Sweet Orange Spice

Tea type
Black Fruit Blend
Ingredients
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Flavors
Cinnamon
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “I really dislike this tea. I have tried it every which way hot, cold, different steeping parameters. It is oddly sweet and metallic. I do not like giving a tea this low of a score. If you want...” Read full tasting note
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    Ellyn 230 tasting notes
  • “I know that this tea has been kind of a hit or miss for steepster, but I really like this one. It has a nice balance of spice and citrus. It is warming and yummy. ” Read full tasting note
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    LiberTEAS 4550 tasting notes
  • “Now these are some cute teabags! That little leaf at the end of the string? Too cute for words! And the mesh that the teabag is made of stays perky even after steeping. I'm not sure why that is...” Read full tasting note
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    LFINCH 161 tasting notes
  • “I have to admit that I am quite fond of the format of Tea Forte’s teabags. The cute little pyramid with the leaf poking out of the top…it just looks so cute! After steeping for five minutes, I...” Read full tasting note
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    fashion_piranha 122 tasting notes

From Tea Forte

Capture the flavors of the season with this enticing blend of black tea, cinnamon, orange peels, clove buds and natural flavors.

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21 Tasting Notes

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230 tasting notes

I really dislike this tea. I have tried it every which way hot, cold, different steeping parameters. It is oddly sweet and metallic. I do not like giving a tea this low of a score.

If you want to drink atomic fireballs after they lose their hot then maybe this is the tea for you.

And I LOVE TEA FORTE. The teas, company, the packaging, the fact that they are based in my state. But, ugh.

CHAroma

Metallic…doesn’t sound good.

Charisma

I didn’t like this tea either _

Ellyn

yeah, this one was really a disappointment.

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4550 tasting notes

I know that this tea has been kind of a hit or miss for steepster, but I really like this one. It has a nice balance of spice and citrus. It is warming and yummy.

silvermage2000

Nice review I like orange spice teas might have to buy some of this.

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Now these are some cute teabags! That little leaf at the end of the string? Too cute for words! And the mesh that the teabag is made of stays perky even after steeping. I’m not sure why that is important, but it made me smile.

The tea wasn’t that great, unfortunately. Uber-cinnamon-y and that’s about it. I never tasted the “Sweet Orange” or any of the spices. Just cinnamon. Red Hots or Fireball candy type of cinnamon. Too strong and on the verge of spicy.

But man, those teabags are cute.

denisend

Yeah, I keep wanting to try Tea Forte, but they tend to not get good reviews. :-( They’re adorable!

Ricky

Same from what I’m hearing. I wanted to give these as gifts to people, but then I read the tea wasn’t up to par so I decided not to =(. Most unfortunate.

TeaEqualsBliss

I have found a lot of them are tarty and sweet and fruity. LOVE the idea but…eeeeh. There have been a select few that I have enjoyed tho. LOVE the lil leaf on top of the bag, too!

takgoti

They are so cute, aren’t they? It’s really a shame that the tea doesn’t live up to the aesthetic.

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122 tasting notes

I have to admit that I am quite fond of the format of Tea Forte’s teabags. The cute little pyramid with the leaf poking out of the top…it just looks so cute!

After steeping for five minutes, I pulled the teabag out and set it aside. The tea is not as dark as I expected – a rich amber color – and smells heavily of cinnamon. My mouth is quite wimpy so I immediately set out to get a couple of ice cubes to add to the brew before my tasting.

It’s very light…I mean, I can barely taste anything but the cinnamon and the slight astringency of the black tea. Maybe the faintest hint of a citrus. I popped the tea bag back in and will let it steep a little longer; hopefully that’ll force some more flavor out.
As I’m waiting, I’m considering the source of this tea. My brother gave me a box of assorted Tea Forte flavors, but I wonder if it’s an old box? I’ve only tried two of the teas so far, this one and White Ambrosia, but the flavor’s been miserably weak on both blends. Maybe the teabags are just ancient and that’s the problem…

After steeping for another five minutes, the orange flavor comes out a little stronger but this is still dominated by cinnamon. I can smell cinnamon; I taste it when I drink…so I guess if you want a cinnamon tea, this is the way to go. It’s a little sweet and it makes the back of my throat tickle a little.

