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drank Butterscotch Blondie by Tazo
1347 tasting notes

From Devon Bartholomew.

This reminds me very much of Bigelow’s Salted Caramel black tea. Both have a black tea base with chicory root while Salted Caramel has rose hips and Butterscotch Blondie has cocoa peel, licorice root, cinnamon, and cardamom.

This has a very full flavor. I can taste the sweetness from the licorice root, but it really works here. I’m not sure what cocoa peel is exactly, maybe shells, but I don’t taste any sort of cocoa flavor. Neither do I taste any of the spices. It’s a rich caramel cup, and I can see the similarity to a blondie with its sugary caramelly bite, but I don’t taste the butterscotch.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Licorice, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Zen by Tazo
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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #220 overall / Tea #44 for May
#drinkwhatyouown March ?/25
Sunday 5/30 — Tazo Zen 2 teabags. Hot & plain before bed. I do think these teabags were in my collection too long or maybe I’m a loose-leaf tea snob because it isn’t the BEST, but this tea was fine for what it is, just something to throw in some water (I brewed it green tea appropriate) easy to sip something warm before bed.
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown

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82
drank Juniper Mint Honey by Tazo
1347 tasting notes

From Michelle.

I’m not too familiar with juniper, but I had some juniper berries in my spice cabinet so I pulled them out to compare. I don’t notice any connection in the aroma or flavor of the tea. Instead, I smell and taste vanilla mint. I really like it actually.

Flavors: Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Ooh! Bet it’s good cold.

Shae

I bet it would be!

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81
drank Glazed Lemon Loaf by Tazo
1347 tasting notes

How does this actually smell like cake?! And taste like vanilla frosting?? I’ve heard a lot about this tea, and I’ve been looking forward to trying it since Michelle sent a bag in her tea box. If I weren’t selfish, I would have let James have it since he loves lemon and herbals. Instead, I let him smell the inside of the tea wrapper after I drank it. Yeah, I’m not exactly winning any awards for wife of the year. Oh well.

I added some cream for World Milk Day and it really seems to bring out more of the lemon flavor. That surprised me. I would have thought it would encourage the creamy frosting to shine, but it didn’t. I have to give this one a good rating, if only for the fact that Tazo nailed the flavor here. But I also really, really liked it.

I almost forgot – Happy Pride, everyone! <3

Flavors: Cake, Frosting, Lemon, Sweet, Tart, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML
Mastress Alita

I am always amazed at how good this tea is, no matter how it is prepared.

ashmanra

I laughed til I nearly cried when you said you let him smell the inside of the tea wrapper AFTER you drank it!

gmathis

OHH! Milk! I have got to try that!

Shae

@Mastress Alita – I’ve only tried it this once, but I’m planning to buy a box. I’ll have to read some of the other notes again to find some new ways to try it. I feel like it would be really good if I dropped a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream in it, but maybe that’s too much…
@ashmanra – I probably wouldn’t feel too bad about it except that when he smelled it his eyes flew open in obvious excitement. This is one of those rare blends we both like.
@gmathis – I wouldn’t have normally thought of milk with the lemon, except I noticed in another note that someone had tried it and loved it. It was really good this way!

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60
drank Glazed Lemon Loaf by Tazo
128 tasting notes

Water: 8oz

Leaves: Tea Bag

Steep: 5m

Aroma: Sweet, glazed doughnut/pound cake

Color: Golden yellow

Clarity: Cloudy

Taste: I was excited when I saw this tea on amazon fresh, the name of it alone drew me in so I added it to my cart. Today I made 2 cups of it using a different method. I didn’t dunk my tea bag as I normally would it came after the steep & the 2nd time I did the dunking before a full steeping. Although the tea has a great aroma it has no flavor/taste only a hint of tang, which I found to be disappointing. Overall, I don’t think I’ll be making another cup or I might try it with some sweetener.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Refresh Mint by Tazo
1000 tasting notes

Looks like this is Tazo’s “Refresh” renamed, both teas containing peppermint, spearmint and tarragon.

Surprise, surprise, it’s refreshing. But not overly so. The taste is muddied earth underneath the high, sweet peppermint. Spearmint more prevalent in the aroma than in the taste. A tiny uprising of tarragon after I swallow, otherwise it’s not noticeable. I do wish the tarragon were stronger since I’ve gained an appreciation of it in culinary use.

