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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 bag
Water: 6? ounces hot spigot water from Keurig
Steep Time: 5+ minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Tart, fruit, passionfruit
Steeped Tea Smell: Tart, fruity, Not sweet
Flavor: Tart, fruity, Not sweet
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: tart
Liquor: translucent red-orange

I had this tea this morning in my mom’s office.

I didn’t taste mango at all, I tasted tart passionfruit.

I didn’t really like it, but it wasn’t bad enough to make me want to not finish it. I think it would have been better with some sweetener.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/11/stash-tea-company-teabag-herbal-tea.html

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
698 tasting notes

drinking the last of this today, sweetened it is an excellent dessert pie, i mean drink

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Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: Peach, citrus, lemon, black tea, sweet
Flavor: sweet black tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: lemon, sweet, black tea, clean
Liquor: cloudy opaque light orange-brown

I purchased this while at the airport, it was a very good bottled iced tea, you could taste the quality tea and it was not overpowered by sweeteners or juices.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/10/harney-and-sons-bottled-black-tea.html

WomensVoices

Harney & Sons is one of my favorites – you’ll have to try their loose leaves too.

http://womensvoicesforchange.org/tea-talk-a-conversation-with-brigitte-harney.htm

AmazonV

@WomensVoice I have tried many of their loose leaf teas: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/search/label/Harney%20and%20Sons%20Company

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drank Highland Coca Tea by NovoAndina
698 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: 8 ounces hot spigot water
Steep Time: 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cinnamon, spice, chocolate, fall hay
Steeped Tea Smell: hay, grass
Flavor: hay, grass
Body: Full
Aftertaste: sweet, grassy
Liquor: translucent yellow-brown

Obtained in a swap with Mel, thanks!

Despite the strong chocolate scent it was a surprisingly hay like taste. I enjoyed it for it’s light sweet flavor.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/10/novoandina-loose-leaf-herbal-tea.html

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Walnut Fudge Brownie by 52teas
698 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: ~3 tsp
Water: filtered, 500ml, 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: chocolate cake with hints of walnut
Steeped Tea Smell: chocolate, hints of black tea
Flavor: black tea, chocolate
Body: Light
Aftertaste: walnut, slightly astringent and bitter
Liquor: translucent orange-brown

I think I needed to make it longer, and perhaps a bit cooler.

Post-Steep Additives: German rock sugar – a little more chocolate

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/10/52teas-loose-leaf-black-tea-walnut.html

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Winter Spice by Tea Forte
698 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 silken infuser pyramid
Water: 12? ounces hot spigot water (140°F ?)
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes (walking to my desk + steep.it)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cinnamon, clove
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon, clove, mulling spice
Flavor: mild black tea with cinnamon
Body: Light
Aftertaste: cinnamon, spice
Liquor: translucent light orange-brown

Much milder than I expected. This would not be a morning cup of wake-me-up tea.

Mellow, spicy, and makes me think of mulled apple cider. I am enjoying the cup, but not sure I would seek this itself.

Post-Steep Additives: honey stick, sweeter, and spicier

It came as part of the Tea Forte “Holiday Spice” set of 20 silken infusers black and herbal teas. I purchased it specifically for the Winter Chai. The set listed on the website includes 20 pyramid infusers with Five infusers each of: Winter Chai, Sweet Orange Spice, Ginger and Vienna Cinnamon. Apparently this box does not have Sweet Orange Spice and instead has Winter Spice.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/10/tea-forte-teabag-black-tea-winter-spice.html

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Spicier?

AmazonV

I could have worded that better – the honey made the tea taste sweeter and brought out the spices so they were stronger

Cofftea

Oh ok, it’s under additives so I couldn’t figure out what a spicier was lol

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drank Lavender Citrus by Tea Forte
698 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 infuser
Water: 2oz skyy vodka, 2oz ginger ale
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Cold

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: lavender, citrus, chemical
Steeped Tea Smell: lavender
Flavor: vodka, ginger ale, lavender
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: citrus
Liquor: translucent pink

After 3 minutes the flavor was weak, so put the infuser back in, while I ate dinner, then it was much stronger.

This is from the Tea Forte cocktails collection.

I like it, I don’t love it, but that may have to do with the vodka?

Very pleasant aroma.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/10/tea-forte-teabag-white-tea-lavender.html

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

So very interesting. In a good way.

AmazonV

I was already purchasing the holiday spice set for the winter chai, and had seen these coctail infusers before, and decided to give them a try, i’m really excited to try the chai!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I can see why. I may have to check these out myself.

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drank Peppermint Yerba Mate by Samovar
698 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 500ml filtered water 175°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: STRONG peppermint, then a little vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: mild peppermint, hint of vegetal
Flavor: vegetal, sweet, peppermint
Body: Light
Aftertaste: tingly, vegetal
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

I do not like grassy teas or yerba mate, but this one I found drinkable thanks to the peppermint. It’s kind of soothing actually.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/10/samovar-loose-leaf-mate-tea-peppermint.html

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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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