65

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Additives: none
Water: 3 cups filtered boiling water (1 cast iron teapot full)
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer
Steep Time: a little over 7 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Raisin bran cereal, sweet raisins
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon and tea
Flavor: black tea, smoky, astringent
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: tea
Liquor: translucent light reddish-brown

I started with 3 minutes, it was too weak, went and kept sipping, the tea was not yet bitter at 7 and I think it could have steeped longer.

The tea smells very much like cinnamon and tea. I was not getting toast (or was the smoky flavor supposed to represent crispy toast?) or butter.

The raisins was only present in the dry leaf smell.

To test the quality of a steeped golden raisin I took some of my golden raisins from the cupboard and steeped them a few minutes, very grape. So apparently the tea doesn’t have enough raisins for my liking.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this tea, it’s smooth and not bitter and really just fine. But I have done something wrong or it’s too subtle for me.

Next steep I will try adding sugar, cream separately and together while tossing in extra raisins. It may end up getting a higher rating once I fiddle with the preparation, it has potential.

I am interested to get MilitaJim’s thoughts on it – he’s out celebrating St. Patty’s Day. Bobbie agrees with my tea that smells like cinnamon assessment.

Post-Steep Additives: none

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/52teas-loose-leaf-black-tea-buttered.html

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec
SoccerMom

When I read this I thought WOW that was exactly how I felt about this tea. It lacks flavor it could be better.

AmazonV

Thanks I glad I am not alone, there are a lot of people here who appreciate subtle flavors (based of my growing history of my thoughts versus theirs) and I am slowly finding who matches up with me and i feel less taste bud defective! It’s sort of like how you have to find movie reviewers with your taste (or the exact opposite) to guesstimate if you’ll enjoy a tea.

Apparently we’re the in your face flavor pair :)

SoccerMom

Yep. I totally agree don’t give us any of your puny weak flavored teas we want strong bold flavor and we just won’t settle! LOL :))

AmazonV

My mom: I LOVE this tea, the butter is in the smoothness, and I can taste the raisin – delicious! (she is a subtle tea lover)

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SoccerMom

When I read this I thought WOW that was exactly how I felt about this tea. It lacks flavor it could be better.

AmazonV

Thanks I glad I am not alone, there are a lot of people here who appreciate subtle flavors (based of my growing history of my thoughts versus theirs) and I am slowly finding who matches up with me and i feel less taste bud defective! It’s sort of like how you have to find movie reviewers with your taste (or the exact opposite) to guesstimate if you’ll enjoy a tea.

Apparently we’re the in your face flavor pair :)

SoccerMom

Yep. I totally agree don’t give us any of your puny weak flavored teas we want strong bold flavor and we just won’t settle! LOL :))

AmazonV

My mom: I LOVE this tea, the butter is in the smoothness, and I can taste the raisin – delicious! (she is a subtle tea lover)

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I am The Devotea USA. I love caffeine! I prefer tea to coffee. I prefer my flavors to be in your face, not subtle. I plan to use this blog to keep track of the teas I have tried.

I get my daily dose of caffeine from Starbucks (Grande soy no water chai latte).

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0-25=Bleh! not again if it were free
25-50=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
50-75=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
75-100=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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