Tea type
Green Tea
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Flavors
Freshly Cut Grass, Lemongrass, Spearmint, Earth, Grass, Wood
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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 12 oz / 368 ml

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  • “I'm house/dog sitting for my parents for the next week while they holiday in Whitby so that leaves me to finish some tea samples. I packed a large bag of random samples and it's hopefully enough to...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Friend gave my teenager a bag of this and he asked me to steep it for him; since I'm still trying to win him over to the tea side, I did so with great care to time, temp, and taste. Zen is...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Bazinga Sil! LOL! A student bought me a sampler packet of Tazo for a gift, awhile back. I put these out when I host tea parties for the Harp Society, & also for my students, etc, from time to...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Somehow I hit the sweet spot for this this morning: Recognizable as green tea, and both the spearmint and lemongrass were present. I was really liking the citrusy flavors this morning so this was...” Read full tasting note
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From Tazo

Select pan-fired green tea from Zhejiang province in China, artfully combined with lemongrass, spearmint and a hint of lemon essence. Zen’s distinct green tea flavor accented with lemon and mint is impossible to express with words. Best simply to experience its sweet, lingering aftertaste.

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Starting off my Saturday morning with a cup of this before I head off to a much needed massage. At first sniff (pre and post) steeping all I can smell is the lemongrass. This isn’t a bad thing, just my first impressions of a tea I don’t think I’ve had, but then again maybe I have. The taste is pretty amazing with a perfect mix of minty and well something else. But it’s a great kick off to my day of relaxation.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: boiling, let sit 1 minute, 12 oz
Steep Time: a little over 1 minute (http://steep.it/)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: mint
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal
Flavor: lemongrass, mint, vegetal
Body: Full
Aftertaste: mint
Liquor: translucent brown-green

not really exciting or delicious, a lemon-grassy green tea.

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/11/tazo-teabag-green-tea-zen.html

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1 min, 0 sec

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Ordered this at Starbucks this morning to have something warm to hold onto and sip on while walking around outside doing touristy things. I didn’t realize when ordering “green tea” that this had such a prominent lemongrass flavor. I don’t really like lemons or lemongrass in general, so I will not be reordering this again, but it was a nice hand warmer at the very least!

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This tea is ok, but in no way notable. It’s green and it’s minty and that’s about it. Pretty mediocre for me.

Thanks for the taste moraiwe. Sipdown!

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Could it really be? Is my palette getting more refined? I just bought a box of this, and for the first time, I am slightly disappointed with a green tea. Maybe I botched it — I used the hot nozzle on my work’s Sparkletts water cooler. Amateur? Yes. Easy? Fo’ sheezy. Maybe it’s because I’ve had loose tea, though I haven’t had it enough to know the difference for certain. Any ideas?

And is there ANY bagged tea that tastes as good as loose tea?

Regardless, my next purchase will be loose. My jeans may be tight and my women may be proper, but it’s looking like I prefer my tea loose. We’ll see.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I think once a person goes loose they tend to have preconcieved notions (and bad ones at that) about bagged tea either subconciously or intentially. I wonder how we’d do in a blind taste test. There’s good tea and there’s bad tea- most of the time I think has little to do w/ the steeping method and more w/ the quality/flavor profile and steeping parameters… although prepackaged tea can make getting the leaf:water ratio perfect.

Cofftea

oops. *can make getting the perfect leaf:water ratio difficult

weepysteepy

Green tea can be good in a bag, too. MUJI japan sells really cheap green tea in bags that is delicious! When brewed correctly, at least. I don’t mean to put down non-asian companies that attempt green tea, but when looking for tasty green, authentic asian more often delivers. And remember to not use boiling water for green tea; it makes it turn brown and bitter.

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Bagged
Aroma when Dry: Bright, lemony, slight mintiness
After water is first poured:. Light lemony minty fresh
At end of steep: fresh, bright mint
Tea liquor:
At end of steep: faint spring green
Staple? Yes, especially summer seasonal
Time of day preferred: Any
Taste:
first notes: bold green tea taste, hints of mint and lemony notes
As it cools? Notes flatten and blend a bit, green base notes get stronger, tea sweetens a bit.
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? With Very faint mint
Good chilled too.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 15 sec
fermataleaf

This really brings me back. I used to have a lot of this as something that I would have in the evening. Tazo still carries it?

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So apparently I’m on a bagged tea kick, since that’s all I really have time to brew at work. I bought a Tazo tea sampler, and this one was included. It was okay. Not anything to brag about, but not bad either. Had a very herby taste with suprisingly minimal green tea taste. It’s good to have in the cupboard, but not something you necessarily look forward to.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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Another sample from friend/coworker.

I didn’t think I liked spearmint. I have now sampled 2 different teas on 2 different days with significant spearmint flavor, and found them both quite pleasant. Maybe what I don’t like is Wrigley’s Spearmint gum?

I can also taste something lemony but I can’t tell whether it’s the verbena or the “natural flavors.” It doesn’t seem like lemongrass to me.

I deliberately gave it a very brief steep and did not let the water boil. There’s only the barest hint of tea in the background.

I like this hot. Iced, I think it would need something else – maybe a little honey. I can see how it might grow bitter if it were steeped long enough to stand up to ice.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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This tea strikes a balance between a nice green tea (nothing noteworthy, but definitely not a bad green) and a light, refreshing herbal tea.

The smell out of the bag is very grassy and minty. The recommended brewing time is 3 minutes — I tend to brew it two minutes or less, to keep the green tea from developing a more bitter taste and to keep the brew light and slightly watery (I don’t like heavy brews).

Overall, it reminds me of a Moroccan mint tea mixed with an herbal lemon verbena tea. The lemongrass adds a good citrusy flavor to round it out. This tea is a standby for me when I want something quick, light, easy to brew, and stimulating.

The main thing I don’t like about this blend is actually the name. Zen is a bit pretentious and cliche, and to trademark a tea name like Zen is just ridiculous.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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Got two steepings from the mesh bags I put in my tumbler this morning for work. This is definitely a smooth spearmint flavor, with just enough lemon secondary notes to remind you that you’re not drinking liquid Wrigley’s gum. That’s not to say that the mint flavor is overwhelming, but I have a hard time distinguishing the green tea. Between Zen and Refresh, another of Tazo’s mint offerings, I believe Refresh is my preference.

But Zen would make an aMAZing iced tea for a warm weather treat. Make a strong infusion, squeeze a tad bit more lemon for balance, and you’re ready for ice!

I feel confident in suggesting that Zen is really trying to be more of a tisane than a tea.

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