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Tazo – The Year of Tea

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Episode 006: Hula Maté

Tazo’s Hula Maté is…eh, it’s okay. Not spectacular, but not totally bad either. Similar to Samurai Chai Maté, this is a maté blend with a lot going on. However, the flavors really don’t play well together.

I’d highly recommend having this iced instead of hot. (But even iced, it’s not that spectacular.) Might taste good with a splash of alcohol though.

This tea has been discontinued by Tazo, but you may be able to find a similar blend in Summit Spice & Tea Company’s Maté Calypso.

Episode 030: Tazo Passion

If you’ve been to Starbucks, then I’m sure you’re familiar with this deliciously floral and tart hibiscus tea blend.

I had a few bags left over from a Tazo assorted pack of teas I was gifted a while ago. Hibiscus is the main flavor here, and it’s highlighted with orange peel and cinnamon. It’s fantastic iced with a squeeze of honey or agave. Not bad as a mixer either!

Purchase Starbucks’ Tazo Passion Filterbag Tea

Episode 086: Zen

I had this bag of Tazo’s Zen as part of a sampler pack that I received a while ago. The blend looks pretty good: green tea with lemon verbena, spearmint, and lemongrass. Can’t go wrong with that, right? Right?

Eh…it’s just okay to me. The spearmint is the star here, and the lemon verbena and lemongrass leave a bit of a sour aftertaste that is supported by the astringency of the green tea. It’s not remarkable, but it’s not disgusting either. I’d imagine this would be great iced, but as a hot tea, it’s not for me.

Purchase Tazo’s Zen

Episode 089: Om

Tazo’s Om was one of the first teas from Tazo I ever tried. It’s since been discontinued, but I was surprised to find it in a Tazo assortment pack I received a while ago. Om is a mix of black and green tea with added peach and cucumber flavors.

Overall, this is a pretty good blend, even though those peach and cucumber flavors were just a faint aftertaste for me. The sweetness of the green tea is balanced with the depth of the black tea (darjeeling, I believe). Kind of a shame this isn’t available anymore, but I’d be interested in trying to re-create this as a loose leaf blend.