Vanilla Caramel Chai/Tazo

A little while back the SororiTea Sisters shared teas in a traveling tea box. One of the sisters was kind enough to share several tea bags of Tazo’s Vanilla Caramel Chai. I grabbed a couple bags to try since vanilla and caramel are both flavors I usually love and lately I have been trying more and more chais and enjoying them.

Tazo’s Vanilla Caramel Chai is a black tea with cinnamon, licorice root, ginger, black pepper, cloves, and natural flavors. The licorice root has me a bit nervous but hopefully the other flavors hide the typical cloying sweetness of the licorice root.

Normally I would make chais as a latte but with only two tea bags, I didn’t think I had enough leaf for that. Consequently, I am trying the tea plain first but may add a splash of milk to get that latte creaminess.

Sipping on it now I am happy to report that the licorice root is nicely masked. There is a lot of cinnamon in the scent of the steeped tea which transfers over to the taste. I also get a ribbon of clove running through the sip. It is sweet and though I can smell vanilla caramel, nothing distinctly reflects that in flavor other than sweet.

I added a little bit of milk and unfortunately it doesn’t do much for taste. This tea is still cinnamon heavy though there is perhaps a bit less clove now.

Some people don’t like too much spice from their chai blends and if you are one of those people, this could be a nice option for you. As for me, I think spice is the whole point of having a chai and this falls short. I would happily forgive the lack of spice if it was in favor of highlighting the vanilla caramel but this falls short there too. It’s not bad per se but there is nothing all that great either.


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tazo Tea

Description

How do you make a great cup of chai tea taste even better? You add rich notes of vanilla, delectable caramel, and the classic spices of chai into the boldest black teas. It’s a sweet twist on a spicy favorite. It’s not just better. It’s better-er.

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photo credit:  Tazo Tea

Glazed Lemon Loaf from Tazo Tea. . .

Every time I enter a grocery store, I find myself tossing a mixture of tea and newfangled flavored Oreos* into my cart.

*Apple pie flavor: EFFECTIVE.

For this reason, my husband prefers to grocery shop alone.

However, I have NO SHOPPING REGRETS, GUYS. This blend tastes JUST like the Starbucks lemon cake. It is lemon swimming in sugary icing sweetness. It tastes like calories. The word “divine” comes to mind.

If you want to make your own cake version of the Starbucks lemon loaf, try this recipe. Or… you can just try this tea.


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Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy: Tazo Tea
Description

An enticing herbal infusion with notes of bright lemon & creamy vanilla.

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Organic Peach Cobbler from Tazo. . . .

I don’t normally like peach flavored things. I love peaches, but I find peach flavored things to be too sweet and too fake tasting. But one day last week I really needed a little extra caffeine, and I noticed this peach cobbler tea is made with black tea so I decided to be brave and try it.

Wow, I was pleasantly surprised! This was neither too sweet or fake tasting. I seriously don’t know how they did it, but this tea really tasted like a peach cobbler! It’s amazing. The peach flavor is there, but it’s subtle. It blends with cinnamon, vanilla and I swear I could taste the crust of a cobbler!

This tea needed no sugar or creamer, it was perfect all on it’s own. Although a splash of coconut milk would probably make this even more decadent! This tea does contain caffeine, otherwise it would make a delicious dessert tea. I will definitely be adding it to my tea stash. The flavor is seriously amazing, and it has just the right amount of caffeine.

I felt alert but not jittery after drinking this. Not to mention I felt cheery and happy after having such a delicious drink!


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Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Tazo Tea
Description

A delectable mélange of black teas with peach notes, apple & cinnamon, with other natural flavors.

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Apricot Vanilla Creme from Tazo Tea. . . .

Apricot Vanilla Creme, a white tea by Tazo, one that I had never seen prior to the arrival of a traveling teabox. My past experiences with Tazo have been nothing special but this particular teabag has me intrigued. I blame the “creme” since that’s one of those trigger words that catches my eye. “Vanilla” is another. So when I saw this, I knew it was a tea I wanted to try.’

I opened the teabag and the smell of stone fruit and vanilla filled the air. As per the recommended steeping parameters on the teabag, I steeped this for 3 minutes at 175 degrees.

This actually is quiet nice. Definitely one of the better Tazo teas I have tried and thankfully it delivers on all that is promised. Apricot? Check. Vanilla? Check. Creme? Check. The base is also present and though I wish it was more muted, it is by no means offensive. It contributes a touch of bitter that slightly distracts from the flavors but is not as invasive as I thought it might have been.

All in all, I am impressed. This is flavorful and given its a teabag, its a no muss, no fuss sort of treat.


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Leaf Type:  White
Where to Buy:  Tazo Tea
Description

This treat of a white tea delights with hints of fresh apricot & Tahitian vanilla.

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Zen from Tazo. . .

I grabbed Tazo’s Zen™ at the dentist’s office without realizing the dreaded mint* was inside it. However, I’m pleased to announce that the mint isn’t the primary characteristic of this tea!

* A note about mint: WHY IS IT EVERYWHERE? Mint is for toothpaste only.

Anyway, this lemon-mint green tea is mostly lemon with a toasty green flavor. It’s like a roasty, nutty kind of green, which is interesting against the citrus-y (and, okay, a LITTLE minty) high notes.

I think this is a nice choice for recovering from the harsh blows of a dentist visit. (I need $4k of Invisalign! And a filling! And part of the underside of my tongue cut! Almost $5k altogether!) It’s very… Zen™. *

* A note about the ™: How on earth can the word “Zen” be trademarked? I imagine it’s just in the context of tea products? No one else can name their tea “Zen,” maybe? Does this strike anyone else as weird?

Anyway, this tea comes in boxes at your grocery store, if you want to give it a whirl! You can enjoy it in your less-messed-up-than-mine mouth!


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Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Tazo
Description

A harmonious blend of green tea with lemongrass & spearmint.

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