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Floral, Fruit Punch, Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Orange Zest, Passion Fruits, Rosehips, Sour, Tart, Cranberry, Orange, Cinnamon, Licorice, Berries, Citrusy, Bitter, Lemon, Berry, Fruity, Red Fruits, Spices, Blackberry, Raspberry, Herbaceous
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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 9 g 66 oz / 1945 ml

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  • “…and for the last of the lemon squares, this mixed w a sachet of Tazo Vanilla rooibos. I was concerned that the sweet/tart flavor was going to be a bit much with the lemon squares which have their...” Read full tasting note
  • “I just needed to stop in and give the “number” a nod and a boost. I had this again at my Auntie’s for Thanksgiving. I first had given it a lower rating based on the fact the resteep is not really...” Read full tasting note
  • “Yet another tea from the GCTTB. Ok this is tart – I think I’ve been craving tart all evening and just not finding it. This is tart tropical fruits. I like it – ok I really like it – or I’m just...” Read full tasting note
  • “Sipdown, 172. Hot, unsweetened hibiscus? No thanks. But cold, lightly sweetened hibiscus (with some spices and a few other fruits that don’t do a ton in this but are slightly there)? Pretty yummy....” Read full tasting note

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Tazo teas are made from the most extraordinary teas and herbs found anywhere, and they’re blended with an artistry that borders on magical. Tazo Passion is a tantalizing, incredibly bold fusion of exotic botanicals and tropical flowers. Its distinctive flavor is like nothing else on earth. One sip of Tazo Passion brings a luscious explosion of flavorful hibiscus, subtle citrus, tart rose hips, and a kiss of mango and passion fruit.

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52 tasting notes

Another back log from yesterday, this one also wasn’t bad. Really tart from the hibiscus, I’m assuming. I added some sugar and it tasted like candy. Also, I think I let it steep too long because it was totally purple. That didn’t bother me, and in fact, it enhanced how I felt about it. Really, the purple played up to the candy vibe I was getting.

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Before I begin my review I would like to mention that I did not have any particularly high expectations for this tea, though I somewhat assumed I would be presented with a richer, somewhat dark, passion fruit flavour. I have tried this tea in other forms previously, such as the ever popular passion tea lemonade which may have biased my assumption somewhat. Regardless my intention with this tasting was to simply pickup and drink this tea in its most raw and unbiased format to get a feel for the quality of the product and to find out what story the leaves can tell me if any.

Unbrewed: The packaged concauction has a nice deep, sweet, almost candy like scent to it. I was immediately seduced by varying tendrils of citrus, with a sort of darker, more crimson, fruity scent lingering underneath. I feel like I was almost picking up the slightest waft of cinnamon, though cinnamon is no where to be found within this tea so it is likely a combination of that which is involved. Looking at the assortment I immediately visualized autumn, with fresh fallen leaves and the comfort of a nice warm home, surrounded by family. The mix itself reminds me of the pot-pourri that my mother used to have placed in key locations around the house. I spotted random golden cubes within the tea, which I could only assume were the mango/papaya that was hinted at by the tin in which it was packaged. It is a pleasing tea to look at, and just as pleasing a tea to smell.

Brewed: I brought my water to a boil, and gently drizzled the water about the leaves, letting the satchel steep for the designated 5 minutes. I was greeted by a chalice of dark crimson-purple liquid. Lifting the cup I was immediately comforted by the scent of deep, rich passion fruit. Intrigued and at ease I lifted to the cup to my lips and sipped at the warm liquid. I felt rigid, almost as if a jolt of electricity had struck my tongue. My tongue was hammered with a very powerful shot of a tangy citrus type flavour. This sensation was very overpowering, which was interesting as I generally take comfort in the flavour of citrus. At this point I could scarcely pick out any other flavours amid the intoxicating brew. I feel like I could ever so slightly taste a hint of lemongrass attempting to peek through, but aside from that all I could get was the overpowering hodge podge of liquid. What happened to the deep seductive passion fruit, after which the tea is named? It has somehow become almost non-existent! Sure a minute note of passion fruit could be assumed at the initial bite of the flavour, but this is in no way reminiscent of the passion fruit flavours I have previously been involved with.

I attempted a second brew, decreasing steep time, thinking that maybe the reduced time would bring out less of the citrusy-doom and allow me to catch some of the other flavours, but doing so creates a liquid that has a subtle hint of watered down passion fruit, followed briefly after by light citrus. However, near the end of the cup I had a few nicer sips in which I could almost taste the passion fruit for which I longed, meaning that it is hiding in there somewhere, it just needs to be brought out by something else.

