702 Tasting Notes

67
drank Himalayan Majestic by Teavana
702 tasting notes

Combo Himalayan Majestic / Splendor and Raspberry Riot Lemon

Steep Information:
Prepared in store, iced, in a Perfect Tea Maker with 3 tsp rock sugar and poured over ice
Served: Cold

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: berry
Flavor: lemon, berry, sweet
Body: Full
Liquor: translucent hot pink

A delicious treat while wandering the mall on a hot day. It tasted like a juice not a tea.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/teavana-loose-leaf-black-tea-and-mate.html

gmathis

My experience with Teavana is pretty minimal — but the one flavor combo/blend I’ve tried was pretty good. Do the sales folks suggest the combos or were you just luckily adventurous?

AmazonV

they are very pushy so you need to be in a i know what i want mood, or willing to spend an arm and leg (then again they get fired otherwise) – i went in and said i like snow geisha, and i like jasmine pearls + rooibos tropica, what would you suggest, iced – and ended up with this – we were on vacation in the summer (extreme backlog) and in a mall and saw teavana, i can’t resist tea

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Combo Himalayan Majestic / Splendor and Raspberry Riot Lemon

Steep Information:
Prepared in store, iced, in a Perfect Tea Maker with 3 tsp rock sugar and poured over ice
Served: Cold

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: berry
Flavor: lemon, berry, sweet
Body: Full
Liquor: translucent hot pink

A delicious treat while wandering the mall on a hot day. It tasted like a juice not a tea.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/teavana-loose-leaf-black-tea-and-mate.html

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80
drank Russian Blend by Samovar
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Prepared in store, and bought some for home.

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: (lapsang souchong) smokey
Steeped Tea Smell: (lapsang souchong) smokey
Flavor: sweet, smoky, black tea
Body: Full
Aftertaste: none
Liquor: translucent dark orange oaker

Lightly smokey, less than a lapsang souchong, with the nice hint of fruit.

MilitiaJim had this for breakfast at the Yerba Buena Gardens location. It was a part of the “Russian Service”

Tarragon-Marinated Beets, Smoked Whitefish & Horseradish, Devilled Egg with Caviar, Herbed Crackers, Fresh Fruit, Chocolate Brownie. They say that Tolstoy fueled his creativity by drinking Russian tea from the samovar. See what it does for you. Start with our zavarka, dilute it with a tad of hot water and add milk and sugar.

MilitiaJim experimented with it plain, milk, sugar, milk and sugar. The tea came from the samovar and then was diluted with hot water in a kettle on the samovar.

The location has comfortable benches, outdoor seating, huge windows for natural light and is very cozy. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.

The box we purchased was a nice recyclable cardboard, containing a plastic bag containing the tea, held shut by metal clip. There was also a sticker included. Not sure why.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/samovar-loose-leaf-black-tea-russian.html

Dan

What, no Vodka?

AmazonV

bleh, i’ve tried tea / alcohol combos and usually i don’t like them, i also tend to dislike alcohol (flavor)

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 tsp
Water: boiling, 12oz
Tool: kati loose tea system
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes (http://steep.it)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Cardamom, clove, POW!
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon, peppercorn
Flavor: bake-y, cinnamon, cardamom
Body: Full
Aftertaste: ginger
Liquor: barely translucent dark brown

+ honey stick

You can see all the spices, whole cardamom pods, whole cloves, it looks lovely.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/arbor-teas-loose-leaf-black-tea-masala.html

1 tsp is as good as 2 tsp, delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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64
drank Cinnamon Apple Spice by T Bar
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Prepared in store, paper cup and t-sac
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: Smell apple cinnamon
Flavor: Sweet more cinnamon than apple but mostly black tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: Bark
Liquor: Translucent dark brown

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/tbar-loose-leaf-black-tea-cinnamon.html

Meghann M

I can’t imagine a bark aftertaste being good :(

AmazonV

Actually not bark in a bad way…think rooibos type woody barky (then again i like rooibos)

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61
drank Chill Pill by Compass Teas
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Steep Information:
Amount: entire sample
Water: 1000ml boiling water
Tool: Swivel Teapot
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: I forgot! I was too excited.
Steeped Tea Smell: chamomile, lemongrass, citrus, mint
Flavor: lemongrass, chamomile
Body: Light/Medium/Full
Aftertaste: mint
Liquor: translucent green-yellow

Gift from TeaEqualsBliss, thank you.

