Zen Tara Tea

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drank Pu-erh with Ginger by Zen Tara Tea
49 tasting notes

Found this for bulk purchase at my local food co-op. The concept of combining a root with puerh is problematic because roots need to be boiled to extract their essence, and puerh needs to be steeped with cooler water. One is better off using squeeze of fresh ginger. However, I got around the problem by a cold rinse, followed by a first steep for 15 seconds in an infuser and then let the leaves sit cold for an hour before steeping again. This tea is purely a digestif for me. The puerh is smooth, no fishy notes, the ginger adds a sour taste. But it clears up a heavy gut in a few hours after two cups. Can’t recommend for pure tasting, however, the ginger will probably wipe your palate.

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
sansnipple

Actually, pretty much everyone recommends brewing ripe/shu puerh with boiling (or at the very least nearly boiling water, like 205+) including one or more rinses with boiling water. Personally, I’ve found that using water significantly below boiling on shu puerh not only kills the flavors but makes the texture go all weird and gross

Cwyn

I was instructed by a Chinese tea master to start out with a cold rinse, followed by the boiling rinse. Then I let the leaves sit without water for a few minutes. I personally would not want two boiling rinses if the tea is completely new to me because I want to test a first steep for the quality of the cake. That is going to distinguish the real quality of the tea, because tastes like fishiness will not be masked. A two rinse would be what I would use to rescue a tea that is not the best, not worth throwing away. This is just me, what I would do.

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84

I must have steeped this too much, which I normally end up doing with my tea anyway because I am easily distracted by shiny things. Good thing I like tannins! :-)

But oversteeped, this tastes like bitter melon, which I love, so I’m happy with that. I’m going to have to pay careful attention to this one to get it steeped right. Iced though, I could taste some different notes besides the bitter, although I’m not sure what yet. There is a fullness to it. I’m going to have to report back about this one after I coax some other flavors out of it!

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100

I ran out of LS a long while back and I have been meaning to get more, but then I get distracted by shiny things and noises. So seriously, it’s been at least a couple of years without LS.

But now that I have it again, I remember that the smell is so soothing, and I get a big smile on my face, and I remember that I love this tea more than my children.

So sad that Zen Tara is closing, but happy I got this in my final order from them!!

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81

I don’t like cherries or floral teas, but this is one of my favorite teas. Something about the blend of flavors and the nice aroma when brewed makes this a delight to drink. It can get a bit bitter if overbrewed, so watch out. I believe this is only available seasonally during the Spring.

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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87

This tea smells very citrus-y, but it is well balanced when brewed. The funky fermentation of the pu-erh goes well with the citrus. I have to learn to stop drinking pu-erh tea on an empty stomach since it makes me extremely hungry! This would be a great tea to drink at the end of the meal since it is refreshing. I might also try it as an iced tea since it is a pretty red color when brewed and the citrus flavor would go well over ice.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Tie Guan Yin by Zen Tara Tea
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Ahhh, I remember drinking this in my cottage in Northern Latvia with excommunicated Roman Catholic Pope. It was a delightful supplement to our conversation about how plaid is the perfect balance between smart wear and cute wear!

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89

A very nice Darjeeling with a very distinct Muscatel note. Sweet and wine-like. Somewhat astringent, slightly dry, reminding me of a sweet, dry wine.

Very enjoyable.

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69

Again not sure who I got this one from.

This steeped up rather dark for a white tea.
It has a light honey dew taste and a strong earthy taste, which pretty well takes over.
There was some bitterness which may have been a result of a slight over steeping. Darn finicky white tea.

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

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76

I just finished a bag of Ginger & Tumeric. A bit of a lingering sweetness on the finish, but I did enjoy this tea for its stomach soothing properties.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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33

This is another hojicha/houjicha that will likely need to grow on me to really appreciate it. If found it to have a bit of a woodsy flavor and a lightness of body. It also has a vague, floral aftertaste that I can’t really place- almost like a subtle osmanthus.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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86

I went to bed early last night, so I cold brewed my daily tea in kind of a rush. In fact, I had zero idea what the ingredients were in this (aside from that it was a green tea) when I made it. But when I tried it this afternoon (after an overly long 16 hour steep, I took a nap and forgot about it!) the flavors popped right away. I love when you can guess exactly what’s in a tea without having to know it—I can be pretty good with floral and fruity tastes, but honestly some citruses I find impossible to place.

