164 Tasting Notes

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So, although I haven’t been on steepster much the past few weeks, I fortunately happened to have the time and focus to check on the day it was announced that A&D were having free shipping to Canada – yay! So I decided to try a couple thing I have been wanting; this being one of them.

I made a cup of this shortly after my package arrived, and was quite pleased with this tasty keemun. Earthy, floral and fruity, with perhaps the lightest hint of smoke. Delicious and flavourful!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

YAY!

Stephanie

Can’t wait till mine gets here :)

caile

:) Shipping was surprisingly quick!!

OMGsrsly

Nice! Mine should be here soon then. :)

caile

It will probably be there tomorrow! I ordered on the 1st, it shipped on the 2nd, and then arrived yesterday. :)

boychik

It’s very good and different from other Keemuns I tried( not that I tried many)

boychik

I went back to my notes. You should try it @ 5 min. If doesn’t get bitter or astringent

caile

I will try longer next time. It might have been more like 3 minutes this cup as sometimes I don’t pay attention.. :)

boychik

If you try longer steep can you tell me if you noticed this tea gets slightly salty? It really bugs me that nobody mentioned it in their tastings. Am I the only one who got it ?

caile

I remember reading that note about it being salty! I’ll try and have some tomorrow with a longer steep.

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drank Black tea-Keemun Finest by Zen Tea
164 tasting notes

A very nice smooth and rich tea, with notes of cocoa and leather.
Satisfying and tasty, and was perfect on this chilly and rainy day, even though my bag of this is now finished.

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
164 tasting notes

This was a sad sipdown.
Chocolate, malt, honey with a hint of smokiness and perhaps citrus.
I still find it similar to verdant’s laoshan black, but this is more crisp and earthy and less toasty.
Very delicious, although I would have to say that the laoshan black is my favorite of the two.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
164 tasting notes

Even though I often don’t care for fruity/berry flavoured black teas, I picked this up with my recent zen tea order as I don’t have many flavoured teas and this had good reviews.

This turned out to be quite a nice tea which is well balanced with both soft strawberry and cream. There is also a very slight green bitter sort of note from the strawberry leaf that seems to add a freshness to the strawberry flavour.
I enjoy this more as the cup cools, and re-steeped the leaves for another tasty cup. Nice to have for something different once in awhile.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
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This has a sweet bakery scent with very slight floral from the oolong.

Tastes so sweet and very much like a coconut cake, and is rich, creamy and smooth. Delicious and dessert-like! Re-steep a bit more floral but still very tasty.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
164 tasting notes

When brewed, this smells like fresh sweet coconut.
Tastes buttery and smooth with sweet, light and fresh coconut. The green tea blends nicely and adds a bit of savoriness.
Re-steeps well for a just as fragrant and tasty second cup. A nice coconut tea!

I did try cold brewing the used leaf overnight to see if I could have a refreshing glass the next day, but the taste was light and too vegetal/seaweedy for me.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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These lovely green leaves really are huge, and the large flat leaves fill the sample packet from end to end.
They do not seem to expand a lot more once brewed, but do become so soft and velvety, and have a soft vegetal scent with a hint of corn silk and perhaps tender green beans.

Brewed color is a clear yellowish hue, and smells sweet and buttery.
Taste is gentle and smooth, and has a sweet creaminess with the mild notes of green beans and corn. So deliciously sweet!!

I like very much, and thank you Angel & Teavivre, for sending this beautiful tea for me to try.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Tamarindel

Sounds delicious!

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drank Juicy Blueberry by Zen Tea
164 tasting notes

Finished the jug of this I made (brewed hot then chilled).

Brews a reddish colour and smells a bit like blueberries and apples.
Tastes tart and fruity with hibiscus, apple, lemongrass and blueberry.

Refreshing, but not a favorite due to the hibiscus which seems quite strong in this.

Preparation
Iced
TheTeaFairy

Why is there always too much hibiscus??? Is there a rule that says they can’t use just a little? It always overwhelms everything else!!!

