713 Tasting Notes

57
drank Zen by Tazo
713 tasting notes

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57
drank Zen by Tazo
713 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 teabags
Additives: none
Water: 20 ounces hot spigot water
Steep Time: a little over 10 minutes (walking time)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Tea Smell: sweet, floral, vegetal
Wet Leaf Smell: lemon, mint, grass
Flavor: floral, sweet, grassy
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: sour tangy, bitter that feels thick on your tongue and lingers
Liquor: murky cloudy brown-green

I think the water spigot is too hot and I let it sit too long ruining any changes the poor tea ever had.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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62
drank Indian Chai by Just Us
713 tasting notes

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

Tasting Notes:
Leaf Smell: Black Tea, spice
Tea Smell: Black Tea, a bit of spice
Flavor: smooth black tea, couldn’t find the spice
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: cinnamon, then slightly bitter
Liquor: dark brown, barely could see through to the bottom of the cup

There was a film of oil on top after brewing, overall a solid black teabag, but not as spicy as I was rooting for.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: was a little weaker and a bit more bitter but very drinkable, it also colored to a nice dark brown

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

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67
drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
713 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: sugar, flavia cappuccino / latte swirl packet
Water: ? hot spigot (1 flavia cup full)
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Tea Smell: spice with a hint of coconut
Smell: cinnamon, clove, spicy warm and comforting, maybe a faint hint of the coconut shell
Flavor: cinnamon, clove, creme well rounded and smooth
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: clove, ginger, sweet
Liquor: light creamy brown

I am at the office, I try to use teabags in the office, and hence the flavia machine and it’s latte packets. I have to say it’s a great way to make fast tea lattes!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

resteep, just as good, this tea is best as a latte for sure

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4
drank Awake English Breakfast by Tazo
713 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag / filterbag
Additives: none
Water: 12 ounces hot spigot
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Smell: black tea
Flavor: black tea, bergamont
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: dark brown

I think I let it get overbrewed – and threw out the teabag because I was walking through NYC. I may give it another chance if I will be staying in store and can better monitor it. I couldn’t finish it.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Matcha by Radiance Tea
713 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Prepared at Radiance Tea House and Books while I had lunch.
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Smell: green tea, earthy, garden
Flavor: green tea, smooth, thick texture
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: vegetal, grassy, sweet
Liquor: dark cloudy opaque emerald green

It was neat to see the froth on it, and to drink from a large bowl instead of a cup. It was a thicker green tea to me, nothing amazing or special. It had no bitterness and was a sweeter green tea drink. Although I enjoy matcha ice cream and other things I don’t think I’ll go out of my way to have matcha tea again.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: you can’t resteep matcha as it is made from ground leaves.

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78
drank Azteca Fire by Teavana
713 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 4.5 teaspoons
Additives: none
Water: full teapot, filtered, boiling
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Chocolate covered strawberries
Tea Smell: chocolate covered strawberries
Flavor: chocolaty tea, hints of fruit with the end being a chili flavor
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: chili burn
Liquor: dark opaque brown, like coffee

The steeped tea has little chocolate bits that float around the top giving it a dirty look. There is also an oily sheen on the steeped tea. You don’t smell the chili but it is certainly there when you drink it! Although the strawberry was a strong smell I missed it in the tea itself.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: TBD

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

Resteep: much lighter brown coloring, no coco flakes or cloudiness or oils, still a chocolate covered strawberry smell. The body would now be a light body, taste is still primarily chocolate followed by chili. The chili is weaker (which is good as I am not a spice fan, MilitiaJim is) and the apple seems to come out a little.

MilitiaJim now finds it weak and sad, I think it’s fine.

As I saw I think mixing this tea into coco or chocolate syrup, or MateVana or My Morning Mate, I am skeptical about adding peppermint.

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67
drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
713 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none
Water: ? hot spigot (1 flavia cup full)
Steep Time: a little over 4 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Tea Smell: spice with a hint of coconut
Smell: cinnamon, clove, spicy warm and comforting, maybe a faint hint of the coconut shell
Flavor: cinnamon, clove, black tea very well rounded and smooth
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: clove, ginger
Liquor: dark brown

This is a tea swap thanks to the lovely Jillian on Steepster. I think if I had more time a little honey or sweetener might enhance this tea, maybe creme? Sad the coconut isn’t a stronger flavor. This however is a wonderfully smooth and spicy chai.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Jillian

Yeah, unfortunately it really doesn’t deserve the name ‘Coconut’ Chai. I’m glad you’re enjoying it though!

AmazonV

sometimes i wonder if the people naming them just look at the ingredients? i can’t wait to try making this with some milk and maybe honey, yumm

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18
drank Orange Blossom by Tazo
713 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 filterbags
Additives: none
Water: 20 ounces, hot spigot at Starbucks store
Steep Time: a little over 10 minutes, the walk back from the store
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Smell: Orange, wood, and chemical?
Flavor: bitter, citrus
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: heavy, sandy, bitter
Liquor: dark orange brown, nearly not transparent

I do not like the smell or flavor, however it was too hot water and too long, so we’ll see how the resteep goes.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more
AmazonV

Resteep: 20 ounces some cold water and hot spigot water 2 teabags; smelled more chamomile citrus tangy, taste lighter (medium) and vegetal and spicy (herbs?), after taste a tinge spicy (herbs?) and bitter

Not liking this busy tea.

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43
drank Crimson Nectar by Tea Forte
713 tasting notes

hmm same as last time, i like it but not love it

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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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