714 Tasting Notes

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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
714 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
714 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
714 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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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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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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drank Orchid Vanilla by Tea Forte
714 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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drank Cream by Ann Arbor TeaHaus
714 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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drank pumpkin spice by Subtle Tea
714 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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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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