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698 Tasting Notes

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Steep Information:
Amount: 4.3g
Water: 500ml 195°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot/Cold

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: jasmine, floral, sweet, a little vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal, jasmine, sweet
Flavor: vegetal
Body: Light
Aftertaste: perfume
Liquor: translucent light brown

It’s a very light tea, i think additions would overpower it.

2 Resteep:500ml 195°F 4 minutes
I like this better, stronger, closer to an oxidized oolong. Less perfume aftertaste and more sweet.

3 Resteep:500ml 195°F 4 minutes
Weaker, should have gone 5 minutes.

4 Resteep:500ml 195°F 10 minutes
Weaker, last cup

Now, since I love bold flavor I shared this with my co-worker who enjoys mild teas, she LOVED it (4/4).

http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/02/persimmon-tree-tea-company-loose-leaf.html

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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reviewed zarafina by Teaware
698 tasting notes

http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/02/zarafina.html

It was a very nice first “EZ” tea maker
I could set it as
loose / teabag
strong/medium/mild
white/green/black/herbal

so little fussing needed just set the settings and when it’s done it pours the tea into the teapot

downside – tea gets cold fast, you can’t see exact parameters

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reviewed Kati loose tea system by Teaware
698 tasting notes

http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/04/kati-review.html

It’s great for work, a nice fine mesh catches most little particles

you can rest the strainer on the lid when you are done steeping

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reviewed ingenuiTEA by Adagio Teas
698 tasting notes

I like mine, it works well for oolongs and pu-erh (easy and quick resteeps) – it also works well on rooibos / honeybush because of it’s fine filter

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: boiling
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: hibiscus
Steeped Tea Smell: vanilla, berry
Flavor: hibiscus, rooibos, berry
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: vanilla, woody
Liquor: dark translucent pink

A nice berry rooibos, nothing amazing.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/republic-of-tea-teabag-rooibos-tisane.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: strong bergamot
Steeped Tea Smell: strong bergamot
Flavor: black tea, smooth
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: slight astringency, bergamot
Liquor: translucent dark brown

OK, not anything amazingly unique. On the stronger side of bergamot flavoring for an earl grey, in my opinion.

Nice solid morning tea.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/arbor-teas-loose-leaf-black-tea-earl.html

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Heyes

You “my review here” link is missing! I want to read it!

AmazonV

Sorry, the html tag didn’t come through! http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/04/kati-review.html

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Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 12 oz boiled and then cooled for a minute
Tool: kati loose tea system
Steep Time: a little over 1 minute (http://steep.it/)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: nori, rice
Steeped Tea Smell: nori
Flavor: sushi, well nori and rice
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: a little bitter
Liquor: translucent honey yellow-green

I am not a big green tea drinker in general, but I found that I do love genmaichas. It may be because they remind me of the rice and nori in sushi. It is a nice soothing cup, not as good as the Teaflection Loose Leaf Green Tea ‘Japanese Genmaicha Tea’ but a close contender. This tea has more of the green tea flavor than rice flavor is why I favor the other one personally, if you wish for a higher green tea to rice mixture you’ll prefer this one.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/arbor-teas-loose-leaf-green-tea-organic.html

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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drank Indian Chai by Element Tea
698 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2+ tsp – entire sample
Water: boiling, 12oz
Tool: kati loose tea system (my Review here.)
Steep Time: a little over 4 minutes (http://steep.it)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, vanilla, cinnamon
Steeped Tea Smell: black tea, hint of vanilla
Flavor: astringent, bitter, black tea
Body: Full
Aftertaste: astringent, hints of cinnamon
Liquor: opaque dark brown

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bleh, too strong, wish i had not followed directions on the steeping time.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/element-teas-loose-leaf-black-tea.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Jillian

Have yout tried it with milk? I found it tasted quite good that way.

AmazonV

sadly no milk at work, and none left to try again :(

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
698 tasting notes

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

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: nutty, chocolate, black tea, mixed spice
Steeped Tea Smell: spice
Flavor: watery peppery burn
Body: Light
Aftertaste: burning
Liquor: translucent brown

I added 2 minutes

A stronger tea, but still burning!

Post-Steep Additives: + honey
= sweeter, but still burning

Too much spice for me, but I could see people who like spice steeping this in hot coco (I never think there is enough chocolate flavor).

TeaEqualsBliss gift, thanks

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/52teas-loose-leaf-black-tea-mayan.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

GASP! CRY! OK, I’m done taking your rating personal now. LOL:) I do agree that this is not for everyone, but I was shocked to see it rated so low. Can you believe that I steep this for 8 min?

AmazonV

wow! well i also don’t liek spicy foods in general so i’m not too surprised

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Bio

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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Blacksburg, Virginia

Website

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