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The Devotea

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drank Orange Spice by The Devotea
1416 tasting notes

Y’know what? Just because it’s highly unlikely I’ll hit 150 this month doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try. So I will. I am. (174)

Thanks to Sil for passing this one on to me. It’s a nice orangy-chai that’s quite good! I like orange, and it matches well with all these spices. It makes me think of holidays!

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drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
2516 tasting notes

I just really need a cup of some straightforward black tea.
My senses for bitterness are unfortunately high these days, I guess because of allergies, so although this was a little on the bitter end, everything I’ve drank lately has been. Otherwise, this is the tea I was looking for.

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drank Bread Pudding Chai by The Devotea
2180 tasting notes

Thanks to the Devotea for this sample…

I don’t really know what a bread pudding is supposed to taste like so I’m not the best judge as to what flavor that should be. I am experiencing a significant spike in my stress levels this morning trying to facilitate all of the paperwork that needs to be completed by my doctor’s office in order for me to get back to work. I needed something that was like a comfort tea this morning.

I do love a good chai and this is tasty. I get a LOT of nutmeg in his blend and I can safely say this definitely tastes like a dessert or pastry of some kind even though I’m not sure if it’s a bread pudding. I like the nutmeg, cinnamon and clove in this blend a lot and it’s definitely tasty with some sugar and soymilk. Definitely good as a dessert tea but also hitting the spot as a comforting tea this morning. I may need some more when this sample runs out.

verdict: yum

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

i LOVE bread pudding! This sounds super yummy. I’m glad it was tasty since you’re dealing with all of that stress (boo! :( ). Hope all your paperwork goes through fine—sending good vibes your way!

Cheri

This sounds really good. I also love bread pudding, as long as it doesn’t have raisins in it.

Sami Kelsh

Oh, bread pudding is gorgeous. I love the idea of this tea. paperwork hugs

Robert Godden

Thank you all for your comments (although Cheri: surely a good bread pudding needs raisins, sultanas and/or currants?)
We created this tea for our UK distribution and it’s been released as a limited edition in AU and the USA: where it’s been more popular than in the UK! Just goes to show you can never predict anything when it comes to tea.

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this is a tasty breakfast blend! Sadly i had this ages ago and remember nothing except the fact that i slurped through it super fast. Thankfully though, terri provided lots for me to try so i’ll play with this more and review it again with a better note in future haha

Robert Godden

It’s made for ‘super fast’. We went though a kilo at one tasting event!

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We’re in full storm mode today, which I’m rather enjoying, to be honest. I tend to like chaotic weather, although it makes me feel lazy & just want to sleep, or lay in bed reading. I went to bed this morning at 1am, only to awaken at 5:30 to the sound of tornado alarms going off in a distant neighborhood. Gradually closer alarms went off, & then they gradually faded. I consulted my weather app, & apparently a tornado touched down in U City, which is about 3 or 4 miles north of my neighborhood. Otherwise we all had fairly strong winds, rain, & hail. No damage done here. Not sure about U (that’s University) City, but I’ll check in with friends up there.

I almost got up, thinking “now I’m awake”, but I ended up going back to sleep & not waking up until 9:40!! I start teaching at 10, so this was my first teapot of the day, something strong & bold to awaken my groggy mind & senses, & it was good!

MissLena

Storms! I miss storms, we are still in winter mode up here haha, no storms until around June, I don’t mind them as long as they are not severe and don’t cause damage. Oh and no tornadoes!

Nicole

I so did not want to go to work today. Lovely thunder all night and rain most of the day.

Robert Godden

I’ve made a note to recommend this tea for stormy weather. Thanks!

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drank Lord Petersham by The Devotea
2180 tasting notes

Thanks to the Devotea for providing me with this sample tea to try. It’s raining here and I had been wanting something warm and delicious to sip on — caffeine be damned!

