2399 Tasting Notes
Tea of the evening here. I’ve been a little stressed out today and I thought I would steep some of this up. I can’t say I’m the biggest Deepak Chopra fan but I really like this blend and would definitely consider buying more. I got mine from Harney and Sons but you can buy it directly from the Chopra Center. It’s nice and soothing for an herbal blend, see previous notes for more details.
This Spicely tea is still somewhat of a mystery to me – why are they selling it at the San Francisco store but it isn’t on their website? So I couldn’t really get a photo or a decent product description form the website. Maybe someday they will add it.
This is a pu’erh blend with cocoa mixed in and it smells fairly decent in the store so I thought I’d take some home to try it.
I decided to step this Western style for 3 minutes to see what would happen. I got a very dark tea that looks almost like coffee and has a definite chocolate aroma but it sure smells like shu pu’erh as well. I wonder if I steeped this for too long but I have no idea what to do with flavored pu’erhs.
The flavor of this is interesting, to me it seems somewhat bittersweet and I wasn’t sure I liked it at first. As the cup cools down I’m getting more of a velvety, rich brew. Normally I don’t add sugar to pu’erhs but about 1/2 tsp of raw cane sugar brought out more of the chocolate notes in this tea.
Not sure if I will buy anymore of this but I have almost 2 oz. It was pricey but I also like the fact that all of the ingredients are organic. Someday I’d like to try the Arbor Teas version of this.
Will try next time with slightly less steeping time. This will be an enjoyable dessert tea, I think.
I got this in my last Butiki order and just had the feeling I would love it since I’m a big fan of ginger, it’s also nice to see dried strawberries in the bag upon opening.
I wonder if I should invest in a tea thermometer for the office since I drink so much tea at work but for now i’m just guesstimating the temperature.
Mmm, this is nice! I have to say I am getting much more ginger than strawberry or toffee but I don’t mind. The green tea base is fairly light and nutty/sweet like you’d expect a dragonwell to be. As the cup cools some of the strawberry flavors are popping up but they are a bit mild. I don’t think I’ve had a flavored dragonwell before and I’m enjoying it. Has anyone tried cold brewing this yet?
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.