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Bitter green base, vegetal (florer petals, zucchini), nutty (soy bean, pumpkin seed), slight sweetness.
Floral jasmine was of decent strength, however the bitterness is a deal breaker for me. I’ve had many better green teas and many better jasmines.
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Green, Jasmine, Nutty, Sweet, Vegetal
Old tasting note from my phone
Steeped 1 minute, 450 mL water, 80 deg C
A very interesting black tea blend. Flavourful at first, slight sweetness in the aftertaste that reminds me of licorice root and honey. The tea is medium bodied, flavour of ground oats (but not toasted grain/buck wheat). Quite interesting!
Flavors: Honey, Licorice, Oats, Sweet
Lots of coconut and honey, no lychee or fruit?
The coconut is a bit soapy and the base tastes like an overbrewed black: astringent afterbase, flavourful, but quite bitter. I thought this was white, but it tastes nothing like any white I’ve ever had. It tastes like cheap black tea to me.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Coconut, Soap, Sweet, Tannin, Winter Honey
I could have sworn I already wrote a tasting note on this.
Anyway, I really did not enjoy it. My sample “simple steep” pouch made two cups. I was going to give away the second half, but whatever it’s caffeine free.
I think it tastes mostly of the worst type of apple: Red Delicious. To me, that apple variety tastes like artificial red apple flavoured skittles and waxy red apple skins. The cinnamon and clove are ok, but the apple flavouring is not impressing me at all. It kind of has an apple cider/mulling spice vibe going on too. I think this is a lovely tea for some, but isn’t something I need in my cupboard again/
Flavors: Apple Candy, Apple Skins, Cinnamon, Clove, Fruity, Red Apple, Spices
So I was hoping for a ginger root and lemongrass flavour here, instead I got a bit of spearmint with lots of metallic, sickly sweet licorice root. The licorice root was so strong, it tasted like someone added a bunch of artificial sweetener to the tea. Lemongrass is pretty subtle, slightly citrusy and grassy, but in the background. The ginger was fresh and spicey, but I still wish the licorice hadn’t ruined everything. It could have been a great tea if there was even a quarter of the licorice root (or none? It IS called ginger lemongrass, after all).
Flavors: Citrus, Dry Grass, Ginger, Licorice, Metallic, Mineral, Spearmint, Spicy, Sweet, Taro Root
I wondered what the odd flavour was in this, but read the ingredients/other reviews and found out it is basil. I’ve never had a basil/holy basil (tulsi) tea before, because the whole savoury tea thing isn’t for me. I was hoping for honey and fig with a nice white base, but I fin the basil/peppermint/fennel/licorice makes it very medicinal. I can taste all the ingredients in this, but wish the honey and fig were more prominent. It does have a sweetness to it, but more of a bay leaf or dried basil sweetness.
I do recommend this tea solely because it is very unique and IMO worth trying once. I don’t enjoy savoury/medicinal teas, but some people would really enjoy this.
Flavors: Fennel, Fennel Seed, Herbs, Licorice, Medicinal, Sweet, Vegetable Broth
I’ve wanted to try the Noir line for a while, so I’m stoked this came in my sampler box. I split the looseleaf “single steep” packet into two servings because there was way more than I needed for one pot of tea. If I had been making smaller cups, it could have been three portions.
It smells very nougaty, almond, nuts, vanilla, butterscotch,, creamy, smells very sweet. I actually don’t enjoy nougat or butterscotch, but have high hopes for this tea.
However now than I’ve sipped 600mL of it, I can declare this isn’t for me. However, the name is extremely accurate. I just find it too caramelly and too sweet.
The black base is really smooth while still being flavourful. Malt, tannins, a bit drying though. That could be because it steeped about 7 minutes. A bit of fruit/honey/sweetness in the base too.
Flavors: Almond, Brown Sugar, Butterscotch, Caramel, Cheesecake, Cream, Creamy, Nuts, Sugar, Sweet
I’m extremely impressed with just how accurate Tea Forte is with the name vs taste of their blends. This hits all the expected notes: burnt sugar, stewed peach, sweet/fruity, and custard. I would have liked a bit more vanilla and cream, but overall this blend is very well done. It looks like I’ll be buying some tins of tea from tea forte in the future, as so far most of the samples I’ve tried are teas I NEED more of.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Custard, Nectar, Peach, Stewed Fruits, Stonefruits, Tannin
Strong flavours of custard and cream, sweet rooibos, berries, and vanilla. The rooibos is very pleasant, actually. It is a bit less rooibos-y than I’m used to, and it lacks the mineral quality that rooibos often has (although I don’t dislike mineral flavour). It also isn’t isn’t woody.
