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60
drank Juniper Mint Honey by Tazo
880 tasting notes

Single bag from a tea box. This is a lot more floral than I would have guessed. Not that much mint. Really, it was just sort of floral and maybe a bit of honey. Wouldn’t need to try it again.

Martin Bednář

That sounds so interesting… juniper combined with the mint; too bad it isn’t that great :(.

AJRimmer

I know, it sounded super good! Oh well!

gmathis

Good to know. Saw it on the shelf at Target and I was waffling.

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drank Prickly Pear Cactus by Tazo
880 tasting notes

Grabbed a bag from a tea box. This one smells great but isn’t as flavorful as I had hoped. Maybe I should have put it in a tinier mug. It ends up quite floral. I like chamomile, but this chamomile is a little soapy. There’s hibiscus, which adds a little tartness. I wish I had a second bag so I could try a more concentrated version.

Dustin

I can’t think of what prickly pear tastes like. I’m pretty sure I’ve had it at some point, but I don’t think I could pick it out in a tea.

gmathis

I saw this at our local Target and was curious.

AJRimmer

TeBella has a prickly pear tea called Sweet Tango that I definitely want to reorder. Idk what they taste like really, but I enjoy things flavored like them!

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88
drank Glazed Lemon Loaf by Tazo
121 tasting notes

Day 18 of Sara’s Old Tea! Part 3 of 6

Swimming teabag in boiling water.

Oh man, this one smells amazing. I can smell lemon icing on some kind of spice cake.

Tastes like a delicious lemon cake! It’s really good. I may have to stock some of this in my cupboard. Thanks. :)

Flavors: Cake, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

My local Freddies stopped carrying all the other Tazo dessert teas… except that one. And while I kinda miss Butterscotch Blondie, I’m just so thankful they kept this one cause I’m not sure what I’d do without it as a cupboard staple!

Todd

Oh, I can try to find you some Butterscotch Blondie next time I send you something.

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65
drank Passion by Tazo
18 tasting notes

my school stopped stocking this but I used to like to brew this for the color alone. It’s a very pretty dark wine-like color. Smells okay. Taste-wise, all I can pick out is that it’s just sour and sometimes I’d be in the mood for it. But previously for a free school provided tea, whatever. Would I purchase it on my own though? probably not.

3.25/5

side note: For these teas, I’m not sure why they always say boiling water and 5 min steep because taste/appearance-wise to me, there was never difference whether I used 180F or 210F water, or whether I steeped for 5 min. or 2 min. Because the particles are so small, it steeps almost immediately anyway, which is pretty obvious as soon as you pour the water on top.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Baked Cinnamon Apple by Tazo
1201 tasting notes

2020 Advent Swap – Day 18

One of my all time hard to find favorites for any time of day. Don’t steep it too weak. Great w/ a little sugar.

I saved this one for later in the night since it’s a rooibos. It has that nutty rooibos flavor, and it smells very sweet and festive. For those who have Cracker Barrel restaurants, imagine walking into the front lobby. It smells just like that. Sweet cinnamon rooibos. This was a nice, nighttime treat. James especially enjoyed it. Devon Bartholomew – if you have a Whole Foods nearby, I checked and ours has this one available!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutty, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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66
drank Zen by Tazo
1201 tasting notes

2020 Advent Swap – Day 16

One I’m sure you’ve tried before – I don’t drink many green teas but I love this one! Delightful taste!

I think you’re right, Devon Bartholomew – I’m almost positive I’ve have had this one before, but it’s been a really long time ago! I’m pretty sure Zen and Passion were the only Tazo teas my grocery store carried at first. For some reason, I remember them being everywhere. I don’t drink many green teas either, but there are a few that I do like. With this one having mint, it sounds promising. I can’t say I remember whether I liked it before or not.

I do taste the mint and, thankfully, not the lemongrass. I don’t mind lemongrass sometimes, but other times it tastes too much like artificial lemon flavor to me. Like lemon-lite. Flat lemonade, something like that. I don’t taste it much here. The mint dominates for me. My husband loved this one and requested that it go straight on the wishlist, so I’ll definitely be trying it again in the future.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Vanilla Bean Macaron by Tazo
1201 tasting notes

2020 Advent Swap – Day 12

One of my all time really hard to find favorites!

