738 Tasting Notes


Amount: 3 scoops
Water: boiling, 1 teapot full
Steep Time: a little over 7 minutes

Notes: kept taking sample sips from 4 minutes on until it was strong enough since it is a sample size.

Militiajim wants to use this as an additive to another tea or beverage because it seems more like a spicing or mulling flavor than a stand alone tea. In fact he is excited to add it to apple juice.

Smell: mostly cardamom and a hint of cinnamon
AmazonV Flavor: peppery and spicy (the cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, pink peppercorns and cloves come out)
Militiajim flavor: cardamom and some other spices.
AmazonV Body: light
Militiajim Body: watery)
Aftertaste: warm, cinnamon, then a burn (ginger)

Rating: 1.5/3
Militiajim: 1/3

200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

we tired the apple juice instead of water, it made an excellent mulled cider

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I tried mixing it with Flavia cappuccino / latte swirl packet at work to make a green tea latte (with a bit of white sugar) and i like it more this way!

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Served: Hot

Notes: i wanted a more apple based flavor, i found it too light. i think i will try two bags per cup and longer brewing times?

Smell: cinnamon, apple, brings to mind apple pie and mulled apple cider
Flavor: cinnamon
Body: light
Aftertaste: cinnamon

Rating: 2/3

185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec

I just steep loose leaf chai in apple cider to get the apple cider affect. It’s pretty much amazing:)


oooo, i might need to try that when i get my chai recipe straight

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Additives: sprinkling of white sugar
Water: hot water spigot
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Notes: Preparation was done at work. At work I have a hot water spigot (no control on temperature) and paper cups. I also have available white sugar.

Smell: grassy, sweet, earthy
Flavor: earthy
Body: medium
Aftertaste: bitter

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Amount: 3 scoops tea for 1 mug (not full teapot)
Time: a little over 5:30 minutes

Served: Hot
Smell: Almond, coco
Flavor: bitter, light
Aftertaste: none

added 1 scoop german rock sugar: took away the bitter but left the tea unremarkable

Added Almond milk – no change to the sweetened tea

next time i want to try longer brewing, maybe some honey? or maybe less brew time.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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Amount: 2 teabags for 12 ounces of water
Time: 4-5 minutes

Served: Hot
Smell: Strongly of the coconut shell and meat
Flavor: light cocoa with coconut milk taste. MilitiaJim was unable to pick up the cocoa, it was “stomped on” by the coconut
Aftertaste: coconut, sweet

Added german rock sugar, 1 scoop per cup and it really helped smooth the flavor and bring out the cocoa.

Added Almond Milk, didn’t help the tea at all (we love plain black almond milk tea and wanted to experiment). Militiajim notes this makes it smell like an Almond Joy bar.

I want to try in the future with honey, and maybe a 5-6 minute brew time.

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I had the Loose Leaf sample size, it was supposed to make 7-10 cups, apparently my teaspoon is too large as it made more like 6

Amount: 4.5 scoops tea to 3 cups of tea (6 ounce cups)

Time: a little over 8:30 minutes (oopse!)

Served: Hot
AmazonV Smell: cinnamon, clove, ginger
AmazonV Flavor: spicy, peppery, medium body

MilitiaJim Smell: spiced cider without the apple
MilitiaJim Flavor: cloves with a hint of ginger

Aftertaste: cinnamon, cardamon

I tried adding honey and lactose-free milk, that calms the spicy after burn

too spicy for me, it was OK with the honey and milk but it’s not going to be a stock tea for me as i’d have to cut it with a less spicy tea

190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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drank Plum Harvest by Teavana
738 tasting notes

Amount: 3 scoops tea
Served: Hot
Smell: Sweet plums, and a hint of spice with a beautiful red color
Flavor: plum with some spice, light body, but none of the sweetness you smell
Aftertaste: none

I added some wild huckleberry honey from NY half way through, it didn’t change the flavor much, nor does adding german rock sugar, it’s a very strong flavor

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Ceylon Tea by Mahmood Tea
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Tea: Ceylon Tea
Type: Loose Leaf Black Tea
Company: Mahmood Tea
Amount: 3 scoops tea, 2 scoops German rock sugar, 3/4 tsp almond extract
Time: a little over 3 minutes

Served: Hot with milk (1/8 of the serving, 1% milk for james, fat free lactose free milk for me)
Smell: almond
Flavor: almond, smooth, medium bodied, sweet
Aftertaste: sweet

Rating: 3/3
Militiajim’s Rating: 3/3

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Hazelnut by Bigelow
738 tasting notes

Tea: Vanilla Hazelnut
Type: Black, Teabag
Company: Bigelow
Amount: 1 bag
(try 2 with 2 packets of white sugar)
(try 3 with 2 packets of white sugar and a non dairy creamer)
Time: a little over 2 minutes

Preparation: At work i have a hot water spigot, a ceramic coffee mug. I pour the hot water over the teabag, seep, then trash the bag.

Served: Hot
Smell: hazelnut and slight vanilla
Flavor: bitter, light body (sugar brought out the vanilla flavor and made it not bitter and smoother, creamer was even better)
Aftertaste: bitter (even with sugar, creamer fixed this)

2 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).

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


Blacksburg, Virginia



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