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Which Tazo Tea is Supreme? Day 3: Lotus

On a day I have to study for my last final exam, I knew I would be looking forward to trying a new Tazo tea flavor. Instead of staying up all night, I’ll go with a decaffeinated tea to ease my mind and satisfy my thirst. Today’s choice is:

 

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Starbucks Tazo Tea "Lotus"

Green tea

A decaffeinated tea with subtle essence of lotus blossoms.

Ingredients:  decaffeinated green tea, natural lotus flower flavour and other natural flavors.

 

When I took a much needed break from reading and computing financial management material, I tried to tell myself tea will be a nice distraction (with the help of twitter) for a little while. Tazo suggests to steep green teas for 3 minutes. At the 90 seconds mark, I lifted the tea bag up and down to stimulate the water. At this point, most teas transform the clear, hot water into a colorful liquid filled with luscious flavors from the tea bag. I was hoping to see a light green color appear before my eyes, but the water color didn’t change. Maybe the color will be more prevalent after the full steeping time is done. Ninety more seconds later, the hot water remained unchanged. Ok so maybe I have been spoiled by colors to tell my brain flavors are near, but I know I can get past this hurdle. I’ll try relying on my other senses this time. I took a deep inhale to breathe in the steam my cup was giving off and could faintly smell lotus water. Not flower, lotus water. If my eyes and nose failed me, I’m sure my taste won’t…right?

Before I took my first sip, I released an exhaled breathe over the cup’s surface to cool the hot tea. (I wasn’t going to burn my throat after yesterday’s experience.) As the hot tea entered my mouth I was saddened–again. Hot water is hot water–how can anyone enjoy that?? I tried thinking logical about this. Either A) I could have steeped the lotus tea bag in longer than recommended or B) decaffeinated green tea isn’t for me.

Do you enjoy decaffeinated tea? How do you add life to it or it is a required taste? From one tea drinker to another, please let me know your thoughts.