea bag came with the hotel. It’s not undrinkable, but it’s certainly not delicious either. I really can’t distinguish this from most other teas in the same genre.
So instead I’ll complain that this Marriott, like most, has no free ‘net access from anywhere but the lobby, and I didn’t realize this until after changing into my pajama pants with the little skulls and stars on them. And since I am here in a professional capacity, I’d prefer for folks in the group not to see me in my nightwear. I was admiring my room’s lovely desk with copious wall jacks for my laptop, before realizing it’s just all part of Marriott’s attempt to seduce me into paying $12.95/day for internet access. Dear Marriott, I am getting reimbursed to be here, but considering what I paid your hotel for my lunch I think I’ve already used my per diem for the day.
This sounds delicious. But I’ve had a fair few blueberry teas lately, and this doesn’t taste too different. Maybe even just a bit weaker than some of the others. I definitely am not getting cream cheese out of this one, which is seriously bumming me out. I was hoping for an almost blueberry-vanilla. Something with an almost blueberry tea-latte taste to it. But it’s mostly just black tea with a pale note of blueberry. Argh. So wanted to like this one! I’ve tried messing with the steep time, but just got oversteeped black tea if I left it longer than 5 minutes.
(Edited- after reading the other reviews I am seriously confused. I do not get anything even remotely resembling pastry, vanilla, danish, dough, or anything else other than faint blueberry out of my pouch. So weird!!)