714 Tasting Notes

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Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp (entire sample)
Additives: none
Water: 26 ounces filtered boiling
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer
Steep Time: a little over 10 minutes (7 was too weak)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Pears, Woody, and something else I can’t quite place
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, pears, and that odd something else
Flavor: funky (marigold?)
Body: Light
Aftertaste: sweet
Liquor: translucent reddish-orange

I realize I should have done less water, but that was the pot that was out and it needs at least that much to cover the tea.

This was a free sample from The Jade Teapot, which I really appreciate in my quest to find good caffeine free tea.

Sadly this tea is just too weird, there is that flavor I can not place, and the pear is a very light flavor, although the sweetness was wonderful, no additives needed!

Post-Steep Additives: none

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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
AmazonV

Update: the pear and apple become more prominent and the tea becomes medium bodied when it cools.

Doulton

I really like this flavor from “The Art of Tea”.

AmazonV

thanks i’ll keep that in mind when i manage to drink some space into the cupboard :)

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Steep Information:
Amount: 5 tsp – the entire sample bag
Additives: none
Water: 1 cast iron teapot full of filtered boiling water
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer
Steep Time: a little over 8 minutes (did 5, it was too weak)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: strawberry, kiwi
Steeped Tea Smell: strawberry rhubarb pie
Flavor: Strawberry, sweet berry
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: slightly tangy (hibiscus)
Liquor: store bought cherry pie colored

Purchased this sample to help find a tea to fill my nightly no caffeine niche.

Where are you hiding my kiwi? I can’t find it. And I am not sure why there are rosehips in there, and not sure I could find them, but I wonder if there would be less weird ‘other’ in this tea without them.

I was happy to drink the whole pot, but it was straightforward strawberry so not interesting enough for me to purchase more of.

Post-Steep Additives: none

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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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28 ounces tap water
Sunbeam TeaDrop Hot tea Maker
4 tsp tea
medium setting
2 sugars
still a good black tea…but not any kind of wow

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drank Herb Red by Flavia
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Flavia machine

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: fruity, floral, citrus, hibiscus
Flavor: lemongrass, hibiscus, sour tang
Body: Full
Aftertaste: sour tang
Liquor: dark red

Apparently discontinued, I am not surprised. The tang was unpleasant and not fully describable. The tea was almost likable….almost and then at the end of the sip that odd flavor invaded and lingered.

Drinkable, but barely.

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

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: citrus
Steeped Tea Smell: citrus, floral, woody
Flavor: lemon, hibiscus, floral, roobois
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: lemon, sweet
Liquor: red-brown translucent

I am not sure where I was getting the citrus from. The hibiscus flavor gets stronger as it cools. I was not getting the peppermint or blueberry.

It was a nice flavorful tea, I think I need to have a few more glasses to decide of I like it or really like it.

Post-Steep Additives: none

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/republic-of-tea-teabag-rooibos-tea-get.html

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

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see previous notes; summary: delicious and buttery cookie flavor! no additives needed and no fuss (1 bag, 8 ounces hot spigot water at work in paper cup)

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90

had one cup no sugar, enjoy it very much, see previous note, tried to resteep and failed so added a second bag and enjoyed

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34

1 teabag
8 ounces hot spigot water with one flavia latte packet
3 min

The result was a weak chai, I should should have steeped longer

It was very smooth, more spice after the sip than at the start of the sip

I will try again longer with a latte and some honey or sugar and a longer steep

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

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none
Water: 8 ounces hot spigot water
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: ginger, cinnamon, clove, spice
Steeped Tea Smell: tea, generic spice
Flavor: generically spicy tea
Body: Light/Medium/Full
Aftertaste: slightly bitter and astringent aftertaste with hints of spice
Liquor: deep dark reddish-brown

This was better, spicier and bolder, than I was expecting from a bagged chai made in the office, but not one that really WOWed me.

Post-Steep Additives: 1 packet sugar = smoother, better
2 packet sugar = spicier, better

think it needs milk/cream

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/stash-teabag-black-tea-chai-spice-black.html

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

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drank Ginger Twist by Mighty Leaf Tea
714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 Teabag, 3.5g
Additives: none
Water: 6 ounces filtered boiling water
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Sweet spice, lemongrass, fruity, minty
Steeped Tea Smell: Lemongrass
Flavor: Something trying to be sweet, a medley of flavors, never settling on one, not blending the flavors they are each unique
Body: Light
Aftertaste: Ginger-lemongrass burn on the tongue
Liquor: Cloudy yellow-brown

There were popping noise while steeping! It was surprising.

This was a sample pack I choose when I placed my last order online.

I believe it may have done better with a bit of honey, it wasn’t as gingery as I was expecting from the name and was a nice tea to keep me on my toes as it cycled through various pleasant flavors.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: very light, mainly lemongrass water

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/mighty-leaf-tea-teabag-herbal-tea.html

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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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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0-25=Bleh! not again if it were free
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50-75=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
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