My husband and I both like this one! I was a little worried at first about the licorice root, but I can’t even taste it. Right out of the bag, it smells like a fresh-baked cinnamon roll (which, coincidentally, is what I had for breakfast this morning). After steeping, I smell vanilla frosting. I’ve had vanilla bean macarons before, and even though that wasn’t my first thought when drinking this, I think Tazo nailed that vanilla flavor. It’s missing maybe some almond and some inherent sweetness (guessing that’s where the licorice root came in), but overall I think that this is a great tea that does well at achieving its intended flavors. Thanks for sharing one of your favorites, Devon Bartholomew!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Frosting, Pastries, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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56
drank Apricot Vanilla Creme by Tazo
1201 tasting notes

2020 Advent Swap – Day 10

I liked the description of this but don’t care for it. If you like it, you’re welcome to the rest of the box!

I have to say, this has to be the most authentic apricot flavoring I’ve experienced. Now, I’m not sure how many teas I’ve had that included apricot, maybe none, but the aroma here is undeniably that of dried apricots. This is, I’m sure of it, the only apricot tea I’ve had where apricot is meant to be the star flavor. If I have had it before, it would have been mixed in with other stone fruits and likely lost behind the peach or cherry flavors. So this was a happy surprise. It also smells quite sweet and, bummer, like a bar of soap. Not hand soap or dish soap – specifically a bar of unscented Dove soap. Interesting. Thankfully, no soap in the taste. It’s back to the apricot again. For a white tea, it has a fair amount of flavor, but it’s still not enough for me. Not a bad cup for the morning, but it’s not something I would buy for myself. I hope you can find someone else who will enjoy it, Devon Bartholomew!

Flavors: Apricot, Dried Fruit, Soap, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Organic Bramblewine by Tazo
1201 tasting notes

2020 Advent Swap – Day 6

My roommate brought this home for me. It’s an in your face tart tea. It reminds me more of a black tea, kind of misleading on the label.

I saw “tart” and immediately knew my husband would love this one, so I split the cup with him. I, on the other hand, am not a huge fan of hot hibiscus so I poured my share into a mason jar and put it in the fridge for later. Looking at it now through a clear jar, it’s not as dark red as I expected from the hibiscus. It’s more of a coral color, very pretty. I’m having it chilled with breakfast – tacos! – so it’s very cooling next to the salsa. The flavor is light – I can taste the hibiscus and that familiar gradual build of the licorice root at the end of the sip. It’s not too overwhelming, thankfully. This doesn’t come across to me as a green tea, more like an herbal, but I also don’t drink a lot of green teas so that could be due to my unfamiliarity. It’s refreshing due to the light flavor, but not something I would likely reach for myself. I’m glad to have tried something new though – thanks, Devon Bartholomew!

Flavors: Hibiscus, Licorice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dustin

Just the words “hot hibiscus” make me shiver.

gmathis

Much better chilled. When I bought it, I fell for the “Brambleberry” name without paying attention to the ingredients and thought I’d never use it all up.

Shae

Dustin: I’m right there with you. My husband, on the other hand, loves hot hibiscus tea!

gmathis: This was definitely drinkable chilled. The licorice was more offensive to me because, while I can enjoy cold hibiscus, I have a really hard time enjoying the licorice root. It reminds me too much of an artificial sweetener. My husband also likes licorice root. :)

Mastress Alita

Sounds like I would get along with your husband, Shae. I tend to like all the tea-things most people dislike, like hibiscus and licorice root!

