The Devotea

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drank Star Spangled Chai by The Devotea
1377 tasting notes

SSTTB #14.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m out of cream and having this with almond milk, or what, but nope. This is very drying, and the spice flavours have blended together to be quite licorice-y, with a bit of burnt flavour. IDK.

If I really needed another chai, I’d try it again once I got some cream, but this one is going back into the box for someone else.

Flavors: Anise, Drying

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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2nd sipdown in FL, perfect with breakfast, this is bold, smooth, & malty.

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Tony became a gramps last night! His daughter & her wife had their first baby, a little boy, & of course, he is adorable!

On another note, Leif (my son, age 21) & I made an awesome breakfast frittata this morning, & I enjoyed my half with a pot of 1910, the quintessential English Breakfast. Next up: Bubble Bath.

Ysaurella

Congrats Tony !

Sil

WOOHOO!! grats to Tony!

scribbles

Congrats to Tony!

caile

Congrats! :)

OMGsrsly

Congratulations to Tony (and his daughter’s family!). :)

MzPriss

Awwwww PapaTony. Congratulations! And the bubble bath sounds like a perfect idea.

mrmopar

Cigars please all around….;)

Terri HarpLady

:)
Thanks everyone! He’s feeling pretty proud

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drank Lady Devotea by The Devotea
1377 tasting notes

SSTTB #6.

A really nice earl grey! It was more floral because of the lavender, but the orange helped balance that out a bit. Nice and sweet, and took cream really well. Just what I look for in an earl grey.

Definitely a tea I’d consider picking up if I were to do an order. Unfortunately, I have limited myself so I probably won’t keep it. (Besides, there’s Paris in the box! My favourite EG of all.)

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Lavender, Orange

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Robert Godden

Glad you enjoyed it!

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This cup of tea accompanied me during my 2nd round of tomato trellis tying this morning. I have 2 varieties of plum tomatoes this year: some Italian heirloom that I bought 2 of because I detest roma’s & couldn’t find my beloved favorite, & the next day I found my beloved San Marzano (another italian heirloom), so I bought 3 of them. Both are heavily weighed down with fruits, & I’m starting to pick some of the San Marzanoes! Soon I’ll have bucket loads of both, & the making of sauces, roasted toms, etc will begin!

boychik

Mmm San Marzanoes! I thought they grow only in Italy. I only buy them in cans peeled and I eat them right out of the can.

yyz

I got seeds for them at Wholefoods of all places. They are being container grown this year. I’m excited to see how they turn out.

boychik

Oh let me know, I may try next year. I can only grow it in containers because of deer.

Terri HarpLady

I grow them every year, & they are wonderful!
I’ll spend the rest of the summer slow roasting batch after batch, & freezing them for winter stews. I also plan to make huge batches of spaghetti sauce, even though I don’t eat spaghetti, LOL. I put it over a bowl full of veggies, & that is satisfying.

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drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
2859 tasting notes

Another nice strong cup to enjoy while painting.

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God morning Steepster!
I am off to Minneapolis today, don’t know how much tea I will be drinking on vacation, but I hope to pop in on Verdant tea and maybe Mandala if I have the time.

This 1910 is still a fabulous breakfast tea and I hope it wakes me up soon because I still need to pack!

have a greeeeat week :)

boychik

Lucky!!! Enjoy your trip!!!

Terri HarpLady

Awesome! If you stop into our beloved tea shops, please hug everybody & say it’s from me! :)

Stephanie

Oh how fun! I’d love to visit them some day :D

Cheri

Enjoy!

mj

Welcome to my neck of the woods! The weather has been GORGEOUS. I hope you have a great time :-)

TeaBrat

Thanks mj! I’m packing right now and am really looking forward to being somewhere sunny, it’s FOG CITY here. :)

mj

It’s’ bright and sunny here right now! I don’t know how familiar you are with Minneapolis or if you have contacts here already, but if you have any questions or need something, please feel free to message me :-)

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drank Persian Princess by The Devotea
1638 tasting notes

Thanks Sil for sharing this with me! It WAS strong so I added milk and maple agave to and it was really delicious that way!
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Cup of the morning graciously offered by the lovely Terri Harplady.

Oh, me and Terri, we do love our black teas don’t we?

Haven’t checked if they ship to Canada yet and if shipping is reasonable, but I’m this close of placing an order…

It had me at Persian Princess, what a pretty name!