I feel as though this tea, although the rare individual may enjoy, is designed simply to be sweetened or used to produced the signature passion tea lemonade. This tea is just them taking an ingredient that they use for one of their popular drinks, packaging it in a pleasing fashion, in order to obtain more money from the customer (was even priced on the high side).

Outside of this you just get some sort of swamp water concoction. The story that this tea has to tell is one reminiscent of an old mystery/detective flick. A seductive young mistress coated in her signature perfume, easy on the eyes, slinks into your life. She wants to make you the happiest man in the world. Over time she seems perfect, and so you decide to marry her. One day she is no where to be found, you search the house from top to bottom, and she just is not there. You head out back, maybe she is working in the garden, still no sight of her so you turn around to retrace your steps only to be met with a blunt object to the face. Wanted: PT Lemmon for the murder of her husband by blunt trauma to the skull.

Verdict/tl;dr: Only purchase if you are planning to save some change by brewing your own passion tea lemonade/sweetened tea, or if you are a big fan of overly tart (not tangy or sour) flavours.

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Made 8oz iced and mixed with 4oz Crystal Light lemonade. Sweetened with agave syrup. Very refreshing and thirst quenching!


sneaky making a homemade arnie palmer like that :)


someone (maybe ricky ?) on here gave me the idea. I think they were describing a Passion Lemonade drink sold at Starbucks.


Drank tons of arnie last summer but this summer – you gave me the idea – make my own! YUM!

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Have to admit…not one for flavored teas, really. But I love Passion fruit. This tea has a rich colorful bouquet of citrus and perfume. The liquor is a fascinating bruised purple. Tazo makes my favorite bagged teas and though I doubt I could stand to drink this regularly, it’s uplifting to drink this in the bath or while reading. It has a tart sour flavor that tastes…well…to be frank and a little synesthesic…like purple.


It tastes good in the iced tea lemonade drinks Starbucks mixes up but I’m not a fan of it by itself.


Never had it iced… And I never shopped at Starbucks for drinks. But the general consensus is, the colder a tea is, the less flavor is available. But seeing this blend almost has too much flavor, I bet it could be pretty refreshing and tasty…


I have to say you are spot on in your post for this tea beauty. Hibiscus isn’t a favorite addition in my book despite its pretty colour.

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Backlogging from Dinner

I don’t think I gave this tea a fair first try because I was sipping it with really, really sweet lemon bars at dinner. That made the hibiscus taste really bitter to me and I might have liked it under different circumstances. So, I’m not going to rate this one until I have a chance to give it another try. Preferably with freshly boiled water and in the privacy of my own dorm room.

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this one’s good iced with lemonade mixed in!


That sounds really interesting. I will have to try that.

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828 tasting notes

Backlogging for yesterday: I never liked the hot passion tea at Starbucks before, but now that they have the loose leaf tea bags and I had already had my caffeine allotment, I figured I’d give it a try… and it was GOOD. I’m not sure I’d seek it out, but I’ll definitely keep that as a good nocaf option at Starbucks from here on out!

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635 tasting notes

This tea has me a little frightened. It looks like red wine, and rose hips oozed out of the tea bag when I squeezed it! Here we go again with the oozing rose hips!!!

I’ve had this tea before as an Iced Passion Tea Lemonade at Starbucks. But I’ve never tried to drink it hot and by itself.

Wow! That is tart! I think it needs the lemonade to dilute and sweeten it. This is much stronger than I would have expected from an herbal tea.

I’m actually not even sure if I can drink it like this. It’s giving me an instant headache. I think I’ll stick with the Starbucks creation instead.

It’s so strange because it is AMAZING iced with lemonade. This is a completely different experience. If you told me this was the same tea as in the Starbucks creation, I wouldn’t believe it. Crazy.

If it goes down the drain, it gets a rating of 10 or less. Sorry Passion tea. :(

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596 tasting notes

Uber-tart, but not in a bad way. Hmm.

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Ahhh Tazo Passion, when you want something thirst quenching after sitting in a hot car running errands. Perfection. I just finished a box but I have another on backup when they went on sale at the grocery store a few months ago. I think I just guzzled through 32oz in 20 minutes. I added a touch of sweetener but I usually enjoy this without, even with the tartness.

Obviously, I take this iced.
1 bag per 16oz of boiling water and then into a pitcher and in the fridge.

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60 tasting notes

Steep this tea, and it gets some nice spicy flavor to it. This is the only Starbucks tea I really enjoy. It’s quite literally a ‘’sweet and spicy’’ tea. The hibiscus is also an extremely dominant flavor. Not for the faint heart, but for people who like an excellent cup of hot or cold tea won’t want to miss this. Sweeten at your discretion, but I normally would drink this straight to taste everything.

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I have a friend that blends that tea with espresso. Crazy stuff.


Honestly, that sounds ridiculous. I would love to try it!

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