1574 Tasting Notes
(From zentealife.com) I don’t really know what verbena and blackberry leaves taste like, but wow I like this. I can see this being amazing if steeped “forever” and then served on ice or reheated.
Yes, it’s a bit medicinal, but that’s pretty normal when you get things like nettle and lemongrass! Definitely use a fine strainer, as the nettle crushes quite easily and I have a lot of floaties.
As it cools I’m getting a tart cranberry flavour! Yes! Just make sure you get a piece of dried cranberry in your spoon.
(From zentealife.com) I got this one because apparently tumeric is really good for inflammation. I’m not sure I’d ever drink enough tea to make a difference, but it’s nice to have something “healthy” to sip on after my caffeine cut off.
After the 7 minute (!) steep, nothing really overpowers the ginger. There’s licorice in the aftertaste (quite strong, actually), but ginger is still front and centre.
I added a little honey, and it’s… pretty good. I think it’d be better cold, but maybe with a 5 minute steep, or cold-steeped. That licorice has such a weird sweet aftertaste that I apparently really don’t care for. With less licorice, this tea would have a super high rating. Sadly, with the licorice, I’m feeling rather meh about it. It’s not undrinkable, but it can’t even approach a licorice-free rating.
If you like licorice and ginger, this tea is for you.
Edit: Apparently this is the same as the one by Zen Tea, as Zen Tea seems to be zentealife.com. Just FYI.
O tea, are you the strawberry tea of my dreams?
So far, sniffing it in the bag and sniffing it as it brews, I’m hopeful but not 100% pleased. Of course, my ideal might never be achieved by a tea, so I will be happy with “really really close.”
This company has free shipping in BC (right now at least) so I ordered ~$20 of samples to see what they were like, and to increase the stock of random herbals in my cupboard. Their samples are 20-50g depending on the tea, and they also included 2 smaller samples in my order. Yay!
I used 1 tsp per 8 oz cup, and almost boiling water. I accidentally steeped closer to 3 minutes than 2.5, so my initial (sans additives) taste was a little astringent. I added a little soy creamer and a tiny pinch of sugar.
And… I over steeped it. Still drinkable, but 2-2.5 minutes would be infinitely preferable.
The base isn’t super strong, and the flavouring is a lot more understated than Della Terra. I do like the flavour, so I hope I can come up with the perfect steeping parameters!
This is better. Moved onto this from Teavana’s Spiced Mandarin Oolong.
This one is not sour, yet still has citrus and spice. Not quite what I’m aiming for in a mandarin spice tea, but amazing and well-loved nonetheless.
Also, since I’m a classy lady, I didn’t bother with a basket so the orange peels are floating in my cup. I keep accidentally drinking one, and then spitting it back. Oh yeah. You know you live alone when… :)
This would be so much better without the hibiscus! While I long for a strawberry tea of deliciousness, I also long for a mandarin spice oolong and/or black tea.
One day I will find you, tea. One day.
Edit: Oh gods. Had to dump the cup. Moving on. Too much hibiscus AND the cloves are making my tongue numb. Next time, maybe not 3 minutes when I end up with a clove in my basket.
Another one I got, searching for a strawberry tea. I like the flavour of this one quite a bit, even though it’s pretty sweet as-is. I’m not sure I’ll get lots more of this unless I find it on sale, as it’s so expensive for dried fruit + flavouring.
Sigh. This would be amazing as an iced tea in the summer.
(IDK where they get the 2 oz makes 25-30 cups. I got 12 cups or so out of 50g, as it’s 1.5 tsp per cup of water. Meh.)
Ok, so my tea tastes are changing a lot. Wow.
I used to think this tea got super bitter when steeped as directed (1+ tsp in 8 oz, 4-6 minutes), and now I don’t.
I’m comparing this tea prepped two ways. First, 1 tsp in 200ml water, 5 minutes. Second, 2 tsp in 250ml water, 1 minute then iced. The water cooled for the amount of time it took me to crack the ice cube tray and fill a glass with ice, then get distracted by cutting the top off a freezie.
Now while I really do enjoy this iced this way, I generally like my iced teas a little sweeter. Normally I’d put some lemon honey in it while steeping. This adds to the lemony flavour and 1/2 to 1 tsp is enough honey for me when making a giant glass. This is my “drink immediately” iced tea making method. I don’t think I’ve tried this cold steeped, but that might need to wait until the weather is warmer, as I’m not sure I really want iced tea tomorrow.
Hot, this tea is also good. Again, I’d prefer it sweetened a little, either with sugar or lemon honey. It’s not that it’s bitter, it just has that deep, almost astringent (but not really, that’s mostly the lemon) background that I’m learning to associate with Yunnan black teas. Not my favourite, but definitely drinkable.
So cool to see how my relationship with tea is changing. :) I still prefer this iced, but hot isn’t nearly as objectionable as it used to be!
Now I have a LOT of lemony tea to drink up. Heh.
(This tea hot does tend to make my teeth feel almost sticky. Anyone know why that might happen?)
This is accompanying my rice pudding breakfast – the first time I’ve made rice pudding from uncooked rice. It worked! But wow, it took a lot of liquid! (Raisin, vanilla and a little lemon zest. Yum!)
It’s good, as the second steep. I do enjoy this tea even though it’s not an every day tea for me.
Oh, and look. I have to leave in 7 minutes. Time for the quickest shower ever. (So I got distracted with tea. It happens!)
I searched through my sample and realized I only have 1 caramel piece! Haha. Oops? I have lots of orange peel, though.
1 tsp in 8 oz water. I really like this tea. Sweet candied orange peels, it’s so good. I think I prefer 1 tsp in a travel mug, so I’ll do my second steep in more water.