698 Tasting Notes
Amount: 3 scoops
Water: boiling, 1 teapot full
Steep Time: a little over 7 minutes
Notes: kept taking sample sips from 4 minutes on until it was strong enough since it is a sample size.
Militiajim wants to use this as an additive to another tea or beverage because it seems more like a spicing or mulling flavor than a stand alone tea. In fact he is excited to add it to apple juice.
Smell: mostly cardamom and a hint of cinnamon
AmazonV Flavor: peppery and spicy (the cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, pink peppercorns and cloves come out)
Militiajim flavor: cardamom and some other spices.
AmazonV Body: light
Militiajim Body: watery)
Aftertaste: warm, cinnamon, then a burn (ginger)
Notes: i wanted a more apple based flavor, i found it too light. i think i will try two bags per cup and longer brewing times?
Smell: cinnamon, apple, brings to mind apple pie and mulled apple cider
Additives: sprinkling of white sugar
Water: hot water spigot
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Notes: Preparation was done at work. At work I have a hot water spigot (no control on temperature) and paper cups. I also have available white sugar.
Smell: grassy, sweet, earthy
Amount: 3 scoops tea for 1 mug (not full teapot)
Time: a little over 5:30 minutes
Smell: Almond, coco
Flavor: bitter, light
added 1 scoop german rock sugar: took away the bitter but left the tea unremarkable
Added Almond milk – no change to the sweetened tea
next time i want to try longer brewing, maybe some honey? or maybe less brew time.
Amount: 2 teabags for 12 ounces of water
Time: 4-5 minutes
Smell: Strongly of the coconut shell and meat
Flavor: light cocoa with coconut milk taste. MilitiaJim was unable to pick up the cocoa, it was “stomped on” by the coconut
Aftertaste: coconut, sweet
Added german rock sugar, 1 scoop per cup and it really helped smooth the flavor and bring out the cocoa.
Added Almond Milk, didn’t help the tea at all (we love plain black almond milk tea and wanted to experiment). Militiajim notes this makes it smell like an Almond Joy bar.
I want to try in the future with honey, and maybe a 5-6 minute brew time.
I had the Loose Leaf sample size, it was supposed to make 7-10 cups, apparently my teaspoon is too large as it made more like 6
Amount: 4.5 scoops tea to 3 cups of tea (6 ounce cups)
Time: a little over 8:30 minutes (oopse!)
AmazonV Smell: cinnamon, clove, ginger
AmazonV Flavor: spicy, peppery, medium body
MilitiaJim Smell: spiced cider without the apple
MilitiaJim Flavor: cloves with a hint of ginger
Aftertaste: cinnamon, cardamon
I tried adding honey and lactose-free milk, that calms the spicy after burn
too spicy for me, it was OK with the honey and milk but it’s not going to be a stock tea for me as i’d have to cut it with a less spicy tea
Amount: 3 scoops tea
Smell: Sweet plums, and a hint of spice with a beautiful red color
Flavor: plum with some spice, light body, but none of the sweetness you smell
I added some wild huckleberry honey from NY half way through, it didn’t change the flavor much, nor does adding german rock sugar, it’s a very strong flavor
Tea: Ceylon Tea
Type: Loose Leaf Black Tea
Company: Mahmood Tea
Amount: 3 scoops tea, 2 scoops German rock sugar, 3/4 tsp almond extract
Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot with milk (1/8 of the serving, 1% milk for james, fat free lactose free milk for me)
Flavor: almond, smooth, medium bodied, sweet
Militiajim’s Rating: 3/3
Tea: Vanilla Hazelnut
Type: Black, Teabag
Amount: 1 bag
(try 2 with 2 packets of white sugar)
(try 3 with 2 packets of white sugar and a non dairy creamer)
Time: a little over 2 minutes
Preparation: At work i have a hot water spigot, a ceramic coffee mug. I pour the hot water over the teabag, seep, then trash the bag.
Smell: hazelnut and slight vanilla
Flavor: bitter, light body (sugar brought out the vanilla flavor and made it not bitter and smoother, creamer was even better)
Aftertaste: bitter (even with sugar, creamer fixed this)