713 Tasting Notes

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drank Vanilla Caramel by Bigelow
713 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
713 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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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)

Rating: 1.5/3
Militiajim: 1/3

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

we tired the apple juice instead of water, it made an excellent mulled cider

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75

I tried mixing it with Flavia cappuccino / latte swirl packet at work to make a green tea latte (with a bit of white sugar) and i like it more this way!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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72

Served: Hot

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
Flavor: cinnamon
Body: light
Aftertaste: cinnamon

Rating: 2/3

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I just steep loose leaf chai in apple cider to get the apple cider affect. It’s pretty much amazing:)

AmazonV

oooo, i might need to try that when i get my chai recipe straight

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75

Additives: sprinkling of white sugar
Water: hot water spigot
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

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
Flavor: earthy
Body: medium
Aftertaste: bitter

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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60

Amount: 3 scoops tea for 1 mug (not full teapot)
Time: a little over 5:30 minutes

Served: Hot
Smell: Almond, coco
Flavor: bitter, light
Aftertaste: none

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.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 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
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