282 Tasting Notes

85

Mmm, this is a nice chai.

The dry leave is small and twisted, with lots of cloves, chunks of ginger and cinnamon, with the occasional bit of green cardamom pod visible. The dominant notes on the nose are ginger, clove and vanilla.

I steeped 1.5tsp in 8oz of boiling water for 4 minutes. This yielded a really strong, bitter brew with a tart note of orange peel. Not something I would drink straight, but that’s okay, because milk and sugar were my plan anyway.

A teaspoon of sugar and a good amount of milk mellowed the bitterness very nicely, transforming this into a warm and gentle tasting chai. There’s no real kick to this – no heat or throat burn from the cinnamon or ginger, though the cinnamon flavour is definitely present. The clove and vanilla take a front seat, giving this a nice round taste and creaminess that’s separate from the added milk.

Not my favourite chai – I tend to like them bolder and spicier, with some cooling spices like fennel and coriander – but this is different from the other chais I have and it’s good.

Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Clove, Creamy, Ginger, Orange Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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70

Hmm, this isn’t bad, but it doesn’t seem that different from your standard Moroccan mint tea either, aside from the addition of fennel, which I approve of. I was still getting a lot of char flavour as is typical for a gunpowder base and none of the buttery notes that should be there with the laoshan green. I’m not a huge fan of the gunpowder flavour profile, so I would have been quite pleased if this were a bit different.

Flavors: Char, Fennel, Mint, Roasted

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81

I really like this, though I have way too much and it’s getting old. It still has good flavour, a nice green tea that I think was a bit roasty and a bit vegetal, with a hint of ginger at the back of the throat but no real burn. I drank this cup down fast, so no detailed tasting notes, I mostly just remember that I enjoyed it lots and it was a good accompaniment to food.

Flavors: Ginger, Roasted, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68
drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
282 tasting notes

Oops, forgetting about backlog. I had this the other night and it’s a pretty average chocolate mint tea. The first steep was very minty, the second steep the chocolate was more dominant.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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83

A well balanced jasmine with some sweet, fruity notes. Steeping directions of 2 min was weak and watery, but 3 minutes yielded a nice cup.

Edit: A second steep of the leaves for 4 minutes started getting a touch bitter but was otherwise pretty decent.

Flavors: Fruity, Jasmine

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Ginger Drink by Gold Kili
282 tasting notes

Ugh, PMS of doom, complete with nausea. I figured ginger might help, so my sweetie made me a cup of this. It’s sweet and spicy and incredibly potent – it tastes like pure ginger with sugar, which I think it basically is. Usually the back of the throat heat from it is nice, but last night it was a little too much.

Flavors: Ginger, Spicy, Sweet

sweetea

Saw this just yesterday, and debated getting a bag. Now I’m wishing I did. Have you tried the Ginger Matcha Latte (same company)?

Anlina

I haven’t seen any of their blends with actual tea in them, unfortunately. The stores around me only carry this and the Honey Ginger Latte, which is delicious.

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96
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
282 tasting notes

Perfect as always. The right mix of lemon and jasmine, floral and not tart.

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73

I had this for breakfast yesterday, and it was pretty good. Lots of cinnamon and cookie spices, and some raisin. Not quite getting the oatmeal part but still a nice tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Raisins, Spices

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I’m fairly certain this is the tea I just drank. I got a couple of sachets from a stash sale.

This was weird. I got some green tea flavour and a lot of perfume that was bordering on soapy but not quite. No coconut, ginger or lemongrass. I dunno…

Flavors: Perfume

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Huh. This is not what I expected, thought it might be that this tea has not aged well. I have no idea how old it is.

I’m getting a slight fruity flavour that’s kind of berryish, but not any really distinct fruits, and then a note that’s creamy and makes me think white chocolate. It’s interesting, but not great.

Flavors: Berry, Fruity, White Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Zack S.

Just wondering where you picked this up? I can’t seem to find the “Zen Tea” website, only “Zen’s Tea House” which appears to be a different company entirely.

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I grew up drinking jasmine green tea with meals, but really fell in love with tea on a trip to Britain in elementary school. My first great love was Earl Grey, and I still adore it and all its variants.

I discovered the beauty of loose leaf tea much later, when, on impulse, I picked up a few teas that were on clearance at a home store. My introduction to loose leaf teas were Masala Chai and Provence Rooibos by the Metropolitan Tea Co and an unknown brand of kukicha and gyokuro (little did I know what a precious treasure I’d stumbled onto with that.)

At the time I was lucky to live in a place with multiple tea shops and several places to have afternoon tea, which is a delight I still miss.

Tea is part of my daily ritual and a nice, affordable way to appease the collector in me.

I enjoy distinctive whites, greens and oolongs, flavoured blacks, and herbals that are heavy on the citrus, lavender or mint.

Rating rubric, to give myself some consistency:
0-15 Yuck, not even drinkable.
16-30 Disappointing, not really inclined to give it a second try.
31-45 Disappointing, but maybe there’s potential? Worth one more try, prepped differently.
46-60 Mediocre, not terrible but not memorable.
61-75 Not bad. I’ll definitely finish what I have and might buy again.
76-90 Very enjoyable. Tasty, complex, it’ll keep me coming back.
91-100 BEST! I love everything about it and I will drink it forever.

Beyond tea, I’m a sex educator, polyamory activist, and radical queer. I love backwoods camping, abstract painting, baking & cooking, nail polish, cats, ceramic sculpture, and home nesting.

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Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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