Wild Sweet Orange

Tea type
Fruit Herbal Blend
Blackberry Leaves, Citric Acid, Ginger Root, Hibiscus Flowers, Lemongrass, Licorice Root, Natural Flavours, Natural Orange Flavor, Orange Peel, Rose Hips, Rose Petals, Spearmint, Turmeric
Astringent, Citrus, Lemongrass, Orange, Sour, Apple, Fruity, Lemon, Orange Zest, Spices, Tart, Sugar, Tangy, Citrus Zest, Hibiscus, Artificial, Bitter, Mint, Sweet, Licorice, Lemon Zest, Tannin, Medicinal
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 5 g 15 oz / 430 ml

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A juicy herbal infusion of orange peel, lemongrass, citrus herbs & licorice root.

The juiciest of oranges are wrangled into your cup by tangy hibiscus flowers twirling lassos of lemongrass. Proving that wild oranges don’t need to be tamed, just understood.

Steep and begin a journey that spans continents and centuries of speed-of-sound steam trains. Sip the sun, rain, and fog of the morning where these delicate botanicals were picked. Explore lemongrass lawns, carpets of chamomile, and the living history of your ancestors. Taste with all your senses, but most of all with your imagination. Each cup is a story, unfolding with every sip.

INGREDIENTS: lemongrass, blackberry leaves, citric acid, rose hips, spearmint leaves, color (turmeric, riboflavin), orange peel, hibiscus flowers, natural flavor, rose petals, natural orange essence, ginger root, licorice root, licorice extract

For best brewing

212°F – Bring fresh, filtered water to a boil.

8 fl oz – Pour water over the filterbag in your cup.

5 min – Let it steep. Wait patiently for perfection.


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602 tasting notes

So I was trapped in an airplane for more than 6 hours (all flying time, gotta love cross-country trips, coast to coast) and this was offered up under the tea selections. Since they had no hot chocolate and I was thirsty for something that was not water, I gave it a try.

First time I’ve flown first class on my own dime so I was trying to appreciate the super service. Seriously, I’m thinking of calling the airline to commend one of the flight attendants. I got a really nice real ceramic mug and a short juice glass to put the bag in afterward.

I steeped this tea for the 5 minutes that the package stated and it tasted very very tart. I didn’t taste any ginger or licorice root but there was orange flavour and definitely hibiscus all over this. I added a couple of sugars to try to tone down the hibiscus (seriously, how much sugar is in one of those sugar packets, can’t be a teaspoon) and it was marginally better. Added some sweetness obviously and the orange flavour came through more as well as the lemongrass which I do not approve of in this brew at all.

Second steep at 7 minutes was very lightly flavoured orange water that was not worth the steep but I had to try. Drank it anyway. Gotta stay hydrated on an airplane!

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123 tasting notes

After reading some of the reviews, I decided to try cold-steeping this one. It was a sample provided by a co-worker/friend.

Wow. Wow. Wow. Sweet? Not. I’m getting SOUR, seriously sour, sour-pickle sour without the garlic, not merely tart. Also orange and spearmint, after about 3 minutes of steeping. The tea is a not-unattractive pale clear orange. Oddly, I don’t hate it. I’m not a big fan of spearmint.

After waiting a bit I’ll add more. I only have the one bag and I don’t think I am likely to buy this.

OK, waited a bit and tasted again. The sourness is becoming less extreme after another 3-4 minutes with the bag in, and now I can just barely taste the licorice.

I don’t think I’d care for this hot at all, but it’s pretty interesting with a cold steep if you’re patient with it. Maybe the “sweet” refers to the variety of orange that contributed the peel (sweet orange rather than bitter orange) so that’s a bit misleading, but wild certainly applies!

I’ve raised my rating twice. And I might try to cadge another sample after all.

Iced 8 min or more

Ewwww, I have loads of this one, sadly. I swear it used to be quite good, and then they changed the blend and I no longer like it at all (but of course, before I realized this I bought a couple boxes of it). I would probably like it if it wasn’t for the licorice, blech.


I used to hate licorice when I was a kid but in recent years I enjoy it verrrrrrry occasionally. I can barely taste it in this tea, even though I think the bag has been in about 20-30 minutes now. I bet it would be stronger, brewed hot. It’s strange stuff!

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51 tasting notes

Looks like the haters delight… However I see how this one could be decent. It has a licorice backtaste which for me is a turn on when it comes to tea. The citrus was really strong but some might think too strong. For the mood i was in this morning, I liked it however the citrus was too overpowering. This tea tried to do a lot of things, it fit the mood for this morning but any other mood and I would hate it. Well another travel day.. Talk to you guys later

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216 tasting notes

Augh, augh, what did I do to be punished like this? This tea smelled so good when I opened the packet with the tea bag, and it smells almost as good brewed, so I keep sipping it, thinking, Surely I must have been imagining how sour this is!

…It has a sweet if slightly medicinal aftertaste, at least? Once my mouth unpuckers, I mean.

I think I will try steeping this drastically less. Perhaps I will pour hot water near the tea bag.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

The smell is SOOO deceptive with this one. It’s a little beyond tart. Ick!


