714 Tasting Notes

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drank French Breakfast by Premium Steap
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 tsp
Additives: none
Water: 6 ounces filtered boiling
Tool: Mesh basket strainer in cup
Steep Time: a little over 4 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Chocolate, vanilla – where did that chocolate come from?
Steeped Tea Smell: black tea, chocolate, vanilla
Flavor: black tea, astringent
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: nice dark brown that I forgot to take a picture of

Steepster Traveling Teabox Tea

The leaves were very pretty with their golden colors mixed with brown.

I am not sure if the chocolate was a cross contaminate or if it was supposed to smell chocolaty?

Too bitter for my tastes, maybe I should have done less time? I brewed it at the lower end of the suggested range.

The vanilla is too subtle in this tea for me.

Post-Steep Additives: +1 tsp German rock sugar, made no impact
+ splash of almond milk, no change

Resteep: 4 min, not bitter (1 tsp German rock and splash almond milk) I liked this steep much more than the first, but it was a little on the weaker side, and no vanilla.

I am giving it the rating for the resteep, the first steep would have been lower. If I bought this I would plan to steep it shorter, and immediately add sugar and milk.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/premium-steap-loose-leaf-black-tea.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

I always have this one with milk and sugar. Now that I made my own vanilla tea, I think this one is going to fall out of favor with me! When we meet for tea I will give you some of my vanilla assam (and some berry rooibos from Samovar – I think you’d love that one!!)

AmazonV

squee, this makes the week after next even more exciting!

I saw your custom vanilla tea – I keep saving my vanilla beans for making homemade chai, it’s my long term tea project, but i always get too tired and lazy :( i need to kick my own butt to do it sooner or later, then maybe i’ll have an extra bean to try making my own!

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drank Rooibos by Gemi Te
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag 1.2 g
Additives: none
Water: 6 ounces filtered boiling
Steep Time: a little over 7 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, woody, and paper probably coming from the bag
Steeped Tea Smell: woody, sweet
Flavor: watery, woody
Body: Light
Aftertaste: short but sweet, wood
Liquor: translucent light reddish-brown

Steepster Traveling Teabox Tea

I like rooibos, and usually find it a strong woody sweet flavor. This one surprised me by being so meek and mild.

Although I am amused and happy I got to try a tea from Denmark, I won’t be trying to get my hands on this one again.

Post-Steep Additives: none

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/gemi-te-teabag-rooibos-tea-sydafrikansk.html

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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49
drank Japanese Wild Cherry by Teavana
714 tasting notes

1 tsp in make-your-own teabag
hot spigot water
8-12 ounce ceramic mug
2 minutes
1 stick honey
mild, sweet, slightly grassy/vegetal, hints of cherry

I do not love you tea, I wanted to love you so much

if you like smooth green teas that aren’t very vegetal with subtle flavors this is for you

~lauren.

Sorry about your tea, but today, the names of all the teas are catching my eyes – JacquelineM drank Green Snail Spring, Kristin drank China Hairy Crab Oolong, and your tea, Japanese Wild Cherry conjures up visions of Washington, DC – all those lovely cherry trees in bloom during spring by the water!

AmazonV

I know, it sounds so spring pretty pink lovely :) we’re all glad to see the sun apparently?

Kristin

The name does make it sound like it would be spectacular.

~lauren.

YES YES YES vote YES for sun & spring – even I who like the rain and cozying up with a good book and a great cup of tea – am tired of the dreary days leading up this year’s spring!

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Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Additives: none
Water: filtered boiling
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer – not all the way full just enough to cover the tea
Steep Time: a little over 7 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: I can see golden raisins, and smell hibiscus and currents?
Steeped Tea Smell: hibiscus (inhales deeply) and spice
Flavor: hibiscus, spice
Body: Full
Aftertaste: tangy
Liquor: opaque deep red

Thank you for the sample SoccerMom!

I love hibiscus, but if you’ve been following my posts long you know this.

DELICIOUS, but all the other flavors get stomped, that is the one thing holding this back from greatness. If the spice was more prominent, or other flavors also strongly present with the hibiscus I would be in love with the lover’s kiss.

I will take this as is though. I think if I had more I’d try some honey or sugar or perhaps try it iced.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

Resteep: oh woe is me little tea, at 7 minutes you were a very pretty pink, but watery drink

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/path-of-tea-loose-leaf-herbal-tea.html

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drank Apple Pie a la mode by 52teas
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Additives: none
Water: filtered boiling
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer
Steep Time: a little over 4, 9 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cinnamon, apple, vanilla, MilitiaJim also gets caramel
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon, apple, vanilla, MilitiaJim also gets caramel
Flavor:
4 min: light, watery, cinnamon, vanilla
9 min: bitter black, cinnamon, vanilla, hint of apple
Body: 4-Light, 9-Medium
Aftertaste: 4-sweet apple 9-bitter black tea
Liquor: 4-translucent light reddish-burnt orange 9-darker reddish-brown

I think I need a steep in between what I did, however I was distracted by dinner.

The smell delivers on the pie. I assume “a la mode” = vanilla (assuming target was vanilla bean ice cream but I am not getting creamy or dairy so no vanilla bean ice cream).

The taste on the first steep was very weak, but held promise of being a light, but not too subtle, spiced black. The second steep went off the deep end because I forgot to watch it and it turned out very bitter keeping me from appreciating it.

I am going to give this tea another shot some other time as I think it has promise.

Post-Steep Additives: German rock sugar-brought in more the sweetness I expect from pie, I also like sugar

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/52teas-loose-leaf-black-tea-apple-pie.html

Erin

I like this one with both milk and sugar. I agree, the flavor is weak, but the milk helps to make it a bit bolder.

