709 Tasting Notes

91

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp mix
Additives: 1 tsp german rock sugar
Water: filtered almost boiling water, 1 teapot
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell:
Steeped Tea Smell: jasmine and fruit
Flavor:
Bobbie: OMG too much sugar
AmazonV: floral, fruity, sweet
MilitaJim: fruity, generically tropical
Body: Light
Aftertaste: no
Liquor: deep translucent reddish orange

My friend Bobbie came over with this pre mixed from Teavana, so we didn’t even have to mix our two separate bags of tea we had ordered online.

The tea is not very distinct in it’s flavoring, it’s just a fruity floral light tea. We all still love this mix, but it doesn’t hold the complexity or distinct flavors you would expect from a well proportioned mix.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: lost track of the time, had to leave it on a while to get flavor, the jasmine is much more pronounced in the second steep, but still a very generic fruit taste.

images:http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/02/teavana-loose-leaf-green-tea-and-red.html

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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93

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 teaspoons
Additives: none
Water: 20 ounces (4 oz more than suggested for 2 teaspoons)
Steep Time: a little over 4 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet (caramel-like) black tea
Steeped Tea Smell: bold black tea
Flavor: smooth and creamy, bold, black tea with a bit of astringency
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: nothing, clean
Liquor: nice translucent dark brown

Steepster Traveling Teabox Tea

It’s a nice clean bold black. I don’t quite understand what makes it so special? I mean it is a very delicious tea, and I am enjoying drinking it, but with all those abbreviations I expected something WOW.

Post-Steep Additives: lactose-free fat-free milk

No more astringency, just a nice creamy smooth bold black.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/02/upton-tea-imports-loose-leaf-black-tea.html

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Orchid Vanilla by Tea Forte
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
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, sweet, coconut milk, black tea
Flavor: bitter yet sweet, vanilla
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: milky coconut, vanilla
Liquor: deep brown

This is from a sampler set I got as a gift, the “winter collection”.

This is a nice flavored black tea. The flavoring is not very powerful, but that is fine with me.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: It was a sad and weak resteep that totally lost all the smoothness and dark black tea flavor. (3 minutes) not recommended for resteeping.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Cream by Ann Arbor TeaHaus
709 tasting notes

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

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell:
Steeped Tea Smell: strong black tea, MilitiaJim notes vanilla AmazonV notes caramel
Flavor: smooth strong black tea, a bit bitter
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: nice dark orange-brown

Steepster traveling teabox tea!

Not really getting the sweet cream taste, it is a smooth yet bold black, but that’s about it.

Post-Steep Additives: german rock sugar, 1 tsp

This tempers the bitter, now I think it bring out the creaminess.

Resteep: 2 min w/1 tsp rock sugar

I still the am getting mostly the same as above and I am getting a slight citrus hint in the flavor and the hint of vanilla in the smell MilitiaJim was talking about.

I am a cream and sugar in my black tea kind of person, some people don’t really like additives, while others always put them in without trying the tea first. i like to give the tea a chance first.

It’s a solid black, but I won’t buy it as there are other blacks I love as opposed to like / find to be good quality.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/02/teahaus-ann-arbor-loose-leaf-black-tea.html

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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15
drank pumpkin spice by Subtle Tea
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: ~1.5 tsp
Additives: none
Water: filtered boiling 6 ounces
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: I practically snorted it and still got no scent
Steeped Tea Smell: spice, cinnamon, pumpkin pie
Flavor: bitter black tea
Body: Full
Aftertaste: bitter, spicy
Liquor: nice deep reddish-brown

Steepster traveling teabox tea!

I didn’t really know what I was expecting, it sounded nice (who doesn’t like pumpkin pie?) and I figured it was worth a try.

So after the nice spicy scent of the steeped tea…I got a mouthful of bitter tea water.

Disappointing.

I certainly could have used to hot of water or steeped too long (I try to follow package directions the first go round). since I only get one go at each TTB tea I’ll have to wait until someone else takes a crack at it.

Post-Steep Additives: lactose free fat free milk, didn’t help

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
wombatgirl

A lot of these pumpkin teas seem to be turning out to be busts. So disappointing.

AmazonV

@Wombatgirl this reminds me of my October quest for a good pumpkin beer, we tried many and they were all busts, perhaps pumpkin is a hard flavor?

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74
drank Red Bush Chai by The Tao of Tea
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: ~1.5 teaspoons
Additives: none
Water: 6 ounces filtered boiling
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: woody, spicy, followed by mint
Steeped Tea Smell: woody, followed by mint
Flavor: spicy red tea, mostly cinnamon and cardamom
Body: Full
Aftertaste: mint
Liquor: dark reddish-brown

I was fortunate enough to grab the last two serving of this from the Steepster Traveling Teabox.

The smell is a bit different than the normal Chai I drink because of the mint.
The taste is a smooth, well balanced, spicy tea. The mint follows the sip.
The spices are a mellow and don’t stand out individually, they also are not very strong (think medium versus mild salsa).

