1082 Tasting Notes

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This raw blend smells very fruity but sour, orange being dominant and waxy. Also has some sweetness to it but the overall scent is very perfumed.

Flavour is very mild compared to it’s raw scent. There is a light herbal taste which is mostly like chamomile ie floral herbal but the after taste is definitely fruity. Orange is light with sweet and sour tones, more satsuma than orange really. The cranberry is mild but it gives the orange more sour notes. It tastes like a fruit flavoured water that’s been left in the sun for too long.

It’s an average fruit/herbal blend but not something I would stock.

Flavors: Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Thank you Anna for this sample. Again I think this was a EUTTB round 1 sample?

The raw blend smells very sweet and strawberry like, reminds me of the gummy sweets. Got a touch of something creamy in there too like vanilla.

The strawberry is less sweet and more sour in taste but there is a yoghurt feel about it which I’m thinking is why. I used to eat strawberry pieces with yoghurt from a health food store and this tea is very similar, main difference is the tea is less sweet. You can also taste the green tea base which is a little grassy and astringent, though I say it’s the base but it could be the sea-buckthorn.

I like this blend, don’t think I would buy it but would happily drink it again.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Thank you Anna for this sample. Was this from the EUTTB round 1? Not sure. I had an accident with some of my samples as the cupboards collapsed and mixed them altogether, originally I kept samples separate so I knew who they were from and what they were from ie swap or box. Got some more drawers now but I can’t remember all of them :(

Oh and just to share, I had an Incredible Hulk moment with my shorts a moment ago. I sat down and they ripped off me to look very Bruce Banner-esque. I haven’t put weight on recently but the material was thin, thin material and my arse must not mix. Oh well.

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This raw leaf had a beautiful scent, like sweet and creamy berries with a hint of tartness.

Flavour is a little tangy/sour with a delicate sweet berry after taste. The green tea is very thick which is making me think I steeped it too long or too hot, also getting some dryness in the after taste. It’s an astringent, grassy type of green which doesn’t quite match the sweet berries. contrast is a little too much. A few sips gets me used to it but overall it has an overly perfumed feel and it’s not as pleasant to taste as it is to smell.

Flavors: Berries, Cream

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
caile

Lol! Although I hope you were at home when they ripped! :)

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77

I believe this tea was from Lala so thank you Lala for my night time cuppa.

Once steeped the tea smells like almond, it’s sweet and nutty yet light and with some rooibos scent. Like a sugar almond sweet mixed with rooibos.

Flavour isn’t as almond like, in-fact it’s thickly rooibos with an almond after taste. Has some sweetness though it’s more from the rooibos than the almond and there is dryness in the after taste.

Not as nice in flavour as it was in scent but it wasn’t a bad rooibos blend, it was something I happily finished a pot of which is a rarity for me and rooibos. The almond just gives it a nice subtle touch.

Flavors: Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 20 OZ / 600 ML
Lala

It was me, and you are welcome.

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drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1082 tasting notes

Carrot Cake, Carrot Cake lay down your wings
Let me taste your incredible things
Be you spicy or be you sweet
Carrot Cake, Carrot Cake will be my treat

This blend smells more fruity than carrot or spice like, not what I expected. Mixed dried fruit with a light wooden base.

Burnt orange in colour with a vanilla fruit scent, still not getting carrot cake.

Flavour is mild and nutty with a creamy, sweet after taste and some dryness. Not as fruity tasting as it smells and not spicy or carrot enough for it to be carrot cake, more like a light nut cake. Nuts are generic, nothing specific. Sweetness is like vanilla though mild.

It doesn’t taste like carrot cake :( though it’s nice enough for me to finish my cup. Such a shame, been craving carrot lately and I was hoping this would aid me well. Adding the rest of this to my trade pile.

Flavors: Nuts, Raisins, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML
Marzipan

To the tune of Matchmaker Matchmaker?

KittyLovesTea

It could be :) This one was written more poem style than song so it’s open to interpretation.

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82

I always start singing songs about Bi Luo Chun before I prepare it, right now I have “B B B Bi Luo Chun Bi Luo Chun, S S S Stronger than some stronger than some, C C C Curly green leaves curly green leaves”. It’s only 10:30am so it is possible I haven’t woken fully yet ergo morning songs are very simple.

Oh and just a quick note, some may remember that I require a dental operation to remove a tooth which means removing part of my gum and sanding down my jaw bone to do so….well I had a call yesterday and it’s arranged for the end of the month. Lucky me…

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So Bi Luo Chun (sings song) is one my favourite greens but I have yet to try it from Teavivre. The leaves are very light and fluffy with green and silver curls/squiggles that have a sweet yet peppery peony scent.

Water : 176℉ / 80℃
Use 7 Grams Tea
4 steeps : rinse,30s,50s,80s,100s
Gongfu Teapot – 170ml
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds

First Steep – 30 seconds
Tea is yellow in colour with a sweet floral scent. Flavour is sweet and floral with some grassy tones and mild astringency. Also a little dry in the after taste. Floral wise it’s like jasmine but milder.

Second Steep – 50 seconds
It hasn’t increased in strength much but there an added light peppery flavour amongst it’s sweet jasmine and honeysuckle floral tones. Still with that touch of astringency and dryness.