This steeps up to be a lighter reddish-brown color. Definitely medium in body and a bit on the mild side. At first sip I was thinking this is a ceylon due to the fruity notes that are present, then I was thinking there was an orange pekeo or perhaps a second flush darjeeling in the mix. Either way, this is a really nice blend for the afternoon. No sign of bitterness or astringency, so this is an easy one to sip on plain but is also good with additions. Lord Petersham is nice but 1910 is still my favorite from the Devotea so far. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Robert Godden

Glad to hear you like it!

AmazonV

This is my best seller, i’m more a chai person myself, but this is a lovely blend i often sample out at events

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I also drank a pot of this one, because I read Sil’s review & decided I wanted it too. :)
It is also a wonderfully balanced blend, although compared to 1910, I’d say this was is a little less bright & slightly more rugged.

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I drank a pot of this while Jess & I were having breakfast, & I really do believe it is the quintessential English Breakfast. Such a beautifully balanced blend!

juliebeth

gonna have to try me some of that.

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drank Lord Petersham by The Devotea
4046 tasting notes

funnily enough, I didn’t realise that i’d had this tea before via someone’s amoda box :) So colour me surprised when i saw a rating there…which i’ve since upped! This was a fabulously strong yummy cup of tea today. So i was either really in the mood for it or my tastes have changed slightly. It looks like straight blacks are my thing with the devotea, rather than the flavoured :)

Robert Godden

Based on a limited survey, the whole of America likes it, Sil.
It is our top selling tea in the USA, but around #10 in Australia.

Sil

What’s the top unflavoured in Australia?

Robert Godden

It’s 1910, Sil. Also our new Queen Adelaide is doing well. And a few of the single origins. But 1910 is our third best seller here, way behind Aussie Ginger Chai and Lady Devotea.

Terri HarpLady

Queen Adelaide?
I think I’ll make a pot of 1910 to go with brekkie this morning…:)

Sil

oh nice. i have 1910 in my cupboard so i’ll have to explore that one

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drank Assam Halmari by The Devotea
4046 tasting notes

this was a lovely assam from the devotea! There is no bitterness to this..just a smooth cup of really nice black tea. It makes me want to try even more of the black teas from the devotea, so i’m lucky that terri sent me a few others to try! ):

Sami Kelsh

Ooh, nom. I love a really nice Assam!

Sil

it won’t replace some of my other favourites but i’d rotate it in to my cupboard from time to time :)

Robert Godden

Thanks for the review, Yes, that one is nice and gentle. I really believe the Mokabari East, the other Assam we carry, is even better! I do like my Assams quite robust.

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Sipdown! (234)
And another one from Sil via Terri! Thanks guys!

This one reminds me of the Absinthe White from Herbal Infusions, minus the mint.
I can taste the white tea, which is the sign of a good blend, and the licorice is really nice with it. It’s not overwhelmingly strong and it has a bit of sweetness to it that I quite enjoy! I wish I’d seen that recommendation to steep it for 5+ minutes, but I am happy with this as it is. Steeped like this, it’s a nice tea for 10:30 at night.

Oh and this is a soft and fuzzy kind of white tea!

Thank you!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Lady Devotea by The Devotea
1416 tasting notes

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I’m happy Sil sent me this because I was curious how I would like the lavender with bergamot, but I really truly do. It’s a nice fruity black with the lavender adding that special pop to it. It’s quite relaxing.

Thanks!

Cavocorax

It’s not one I’d crave all the time. I’m generally not into lavender.

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I’m still on a quest to reduce my caffeine consumption at least temporarily… it isn’t helping my sleep and it might also be aggravating some of my muscle tension so I will focus on lower caffeine options today BUT

I wanted to start the morning off with a bang and this is one of my favorite breakfast blends currently. Thanks Devotea for making a blend that is worth waking up for!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Robert Godden

Caffeine be damned: Full steam ahead. I like that attitude. Thank you for your comments

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Another one from Sil! Thanks!

