225 Tasting Notes


The dry leaves have a very creamy black tea scent and the leaves are a little different in size. Brewed, the tea liquor is a beautiful champagne clear pearl color and the scent is light cream. The flavor is light and creamy,,,very enjoyable in the morning with fruit!
I am enjoying the website and packaging of Seven Cups, they have so much information. The teas are explained very well including origin, tea master, harvest time, & of course steeping information. This tea is from the Fujian Province, China,,harvested in May, good for 5 infusions, and the tea master is Wu Si Jia. It explains that the fresh, soft rich quality also makes for a nice iced tea.
I found this to be an excellent tea for my morning because I like a light, cooling, easy tea to go with fruit and not harsh with too much caffeine effect so this is lovely tea.
This is one of the first type teas I ever bought. I haven’t had Shou Mei in a long time. I brewed the same way as before, 190F for 2 minutes. Now that I’ve had a few teas, I have more to compare it to. It tastes like a White Peony and a Bancha had a baby,,,, Shou Mei. It really has sweet elements and creaminess of White Peony but then a Bancha note steps in to mix it up a bit. The Bancha note is a bit dried mint tasting?
Overall, pretty good for an everyday, inexpensive tea.

Flavors: Herbs, Honey, Mint

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Golden Lily Milk Oolong by Zhi Tea
225 tasting notes

Drinking the last of my sample today. This Jin Xuan Oolong is heaven. This tea gives me the same euphoric feeling you get from yoga. The aroma causes you to breathe deeply and inhale the scent of beautiful flowers and the light toasty, creamy flavor fills you with warmth. The leaves are all consistent in size and rolled. The taste is a perfect balance of creamy, floral, and toasty notes. Gonna steep this one as many times as I can today and then I must order more Jin Xuan to try!!!!

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Gyokuro Imperial by Zhi Tea
225 tasting notes

The dry tea has the distinctive green tea scent with a sweet note of barley.
Brewed, the liquor is a beautiful lime green color with sweet green tea scent.
The taste is green tea, sea veggie, and sweet barley. This is a clean, fresh, and organic green tea. Very good.

160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Got this one for a holiday gift. The dry tea comes in little plant-based special knit tea bags. It has the exact scent of cacao & dark cabernet.
Brewed, the scent is chocolate biscuit and the color is a pretty mauve-berry wine color.
The taste is warm wine, tangy berry, and a hint of cocoa. This has a unique taste. I like that it is caffeine free because these flavors are suited to evening to me with the strong wine taste. As the tea “liquor” :) cools,,, the chocolate flavor starts to come thru a little more. This is definitely a fun limited edition to try,,the box says the Maqui berries have a vivid purple color,,as do acai berries,, giving this herbal its pretty mauve color.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginger Peach Oolong by Zhi Tea
225 tasting notes

The dry tea leaves have a creamy ginger snap scent. Pretty & long tea leaves.
Brewed, the tea is a perfect ginger color. The scent is a toasted oolong so I was excited to take a sip. The flavor is subtle toasted malt with a ginger accent.
I have not smelled or tasted any peach notes but as I look at the rest of my dry tea leaves, I am seeing little bits that must be peach fruit bits so maybe I didn’t get any fruit bits in this serving. I will have to try this one again and make sure to get fruit bits in the steeping.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cherry Sencha by Zhi Tea
225 tasting notes

The dry leaves smell like cherry candy and vegetables.
Brewed, the tea liquor has a beautiful lemongrass color and slight cherry scent. Slight accent of cherry in flavor but mainly a green tea, vegetal flavor. I like the cherry accent, I had never tasted a cherry Sencha before so didn’t know what to expect. This tea pairs nicely with the veggie wrap and steamed lemon-sesame broccoli I am eating for lunch.
Second steep is just as delicious still with cherry scent but mainly green tea in flavor.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Emerald Oolong by Zhi Tea
225 tasting notes

The dry tea leaves have a creamy milk & tea scent.
Brewed, the tea liquor is champagne clear gold color and the scent is slightly toasty with gardenia and jasmine flower essences. Upon cooling a bit, a malt scent comes through.
The flavor of this tea is creamy subtle malt with edible flowers. A beautiful Oolong.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Chai Green by Stash Tea Company
225 tasting notes

I got this tea bag as a sample and I only wanted one cup this afternoon so I thought I would try it. The chai spice scent is great and it is strongly cinnamon. Since this is a chai blend, it is perfect for milk. I don’t drink milk so I drank this by itself and it was still really great. You can taste the cardamom but it is not overpowering as that spice can sometimes be. If you don’t want to make your own chai blend, this is a great shortcut because the spices are very mild and well-balanced.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Plum Oolong by Zhi Tea
225 tasting notes

Dry tea has a very sweet scent, like cherry candy or sugarplums.
Brewed, the liquor is clear amber and the taste is not sweet but has notes of nice toasted malt and a hint of prune with the Oolong remaining the star. Nice Oolong.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Rose by Zhi Tea
225 tasting notes

The dry tea was like smelling a vanilla scented rose. Beautiful to look at with whole pieces of baby pink roses.
Brewed, this tea has the scent of sweet vanilla and a beautiful amber color. Tasted of creamy vanilla and as it cools has a bit of sweet to it. Excellent black tea, definitely a tea to keep in one’s cupboard!!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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walking, stand-up comedy clubs.

Love chefs and foodies. Love veggies!!!!
I avoid artificial and processed foods such as diet sodas because I think those things affect your palate for tasting teas, foods, wine.
I always use filtered Culligan water for tea, no tap or bottled so I don’t find many teas I dislike bc I start with super delicious water.

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I like the Steepster Select Club because it is allowing me to taste teas that I might not get a chance to taste!
I have stopped rating teas with a numerical value here on Steepster because I realized on May 13, 2014 (a tea enlightenment lol) that once you start to learn what teas you like, get practiced and good at gong fu, and which companies are selling quality tea,,,they are all 100’s to me because I purchase and drink what I like and the best I can find.
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