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Oh wow! exam tomorrow…. how do i do this quickly?
gong show week.
nevermind, gong show semester.
bought some zen teas because i’ve had to drop my caffeine… tried a chamomile blend? baaaaaaaaad call!
but they threw this is as a sample.
if my exam is half as amazing i’ll be very very happy!
I’ve had this a good five or six times now over the past two weeks, however with traveling and whatnot, I’ve missed writing down any sort of tasting notes. I do find myself reaching for this at night before most of my other teas, and it stands up well to oversteeping (with zero rooibos bitterness in there – surprisingly). It’s a solid non-caffeinated chai replacement, and I have a feeling I’ll order more of this soon. The tins are so pretty!
Tea of the morning. This is the perfect tea to sip on while getting my oh so grumpy family off to school and work. I guess this is our virtual Monday since yesterday was a snow day, so I should have expected the growling grumps around here. :)
I ordered a sample pack of this with my recent Zen Tea order. I am writing this note from memory. I will have to add some notes when I am sipping and writing next time. This has a nice black base, nothing that overpowers the tea, strong hints of strawberry and a slight touch of cream. I had read some notes that compared this to 52 Teas Strawberry Zabaglione which made me a little scared. This to me was a lot more strawberry with a better balance with the black base. I think this tea will be wonderful iced. I really enjoyed this one.
PLEASE NOTE. ERRONEOUSLY I REVIEWED THE HERBAL VERSION NOT THE BLACK BLEND OF THIS TEA (AND STUCK IT IN THE WRONG SPOT). HOWEVER, AS MY FRIENDS HAVE PAID ME SUCH KIND ATTENTION I WILL LEAVE MY REVIEW IN PLACE WITH THIS DISCLAIMER!! ps: miss you all frightfully. xoxo, JustJames
oh my. this review sums up the end of a long week!
this tea is a pleasant conundrum! i frequently enjoy my teas with cream, but if hibiscus is involved that poses a wee problem! this is a bright pink, hibby strong (my fault on that) strawberry cream. the hibiscus waves and almost whacks me, but the cream swoops in and tones it right down.
truly unique. this tea has a split profile— an acidic, hibiscus fueled strawberry, paired with a very smooth cream opposite.
i’m drinking less caffeine these days and by proxy more zen tea (!!!)…. this is an excellent creation! i feel very zen =0)
i steeped for 5, it would have been perfect if i’d steeped for 4.
It was 50+ F today – Yeah! In the morning we are expecting to wake up to Ice + sleet + snow, BOO! So we ran around today. Judging by the roads apparently everybody around here did the same thing.
So this evening I had my first cup of tea. I didn’t even remember having this one. I reached to the bottom and grabbed. I really have got to organize. It is so out of hand.
Moderately roasted. It was not bad, but I have learned I just prefer unroasted greener oolongs.
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Bloody delicious, this is…I’ve always been a fan of Earl Grey and I’m startled by how well it pairs with the cream flavouring (both hot and cold).
The bergamot is mellow and not overwhelming at all – while still being unmistakably Earl Grey – and then there’s this silky sort of vanilla-creme flavour that kinda slides around your mouth afterwards…it’s a simple sort of tea, but therein lies the beauty.
I’d drink it again, happily…and will probably order a batch when I clean out my boxes of samples lying around. :)
I purchased a sample pouch of this in my recent Zen Tea order. I was in a rooibos mood when I placed the order and it shows. Somehow I purchased 2 sample packs of this one unintentionally though. It wasn’t my favorite. It was a nice rooibos base with medicinal ginger taste. Oh well. You win some you loose some.
Yep. This again. A whole litre, hot steeped and poured over ice (then topped up with cold water because I ran out of ice!).
It’s been so good today at work, even if I didn’t get a chance to finish it. I’m drinking the rest now before I go make myself something hot.
I think I like this more than Bamboo Integrity. Something about the earthy fruity herbalyness just makes it work for me.
Cold Brew: Total time 13 hours.
I’m so glad that this is how I chose to finish off this one, because it’s AMAZING! Basically, it’s like drinking super, super refreshing and yummy coconut water. Just very fresh and delicious and creamy. It totally screams “Spring Time Tea”. Which is exactly what I was wanting and needing!
Flavors: Coconut, Cream
Out of all the weird-ass herbals I have, this one might be my favourite. It’s a bit of a toss up between Kapha by TeaG, Cacao Mint by Samovar, and this.
I think this one is more drinkable at any time, so it might take 1st place.