It’s supposed to be a blend. Not much info on it, except for that sugar cube thing, nice fun fact. Not going to try it though, I know it takes a special kind of hard sugar and really, who needs it?

Cause this tea is so naturally sweet, I wouldn’t dare add anything to it!

It’s rich, malty and full bodied…Assam and Keemun maybe? Slightly earthy with hints of smoke.

I used the whole sample in my brand new 24oz mug…so big, it’s like drinking directly from a tea pot ;-)

FABULOUS BREAKFAST TEA!!!

Terri, I knew our swap meant trouble :-)

Cameron B.

I remember reading the description for this tea and thinking wow that must be really strong or bitter or something if they have to drink it with sugar in their mouths… So strange that it’s naturally sweet anyway! Hah, now I’m picturing a fairy trying to drink out of a 24 ounce mug… Lul.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Maybe I’m just sitting on the rim :-)

Or maybe this is how it would look like :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/laafeevertee/14496218871/

Cameron B.

I don’t know if you’ve seen Bee Movie, but I kind of imagined it like that.

http://www.celwalls.com/large/201301/2708.jpg

TheTeaFairy

Awww! Loved Bee Movie!! So cute :-)

Robert Godden

The idea of drinking it with milk does come form the same culture that will stew a tea up to several hours until it is a thick black paste and then add hot water. In that case, the sugar tends to be more necessary!

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The Day She Planted the Sweet Potatoes
Part Two
I have various ways I grow sweet potatoes, & of course, every year is a different experiment.
Usually I create a Playpen out of moveable wire fencing, put it somewhere, add a bunch of compost, etc, plant the potatoes, & hope for the best. This works really good if you plant them in the middle of a leaf mulch pile that is 1.5 or more years old. The worms have already done their magic, so there is actually soil there instead of just clay.
I’ve also made a playpen around well established beds with a fair amount of success. The potato vines love climbing, & you can pretty much plant them & then walk away for 3 month, just giving an occasional drink if it doesn’t rain.
My best sweet potato haul was a raised bed made out of straw bales. I made a thick layer of cardboard across the bottom, & filled the form with various layers of soil, compost, manure, etc. When we were ready to dig up tators, we were amazed to find some that were the size of a newborn baby!!! And guess what? They weren’t ideal for baking, but they were great cubed up & fried, although it took every skillet in the kitchen to cook them. We’d eat as much as we wanted for breakfast, & then make a coconut curry for dinner, adding the leftovers, plus greens, shallots, etc.

So this year’s sweet potato experiment: I already have 8 wire frames that I used to grow potatoes in. I no longer grow potatoes because my feet hurt when I eat them, although I do still occasionally eat them anyway, especially if I find volunteers in my garden somewhere. The frames are circular, roughly 3 feet across, 2 feet tall. My plan is to put those frames in various locations around the garden, line them with cardboard (I save cardboard all year for these little projects), & then fill them with the usual mix of growing stuff, then plant one sweet potato slip in the center of each one.
In 3 months I’ll let you all know how this experiment turned out!

So while I’ve been eating breakfast & drinking this tea, which is a great breakfast tea, with a nice punch, & an earthy quality that makes it perfect for a gardening day, my 2 sons have been putting together another 8 wire frames. (4 foot tall cheap fencing wire, cut long ways so that each section is 2 feet tall, & then cut into 10 foot lengths, more or less). Our first run to Lowes will be to get more fencing, because we need 8 more frames.

K S

Trying to wrap my head around the straw bales bed. The straw is under the cardboard? Did the potatoes actually grow in the straw, or above it?

K S

Oh, and looked at your blog. Your garden is amazing.

Terri HarpLady

The strawbales bed: I arranged several straw bales in a square or rectangle formation, lied cardboard on the ground in the ‘crib’ area, filled it with soil, planted the tators, & 3 months lator we started removing bales & digging out a ton of tators!

Terri HarpLady

Oh, & thanks for visiting my blog! :)

K S

Thanks for answering too many questions – Uhmm, here’s another. How do you keep critters out of everything? The deer eat our baby plants and the rabbits chew on what the deer miss. Our garden (other than the potatoes) usually look like the work of Oliver Wendell Douglass.

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Tea of the morning here, I am trying to keep my spirits up, this is a great one for waking up. Hope everyone has a good day!

