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84
drank Mountain Oolong by Tea Forte
109 tasting notes

Lovely aroma of peach! I do get a peach flavor as well, although it isn’t as strong as the scent would promise. This is a nice, smooth tea and I really enjoy it.

Flavors: Orange, Peach, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Peach Brulée by Tea Forte
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Wow, my tea has none of these lovely flavors everyone is describing! It does have a lovely sort of broiled peach fragrance, but the flavor is really mostly just a faintly fruity, strong black tea. It definitely doesn’t taste like peach. I wonder if I got a top of the barrel (bottom of the barrel?) bag that just didn’t have all the good stuff in it. There definitely doesn’t appear to be much in there that isn’t tea leaves. I don’t DISlike it, but I don’t find anything special about my bag. I’ll reserve numerical judgment in case I just got a funky cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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20
drank Raspberry Ganache by Tea Forte
109 tasting notes

I think this was limited edition, which is good. This is terrible! There is a faint hint of raspberry (though it honestly tastes almost more like apple to me), and no chocolate flavor whatsoever. I’ve tried it plain, with some sugar, with sugar and milk…nada. I mean, OK, it is drinkable but not enjoyable. I’ve held onto this one for a while, because every time I try it, I refuse to think that a tea that supposedly is two of the flavors I most love in the world can be so awful, but it is now time to send it on its way. Blech.

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Lychee Coconut by Tea Forte
59 tasting notes

I’m not sure what lychee tastes like, but this tea really tasted strongly of coconut with a mild, sweet flavor that reminded me more of chocolate than anything. It was really a nice tea!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Wild Apple Ginger by Tea Forte
1885 tasting notes

2 tsp leaf (half a “perfect cup” pouch) + 500 mL cold water

The ginger in this kind of reminds me of those fancy golden/yellow apples you can find at farmer’s markets. None of that waxy flavour that some apples have (I’m looking at you, Red Delicious). It isn’t yellow apple flavour like for golden delicious, more like Reinette or Holstein. (I might be a bit of a livestock/cultivated plant geek).

Anyway, I really like the apple in this, and the ginger is fabulous. It adds a bit of spicy kick to an otherwise sweet and fruity cup. This isn’t an autumn apple cider tea, this is much more unique than that. I’m of the opinion that ginger + anything always makes a good cup, but the apple flavour here works exceptionally well. If this wasn’t a white base (ie if it was a herbal/caffeine free), I would be stocking up on it. You can’t taste the tannins from the tea at all, so I’m not really sure why they even put tea in it.

Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Ginger, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 6 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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70
drank Sencha by Tea Forte
1885 tasting notes

My tasting notes for this tea: “meh”

Really though, what us there to say about a generic sencha? Vegetal, slightly nutty. Notes of spinach and bok choy.Not bitter, but I actually had this as a latte and probably couldn’t tell either way.

Flavors: Nutty, Spinach, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
MrQuackers

It’s difficult to get a proper ratio of tea to water with tea bags, for sencha.

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70
drank Sencha by Tea Forte
1885 tasting notes

This review is for the loose leaf version
2 tsp leaf, 500 mL cold water, 5 minutes

This is very green, but also enjoyable iced. It smells and tastes like freshly cut grass with an undertone of tropical fruit and nuts. I wouldn’t say there is seaweed there, but something vaguely marine. It is not astringent or bitter at all, and is quite flavourful despite steeping very pale yellow. I mean, it tastes like what you expect a good sencha to taste like. It tastes like how it looks – deep chlorophyll-rich green.

I am not a huge green person (I tend to not enjoy vegetal blends as much), but this is a good example of high quality sencha that has been stored in a way that preserves all or its freshness.

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Fruity, Grass Seed, Green, Marine, Nutty

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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76
drank Coconut Chocolate Truffle by Tea Forte
1885 tasting notes

As it turns out, this doesn’t steep as well as a coldbrew. Half a perfect cup ouch (~2g), 400 mL cold water, 30 minutes and the water is clear. At 45 minute the water is very light amber, but smells fragrant. I think perhaps the flavour steeps out before all of the tannins.

Hot, it tastes more of cocoa shells and coconut, but cold is tastes very heavily of coconut filling in chocolate bars (very thick, sweet, overpowering coconut). It isn’t bad, but isn’t for anyone who doesn’t love coconut.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Creamy, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Helena

There are people that don’t love coconut? oh wait Mom’s like that. She does like toasted coconut though.

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76
drank Coconut Chocolate Truffle by Tea Forte
1885 tasting notes

I didn’t enjoy the other coconut teas in this line, so I was surprised that I really enjoyed this one.