Refresh Mint is an average mint tea to me. Good enough to buy in a pinch, but something that can be created easily, and perhaps made even better, with a well stocked pantry.

Flavors: Earth, Herbs, Peppermint, Spearmint, Sweet, Warm Grass

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58
drank Juniper Mint Honey by Tazo
2395 tasting notes

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This one seems so intriguing to me, so I was so thankful to get a few bags in a swap! I love pine and juniper, so I’m always happy to try more teas with those notes.

Unfortunately, this is not for me. It’s mostly honey, and the flavoring is fairly artificial-tasting. There’s also a sort of cloying floral note that I assume is part of the honey. I do get a bit of mint, and it’s nice and cooling and refreshing. Juniper? Nah, not really. There’s a weird bitterness in the aftertaste as well.

So mostly it’s artificial floral honey. Womp womp.

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Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Floral, Honey, Mint, Perfume, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

Well, that is disappointing. I wish I could find more juniper-forward teas, as well. (Also, I conceptually find honey as a flavoring kind of weird… like… if I want my tea to taste like honey, I can just put honey in it…?)

Shae

Bummer, I pulled this one to drink for my ‘J’ tea this week. And I agree with Mastress Alita – if I want honey, I’ll just add it myself so why?

Cameron B.

That’s true, but to be fair, you could say the same thing about maple flavoring.

Shae

Hmm, good point about the maple. I hadn’t thought about that. I think maybe if there were an authentic honey flavor I would enjoy it, but I haven’t found that yet.

Martin Bednář

If you guys hate it so much, send it my way… I will use the outer wrappings at least! Haha.

Shame it’s so poorly made. It sounds so interesting!

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drank Glazed Lemon Loaf by Tazo
224 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #132 overall / Tea #3 for April

Thursday 4/01/21 — Tazo Lemon Loaf—2 teabags from unknown date. I’m basically a loose-leaf tea snob at this point (been drinking tea for almost 5 years now) but I’ll try anything sachets, teabags, bottled drinks, in store/cafe bubble teas/specialty tea drinks, etc… Anywho I’ve been trying to find this tea for a long time. I kept trying to get it 1.5 years ago with my Instacart coupons and then again, a few months ago when they sent me some free $$ again… and my order would be refunded/out of stock every time. sad face I recently got 4 boxes (still from Instacart from a Kroger) so I’m going to use these 2 teabags from who knows when to brew something hot & plain (20 oz trusty DT dark blue tumbler) to have tonight between my 7.5-hour shift tonight, eight hours of rest in between, and then 14.5 hour shift tomorrow. :) — NOTE It wasn’t as tasty as I thought, hopefully it was worth buying four boxes $3.99 each. If not, eh, I’ve spent more money on worse (to me) tea.

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

Michelle

You could try 3 bags for 20 oz and for at least 10 minutes. I like this tea, but it never does well with too much water or short steep times.

Martin Bednář

Uhh, 14.5 hour shift. I did that only once. I was never that exhausted!

Tiffany :)

Thanks for the tip Michelle, I’ll try this next time when I open one of the boxes I just got!

Martin — Eh, I think the longest shift I’ve worked was 20 hours? I’m at a hotel so normally I work 7-9 hours per shift but it has varied especially in past year or so with small team and COVID.

ashmanra

I used to do 16 hour shifts on election days. Not fun. Up at four, arrive at five to set up, open at six, close at 7 pm, count and pack and return all items to main office. Thankfully it happened at most three times a year, if we had a primary, a run off, and a general election.

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drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
728 tasting notes

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drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
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drank Glazed Lemon Loaf by Tazo
2378 tasting notes

So on top of a late night, an early morning, and a “normal” Sunday morning teaching gig (ALL the 11-year-old boys coming off spring break—like teaching Great Dane puppies), we had a special kids service project event culminating in a Nerf battle. I was dragging anchor when I shuffled in the door.

I needed a no-brainer treat and this was what my no-brain needed. The lemon is sweet lemon, not tart, and Tazo has nailed the pastry aspect as well. I’ve never used the word “perfect” in the same sentence with “licorice,” ever, and I won’t now, but it actually accents this blend rather than overpowering it. Even better with feet up, eyes closed, and a Pillsbury Soft Baked Confetti cookie in your hand.