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drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
351 tasting notes

Those two tigers are head to head and create magic in my cup this morning!

Thanks to the wonderful and very generous Terri Harplady, I finally get to experience what Devotea is all about.

I chose this tea first cause with the name, I assumed it would be a good tea of the morning. If this stuff is an accurate representation of the company, well I am impressed!

The smell first. My grandfather was a farmer and worked really hard. At noon, he would come to eat lunch and my grandma always prepared a nice pot of strong black tea with sugar for him, just the way he liked it. The aroma took over the whole kitchen and I loved it so much as a child. My grandpa would let me have a few sips, winking at me.

The smell of this tea just reminded me of those special days, and I am already thankful for that…It’s super fragrant.

It says “a blend of Indian and Chinese teas” in the description…Assam for sure, and I am assuming Yunnan cause this tea offers boldness and mellowness at the same time.

First I taste a “bang” from the Assam and a light astringency, but I immediately get some comfort and softness from the earthiness and sweetness of the yunnan, (if that’s what it is).

There’s a very light touch of smoke in this tea, and though I’m not a fan of that usually, in this case it’s not offensive, it rather brings all the flavours together.

I am delighted I got to try this wondrful tea, thank you so much for choosing it for me Terri :-)

boychik

this story is beautiful. My grandpa has a special place in my heart.
Im in love with this tea. Do you know that AmazonV decided to make it tea of the month because of my constant whining.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Didn’t know it was a favourite of yours, now I’m gonna read your review…

Plwa

Please excuse my lack of knowledge but what is AmazonV? (Lol, I’m Canadian, remember?) Is that a special place for tea on Amazon that I’m unaware of???

TheTeaFairy

(Haha, What the heck is “plwa” and what is it doing in my comment ????)

boychik

AmazonV is a Steepster member. She works for Devotea US

Cameron B.

I’m going with “perfectly lovely wonderful assam”. Yep.

TheTeaFairy

Lol, the minute you said Amazon, I was like, OMG more tea available to me please!! I know who you are talking about now :-)

Cameron B.: Hahahah!!!

boychik

pls read the comments of my note TheTeaFairy. you, Canadian friend is cracking me up (good laugh only);-)
http://steepster.com/boychik/posts/245567#comments

boychik

OMG more tea available to me please!! " you are priceless ;-)
you need more tea???!!!!i can send you some. i now have an experience

TheTeaFairy

Boychik, I read all the comments, lol, it’s good to be persistent :-)

Noooooo!!!! I don’t need more tea!! (345!!!) I just want more all the time, it’s a curse!!!

boychik

i dont think im far from you, i didnt log all the teas. i dont want to scare myself with the number

Sil

….i just got more tea. i’m afraid…

TheTeaFairy

Lol, how much more???

boychik

Sil, don’t be afraid. Just accept it and enjoy. And we all know how good you are at sipdowns.

Sil

teafairy… i WAS at 205…aiming for under 200 by this weekend… bonny put me back up at 231 lol boychik…yes but sometimes sip downs are solo tiring…especially when you have like 131 small cups to drink hahaha

Sil

…and uh i might have one more swap, two travelling tea boxes and uh two orders still on their way bwahahaha

Sil

(i also really wanted to place a WP order tonight but i’m still sick and so sleep is taking over lol)

TheTeaFairy

Poor girl…will you ever get rid of that flu/virus??

TeaTiff

You made this one sounds wonderful!

TeaBrat

I thought they decided to discontinue this one??

TheTeaFairy

Thanks TeaTiff, it’s a wonderful tea…

Teabrat, I got it from a swap, but read the comments on boychik’s link just above.

Terri HarpLady

I love this one too. What is this about it being the tea of the month?

AmazonV

@terri harplady i re-blended it for the tea of the month club – the website appears broken so i can no longer handle orders outside email until i have time next weekend to find a new host. :( 1 left i think

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drank Assam Halmari by The Devotea
1638 tasting notes

Sil knows I’m experimenting with unflavoured teas, so she’s been super helpful sending me tons of teas to experiment with. Thank you! :D (219)

This was a nice assam – slightly malty, with a little bit of tobacco – but oh, so smooth. I didn’t even need to add milk or anything to it! I need to drink a few more of my loose samples down, and then it’s time to dive into my Lord Petersham bag!

