Chi of Tea

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81
drank Honu Mate by Chi of Tea
978 tasting notes

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93

How strange that my last tasting note two years ago was for this tea and, not even realizing it, I reached for it this morning! This is still one of my favorite teas though I do not reach for it as often now due to the time constraints of dealing with two children.

This morning I used a bit more than a teaspoon of this in my 12oz tetsubin and did an initial infusion of 1 1/2 minutes. The second infusion I’m drinking now was steeped for 3 minutes and is darker than the first. I probably could have gotten away with a 2 minute steeping time. I’ll likely do a third infusion at 4 1/2 minutes and might even get a fourth. I’ll have to update this if I do.

Preparation
Boiling
Kashyap

welcome back :)

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88
drank Hawaii Mauka Oolong by Chi of Tea
1582 tasting notes

Another old sample dug out from my tea cupboard. I’ve never tried a Hawaiian oolong before this – in fact I never knew Hawaii grew any tea at all. The fist steep (at 4 min) is rich and full bodied. It’s lightly sweet and slightly fruity with a hint of warm spiciness that reminds me a bit of ginger.

Subsequent steepings were lighter and a bit more woodsy/evergreen-tasting, but they still kept a hint of sweetness. It’s a unique and complex tea that I really enjoyed. Sadly my sample was only one cup’s worth and since Chi of Tea isn’t in operation anymore I’ll have to see if I can track down other sources.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Wow, I had no idea either. I figured they’d use as much room as they could to grow Kona coffee.

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86

Another old sample I uncovered during my cupboard re-arranging. The tea seems to have stayed relative fresh, thankfully. The Darjeeling oolong was a good choice for this tea as it gives the blend a smooth, subtle sweetness without loosing that quintessential tea flavour that seems to belong to Indian black teas. The vanilla is rich and creamy and there’s just the right amount of bergamot to compliment it rather than overpower it. It’s a shame the company is no longer selling tea (though their website is still up) as I think I would like to buy more of this blend when the sample is finished.

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

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81
drank Honu Mate by Chi of Tea
978 tasting notes

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I found a couple samples for Chi of Tea in my cupboard – no idea how old they are. ¬_¬ Clearly this is a sign that I need to concentrate on drinking up all my older teas and samples.

The scent makes me think of bubble gum, which is a bit odd as I’m used to pu-erhs smelling very earthy. The earthiness comes back in the flavour, though it’s fairly mild compared to some pu-erhs I’ve tried (admittedly my experience is pretty limited). I can taste the orange flavour clearly, though it’s more like a sweet mandarin orange rather than a sour, acidic navel orange type of taste. However I noticed that each sip ends on a weirdly dull note that I’m not sure I care for – maybe I just need to steep the tea longer or hotter.

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

It’s been a long time since there has been any activity at all on the Chi of Tea front, hasn’t it? I looked at their site and everything is out of stock. And I mean everything. I wonder if they’ve gone out of business…

Jillian

Well from the last post on their blog it sounds like things got shook up pretty badly in the earthquake/tsunami that hit Japan last year, so maybe that had something to do with it…?

Angrboda

True. They were relatively active before that, so if they make a come-back, perhaps we’ll hear about it.

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70

I finished this tea today. This tastes fantastic. I love the warm vanilla and the floral, nutty flavors of the oolong and black tea. I didn’t add any additives as this didn’t need any at all. Very good tea!

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70

This was so delicious! I was delighted to see that it was an oolong! I’ve never tried an Earl grey oolong before. This one was creamy, nutty, toasty, and fruity as well. I love Earl Greys! This one was light and smooth. Delicious!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Kashmir Chai by Chi of Tea
6770 tasting notes

Nice solid black tea and the ginger is the spice I picked up on it’s own but the spices – overall – are done well. There was a hint of mint that was a nice addition but very subtle. Thanks LiberTEAS

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91
drank Yunnan Pu-Erh by Chi of Tea
1266 tasting notes

Today was one of those mornings where I was really in the mood for a Yunnan black.(*) Only to discover that I hadn’t got any. At all. Not a one. Not even a sample! That’s just typical. When I really want one, I can’t have one. When I mostly associate them with a mouthful of hay, I’ve got lots.

I went for this one instead because it seemed to be the closest I could come. I expect I’ll probably be drinking this all day until the boyfriend comes home from Copenhagen tonight, at which point we will hopefully have something extra nommy to celebrate that particular wedding hurdle being over with (because he’s not a Danish citizen, there are some documents that he needs from the British embassy. It’s a formality, but a really silly one). Gong-fu-ish method get the leaves used up. :)

(*)ought this actually be ‘. . . one of those mornings when I was really . . .’

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94
drank Golden Yunnan by Chi of Tea
4359 tasting notes

Fantastic Yunnan. Lots of flavor. Sweet, floral, fruity, and with a nice spiced undertone. Incredibly smooth. It has a hefty flavor to it, like it’s got what it takes to get me going.

