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Wow, this is a really unique chai. I’m actually extremely impressed. I’d drink this over most other chais for sure. I love the spicy peppercorns and ginger. It has a nice kick. I can almost tastes French vanilla in the background. Super creamy, would take milk well (but I enjoyed it a lot plain). Traditional spice combination (anise, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, clove), but in a better ratio than I normally experience in a chai. The black base is plenty flavourful, but I really like the spices + vanilla flavouring.
Flavors: Anise, Cream, Ginger, Peppercorn, Smooth, Spicy, Tannin, Vanilla
Another blend that I enjoyed that a lot of people do not like on here. Then again, I had a sample and I did not taste any licorice. I enjoyed the lemongrass, ginger, spearmint combo and it was refreshing, citrusy and sweet. It actually resembled the profile that I like in some oolongs. I know I am odd, but this was decent. I might think differently if it were the full size.
Cold brewed this fruity green tea as enjoyable cold drink on a hot day (13 deg C/55 deg F-this is hot for the west coast of Canada in the spring!)
Strong flavours of coconut, orange, mango, stone fruit, lots of sweetness. It is more of an artificial fruity mango tea with creamy toasted coconut. Very heavily flavoured, but not bad at all. This is much tastier than other coconut blends from Tea Forte. It also kind of tastes like coconut and cranberry granola in vanilla yoghurt.
I can’t imagine this hot. Maybe it works, but I’m going to stick to cold brews.
Flavors: Coconut, Cranberry, Cream, Creamy, Fruity, Graham, Mango, Sweet, Thick, Toasted
1 tsp, 375 mL boiling water, 2 minutes
The base has a bitter after taste that even diluting it can’t fix. I have no milk on hand, so I guess I’ll drink it like this. Some orange zest flavour, some unnecessary bergamot, strong tannic base. Move along folks, nothing to see here.
Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Blood orange, Citrus Zest, Earl Grey, Orange, Spices, Tannic
Coldbrew on this delicious smelling flavoured black tea. It smells like grapefruit and orange.
2.5g leaf, 500 mL cold water, 1 hour
Tastes of musty spices, dried citrus zest, peppery, strong bergamot, lemon/citrus bitters, marmalade. I would have called this spiced earl grey. It’s more bergamot than anything else.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Earl Grey, Lemon Zest, Musty, Pepper, Spices
Cold brew using 2.5g leaf, 350 mL water, 2 hours steeping
Quite tart, but it also has a natural sweetness. There is some rose hip-like tartness (rhubarb), blackberry flavour, something floral (honey? orange blossoms? peach tree flowers?), and stone fruit. It is quite complex, really. I think this is best suited to those who enjoy hibiscus/rose hip based teas because the sour flavour steeps out as fast as the other flavours. If you want a flavourful fruity tea, you will have to enjoy the pleasant tartness that comes with it. I think this would be ideal sweetened slightly, but I can’t afford the calories these days. Now that Ben & Jerry’s almond-based icecreams are being stocked in my city, I’ve been on an ice cream diet!
Flavors: Blackberry, Floral, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Honey, Pleasantly Sour, Rhubarb, Spices, Stonefruits, Tart
Coldbrew sipdown. 1/2 tsp leaf, 35 minutes, 250 mL water.
Sweet mint, subtle cucumber and subtle green tea in the background. This easily could have been a mint-based herbal, but I do like that no flavour overpowers another. The cucumber scared me because I thought it might be really vegetal, but it wasn’t unpleasant at all.
Flavors: Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint
Coldbrew sipdown! Just under a tsp of leaf with 250 mL
Tastes like cherry and sweet almonds. I happen to dislike almonds/marzipan because it tastes like cyanide and chemicals. If you actually like almonds like everyone else in the universe, then you will probably like this tea. The green base is subtle, but present. It isn’t overly vegetal, it blends sweetness and nuttiness. Overall, this blend is refreshing, sweet, fruity, nutty.
Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Fruity, Marzipan, Nuts, Nutty, Sweet
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
Cold brew of a flavoured white tea called “Lychee coconut”. 2.5g leaf, 300 mL water, 10 minutes.
The coconut is there, but it is soapy and tastes like bark. There is a fake honey sweetness (their attempt at lychee, I assume?), the unusual notes of bark, fruity melon, and honey seem out of place and don’t work with the fake coconut. I wouldn’t say there is any lychee here. The white base can’t be tasted because the coconut is overpowering when you first sip (followed by a very sweet aftertaste).
Oh well, at least this is another sipdown. Still a dozen more tea forte samples to try. Tea Forte is an odd company. They charge crazy high prices for their teas, but some of them are truly fantastic. Some are mediocre or even bad. It’s hit and miss just like any other company. Their good ones are VERY good though.
Flavors: Artificial, Bark, Coconut, Fruity, Honey, Melon, Soap
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