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We went out to breakfast @ this southwest themed diner nearby. Then we went to Global Foods, a place that sells food from everywhere in the world. The kids & I used to shop there a lot. It’s such a fun place to walk through. I’d let each kid pick out something, & they had every kind of produce you could imagine. My son Drew & I used to go there after we dropped his sisters at school & load up on frozen samosas & banana cakes (made with sticky rice & banana, wrapped in a banana leaf – you steam them & they’re especially nice drizzled with a little coconut milk).

Why did Tony & I go there? He was out of his beloved Ahmad Earl Grey. The last time he ordered some, his debit card became compromised, so I did a search & found out they have his favorite tea. Better yet, they have it in a larger size, twice the size of what he usually orders, for roughly the same price, without the shipping. He’s in heaven. They have other teas, & I might have try out some of them. But for today, I came back to Tony’s, made him a cup of his EG, & I enjoyed a cup of this, a lovely breakfast blend.

TheTeaFairy

Awww, you are good to your man, ma’am ;-)

Terri HarpLady

we’re good to each other :)

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drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
1638 tasting notes

Oh man, this is so strong! I ended up adding milk to it just so I could sip away at it, and it tastes like smoke, and ash, and dark black tea. I was ready to fall asleep so we’ll see how zippy this makes me!

Then it’s time for Orange is the New Black!

Thanks Sil! 225!!!

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drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
2859 tasting notes

I feel like I didn’t really to drink that much tea today, & I found myself craving breakfast for dinner & a pot of…something…
something easy…
something bold!
This was it! Combining the richness of China with the boldness of India. What more could I ask for?

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Another morning tea, enjoyed with breakfast. I love the name of this tea, which coupled with the taste, brings to mind a pipe smoking, tweed wearing, sherlock holmes looking character. LOL
Recently there was a discussion about whether this was a breakfast blend or an afternoon blend. For me, definitely breakfast! Although I’d be happy to drink a pot any time!

Robert Godden

Thanks Terri. There’s more information about Lord Petersham himself, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Stanhope,_4th_Earl_of_Harrington

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95
drank Finbarr's Revenge by The Devotea
309 tasting notes

This is my cup of tea. Bold strong malty but no bitterness or astringency. No milk or sugar for me. probably if you steep it longer it may need some additions. Some wine notes. this is so good, i gulped the cup less than a minute.
1tsp 205F 3min
Thank you so much Terri HarpLady for sending me such fine teas

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Robert Godden

Wow, what a rating! Thank you.

boychik

I’m so glad that I was able to try your teas. And it’s only because of Steepster and our great sharing community and particularly Terri.

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drank Persian Princess by The Devotea
309 tasting notes

Morning cup. Sample came from Terri HarpLady – thank you.
This tea is very fine and smooth, feminine. I think it would be great as afternoon tea. Not robust, gentle kick of caffeine. No sugar for me. But I remember drinking tea with sugar cubes when I lived in Russia. The sugar has to be like rock, that it wouldn’t dissolve quickly but give just slight sweetness. It’s a peasant way of drinking, they didn’t have any desserts.
Thank you so much Terri for introducing me to such fine teas, I enjoy them a lot

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

It sounds outstanding.

Robert Godden

I’m pleased you have experienced that way of sugaring your tea. I must admit I had a slight obsession about that for a while, hence this tea. I also made a samovar out of an old kettle and an urn and this tea works really well using it. Glad you are enjoying all of our teas. (PS when we deleted Two Tigers, this one was on the chopping block as well, but a campaign by some tea bloggers and also some people on this site convinced us to keep it.)

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Breakfast tea. Nice bold malty, something I would love to drink in the morning. It’s my 3rd tea fr Devotea courtesy of Terry HarpLady. I have to mention that all the teas I tried fr them are very finely crafted quality teas.
Thank you so much Terri for a chance to try these wonderful teas.
PS Two Tigers is still a leader. 1910 is a runner up
PS1 Sil, it does have some smoky notes, probably from Keemun.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Robert Godden

We’re glad you are enjoying the teas, and enjoying your thoughts. And yes, the last point is correct!

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drank Lord Petersham by The Devotea
309 tasting notes

This is a sample from Terri HarpLady – thank you.
This tea, it’s a breakfast tea . It’s 8:30pm and I just felt like I need something strong. It’s bold blend, malty and sweet , with citrus coming fr Ceylon. Some roast and nuts fr Chinese teas. As it cooled some astringency creeps up, but it’s pleasant. I like it a lot. I think I like Two Tigers more. Unfortunately for me Two Tigers are retired. Bring it back,please!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Robert Godden

There is a constant argument here at Devotea HQ about whether this tea is a ‘breakfast tea’ or “afternoon tea”. I seem to be losing the battle. Glad you enjoyed it!

