714 Tasting Notes

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drank Breakfast Blend by Samovar
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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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90
drank Red Robe by thepuriTea
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Steep Information:
Amount: 5.8g
Water: 750ml 180°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 4 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: chocolate
Steeped Tea Smell: chocolate
Flavor: bakey, lightly vegetal, smooth, a little malty
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: sweet
Liquor: translucent light orange brown

Resteep: 5 min, 750ml 180°F
The same, but fuller

Did not have time for a third steep.

Delicious oolong, not as loved as I love my Zealong, but a nice runner up.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/thepuritea-loose-leaf-oolong-tea-red.html

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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64
drank Fleur de Grey by Mad Pots of Tea
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Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 500ml 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: lavender, bergamot
Steeped Tea Smell: lavender, bergamot, floral
Flavor: floral, bergamot, black tea
Body: Full
Aftertaste: bergamot
Liquor: translucent light brown, amber

Too much lavender for me, but i like how the chrysanthemum plays into the earl grey.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/mad-pots-of-tea-loose-leaf-black-tea.html

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Citrus Spice by Revolution Tea
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Brought out in a nice cast iron teapot and coaster
Amount: 1 teabag
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: Orange with cinnamon, clove
Flavor: Orange with cinnamon, clove
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: none
Liquor: translucent orange

A very festive (orange and clove) holiday drink.

The water and teapot were not hot enough to start sadly.

I ordered this when my mother and I went out to dinner at P.F. Chang’s.

If I had to guess, after googling, I think that P.F. Chang’s uses Revolution Tea

Resteep: Weak, water, undrinkable

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/pf-chang-teabag-herbal-tisane-citrus.html

ipackerfan

I love this tea, but just went to restock my supply from the Revolution tea site and found out that they only have it in the really expensive single packs. Does anyone have a recomendation for a tea that tastes similar?
Or I could just wait till they put it back into the multi packs (that cost much less).
Thanks for the opinions!!

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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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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
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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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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
714 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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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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