So I have to agree with her on this; it’s not your typical oolong. It’s light and sweet and very refreshing. It’s also just a little bit grassy and I imagined a bit of peach in there too. Neat!

(I always think of Cecil from Night Vale whenever I heard ‘neat’ and I guess I’ve been using it more too. He has the effect on me I guess.)

Anyway, I would recommend this oolong to people who have not had much experience with them and want to dive in!

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Sil

dokedokedokedokedokedokedokedoke i just like saying that.

Cavocorax

OK doke!

Cavocorax

No. I mean Okee dokee. Hahah.

Robert Godden

Glad you liked it. We love it. In Australia, we have a limited edition with dried mandarin.

Cavocorax

That sounds pretty fancy!

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drank Rose Blush by The Devotea
1416 tasting notes

Thank you Sil and Terri for letting me try a cup of this!

I’m not usually into rose teas but this one is nice. The floral notes aren’t too strong and they are nicely balanced against the sweet caress of vanilla.

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Sami Kelsh

Ooh, sounds gorgeous :)

OMGsrsly

Sweet caress! Ooh la la. :)

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Funny story: I wear black for my gigs, & my favorite black blouse is too big now, so I have to wear one of those strappy undershirts with the lace inset to avoid showing a very low cut cleavage. So this morning I had all my black on, but didn’t put the blouse on right away, because I ate a little breakfast before I left. While my breakfast was cooking, I loaded the harp, wearing this classy velour jacket (frog buttons) over the undershirt. To make a long story short, I got to the gig, unloaded, tuned up, went to the restroom, & looking in the mirror, I realized I forgot to put my shirt on! Luckily I was still wearing the velour thing, which ended up being my shirt for the funeral. It looks fine, but is kind of heavy & it’s VERY warm, especially after I’ve been moving my arms a lot. Live & learn?

Meanwhile, for my last tea of the day, & a sipdown, although I don’t actually get to count it because I somehow never put it on my list, I’m having this tasty Rooibos Chai!

TeaKlutz

Haha! One time I got to an orchestra concert, then realized the black top I was wearing was actually a pajama top.

Terri HarpLady

So glad to hear that I’m not alone! I think this is the first time I forgot to put my shirt on, but I’ve forgotten to change to black shoes before, & a few other mishaps. I always figure I’m sitting behind a big harp, so nobody will notice these things, right? :D

Angrboda

A colleague’s husband once went to work without any trousers on. They have horses so he’d been in the stable that morning, was running late and just quickly shed his stable trousers and left. He didn’t realise what had happened until he got there and was about to get out of the car. His colleagues (and we, when the story was told to us later) got a good laugh when he had to explain why he had been seen arriving and immediately leaving again. It was in autumn, so how he managed to get all the way to work without wondering why his legs were cold is anybody’s guess. :)

Terri HarpLady

hahahaha! :D

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Upon my return home for the funeral, I was feeling very teaprived, & this one seemed the only suitable choice, to continue the theme of the day, & the week, actually, now that I think about it.

Note to self: Next year spend all of St. Patrick’s Day drinking & comparing Irish Breakfast blend, you silly lass!

Anna

Teaprivation is the worst.

Stephanie

lol I love these new words :)

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drank Star Spangled Chai by The Devotea
4046 tasting notes

This was another tea from this evening. I wanted to try and hit 150 by the end of this coming weekend and i have a sneaking suspicion that the mail man is going to be mean and have all my stuff show up on friday. This is a pretty muted chai, though the addition of the star anise meant that it had a little bit of that licorice flavour to it. My other half commented while it was brewing that he smelled licorice heh. I wouldn’t go out of my wany to get this one again, but it was nice to have a chai that was slightly different from what i was used to. AND the clove flavour wasn’t over powering in this one so it gets bonus points for that. :) thanks terri!

