26 Tasting Notes

67

The missus LOVES this tea, but I wasn’t very partial to it. It’s pretty cheap (unbelievably! About $3 – $4 for 20 bags), but the blueberry flavor is a bit too overpowering and too perfumy for little ol’ me.

It’s one of the better blueberry teas I’ve tried in my time, but I didn’t appreciate the overpowering taste / smell of rosehip.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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58

I purchased this a couple years ago, but I still have a few bags lingering around. The version I have contains matcha green tea and sunflower pedals, in addition to ‘natural french pear’ (whatever that is).

It’s a smooth tea, and the green tea is of wonderful quality. I hated it at first, but once I figured out how to actually steep green tea, it made sense – and it was pretty robust! Nothing to write home about, though. Don’t let the packaging fool you: this is the kind of quality you can buy as a generic grocery store brand.

That said, it’s not bad. Flowery, but no qualities that make it anything to go out of your way for.

Preparation
0 min, 45 sec

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68

I wouldn’t expect it from Tazo, but this was a pretty good rooibos. Vanilla was nice, and the portions in the bag are huge. It makes it nice and strong.

For a serving suggestion, get a bunch of these from a friend who works at Starbucks (they throw these bags out if they’re not used, so ask them to save them for you) and use the bags as a blend to any of your usual teas. It really helps make bitter – but essential – teas go down without too much sweetener.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Awake by Tazo
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I don’t know where Tazo is getting this black tea from, but it’s awful. Super bitter, not malty and just an overall bad experience. The taste reminded me of how sewage smells.

Even my generic grocery store brand of black teas is in a better position than this. Seriously. Avoid this like the plague, or at least mix it with another, more robust tea. Blech.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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63
drank Earl Grey by Tazo
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Not bad. I mean, it’s Tazo.

But it’s still a decent Earl Grey that’s cheap enough to keep around as a staple.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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84

Probably the least pretentious açai tea I’ve found, and consequently, one of the best. The flavor isn’t overpowering (but still citrusy enough to let you know it’s there) and the flavorings make a nice, calming aroma.

Be careful though – it is a green tea, so it can get bitter in a hurry. Make sure the conditions (and timing) are optimal, and you’ll end up with a kickass cup.

Preparation
0 min, 30 sec

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34

Not a fan of the flavor. It’s really bitter and has a salty taste that my tongue refuses to believe is a real thing.

I’d pass on it, but if you’re in a bind, this will satisfy your need for fruity tea. I’d suggest some of the Republic of Tea’s other black teas though – like Vanilla Almond or Earl Greyer – if you’re looking for a tasty pick-me-up.

Otherwise, you’re probably better off just eating a black berry. (The fruit, not the phone)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100

I don’t know what these guys are on about. This tea is awesome the way it is. I used to have this every morning as a pick-me-up before class, and it was so much better than plain Assam, Darjeeling or other black teas.

The almond flavor is where it’s at. The Republic of Tea describes it as a ‘dessert tea’. It’s really sweet and flavorful, so, try it as that. It really puts a nice touch on the end of a good meal with friends.

Be careful not to oversteep it. If it’s bitter, it’s a disaster zone.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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