702 Tasting Notes

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drank Walnut Fudge Brownie by 52teas
702 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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51
drank Winter Spice by Tea Forte
702 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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51
drank Lavender Citrus by Tea Forte
702 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
702 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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Steep Information:
Amount: 2 teaspoons
Water: filtered 500ml °F 175
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: candy, sweet
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, floral, a little black tea, a little green tea
Flavor: vegetal, black, floral finish
Body: Light
Aftertaste: tasty flowers
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

I add to add a minute to the steep time as 2 minutes was too weak.

I won these teas in a contest that was run by Dan on Steepster that was great fun, and got me tea prizes!

I find the labels on the tea samples to be perfect, they include the company name, tea name, tea type, and steeping directions. I have been informed that the samples that you buy on the web site, or any teas purchased on the site, will come in food safe, plastic lined, kraft bags which keep light out and keep the tea fresh for about 4-5 months. Tea is best stored in tins which are not clear and air tight, since light activates the steeping process and moisture as well. The sample bags I received were about 2-3 cups each, where purchased samples are larger.

Resteep: 4 minutes, a weak but floral cup

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/10/georgia-tea-company-loose-leaf-green.html

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

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5
drank Yerba Mate by Samovar
702 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: bitter, vegetal, grassy
Steeped Tea Smell: grassy, vegetal, a little sweet
Flavor: sweet at first, then vegetal and grassy
Body: Light
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

I do not like grassy teas or herbal infusions, and this was grassy, even though a bit naturally sweet. BLEH

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

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

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Steep Information:
Amount: ~6g
Water: 750ml 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, roasty
Steeped Tea Smell: cocoa, roasty, malty
Flavor: slightly astringent, malty black tea
Body: Full
Aftertaste: slightly astringent
Liquor: translucent dark red-brown

This was a tea I had in the morning with breakfast, it was an excellent full bodied kick you into gear drink. It was not in any way remarkable from other high end ceylon teas i have had, but it is a very smooth and nuanced high end ceylon. If you are a fan on ceylon I can not recommend this one more highly. I however am an oolong girl so as much as I enjoyed this, and am presenting it with a full 4/4 leaves ranking, and would love to have it again should the opportunity present itself, I won’t be stocking up on it.

Arbor Teas sent me this sample for free in order for me to review it and get the word out about their teas in October as it is Fair Trade Month. It arrived USPS Priority mail, but had to wait a few days at the post office for me to pick it up. The compostable packages are opaque and have listed suggested steeping parameters and a stapled on paper tag with the specific tea information. They include a note about re-packaging your tea into opaque air-tight containers for longer shelf lives.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/10/arbor-teas-loose-leaf-black-tea-organic.html

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
mattbriancon

Mixing Metric with Standard?

AmazonV

yup, i’ma rebel, actually more like the teapot only had ml and my jewlery scale had g by default and i haven’t changed it?

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Steep Information:
Amount: ~4 heaping tsp
Water: 16 oz boiling filtered water
Tool: adagio IngenuiTEA 16 oz
Steep Time: 5+ minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: fake cinnamon, wood, something tangy at the end
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon bark
Flavor: natural delicious cinnamon bark, smooth, sweet
Body: Full
Aftertaste: sweet, bark
Liquor: nearly opaque brown-red

I was worried at first by the artificial scent, but it turned out to be a sweet and delicious dessert tea. I adore cinnamon and this hit the spot.

This is the third Arbor Teas sample I have tried, both so far have had a sweetness to them without needing additives. I very much am enjoying these teas!

Arbor Teas sent me this sample for free in order for me to review it and get the word out about their teas in October as it is Fair Trade Month. It arrived USPS Priority mail, but had to wait a few days at the post office for me to pick it up. The compostable packages are opaque and have listed suggested steeping parameters and a stapled on paper tag with the specific tea information. They include a note about re-packaging your tea into opaque air-tight containers for longer shelf lives.

From http://www.arborteas.com/the-environment.html
“Our dedication to protecting the environment pre-dates our love of tea, which is why we’ve taken every step we can think of to reduce the environmental footprint of Arbor Teas.

Never ones to rest on our laurels, we’re always looking for further opportunities to “green-up” our company, giving back to the planet whenever we can. Here’s just a quick summary of the measures we take at Arbor Teas to reduce the environmental impact of our business:
• Our entire catalog of teas is certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program.
• We are the first and only tea company to deliver its full line of organic loose teas in 100% backyard compostable packaging. In doing so, we’ve significantly reduced both the carbon emissions and waste stream associated with our products."

And from their letter to me “every tea in out catalog is certified organic, and nearly two-thirds are Fair Trade certified.”

Resteep: 16oz boiling filtered water, I lost track of time, over 10 minutes, medium bodied strong cinnamon tea, delicious but not as full as the first steep

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/10/arbor-teas-loose-leaf-white-tea-organic_09.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: filtered, boiling, mug full
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: mostly the paper bag
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet corn, hay
Flavor: sweet corn
Body: Light
Aftertaste: hay
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

Received in a Steepster swap with Mel.

Well, it was sweet, and not bad at all. It reminded me of a light white tea, and was so nice and sweet it didn’t need sweetener. It really didn’t capture my attention or was a memorable enough flavor to leave me craving more but I am very glad I got to try some of this unique tea.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/10/wang-globalnet-teabag-herbal-tea-oksusu.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Glad you reminded me I have a couple of sample bags still tucked away—now that the weather is changing, maybe the “harvesty” flavor will hit the spot.

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Steep Information:
Amount: ~5 tsp
Water: 1,200ml 185°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, fruity, slightly vegetal
Flavor: slightly bitter, slightly astringent, vegetal, silky, sweet
Body: Light
Aftertaste: slightly astringent
Liquor: translucent orange-brown

This is the second Arbor Teas sample I have tried, both so far have had a sweetness to them without needing additives. I very much am enjoying these teas!

Arbor Teas sent me this sample for free in order for me to review it and get the word out about their teas in October as it is Fair Trade Month. It arrived USPS Priority mail, but had to wait a few days at the post office for me to pick it up. The compostable packages are opaque and have listed suggested steeping parameters and a stapled on paper tag with the specific tea information. They include a note about re-packaging your tea into opaque air-tight containers for longer shelf lives.

From http://www.arborteas.com/the-environment.html
“Our dedication to protecting the environment pre-dates our love of tea, which is why we’ve taken every step we can think of to reduce the environmental footprint of Arbor Teas.

Never ones to rest on our laurels, we’re always looking for further opportunities to “green-up” our company, giving back to the planet whenever we can. Here’s just a quick summary of the measures we take at Arbor Teas to reduce the environmental impact of our business:
• Our entire catalog of teas is certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program.
• We are the first and only tea company to deliver its full line of organic loose teas in 100% backyard compostable packaging. In doing so, we’ve significantly reduced both the carbon emissions and waste stream associated with our products."

And from their letter to me “every tea in out catalog is certified organic, and nearly two-thirds are Fair Trade certified.”

Find Steepster reviews of the tea here.

Resteep: 185°F for 3 minutes, 1,200ml – the same other than the tea became medium bodied not light

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/10/arbor-teas-loose-leaf-white-tea-organic.html

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

iced was pretty good as well

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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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