709 Tasting Notes

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: 12 ounces boiling water
Steep Time: a little over 2 minute (http://steep.it/)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: floral, and fruity?
Steeped Tea Smell: floral, vegetal, toasty
Flavor: sweet, smooth, floral
Body: light
Aftertaste: slightly bitter
Liquor: translucent yellow-brown

Rating: 2/4 leaves

http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/05/healthy-tea-store-teabag-oolong-tea.html

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: 12 ounces hot spigot water
Steep Time: a little over 1 minute (http://steep.it/)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Grape, Cherry
Steeped Tea Smell: mostly floral
Flavor: sweet tea
Body: medium
Aftertaste: hints to grape
Liquor: translucent dark brown

Rating: 2/4 leaves

http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/05/healthy-tea-store-teabag-black-tea.html

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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drank Berry Rooibos by Samovar
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: Boiling
Tool: Bee House Ceramic Round Teapot
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: berry, perfume, rooibos (woody), sweet
Steeped Tea Smell: strawberry, blueberry
Flavor: Strawberry, Blueberry
Body: medium
Aftertaste: woody (rooibos)
Liquor: translucent dark red-brown

Post-Steep Additives: 1 tsp honey, brought the berry out more as a sweet berry

Resteep: 10+ minutes, weaker, but still a good cup of tea

Recieved from JacquelineM in the Hoppitea swap

http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/05/samovar-loose-leaf-herbal-tisane-berry.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cherry Cosmo by Tea Forte
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 packet
Water: 12 ounces hot spigot water
Tool: kati loose tea system
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes (http://steep.it)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: alcohol, cherry, hibiscus
Steeped Tea Smell: hibiscus, cherry
Flavor: sweet fruit then tart
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: tart
Liquor: translucent dark purple-pink

It smells alcoholic! I found it a bit tart and would add sugar next time, but it was a fun cup of tea (not often you can drink at work!).

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/04/tea-forte-loose-leaf-herbal-tisane.html

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: 12 ounces hot spigot water
Steep Time: a little over 1 minute (http://steep.it/)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: floral, peach, something artificial
Steeped Tea Smell: peach, floral
Flavor: peachy, slight toasty tea background note
Body: medium
Aftertaste: sweet
Liquor: translucent dark brown

I was afraid from the smell it would taste artificial, but it tastes smooth and fruity. It is a pretty good tea, subtle flavors but they are there. A good go to teabag.

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/04/healthy-tea-store-teabag-black-tea.html

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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drank Chai Chi by Compass Teas
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 12 oz
Tool: kati loose tea system
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes (http://steep.it/)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: not much (old sample)
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon, spice
Flavor: black tea, cinnamon, pepper, woody
Body: Full
Aftertaste: sweet spice
Liquor: translucent dark brown

This was a gift from TeaEqualsBliss.

This is a different kind of chai, I like the rooibos and black mix. I need to try with honey.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/04/compass-tea-company-loose-leaf-black.html

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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drank Apricot Amaretto by Tea Forte
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 single steeps packet
Water: 12 ounces hot spigot water
Tool: kati loose tea system
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes (http://steep.it/)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: nutty, apricot
Steeped Tea Smell: amaretto, fruity, rooibos
Flavor: rooibos, fruity
Body: full
Aftertaste: sweet
Liquor: translucent orange-brown

I love amaretto, so this tea is right up my alley! A sweet afternoon treat.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/04/tea-forte-loose-leaf-rooibos-tisane.html

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Blueberry Merlot by Tea Forte
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: Single Steeps packet
Water: 12oz hot spigot water
Tool: kati loose tea system (my Review here.)
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes (http://steep.it/5%20minutes)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cherry, berry, hibiscus?
Steeped Tea Smell: berry, tart, floral
Flavor: hibiscus
Body: Full
Aftertaste: tart
Liquor: barely translucent dark purple-red

Too much hibiscus, and I like hibiscus.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/03/tea-forte-loose-leaf-single-steeps.html

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 tsp
Water: boiling
Tool: Bee House teapot
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vegetal, nutty
Steeped Tea Smell: buttery, sweet
Flavor: vegetal, nutty
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent
Liquor: translucent honey yellow

Re-Steep Information:
Water: boiling
Tool: Bee House teapot
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, roasty, nutty
Flavor: roasty, nutty
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: nutty, astringent
Liquor: translucent honey yellow

Came as a gift with an order from Chicago tea garden.

I could have steeped this more, but after 4 cups of tea it was time for bed.

I really love this oolong, not as much as the new zealand oolong but it’s this nice nutty roasty, but not too dark, tea.

If you enjoy a little roast to your tea I highly recommend you try this!

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/03/chicago-tea-garden-loose-leaf-oolong.html

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Infusin_Susan

I have this tea as well – I bought it while I was at a tasting at Chicago Tea Garden. I love the roasted flavor and how it changes from one steeping to the next. I haven’t tried the Zealong Dark, I’ll have to get some and compare.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Hey Susan I think I was at the same tasting as you. I think you are in my neck of the woods too.

AmazonV

I hope you like the zealong, it’s my favorite, i do tend to like them lighter though, roasty i reserve for first cup of the day

Infusin_Susan

Yes, Rachel, I remember you! It was a fun afternoon, wasn’t it?
Amazon, I have the Zealong Pure but haven’t tried the Dark or Aromatic. I’m going to see if I can sample those with my next order from Chicago Tea Garden. I like roasty and non-roasty oolongs; actually, I like pretty much any oolong that isn’t full of fruit bits or fruit flavors.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Hi Susan yes very fun indeed. Also, I started following you. Maybe we will run into each other again. Btw, I LOVE the Ben Shan!

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 packet
Water: 16oz hot spigot water
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: walnut
Steeped Tea Smell: walnut, sweet
Flavor: walnut
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: sweet
Liquor: cloudy opaque white

A tea loving co-worker shared this with me. I enjoyed it, like drinking mixed nuts.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/03/kkoh-shaem-food-compant-powder-herbal.html

Atacdad

wow! is that tea or a drink mix?

AmazonV

it’s more drink mix, but called herbal tea

mostlymexican

“Like drinking mixed nuts”… that wrinkles my brain.

AmazonV

I am good at making brains hurt ;)

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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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