740 Tasting Notes

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Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Additives: 1.5 tsp sugar
Water: 1 pot filtered boiling
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: lemongrass, apple, hint of floral, hint of berry
Steeped Tea Smell: hibiscus, lemon, hint of floral
Flavor: sweet apple, hibiscus, lemon
Body: Full
Aftertaste: tang, probably from the hibiscus
Liquor: cloudy red/blood orange

One of MilitiaJim’s co-workers got this and didn’t like it. So knowing we’re tea addicts he gifted it to us.

It was OK hot, but delicious iced!

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: 7 minutes, weak, watery, light pink
7 more minutes in same water, watery lemon, smells like roses

tossed the resteep

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

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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5
drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
740 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Additives: none
Water: 2 zarafina cups filtered water
Tool: Zarafina Black-Loose-Medium (I should have done light)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet generic spice
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon, pumpkin (MilitiaJim could smell it, I got a weird sweet smell)
Flavor: bitter black tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: more bitter
Liquor: translucent orange-red-brown

Steepster Traveling Teabox Tea

Where is my pumpkin? Where is the spice?

Post-Steep Additives: 1 tsp German rock sugar, hides the bitter, but your getting very sweet black tea, no spice, no pumpkin

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

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50
drank matcha by T Bar
740 tasting notes

I visited Tbar on St. Patty’s day (no way was I going to a bar) and ordered a bowl of matcha to drink while I read my 2600 and relaxed a little.

I blame Cofftea for my recent fascination with Matcha. I am not much of a green tea person but she loves it so dearly and describes it so deliciously in her Steepster tealogs I want to love it.

Paid 9.00$ for a bowl of matcha

Smell: Not much, slightly vegetal
Taste: Sweet, smooth, thick, vegetal, creamy
Color: Murky green with green sludge on bottom
After taste: Gritty, vegetal, sweet

It isn’t the same kind of bitter grassy taste I fear in most greens, it is sweet and nice to drink. This also holds true for the matcha I had at Radiance tea house.

So although it is pleasant I don’t love it, and think I may give up on it. It isn’t bad, I just prefer other things, especially at the cost.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/tbar-prepared-matcha.html

Cofftea

You’re welcome!!!

Cofftea

… but $9???

AmazonV

yup, per the menu, Radiance was $5, Tbar isn’t known for being cheap, do you ever get matcha prepared while your out? how much does it run you?

AmazonV

and is the matcha supposed to settle to the bottom like it did?

Cofftea

The only time I’ve had it out (my 1st matcha experience) it was $2.50. Matcha can separate if not drank in a timely fashion because it does not dissolve in the water. The Rishi matcha I had at Kavarna never did, although it did slowly get thicker as I got closer to the bottom of the chawan. I do not believe in rushing something as wonderful as matcha so when I make it at home it can separate a bit so I just rewhisk it w/ my chasen a bit.

SoccerMom

I have been dying to try matcha too! It’s definently because Cofftea is always talking about it and everytime I get to a teahouse (which isn’t often) I think today is the day I am going to try matcha and the person working at the teahouse always looks at me and says “okay, you want Matcha?” and I say well what do you think is the Matcha good here do you recommend it and they say “it’s okay” or at Teavana they said “we have some made up in the fridge” and I say don’t worry about it give me ______________ please. So I am going to be a Matcha virgin until I see 52Teas update that Strawberry Matcha is for sale. So hurry up already 52Teas. :)

Cofftea

SoccerMom, you could always buy some and make it yourself:) The only place that serves matcha anywhere close to my house is an hr. away and we went there not even knowing they have it.

AmazonV

i don’t want to go buying all the stuff to make matcha before i know i love it, more tea stuff i might not need….if i do find i like it i would buy a set which is why i’ll try when i hit a tea shop

fcmonroe

You can get by with a kitchen wisk and a soup bowl. That’s what I did when I tried it for the first time. I ordered some online from Teavana. If you don’t like it the traditional way, you can also add it to smoothies, etc in a blender. It can be used for baking as well, just add a teaspoon or so to your favorite cake. You can even mix it in with the pre-made vanilla frostings to make green tea icing for cakes.

