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Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 212° filtered ~500ml
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL (black, strong)
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: strong citrus (bergamot)
Steeped Tea Smell: black tea, hint of bake-y
Flavor: astringent black tea, hints of citrus
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent, sweet
Liquor: translucent brown, orange hints

I am not a huge bergamot fan, and I am really liking this tea. It’s a mellow bergamot, smooth black tea, and generally a delicious cup. I can easily see myself restocking this once I have room in my cupboard.

The packaging was a nice sealed silver bag, with a sticker arrange so the bag could stand itself up. The packaging date was written on the bottom with what I presume is a lot number. The packaging is very nice, with the exception that it is not resealable.

Resteep: weak, left in for 15? 20 minutes, perhaps a cold brew instead overnight would work?

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/05/steven-smith-teamaker-loose-leaf-black.html

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

PS-I would never have heard about this company had it not been for the Steepster discussion boards, and I would have never chosen this tea had it not been for LiberTEAS

Cofftea

No pics of it steeping in the Amazing Breville? :(

Rabs

Same here about learning about Steven Smith on Discussions and LiberTEAS. He’s on my “will try eventually” list. I’m a bit bummed to learn that the packets aren’t resealable, other than that I like the packaging.

LiberTEAS

AmazonV – glad that you tried this tea. It is so good.

LiberTEAS

@Rabs – yes, that is the one thing I would change about it if I could… but, I can live with it. I have lots of tins!

JacquelineM

From package: “If possible, play a little opera softly in the background.” Hee! Oh boy – gotta try this (but I play my opera LOUD!!!!! Tosca with Maria Callas as Tosca is my favorite right now and it needs to be BLASTED!)

LiberTEAS

@Jacqueline I am not an opera fan… but I do usually have Guns N’ Roses or Korn playing in the background. :)

JacquelineM

LiberTEAS – I love Guns ’n Roses too :) When I was in college I went to see them right after wisdom tooth surgery. Duff walked right by me and I let out a scream and tore some of my stitches! I was very sheepish when I had to explain the next day to my dentist what happened!

AmazonV

@Cofftea no not usually, just the basket

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AmazonV

PS-I would never have heard about this company had it not been for the Steepster discussion boards, and I would have never chosen this tea had it not been for LiberTEAS

Cofftea

No pics of it steeping in the Amazing Breville? :(

Rabs

Same here about learning about Steven Smith on Discussions and LiberTEAS. He’s on my “will try eventually” list. I’m a bit bummed to learn that the packets aren’t resealable, other than that I like the packaging.

LiberTEAS

AmazonV – glad that you tried this tea. It is so good.

LiberTEAS

@Rabs – yes, that is the one thing I would change about it if I could… but, I can live with it. I have lots of tins!

JacquelineM

From package: “If possible, play a little opera softly in the background.” Hee! Oh boy – gotta try this (but I play my opera LOUD!!!!! Tosca with Maria Callas as Tosca is my favorite right now and it needs to be BLASTED!)

LiberTEAS

@Jacqueline I am not an opera fan… but I do usually have Guns N’ Roses or Korn playing in the background. :)

JacquelineM

LiberTEAS – I love Guns ’n Roses too :) When I was in college I went to see them right after wisdom tooth surgery. Duff walked right by me and I let out a scream and tore some of my stitches! I was very sheepish when I had to explain the next day to my dentist what happened!

AmazonV

@Cofftea no not usually, just the basket

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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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