Mastress Alita

A cupboard staple for me!

gmathis

It has nearly replaced Vanilla Comoro as my “I need a cookie and comfort” decaf.

Lexie Aleah

hahaha Nerf Battles are great but so is this tea!

gmathis

The problem with Nerf battles is that you have to bend over and pick up every….single….ammo….round…. When you are no longer 11, that is slightly more challenging.

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drank Glazed Lemon Loaf by Tazo
2378 tasting notes

After browsing and drooling over all of your lovely, elegant, and well-thought-out reviews of Theodor and Dammann Freres delicacies, I’ll just drag the sophistication level back down to Midwest redneck ;) I love this stuff a little more each time I drink it, I need to stop at Target to snag some more, and tonight I put marshmallows in it. It tasted like a lemon cupcake. ’Nuff said.

AJRimmer

This might be my favorite lemon tea! I also need a new box!

Mastress Alita

I love this one!

Roswell Strange

I liked this one a lot too, but the Butterscotch Blondie from this same Tazo line might be one of the most mind blowing bagged teas I’ve ever had – that one is a serious guilty pleasure for me!

Lexie Aleah

The Butterscotch one I can’t find anywhere now :/ I’ve looked in stores near me and online.

ashmanra

Marshmallows! You are a genuis!

Mastress Alita

Same with me and the Butterscotch, Lexie.

Inkling

I love this one too! Never tried it with marshmallows, though…I may have to steal that idea. :)

gmathis

Well, now I’ll have to revisit Butterscotch Blondie…I think my initial review was positive, but the few bags I have left haven’t even been on the radar.

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50
drank Dream by Tazo
127 tasting notes

My workplace had this tea at the coffee station, so I gave it a try. Despite quite a lengthy ingredient list, I mostly just taste almonds, chamomile, and licorice. The flavour isn’t unpleasant, but it’s not something I’d buy for myself.

It’s presented as an evening tea to help with sleep, and contains the mild depressant valerian root; I did indeed feel very tired after drinking it, but that might have been because I had just wolfed down a sizable lunch, so I can’t attest to its effectiveness.

Flavors: Almond, Flowers, Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 13 OZ / 384 ML

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Saw this one at Target well on the website and it sounded good based on the ingredients I decided it was worth the risk. Worst case scenario it turns out to be a licorice root bomb. Best case scenario it ends up being a favorite like say Tazo’s Lemon Loaf or Butterscotch Blondie Tea.
Verdict: I need to play with this one some more but this cup was, unfortunately, a licorice root bomb. I added up having to add some oat milk to it.

Flavors: Licorice, Sweet

Preparation
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Mastress Alita

I wish my local grocers had this one! Maybe I’ll check our Target… I love sarsaparilla (and licorice)!

Lexie Aleah

If you can’t find it I’ll send you a few bags to try (:

gmathis

Mastress Alita, I think you’ll like it. I’m not a licorice fan, but it played nicely with the other ingredients in my cup and didn’t overwhelm too badly. It reminded me of caramel apples. I’ll have to try a round with milk.

Tiffany :)

Sounds intriguing, will have to look around at my local stores as well..

Lexie Aleah

I’ll try steeping it for a bit shorter amount of time next time.

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60
drank Juniper Mint Honey by Tazo
1067 tasting notes

Single bag from a tea box. This is a lot more floral than I would have guessed. Not that much mint. Really, it was just sort of floral and maybe a bit of honey. Wouldn’t need to try it again.

Martin Bednář

That sounds so interesting… juniper combined with the mint; too bad it isn’t that great :(.

AJRimmer

I know, it sounded super good! Oh well!

gmathis

Good to know. Saw it on the shelf at Target and I was waffling.

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drank Prickly Pear Cactus by Tazo
1067 tasting notes

Grabbed a bag from a tea box. This one smells great but isn’t as flavorful as I had hoped. Maybe I should have put it in a tinier mug. It ends up quite floral. I like chamomile, but this chamomile is a little soapy. There’s hibiscus, which adds a little tartness. I wish I had a second bag so I could try a more concentrated version.

