714 Tasting Notes

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drank Fireside Blend by Compass Teas
714 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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51
drank Nectar by McNulty's
714 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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77
drank Cherry Bomb by Compass Teas
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Water: hot spigot water
Tool: kati loose tea system (my Review here.)
Steep Time: a little over 1 minute (http://steep.it)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: fruity, floral
Steeped Tea Smell: cherry, fruity, floral, spring!
Flavor: cherry, fruity, floral
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: floral
Liquor: translucent orange-red

Enjoyable, makes this dreary winter day a little more like spring. I bet this would be good iced as well.

This was a gift from TeaEqualsBliss!

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

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Silkroad Chai by Tea Forte
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 infuser
Water: 50ml Goldschläger
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Cold

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: spicy, peppery
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon
Flavor: cinnamon
Body: Full
Aftertaste: peppery
Liquor: translucent orange-red

O.M.G. the cinnamon burns

Post-Steep Additives: ice, seltzer

Mellower on the burning, it has potential, perhaps in a cream liquor?

http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/tea-forte-teabag-black-tea-silkroad.html

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec

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59
drank Vanilla Caramel Truffle by Lipton
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: 12 ounces boiling water
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet vanilla
Steeped Tea Smell: caramel, vanilla
Flavor: bitter black tea, caramel
Body: Full
Aftertaste: bitter, astringent
Liquor: translucent orange-brown

Post-Steep Additives: + German rock sugar = more caramel, vanilla

Not bad, not great – works well as a quick minimal thought work tea.

http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/lipton-teabag-black-tea-vanilla-caramel.html

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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48
drank Lemongrass Mint by Tea Forte
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 infuser
Water: 2 oz Bacardi Select, 4oz seltzer
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Cold

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: lemongrass, mint
Steeped Tea Smell: RUM
Flavor: Rum
Body: none
Aftertaste: rum
Liquor: translucent orange-brown

15+ more minutes, and then left the infuser in.

Steeped Tea Smell: lemongrass and mint
Flavor: rum
Aftertaste: lemongrass and mint

This is from the Tea Forte cocktails collection.

Meh, more interesting than straight rum. I’m not much of a drinker so take my review with a grain of salt.

http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/12/tea-forte-teabag-herbal-tisane.html

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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65
drank French Vanilla Chai by Twinings
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: 160°F hot spigot water
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, cinnamon, vanilla, clove, and something else I can not quite figure out
Steeped Tea Smell: vanilla, cinnamon, sweet, cardamom
Flavor: mild black tea, vanilla, cinnamon
Body: Medium
Aftertaste:
Liquor: Translucent green-brown

Gift from a co-worker who loves strong black teas.

I am shocked by the mild nature of the black tea in this blend. It relaly takes a back seat to the cinnamon and vanilla.

Post-Steep Additives: one honey stick. Now the flavor is a nice mellow sweet cinnamon, with hints of vanila.

Just too mild for me. It was a nice sipping tea, but I want my spiced black teas to have a kick.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/11/twinings-of-london-teabag-black-tea.html

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Irish Breakfast by Bewley's
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: hot carafe water, paper cup
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: black tea, toasty
Steeped Tea Smell: black tea, toasty
Flavor: thick, dark
Body: Full
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: opaque dark brown

Post-Steep Additives: white sugar

Not the most fabulous tea, but it was very good at waking me up during the meeting I was in. I think the tea might have been a bit better had there been boiling water. A surprisingly good teabag.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/11/bewleys-coffee-and-tea-company-teabag.html

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
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Steep Information:
Amount: 3 teaspoons
Water: 750ml @ 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell:
AmazonV: it smells like chocolate peppermint
MilitiaJim: they started with chocolate, then added bacon and then it got weeeird.
Steeped Tea Smell:
AmazonV: chocolate, mint smell then a slight toasty black tea finish
MilitiaJim: There is that weird mintiness
Flavor:
AmazonV: roasty tea, hints of chocolate and smoke
MilitiaJim: the flavor of chocolate, then something trying to be bacon but it is mint
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: mint, smoke
Liquor: translucent dark orange

I wish I could give this tea a higher rating but the odd mint (perhaps cross-contamination?) is throwing it off, plus most bacon items are not as marvelous as I imagine. I did stop half way through for a glass of orange juice and bacon.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/11/52teas-loose-leaf-black-tea-chocolate.html

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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51
drank Vanilla Hojicha by Ito En
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 teaspoons
Water: 500mL @ 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 1 minute
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell:
MilitiaJim: Ricey woodness
AmazonV: Vanilla paint thinner
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal, vanilla
Flavor: sweet, vegetal, light vanilla
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: vegetal, bitter
Liquor: translucent green orange brown

It was naturally sweet, and only slightly vegetal. I wanted to try a Hojicha, and i like vanilla. It’s not bad but it’s not really something that I want to make again.

I purchased this at a tea shop inside of a grocery store in New Jersey.

Refrigerate after opening, seriously?

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/11/ito-en-loose-leaf-hojicha-green-tea.html

Preparation
Boiling 1 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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