There is a lot of chocolate flavour (cocoa nibs) and the coconut flavour is tropical, but toasty. If you have ever had a bounty bar, it is quite similar. Some sweetness ties everything together. I steeped half a perfect steep pouch (imo there is more tea in one pouch than one should use for a single cup) in hot water for 3.5 minutes. I thought I would need to add milk, but it is great by itself.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coconut, Sweet, Toasty, Tropical

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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60
drank Earl Grey by Tea Forte
254 tasting notes

My dad is a dentist, and like this time of year for many years past I’ve been whisked away for a Florida Dental Association convention at the beautiful fantasy world known as the Ritz Carlton Naples for a week long escape from reality! It’s a beautiful hotel, but I’m smacking myself for not bringing any tea.

Tea Forte is what’s available for hot tea here, if only the teas were as good as their adorable packaging… This is an okay Earl Grey, but not one I would actively seek out. Malty, slightly floral, and citrusy, but it doesn’t really taste like real bergamot.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Malt

Helena

An okay tea is better than a bad tea.

tperez

Yes! I’m very grateful for the ok tea, I would probably wither away if they had no tea or just something really bad.

tanluwils

I don’t drink much black tea, but will turn to Earl Grey if I’m at some function. I find it helps me digest those Continental breakfasts! I see you’re from Clearwater. i’ve spent some time in Tampa where my uncle lived. I envy your proximity to nice beaches!

tperez

Clearwater does have great beaches! I don’t know if you’ve been there, but I frequent Honeymoon island beach/state park.

tanluwils

It was so long ago. I may have picnic-ed there.

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85
drank Earl Grey by Tea Forte
59 tasting notes

I am a major Earl Grey fan, and this one didn’t disappoint. It had a nice, deep flavor, with proportionate notes. I steeped a second time and it still performed really well.

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85
drank Earl Grey by Tea Forte
59 tasting notes

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70
drank Blueberry Merlot by Tea Forte
59 tasting notes

I was a little confused when I first tried this— I didn’t see the ingredients, so I could taste the blueberry a little and the merlot a little, but there was this flowery thing that was pretty strong! I finally figured it out— hibiscus. I could still taste both the blueberry and the wine flavors, but there was definitely quite a bit of hibiscus. I like hibiscus, but I find it doesn’t have much… body? It seems to need some other flavor to give it structure, and I’m not sure the blueberry/merlot tastes did that as well as I’d like. The water got really, really dark very fast (it was a really beautiful deep burgundy), so I didn’t steep for very long, in case it was too much. I’ll try a second steep and see if the flavors change at all.

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65
drank Caramel Nougat by Tea Forte
59 tasting notes

This tea was super sweet! The flavor is accurate— it definitely tastes like caramel nougat, with a little bit of an alcohol taste. I’m not much for sweets, but I tried this one as a replacement for a much-desired dessert, and it hit the spot. I’d drink it again, but only if I was again in need of something very sweet!

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drank Vanilla Pear by Tea Forte
59 tasting notes

This tea wasn’t earth-shattering, but it was nice. When opening the package, I was overwhelmed by a sort of fake pear smell, but it mellowed and smelled/tasted less fake after steeping. The vanilla wasn’t very strong, and really, the pear wasn’t, either. It was an okay drink, but not one I’d seek out.

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drank Lemon Sorbetti by Tea Forte
59 tasting notes

This tea is fine. It’s a little lemony, a little grassy. None of the flavors are very strong— they’re not bad, but they’re also not that exceptional.

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30
drank Orange Jasmine by Tea Forte
59 tasting notes

I’m not a huge fan of jasmine by itself, but it can be nice when paired with other flavors. I thought the orange would be a nice complement; when I opened the packaging, the orange scent came through nicely, but after steeping both the smell and flavor of the orange were almost completely gone. The jasmine was very strong (too strong, in my opinion). I tried a second, slightly longer steep to see if there was any difference, but there wasn’t any noticeable change in the ratio of orange to jasmine.

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61
drank Cucumber Mint by Tea Forte
59 tasting notes

This tea smells lovely! The flavor is a little too minty— it overpowers the other flavors— but it’s still nice.

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90
drank Bombay Chai by Tea Forte
1885 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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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.

Evol Ving Ness

Shall we take this as an announcement to send you all the Iiquorice teas?

Daylon R Thomas

Lol lemongrass ones. I actually don’t like licorice teas, and I am very surprised I did not taste it in this one.

Evol Ving Ness

Liquorice and lemongrass are totally in the same category in my mind.

Evol Ving Ness

Had I only known! :)

Daylon R Thomas

lol They pair in so many frickin’ “Relax” or “Get Better” blends.

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83
drank Coconut Mango Colada by Tea Forte
1885 tasting notes

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83
drank Coconut Mango Colada by Tea Forte
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83
drank Coconut Mango Colada by Tea Forte
1885 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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65
drank Blood Orange by Tea Forte
1885 tasting notes

Hot
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

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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