225 Tasting Notes

96
drank Silver Needle by Zhi Tea
225 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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97
drank Coconut Oolong by Zhi Tea
225 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
225 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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95
drank Golden Lily Milk Oolong by Zhi Tea
225 tasting notes

Beautiful light golden color. This tea is perfectly named because there is a subtle essence of lily. Very mesmerizing. Like walking through a flower garden in the morning dew.
Later steeped another cup with the leaves because they are rolled tightly making it great for additional steepings. The next cup was just as delicious and golden in color. Can drink more of this less oxidized Oolong because the caffeine effects aren’t as strong to me.

And kept the leaves for a final steep in the late afternoon and the tea was still the beautiful golden color and just as delicious. Loved this Oolong :)

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

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92
drank Gyokuro Imperial by Teavana
225 tasting notes

Very beautiful spring green color when brewed. Been drinking this tea daily with lunch as I got it a while ago and got lots of it. Definitely drink this one with food in your stomach because the green tea tannins are heavy on the stomach. The flavor is very vegetal and lovely. I always feel transported to Japan when I drink this tea and daydream. This is very good green tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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82
drank Raspberry Pecan Rooibos by Zhi Tea
225 tasting notes

Beautiful amber red color. The aroma is so yummy with toasted pecans. The balance of flavors is nice with the raspberry being subtle and not sweet so the rooibos can shine thru. I enjoyed this hot before bed because it is caffeine free. The description on Zhi says that red rooibos has high levels of antioxidants and high anti-aging properties which is nice also!!!! I have enjoyed my purchase with Zhi too, they are very courteous to customers and organic! I bought lots of different samples from them and will be buying more from Zhi :)

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

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94
drank Wuyi Oolong by Rishi Tea
225 tasting notes

Yummm having some more today,,,cannot get enough. Gonna explore all the Oolong teas I can!!!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Mayan Cocoa Spice by Yogi Tea
225 tasting notes

A little harsh because of the cinnamon oil for me. This tea bag also contains stevia leaf which I found gave it an artificial sweetener taste. There are other herbs including chicory root, cardamom seed, ginger root, clove bud, and black pepper. It does contain cocoa powder but it’s not a main ingredient and doesn’t come thru in the tea. Definitely drink this alone because it will overpower a cookie with it’s cinnamon oil.

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

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94
drank Ceremonial Grade DoMatcha by DoMatcha
225 tasting notes

Had some matcha green tea after lunch made with plain water. Had been making a matcha “latte” w/a nut milk but plain water is best to really taste the flavors in matcha. Very clean green flavor, very good matcha.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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95
drank Honey Bush Nectar by Herbescent
225 tasting notes

Very Fruity and naturally sweet. Beautiful amber color from the Honeybush. It has a unique note to it because of the Hawthorne Berries. Lovely flavors.

Preparation
Boiling 5 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.

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.
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.

Namaste!

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