709 Tasting Notes

drank Hazelnut Truffle by Tea Forte
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Water: boiling, 2 mugs
Tool: my grandmother’s Bee House Ceramic Round Teapot (like this one)
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Strong hazelnut, hints of dark chocolate
Steeped Tea Smell: hazelnut
Flavor: black tea, hints of chocolate and hazelnut
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent
Liquor: translucent dark brown

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/11/tea-forte-loose-leaf-black-tea-hazelnut.html

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Bai Hao Silver Needle by Teas Etc
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Steep Information:
Amount: 5.8g
Water: 750ml 185°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes 30 seconds
Served: Hot

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

Too light to taste at 3:30, so I tossed the leaves back in for another 1:00.

Too vegetal without anything else for me, but a smooth cup of tea. Have it with some cookies or snacks.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

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

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank True Love Flower Tea by Teavivre
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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 ball
Water: 12 ounces, boiling
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vegetal, fruity
Steeped Tea Smell: jasmine, vegetal
Flavor: green tea, jasmine
Body: Light
Aftertaste: none
Liquor: translucent honey yellow-brown

Like most flowering teas I feel the flavor is sacrificed for the beauty. It’s an OK cup of tea but nothing exceptional. On the other hand you can tell it was made with high quality tea as it is drinkable and pretty as opposed to many flowering teas which are for looks only.

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/11/teavivre-loose-leaf-green-tea-true-love.html

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Zen by Tazo
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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: boiling, let sit 1 minute, 12 oz
Steep Time: a little over 1 minute (http://steep.it/)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: mint
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal
Flavor: lemongrass, mint, vegetal
Body: Full
Aftertaste: mint
Liquor: translucent brown-green

not really exciting or delicious, a lemon-grassy green tea.

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/11/tazo-teabag-green-tea-zen.html

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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drank Candy Apple Tea by TeaGschwendner
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Steep Information:
Amount: 7.4g
Water: 500ml 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 10 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: candied apples
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet apple cider
Flavor: like caramel apple spice drink from Starbucks
Body: Light
Aftertaste: sweet, apples
Liquor: translucent orange-yellow

Delicious! A sweet treat, without sugar, probably even better with!

Steepster Secret Santa gift from Infusin_Susan.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/11/teagschwendner-loose-leaf-herbal-tisane.html

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Jasmine Silver Needle by Teas Etc
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Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 185°F 500ml
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

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

delicious, light, refreshing, lovely

Resteep:185°F 500ml 4 min
med body, still delicious!

Resteep:185°F 500ml 4 min
3rd steep is too bitter and astringent

Rating: 3/4 leaves

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

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

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Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: boiling
Tool: kati loose tea system (my Review here.)
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vanilla, mint, fake cherry
Steeped Tea Smell: cola, sarsaparilla, mint, vanilla
Flavor: black tea
Body: Full
Aftertaste: astringent, mint
Liquor: translucent dark red-brown

Post-Steep Additives: +1 tsp German rock sugar – more sarsaparilla flavor to the tea

New steep:
Amount: 3 tsp
Water: 500ml 195 °F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

more sarsaparilla, still minty, no cherry

Rating: 1/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/11/52teas-loose-leaf-black-tea-cherry.html

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

Such a shame on this! I had high hopes for it…

AmazonV

if you check out the other reviews many people like it, i just am not a fan of frank’s black base – want to try it (i’m not going to finish it)?

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Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: boiling
Tool: kati loose tea system
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, vegetal, toasty
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, toasty
Flavor: smooth, slightly sweet
Body: Full
Aftertaste: slight astringency
Liquor: translucent dark orange brown

I knew this would be a nice cup of tea from the smell, it was fresh, and sweet. This tea needed no additives.

Resteep: 3 minutes – Good, but not as great as the first cup. I didn’t have time for another steep at work.

I honestly recommend this as a nice solid naturally sweet and smooth black tea to anyone looking to steep tea at work and keep at it through the work day.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/11/teavivre-company-loose-leaf-black-tea.html

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Apple Cider Black Tea by 52teas
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: boiling
Tool: kati loose tea system
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes…I forgot about it so + ???
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: mulled apple cider (cinnamon, apple)
Steeped Tea Smell: mulled apple cider (cinnamon, apple)
Flavor: black tea, hints of apple, cinnamon, spice
Body: Full
Aftertaste: slight astringency
Liquor: translucent dark orange-brown

As usual, the smell is much stronger than the taste.

Post-Steep Additives: +1 tsp german rock sugar = brings out the flavors more

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/11/52teas-loose-leaf-black-tea-apple-cider.html

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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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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