709 Tasting Notes

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Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 500ml filtered water 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: banana runts, hint of walnut
Steeped Tea Smell: walnut, banana runts, black tea, butter
Flavor: bitter black tea
Body: Full
Aftertaste: astringent
Liquor: translucent dark brown

(1/4)

Try 2

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 500ml filtered water 280°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: banana runts, hint of walnut
Steeped Tea Smell: walnut, banana runts, black tea, butter
Flavor: astringent black tea, walnut
Body: Full
Aftertaste: astringent, bitter
Liquor: translucent dark brown

(1/4)

Try 3

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 500ml filtered water 205°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: banana runts, hint of walnut
Steeped Tea Smell: walnut, banana runts, black tea, butter
Flavor: astringent black tea, walnut, banana, bake-y
Body: Full
Aftertaste: astringent, bitter
Liquor: translucent dark brown

(2/4)

Try 4

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 750ml filtered water 205°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: banana runts, hint of walnut
Steeped Tea Smell: walnut, banana runts, black tea, butter
Flavor: astringent black tea, walnut, banana, bake-y
Body: Full
Aftertaste: astringent, banana
Liquor: translucent dark brown

So try 4 was the best, I got walnuts and banana and black tea, and it was a nice cup, however no butter!

Thanks Rachel for the prep tips.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/52teas-loose-leaf-black-tea-hot.html

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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58

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 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: grassy, smoke
Steeped Tea Smell: roasty, molasses
Flavor: gritty, thick, roasty, smoky, woody
Body: Full
Aftertaste: astringent and bitter
Liquor: opaque dark brown, like coffee

A gift from TeaEqualsBliss.

I enjoyed this, I have found I only like roasted mate and not green mate.

I think a bit of cream and sugar would go well in this.

pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/mate-factor-company-loose-leaf-mate.html

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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57
drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
709 tasting notes

enjoying a nice cup of tea after a homemade breakfast this morning 1-2 tsp tea for 2 minutes, boiling water, a spoonful of honey in a large coffee mug

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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10

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: hot spigot water
Tool: kati loose tea system (my Review here.)
Steep Time: ~ 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: malty, the leaves have a disappointing CTC look.
Steeped Tea Smell: roasty, smoky
Flavor: astringent, malty, smoky, nutty
Body: Full
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: translucent dark orange brown

TeaEqualsBliss Gift!

Unremarkable, and slightly unpleasant.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/mcnultys-tea-and-coffee-company-loose_22.html

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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63
drank Sweet Orange by ESP Emporium
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 12 ounces 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: orange, grassy, a little mint (cross contamination?)
Steeped Tea Smell: grassy, hints of orange
Flavor: grassy
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: grassy
Liquor: translucent olive green

I like it better than most mate I have had, didn’t get much orange, but i got a green tea flavor as opposed to the overpowering flavor i usually get from mate.

This was a gift from TeaEqualsBliss, Thank you!

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/esp-emporium-loose-leaf-mate-tisane.html

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: ~150°F hot spigot water 12 oz
Steep Time: a little over 1 minute (http://steep.it)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: strawberry, vanilla, hints of vegetation
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal, matcha, slight hints of berry
Flavor: mild vegetal, slightly floral, smooth
Body: Light
Aftertaste: vegetal
Liquor: translucent light green

Not a bad tea at all, but too floral for me. I also am not a huge green tea fan.

I am not getting the berry or vanilla in the taste, only the smell.

This was a free item included in my order.

pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/lupicia-teabag-green-tea-strawberry.html

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

This tea reminds me to make a matcha strawberry (or matcha strawberry chocolate chip) ice cream.

AmazonV

from scratch, or mixing it into ice cream?

Cofftea

Making actual ice cream. If I was gonna be lazy I woulda said so LOL:) Lazy way is good, but I’m sure the real way would be better. I’d actually make frozen yogurt though, not ice cream.

AmazonV

wow i haven’t done that in ages! since i was tiny, not even sure we have a ice cream maker anymore

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90

having a kati cup, boiling water, 2 min + 1 stick of honey
lovely! i think this is the best of 3 steeps i’ve done so far
orangy, cinamon smell and a smooth black tea taste with a follow up of cinnamon citrus on the tounge

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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90

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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drank Creamy Peppermint by Compass Teas
709 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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drank Organic Dian Hong by Basic Tea
709 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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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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