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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.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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53
drank Ginger Peach Oolong by Zhi Tea
232 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.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Cherry Sencha by Zhi Tea
232 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.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Emerald Oolong by Zhi Tea
232 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.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Chai Green by Stash Tea Company
232 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.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Plum Oolong by Zhi Tea
232 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.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Rose by Zhi Tea
232 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!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Silver Needle by Zhi Tea
232 tasting notes

The dry leaves have hardly any essence but a tiny hint of cocoa scent.
Brewed, the tea is a light clear pearlescent color. This is a wonderful morning tea because it is so lightly flavored. Nice with fruit. I detect a tiny bit of almond scent in the brewed, wet leaves and a tiny hint in the tea liquor. Very nice white tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zhi Tea
232 tasting notes

The dry tea has a creamy piña colada scent,,,the leaves are long, slender, & twisted to release lots of flavor.
Brewed, the tea is light golden color with flavors of pineapple and subtle coconut that lets the Oolong shine thru as the main event.
As the tea cools, memories of driving down the Big Island coast at sunset prove this is a very meditative, relaxing tea. Loved it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Blood Orange by Zhi Tea
232 tasting notes

The dry pieces have a fantastic candied blood orange peel sweet scent!!! The brewed blend is a beautiful, deep ruby blood orange-red color. This herbal is very tangy and had some notes of sour lemon to it,,,probably from the pith of the orange peel. I don’t usually add anything to tea or tisane but this one might have really been even better with a bit of honey :) I bet this is a good one to have as iced tea. Gonna chill my other steeping and try it cold tomorrow. Took a little sip this morning of the chilled tea and I didn’t like it as iced herbal tea so I might like this blended into black tea? Needs a little toning down :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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Tea is Life. I love Tea!

Morning:
Bai Mu Dan
Bai Hao Yin Zhen
Feng Qing Yunnan
Marangi Estate Assam

Lunch:
Kabuse
Long Jing
Tai Ping Hou Kui
Anji Bai Cha

Afternoon:
Matcha
Ya Bao
Sheng
Arya Estate Darjeeling First Flush

Night:
Elderflower Nectar
Pure Chamomile
Pure Tea Flowers
Dried Citrus
Fresh Turmeric w/ Honey & Lemon

I like Ayurveda, Yoga,
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.

Also enjoy bonsai, xeriscape gardening, my doggie, & all nature.

Preferred brewing method: Gaiwan

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.
I respect all the work that goes into the tea that I am drinking and I like thinking about the different terroirs they come from.

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