Shae

You absolutely would, Mastress Alita! We have a nice setup though – since he dislikes most of the teas I really enjoy (black teas, anything smoky, chai, caramel, etc.), we can usually just switch cups if one of us doesn’t like something and the other will almost certainly enjoy it. :D

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83

I received my Christmas advent calendar early this year – I must admit, I peeked for the first day a few days after I got it trying to figure out if it was a tea bag or loose leaf tea that I was feeling, but I did wait until December first to drink it! :) I found this tea on vacation awhile ago, and enjoyed it, but hadn’t been able to find it again, so this was a nice thing to open! It’s like a vanilla lemon cake – a sweet lemon, not a sour one. I love Tazo teas!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Shae

Well now! Sneaky, sneaky. :D I always hear good things about this one. I really should make a point to pick up a box next time I’m at the store.

ashmanra

I found this at Publix a few years ago and bought it. Pretty good!

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70
drank Green Ginger by Tazo
27 tasting notes

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75
drank Wild Sweet Orange by Tazo
98 tasting notes

I love this tea. I love the tartness and strong orange flavors. A wonderful staple in my pantry every winter.

Flavors: Orange, Sour

Preparation
6 min, 30 sec

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45
drank Organic Peachy Green by Tazo
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Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Spinach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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40

I picked up this tea in a tin of 15 sachets last night at target. I was hoping to find a jasmine green tea of some sort, but they didn’t have any and this was only $3! It says it’s a mix of black tea, oolong, and green with peach. I definitely smell “peach flavor”, and taste a very generic, mildly bitter/astringent black tea. It’s not bad – would probably be a lot better with milk/sugar/etc. I could see the peachiness growing on me, but for now, I’ll give this one a 40/100. Not mad about it for $3 and a reusable tin.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Peach, Tea

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

In its earliest days (probably when you were small enough to have imaginary tea parties with your teddy bears), I couldn’t say enough good about this one. Its later evolutions are OK, but way too finicky to get the flavor balance right.

Madeline

I didn’t realize Tazo had been around that long. Founded the year before I was born, looks like. Would be interesting to know what the earlier evolutions tasted like! This one actually wasn’t as bad as i rated it, need to come back to it!

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75
drank Calm by Tazo
98 tasting notes

I like this for an evening sip. The chamomile is blended with enough other flavors to make it delicious and complicated.

Preparation
6 min, 15 sec

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32
drank Baked Cinnamon Apple by Tazo
98 tasting notes

Mild cinnamon flavor but apple very hard to notice

Flavors: Cinnamon

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90
drank Passion by Tazo
98 tasting notes

I love the bold, sour, fruity notes after a long steep. Can drink anytime, morning, noon and night.

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

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35

Bleggggggg. Someone kindly gifted this to me, but it’s awful. Couldn’t get past one sip.

When my family moved into a new house when I was 12, there was a weird boiled water faucet that the previous owners of the house had installed. This tea tastes exactly like that weird boiled water tasted.

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drank Wild Apple Sarsaparilla by Tazo
2311 tasting notes

Found the “zone.” Add milk. Caramel apples in your cup.

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drank Wild Apple Sarsaparilla by Tazo
2311 tasting notes

(Will I ever learn? How many times have I grabbed a tea box without checking the ingredients because the name intrigued me?) When I finally read the fine print and noticed licorice, I almost immediately regretted picking this up. Same when I sniffed the dry bag

However, (don’t you just love good howevers?) it works in this blend! The apple flavor is crisp and strong and balances out the licorice stickiness. I had to really think about it to find any real sarsaparilla…but if you want yourself a good cup of caramel apple tea, you’ve got it here. Go figure.

Planning to try the next cup with milk in hopes of replicating Wrapples. (Remember, I am ancient … they were thin round sheets of caramel you plopped over an apple and stuck in the oven for just a bit. I ate the sheets straight from the package and drove my mom crazy.)

OMGsrsly

Ooooh, you’re lucky it worked for you! I really really dislike licorice root in tea. As much as I love the flavour, I can’t stand the sweet stickiness (good description!).

CrowKettle

I would’ve blindly grabbed a box with that tea name too. Glad it worked out despite the licorice (also not a fan of licorice root)!

gmathis

Licorice is why I have almost completely written off Yogi teas—-I don’t think I’ve ever had one of their blends that didn’t overdo it completely.

Side note … a pint of Marketside (Walmart upscale deli brand) Apple Crisp ice cream mysteriously appeared in my freezer this week. I have never had a tea float, but I am seriously considering it.

