drank Zen by Tazo
141 tasting notes

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.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I am a part time college instructor and also work in human resources in a family company. Apart from a rare cup of Lipton I drank in my parents’ home, I am a newbie to the world of tea. I have enjoyed Twinings and Ahmad bagged teas over the past month, and I am now just beginning to try loose leaf teas from Teavivre, Adagio, and Della Terra.

So far, I prefer black tea to green tea, and prefer to add cream or milk and sweetener to black tea. Unless the tea is white, green, or herbal, you can assume that I have added cream/milk and sugar to the tea in my reviews/ratings.


Concord, MA, USA

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