2306 Tasting Notes
I’ve been trying to finish off an 8 oz. tin of this for ages and I just haven’t been making much progress. Anyway I discovered this morning that this is one tea that seems to taste better if you add a bit of extra leaf to the mix, I think the flavor becomes more pronounced. At least it isn’t going stale on me, I think the long shelf life is one reason that I have come to prefer black teas most of all!
I decided to have this as my post-yoga and pre-bedtime drink.
I get this at the Rainbow Grocery where I can get it in loose leaf form. I don’t think there’s any point in buying Zhena’s tea in teabag form (too weak).
This is pretty good but I prefer my chai with more cardamom so I added a few pods while it was steeping. Also added soymilk and a touch of coconut sugar, it’s pretty good.
I just checked their website and you can only buy their loose leaf teas by the POUND, what gives Zhena???
It’s a really warm day today and I’ve already had enough caffeine but nevertheless… I could not resist trying this sample.
I was intrigued to find out what cilantro would be like in a tea, I know some people hate the flavor of cilantro but personally I love it, I used to make pesto with it and I’d put that on a pizza with fresh tomatoes, nom nom!
Come to think of it I am also a big fan of pineapple. :)
Anyway on to the tea. White teas do not tend to be a favorite of mine as a rule. I wonder if I did something to mess this up because it smells great in the package but when I went to taste it, I’m getting kind of a faint pineapple and cilantro and not getting the characteristic sweetness one would find in a bai mu dan. It’s ok but I don’t love it.
I bought this because I was in the mood for something sweet and dessert like today. This sounded really good from the description but I should have been leery from the get go because I had another tea from Zhena’s that I didn’t really care for.
This smells amazing in the tin but unfortunately the flavor just doesn’t match up to the hype. One teabag in an 8 oz cup yielded a very weak and watery brew, I guess I will have to try for two next time but that means the price of the per cup is a lot more than what it should be.
I am getting hazelnut, cinnamon and vanilla but it’s just so weak and anemic, oh well. Definitely better once some vanilla soymilk was added but kind of a bummer overall. Makes me wonder if Zhena’s is owned by Republic of Tea since their tins are a similar size and the teabags look the same.
This free sample came from Butiki – thank you so much Stacy!
This is really good, it reminds me of a few Indian greens I have tried. The tea is robust with strong vegetal notes, I’m definitely getting the kale and spinach type of flavor. There’s some palette cleansing astringency present, I might have oversteeped this a tad because I wasn’t really watching what I was doing. I wouldn’t say it became bitter although it is slightly sour in flavor but the nuttiness also gives it somewhat of a rich and brothy character.
Anyway I like it! It’s super flavorful and lively. If you’re into more robust Chinese greens like chun mee or you might want to give this one a whirl. I was kind of asleep before I drank this and now I feel pretty zippy… on the shopping list it goes!
ps – I also got a nice 2nd steep out of it
This was part of a gift I received from my brother last Christmas and evidently I forgot to log it until now.
Anyway I am not a big fan of mate and even less a fan of teavana but since I have it I might as well drink it, right?
So let’s see I steeped this in a mug for 6 minutes with boiling water and a t-sac. The flavor I’m getting is light chocolate and even lighter nuts. IMO this is kind of a weak blend even though I used over 1 tsb. of leaf. Might need to try even more leaf next time? I don’t know. This doesn’t remind me of coffee at all, perhaps some dirty ovaltine. Hopefully it wakes me up anyway!