Mastress Alita

I actually love licorice root… and this tea sounds like something I’d love, because I’m a Sarsaparilla fiend (except I’m sad to hear the sarsaparilla is lacking). Tazo flavors are very limited in my local grocery, but if I see it, I’ll grab it…

gmathis

Found my box at Target, if that helps.

Martin Bednář

Hmm, that sounds interesting. Never heard about Sarsaparilla (sounds bit Finnish to me!) and I don’t mind licorice if it is not too much of it in (considering Yogi for example).

gmathis

Martin, if you’ve ever tried American-style root beer soft drinks, you’ve tasted the sarsaparilla flavoring. Not absolutely identical to sassafras, but similar.

Martin Bednář

Nope, don’t have that experience yet.

OMGsrsly

A tea float sounds like it could be incredibly good. :)

Mastress Alita

Oh, thanks gmathis, I do have a Target locally so I’ll check there!

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45
drank Green Ginger by Tazo
781 tasting notes

Wish Tazo hadn’t led me on with that “touch of pear” nonsense in the description. Trader Joe’s had an AMAZING bagged tea that was white ginger pear and I’ve been searching for a replacement since they discontinued it. This is not that. It honestly tastes more like a straight-up ginger tea; I’m not really getting much of the green tea base and I definitely don’t taste any kind of pear flavor here. Disappointing.

Flavors: Ginger, Spicy

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Glazed Lemon Loaf by Tazo
12 tasting notes

This tea smells exactly right and tastes very pleasant. It is not sweet, but it does leave the aftertaste of pound cake.

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25
drank Passion by Tazo
967 tasting notes

Tea from postcrossing THANK YOU envelope 4/6.

This tea sojunds amazing while you read
An exuberant herbal infusion of hibiscus, orange peel rose hips and passion fruit flavors

But I noticed that herbal part and not fruit one. Rose hips and hibiscus, combined with raspberry, blueberry and blackberry flavours? That’s this tea I think. Even when I knew it should have passion fruit flavour, I wasn’t feeling it at all!

Blah.

Flavors: Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

I think they lured you in with the word ‘exuberant’ (great word, no?!) and then they did not fulfill the promise of the word.

Martin Bednář

Probably… Certainly expected more passion fruit than berries.

Leafhopper

This isn’t the first tea that doesn’t deliver on its glowing marketing copy.

Martin Bednář

It indeed isn’t Leafhopper, but… but… I wanted passion fruit!

Leafhopper

LOL. I’d be disappointed, too.

Kawaii433

hehe Great marketing but poor tea ^^

White Antlers

I was curious about passion fruit in tea so I did a bit of Googling. At first I thought maybe they ‘cheaped out’and used powdered passion fruit-a very poor, sad substitue for the sliced, dried fruit. But no-here are the ingredients-‘tropical flavor’-whatever nonsense that is-and no passion fruit in any form to be found. Ingredients Hibiscus flowers, natural tropical flavors, citric acid, licorice root, orange peel, cinnamon, rose hips, lemongrass, fruit juice extract (color). Shame on Tazo! Passion-NOT!

Martin Bednář

Cinnamon? Where? :D

White Antlers

LOL! I know, right?!

Mastress Alita

I actually love this tea… as a strong hibiscus tea (Being hibi’s last remaining fan around these parts, haha! I wouldn’t even know what passion fruit is supposed to taste like, call me uncultured!) I especially like it iced during the summer. Definitely not a tea for those that can’t take a very tart and tangy hibi tea, though!

Martin Bednář

I can imagine it can be as hibiscus tea. But why they claim it’s passion?!

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44

Postcrossing THANK YOU envelope 2/6

Well, this tea I drank today morning and wasn’t much impressed as well. It’s not terrible, but somehow it reminds me Lipton Yellow Label. Tannic juice of tea, without any off notes but as well without any notes on point. It was just tannic black tea, maybe hints of malt — but I am missing malt, raisins, earthy flavour profile.

Shortened steeping time to half (2.5 minute).

Not impressed.

Flavors: Tannic, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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