Dustin

I can’t think of what prickly pear tastes like. I’m pretty sure I’ve had it at some point, but I don’t think I could pick it out in a tea.

gmathis

I saw this at our local Target and was curious.

AJRimmer

TeBella has a prickly pear tea called Sweet Tango that I definitely want to reorder. Idk what they taste like really, but I enjoy things flavored like them!

Tiffany :)

I just got a box of this, would you like a few in our swap?

AJRimmer

Oh that’s a great idea – thanks!

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88
drank Glazed Lemon Loaf by Tazo
141 tasting notes

Day 18 of Sara’s Old Tea! Part 3 of 6

Swimming teabag in boiling water.

Oh man, this one smells amazing. I can smell lemon icing on some kind of spice cake.

Tastes like a delicious lemon cake! It’s really good. I may have to stock some of this in my cupboard. Thanks. :)

Flavors: Cake, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

My local Freddies stopped carrying all the other Tazo dessert teas… except that one. And while I kinda miss Butterscotch Blondie, I’m just so thankful they kept this one cause I’m not sure what I’d do without it as a cupboard staple!

Todd

Oh, I can try to find you some Butterscotch Blondie next time I send you something.

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20
drank Passion by Tazo
61 tasting notes

update 5/2: found a small stash and drank through them and now i can say I find this revolting. Not sure what flipped the switch, but I don’t want this stuff ever again.

my school stopped stocking this but I used to like to brew this for the color alone. It’s a very pretty dark wine-like color. Smells okay. Taste-wise, all I can pick out is that it’s just sour and sometimes I’d be in the mood for it. But previously for a free school provided tea, whatever. Would I purchase it on my own though? probably not.

3.25/5

side note: For these teas, I’m not sure why they always say boiling water and 5 min steep because taste/appearance-wise to me, there was never difference whether I used 180F or 210F water, or whether I steeped for 5 min. or 2 min. Because the particles are so small, it steeps almost immediately anyway, which is pretty obvious as soon as you pour the water on top.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Baked Cinnamon Apple by Tazo
1347 tasting notes

2020 Advent Swap – Day 18

One of my all time hard to find favorites for any time of day. Don’t steep it too weak. Great w/ a little sugar.

I saved this one for later in the night since it’s a rooibos. It has that nutty rooibos flavor, and it smells very sweet and festive. For those who have Cracker Barrel restaurants, imagine walking into the front lobby. It smells just like that. Sweet cinnamon rooibos. This was a nice, nighttime treat. James especially enjoyed it. Devon Bartholomew – if you have a Whole Foods nearby, I checked and ours has this one available!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutty, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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66
drank Zen by Tazo
1347 tasting notes

2020 Advent Swap – Day 16

One I’m sure you’ve tried before – I don’t drink many green teas but I love this one! Delightful taste!

I think you’re right, Devon Bartholomew – I’m almost positive I’ve have had this one before, but it’s been a really long time ago! I’m pretty sure Zen and Passion were the only Tazo teas my grocery store carried at first. For some reason, I remember them being everywhere. I don’t drink many green teas either, but there are a few that I do like. With this one having mint, it sounds promising. I can’t say I remember whether I liked it before or not.

I do taste the mint and, thankfully, not the lemongrass. I don’t mind lemongrass sometimes, but other times it tastes too much like artificial lemon flavor to me. Like lemon-lite. Flat lemonade, something like that. I don’t taste it much here. The mint dominates for me. My husband loved this one and requested that it go straight on the wishlist, so I’ll definitely be trying it again in the future.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Vanilla Bean Macaron by Tazo
1347 tasting notes

2020 Advent Swap – Day 12

One of my all time really hard to find favorites!

My husband and I both like this one! I was a little worried at first about the licorice root, but I can’t even taste it. Right out of the bag, it smells like a fresh-baked cinnamon roll (which, coincidentally, is what I had for breakfast this morning). After steeping, I smell vanilla frosting. I’ve had vanilla bean macarons before, and even though that wasn’t my first thought when drinking this, I think Tazo nailed that vanilla flavor. It’s missing maybe some almond and some inherent sweetness (guessing that’s where the licorice root came in), but overall I think that this is a great tea that does well at achieving its intended flavors. Thanks for sharing one of your favorites, Devon Bartholomew!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Frosting, Pastries, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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