709 Tasting Notes

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Tried 2 teabags (same everything as prior) and it did bring out the tea flavor more and make the spice more of a compliment than the dominant flavor. Next added 1 packet of white sugar. I could only tell it affecting the aftertaste by adding a sweet tang, nothing else changed. This did not change my opinion of the tea. There are many better ways to enjoy tea without caffeine and this seems a waste unless it is free.

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

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Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none
Water: flavia hot spigot in flavia cup
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Notes: This was a gift, and I appreciate having a decaf tea when I work late as I am apparently old and can’t handle my caffeine anymore. Perhaps I need 2 bags for a flavia sized cup? I do enjoy the golden foil stay fresh individual wrapped teabags for their convenience.

Smell: peach and cinnamon, for some reason it brings to mind a peach dessert. I am not detecting the clove but there is a spiciness to the smell in addition to the cinnamon.
Flavor: unremarkable, water with hints of clove and cinnamon. The tea may be hiding in there but it’s too weak for me to taste.
Body: medium, only because I can feel the spice
Aftertaste: warm spice, cinnamon
Liquor: medium opacity brown

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

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drank Crimson Nectar by Tea Forte
709 tasting notes

Amount: 1 bag
Additives: none
Water: 6 ounces boiling filtered
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Notes:
Amazonv: Added honey, had no effect but to sweeten aftertaste. It seemed like two separate flavors.
MilitiaJim: Are you kidding? The honey romped and stomped all over it.

Smell: Faintly raspberry / berry (I know there are no berries in it)
AmazonV Flavor: Citrus / sour
MilitiaJim Flavor: I am drinking sour Skittles, without the sweet center.
Body: Full
Aftertaste: Tangy berry
Liquor: dark deep red

Resteep tried for at least 15 minutes, it was too weak.

This tea was a gift and part of a pretty little Winter Collection set including a teapot. I do adore the pretty silken pyramid infusers and the cute leaf tag.

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

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drank China Green Tips by Tazo
709 tasting notes

Amount: 2 teabags
Additives: none
Water: 20 ounces from hot water spigot
Steep Time: a little over 10 minutes? time walking back from Starbucks
Served: Hot

Notes: It got over-brewed by time and temperature, unfortunately not much in my control. The tea flowed over my tongue and seemed to have a silky smooth affect and coating my tongue yet at the same time the flavor itself was unremarkable. I think with a honey I would have enjoyed it more, or maybe sugar. I also admit do not yet love a green tea, I drink them in hopes of finding one I love.

Smell: vegetal
Flavor: smooth, silky
Body: medium
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: honey colored, golden yellow-brown

Resteep: I tried for about 5? or more minutes with hot spigot water to resteep the bags (2 bags, 16 ounces) and it came out with little smell, medium body, same smooth flavor but much lighter flavor less silky, and still a bitter after-taste. I will conclude this does not resteep well.

Preparation
8 min or more
Cofftea

Possibly use more leaf (bags) instead of a long steeping time?

AmazonV

1 teabag for a 12 ounce, 2 teabags for a 20 ounce, not sure what the 16 ounce gets

AmazonV

I wish i had my scale at work – the bags are pretty hefty and i don’t think the proportions are too badly off actually (assuming 1 teaspoon per 6 ounces) at least for the 12 ounce

Cofftea

I personally always get a tall double bagged. I don’t bother w/ the other sizes (except the iced venti) because the ratio of tea/water isn’t right for my tastes. Temp is a factor which you can’t control, but if you don’t have time to sit and watch the clock. Set the timer on your cell phone, watch, or pocket timer for 3-5 min as soon as they go in and then chuck them when the timer goes off.

Cofftea

I love my pocket scale. I take it w/ me everywhere I may need it.

AmazonV

i have a lovely pocket scale but i leave it at home with my IR thermometer as i have enough stuff on my desk at work / in my purse. i tried doing the cellphone timer thing but i bet you know how offices can get (the starbucks is down in the mall under my building so really no outside or handy trashcans) but the herbals bare up better to the treatment – i just am anxious to try all the new starbucks teas. I am thinking of buying them if i like them once my cupboard is less full (repeats mantra, no more teas we need room for food)

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

Notes: Purchased at Starbucks. I would probably like it more if it brewed a bit less (very minty) and had some honey.

Smell: minty, clears your nose
Flavor: mint
Body: full
Aftertaste: sweet, tingly, mint
Liquor: dark green-brown

Preparation
8 min or more

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60

tried doing a re-brew with the same herbs, 17 minutes, still too weak

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

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60

Amount: 3 teaspoons
Additives: 2 teaspoons german rock sugar
Water: 1 teapot, boiling filtered water about 180
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Notes: adding creme overpowered the flavors, MilitiaJim did not find it beneficial. It was improved by the sugar in my opinion enough to bump it form a 1 to a 2 of 3.

Smell: sweet, coco
Flavor: smooth, chocolaty almond
Body: medium
Aftertaste: sweet coco
Liquor: dark brown

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

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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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drank Aloe Serenity by Mighty Leaf Tea
709 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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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
709 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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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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