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698 Tasting Notes

72
drank white monkey by Teas Etc
698 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 6.6g
Water: 750ml 185°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: very floral, light
Steeped Tea Smell: floral, vegetal
Flavor: light, sweet, crisp, vegetal
Body: Light
Aftertaste: astringent
Liquor: translucent honey yellow brown

I enjoyed this tea, but it was a bit light for me. When I went to eat a snack with it, the tea was overpowered. This is a tea to drink alone. Alone it is a light, refreshing, drink. Somehow it comes off crisp, not exactly sure how to describe it other than that.

Resteep: 4 minutes – just as good as the first round

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/11/teas-etc-loose-leaf-white-tea-white.html

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Cucumber Fusion by 52teas
698 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1.9g / 3 tsp
Water: 500ml 175°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: chemical, vinegar
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, cucumber, vegetal
Flavor: cucumber, vegetal, toasted
Body: Light
Aftertaste: toasty
Liquor: translucent brown-orange

Perhaps two minutes would have been better? I think this would be even better cold.

Overall it has a crisp fresh cool taste to it.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/11/52teas-loose-leaf-green-and-oolong-tea.html

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Bai Mu Dan by Teas Etc
698 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2.9g / ~3 tsp
Water: 500ml 185°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: floral, vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, floral
Flavor: vegetal, floral
Body: Light
Aftertaste: vegetal
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

I think perhaps it needed 4 minutes.

Resteep: 500ml 185°F 4 minutes

Nope 4 was a bit bitter, maybe 3:30

A nice light cup of tea, but more perfume-y than I like.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/10/teas-etc-loose-leaf-white-tea-bai-mu.html

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Pear Spice White by Teas Etc
698 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 500ml 185°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, fruity, hints of spice and flowers
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, fruity, hints of spice and flowers
Flavor: smooth, almost buttery, sweet, hints of fruit and flowers
Body: Light
Aftertaste: light spiced
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

Delicious! I enjoyed it with some nice pizzelle cookies. I would not dare add anything to this tea as it is light, but very aromatic and a very smooth drink.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/10/teas-etc-loose-leaf-white-tea-pear.html

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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52

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 teabags
Water: boiling 12 oz
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: fake banana, hint of chocolate
Steeped Tea Smell: rooibos, fake banana
Flavor: fake banana, rooibos
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: coco nibs
Liquor: dark red-brown

Yet another chocolate tea I am disappointed by, in addition their banana flavoring is subpar – 52teas was much better.

Post-Steep Additives: German rock sugar – helped a bit with bringing out the coco flavor

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/10/republic-of-tea-teabag-rooibos-tisane.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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18
drank Orange Blossom by Tazo
698 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 sachet
Water: 175°F 12 oz
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: floal, perfume
Steeped Tea Smell: orange potpourri
Flavor: perfumy green tea
Body: Light
Aftertaste: chemical
Liquor: translucent green-brown

I am not even sure I will finish this mug.

Rating: 1/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/10/tazo-green-tea-teabag-orange-blossom.html

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25
drank Mango by Tazo
698 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Served: Cold

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: inferior powdered ice tea and apple
Flavor: fruit juice blend (pineapple, mango, apple)
Body: Light/Medium/Full
Aftertaste: bitter tea
Liquor: dark brown

It tasted like a powdered reconstituted tea mixed in juice.

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/10/tazo-bottled-black-tea-mango.html

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4
drank Iced Chai by Tazo
698 tasting notes

Served: Cold

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: spiced honey
Flavor: sweet cinnamon and spice
Body: Light
Aftertaste: awful chemical artificial sugar aftertaste
Liquor: dark brown

ICK, I could not finish it

Rating: 1/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/10/tazo-bottled-black-tea-iced-chai.html

Charles Thomas Draper

No luck with your tea today….

AmazonV

today was tea fail. that’s what i get for buying bottled!

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Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: fabulous! juicy strawberries and milk chocolate
Steeped Tea Smell: strawberry, hints of milk chocolate
Flavor: rooibos, a small hint of chocolate
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: chocolate
Liquor: opaque dark red-brown

I am always disheartened when the teas smell so scrumptious and taste so ordinary.

It’s a nice rooibos with hints of sweet fruit and chocolate.

Post-Steep Additives: German rock sugar – brings out the flavors a bit

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/09/republic-of-tea-teabag-rooibos-tisane.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: 2 heaping tsp
Water: 500ml 180°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vegetal yet malty or maybe toasty
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, chocolate
Flavor: malty, thick mouthfeel
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: sweet
Liquor: opaque light orange brown

A naturally sweet, mild (despite the name strong) black tea. It reminds me of an oolong with the hints of vegetal green-ness that sneak into the end of each sip.

Resteep:
Water: 500ml 180°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 4 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, chocolate
Flavor: Thin, malty
Body: Light
Aftertaste: astringent
Liquor: opaque light orange brown

I don’t recommend re-steeping.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/09/tao-of-tea-loose-leaf-black-tea.html

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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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Website

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