1743 Tasting Notes

98
drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
1743 tasting notes

As I was drinking this today, I had to log back in and check my rating. I’m going to bump it up again. This is just so good. I may need to buy a tin!

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79

Wow. Malty! Was it always like this, or is it just because it’s cooled a bit? I love the way this one smells. The whole thing is dark and kicks you in the mouth to make sure you’re awake! (Ok, maybe not that strong, but even a sip just takes over my mouth). This has got to be my favourite out of my Murchie’s teas!

I’ve got so many teas (and 15 new ones that I just ordered… :O) that I really need to make an effort to drink some of the “older” teas too otherwise I will NEVER finish anything off. :P

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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79
drank Lapsang Souchong by Tea Desire
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I bought this for Steepster’s book club: we’re reading Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. A Russian Caravan would have been better suited but I saw this at the mall and went for it. I wanted a smoky tea anyway and this makes me think of warming up by a fire in the winter. And winter fits well enough with the book… (which is really good so far too. I shouldn’t have any problems finishing it by Jan 25).

It smells STRONGLY of smoke. Happily, it doesn’t taste as strong as it smells but I can see this wouldn’t be for everyone.

I’d rate it higher but I think this is more of an occasional tea, instead of an all-the-time one so I won’t need to restock it as often.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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79

This is my first assam! It’s quite strong and malty – it makes me think that this would be the ‘coffee’ of teas! (That is, if coffee wasn’t just a vehicle to deliver cream/sugar to me…)

It’s cooled off a bit since I first steeped it, but I’m still sipping away at it and enjoying it. It sorta reminds me of Ceylon Best, but maltier. There’s no unpleasant astringency either so that puts it ahead of my Murchie’s blacks.

I guess I need to keep drinking these unflavoured blacks to get a better sense of what’s what!

I think cream/sugar would be a mistake here as there are a lot of flavours present I wouldn’t want to cover up!

Update: I re-steeped it in the afternoon, and it was even creamier!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
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I had a few cups of this earlier, but no time to review. I just wanted to note that my cooled cup tasted good, so I should try this as an iced tea!

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78
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I had so much oolong and white tea today that I needed something decadent to finish the night. This is good. I wish it were more chocolately but it’s smooth, buttery, and creamy.

I’ll probably end up eating some of my stashed away chocolate bar tonight too… And if I resteep, I’ll make it a latte.

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98
drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
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I’m still waiting for my Della Terra Teas order from Black Friday (#sadness) full of dessert blacks, and a few rooibos/honeybush samples, but my Zen Tea order came today!

After trying my oolong samples from Tea from Taiwan, I knew I wanted to try more oolongs so when Zen Tea started their 50% off sale (on Friday) I had to somehow justify ordering some. :P Good thing I did as a lot of the teas are sold out already! :O I got a lot for $21 (with shipping).

I picked up:
Oolongs – Coconut (50g), Monkey-Picked (20g) and Iron Goddess Mercy (20g).
Pu-erh – Loose. (20g) (Just so I could see what Pu-erh is.)
White – Toffee Dream. (50g) (Again because I don’t know what White Tea is like – I had it in DavidsTeas Cookie Dough but it was hidden?)
Rooibos – Raspberry Vanilla! (70g) (I had this as a sample first. I’m gifting 50g of this.)
Black – Assam Mangalam Second Flush FTGFOP1 (20g)(Because I haven’t had Assam and this one was highly rated. Maybe I’ll learn the difference between all these blacks)

The actual review is here. :P
With all these new teas, it was hard to decide which one to try. I’m happy I started with this one though. IT SMELLS SO GOOD.

I’ve had oolong enough now to recognize its characteristics better: with each sip I am getting toasty coconut notes, mixed in with the buttery / floral oolong. The coconut isn’t as strong as the initial smell would have me believe, but this is actually a good thing as I was worried the oolong would be overwhelmed and it isn’t. It seems like every oolong I try has complex flavors – this one is no different. Each sip is just a little different. AMAZING. The aftertaste is nice and creamy too. I will resteep it later!

I think it’s real coconut flavour too!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

This is the one from Zen Tea I really want to try! Maybe after the Holidays.

Cavocorax

Hope you get a chance. It’s a bit expensive but I really like it. I don’t normally drink a lot of oolong (maybe this will change) so I’m hoping 50g will last a long time!

Ozli

Coconut!! Adding to shopping list. :D

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70

I haven’t bought bagged tea in months, but I was tempted by this because I wanted holiday tea and I had nothing gingerbread-ish.

I couldn’t tell you how it is on its own, but I can tell you that it tastes great with frothy cream and brown sugar. I don’t think I’ll bother making it any other way! I like that I can have a decaf dessert tea for late night cravings.

A 20 bag box should last me months, and I’ll probably buy this again. So, guess I’m not 100% loose leafed.

Kasumi no Chajin

I’m not usually one for desert teas,and starting to cull much many of my teabags, but one of my weaknesses is Candy Cane Lane in this line of Holiday teas.

Ozli

Sounds good!!

Cavocorax

Mmmmm. If i didn’t already have a few peppermint teas, I’d be tempted to try the Candy Cane Lane one!

Kasumi no Chajin

well CS has had it for a few years now, there is always next season. I would also be willing to send you a sample. I personally found more vanilla notes then minty in it, and it did not remind me much of my peppermint ones in any major way.

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78
drank Moroccan Mint by Zen Tea
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This is equally delicious iced. I used 3 tsp for half a pitcher and added ice. I still have enough in my sample for 1-2 more cups!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Kasumi no Chajin

very useful to know!

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78
drank Moroccan Mint by Zen Tea
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Yum! I wish I had ordered some of this when I placed my order on Friday. I always see peppermint in teas, but this is the first spearmint.

It pairs really well with the gunpowder green tea. My mouth is both warmed by the tea and refreshed by the mint. Interesting!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec
ashmanra

I prefer spearmint to peppermint in tea myself!

Ozli

Mmmmmmmmmmmm!!

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

Yet.

Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

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