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Burnt my thumb good with some water over 200f while ‘trying’ to brew this…
Ugh….

Made this one for my mom and I :)
Personally, I think pu’erh shouldn’t be mixed with stuff and what not so I had jaded thoughts going into this…
However, this is actually a great tasting tea and I have no issue drinking steep 4,5,6 as my mom likes her tea stronger.

Nice mint, pu’erh is the undertone which is interesting, and over a nice feel. There is just a minor dry throat that comes with this one.

tea-sipper

Love this one. I just had it the other day.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
473 tasting notes

Drowning myself 6-26-15 #2
Ceylon tea taste so bad to me that I want to cry when I have some. I brewed this and my bestfriend and I decided to dump this tea out immediately.

If anyone wants this just let me know :)

tea-sipper

Oh no! This is one of my favorites! I definitely don’t like Ceylon either.

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87

This taste like a black tea, looks like a black tea, and smells like a black tea… but dang, it is good!
Strong and brisk cup of joy that wakes me up with every sip :)

Really enjoying this one.

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drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
457 tasting notes

Not a fan TTB. This goes down so smoothly! So smooth I’m kinda amazed. I had a bit of a breakdown. Missing my grandma. I needed a bit of a pick me up and this did nicely in helping with that.

All of the flavors blend so nicely. Nothing is too overpowering. The sencha base is a great choice.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Nichole

I’m glad to hear that the tea helped!

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93

mmmmm this is exactly what I needed after vacation. A nice smoky bold hot pot of tea. The small leaves are black twisted BOP. The aroma of the leaf is a dry nutty scent. I place a generous amount in my yixing, and I inhaled a smooth buttery roasted nut aroma. I brewed up numerous cups of this delicious brew. The liquor was a glistening crimson,, and the taste was so good! I could taste smoke, wood, walnuts, and a sweet smooth aftertaste. This was bomb!

Flavors: Char, Roast nuts, Smoke, Walnut

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 15 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
Liquid Proust

What color/shade was the leaf after a few brews?

Haveteawilltravel

The leaf was a dark oily green and purple. I mean like dark dark. A shade higher than black.

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drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Zen Tea
2026 tasting notes

This is really good. I know a number of companies distribute this very same tea, but I got the best price from Zen. I ordered it because my daughter tried it from another company when she was in Toronto and loved it, had to have it. I told her I could get it cheaper for her than the company she bought it from there and here we are.

This is so good. A friend had it with me and had trouble figuring out the flavors. When I told her there was fresh ground cinnamon in it, the light bulb went off. The licorice root is nice in this, subtle and sweet. Mint is the main flavor up front, but I had one from another company called Vanilla Mint that just tasted like mint, no puerh at all.

This one has a much better balance, with the puerh serving as a good base holding up the mint, and the cinnamon sparkling as little hints here and there, with licorice root adding that sweet aftertaste.

We got so many steeps, too. This was a good buy.

It was served with some delectable cookies my youngest daughter made called “Will You Marry Me?” cookies. Oh my, they were good. I think I may not let anyone marry that kid, so I can have the cookies for myself.

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’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #11

Dark oolong for this dark weathered day. I don’t think I’ve seen dark oolongs like this one before. The leaves almost look like a black tea, rather than like a bundled green oolong that is roasted. Usually this type of tea is not to my taste, but this one is delicious. The light amber brew has a sweet, roasted, nutty, buttery flavor… not as distinctly charcoal flavored as a Fujian oolong typically is for me. So that’s a great thing! Less of the charcoal flavor and more of the good stuff! This one and one other Fujian oolong are the only two of this type of tea I could see stocking up on, so this is definitely high up there. The second steep is almost exactly the same in flavor. Western brewing is probably not the traditional way to go with this one, but it worked here. Very tasty!
Steep #1 // 15 minutes after boiling // 2 tsps. for 11 ounce mug // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // few min after boiling // 2 -3 min

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I couldn’t remember the name of this tea all day! I looked on the re-vamped Zen Tea website and found that this one was off their list. Ah, just as well. Not as big of a fan of this as I could be. But, I did only cold brew some for work today, which may be the reason. I will have to review this tea when I try it a different way. I think I originally purchased this with the thought of using it in the espresso machine at work, because of all the teeny tiny spindled leaves. I will have to update when I do!
This tea brewed up a light rust liquor with a mild spiced raisin note, along with the usual malt and citrus. I may have underleafed here, but it may as well have been the method of preparation. The brew was a little weak and lfatg for my taste. I know it must be better, because ZTL would not have added the “special” to the same for nothing. I have a few more servings to go, so I will have to find out if there is anything truly special about this tea. Because cold brew sucked the life out of it.

Flavors: Malt, Raisins, Spices

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Enjoyed this Ceylon from Zen Tea. I swear I had a tasting note for this already! Well, I guess not.

