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Which Tazo Tea is Supreme? Day 2: Awake

I continue my journey of Tazo Tea Tasting Day #2:  Awake

I thought it would be perfect day to see if the tea lives up to its name. On a day like today, I am watching my nephew as my congestion is loosening up from yesterday. Overall, I’m exhausted and not 100% back to normal. Every time I yawn, my eyes start to water and itch. Lovely.

As I wait for the tea to boil, here’s the quick facts:

 

A breakfast tea of boldness, depth and character, invigorating any time of day.

Ingredients:  A blend of black teas.

Starbucks Tazo Tea "Awake"

Well, it’s about lunch time and my morning coffee didn’t do anything for me–so here we go. When I pulled the tea bag out of the packet, I could smell the tea bag giving off an aroma of blended black teas. (So far so good.) Upon first inhale I smelled a dark, deep scent but as I inhaled more the dark, deep scent transformed itself into a lighter, softer smell. The combination is subtle enough to smell up close, but where’s the fun in that? As I steeped the tea bag in the hot water, I waited for about 5 minutes as the box suggests. For black teas, I have learned to not steep the tea bag too long. (Why?) If you want a richer or more intense flavor, the longer you steep a tea bag the bolder the flavors become. As I moved the tea bag up and down to stimulate the water, it gets slightly tan colored. The steam from the hot water and the aroma has gotten my attention by alluring my mouth to try a taste. My first sip was hot, so I blew over the surface to cool it down.

My second sip was tolerable and it went down nicely. Normally, I have a sweet tooth and would have added a splenda packet or honey but this tea is smooth enough without it. If I added any sugar, it might take away from the natural character of the plain black tea. The taste was refreshing and soothed my sore throat. It’s not as strong a cup of joe, but definitely had enough caffeine to know it’s there. When my cup was half empty I knew I didn’t want the experience to end, so I poured more hot water in my cup. The used tea bag was able to provide me with a “new-cup-of-tea” taste on its second serving. Impressive! The flavors were blended well enough to tease my senses telling my brain it is just black tea. My brain knew better and told my senses, this tea is a fiesta of black teas–all in one.

I was impressed with this tea. Coming from an avid tea drinker, it is not often you find a tea bag that can be used twice and still maintain its hearty flavor. Also, finding a caffeinated tea is a plus and to find there is no need to add sugar makes Tazo’s Awake tea a success in my book.

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