This was not a bad tea, it was a nice sold red spiced tea. I am glad I got to try it, and would drink it again, but it is not my preferred chai so it won’t become a cupboard regular.

Post-Steep Additives: lactose free fat-free milk

It didn’t really make much of a difference. Perhaps if I had steeped it in the milk it might have?

Post-Steep Additives: honey

Tempered the spicy, but the spicy wasn’t a strong spicy so I don’t think it’s really needed.

images:http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/02/tao-of-tea-loose-leaf-red-tea-red-bush.html

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

resteep-tasted like a quality flavored black tea? odd since it’s a red tea, still smooth but the spice is very very mild and so is the mint.

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80

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 heaping scoops (i didn’t want to use all 3 in case i messed it up)
Additives: none
Water: filtered boiling 1 teapot, set to cool a few moments until it was around 195
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet baking coconut
Steeped Tea Smell: baking coconut (not like fresh coconut milk), grassy, vegetal (like some kind of buttered stewed leaves), maybe even a little nutty
Flavor: watery vegetal, again like buttered stewed leaves, very silky smooth mouth feel though
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: coconut, sweet
Liquor: nearly clear, yellow-brown

This was a gift from SoccorMom!

I have never had a Pouchong before. Pouchong – Wikipedia suggested following the directions for Oolong tea.

The tea was very natural tasting, not like two distinct flavors (tea, coconut) being put together, but one flavor that was both tea and coconut.

The vegetal that I dislike in greens was not a negative thing, it was more a nice cooked side dish of greens doused in butter and silky smooth.

The steeped leaves unfurled into beautiful green full leaves! I could swear they were just picked.

I am glad I got to try this as it was good and different, but not a favorite that I would stock up on, but I certainly wouldn’t mind having it again.

I never even knew there was such thing as Pouchong before, and I think I preferr this to green now that I know it exists!

Post-Steep Additives: none

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/02/golden-moon-tea-loose-leaf-pouchong-tea.html

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

well, this was my lunch break tea, i’m working at home today (snow) and i was hungry but don’t have anything interesting so i had gummi worms, the tea pairs very well with them….really

takgoti

Oooh, I haven’t had those in AGES. When I get around to ordering this tea, I’ll need to try that.

AmazonV

there were the fruity worm flavors…i was kinda surprised but it made a nice tropical coconut mixed drink flavor

AmazonV

resteep – 5 minutes, it still is silky smooth and delicious, but the vegetal taste is more prominent, the butter is gone, and there is a slight bitter tang at the end of each sip.

AmazonV

resteep 2-8 minutes ? i lost track i kept steeping a bit longer, it still is silky smooth and delicious, but i think it is weaker, MilitiaJim just came home and thinks it’s tropical and fine. interestingly this one is not bitter. I tossed the leaves anyway though b/c it’s late and i don’t want any more caffeine, and I’m getting bored of this one tea flavor all

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90

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag 6 ounces / 2 teabag 12 ounces
Additives: none
Water: filtered boiling
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cinnamon, clove
Steeped Tea Smell: spices, tea, orange, apple (not sure where the orange is coming from)
Flavor: citrus spice and tea, smooth and mellow (not sure where the citrus is coming from)
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: spice
Liquor: translucent dark brown

If you are expecting a spicy chai you will be disappointed. I have had this tea in the past however and find it a nice smooth flavored black tea.

I also enjoy this tea with a bit of honey and milk as it’s flavor is strong enough to stand up to that without being lost.

Post-Steep Additives: none
images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/02/republic-of-tea-teabag-black-tea.html

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

resteep was barely passable, weak, and not recommended

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15

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 heaping teaspoons (very hard to scoop from that little tin when it was so full)
Additives: none
Water: 1 teapot full filtered boiling
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: black tea, chemical
Steeped Tea Smell: black tea, maybe banana
Flavor: black tea, bitter, a hint of banana
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: fruity, bitter
Liquor: translucent orange-brown

I have my head cold still, perhaps this was over brewed? regardless I can’t find the banana and there is this weird fake chemical tinge to it. I am glad this was a small sampler.

Next time I will have to try less leaf and / or less steep time.

This time around I ended up tossing the rest of the pot after the first two cups.

The leaves themselves look full and high quality, but the flavor has that odd chemical tinge I am not liking.

Post-Steep Additives: none

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

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49
drank Rooibos Red Spice by Allegro
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 2.2g teabag
Additives: none
Water: boiling filtered
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: red, pepper, clove, cardamom, woody, spicy, earthy
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon, red tea, woodsy
Flavor: red tea, woodsy
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: ginger, pepper, cardamom
Liquor: translucent reddish brown

A Steepster Traveling Teabox Tea!

I can only have so much caffeine per day, and adore chai so I was excited by this tea. The smell was very potent and promising, but the cup turned out OK, it was a solid red with some spice to it, but I prefer chai with a bit more spice/kick.

Post-Steep Additives: none

pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/02/allegro-coffee-company-teabag-red-tea.html

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 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
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50-75=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
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