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    The Devotea Darjeeling Margaret’s Hope

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: deep reddish brown I received this tea as part of the +The Devotea‘s Tea of the Month Club. I was really excited because not only is this tea a Darjeeling from one of my favorite estates but it was also sourced through +Lochan Tea Limited. Their reputation for very good quality Indian teas is well known in the tea community. The taste was bold and somewhat malty with strong muscatel notes, every bit a classic second flush. There was astringency but enough so as to add a refreshing…


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    The Devotea USA Tea of The Month Club – December 2013

    Monthly tea subscriptions have grown popular lately and I was excited to see a new one from one of my favorite companies, +The Devotea. This December box is their inaugural shipment. Tucked among awesomely sparkly tissue paper was four 1oz packages of tea. I’ll be updating this post with links to the individual reviews as they are posted. The selections included in this box were: Bread Pudding Chai Almond Apple Tisane 1910: English Breakfast Margaret’s Hope They even threw in a piece of Ghirardelli chocolate which I may have eaten prior to snapping the picture below. The flyer that was included gave a description of each tea as well as thorough steeping instructions. Several…

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    The Devotea Ginger and Lemongrass

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied, large tea leaves with lots of visible lemongrass Ingredients: white tea, lemongrass, ginger Steep time: 3 minites Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: gold +The Devotea‘s white tea collection has impressed me so far. I previously reviewed and very much enjoyed their White Nights. This particular blend was sweet and smooth with just a bit of spicy kick from the ginger. The white tea base was still able to stand out on its own. It contributed a somewhat floral and biscuity quality while the lemongrass made for a refreshing finish. I have to confess that I’m usually not a fan…

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    The Devotea White Nights

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: varied leaf sizes, shades of green and brown Ingredients: White Teas, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: deep gold I first enjoyed this tea at A Gift of Tea’s Spring White Tea. I’m not usually a fan of flavored white teas but it really struck a chord with me. The taste was delicate and refreshing with an almost creamy finish. The white tea base was vegetal and somewhat floral while the peppermint provided a cooling aftertaste. Lemongrass and lemon myrtle added a hint of citrus zing. I have a feeling that this would be…

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    The Devotea 1910: English Breakfast

    Country of Origin: China, India, Sri Lanka Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: mesh infuser and ceramic tea cup Liquor: bright reddish brown Based on a blending recipe from 1910, it was strong and briskly refreshing. There were notes of smoke and malt along with a rich earthiness. It really does come across as an old fashioned tea. There was nothing extraordinary about it but I think that’s the point. Sometimes you just need a simply good cup of tea. It would stand up well to milk and sugar but it was mellow enough that I enjoyed it straight. I paired this…

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    The Devotea Finbarr’s Revenge

    Country of Origin: India and Sri Lanka Leaf Appearance: small, dark and somewhat twisted Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: mesh strainer and ceramic teacup Liquor: deep reddish brown Argh, this tea’s name makes me want to talk like a pirate. It wasn’t quite the kick in the face that I had been expecting but that’s a good thing in my book. It was brisk and crisp but surprisingly smooth. The Devotea doesn’t reveal exactly what teas are in this blend beyond giving point of origin. However, I can definitely pick up Assam-like malty notes. These were tempered by a subtle floral sweetness. Although described as…