714 Tasting Notes

71

drinking the last of it, thanks again Doulton, i am glad i got to order this :)
de-cupboarded sniff

JacquelineM

I’m crying too! I have about one more teaspoon of this myself!

AmazonV

Oh no! perhaps we need to arrange a field trip, to paris!

JacquelineM

Definitely. We might as well shoot down the chunnel and go to England too!

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1
drank Kuki Yerba Mate by Samovar
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tablespoons
Water: 16 ounces boiling filtered water
Tool: Adagio IngenuiTEA 16 oz
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vegetal, grassy
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal, earthy
Flavor: grassy, bitter, MilitiaJim got motor oil
Body: Full
Aftertaste: bitter, grassy
Liquor: opaque with particulate, murky brown-green

We both managed two sips, and then tossed it down the drain.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/08/samovar-loose-leaf-mate-tea-kuki-yerba.html

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Jillian

Maybe try it in less than boiling water? Maté gets bitter if it’s oversteeped.

Ricky

Hmmm, you didn’t get sweet in there?

AmazonV

nope no sweet – i’ll give a lower (green setting?) temp a try in the breville and ignore the tin and see what i get

__Morgana__

Wow. A 1. I am intrigued. Lol.

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48

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 heaping tsp
Water: 500ml at 175°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, vegetal
Flavor: vegetal, a little bitter
Body: Light
Aftertaste: grassy, bitter
Liquor: pale translucent yellow-green

I added 1 minute, the same result really.

MilitiaJim insisted it reminded him of genmaichai (toasty, rice)

I don’t have a strong love of green tea, and this one is not amazing enough, at least the way I prepared it, to warrant me getting it again.

I am greatful to LENA for sharing this tea with me, and her amazingly detailed notes and adorable little tupperware packaging.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/08/zhenas-gypsy-tea-loose-leaf-green-tea.html

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

The Gen Mai Cha comparison worries me…

AmazonV

i have no idea what he was tasting, i totally didn’t get any toasty or rice

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99

So, I’ve been playing with this tea

190°F
1:30 minute

that is the way to make this tea, smooth, floral, delicious!

it’s pants are only kicked by coconut pouchong in this category

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec
wombatgirl

What’s your leaf/water ratio?

AmazonV

1 HEAPING tsp per 250ml

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74

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 500ml 175°F filtered water
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: very strong jasmine floral
Steeped Tea Smell: jasmine flowers
Flavor: floral
Body: Light
Aftertaste: vegetal, a little bitter
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

The tea arrived in an adorable tin with see through top, since I keep my teas away from the light I like preview windows. The packaging had the tea hand written on the side, but the handwriting was neat and easy to read so I did not mind at all. Overall adorable packaging.

I think i needed to increase the pearls and cut back on the time? The tea was airy and light, like smelling jasmine with your tongue, but with a bitter after taste I did not appreciate. I failed to follow directions and do 2 minutes for the steep as it seemed too light at two minutes, but I now know this is meant to be a light tea since it was not bitter then.

Resteep: 6 minutes, stronger floral taste, but also a stronger bitter after taste, perhaps next time a pinch of sugar?

Disclaimer: I received this tea for free from The Tea Valley Company in exchange for reviewing their website.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/08/tea-valley-company-loose-leaf-green-tea.html

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
The Tea Valley Company

Hey AmazonV,

Thanks for reviewing our jasmine pearls. You are absolutely right when you said this is meant to be a light tea.

Brewing jasmine is quite tricky for me. From experience, the bitterness comes from too many pearls and too little water. One source I checked actually suggest a jasmine tea to water ratio of 1:20. I’m not sure how accurate that is but here are the two ways I brew this tea personally:

1) Brewing it Gongfu style. Using a gaiwan, I put just enough pearls in it so that the bottom is covered. Fill the gaiwan with hot water that is just below boiling and let it steep for about a minute. Anything too long and you will end up with a bitter tea.

2) This may not be a popular way to brew the tea but it is something my family has suggested and the method has worked for me so far. Simple place about 8-10 pearls in a cup/mug of hot water and leave the tea leaves in there. Since the leaves are continually steeped in the cup, it create more flavors but at the same time none of the bitterness. I enjoy this quite a bit.

Nevertheless, no matter which menthod you choose, the end result should be a light and delicate tea. I hope this helps!

AmazonV

thank you, i will try the mug preparation time next time (i do not have a gaiwan)

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51
drank Strawberry Matcha by 52teas
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1/2 tsp
Water: 12 ounces boiling
Tool: aerolatte
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: wild strawberry (not sweet store kind), vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal with a hint of berry
Flavor: thin, stirred more, chalky, hints of berry
Body: Light, stirred then Full
Aftertaste: vegetal
Liquor: opaque murky olive green

I keep trying and wanting to like matcha, sometimes it’s good – usually when someone else (a tea shop) makes it for me, but even then not always.

