Awake™ Full Leaf Tea

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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 g 13 oz / 384 ml

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A breakfast tea of boldness, depth and character, invigorating any time of day.

You hold in your hand a finely balanced, full-leaf blend of bold, malty teas from India and bright, flavorful teas from Sri Lanka. You’ll find TAZO® AWAKE™ to be more nuanced and flavorful than your typical breakfast tea. Tea shamans also believe it to be useful in remembering what “nuanced” means first thing in the morning.

Ingredients: a blend of black teas.

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280 tasting notes

It’s a decent one to have on hand for running out the door. I’ve had these bags a while; it’s probably a bit stale. It is better than their other bagged variety, more depth in flavor. I’d be interested to try a ‘fresh’ bag but not interested enough to go buy some of this. :P

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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I think this tea is okay. I do put it through my Keurig so I am positive that makes a difference (rather than steeping myself). It’s more of a convenience tea when I’m feeling lazy haha. It’s quite strong and bitter, I have to put some agave in it to help balance it out a bit. I don’t mind the taste, I’m sure it would be great as an iced tea. But I do get a pretty astringent-y after taste with this tea. It’s just a little bitter for me! But…it’s still okay. I always get these tea if I go to Starbucks. My friends are Starbucks junkies but I don’t really drink coffee or enjoy anything else besides this or an Earl grey tea latte :)

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I don’t drink coffee (a childhood mishap with a General Mills Vanilla Instant Coffee mix and overcrowded porta-potties at a New Year’s Day parade took care of that option a long time ago), but often will find myself in a Starbucks with a friend. This is really the only tea I will drink here, and to be honest, it is more like paying rent for the seats than it is paying for a drink.

I find that this tea has almost no flavor whatsoever. I tend to like smooth, but strong black teas, and I often add sweetener and milk. If I drink this straight, it really doesn’t taste like much beyond “HOT,” and if I add milk and sugar, that is all that I can taste.

After reading the other tasting notes, I think I should make an effort to steep this tea a bit longer from now on. However, I tend to avoid steeping my teas for very long because I don’t like the bitterness/astringency that comes out of them over a long steep. And this tea is simply not strong enough to leave me with any flavor in the amount of time I spend to steep it.

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Hi, magerber. Did you try Awake or Awake English breakfast? Judging only from the bagged tea (hides head in shame), they are not at all the same. So if you didn’t find the nuances others have written about, maybe you had the new English Breakfast version? Awake English Breakfast has no flavor or nuances, IMO.


You know, I didn’t know there was an Awake English Breakfast. As far as I know, this tea is only available in tea bags at Starbucks (does anyone else remember when they used to have loose leaf teas there…alas, no more!), and I have always been told that the Awake tea that they sell in the stores is the “closest” thing to English Breakfast that they have. I will say that if the English Breakfast version is new then I am sure I am referring to the unencumbered Awake…and if you think the new EB version has no flavor or nuances in comparison with the original, then I shudder to think what the EB version must taste like. :-)


Allow me to clarify, Awake Tea and Awake Tea English Breakfast are actually the same. It’s simply re-packaging so it’s easier for newer customer to understand that Awake tea is a type of English Breakfast.

There’s the old Awake tea in the flat bag sachets, and those are definitely less flavorful than the Full-leaf versions, the latter being the type served in store.

One thing though, is there’s a difference between the version we serve in store, and the in the tins for customers to purchase. Although I’m unaware of the difference, I know there is some sort because one day at work when we ran out of China Green Tips tea to serve to customers, I asked the manager if we could just rip open one of the tins and serve from there, and she told me we couldn’t because they were different.

And here I thought it was just my imagination that Awake tea tastes different (much much better) at home than it did in store…

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100 tasting notes

I have to say that, especially for a plain black tea, I find this divine. I’ve purchased a few boxes and it’s a staple go-to tea for a quick cup of tea that’s bold and refreshing when I have little time. I do drink it with sugar (1 tsp.) to enhance the flavor. Deep and rich, careful not to oversteep. My son enjoys it with me sometime. Just refreshing and a nice rich black tea taste.

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108 tasting notes

Had this at lunch time today while on the run. I definitely like it better in this “full leaf” incarnation than the previous bagged variety. Nicer, fuller flavour. Richer and more enjoyable. I could go for a cup right now, come to think of it.

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11 tasting notes

I loved this. Very strong in only 6 oz of water.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

Do you drink this with milk or cream? I think that it is a decent Assam-esque blend. Not sure whether it is Assam or not, but it’s definitely in that general neighborhood!

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592 tasting notes

I’m spending my lunch hour at Starbucks today because I’m just sick of our cafeteria. Anyway, I got this as a latte and they accidentally sweetened it. Starbucks employees today have been a bit off their game. Anyway, it’s a decent black tea that holds up in the latte. I have to admit that I’m spoiled from trying a bunch of different high quality black teas in the last few months, so buying tea at Starbucks has become more of an excuse to take up a table for a while than for the tea itself. So my overall conclusion is that I won’t be buying any of this for myself to steep at home, but I’m perfectly fine buying a cup every now and then to justify hogging tables :)

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64 tasting notes

I bought this tea with a discount and because I felt like having a no frills black tea. This tea was good, though I have had better. All in all, this is a nice tea to have when you’re not looking for something extravagant and in a pinch.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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69 tasting notes

Mmmmmm, it smells like honey! And the forest. There’s a beautiful woodland quality to the smell Tazo Awake tea. Like I should be drinking it on the front porch of a log cabin, wearing a hand-knit toque, scarf, mittens and a big flannel coat, watching the little snows drift silently to the forest floor. I think I might have used too much water, because it’s a little on the light side, but it still smells delicious. It has a bit of sharpness to the taste (which I’ll attribute to the age of the tea itself*), but plenty of that down-homey black tea taste that I like. Can’t describe it, other than Black Tea.
Tasty! (But not ultra tasty. A good go-to tea.)
*Full disclosure: I HAVE the full leaf tea, but don’t care for it. I used the crumbly old tea bags that they used to have at Starbucks (making this tea a little on the old side as well, perhaps.)

After Red Rose, Awake has always been my favourite.

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111 tasting notes

Probably the one bagged tea I’ll keep a mean, firm grip on. For one, so far it’s the only English breakfast tea I’ve tried that has that tangy taste along with the otherwise typical breakfast taste. But the main reason is that, as a Starbucks employee, I get to take a tin of this home with me every week for free. Hard to beat that. It’s also the only Tazo tea I can drink. Every other variety by Tazo? No thanks.

Awake tea is very, very fussy. Oversteep it even just by a marginal amount, and BAM it turns to mud. For me I’ve found the magic time to be three minutes. Two minutes it’s hot water. Four minutes it’s mud.

If you get the magical time, you get the typical taste of a breakfast tea, with a unique tang like finish that sort of buzzes on your tongue. The tang is the best part as it gives it a very nice flavor.

I like it with a little bit of golden sugar and a little bit of milk.

Unfortunately, if you oversteep this, the tang is the first part to disappear into the mud taste. Set the oven timer when preparing! :)

If you would like to order this a latte at your local Starbucks, I recommend ordering a tall size with one pump vanilla, no classic syrup.

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