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Kind coworkers continuing to prop me up with thoughtful words and boxes of tea; I know it’s a blessing to consider the folks you work with as extended family and don’t take it lightly!
So this was yesterday’s prop. And an interesting one it was, too. Definitely leads with the ginger, then the lemongrass, and pear? Well, your tastebuds have to hunt a little to find it, but it’s there. Thinking this will be refreshing chilled/iced.
Tazo is the institutional tea of my office, so we burn through this stuff at an unbelievable rate. The upside is that it’s about a fresh as your going to ever see this brand, and it still has a “tired, musty” taste. Another upside is that it’s better than the plain black tea version!
I won’t go spend MY money on this, but I’ll drink it as a last resort because it’s better than the charcoal w/ lighter fluid espresso that the $7000 automated coffee machine makes.
Flavors: Bergamot, Paper
I decided to have another bagged tea revisit, and this seemed a perfect choice since “ward off the plague” mode means I’m trying to up my Vitamin C intake, and hibiscus is great for that! I had four bags of this left, so I decided to make this a sipdown and make a quart of this iced. I remember enjoying this well enough as a hot brew in the past, but in general tend to prefer my hibiscus teas more iced (and hey, a sipdown!)
This tea is just as good as I remember! It is a really strong hibiscus tea, that packs quite a punch in the tart ‘n tangy notes, and I realize that a large percentage of folks out there aren’t going to be into that. My tongue happens to be quite happy with tart flavors while it winces back in fear at anything spicy, so I can take this tea plain without much problem — I think most hibiscus fans will probably need to sweeten this one, though! (Perhaps even generously). This tea, particularly iced, has a very nice fruit punch flavor, with a lot of hibiscus and citrus notes, and just the slightest subtle floral touch right on the finish. I can pick up a very distinct lemon zing, with a more subtle and sweeter orange flavor in the hibiscus base. I find this tea really refreshing, with a nice punch appeal. Perhaps sometime I’ll add sweetener to my iced brew and properly make it like a punch, but this just tickles my tongue’s tart happy place so satisfyingly!
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Fruit Punch, Hibiscus, Lemon, Orange Zest, Pleasantly Sour, Tangy, Tart
Sipdown no. 2 of 2018 (no. 358 total).
I still have the filter bag version, which is what I had logged this under when I first tried it years ago. It quickly became my favorite mint herbal tea. I tried unsuccessfully to replicate the ratio of spearmint to peppermint to tarragon. Blending isn’t my superpower.
I still have a box of the filter bags, which I bought about a year ago. This sipdown is of bags I had for much longer and was hoarding.
There is a difference between the full leaf sachets and the filter bags. The full leaf sachets give a more full, more balanced flavor in which the tarragon has more potency. The filter bags are more minty.
The hoarding behavior made sense in this case because apparently, Tazo no longer offers the sachets, which I personally believe is an economic decision — the tins the sachets come in are metal rather than paper, and the sachets themselves are in netting rather than paper, so I expect it’s more expensive to make the sachets and Tazo decided that they should reserve those for teas where it would make more of a difference. They still offer sachets on their web site, but not for this herbal or any herbals.
Alas, it makes a lot of difference to me with this herbal. I wish they still had it available in the sachets. It’s still my favorite mint herbal, but now that I’ve had a chance to compare the two, I have to give this a higher rating than the filter bags.
Chinese black teas are my favorite. It’s odd that Tazo keeps touting this one on the packaging as a lychee flavored blend, when there is no direct mention of lychee in the ingredients (unless it’s included under the “natural flavors” umbrella). It’s smooth and sweet, fruity, and steeps up a muddy amber color. Slightly floral afternotes. Very delicate and lovely.
Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Floral, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Herbs, Lychee, Perfume, Sweet
This tea is clearly a controversial one given its less than nice reviews. I’m going to start by saying that I’m really not a fan of this tea, especially not hot, although I feel like some kind of iced tea would be cool. This tea steeps obnoxiously quickly. I literally had it in my cup for less than a minute and it was already too sour. Going by the ingredient list, this tea has a lot of stuff I like in it, like licorice root, lemongrass and rose petals, but the combined sour and bitter tastes from the hibiscus and orange essence make the citrusy bitterness so overpowering that the subtly of the other ingredients get completely washed out. In other words, it’s not a subtle-tea (haha I’m funny). But yeah, I think I’ve mentioned I’m not a huge citrus person, and this is a prime example of a tea I would not go for. I think the idea of this tea is nice, but they super overdid it on the orangey flavours and it didn’t give the other flavours a chance to work together. Literally it would taste the same if you just steeped a really unripe orange, peel and all, in hot water. eeugh. So yeah. this tea was a disappointment, not because I don’t like it, but because with a little tweaking I probably could like it.
Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Ginger, Hibiscus, Orange, Orange Zest, Sour, Spices, Tangy, Tannin, Tart
I need to always have an herbal tea on hand because caffeinated keeps me up sometimes when I don’t want to. It does have hibiscus- which I’m not the biggest fan of. It got better the more I drank. Mostly tastes like roobios and vanilla. A good one to drink cold.
Such a refreshing drink!!! I am always overly cautious when handling white tea because it is so delicate and fine.
I am so blessed to be able to drink this tea. Thank God. It is such a lovely drink to pour anytime of the day, year and season. The smell of the tea, the taste and also the way it feels on the body is so relaxing and so superior to other brands.
Thanks Tazo for this awesome brand and flavor!
God Almighty bless you. :)
Therefore prepare your minds for action. Be sober-minded. Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not conform to the passions of your former ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:13-16)
May the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you always, Amen!
Flavors: Cucumber, Lime
A coworker gave me a box of these tea bags, and I really like it! I was on a self-imposed caffeine reduction thing for a few days, and this was perfect. I had to laugh when my coworker told me it tasted like dirt. I think it taste like pears!
I’ve blended my own lemongrass and ginger before, but this simple offering is far above my blend.
Flavors: Honey, Pear