709 Tasting Notes

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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drank Earl Grey by Flavia
709 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
709 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
709 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
709 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
709 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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60

Amount: 3 scoops
Water: 1 teapot (3 cups) at 160-ish, should have been 175
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes, i tried sips at 1, 2, and 3. Next time 2
Served: Hot

Smell: peach, fruity, earthy, sweet
Flavor: slightly sour / citrus, strawberry, peach
Body:medium
Liquor: dark red
Aftertaste: bitter, sour

Notes: added honey to help smooth the tartness after tasting, it might be better as a summer iced tea.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100
drank My Morning Mate by Teavana
709 tasting notes

Amount: 4 scoops
Additives: 3 german rock sugar
Water: 1 teapot, boiling
Steep Time: a little over 5:55 minutes
Served: Hot

Notes: We put in too much sugar and know it, but MilitiaJim was making it and wanted sugar for breakfast, next time less. We mention chocolate a lot and it is a flavor but not a predominant one.

Smell: chocolaty, nutty, complex
AmazonV Flavor: sweet, smooth, spiced black tea
Militiajim Flavor: mainly a black tea, followed by a generic nut and some chocolate.
Body: light
Aftertaste: sweet, nutty, hint of spice

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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67

Amount: 2 bags
Water: 12 ounces boiling
Steep Time: a little over 7 minutes
Served: Hot

Notes: adding wild huckleberry honey seems to bring out the ‘red’ flavor more and made it more enjoyable. overall a unremarkable tea

Smell: lemon / citrus and earthy
Flavor: lemon / citrus
Body: medium
Aftertaste: citrus

Preparation
Boiling 7 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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