702 Tasting Notes

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Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none, wild huckleberry honey
Water: 1 mug (12 ounces) filtered boiling water
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Notes: Soothing tea, lovely without additives, great for calming down before bed.

Smell: floral, minty, not a very strong odor
Flavor: sweet (unsweetened) floral, not much changed with honey, MilitiaJim was surprised by the mint flavor (he doesn’t like mint), the citrus flavor was evident
Body: medium
Aftertaste: vegetal
Liquor: nearly see through yellow-brown

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

I’m not a big fan of chamomile on its own but I really enjoyed this incarnation of it when I tried it as part of a sample pack awhile back.

AmazonV

i got this in the sampler pack too, i prefer this to the teavana Egyptian camomile

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68
drank Aloe Serenity by Mighty Leaf Tea
702 tasting notes

Amount: 3 teaspoons
Additives: none
Water: 170 degrees, 1 teapot full, filtered water
Steep Time: a little over 1-2 minutes
Served: Hot

Notes: Adding german rock sugar, 1 scoop, brought of floral flavors and smoothed the grassy flavor. 2 minutes seems the better time, although the package suggests 3 and we will have to try that next time. Speaking of the packaging the round Mighty Leaf tin should be avoided, I found it hard to grab without having the top decorative cover come off (not the actual lid keeping the leaves in), as you must grab the bottom to avoid this. Also the metal fitted top lid that keeps the tea leaves in was hard for me to open without spilling leaves. I recommend this tea as it was a great green tea, however don’t get the decorative Mighty Leaf round tin.

Smell: floral, Aloe, and sweet vegetation
Flavor: soft green tea, a bit grassier on the 2 min brew
Body: light
Aftertaste: none
Liquor: mostly clear with a hint of green cloudy as it brewed longer

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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34
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
702 tasting notes

Amount: 3 teaspoons
Additives: none
Water: filtered, boiling, 1 teapot full
Steep Time: a little over 4 minutes
Served: Hot

Notes: Adding sugar brought out the maple sweetness more, we both liked it sweetened better. Next we tried adding creme, creme smoothed out the flavors and got rid of the bitter aftertaste. We both won’t buy it again, but we don’t mind having it, or getting it for free.

Smell: Maple, smoke with a subtle hint of bacon
Flavor: Smoked maple tea
Body: Full
Aftertaste: Bitter
Liquor: See through dark brownish orange

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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60

Much better when properly dosed (2 bags, 12 ounces) and 1 teaspoon german rock sugar

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I agree. I’ve prepared the 2 ROT teas I’ve had in 6oz water for the longest time suggested.

Janefan

I just rec’d this today, looking forward to trying it. This is good info to know, thanks!

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34
drank Earl Grey by Flavia
702 tasting notes

Amount: 1 pack
Additives: white sugar, powdered non-dairy creamer
Water: hot water spigot
Steep Time: none, flavia machine
Served: Hot

Notes: My personal preference with black teas is to add a bit of sweetener and creme to smooth the flavor out. I find this a very drinkable tea for work, mainly because it is easy and free.

Smell: citrus
Flavor: smooth black tea
Body: medium
Aftertaste: slightly bitter (adding sugar / creme lessens or removes this depending on the amount)
Liquor: dark brown

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60

Amount: TeaBag (1.5 gram)
Additives: none, 1 teaspoon german rock sugar
Water: 180 degree
Steep Time: a little over 5, 8:30 minutes
Served: Hot

Notes: The sugar sweetened and smoothed out the flavor masking the citrus

Smell: sweet, fruity, peach
Flavor: fruity, citrusy
Body: light
AmazonV Aftertaste: citrus
Militiajim Aftertaste: none
Liquor: very clear, light brown with reddish orange tint

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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60
drank Raspberry Spark by Flavia
702 tasting notes

Packaging: Fresh Pack (how do they make these?)
Amount: 1 packet
Additives: none
Water: hot water spigot
Steep Time: none
Served: Hot

Notes: When your at work with a flavia machine and don’t want caffeine this is the way to go. No sugar needed.

Smell: raspberry, lemon
Flavor: lemon, raspberry
Body: full
Aftertaste: apple, sweet

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60
drank Earl Grey, loose leaf by Tazo
702 tasting notes

Amount: 2 teabags
Additives: none / none / 2 packets of white sugar / 4 packets of white sugar
Water: 20 ounces / 16 ounces second steep both with hot spigot water
Steep Time: over 5 minutes (walking back from Starbucks), then 2 minutes on the second steep
Served: Hot

Notes: I had limited ability to pull the bags while walking back from Starbucks to work, so the first infusion was too strong and bitter. The second infusion ended up a little weak. Watch the brew time on this carefully it seems to turn bitter very fast. The first over-brewed cup was not salvageable even after trying to add milk and sugar. The second batch after 2 packets of sugar there was a hint of sweet and the flavor was smoother and less sharply bitter, 4 packets worked great, 3 probably would have done. I’ve always preferred my earl grey with sugar and milk. I did not try adding milk to the second infusion as it was already weak. The leaves stood up very well to the second infusion.

Smell: Black tea, citrus
Flavor: citrus, strong black tea
Body: heavy, it lingers
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: batch 1: dark reddish brown, batch 2: light reddish brown, opaque

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100
drank Vanilla Rooibos Parfait by Tazo
702 tasting notes

Amount: 2 filterbags
Additives: none
Water: 20 ounces, hot water spigot at Starbucks
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes to first sip, and then I kept it brewing
Served: Hot
Smell: sweet, honey
Flavor: sweet, vanilla
Body: light
Aftertaste: sweet, woody, cinnamon

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Caramel by Bigelow
702 tasting notes

Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none
Water: hot water spigot and paper cup
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Notes: adding sugar helped smooth out the bitter and bring out the flavors other than black tea

Smell: Caramel, Vanilla
Flavor: black tea, vanilla, caramel, unremarkable
Body: medium
Aftertaste: bitter

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °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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