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6 Tasting Notes


I am a huge fan of this tea! It has a hint of black tea taste but it is very bold. If you are looking for a tea to replace coffee, this one is a strong contender. If you aren’t a fan of strong teas, you should lower the steeping time or cut it with something.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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I’m a fan of just about every green tea except this one. To me, it smells and tastes like shoe polish, but I think that’s the jasmine. If you like jasmine teas this is probably good, but it’s definitely not for me.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I’m a huge fan of Rooibos tea and was intrigued by this one when I saw it in the store. When I first opened the tin and took a sniff it burned my nose, it has a very strong scent. I had expected this scent to be weaker after it was steeped, but even the steeped tea burned my nose when I tried to smell it. It has a nice deep red color when steeped. It seems to be very dry in my mouth with only a hint of apricot and a slightly sweet ending. Overall, I’m not a fan of this tea at all. It isn’t very pleasant to drink and every time it gets near my nose it burns.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank JavaVana Mate by Teavana
6 tasting notes

This is not the type of tea that I typically drink, but I really enjoy this in the morning at work. I used to drink coffee and since giving it up I’d been missing that morning ritual. As much as I like other tea, it just wasn’t the same for the morning.

This tea has a very bold and complex flavor. It’s not coffee by any means, but it definitely has some substance to it. I typically steep mine for 7-10 minutes just under boiling. I’ve found that I can get two steepings out of it before it loses too much flavor.

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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This is a pretty decent tea. It has a little bit of spice to it, and the finish, to me, is a sort of watery citrus that I’m not sure if I like or dislike.

I steep it for 3-3.5 minutes @ 195F and usually get two steepings out of it.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I like this tea as a daily drinker at work. I usually get 3 or 4 steepings out of it before I’m ready for some fresh leaves. I do my first steeping for 1:30 – 2 min @ 175 degrees, then 2-3 minutes for each consecutive steeping.

This is not a tea that I would go for as a treat, but it works quite nicely for something tasty and healthy at work.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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