AmazonV

i’ll have to try a splash of milk next time when i steep it properly, i was thinking maybe 6 minutes?

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49
drank Japanese Wild Cherry by Teavana
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 tsp
Additives: none
Water: 8 ounces hot spigot water
Tool: make your own paper teabag
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes (tried 1 and 2, too weak)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cherry, floral, sweet
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal, cherry, fruity
Flavor: bitter, vegetal, floral
Body: Light
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: translucent yellowish-green

I bought this tea because I am in love with The Republic of Tea Memoirs of a Geisha cherry green tea. That was a limited edition tea.

Since I have been trying so many teas, this tea is not on my “loved” list anymore…it’s too finicky to make properly, and not enough cherry for me.

I think 1 or 2 minutes would have done the tea better, less bitter, I’ll try that next time.

I am dropping my rating because it is finicky and I have found so many better teas as I have branched out

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/teavana-loose-leaf-green-tea-japanese.html

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

Have you tried RoT’s Spring Cherry? I remember being in love with that one when I worked at a cafe that served RoT and had 20 or so varieties. I’m not sure how it compares to memoirs of a geisha as I didn’t get to try that one.

AmazonV

I decided to email ROT and ask
within a few hours i got to find out that is the tea i love! only they renamed it so it isn’t linked to the movie after that promotion, when i have room in my cupboard i am buying some!

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69
drank Chocolate Mint by The Jade Teapot
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: entire sample, 3 heaping tsp
Additives: none
Water: 6 ounces filtered boiling
Tool: Mesh basket strainer in cup
Steep Time: a little over 7 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: andes chocolate mints
Steeped Tea Smell: andes chocolate mints
Flavor: mint, woody
Body: Full
Aftertaste: mint with a hint of chocolate
Liquor: deep opaque black-red

This smelled similar to 52Teas Loose Leaf Black Tea ‘Chocolate Mint Flavored Black Tea’

Both were strongly mint.

This tea has two advantages (for me) – no bitter black tea flavor, and it’s rooibos (I need more caffeine free teas I love in my cupboard).

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: 7 minutes, medium bodied, still the same profile, lighter coloring

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/jade-teapot-loose-leaf-rooibos-tea_2874.html

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp at first, then entire sample (approx 4 tsp)
Additives: none
Water: 6 ounces filtered boiling
Tool: Mesh basket strainer in cup
Steep Time: a little over 12 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: barely a scent of caramel, and perhaps a re-heated burned caramel
Steeped Tea Smell: none
Flavor: woody rooibos
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: the burned caramel is there, like an after thought, not heavy but lightly
Liquor: dark red

After the first 7 minutes and 2 tsp of tea I found it to be a weak woody rooibos flavor, so I added the rest of the sample and steeped another 5 minutes.

I was not tasting the apple or smelling it. The cinnamon and almond surprised me as I would never have guessed they were there had they not been in the ingredient listing.

You need to like rooibos to like this tea as it is a very prominent flavor. The apple and caramel are too subtle for me.

Post-Steep Additives: 1/2 tsp German rock sugar, more caramel flavor brought out

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/jade-teapot-loose-leaf-rooibos-tea_17.html

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Cofftea

No caramel in a tea named caramel apple…??? Um…

AmazonV

it was a after taste – and much more prominent with sugar, it was the apple i couldn’t find

Cofftea

It’s weird you can find something that’s not there. Something in the name that isn’t listed in the ingredients is false advertising to me. :(

Jade Teapot

I think I will retire this flavor. Even off Steepster it does not get high remarks. Thanks for your comments.

AmazonV

bye bye caramel apple! (just don’t let the Caribbean go anywhere!)

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Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Additives: none
Water: 3 cups filtered boiling water (1 cast iron teapot full)
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer
Steep Time: a little over 7 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Raisin bran cereal, sweet raisins
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon and tea
Flavor: black tea, smoky, astringent
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: tea
Liquor: translucent light reddish-brown

I started with 3 minutes, it was too weak, went and kept sipping, the tea was not yet bitter at 7 and I think it could have steeped longer.

The tea smells very much like cinnamon and tea. I was not getting toast (or was the smoky flavor supposed to represent crispy toast?) or butter.

The raisins was only present in the dry leaf smell.

To test the quality of a steeped golden raisin I took some of my golden raisins from the cupboard and steeped them a few minutes, very grape. So apparently the tea doesn’t have enough raisins for my liking.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this tea, it’s smooth and not bitter and really just fine. But I have done something wrong or it’s too subtle for me.

Next steep I will try adding sugar, cream separately and together while tossing in extra raisins. It may end up getting a higher rating once I fiddle with the preparation, it has potential.

I am interested to get MilitaJim’s thoughts on it – he’s out celebrating St. Patty’s Day. Bobbie agrees with my tea that smells like cinnamon assessment.

Post-Steep Additives: none

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/52teas-loose-leaf-black-tea-buttered.html

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec
SoccerMom

When I read this I thought WOW that was exactly how I felt about this tea. It lacks flavor it could be better.

AmazonV

Thanks I glad I am not alone, there are a lot of people here who appreciate subtle flavors (based of my growing history of my thoughts versus theirs) and I am slowly finding who matches up with me and i feel less taste bud defective! It’s sort of like how you have to find movie reviewers with your taste (or the exact opposite) to guesstimate if you’ll enjoy a tea.

Apparently we’re the in your face flavor pair :)

SoccerMom

Yep. I totally agree don’t give us any of your puny weak flavored teas we want strong bold flavor and we just won’t settle! LOL :))

AmazonV

My mom: I LOVE this tea, the butter is in the smoothness, and I can taste the raisin – delicious! (she is a subtle tea lover)

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Bio

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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0-25=Bleh! not again if it were free
25-50=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
50-75=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
75-100=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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