Third Steep – 80 seconds
Very sweet and floral still, it lingers in the after taste wonderfully. Jasmine, honeysuckle, peony and lily are the floral tones I can detect. The astringency is more mild at this stage though the after taste remains dry.

Fourth Steep – 100 seconds
Delicate but sweet and still very floral.

It remained consistent throughout and had wonderful sweet floral notes with just a hint of pepper and astringency. Very mild compared to some of the cheaper varieties I have tried but the flavour was far from disappointing. May have to order some of this in place of another Chinese green when I run out.

Flavors: Flowers

Jennkay

I love that you sing about your tea!

TeaExplorer

I really like that song! When is your Greatest Hits album gonna’ drop?

KittyLovesTea

I’d have great song titles such as: Matcha Men, Wuyi Rock Explosion, Oolong To Tipperary? and Silver Tip Blues. :D

TeaExplorer

LOL :) Brilliant!

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Thank you Zen Tea for this sample.

The raw blend smells minty and refreshing, very fresh and vibrant. It has a generic herbal scent in the background of the mint.

After the long 7 minute steep the tea is burnt orange in colour with a sweet yet herbal scent with mint being the dominating tone. I think I can smell the licorice in the background.

Flavour is more mild than the scent though the mint is easily recognisable so it’s a light medium strength overall (best way I can put it). I can taste the licorice which is not too bad (for someone who dislikes licorice in teas) it mostly blends into the refreshing after taste of the mint. Other than the mint and licorice there is a generic herbal flavour but it’s light and not as thick as most other herbal blends. Also has some natural sweetness.

I like this, I like herbal blends as long as they are not too thick or dry and the mint is a glorious touch in this one. Husband likes it too which says a lot since he isn’t a herbal tea fan. Perhaps a touch too much licorice for my taste but it’s a pleasant bed time tea non the less.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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Thank you Zen Tea for this sample.

It smells heavily rooibos but I do notice a very sweet floral scent, like rose and violet mixed.

Once steeped the tea is burnt orange in colour a sweet and very floral scent, it’s pleasant but the base is very thick (good if you love rooibos).

Flavour matches the scent for the most part, the rooibos base is thick and sweet with a slight smoky, floral after taste. Flower tastes like rose or similar, something fragrant and sweet to carry the sweetness from the rooibos. Almost vanilla pod like, creamy tones are present.

Seeing as I’m not a rooibos fan I actually like this one, despite it being very thickly flavoured. The flowers are an excellent pairing and it fools my taste buds, they think "Oh no it’s rooibos sigh…actually it’s just flowers smile ".

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
1082 tasting notes

Thank you Zen Tea for this sample.

The raw leaf does have a light toffee scent, nutty and dry with some sweetness. The white tea (Pai Mu Tan) is mostly whole leaf with some stems/sticks present and what looks like blue cornflowers.

Once steeped the tea is burnt yellow and has a light, buttery toffee scent. Very nice! Flavour is very nutty with a sweet butter toffee after taste that has some dryness. Has a slight chemical taste after my first cup but it’s not off putting, could just be flavour of the nuts sticking out. I would say walnut.

More nuts than toffee in overall flavour but it’s paired well with the Pai Mu Tan white tea base. A little too dry in the after taste for my personal liking but the flavour was nice. I would try this again but wouldn’t keep it in stock.

Flavors: Nuts

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
1082 tasting notes

The blend looks pleasant enough, with small strawberry pieces and chopped up leaves amongst it’s dark brown Ceylon (which has some sticks/twigs present). It has a dry strawberry scent, rather mild but also sweet and natural. Also getting wooden tones from the Ceylon.

My steeping parameters:
Leaf – 5g
Water Temperature – 100C
Vessel – personaliTEA teapot 600ml
1 Steeps – 3 minutes
Served with milk

Without milk the tea is mahogany in colour with a sweet but soft strawberry scent, more the fruit than the herb ie leaf. The picture shows one cup with milk and the other without.

The black tea base tastes thick with wood and malt notes and a hint of smoke. Behind that is a light sweetness from the strawberry which comes through in the after taste. The strawberry smelled natural but the flavour is mostly artificial, it’s a touch too sweet and is candy like. Similar to a strawberry gummy sweet. I can’t taste any cream or anything similar, the milk would have lightened some of the wood and malt tones from the Ceylon but even that hasn’t brought out the cream taste. My personal tip to add cream to this tea would be to use a little vanilla, if you have any vanilla sugar at home this tea would taste magical. Alas I have none so I will have to settle for plain strawberry.

Overall
Honestly it’s an average strawberry blend but it can be improved with the likes of sugar/sweetener, particularly vanilla sugar. The Ceylon base is too strong for the strawberry and it’s cream flavour was missing but despite all of that it still made a nice cup of tea. If I had more I would try adding sweetener and maybe a drop of vanilla extract.

For pictures and more information please view my blog –
http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2014/05/14/review-three-teas-from-zen-tea/

Flavors: Berries, Malt, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 20 OZ / 600 ML
Tea Sipper

Sadly, this one does age quickly. Fresh, it is awesome.

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I’m 26 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Honey, Cassie, Mr Soots and Ivory.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.

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