This was OK, I don’t think it’s the matcha’s fault I think it’s mine.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/08/52teas-loose-leaf-matcha-green-tea.html

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94

Steep Information:
Amount: ~6g
Water: 150ml boiling filtered water
Tool: Adagio IngenuiTEA 16 oz
Steep Time: a little over 1:30 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: honey, sweet, floral, vegetal
Flavor: buttery sweet
Body: Light
Aftertaste: vegetal
Liquor: translucent pale yellow-green

Sweet, buttery, delicious – but not as good as the Zealong Aromatic.

An excellent oolong.

Resteep (2) Information: 150ml, boiling, 1:30 – sweet, vegetal, a little nutty

Resteep (3) Information: 200ml, boiling, 2:00, vegetal, a little nutty, a little bitter

Resteep (4) Information: 200ml, boiling, 2:00, vegetal, a little nutty, a little bitter

Resteep (5) Information: 200ml, boiling, 2:00, vegetal, a little nutty, bitter

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/08/chicago-tea-garden-loose-leaf-oolong.html

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
wombatgirl

I’ve been so tempted by these Zealongs….

wombatgirl

Ok, a question for you – you rated this 94 and the other one a 74, but you mention you think the other is better??

AmazonV

@Wombatgirl – I found a better prep time – i haven’t gone in to update it yet, 1:30 is key last time i understeeped then oversteeped the poor aromatic

wombatgirl

Have you tried this at 195 rather than boiling? (since it made such a change to the other one)

AmazonV

no, i only had a sample size – i did just get in my order from Chicago tea garden will a full size of each so i will need to try all 3 at varying temps, i was thinking do 190-200 in 5 degree increments…unless someone else has already tried that

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72

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 16 oz boiling
Tool: Adagio IngenuiTEA 16 oz
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: rum, nuts, woody
Steeped Tea Smell: nutty, sweet
Flavor: amaretto, nut, sweet
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: floral
Liquor: translucent reddish-orange

I won these teas in a contest that was run by Dan on Steepster that was great fun, and got me tea prizes!

I find the labels on the tea samples to be perfect, they include the company name, tea name, tea type, and steeping directions. I have been informed that the samples that you buy on the web site, or any teas purchased on the site, will come in food safe, plastic lined, kraft bags which keep light out and keep the tea fresh for about 4-5 months. Tea is best stored in tins which are not clear and air tight, since light activates the steeping process and moisture as well. The sample bags I received were about 2-3 cups each, where purchased samples are larger.

Post-Steep Additives: Rock sugar, more amaretto flavor

Resteep: weak, tossed

Nice dessert tea.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/08/georgia-tea-company-loose-leaf-rooibos.html

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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53
drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 heaping tsp
Water: 500ml filtered 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: citrus, smoke
Steeped Tea Smell: earl grey
Flavor: smooth bergamot black tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: citrus, smoke
Liquor: translucent orange brown

I bought this when I visited the Kusmi store in NYC, it’s a tiny tin part of the Russian sampler. It’s smooth, not bitter, and enjoyable but it doesn’t grab me and demand I keep it stocked.

I think the Kusmi teas, like the french teas, are subtle flavors and I prefer bold.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/08/kusmi-tea-loose-leaf-black-tea-troika.html

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Andreastt

Hmmm you say that you only can taste the bergamot. I can taste mandarin as the dominating citrus, orange as a more subtle flavour and bergamot as a smell.

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51

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 750ml filtered water, 185°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: just like a freshly made strawberry shortcake
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, strawberry
Flavor: I would have believed it a black tea with hints of strawberry
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: strawberry
Liquor: translucent orange brown

The smell was divine, the tea was surprisingly full for a white tea. This was a swap from LENA who had the teas each labeled and i adorable tiny Tupperware, she included amazing notes for each tea!

I failed to read the Steepster notes first and am surprised everyone else tasted cake and not berry.

If it tasted as amazing as it smelled I’d get it again, but alas the taste is pretty standard.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/08/thenecessiteas-loose-leaf-white-tea.html

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

This is one that I wish I had ordered when I placed the order with NecessiTeas some months ago. sigh

AmazonV

What did you end up with instead? my favorite from her is still root beer

LiberTEAS

I ordered the root beer, coco la ven, bread pudding, and pineapple upside down cake. I haven’t yet tried the pineapple upside down cake… I have a lot of teas in my possession that I haven’t tried yet. LOL

AmazonV

yea i know that feeling, 3 large boxes full of stuff i haven’t touched yet! (as in, repacked 3 large shipping boxes full of nothing but tea for fear of drowning in tea shipments)

LiberTEAS

Sounds like me. I have repurposed some of my big tins (2 pound size) of which I have MANY – I used these to store the teas that I sold… and as I empty them (as the teas sell out) I have been using them to stash away the teas that I have. I have about a dozen of them now filled with varied sizes of packages of teas – many of them are teas I haven’t yet tried. I AM drowning in tea. LOL (but what a way to go, eh?)

AmazonV

the most delicious way :)

LENA

The smell held so much potential. But I agree with you 100%

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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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