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Wild Sweet Orange

10 ratings
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Brand:Tazo Tea
Style:Herbal Tea
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Product page:Wild Sweet Orange

This tea's info last updated: Jan. 8, 2018

Commercial Description

A juicy herbal infusion of orange peel, lemongrass, citrus herbs & licorice root.

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Reviewer pic90 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
(55 reviews) on

I'm pretty sure this tea/tisane is almost artificial. While the ingredients aren't artificial, they aren't just plant parts, either. First, I think most of the orange aroma comes from a layer of orange oil ("natural orange essence" in the ingredients) sprayed on the teabag. The teabag itself is actually yellow-orange and the orange scent will wipe off onto your fingers. Second, as other reviewers have noted, the citric acid is clearly a dominating component of the flavor.

With that said, this is my new favorite non-caffeinated tea/tisane. I find the blend of flavors to be absolutely wonderful. I enjoy citrus flavors such that Earl Grey tea is one of the few flavored teas that I'll drink and I like tartness.

The initial aroma is orange, spearmint and hibiscus and it's powerful. The orange and hibiscus coupled with the vivid orange brew remind me of orange Kool-Aid and I expect the first sip to be sweeter than it actually is. The mint and licorice provide some sweetness, but the tartness is really the main sensation. The rose hips and lemongrass dominate the flavor, tasting almost like sour apples or even crabapples.

The flavor is quite complex, but balanced for an herbal blend. I don't like spice teas, so this is a welcome change from the many citrus tisanes that include cinnamon as an ingredient. After the tea has cooled only slightly, I'm left with the sensation of drinking orange soda, with the intense sourness on the tongue blended with the still overwhelming aroma of oranges.

I'm disappointed that the flavor that I enjoy so much seems mostly to be manufactured. In the end, though, I really do enjoy it.
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Reviewer pic90 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
(3 reviews) on

A lot of people here complain about the sour/acidic taste from the lemongrass, but to be honest that's why I love this tea. The flavor is very strong, in a good way.
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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
(129 reviews) on

I agree with the other reviewers here who state that the flavor doesn't pack the potency the aroma implies. I could sniff the packaging of this tea all day long; the scent is almost intoxicating. It smells like one of the old descriptions Tazo used to use on the side of the boxes, to the effect of, "biting into a fresh orange from a Marrakesh market".

While the flavor lags far behind the scent, it's not bad. Make no mistake, the orange is there, and good, but the other ingredients dilute it too much. I like lemongrass, but Tazo seems to use it as a filler here, at the expense of the orange. When I brew long (as usual) to pull out all flavor, it gets a little too sour. Advice to Tazo: dial back on the citric acid and replace 50% of the lemongrass with more orange peel.
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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
(3 reviews) on

I like this herbal, non-caffienated tea. If you brew it too long, it does taste more acidic, and if you get an older box I believe it tastes less sweet. However, I really enjoy this tea.
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Reviewer pic60 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
(294 reviews) on

Meh. It's not a badly done tea, but it's not a flavor I'm often into. The orange and herbaceousness both come through. Not bad if that's a taste mixture that appeals to you, but orange isn't my favorite fruit to drink hot. Still, the cup has grown on me a bit while I've been drinking it.
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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
(9 reviews) on

This has a bright, citrus flavor.
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Reviewer pic60 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
(169 reviews) on

First of all, the package design and possibly the name of this tea may have changed, but I was at a conference in a Sheraton Hotel that offered a few tea selections and since there were no green teas left I chose this. (It was that or a straight black tea so I picked this). I am not a fan of orange teas - but this one wasn't too bad - and no sweetener was needed. (Smells very fruity in the bag - a bit less so whilst steeping.).

I prefer this to the "Zingers" by Celestial Seasonings - but I hate them, too. So if you are an orange tea lover - try this - if you (like me) don;t care for orangey teas - you may want to steer clear.

Smells better than it tastes.
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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
(1 reviews) on

Though the taste is a bit strong - this tea is really different from the usual herbal tea and very pleasant.
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Reviewer pic33 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
(1349 reviews) on

Like Tazo Passion, I find this tea far too sour. Anne describes this as "without the sting of a zinger" but honestly I found it obscenely sour just like those teas. I don't like it! I think they've added citric acid to this one just like with Tazo Passion.

In terms of the aroma, I do really like it. It's very orangey, but in a way distinct from orange peel and most other orange flavorings. Also, I like how the aroma has a more herbaceous character and less spice: most orange-flavored herbal teas tend too much towards the spice, whereas this one is more of its own thing: fresher and overall much more pleasing to me. In a sense, I think it's a bit of a shame the way I like the aroma of this blend so much: it seems wasted given how I avoid this blend because of its sourness.

If I have to drink this tea (sometimes I've been in locations where it's available in a tea bag and there are no other options that I've wanted to try), I run it under cold water for about 10 seconds--this extracts most of the citric acid while leaving the aroma mostly intact.
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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
(34 reviews) on

The nose is amazing, nectar-sweet and citrusy. The taste doesn't quite live up to it, but this is a light, pleasant herbal tea, fruity but without the sting of a zinger. Can be a little sour if oversteeped.
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