709 Tasting Notes

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Steep Information:
Amount: 2 teabags
Additives: none
Water: 16 ounces hot spigot
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell:
Steeped Tea Smell: sour, berry, floral, defiantly getting hibiscus and blackberry, if i sniff and think hard i get the citrus note at the end lightly. Not getting the apple or rose at all.
Flavor: delicious apple berry hibiscus punch! a little tangy, starts sweet, then sour/tang, then sweet again. I love it, it’s like a fruit cocktail.
Body: Full
Aftertaste: sweet berry with lingering apple
Liquor: deep dark opaque purple-red

See my company review here.

I love this tea, it’s delicious and full of flavor, and the flavors and a blend, you can pick them out if you try (well i can’t find the rose) but not the weird teas that the flavors seem to be separate and not mesh.

I need to cut back on my caffeine so there will be plenty more herbals coming up.

This packaging is excellent for at work, the individual packs keeps it fresh and i don’t need to keep the box when it gets low (and my drawer will still be clean). Also teabags are just so convenient at work.

Post-Steep Additives: none

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/two-leaves-and-bud-teabag-herbal-tea.html

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

resteep fail, bleh colored water

Meghann M

I never seem to get a good resteep out of herbals, unless they are minty herbals, but then I don’t usually want the 2nd cup!

AmazonV

i know :( but i keep trying, sometimes i am pleasantly surprised

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per last notes
2 teabags
1 flavia cup hot spigot water
7 minutes
honey

i was forced to stir as all the color and flavor were on the bottom
smell is strong cinnamon and apple spice (mulled cider)
taste is juicy cinnamon apple, much better with 2 bags

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

and that finishes that!

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2 bags, honey, boiling water 7 minutes
it’s a fine red tea, but the hibiscus isn’t strong enough for me
and i was getting a weird minty flavor? usually it’s more of a lemony floral
resteep fail as usual

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drank Vanilla by McNulty's
709 tasting notes

sugar brought it up to 50%

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drank Vanilla by McNulty's
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teaspoon
Additives: none
Water: 6 ounces filtered boiling
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Vanilla
Steeped Tea Smell: Vanilla, black tea
Flavor: bitter black tea, but creamy
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: slightly sweet vanilla
Liquor: deep translucent brown

A Steepster Traveling Teabox Tea

I was expecting more vanilla flavor, and less bitterness.

Post-Steep Additives: 1/2 tsp German rock sugar, bring out the vanilla, and of course makes it sweeter. still a bit bitter

Resteep: 2 minutes, 1 tsp German rock sugar, very sweet, vanilla, same dark coloring, and bitter black tea

kinda feeling ‘meh’ about it, if it were a cheaper bagged tea i would find it acceptable, but I have higher expectations for loose leaf teas.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/mcnultys-tea-and-coffee-loose-leaf.html

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none
Water: lactose-free fat-free milk 6 ounces, 180 degrees
Steep Time: a little over 7 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: dark chocolate bar, nutty
Steeped Tea Smell: Hershey’s chocolate milk
Flavor: Hershey’s chocolate milk, but with not enough chocolate
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: none
Liquor: light milk chocolate colored

So last time this tea was kinda weak watery chocolate, and now it was creamy weak chocolate milk. Disappointing. Next time 2 bags per 6 ounces of milk.

Post-Steep Additives: none, and none needed

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: 3 teaspoons
Additives: none
Water: 2 zarafina cups
Steep Time: no idea, until the zarafina was done – setting – herbal, loose leaf, strong
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell:
AmazonV: honey, raspberry
MilitiaJim: fake sugar, fruit, vague bread sense, he is angry and upset by the fake sugar smell
Steeped Tea Smell: raspberry (MilitiaJim got fake sugar still)
Flavor:
AmazonV: woody, raspberry
MilitiaJim: floral
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: slightly raspberry
Liquor: deep reddish-brown

Got my 52Teas order Today! This was during one of the so-popular-they-had-to-reblend periods. They even were so kind as to hold of shipping for one week while I drank room into my cupboard (now that’s customer service!)

I expected a sweet fruity tea…never had cream cheese in my tea so wasn’t sure what to expect.

The tea itself is not sweet, and is defiantly predominantly raspberry. the danish / cream cheese aspects aren’t coming through and the honeybush is only adding a slight undercurrent of ‘tea’ and contrast to the berry flavor.

Post-Steep Additives: 1/2 tsp German rock sugar

The German rock sugar seems to bring of the cream cheese flavor. I definitely think this tea needs to be steeped with sweetener.

Not so sure I’d get it again, but I will enjoy this bag.

AmazonV

Resteep: 2 zarafina cups, 1 tsp german rock sugar, herbal-loose-string setting = weak, barely a raspberry scent, weak watery raspberry flavor. even the tea was a lighter translucent yellowish

Jillian

52Teas teas don’t resteep well I’ve found.

AmazonV

I am also wondering if i should go with common standards (1.5 tsp/6 ounces) as opposed to what the zarafina wants

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drank Cinnamon Stick by Bigelow
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none
Water: flavia hot spigot, 1 mug full
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cinnamon, but you had to get close and sniff
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon, again you had to get close to it, it didn’t hit you from say the desk while it was sitting next to me
Flavor: weak black tea, light cinnamon
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: bitter, astringent
Liquor: dark brown

One of my coworkers shared the tea love and gave me a few bags of this tea (yea!).

I was hoping for more of a hot cinnamon heart POW, but it was more a subdued cinnamon flavor. I may add sugar next time to try and round the tea out more.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/bigelow-teabag-black-tea-cinnamon-stick.html

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

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
709 tasting notes

per my last notes – added agave nectar, chai overpowered it, next time more? and cream i forgot cream

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drank Winter Chai by Tea Forte
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none
Water: 6 ounces filtered boiling
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cinnamon, clove, red tea, woody
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon, clove, MilitiaJim was getting cardamom
Flavor: cinnamon, woody
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: spicy
Liquor: deep reddish-brown

This was part of the Tea Forte Winter Collection I got as a holiday gift. This is the last flavor!

This is a nice spicy red tea (I can’t do caffeine after 6 pm). The cinnamon really dominates and you need to look for the other flavors for you to recognize their presence.

Perhaps I should have steeped it longer? I also can’t smell or taste the lemongrass. I could see it though.

Post-Steep Additives: lactose free fat free milk

Made it creamier less water and masked the rooibos woodiness (not necessarily a positive).

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/02/tea-forte-teabag-red-tea-winter-chai.html

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
~lauren.

pretty teacup!

AmazonV

Thank you :) I got it in a large assorted box of teacups my Mother-in-Law no longer wanted

AmazonV

Resteep: 6 minutes or more, 6 ounce cup, not as strong but drinkable, yea! I like it when teabags handle a resteep, it’s an unexpected surprise.

SoccerMom

I agree with Lauren in that it’s a pretty cup!!

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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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