I had this as a sampler size bag from this company a while back. I also finished it a while back. All I remember is that i had this around the same time an another Ceylon from Capital Tea LTD. This was a toned down version of that tea. It had a dustier quality, and the clover honey notes were much more subdued. It resteeped really well, I had it in my travel tumbler and was able to absent mindedly redrew the same leaves about 3-4times before getting bored. While I would not purchase again, (Capital Tea’s Ceylon I had was far better) it was a good comparison tea.

Flavors: Dust, Honey, Malt

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drank Masala Chai by Zen Tea
338 tasting notes

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drank Chocolate Mint Rooibos by Zen Tea
483 tasting notes

This is another sample from Zach. Thank you!

I have been enjoying Adagio’s Cocomint Rooibos. I am not sure which of the two I prefer. I think the flavors of Adagio’s blend are a tad bit stronger. I might have to do a side by side comparison tomorrow night. This is good. I forgot to add some sugar tonight so the flavors do not pop, but it has been keeping me company while I finish up work tonight.

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drank Monks Blend Organic by Zen Tea
570 tasting notes

This is a nice, strong black tea. It seems to be mixed with a bunch of different blacks, and while I like black tea, I tend to find assam too intense without milk and I prefer my darjeelings a bit fruity. So for me, the flavors muddle here a bit into a blend that to me will work best with a splash of milk or as a base for stovetop chai.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Juicy Blueberry by Zen Tea
199 tasting notes

Mixing this one with some peppermint tonight as I wanted something tasty but that would settle my stomach a bit. I’m sadly not getting a lot of the blueberry. It is proving to be what I needed for my tummy though, thank goodness!

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drank Chocolate Mint Rooibos by Zen Tea
123 tasting notes

Easy drinking comfort tea. Great balance among the rooibos, mint and chocolate flavors, with the mint predominating. The mint is soft, though, and breathy-fresh. The chocolate is almost too quiet in the background, but good enough. Because I’m not a fan of “natural flavours” as an ingredient, it lost points for that.

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drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
274 tasting notes

Oh, this is really nice cold-brewed. I wish I had upped the leaf for this, but the toasty, creamy coconut is still really nice, albeit a little softer. Yummmm

Nicole

Ooo… now I need to try cold steeping my pineapple green from Vital Tea Leaf. Thanks for the reminder! :)

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drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
274 tasting notes

There is nothing more refreshing than the combination of green tea and coconut. I picked this one up on a whim, because coconut seems to be one of my favorite flavors. I like how fresh this one smells; like freshly washed cruciferous vegetables and cream of coconut. The coconut in the blend is in small pieces, and oddly enough, bright green. Perhaps that is what they were talking about with the ‘flavoring’?

I am pleased as punch with the bright green liquor and the warm and creamy scent of the coconut. I steeped this twice, and the second infusion was not as good as the first. This would be a good take-to-work tea for me because I can just make it in my french press and not feel bad about only steeping it once. :P

I plan on cold-brewing this in coconut water eventually. As if it really needs MOAR COCO!

Flavors: Coconut, Grass, Green

Mikumofu

I found bright green coconut in a green oolong tea that supposedly didn’t have flavoring or additives. Maybe the coconut is good at soaking up the green from the leaves?

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I too have gotten the green coconut!

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Flavors: Butter, Grass, Peach

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drank Jin Xuan by Zen Tea
205 tasting notes

Mmm, man this is tasty! I can’t believe I used to dislike green oolongs. I was missing out on so much!
This tea is so delightful I don’t even know where to start. It tastes like Spring in a cup. Sweet, floral, very refreshing. The first infusion isn’t very milky, but it’s beautifully balanced with a silky, creamy mouthfeel. Oh it’s delightful. And I’m feeling quite teadrunk after only 1/2 a cup. I will absolutely be picking up more of this once I’m through.

Flavors: Flowers, Sugarcane

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve only tried one other 4-season oolong before, and it’s a hard one to live up to. The Green Terrace Tea’s version is so complex and tasty it’s surely one of my favorite teas. The Zen version is a bit less expensive so I’m not expecting the exact same experience.

I western brewed this one for the first try. It’s quite a bit more floral than the western brew of GTT’s version. Mostly gardenia with some lavender at the end of the sip. It’s a little bit buttery but not as strong as a milk oolong. It reminds me of lavender shortbread. It’s a very interesting tea as it’s quite light in body, but is very strongly floral at the same time. A little bit of the cinnamon note I loved in GTT’s is faintly noticeable here. Yum, absolutely delightful. A nice bit of spring on this chilly winter day.

Honestly, both this and GTT’s versions are pretty affordable and I’d love both of them in my cupboard. Anlina mentioned Grandpa steeping her 4-season oolong and it sounded so good I went looking for an appropriate vessel. Cost Plus is currently having a sale and I was lucky enough to find a cute one for a really nice price http://www.worldmarket.com/product/laurent+floral+glass+tea+carafe.do?&refType=&from=Search I can’t wait to try it this way.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Floral, Gardenias, Lavender

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML
Beorhthraefn

Ah, thank you so much for comparing GTT’s Four Seasons with this one! I was honestly wavering back and forth on trying this version, just because the GTT is so amazing, but your in-depth review helped push me forward. Much appreciated.

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