702 Tasting Notes

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag, 3.7g including paper teabag and plastic wrapper and paper tag.
Additives: none
Water: boiling filtered
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Leaf Smell: nutty amaretto (contamination from other sample) vanilla with a slight caramel undertone
Tea Smell: rooibos, vanilla, woody
Flavor: rooibos
Body: Light
Aftertaste: caramel
Liquor: nice dark brown, fairly transparent

This was one of two samples I ordered from design a tea. The tea was lackluster and smelled much stronger and interesting and delicious than it tasted. It tasted weak and plain.

At this point I am not very enthusiastic about the second sample I got, but we’ll see.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: very weak and watery, plain rooibos, hints of vanilla in the smell and aftertaste

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none
Water: 1 flavia cup from hot water spigot
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Leaf Smell: Raspberry, grass
Tea Smell: raspberry and a funny citric tinge
Flavor: raspberry, slightly vegetal
Body: Full
Aftertaste: citrus, grass then sweet, short lived
Liquor: deep red, barely translucent

I got this from Janefan as a gift, based on my other experience with the green and white tea blend from celestial seasonings I didn’t have high hopes for this tea, but it surprised me and tasted like a solid herbal tea. The green and white teas get lost under the raspberry. I think this would be excellent iced.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Janefan

I haven’t tried it iced either, although I think I have another package around (CS used to give away free samples all the time!). I’ll have to try it iced, maybe next time my mother comes over. The raspberry is a bit intense when hot!

AmazonV

my mom uses royal raspberry packets (about 10? 12?) to make a pitcher of iced raspberry tea (plus some lemon and sugar) in the summer and it’s delicious, i think these are a pretty good substitute – except those are herbal and these have caffeine – so i guess it would just depend what time of day you wanted the tea :)

Janefan

Sounds good! I’m wishing it were summer already… then again we drink Southern sweet tea daily around here so it’s not like I need to wait if I don’t want to!

AmazonV

resteep fail, don’t bother

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none
Water: boiling filtered 1 – 8 ounces, and 1 – 12 ounces
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Leaf Smell: sweet, floral, woody
Tea Smell: floral, sweet
Flavor: woody, dry, floral – not sweet not bitter
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: sweet, but short lived
Liquor: transparent reddish orange

I can’t taste the hibiscus at all, and am disappointed. I enjoy hibiscus. I think it might do well next time with some sugar or honey. As far as other red teas I have had this is not among my favorites and I don’t plan to buy it again. It is well executed (packaging, quality, amount) but doesn’t have enough pizazz.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

resteep with honey, sweeter, less dry tasting, maybe even a little floral hibiscus and orange (not sure where the orange is coming from)

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none
Water: 1 flavia cup full of hot spigot water
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Smell: sugar cookie or shortbread cookie, vanilla
Flavor: citrus, sugary
Body: Light
Aftertaste: butter, shortbread
Liquor: golden honey, semi translucent

Gift from janefan, I have a feeling the air got to it a bit as the smell was weak and everyone else seems to have been hit by a string smell. However, the taste and aftertaste were truly a sugar cookie, very delicious! I am so glad I got to try this tea. My coworkers seem to love it too.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

resteep fail, bleh

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drank Apple Pomegranate by Tea Forte
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 bag
Additives: honey
Water: 6 ounces boiling
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Smell: apple, pomegranate
Flavor: sour / citrus tart
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: apple, lemon, fruity and tart
Liquor: deep pink

i expected the honey to lessen the citrus tart, but this tea overpowered the light honey completely.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Apple Pomegranate by Tea Forte
702 tasting notes

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag, 2.4g
Additives: none
Water: 160 degree hot spigot, 1 mug full
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Leaf Smell: Strong Jasmine and honeysuckle
Smell: Jasmine, honeysuckle, lovely floral sweetness
Flavor: slightly vegetal, floral, i really had to feel for the flavor as it was watery light
Body: Light
Aftertaste: floral, sweet
Liquor: light clear green-brown

smells delicious but was a weak flavor, though a strong after taste. Perhaps it needed to brew longer? I think adding sweetener or creme would kill the flavor. It was a nice tea, and a gift from JaneFan

Post-Steep Additives: none

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Janefan

I have a bag or two around here still – not sure I ever actually tried it! I’ll have to keep your notes in mind when I do. It was part of a variety pack from Te teas. I have a tin of Harney’s Dragon Pearl Jasmine which is what I drink when I want Jasmine green.

AmazonV

I didn’t see any other reviews so if you tried it you didn’t log it :) I do love variety packs from companies it gives you a chance to evaluate their teas overall, instead of having one tea flavor your opinion of them (if it’s your first purchase).

I am much more a black than green girl, but for my jasmine I tend to go for Teavana Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls Green Tea – I’ll have to get my hands on a Harney’s Dragon Pearl sample at some point and compare.

AmazonV

Steep2: a bit more bitter and less aromatic, but still good

AmazonV

Steep3: a bit more bitter and less aromatic, also less after taste, but still good

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drank Tazo Chai by Tazo
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none
Water: 12 ounces hot spigot water
Steep Time: a little over 5-6 minutes, enough time to get to train stop from store and take out bag
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Smell: cinnamon, clove, ginger
Flavor: ginger, pepper/cardamom, cinnamon, clove, black tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: ginger pepper burn, followed by a warm cinnamon and a slight bitter tinge probably from oversteeping
Liquor: dark brown, maybe a little red tint

Probably should not have gotten this so late as now I’ll be up all night, but I couldn’t resist. I do think it would be better with some honey and creme so it would be a proper chai, but if you ask for that they give you the concentrate (my favorite Starbucks drink-Chai tea latte!). I think this would be a nice tea to make chai at home with.

Post-Steep Additives: none

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

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57
drank Zen by Tazo
702 tasting notes

Resteep:
2 teabags
a bit less than 20 ounces of hot spigot water
3 minutes
More of a floral lemongrass and mint scent
taste is lighter, lemongrass followed by mint
color much lighter-more of a honey tone
So done properly this is a light refreshing tea that hints at green and is more of a lemongrass mint flavor apparently.

I don’t think I’ll buy this tea, but it would be an easy choice when this is an option offered when dining somewhere.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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57
drank Zen by Tazo
702 tasting notes

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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
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