Terri HarpLady

I agree that it is a breakfast blend :)

Sil

2 tigers was retired? didn’t terri just buy some a “short-ish” time ago?
and yes..breakfast tea!

AmazonV

It was recently retired and after being retired I still had a bit of stock I sold. I am always willing to re-blend a tea if you can muster up enough people to purchase a whole batch. Bit sadly despite being enjoyed I rarely sold any TT here in the states.

Terri HarpLady

Amazon, how much would we need to buy in order to have you make a batch?

boychik

I would love to get some 2 tigers, but what’s the minimum?

AmazonV

@Terri batches are 5 lbs here at Devotea USA ~25 aka 3 oz packets, so if you get enough converts on steepster for a mass order i’ll blend it up and mail it out to everyone so no one needs to worry about getting my large 1lb bags and splitting them up.

AmazonV

in fact 5 lb batch applies to anything reblended (tea of the months etc)

Sil

ponders

Terri HarpLady

So we’d need 25 or so people willing to take a 3oz bag.
I’m sure I’d take 1. That’s a start

AmazonV

let’s just say you might have influenced an upcoming tea of the month, and there might be some limited overblends available soon for a limited time

boychik

Yay I’m so happy. Will you start a new thread AmazonV?

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drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
309 tasting notes

this is a sample from Terri HarpLady – thank you.
Afternoon tea. yes, i needed that cup not to fall asleep, it gloomy outside. I wish i could nap. this is how i felt before my cup of Two Tigers
http://www.someecards.com/usercards/viewcard/MjAxMi00YWVmYjk3ZGQwNTQwMjFm
But this tea is amazing. its the best of the both worlds: Chinese Black and Indian Black.
This tea is incredibly smooth and sweet with some smoky notes. I love smoky teas. this one is not harsh but rather welcoming to put all flavors together. Like a final touch. lovely tea. Goes to my every day growing shopping list.
Thank you so much Terri for the opportunity to try this wonderful tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

i cant find it on US site. Was it retired?

Robert Godden

I’m afraid it was retired a few months back, both in the USA and Australia. Whilst very well reviewed, it was not a big seller. It may well re-emerge one day as part of the Tea of The Month club or as a special one off.

boychik

please, bring it back. i love it!

AmazonV

two in stock – leftovers from tea of the month http://us.the-devotea.com/store/products/two-tigers

boychik

Cannot checkout problem with PayPal message problem to connect to PayPal
Help pls

Terri HarpLady

Boychik, I had that problem once. I sent the devotea an email, & they sent me a paypal invoice, so I was able to sign in & pay.

boychik

Terri, AmazonV came back to me. So, now Im a proud owner of Two Tigers and Finbarr’s Revenge;) Thank you for giving me a chance to sample, i’m very happy to discover them with your help

Terri HarpLady

Yay! Glad to bring happiness & tea your way! :)

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Desiring a potent cup of black, & drank some of this one, for it’s satisfying shiny Obsidian quality, like a smooth piece of black glass. I’ve never tried it with the sugar cube. Probably never will.

Stephanie

The sugar cube thing sounds cute and strange

boychik

That’s Russian style too. At least used to be. Samovar and sugar cubes

Terri HarpLady

I think it would be fun to try, but I can’t really eat sugar cubes, so it will never happen.
For everyone’s entertainment, here’s a video of the Devotea himself, Robert Godden, attempting the sugar cube :D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojjM-jPSTiY

boychik

cool video

Robert Godden

I later found the right sugar, which actually makes it a lot more manageable.

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84
drank Lord Petersham by The Devotea
4729 tasting notes

noms. I really like this one, though i couldn’t explain why. There’s just something about how smooth it is while still packing enough of a taste to make this a great morning cup for me. I’m super glad i got to revisit this one via terri after the amoda box. :) A reorder for sure down the line.

Anna

The tea break thing seems to be going really well!

Terri HarpLady

Between sharing samples & drinking this, I’m getting to the bottom of my bag! It really is tasty!

Cavocorax

I have 2 oz if you want more, Sil!

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