This is spicy and warming, but it just isn’t as…exciting as I hoped it might be.
Man, that teabag is cool looking, though.

Preparation
8 min or more
Carolyn

I’ve had this issue with Tea Forte’s tea as well. I chalked it up to having bought them someplace where they were probably stale. Love the tea bags, but as for the tea, eh!

Hyrulehippie

Are you sure they don’t have a ridiculously small serving size or anything? Maybe they only have enough leaf in there for 4oz of water or something like that.

Actually that’s not so much ridiculous…I just drink large quantities of tea.

Suzi

Hyrulehippie – that might be it, now that you mention it. There’s no size mentioned on the packaging, but I was using a rather tall glass (not a pot) and maybe it was just too much water for it.

Madison Bartholemew

I always find their tea in the tea bags they make to be too weak no matter what. I’m beginning to think they are catering to women who want to throw cute and fashionable tea parties above everything else.
But you can get better flavor out of their loose teas. I think.

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This smells like orange and spice and it is very nice! As for the taste…it’s more spice than orange…or should I say…at the beginning of the sip it’s spicy and the end of the sip is sweet orange. I like the ending of the sip better. I also like this tea cooled down and/or iced better…seems to make it more sweet. The more I sip this as it gets colder I like it more, yes, indeed!

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I don’t believe I’ve ever had mandarin orange tea before, much less a mandarin orange and spice tea.

The aroma is exactly what it says on the tin: sweet orange and spice. Very festive, and appropriately so, as it is mandarin oranges mixed with cinnamon.

I used one and a half teaspoons of leaves, which should give a significantly spicy brew. The color is a brilliant red, with a very cinnamon scent.

But, the flavor. Oh, the flavor. There is a nice slight biting of spice, followed by the warming sensation of sweet mandarins. It is close to a light Chai, with the cinnamon and cloves.

It surprises how sweet this tea is, with not too much a kick. Just enough spice to work with the very sweet oranges. In fact, I am a little suspicious on how this tea is so extremely sweet.

This is a wonderfully sweet surprise, and probably my favorite tea from this batch of Tea Forte tins I have recently bought.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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317 tasting notes

I agree that the name of this tea is misleading. There is hardly any orange flavour in the liquor and it is not exactly sweet! But if you like spices, especially cinnamon, you will probably love this tea. In fact I think Tea Forte’s spiced teas are generally spicier than teas of other brands. The tea smells strongly of cinnamon, but the taste of cloves is more present in the liquor. The end of the sip can be a bit bitter. I only detect sweetness in the last few sips of my cup, but still, it has more to do with cinnamon than orange…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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58 tasting notes

This is fairly enjoyable. Was given a sample and accidentally steeped it for 20 minutes and it STILL came out tasty. Impressive! Very light cinnamon flavors, just a slightly sweet tinge to the over tea. I would drink this again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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304 tasting notes

If you like cinnamon, you may like this. If you want a mild black tea that can be drank without any additives, you may like this. The orange is not present in this tasting session, the cinnamon and clove are all I taste, that is ok with me, I like both of these flavors in tea. Overall, I like this tea. It reminds me of simpler times.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m convinced that whoever writes the tea forte descriptions has never tried the tea but is instead given an ingredient list.

Sweet orange spice… tastes like vienna cinnamon without the flavor boom. So there is definitely something mellowing out the cinnamon but orange isn’t an obvious flavor in the profile. Actually I thought this was an illusion to it being orange pekoe grade. Not that this tea had any orange flavor in it. So when I was confused by the game called "what is that tiny little flavor in the back over there somewhere? I’ll just look at the box… " I was super shocked to see that this is an “orange” flavored tea. When it’s cold you can taste the orange if you are looking for it in the cup. But it’s barely there.

Really I thought it was just a cinnamon maybe with a dash of some other spice (cough you know spice tea should have more than just one spice in it cough) like maybe a granule of nutmeg or clove or something. But no. It’s vienna cinnamon toned down by a molecule of orange oil.

A little bit of sugar brings out the flavor… but milk doesn’t really help it out. And milk with no sugar wasn’t very pleasant. So just a little sugar makes it nice. This is really a pleasant tea as I like cinnamon but it’s not named well and that tends to piss me off. If you like Tea Forte’s Vienna Cinnamon and you are at a party and they have this you will enjoy drinking it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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