I should just start making potpourri instead of brewing some of these!


I know the feeling, I found this particular one to be pretty nasty unless you’re eating something ultra sugary and you need something to cut the sweetness.

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A review of Wild Sweet Orange Tea by Tazo

Date: 10/02/2012
Company: Tazo
Tea Name: Wild Sweet Orange
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup / tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light orange/yellowish color
Leaf Characteristics:

Steepings 1 steep in a medium cup of hot water

Note: I purchased a cup of tea while visiting my college library. College libraries have been sporting cafés, so this is not odd to see on campus. Anyhow, I had tried to ignore it but gave in and purchased a cup of tea at this Starbucks shop selling Tazo Teas. I selected the tea bag and was asked what size cup; I said medium and they filled it with hot water into which I added the tea bag with covering and a straw to sip the tea.

Tazo tea’s aroma are always very enjoyable and the tea’s flavor most noticeable and pronounced, this has always been my experience with them. Tea is very hot and smells very sweet with the lemongrass, orange peels and the other citrus vying for attention. Tea’s aroma is a medley, a citrus bouquet and taste very sweet with the lemongrass and citric being more noticeable.

In all, it was a good cup of tea and no need to say anymore.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: hot spigot water
Steep Time: a little over 4 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: orange, lemongrass
Steeped Tea Smell: orange, lemon, floral
Flavor: sweet, citrus, tangy
Body: Full
Liquor: translucent orange-red

A fellow Steepster member was kind enough to mail me this and I am sad to admit I forget who it was!

Tangy, bitter, not very orange, not very sweet either!

Bleh :(

I couldn’t finish my cup.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/11/tazo-teabag-herbal-tea-wild-sweet.html

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To quote Starberry’s review: “I actually gave it all away to my friends… I wonder how much they hate me now. :’)”


First off, I have had this tea in my cupboard for over half a year. If that says anything about my excitement to try this, I don’t know what does. Starberry did nothing to ease my nerves after telling me she thought my glowing review for Teavana’s Wild Orange Blossom was about this tea. Oh yes, and then there’s her review about the tea… My confidence is high.

Took it out of the bag.. NOT EVEN THAT IS DOING IT ANY FAVORS. The ingredient combo doesn’t seem to thrilling either. I feel like there is going to be A LOT going on with this tea. Almost too much maybe? We’ll see.

The smell is most definitely agreeing with my “a lot going on with this tea” statement. There’s floral, citrusy scents going on, all being lead by orange. To me, its not pleasant.

OH DANG IS THAT TART. VERY orange indeed. It reminds me of when you eat a warhead sour candy and you have to get through the sour powder to get to the sweet candy. Now, I like warheads, but the powder has this strange gross element to it, maybe that’s what sour tastes like. It must be the lemongrass causing it. The aftertaste brings out hints of the spearmint. Now, I do NOT like drinking minty drinks, so that’s not doing this drink any favors.

I don’t like it.

AHAHAAHAHAH, I just gave a sip to my sister and she said the exact same thing I did, “OH MAN THAT’S TART.” She then made a nasty face. I asked if she added a crap ton of sugar (how she normally takes any of her drinks) to it would she enjoy it, and she just responded, “I don’t even know. 8|” She is not impressed. Tazo passion, is one of the few teas she actually likes so I thought MAYBE if she liked this she could just have the rest.

Guess I’ll have to find some other friend to pawn this off on… CARRY ON THE TRADITION.

EDIT: Lowering my review score because I have any awful tummy ache right now that only this could have caused…

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
wish i had a punny tea name


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25 tasting notes

I don’t usually drink bagged tea due to the quality often being suspect, although this is actually not a real tea, an herbal tisane. I do like Tazo’s teas though. My wife bought this because at her work they make this with honey and she says it helps her sinuses clear out. What I thought about this tisane is that it was really really bitter, to the point of not being able to drink it, even with a tablespoon of honey. I would drink it every once in a while but not recommend it.

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Helps the sinuses? Wish I woulda had this in my stash this week! I bet adding ginger would even increase that effect.


If you want ginger you should try http://steepster.com/teas/rishi-tea/331-pu-erh-ginger It has too much ginger for me. It’s like the ginger slaps you in the face.


Thanks for the rec, but I can’t stand pu erh. I’ll stick w/ my ginger root:)

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Well, I had high hopes for this Tea. I mean, anything that’s WILD and SWEET, an oxymoron if you will, had to be good. I was wrong. I still enjoyed the tisane but it was way to sour and not enough sweet.

It was a beautiful, orange flavored candy color. I could pick up a faint lemongrass as well. Not my favorite Tea, but I have a full box and I think I could choke the rest down. ;D

Sorry, It seems very vague, this is my first review.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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308 tasting notes

Picked up this tea on the ski slope today at the lodge. I didn’t like it. It tasted like hot Tang.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 45 sec

Perhaps I am being extremely juvenile, but this review made me laugh.


Not juvenile at all. Hot Tang is totally funny.

Erin Hurley

Perfect description. Thanks for the giggle.

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