A nice creamy and fruity rooibos that is good served hot and cold.
Flavors: Berries, Berry, Cream, Creamy, Custard, Rooibos, Sweet, Vanilla
This is such a relaxing flavour combination: orange, spearmint, citrus, sweet rooibos. It tastes like a spa! Normally mint + orange is awful (toothpaste + orange juice), but it works really well here. I can taste all the distinct flavours in the name (lime, mint, orange zest) but it also comes together well.
I’ll be buying more of this if I ever purchase from Tea Forte.
Flavors: Citrus Zest, Lime, Mint, Orange, Spearmint
The single steep packet contains enough for two pots of each, and each tsp of leaf can be brewed more than once.
An excellent and simple herbal blend with the taste of spicy ginger, lemony chamomile, and lots of citrus. Luckily, it is not acidic/as tart as lemon can be. The lemon verbena + chamomile + mint + licorice is lovely.
I really appreciate the quality of the ingredients. They taste very fresh and are potent enough to be re-steeped multiple times.
Flavors: Citrusy, Herbs, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass
Wohoo! Amazon Prime to Canada took two days to ship a 28 type looseleaf sampler of Tea Forte teas to me. Hopefully I can get through them quickly. I’ve been admiring their teas for a very long time, but couldn’t justify their extravagant packaging/markups and shipping cost. Well, I found it on Amazon.ca and decided to order it. Now I have 28 of their blends to try. They call them “single steeps”, but I only used half the package for my pot. It is filled with little dried blueberries and smells divine. I mean straight blueberry juice. I’m quite surprised how realistic it is considering this isn’t a top of the line tea company.
Brew is light amber pink. I can taste the blueberry and sage, but somehow the sage isn’t making it savoury. Lots of hibiscus/rose hip (will try the other half of my pouch iced), flavour is mostly juicy cranberry, fruity, very realistic blueberry, sage, and both sweet and sour.
This is one of the most unique blends I have ever tried, and I’m super impressed on the intensity of the fresh blueberry flavour. Everything goes together really well, but I don’t drink tarter fruit blends very often. I’ll probably purchuse this if I ever buy from Tea Forte in the future because I am quite enjoying my pot of tea.
Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Cranberry, Fruity, Hibiscus, Rosehips, Sage, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Tart
I got this for Christmas in Tea Forte’s Noir sampler. Now, I’m always conflicted about this company. Everything I’ve tried by them has been wonderful. However, to me, they seem really overpriced for the quantity you get. So I only buy something from them every few years. Or if I can find it on sale. It’s a special treat.
About these single-steep pouches, I’d say they’re actually two if you’re using a standard size mug. There’s a little over two teaspoons in each.
Now, this is one incredibly fragrant tea. The peach aroma is sweet, bright, and realistic. Very natural and juicy! As it steeps, calendula petals and pieces of dried fruit rise to the top. As for the flavor, I love it. The brulee aspect is milder than the peach, but still present. It adds a rich layer of creaminess. But it’s definitely subtle, as is the black tea base. It’s only a touch astringent, but it mostly fades into the background. Also, I see this contains coconut too, but I can’t really taste it. That said, this is probably the best peach tea I’ve ever had.
Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Fruity, Peach
Gah! This one actually smelled rather nice, like almonds and cookies and fruity – sort of a fruitcake scent, now that I think about it. There was even a bit of a floral fragrance. BUT the flavor was horrid! It had the biting sting of alcohol – I’m guessing that’s the “rum” flavoring – and really not much else. I rarely find a tea I cannot drink, but this was one. (NB, I’m only noting alcohol in the scent/taste box, because that flavor was so nasty I don’t really want to give the nice fragrance any credit.)
You know your tea habit is out of control when most of the gifts you get are tea related! My partner’s parents got me a Tea Forte gift set for Hannukah, which includes two mugs and a sampler set. This blend smells so good that I felt the need to post about it immediately. It just smells beautifully of ginger and apricot. As it cools, the apricot changes to pear. The taste is sweet pear with a hint of ginger. However, this takes on a weird and off-putting stevia aftertaste when it cools. The good news with a sampler is that I only have two pyramids of each blend! I’m disappointed with this one because it starts off so good but ends on a bad note that really lingers.