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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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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You know, I think I am beginning to enjoy mint. In tea, at least—I don’t seem to like it anywhere else.

This brewed oddly dark, I think, but it’s nice and refreshing—I’ll admit, I compromised my taste buds a bit by having a saltastic bowl of instant noodle soup right before this, so this probably won’t be the most in-depth tasting note, but this tea is light and refreshing. I taste the mint (or rather, feel it, I think—that sort of coolness that is more of a sensation than a taste), with green tea, and a sharp secondary taste of something else. The lemongrass, maybe, since I haven’t much experience with how it should taste (…like lemons?).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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So. I have a little beef with Tazo. They have their new “whole leaf” thing, this bag of tea is gigantic, its enough for a whole pot of tea. Why waste soo much tea. plus it messes with how long i used to steep a single bag. The cup I’m drinking now is pretty bitter and I was looking forward to a good cuppa for my poor sore throat :(

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I, too, have a beef w/ them- they took away the only tea I ever drank there cuz they don’t have a whole leaf version. I definitely see your point but there was a time when bags where stinkin wimpy so I guess that’s a good problem to have. You could always take a pocket scale w/ you and weigh one before telling the barista what size and how many bags you want.

Jackie

Well I got this cup from Starbucks, so it was already bagged. Tazo is trying to hop on the whole-leaf train but they just made the leaves in bigger pieces, lets emphasis ‘pieces’ and just added more of the pieces to the satches. Good thought but I don’t live anywhere close to a tea house or coffee shop that actually has loose leaf tea, they just do the ‘whole leaf’ thing in larger satches…

Cofftea

Yeah, the sachet saves you from having to bring in your own infuser, that’s the only difference between that and loose leaf.

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I ordered this by accident tonight (yesterday? It’s past midnight…) because I mis-remembered which tazo I wanted to try today. I thought this was the other herbal blend, but as it turns out it is the green one. I did not have high hopes about this considering the too-hot water and the fact that I have no idea how long this steeped other than I took it out as soon as I figured out that it had green tea in it.

Amazingly, especially since I really am not fond at all of bagged green tea in general, this was quite nice. Very very mild green flavour (not really vegetal, but still definitely there) and really no bitterness at all. The mint was very nice and the lemon subtle. I’m a big fan of mint. So this was really surprisingly good and I’ll have to try it again when I have better control of temperature and steeping time.

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When I opened the packet, I was confronted by an overpowering floral aroma reminiscent of the kind of cheap perfume that arrives ten minutes before the person wearing it. I had to overcome my revulsion to the smell to steep the tea and drink it. The floral aroma certainly did not produce in me the meditative state I associate with zen. I wish I knew what that floral aroma was, since nothing on the ingredient list matches it. I get the same smell from tazo’s calm chamomile and passion packets, but in their case I couldn’t even bring myself to make the tea.

Once the bag had finished steeping, the aroma had mostly subsided, and the tea tasted similar to tazo’s refresh, though more like spearmint. I did not taste any lemon that I expected from the lemon verbena and lemongrass, nor did I really taste the green tea. I didn’t finish the cup. The mint flavor was its only redeeming quality.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I liked this tea so much that it kicked me off into trying loose leaf. Now I have a large stash of loose leaf teas, yet I still like the flavor blend in Zen tea so much that I decided to make my own blend at Adagio to see if I could make it better. I ended up with what I call Meditation Bliss. It isn’t exactly the same, but I think it’s what this tea would be if it were fresher and higher quality. I love lemon grass and find Zen’s combination of lemongrass and spearmint definitely refreshing. Even their bottled version is good, although it is sweeeet.

I still like Zen well enough and am currently making iced tea out of it with their supersized teabags. It’s really the only bagged tea I buy, and it’s a rare purchase.

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Be careful not to overheat this tea or steep for too long. Before I really got super into tea I would just boil water like usual and drop this bag in a teacup for 5 or so minutes. Blech. That will result in some pretty overtly strong tea and those gross tannins that come out when you overcook Green Tea.

Now that I have a real tea kettle (thank you Cuisinart!) with temperature controls and am more careful not to leave the tea bag in too long, this is great. It is a bit minty which isn’t a huge thing for me but the lemongrass addition is really nice. It’s a great green tea and quite tasty and enjoyable, just don’t put it in boiling water like I’ve been doing for years!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Forgot to bring in sugar today. Freezing. Therefore, time for the great, doesn’t-need-sugar standby, Zen by Tazo.

Love. (Although I wish it had a touch more caffeine in it.)

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This is a bag from one of Tazo’s samplers, I think. It’s not the fancy pyramid bag, just a regular teabag.

What is it with mint being in everything I try here lately? There’s definitely mint in this one, as well as the lemongrass. But as for green tea? Definitely not the star of the show. In fact, this tastes much more like an herbal blend than a green tea blend.

And the longer it sits, the more pronounced the mint becomes. Definitely won’t be buying this one.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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Smelling the leaf bag is almost overwhelming, the mint over powers every other scent. Strong veggie/mint flavor, not something I enjoy honestly. This might taste pretty good to some other people, but for myself I doubt I’ll even use another bag. I may try resteeping the bag to see if it dulls down the flavor, but for the most part I’ll either trash or give away the rest of this tea. Now I remember why I don’t like green tea’s.

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2 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

DON’T TRASH IT! No matter how bad a tea is, throwing it away physically hurts me. lol. There’s this thread http://steepster.com/discuss/267-take-it-away if you want to get rid of it. Not liking greens is fine, but the mint is so strong it’s really unfair to compair it to an unflavored green. It’s like comparing apples to oranges lol. Good luck on finding it a new home. I do not think that will be hard at all here ;)

Aaron

Lol ok, sounds fair enough. I did somewhat enjoy the China Green Tip from Tazo. I’ll see if anyone wants to take it off my hands :)

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