Sarsonator

I used to think hibiscus was so amazeballs because it brews such a pretty color, but I’m leaning more and more toward the anti- or less-hibiscus side. I mean, if something is called “Juicy BLUEBERRY”, then the hibiscus should be minimal and the blueberry should take center stage, right?

caile

It can be such a potent ingredient for sure! I often try to not get blends with it, but it seems so many fruity ones have some.

carol who

Oh, I agree! Very tired of the hibiscus in everything.

caile

I know, Sarsonator – the blueberry was pretty hidden in this one I thought; I wanted more blueberry!

TheTeaFairy

Sarsonator, exactly!!! I mean, I’m a fan of tart, but I can’t stand the fact that you can never taste what the tisane was intend for. If you have too put that much in it, then name your blend “hibiscus and tasteless blueberries”!

Sarsonator

LOL. I just don’t think that one would be a top seller. :p

caile

haha, that’s right!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, I was kidding, just needed to get it off my chest ;-) I love Zen Tea and they have fantastic blends! Their Goji Chokeberry tisane, no evil hibbie!!!!

caile

I know! :-) The Goji one is really good!

Sarsonator

That one sounds interesting. I’d like to try that!

caile

Hibiscus free and very tasty, although not such a vibrant color of course! I am not that fond of goji berries by themselves so much, but this blend was good.

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Dry leaf is beautiful with thin twisted multi-hued green leaves, and very fragrant of spinach.
Wet leaf remains a lovely green and smells a bit more sea-like.
Brewed colour is a clear yellow.

Taste is savory and flavourful with vegetal notes, spinach and smokiness. The smoke becomes especially noticeable as the cup slightly cools, and the aroma is quite lovely – somewhat like grilled vegetables and a sea breeze. There is also a hint of a pleasant bitter note at the end of the sip, which reminds me of the type of bitterness when eating a fresh green pepper.

I really enjoy this tea, and find it very flavourful, fragrant and refreshing. I drank two pots – one hot and one room temperature. So delicious!

Thank you Angel & Teavivre, for sending me this to try!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Nice review! People seem to be in a “green” mood today on Steepster, I love it ;-)

caile

I know! There are lots of good green tea reviews!
I have taken a liking to green teas and teavivre has certainly helped with that. :)

TheTeaFairy

I’m glad your having good experience with greens, it’s the perfect time of the year for them :-) They often get a bad wrap, but they are so rewarding when you take time to play with them a little, dont you find?

caile

Yes, I always used to find them bitter and awful, and didn’t drink any greens for the longest time. Now I know how to brew them better, and I suppose my tastes have changed as well. So, I’m glad to have tried greens again!

Dexter

Hmmmmmm – Fairy are you trying to convert Caile to the green side? Happy you are enjoying them Caile – I’m still going to pass…

caile

Haha, blacks are still my favorite, but some of these greens are a nice change once in awhile. You never know, you may start liking them more sometime. ;-)

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Dexter, see? Listen to wise caile here ;-)

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Dark green twisty leaves that look like fresh mown grass. Fresh green scent.
Brews a very pale clear greenish yellow hue.
Tastes a bit nutty and fruity with some floral creaminess that is also present in the aroma. There is also a mild green bean taste and a freshness that gives a somewhat minty sensation.
Smooth, gentle and refreshing – a lovely tea!

Thank you to Angel at TeaVivre for the generous sample.

I noticed that the brewing guideline on the sample packet differ from what is listed in the description – I brewed per the sample packet which recommended 185F for 3-5 minutes.

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

I actually wrote Teavivre about that, because I noticed the different brewing guidelines too, and they said they did a new taste test on every new batch or harvest of tea and labeled it accordingly. So you did it right — the instructions on the packet are for that exact harvest.

caile

Thanks, that’s what I thought it may be. I checked the website and they have the same recommendation as the sample packet, so it seems to just be different in the description on the page here. Usually I don’t even look at that part but happened to for this one.

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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black, both straight and some flavoured. I mostly drink black teas with a small dash of milk or cream but sometimes just clear.

I am enjoying finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

Recently I discovered that I enjoy green teas so am exploring those a bit also.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut,
Dislikes: rooibos, bergamot, seaweed, licorice

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