779 Tasting Notes

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drank JavaVana Mate by Teavana
779 tasting notes

So I like coffee, but I cannot stand what it seems to do to my body. Tea is much gentler to me, but I still really liked the taste of coffee…and I miss it. I tried the Javavana in effort to get the taste without all the jitters and appetite stimulating effects, etc. I will have to give it a day to see how it plays out – but the taste is spot on. I kind of can’t believe it’s tea, it tastes that much like coffee. So far, so good – I think I’ll be revisiting this one again.

UPDATE:
Well, this gets a huge bump up. It tasted like coffee but was nowhere near as havoc wreaking on me. I am working on trying to build up a “staple” cabinet, and this one is in it for sure. Can’t wait for tomorrow morning to make this again!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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55
drank Strawberry Slender by Teavana
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Okay I am slightly bumping this up – I tasted the strawberry more this time and, since I drank it unsweetened, got the sweetness from that rather than the sugar. The strawberry taste was quite pleasant, and not as artificial tasting as it smelled. However, I may have oversteeped, for my own tastebuds. Immediately following that sweetness was a bitterness that, while tolerable, I would rather avoid. I will try a minute or so less on the steeping for next time and report back to compare.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100
reviewed One Touch Tea Maker by Breville
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I am a casual tea drinker recently introduced to loose leaf tea. I had been using a hot water dispenser and tea ball, but wanted to have a way to enjoy multiple cups at one time. That would require the purchase of both a tea pot and tea kettle, and a lot of trial and error on my part. This machine was perfect (although expensive) for my needs- it combined both pieces of equipment and preset times for different tea types, with the ability to customize both temperature and steep time depending on preference, and program tea making to any specific time of day (as you would set a coffeemaker).
Anyway, I’m sure you know all about the features of the device. Performance wise, it works wonderfully, and is quite sturdy so far. I love being able to have a gadget dedicated to making tea – it makes the process so easy and has really upped my tea consumption. It is no small expense, however, if you are someone who a.) likes gadgetry, b.)wants to streamline their tea making equipment, and/or c.) wants the luxury of being able to program tea as you would a cup of coffee, I think it is well worth the money spent.

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50
drank Snowfields by T Salon
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The tea smells amazing, both before and after it is brewed. However it tastes no different from a pure green tea. Not a bad flavor at all, as I quite like the taste of green teas – just disappointing given such an amazing aroma.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This a yummy tea. It is spicy but not overwhelming. It also blended really well with the honeybush vanilla tea – and it seems like it will be very versatile with other teas as well.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Honeybush Vanilla by Teavana
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Okay – by itself this is too overpowering. But when mixed with the white ayurvedic chai, it is much better – the spices in that balance the vanilla very well. A good afternoon or evening tea

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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45
drank Lemon Lime Kampai by Teavana
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I didn’t think I’d like this one. I love lemon as a fruit but can’t stand it in tea – although to be fair I am talking about that nasty fake lemon flavoring added on to iced tea. The lemon in this, while overpowering, felt very cleansing in a way. I could see myself drinking this when sick as a remedy of sorts. It will likely not be an everyday tea by itself, but I think the flavor would lend well to blending, so I’ll try and experiment.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Slender by Teavana
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I wanted so badly to like this tea. I think I would have, if the strawberry didn’t smell so artificial once brewed. The smell detracted from the taste, and there was a funky aftertaste (I’m assuming this was the pu erh?) that didn’t seem to mesh with the fruit. I’ll definitely experiment with this tea some more, because I have to use it up, but it wouldn’t be my first choice for a drink right now.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
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I am new to the world of loose leaf tea, but I have always had a fondness for black tea in general. Usually the bolder the better. I love the creaminess of the vanilla in this – the ‘tea’ taste is still there, but it finishes so nicely. This is definitely one of my favorites from Teavana.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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A few of my favorite teas (in no particular order):

*Dessert flavored blacks
*Breakfast blends
*Virtually any black tea (but lapsang/keemun!)
*Dancong oolong
*Sencha
*Dragonwell

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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Atlanta, GA

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