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drank Assam Mokalbari East by The Devotea
4046 tasting notes

Another one from terri! I think i’ve figured out how to get at least 1 of the three sipdowns i’m trying to do done every day and that’s by trying a new black tea every day as part of my rotation. Since keychange sent my her old timolino that means i still have 2 teas i’m guaranteed to enjoy in my travel mugs lol.

This one is one that i would be willing to pick up again if i needed to get to a certain price threshold for an order of something. it’s malty and bold but not bitter. I quite enjoyed having it in my mug this morning!

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drank African Sunset by The Devotea
4046 tasting notes

mmmmmm i love this one! This is a great rooibos chai from terri! I followed her instructions and steeped this for what was likely 12 mins. The result is a really tasty spicy chai that makes me ever so happy. Especially since it’s a rooibos! I like the cardamon and the way that the flavours blend together. this also isn’t one of those woodsy sort of rooibos teas so it’s on my happy list! thanks for sharing terri!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I’ll probably have to get more of this one at some point (when I have money again)

Robert Godden

Good to hear!

Sil

it’s quite tasty Robert :) Happy terri was able to share with me!

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drank Orange Spice by The Devotea
4046 tasting notes

mmmmm this one smells so nice. like christmas. I actually think this one would be tasty steeped in hot apple juice for a taste similar to apple cider… or something..i dunno, that’s what the combination of the smells is making me think of. Again, there’s a subtleness to this taste when brewed. I’m not sure what it is about devotea teas…but the smell of their teas seems to be much less intense than the taste that comes through when brewing. Maybe i jsut need to brew for longer than 3 mins…but i’m wary of having the tea turn bitter. I do have to say that more and more, i’m quite enjoying whatever the black base is that they use in their blends. it’s nice, smooth and doesn’t have any atringency to it :) thanks for sharing these terri!

Terri HarpLady

Yay, I’m glad you like it!

Robert Godden

This was created by Nicole in our US operation – as I am allergic to oranges I’ve never tried it and never will. But it is a real crowd-pleaser.

Sil

oh man..allergic to oranges. that would make me so sad

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drank Orange Spice by The Devotea
4046 tasting notes

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drank Lady Devotea by The Devotea
4046 tasting notes

well, might as well continue with the trend of teas i don’t think i’ll like before i have a final couple of cups tonight that i do like. Let me tell you…drinking things alongside the cocktail i made for myself tonight (gingerale; rye; pama) is the way to do it! lol

Soooo the lady has lavender! OH GOODIE blarg AND Blergamot…two awesome flavours in one beautiful tea! not.
….or….maybe? Hmmm… i’m thinking that just maybe the devotea doesn’t understand flowers the way that other companies do. I’m not really getting a whole lot of lavender (maybe it’s all in the cup i saved for cavocorax bwahahahaha) so this is coming across as more of a subtle blergy, orangey tea…with a splash of what might be floral on the side.

final verdict? yeah i still don’t wanna drink this…but it’s MUCH less offensive to me than i thought it would be. I have to say that the devotea has quite a nice black base….this is what i’ve learned so far haha

Fjellrev

Yay for less offensive than anticipated?

Terri HarpLady

I brewed one cup of this & shared it with Tony, and although it wasn’t my cup of tea, Tony loved it! To each their own, eh?

Robert Godden

It’s hard to know how to cope with this review! It’s our number 2 selling tea world-wide, but I don’t drink it myself (allergies). I guess it’s not aimed at people who don’t like florals or bergamot, so I think we’ll see “far less offensive that I thought it would be” as very positive!

Sil

haha with me, that’s a good thing Robert :) I hate blergamot but in the grand scheme of things, this was a “good” cup or at least i can see that it would be if i enjoyed blergamot :) (hence no rating since it’s not a cup for me but others would like it!)

AmazonV

heh, i think this is a success – two things you dislike and you didn’t spit it out, i’ll take it!

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drank Lady Devotea by The Devotea
4046 tasting notes

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