The lemon is most prominent, bright and perhaps a bit more sour than in other blends I’ve had, like it was steeped with an actual lemon slice. The passion fruit is a soft, exotic taste that really tones down and also compliments the lemon, and the chrysanthemum adds a lovely floral edge that I don’t think is overpowering at all. Citrusy, fruity, floral is a common combo, but I think this is a really unique take on it and so tasty!

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

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76

I wasn’t was wowed with this one as I thought I would be. It still is enjoyable though (very good iced too).

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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90

Wow, this is one of the better coconut teas I have had in a while. It reminds me of the black tea in my coconut cream chai from Tealish, but I love this – straight up.

The coconut flavour is strong and made very creamy from the vanilla. I would drink this as a dessert tea, but as it is, I’m loving it as a morning tea too. But hey, I’ll take coconut all day every day.

Thank you LiberTEAS for the sample! You know what I like n_-

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85

Backlog:

This is a tea that really benefits from a few minutes to cool slightly. When it’s piping hot, it comes off tasting weird. But, after a few minutes (give it at least 2 minutes, and a little more if you have the patience), the flavors develop nicely. Put it for a chill in the refrigerator, and you have a mighty fine iced tea! YUM!

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85

Yum! I was inspired to order this in honor of the Year of the Dragon, I think mostly because it’s different than most Year of the Dragon Teas because it’s not a Dragon Well. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Dragon Well, but, I’ve already plenty of Dragon Well in my cupboard thanks to another Year of the Dragon tea (Andrews & Dunham), so I probably wouldn’t have ordered this if it had just been a Dragon Well.

And I’m really glad I did order it, because it is so yummy. The flavors of lemon and passion fruit are two that I wouldn’t normally think of putting together, but they work together very well. The lemon is tart and tangy, and the passion fruit gives a sweetness to the cup to soften the lemon a little. The chrysanthemum gives just a hint of floral note to the cup, just something a little different. Everything really works together very nicely.

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71

I needed something to really inspire me to get my butt cleaning the apartment this morning, so I dug through my sample box from Anne from Liberteas and this is what I settled on. The leaves smell so good! I love coconut so I was especially excited about this one. Love watching the little coconut pieces floating during infusion!

The tea brewed smells equally as delicious. I’m finding that I really enjoy a nice cup of black tea to start the day. I’m enjoying this one because it tastes strong to me. I’m not getting too much coconut flavor, but it’s definitely in there. A nice balance. I generally don’t add anything to my tea but out of curiosity I added a bit of sugar halfway through the cup and really enjoyed the second half.

I just may have to get my hands on some more of this stuff…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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87

I’m the first here to review this? Really?

OK, well, this is a tea company that I’ve wanted to try for a while, but I didn’t know which teas to order … I finally settled on this and their new Fortune Dragon Green Tea – as well as a box of their tea infused truffles (come on, you knew I couldn’t resist those!)

This was a very good choice. The flavor is so creamy and coconut-y. The vanilla tastes very natural. It is sweet and creamy but I’m not finding it to be too sweet. I like that the base is a Nilgiri tea rather than the standard Ceylon. It gives it a bold richness. Overall, a very pleasant tea.

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75

I can’t recall if this is the exact brand of Chunmee I drink, the lady who works at the tea store forgot to write down the brand name, but I’m willing to put money on this one. If not, Chunmee is Chunmee.

Basically, it’s such a green tea it almost makes me want to laugh. I don’t mean that in the fact it’s ‘more’ green, grassy or anything. It’s just a green tea. I could not expect more or less out of such a tea, so there’s not much worth noting. It’s my everyday green tea, and it’s extraordinarily cheap, at least the brand I’m drinking.

The only thing noticeable is that it’s slightly acidic, which gives it a bit of a more astringent bite as it hits your tongue. I like it.

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

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92

This is such a wonderful, mellow black tea. It’s mild enough that it doesn’t really have a tannic edge, and the first steep the best almost perfumed black tea smell. Second steep doesn’t smell as heavenly, but is still wonderful to sip.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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47

By far the most predominant feature I picked up in this blend is the unmistakable scent of fermenting apples. Honeydew appears for an instant but then the flavor flattens out. The addition of honey took down the fermented fruit smell but still didn’t leave me with much to recommend it.

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