168 Tasting Notes

I like cold fruity tisanes, especially ones without hibiscus, and made up a small jug of this yesterday evening.

Brews a lovely peachy sort of hue. Tastes light and tropical, and I can detect the goji berry, strawberry and papaya. So tasty and refreshing!

I added a bit of sugar but it probably would have been just as nice without. And, I ate a big piece of dragon fruit from the brewed bits, which was surprisingly good. :)

Preparation
Iced
gmathis

Hard to find good fruity blends, isn’t it? (I’m a H-hater, too.)

caile

It is! Sometimes a bit of hibiscus can be ok as long as it doesn’t overpower everything, but that usually isn’t the case. So, nice to find the ones without!

TheTeaFairy

I so agree, I can also handle a tiny little bit of evil H, but barely. I was thrilled to see this one had none!

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

Fine, dark brown dry leaf that smells a bit earthy with dry plum, which becomes more pronounced when wet. There is possibly a hint of smokiness in the scent as well.

Brews a nice medium brown.
Tastes sweet with cocoa and plum, and there is a wee bit of earthiness. I do not detect much smokiness when drinking, but possibly the leather as in the description. Smooth and enjoyable!

A very nice tea and I re-steeped it once for just as delicious a cup.
Now I wish I had also ordered the other keemun that zen tea has so I could compare them, but perhaps next time.

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

Caile, How does this Keemun compare to others you’ve tasted?

caile

I think I’ve only had two others which were from Teavivre – the superfine and the premium ones – and although it is hard to remember since I don’t have them in stock right now, I feel like I liked those better. I am planning to order the superfine (and possibly the premium as well) :)

looseTman

Understood. Thanks!

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
168 tasting notes

This brews up a dark brownish amber colour with a nice grainy type aroma.

Tastes honey sweet with malt, grains and cocoa, and perhaps the very slightest earthiness.
Re-steeped well.

This was my first order from Zen Tea and I am quite pleased to have this delicious tea in my cupboard!

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

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86

Brewed up a pot of this to drink throughout the evening. Delicately sweet and savory/salty. Quite lovely and enjoyable!

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

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89

This is a really nice green tea. Smooth, sweet and slightly nutty with a tender green bean flavour.
Very tasty especially as the cup cools, which is my favorite way to drink it.
Also, I just ate something salty and this complements that nicely.

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89

Warm cinnamon raisin bread. That is exactly what this cup tasted like – so delicious!
There is a rich sweetness of cinnamon and spices, combined with the fruitiness of raisins, and fresh bread. Lovely and fragrant!

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

Sounds lucious!

Nxtdoor

Yes, this sounds so good. The question is, will it taste like Cinammon bread to me? It’s ok, it’s rhetorical, you don’t have to answer. I always read reviews and then when it’s my turn, not so much, not with straight teas anyway.

caile

haha, I know what you mean. :)
I drank this without recalling my previous review and although I knew it was going to be somewhat of this flavor profile, I was surprised by how much like raisin cinnamon bread it was – really good. Next time I make it I hope it turns out the same!

gmathis

Hmmm…makes me wonder what would happen if you threw some golden raisins in a steeping basket with something else…

caile

Might be nice! :) Although this was more like the dark raisins, not the golden ones.

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
168 tasting notes

This morning this reminds me of mildly spiced, creamy potatoes and mushrooms that are lightly sprinkled with sugar.

I could have brewed this a bit stronger I think but will re-steep the next cup a bit longer. Delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Virginia

OooOoooOoooh I’ve been wanting to try this!! What an interesting flavour profile.

caile

It is nice once in awhile and re-steeps quite well also. I think Verdant is getting the new spring picking in soon which I bet will be good – I may have to order a bit more! If you like, I could send you a bit of what I have so you could try it.

Virginia

Hey! I just realized you are a fellow Canadian! I would love to try some. PM me with what you want in return, everything in my cupboard is available and I have a teavivre order that should be getting here any day now if you want to wait to see what I’ve got then :)

caile

I’ll send you a pm. :)

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90

Brewed up the last of this, and the empty bag and dry leaf smell so gorgeous like ripe cherries.

Smooth, rich and fruity compote flavors with a bit of sweetly spiced toast. So delicious!!

(Lot: 267)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
168 tasting notes

This always turns out so good. Delicious and comforting!

Just what I needed today. I had this before going for a tooth extraction and I think I’ll sip on some more a little while as well.

boychik

Hope it went well. Highly recommend you to hold ice pack 20 min on and off for several hrs. Helped me a lot

caile

Thanks! It went very well and I’m glad it’s all done. I’ll try the ice pack! :)

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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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