It’s OK, it’s nicer than plain chamomile but not anything special.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/compass-teas-loose-leaf-herbal-tisane_27.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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51
drank Osmanthus Dragon Pearls by T Bar
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Prepared and served in a teapot with a t-sac with a dish for the leaves when steeped enough.
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: lightly floral, very vegetal
Flavor: vegetal, silky
Body: Light
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: translucent brown-green

It started out very weak, and got good and vegetal floral, then I let it steep a little too long and it got bitter.

Too weak for me.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/tbar-loose-leaf-green-tea-osmanthus.html

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9
drank Q2 #2 by Art of Tea
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 6 tsp
Water: filtered, boiling ~22oz
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer in cup
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: fennel, lemon, spices
Steeped Tea Smell: lemon, fennel, hints of ginger, smoother
Flavor: ginger tang, lemon, sweet
Body: Full
Aftertaste: strong fennel flavor that coats the toungue
Liquor: translucent dark red-brown

I did not like the aftertaste, if it wasn’t so strong and bitter I think I would have liked the tea more.

June 2010 tea judging panel

“The result of our tea judging panel was a close one! After some thoughtful reviews and discussions, Art of Tea is proud to announce that we will be moving forward with the most well-received blend, tea #2 (the one consisting of tulsi, fennel, neem, lemon myrtle, apple, green rooibos, ginger). It will be called Vata, and the release date is set to be sometime in October as part of our new Ayurveda line introduction.”

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/art-of-tea-loose-leaf-herbal-tisane-q2.html

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Breakfast Blend by Samovar
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Prepared in store. Served in a teapot without leaves and a small cup.

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: Honey and black tea
Flavor: Black tea, sweet
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: none
Liquor: hard to see in the dark lounge

MilitiaJim ordered this tea with the Wasabi Caesar Salad w/ Wild Smoked Salmon (Organic hearts of romaine, wild smoked salmon, shaved parmesan, garlic, croutons, & Caesar dressing w/ a wasabi kick)

Post-Steep Additives: MilitiaJim experimented with both the provided brown sugar and cream.

Ordered at the Zen Valley location for dinner with Squash Dumplings w/ Dipping Sauce (Handmade vegetarian squash dumplings w/ spicy sesame-soy sauce).

We were seated in the upper area in the back at a table for two. The back area was dimly lit. The place was a very relaxed atmosphere with an attentive staff. We purchased a tin of Russian blend and tea oil to take home (sadly the tea oil was confiscated by the TSA because we forgot to mail it home or check a bag). The place was not very busy, there were two other couples there when we first arrived for dinner Saturday night.

I enjoyed the other Samovar lounge location more and would prefer to return to Yerba Buena Gardens rather than this one. We did not get to try the Mission-Castro location.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/samovar-loose-leaf-black-tea-breakfast.html

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

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Cardamom, clove, POW!
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon, peppercorn
Flavor: bake-y, cinnamon, cardamom
Body: Full
Aftertaste: ginger
Liquor: barely translucent dark brown

You can see all the spices, whole cardamom pods, whole cloves, it looks lovely.

I wish I had soy milk at work to make a latte with this.

When I received this with some other packages for review it came with a handwritten note. I love that i got a hand written note! It makes me smile when people include notes in packages. The note gave a little information on the Arbor Teas commitment to the environment – including information about their 100% backyard compostable packaging. The note was printed with vegetable-based ink on FSC-certified paper containing 100% post-consumer waste and processed chlorine-free.

This tea is organic and Fair Trade Certified. That would be worthless if the tea was not good, but this tea is delicious so it’s an added bonus for everyone. It is a lovely tea and only missed out on a 100% rating because it’s not something I MUST keep stocked at all times.

Post-Steep Additives: +2 honey sticks

Cha/chai is/means tea to most of the world, so I’ll say spiced teas are my favorite, I have one at Starbucks every day

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/arbor-teas-loose-leaf-black-tea-masala.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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