701 Tasting Notes

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 compressed tea ball 3.5g
Additives: none
Water: 1 teapot filtered boiling
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Smell: Jasmine, earthy
Flavor: jasmine, vegetal, light and smooth
Body: Light
Aftertaste: slight bite, followed by a floral lingering taste
Liquor: medium honeyed brown

This was another gift from a co-worker, I can’t believe I got a pu-erh!
I first did a 15 second rinse and soak (where the rinse was discarded).
Next time, as it is a green I want to try less than boiling water.
I tried 2 minutes, 3, 4, 5, and finally at 6 I thought it was strong enough. I am not sure I have the patience for pu-erh tea!

Post-Steep Additives: none

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

re-steep: 1 minute, 12 ounces water – just as strong as the first steep

AmazonV

Resteep #2: 12 ounces, 2 minutes – just as strong as the first brew, kind of getting mad at it b/c I am bored and want something else!

AmazonV

tried adding honey, bleh!

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none
Water: 12 ounces filtered almost boiling, between 170-175
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Smell: Jasmine Flower, grassy
Flavor: light grassy smooth and delicately subtle
Body: Light
Aftertaste: floral
Liquor: light honey yellow-green

This is a strong smelling tea with a very delicate flavor, and the grassy is a very very light flavor so I don’t mind. I enjoy this tea, and as far as greens go I rate this one very high among those I have tried. I like this as Much as the Aloe Serenity and iced Peachberry Jasmine Sutra . Keeping in mind green is not one of my favorite types.

This is more water than the 6 ounces it should be, but i don’t think it was hurt by it at all. I also find it easier to believe most people have 12 ounce mugs and less use 6 ounce cups outside Steepster.

I purchased this as part of a sampler pack from Mighty Leaf.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: 5-6 minutes, too bitter, tried at 3 but it was a little bitter and weak. It’s drinkable but not as good as the first steep.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Passion by Tazo
701 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 teabags
Additives: none
Water: 20 ounces hot spigot from Starbucks store
Steep Time: a little over 15+ minutes, walking time from store
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Smell: hibiscus, citrus, sweet fruity berry?
Flavor: tart-lemon, fruity hibiscus, floral-a wonderful blend of summer garden
Body: Full
Aftertaste: tangy, tart, sweet
Liquor: deep dark reddish purple

I adore and inhaled this tea, please note i also love eating hibiscus flowers.

Preparation
8 min or more
fcmonroe

Always good to know another hibiscus lover! It’s one of my favorite flavors for an herbal tea.

Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

This makes me want to get some hibiscus tea too! I’ve never had hibiscus tea, but I love eating hibiscus flower. I used to get hibiscus flower snacks from Trader Joe, but they no longer have it. Any suggestions where else I can get the preserved hibiscus flowers?

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67
drank Apple Pomegranate by Tea Forte
701 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:
Smell: apple, fruity, tangy
Flavor: citrus, tangy
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: apple, tangy
Liquor: red, almost pinkish

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

Resteep:
over 10 minutes, no patience left for more
weak, but not water weak
light spiced? apple odor
slightly citrus tangy flavor
aftertaste of apples then tang

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53

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teaspoon in a finum tea filter
Additives: none
Water: hot spigot, 1 tea mug full
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Smell: dried leaves, fall, tea
Flavor: plain tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: a little bitter but very short lived
Liquor: nice reddish brown

Got this as a gift from a coworker, it’s a nice basic black tea

Post-Steep Additives: none

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
Jillian

So is it a Russian Caravan?

AmazonV

I wish I knew…It’s mystery tea as far as my best guess

AmazonV

Anyone know character based languages? It was made in hong kong but i can’t say for sure where it is marketed twoard. I could post the non-English bits pictures

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56
drank Egyptian Mint by Novus Tea
701 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag / 2.2 g
Additives: none
Water: 12 ounces boiling filtered
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Cold

Tasting Notes:
Smell: mint
Flavor: mint
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: mint
Liquor: medium brown

Iced is a much nicer, refreshing cup of tea. I think it may need a bit of sweetener when chilled.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Egyptian Mint by Novus Tea
701 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag / 2.2 g
Additives: none
Water: 12 ounces boiling filtered
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Smell: mint
Flavor: tingly mint
Body: Full
Aftertaste: warm sweet mint
Liquor: medium brown

OMG overwhelming mint, too much mint for me. However we both agree the tea itself is very well done. Not that we’re gonna buy it again. Well maybe it depends how it turns out as iced tea, this could be a wonderful summer iced tea.

Post-Steep Additives: honey, lots of honey, and it was now sickeningly sweet mint

Resteep: 5 min, 16 ounces, yea still one heck of a minty brew, value for your money right here.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none
Water: 8 ounces 180 degree filtered boiled water
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Smell: grassy, vegetal
Flavor: grassy, bitter
Body: Light (MilitiaJim) Medium (AmazonV)
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: light greenish brown

I didn’t have high hopes, and I was right, but it was free. No full leaf here.

Post-Steep Additives: Honey, which took the bite out of the bitter but it was still there, reminded me of a more bitter Arizona tea green tea with honey.

Resteep: didn’t work out, too weak

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Jillian

Most tea bags don’t resteep very well I’ve found.

AmazonV

Oh yes I agree, but I keep holding out hope…maybe one will? plus i’m a little OCD and once i make a process i stick to it (currently: take picture, steep tea, take picture, drink, maybe add stuff, resteep, blog)

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Steep Information:
Amount: 3 teaspoons
Additives: none
Water: 170 filtered, boiled
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Smell: vegital, smoky, reminded me of a garden
Flavor: grassy, vegetal
Body: Light
Aftertaste: sweet and tangy
Liquor: light, nearly clear, green

As I’ve said before I don’t really love the grassy vegital taste of greens, but I keep trying them anyway. I was worried the leaves didn’t unfurl enough – was the water too cool? too hot? Did I not steep long enough? I tried a little at 2 minutes and it was still too weak, then decided at 3 it was enough as I didn’t want it to get bitter. I think adding anything would overpower this tea.

Resteep:
I tried 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes. All were too weak and by 7 it was too bitter.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 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
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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