702 Tasting Notes

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Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: boiling 12 oz
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: orange, clove, the cinnamon I had to look for
Steeped Tea Smell: black tea
Flavor: black tea with a nice background of cinnamon and clove
Body: Full
Aftertaste: citrus, astringent, toasty (hard to describe but like the baked part of the tea stays with you)
Liquor: nearly opaque dark red-brown

Post-Steep Additives: + 1 honey stick = a little more of the spices come out.

At first was expecting more spice, from the name, but I was pleasantly surprised by this being a nice strong black tea with hints of spice. They play second fiddle to a lovely cup of tea. The smell does make you

think of the holidays, and overall i drank about 3 cups of this today at work – they kept disappearing before I could write my review.

I believe I could have used one heaping spoonful instead of two in the 12 ounce mug.

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.

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

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Creamy Peppermint by Compass Teas
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: hot spigot water
Tool: kati loose tea system (my Review here.)
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes+ (http://steep.it/) since i forgot about it for a little
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: mint
Steeped Tea Smell: mellow mint with hints of black tea
Flavor: mint, followed by black tea
Body: Full
Aftertaste: astringent, bitter
Liquor: opaque dark orange brown

A gift from TeaEqualsBliss, thank you.

I should have watched it closer and only did 2 min, and added sugar and cream – next time.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/compass-teas-loose-leaf-black-tea_13.html

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Organic Dian Hong by Basic Tea
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: ~2 tsp
Water: hot spigot water
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: sweet, honey
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet
Flavor: sweet, fuzzy – it gives a fuzzy mouth feel
Body: Light
Aftertaste: astringent
Liquor: translucent light brown

A gift from TeaEqualsBliss, thank you.

I found this tea to be too mellow, light and subtle for me. It is surprisingly sweet.

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

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Bai Hao by Samovar
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Prepared in store. Served in the Duck Eggshell Porcelain Guywan Set with an iron pot of water. I was pretty impressed with myself, for the first time using a guywan I only made a mess the first pour! I went through about 3+ pots of hot water and the tea was still going strong but our food was done, the parking meter was up, and it was time to go to our next scheduled event.

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vegeal, nutty
Steeped Tea Smell: Very little to no scent
Flavor: light, silky, vegetal nutty
Body: Light to medium as it went on
Aftertaste: not noticeable, but I was also eating
Liquor: translucent yellow green

I had this for breakfast at the Yerba Buena Gardens location. I ordered it as there was no Golden Phoenix Oolong Tea available. The waitress suggested this as an alternative and i enjoyed it. I had the Ginger Quinoa Waffle (Soft like a pillow, heavenly. Served with fresh fruit & real maple syrup) along with this tea.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/samovar-loose-leaf-oolong-tea-bai-hao.html

Thomas Smith

If I knew you were in the SF Bay Area, I would have been happy to drag you around to tea places! Did you have a chance to swing by Imperial Tea Court, Teance, or Red Blossom?

AmazonV

Sadly i was only there for about <48 hours :( otherwise that would have been awesome! I arrived midnight friday – went to wicked grounds, woke up saturday and had breakfast at samovar, then spent the day at teh dickens fair seeing a friend, then dinner at samovar, dessert at wicked grounds, sunday was lupicia and airport…short trip

~lauren.

gastronomically speaking, sounds like a success!!

AmazonV

yes! short but sweet, i do wish i could have gone longer

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48
drank Maiden's Ecstasy by Samovar
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Prepared in store. Served in a tiny yixing clay pot, with an iron pot of water and a small iron cup. The leaves kept getting clumped and blocking the spout. I had to swirl it around to get the tea out. I managed to make quite a mess of it.

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Fall leaves
Steeped Tea Smell: Muddy fall leaves
Flavor: Fall leaves, Gritty
Body: Full
Aftertaste: astringent
Liquor: hard to see in the dark lounge

I do not like pu-erh, but everyone recommended this one for a non-pu-erh lover. I agree that pu-erh is best with food, I found it “meh” as opposed to gross. The muddy bit was less pronounced when i drank it while eating.

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

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/samovar-loose-leaf-pu-erh-tea-maidens.html

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Steep Information:
Prepared at Wicked Grounds.

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: Honey, hints of black
Flavor:
AmazonV: Sweet, light black tea, slightly floral
MilitiaJim: vegetal for a black
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: Sweet, wood
Liquor: Translucent dark orange

http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/red-blossom-tea-company-loose-leaf.html

pinky

Gosh, I had no idea there was such a thing as kinky tea shops. Excellent!

AmazonV

sadly this is the only kinky tea shop i know of thus far, but it was great fun and delicious teas!

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80
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 teaspoons
Water: 1000ml water @ 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2:30 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell:
AmazonV: fruity, apple? berry?
MilitiaJim: The dry tea smells like strawberries, which is a bummer. (He does not like them.)
Steeped Tea Smell:
AmazonV: fruity, mulled cider?
MilitiaJim: The brewed tea smells more like apricots
Flavor:
AmazonV: almond, fruity, black tea finish
MilitiaJim: It has light fruit and almond flavor.
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent
Liquor: dark amber

It doesn’t taste the same as when we sampled it in the store, I wonder how they brewed it up? The tea is still very delicious and enjoyable. It makes me think of some kind of holiday cookie.

Post-Steep Additives: German rock sugar – more fruit flavor.

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

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: hot spigot water
Tool: kati loose tea system (my Review here.)
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes (http://steep.it)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: citrus, floral
Steeped Tea Smell: MINT, orange, lemon
Flavor: floral, mint
Body: Medium/Full
Aftertaste: orange, mint
Liquor: translucent orange-green

Took much MINT, bleh. That flavor overwhelmed the rest of the cup. I am not a huge mint fan unless it’s iced – and has alcohol.

This was a gift from TeaEqualsBliss, thank you.

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

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
~lauren.

this tea strikes me as a tea that may be enjoyed at any other time but at breakfast – you know, like an after-dinner palate refresher or something like that

AmazonV

I guess it goes well with mint toothpaste? either way a bit too minty for me any time of day…although maybe iced in the summer would be refreshing

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drank Fireside Blend by Compass Teas
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: hot spigot water
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: floral, vanilla
Steeped Tea Smell: vanilla, black tea
Flavor: astringent black tea with hints of vanilla, clove
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent, nutty
Liquor: translucent dark orange brown

A gift from TeaEqualsBliss, thank you!

Post-Steep Additives: + 1 honey stick = a little spicier

I like it, and would select to have it again if it was an option

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

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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drank Nectar by McNulty's
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: hot spigot water
Tool: kati loose tea system (my Review here.)
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes (using http://Steep.It)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, mild black tea, reminds me of a Darjeeling
Flavor: smooth black tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: hints of sweet and nuts, and a bit of astringency and bitterness
Liquor: translucent dark red-brown

This was a gift from teaequalsbliss, thanks!

Overall it was not a remarkable tea, it was enjoyable but not something I will seek out.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/mcnultys-tea-and-coffee-company-loose.html

Preparation
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
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