709 Tasting Notes

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
709 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).

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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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75
drank Joy by Tazo
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: boiling 16oz water
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes (http://steep.it)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vegetal and black and sweet
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet black and a little vegetal
Flavor: black tea with a hint of vegetal
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: vegetal
Liquor: translucent dark orange-brown

This is a seasonal tea which is no longer available online at the Starbucks Store, you may still find a tin in your local Starbucks or online retailer.

This year the tea is full leaf and in a sachet as opposed to CTC in a paper filterbag.

Starbucks Tazo Tea – ‘Tis the season of Joy – Guest Post at StarbucksMelody.com http://www.starbucksmelody.com/2011/01/03/starbucks-tazo-tea-tis-the-season-of-joy/

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/tazo-teabag-black-tea-joy.html

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
The DJBooth

I liked this too reminded me a lot of Darjeeling though!

AmazonV

hmmm, possibly at the start, i’ll have to do a light steep and see what it brings out next time :)

Wayne

Oh! steep.it ? What a neat little tool – thanks for the link!

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: boiling
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, cinnamon
Steeped Tea Smell: clove, cinnamon
Flavor: astringent, spiced (cinnamon, clove) black tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent, a touch bitter
Liquor: translucent dark brown

I am glad I did not do 5 minutes as suggested. I was not thrilled, it was rather ho-hum spiced black tea.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/harney-and-sons-teabag-black-tea.html

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Kristin

I’ve found that Harney’s flavored base seems to be perfect around 3.5 min.

AmazonV

you don’t find it gets bitter? i’ll need to give it a go, thanks for the tip

Kristin

Not bitter at all at 3.5. Slightly bitter at 4. Bitter at 5.

Kristin

But this tea was also not my fav. :)

AmazonV

What is your favorite H&S, what about favorite Holiday tea?

Kristin

I love Florence. I also love the Vanilla Comoro, I’m not sure I have a favorite holiday tea.

AmazonV

ooo yes i do love florence, i do not think i’ve had vanilla comoro – so fa rmy favorite holdiay tea this year was the holiday from arbor teas

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56
drank chocolate chai by T Bar
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Served in a teapot with a t-sac
Steep Time: over 2 minutes (I let it sit 2 minutes after it arrived at the table)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: indistinguishable spice, hints of chocolate
Flavor: black tea, cinnamon
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent, a touch bitter
Liquor: translucent dark brown (amber)

The tea was good, and the chocolate croissant was warmed and went very well on that cold night. I wasn’t getting strong notes of chocolate, but it was a nice smooth spiced tea.

Not something I would miss if it were off the menu, but I might pair it with a chocolate croissant again some night.

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

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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13
drank Ginger by Tea Forte
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: 1 cup hot spigot water
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: ginger
Steeped Tea Smell: ginger, lemongrass, spice
Flavor: ginger! spicy
Body: Full
Aftertaste: spice
Liquor: translucent dark yellow

5 min was too strong, I had to toss that one

3 minutes worked well, I had to add honey. This worked well for my sore throat and head cold, but not something I would drink normally.

Does not resteep well, very weak.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/tea-forte-teabag-herbal-tisane-ginger.html

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Jillian

Well if nothing else it’ll unclog your sinuses! :D

AmazonV

it certainly did :) that’s why i had it, and it worked, my co workers loved it too, they had stuffy noses i fixed as well

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75

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 500ml 200 °F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell:
MilitiaJim: That’s a lot of fruit. The strawberry is kinda takin’ over.
AmazonV: It smells like strawberry and cherry. Now that I’ve dug in a bit more I’m maybe getting the lemongrass?
Steeped Tea Smell:
MilitiaJim: fruit
AmazonV: strawberry, fruity, hint of lemongrass
Flavor:
MilitiaJim: They mixed everything together enough that its a hot fruit punch, not any fruit in particular.
AmazonV: A melody of fruits, hard to pick them out individually
Body: Full
Aftertaste: strawberry, apple
Liquor: translucent dark pink

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/persimmon-tree-tea-company-loose-leaf_16.html

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Did you make a purchase!? :P I LOVE this company!

AmazonV

i actualy got 4 to try and blog, so far they are all pretty good! def thinking about getting some for my sweetea (if they like flavored)

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Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Water: 750ml 195°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 4 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell:
AmazonV: vanilla bean ice cream
MilitiaJim: Yup, vanilla, a bit of bean in there
Steeped Tea Smell:
AmazonV: vanilla bean ice cream
MilitiaJim: tea with some vanilla
Flavor:
AmazonV: vanilla, black tea
MilitiaJim: Wow. Oversteeped bitter. Nice vanilla flavor though.
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent
Liquor: translucent dark brown

Next time it needs to be steeped on the lower end of the parameters.

Post-Steep Additives: cream, sugar

Much better, less astringent, more of the vanilla flavor comes out as well.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/persimmon-tree-tea-company-loose-leaf.html

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Schizandrae Rooibos by TeaSpree
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: boiling
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes (http://steep.it/)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: rooibos
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, spice
Flavor: pepper
Body: Full
Aftertaste: woody
Liquor: translucent red-orange

It was a nice and spicy rooibos! For those who don’t like hibiscus you can’t taste it.

Gift from TEB, thank you, that was mauled by the post office.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/teaspree-teabag-rooibos-tisane.html

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: boiling
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes (http://steep.it/)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: raspberry, hibiscus
Steeped Tea Smell: hibiscus, raspberry
Flavor: hibiscus
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: sweet, vanilla
Liquor: opaque dark pink

Not really getting raspberry or vanilla. I was a fine cup but not something I want more of.

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Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/taylors-of-harrogate-teabag-herbal.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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: cinnamon, hibiscus
Steeped Tea Smell: floral, plum, cinnamon, generally sweet and spicy
Flavor: sweet, cinnamon
Body: Full
Aftertaste: cinnamon, hint of ginger
Liquor: barely translucent dark red-purple

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Very festive, pretty yummy, the plum is weak and the cinnamon dominates. It has a sweetness to it, not sure what from, but I am glad I taste before sweetening.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/celestial-seasonings-teabag-herbal.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 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
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