SoccerMom

fcmonroe I love those ideas! Thanks for sharing. AmazonV I’ll send you some strawberry matcha from 52Teas when it comes out. Of course you’re going to have to whisk it which is what I had planned to do anyway but it was a relief to see fcmonroe give me the “okay” LOL :) AmazonV you might have to remind me to send you some since it might be awhile.

AmazonV

sweet, i have wisks and i am going to teavana today…..

SoccerMom

AmazonV you have to tell us what you pick up at Teavana today!

AmazonV

gah, most disappointing visit, they were out of matcha and wegman’s didn’t have the spring cherry ROT green :( so all i came home with was more my morning mate as we were running low

SoccerMom

I love my morning mate I drink that almost every morning I don’t let my stock run out of that one! We don’t have a wegman’s but I have seen some ROT at our World Market I’ll stop by there tomorrow and see if they have Spring Cherry.

AmazonV

none of the other stores around here carry it. i’d usually just order it but i have two orders coming in soon so i’ll be full up again. today was just blah, they put my mom’s cat to sleep, and yea, time to go make some comfort tea

SoccerMom

Awww……poor kitty and Mom. :( Will she be getting a new kitten anytime soon? My grandma lost her yorkie and we got her another about a month later and it seemed to help ease the mourning (a little). Sorry to hear it.

AmazonV

well she lets most pets find her, strays turning up in the back yard and all, so they don’t plan to look around. but my grandparents plan to get a cat or kitten from the local shelter soon so there will be some kitty soon to go get smothered with love for everyone needing a kitty fix.

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100
drank Vanilla Rooibos Tea Latte by Tazo
740 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 c
Additives: 2 c lactose free milk
Served: Hot

Bring to boil, a little too much it formed a skin I had to skim off.

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: woody, vanilla, sweet
Flavor: delicious woody rooibos, sweet, vanilla
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: woody vanilla
Liquor: opaque cloudy brown

Delicious, I love this tea! To me vanilla and rooibos go very well together, and I’m always a sucker for a tea latte.

MilitiaJim and Bobbie only are getting vanilla sweet milk.

Post-Steep Additives: none

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/tazo-tea-concentrate-rooibos-tea-liquid.html

Cofftea

scorched milk… eeewww… lol

AmazonV

yea, i got distracted typing up my last review, luckily the skin is pretty solid and i just lifted it off and it didn’t affect my tea

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65

Steep Information:
Amount: 1.5 tsp
Additives: 1 tsp German rock sugar, 2 sprinkles powered cinnamon, 10 raisins
Water: 6 ounces filtered boiling water
Tool: Mesh basket strainer in cup
Steep Time: a little over 4 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Raisin bran cereal, sweet raisins
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon, raisin, smoke
Flavor: raisin, cinnamon, a little too sweet, bake-y/cardboard astringent (is this the toast?)
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent, bitter very briefly
Liquor: dark reddish-brown

Well I, and Bobbie and MilitiaJim like this steep. I don’t like that I had to doctor it so much to get what I wanted.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: weak, watery, even after leaving it in after the 5 min were up, cinnamon and raisin came through but nothing else, dumped it

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

You added extra cinnamon and raisins but no butter? Now that is a review I’d love to read=D

AmazonV

i was thinking about adding butter, but then i figured it would be a weird oily film on top, i almost added some coconut pouchong because it is so buttery, but i love it so much i didn’t want to use it if the tweak turned out awful

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 tsp
Additives: none
Water:6 oz filtered boiling
Tool: Mesh basket strainer in cup
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet caramel
Steeped Tea Smell: tea, hint of caramel
Flavor: smooth, astringent, with a hint of sweet, no bitterness
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: briefly bitter
Liquor: translucent orange-brown

Steepster Traveling Teabox Tea

I am like strong not subtle flavors, this does not meet my needs in a flavored black tea.

Post-Steep Additives: none

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

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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67
drank French Breakfast by Premium Steap
740 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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34
drank Rooibos by Gemi Te
740 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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69
drank Christmas Eve by Stash Tea
740 tasting notes

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49
drank Japanese Wild Cherry by Teavana
740 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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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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