This, as well as every tea that I clicked on at the Chi of Tea website is out of stock. I hope this does not mean that Chi of Tea is out of business, because they really do provide wonderful teas, including one of my favorite (probably my #1 favorite) yellow tea. If anyone else has any information about this company, please comment and let me know.

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55

This is a sample I recieved for Chi Of Tea, It’s not on their website the insert that came with it said “New Puerh, Comming Soon” maybe this is one of the new ones. its not bad tho it has a typical Puerh taste, good aroma and color too.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Thomas Edward(Toad)

Oh yeah it looks like it was broken off of one of those Puerh bricks that is scored like a chocolate bar, i have a few that look like that.

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97

I finished the last of this up today. It is a very sad day. I decided to take it to the next level, and I had it with cream and a little vanlla sugar, and it was Heaven (with a capital H) in a cup. Especially since this is the first time I have had tea in a couple of weeks. I can’t believe it has been that long – I haven’t been well and I seemed to lose all interest in my tea! This was the perfect way to start back with the tea habit, though.

Indigobloom

welcome back!! funny how a little break tends to rejuvenate the tea cravings :)

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50

I’m really gutted as this was my first chocolate tea, I’ve never tried chocolate tea but I don’t think that this is how chocolate tea tastes.. I can’t taste the chocolate! I must try a new chocolate tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

You’re getting some intense aka awesome chocolate teas in our swap my dear :)

Jessie

I liked this tea alright but agree that it didn’t taste like chocolate. I remember getting a kind of coffee taste from it for some reason. Their vanilla one, though, was delicious!

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81
drank Honu Mate by Chi of Tea
978 tasting notes

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90

This tea also goes quite excellently with a milk at a higher steeping time, I’ve discovered. The Nilgiri base instead of the usual Ceylon was a great choice for this tea – it supports the vanilla and gives the tea body without becoming too strong or astringent and drowning the flavours out.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Yunnan by Chi of Tea
1266 tasting notes

So it is possible to ruin a chinese black through oversteeping. 45 minutes should do it. Poor thing rendered undrinkable.

Why do I not have a rating on this? I’ve had it before, I know I have because I had two samples of it at one point. I had one left now, which I’ve ruined, but I must have had an opinion on the first one… Odd.

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90

Yum, this tea is a good one. The smell alone could have told me that – it was a real, raw-vanilla scent rather than something artificial. The tea itself is wonderfully flavourful and the creamy vanilla is nothing short of delicious. The tea is full-flavoured without being bitter or astringent and I have no problem drinking this cup without milk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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94

I received this tea as a sample with an order I placed a few months ago. I stumbled across it this morning as I’ve begun to reduce the amount of tea in my home. (Whew!) I realized (with chagrin) that I hadn’t stored this one properly and worried about how my neglect may have affected the flavor.

My first real concern set in when I tried to smell it and couldn’t detect the scent. I steeped this one at a lower than recommended temperature, for the maximum amount of time recommended.

Now I can smell the tea. It’s slightly… floral? Yes, floral. I can detect the scent of honeysuckle. It’s a sweet scent, with a delicate floral note.

The taste is amazing, quelling any concerns I had about flavor. It’s not bitter at all, which was one thought I had when I saw the recommended steeping time. Instead, it is gently floral, but so sweet, too. It’s a beautiful green, tempered with the very slight vegetal taste a traditional green brings to the cup. It’s one of the best green teas I think I’ve ever tried.

Now, Chi of Tea, where are you hiding this gem? I hope this is something that will be considered to offer as a purchase because it is amazing!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Kashyap

I’m a fan of gua pian or ‘melon slices’ and while its aesthetic is similar to ‘dragon well’ lung ching, I think the flavor is brigher and more dynamic….

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68
drank Kashmir Chai by Chi of Tea
1582 tasting notes

There’s a noticeable tannic note when I drink this tea plain, so I think I prefer it with a bit of milk even though it clashes with the mint a bit and the tea doesn’t really have the strong spice flavour I’m used to associating with chais.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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69

I haven’t had this for a while, but I remembered that I wanted to try it with cooler water and a shorter steep time, so I settled on 190 degrees and 3.30 mins. It still had a sort of unpleasant bitterness to it, so I added a little sugar but that just made it a little sickly. I didn’t really enjoy this at all today, especially the sugar, so I am knocking the score down from 73.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Golden Yunnan by Chi of Tea
658 tasting notes

This is so reliable. So soothing on stressful mornings. Yum!

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68
drank Kashmir Chai by Chi of Tea
1582 tasting notes

The first thing I noticed was that the leaves are in very small pieces. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t expecting a whole leaf tea or anything, but with the pieces so small you get more of the tannins leeching into the tea and a very strong black tea flavour. Which wouldn’t be as big an issue if the spices were stronger, but apart from the mint they’re pretty tame and get overwhelmed by the rest of the tea. Mind you, the mint was a nice addition, it wasn’t too strong, just a hint that lingers on the tongue.

Taken as a whole though, I’d only consider this chai to be okay rather than great. They’ve got a good thing going with the mint, but they need to work on the rest of the tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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