Sipping it hot with cranberry honey tonight. So juicy and medicinal… Yep, it’s a winner for me. :)
I ordered a sample size of this in my recent Zen Tea order. I manged to pick up the germs my daughter brought home from the daycare last week. It seems these days whatever germs come my way it knocks me out for a few days. When I am sick I do not like to drink tea. This seams odd, I know, but usually when I am sick water or fizzy water are the only things that seem appropriate to drink. Anyway, I eased back into drinking tea with this one. It was a nice treat. It was like drinking a raspberry hot chocolate, only with the nice rooibos base. I like it! Somewhat sad I only have a small pouch of it, but I guess that means if I run out fast I can order more right?
I wasn’t expecting to like this one, but I’m a sucker for butter and florals. I’m not well acquainted enough with grass, veggies, and green teas to say where this one falls but it’s good and that’s good enough for me.. One of the roommates likes this as well, so two recommendations!
This morning I made fresh peanut butter to have with my toasts. It was warm and so creamy, I ate a big spoonful before spreading it!
Not all teas make the peanut butter list. (K S already know that) I usually have my regular straight Assam, Yunnan and Keemun to pair with it. Don’t like any flavoured tea with it.
You have to understand that I’m picky cause peanut butter is considered heaven food in my household.
K S mentioned in a recent post that earl grey came highly recommended on his PBJ tea list so I made a mental note of that (I personally am more of a purist, I prefer classic unaltered PB on my toasts, I ditched the J a long time ago).
So, I chose this favourite Earl of mine. I usually prefer this version cause the creamy part mellows the bergamot I sometimes find offensive in blends. The reason I like it so much is that unlike other EGC, this one doesn’t scream vanilla. I don’t mind vanilla when it’s done right, but it can be heavy and a little sickening to me. Here, it just rounds the edges of Miss Bergamot. It’s a perfect cup! And yes, it complimented wonderfully my PB toasts this morning.
So K S, thank you, earl grey officially makes THE PB list!!!
I’m at 165 teas, and I’d like to end the month at 150, but I think that’s a silly thing to push myself towards. I’ve got one, possibly two packages that WILL arrive next week and I don’t want to be limited to drinking down those oddball teas when I have other choices. 1/3 of my teas are herbal, and I think that’s where most of my near-sipdown teas are, so they’re not going anywhere unless I go all day without caffeine. /flails/ NOOOO, you can’t make me.
Maybe I’ve had enough caffeine already?
But this was a good choice. It’s a nice straightforward Assam, and the first one that really stood out to me to help me realize that YES, Assam’s are a type of tea that I would like more of! And this has been in my cupboard since July so I should drink more of it. I don’t want any one tea to stick around for more than a year!
They suggest having this tea with multiple steeps, so that’s exactly what I’m doing.
Steep #1 was done somewhere between 3 and 4 minutes. It’s slightly metallic and, I think, leathery. Dry, and a little different than I’m used to — it actually reminds me of the Dong Ding that I sampled at the Toronto Tea Festival.
Steep #2 seems a little sweeter, milder, and very smooth. It still has the distinct taste that I mentioned above — I certainly get a different taste from this than Indian black teas.
Steep #3 was closer to ten minutes (it’s my final steep, and I was a little distracted). Thanks to it being a third steep, it doesn’t seem too overdone at all. It’s less sweet than the second steep, but otherwise similar. I think it would go very well with something hot and cheesy. (Though that may just be my appetite talking.)
Thank you for the sample, Zen! They probably figured this would be a good one to throw in seeing that I restocked on the ECG and got a bit of their EG lavender to try.
It’s a good EG. Just the right amount of bergamot, but I cheated and added some vanilla extract both times I had this, along with half and half. So it was basically like an EGC. Either way, it’s really good, but obviously as long as there is EGC, I won’t bother getting it. Still, any EGC h8rs, but EG lovers, check it out!
Even oversteeped, this is a delicious chai. I was a bit concerned with my oversteeping, and yes, there was a (slightly) bitter quality to the tea as I drank it. I still downed it however as it’s what I consider to be a very traditional chai: heavy spice, low heat, sweet and delicious.
Thanks to Zen Tea for this free sample!
1.5 tsp in 12 oz.
Sigh. I do not like the name of this tea. Really? Kyss?
Oh well. It’s a decent fruity rooibos. I find the rooibos in this tea fairly medicinal, but that might also be the rooibos in conjunction with the juniper berries.
Nice enough with a little honey. It really does bring out the berry flavours.
Not sure I’ll get this one again, but if it happens to be on sale the next time I make an order I might sneak 20g into my cart.
PS. It’s snowing. Buses are no longer going to my place of employment. Fingers crossed tomorrow is a snow day! I have so much paperwork and it would be nice to do it while sitting at home in my PJs, drinking tea!