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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
232 tasting notes

Cold brewed this last night and added a splash of milk after straining. The strawberry isn’t as strong as I would like, but it’s stronger than when I brewed it hot. I took it with me and drank it in the movie theater today (we watched Deliver Us From Evil, not a bad movie).

Preparation
4 tsp 28 OZ / 828 ML
Tea junkie

I’ve never added milk to any of my teas, you are making me think about doing it.

Mandy

When I first started out I used to add milk to pretty much everything. Now it’s very rare that I do. But Strawberry Cream seemed like a good candidate. (: Now sweetener on the other hand, I sweeten almost every tea I drink, haha.

Tea junkie

I’ve never added milk or any kind of sweetener to any of my teas. Lol. I wouldn’t even know which teas to even add milk to. You will have to recommend which ones to add it to. Lol

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Sample size. This is nice, especially after heavy lunch. Roasted oolong, chestnuts, subtle sweetness. Would be perfect if they serve it in Chinese restaurant, many times tea is just gross there. I liked it.
Resteep was good and I decided to add tiny amt of maple syrup. Worked perfectly taming charcoal flavor.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50
drank Cherry Rose Organic by Zen Tea
73 tasting notes

Backlog 7/67 (Only 60 more to go! heh… heheh… eh.. :D)

Green tea! Yes this is green tea.
I guess. :D
Once again, it tastes vegetal and astringent to me. I’ve not fallen in love with a green yet.
The cherry was present, but the rose was too mild for me to notice it. Maybe my palate is just a mongrel and can’t tell these things. It understands strong flavors like SPICES and CHOCOLATE and VANILLA but not really subtle hints I think? Heh.

I gave this an overall “eh” rating. Again, not sure if Mandy or Cameron, but thank you for the experience regardless. :D

Flavors: Astringent, Cherry, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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69
drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
73 tasting notes

Backlog 6/67

Updating after realizing I confused one set of notes with another. :D

Not bad. It tastes of toffee. It’s sweet enough to be good. The brown-sugarish flavor of toffee is definitely not bad with white tea.

When I was tasting it and making notes I wrote: Slight toffee, Could drink, not bad.

I think that sums it up. :)

Flavors: Toffee

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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69
drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
73 tasting notes

Backlog 5/67

This one came from Mandy I’m almost sure.

I did as she instructed on the bag and tried it as a latte. I don’t know if I just had a bit too much milk in it or if it just didn’t have much flavor because I didn’t get much flavor from it. It was mostly just a mild strawberry flavor with a slightly creamy milk flavor.
Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

I’m not sure tho. Maybe I will try the rest of it brewed differently. My numbers on this note are guesses because I didn’t make full notes on how I brewed it. Just going off memory.

Thanks for another tea experience Mandy! I think this one may have a chance to redeem itself on the second try. :)

Flavors: Cream, Strawberry, Sweet

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

Funnily enough I cold brewed this last night, and then added just a small splash of milk this morning. It’s been awhile since I’ve had this one, but is seemed like I was getting a bit more strawberry from the cold brew.

Arshness

It didn’t taste much of strawberry. It wasn’t bad, but not good. I wonder if it has to do with what part I got? I didn’t see any strawberry chunks. I dunno if they add much more tho.

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This is a sample I got with Zen Tea Life sale.
There is nothing I can add to looseTman review. He nailed it perfectly. Some plum, some wine, a little of tobacco, smokiness is subtle.
This tea is completely different fr Spring Keemun by A&D or Pine Keemun by Wispering Pines.
Very nice afternoon cup. I think I love my Yunnan blacks more. But it’s like comparing apples and oranges. Still want to try Teavivre’s offerings to make up my mind. No rating since I’m exploring .

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
looseTman

Thanks, that’s very kind of you!

mrmopar

He is pretty good!

looseTman

You both made my day! Happy July 4th weekend!

boychik

Happy 4th of July to you too. I’m going to watch fireworks, they decided to do it tonight in our community in Pocono ;)

looseTman

God Bless America

mrmopar

+1 looseTman and all of us on here also.

TheTeaFairy

I agree with everything that was said in this thread :-)
Just love you guys!!

MzPriss

The reason Steepster is so incredibly awesome is that it is populated by awesome people!

boychik

I can’t say better than all of you people!

looseTman

+1 mrmopar: “God Bless America” and Steepster!
Terri HarpLady: Back at you :)
We love you too TheTeaFairy!
Agreed MzPriss: Steepster people are awesome people!
What a mutual admiration society!
boychick, you started it all!

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Butiki Educational Box #2

Someone added this sample to the box. Since I loved the Butiki Caramel Vanilla Assam from last night, I thought I’d start with this.

Not for me.

I don’t know what it is. Too…something. It’s heavy. It’s malty. It’s a touch bitter feeling. Astringent.

Not for me.

that said, the smell alone is beautiful, and then I part my lips and the aroma is smooth, sweet, malty. I really like that. I could sit and smell it for hours. I just don’t like it.

Well, I tried.

I figure I’ll try a few of the black teas from the box, and a few of the Darjeelings.

That’s what this box is for, right? To try things and maybe like or not like them.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Samples-Only Small TTB

I was really hoping this would be like Red Rocks from The Tea Spot. I love that tea. I was comparing this tea to that one the whole time. I found this one much less creamy and sweet than that one is. I enjoyed it, but not as much as Red Rocks. It does taste like almonds.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mandy

I think that was my problem with this one, it does taste like almonds, but that’s about it. I was hoping for/expecting more depth to it.

Cheri

Yeah, there’s no depth. There’s not enough marzipan flavor. There’s not anything to it except almond and rooibos.

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A word of warning: Darjeeling isn’t usually my favorite. I had to try Zen’s offering of Darjeeling though. I waited 20 minutes after I boiled the water to pour over 1 1/2 teaspoons of leaves, because I definitely know I don’t like my Darjeeling boiled. Steeped for close to three minutes. The flavor is okay (again, Darjeeling isn’t my thing!), not something I’d steep up all the time. It’s a bit tangy but also a bit sweet creamy somehow, hints of stone fruit but I like my Darj to have a TON of stone fruit. Not much muscatel. Oddly enough, if I drink a Darjeeling, I’d like it to have that explosion of Darjeeling flavor. This one certainly has more of that flavor than some that I’ve tried though.

The second steep was interesting and different, stronger in flavor, more stone fruits. I would have never guessed to steep it this way: half a mug, 15 minutes after boiling, for quite a few minutes (at least over five.)

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A sample from my order a while back. The ingredients sound AMAZING especially as there is no hibiscus or rosehips! I let two teaspoons of this sucker soak for 22 minutes! There isn’t hibiscus so there should be no oversteeping. The scent of the dry leaf is a fruit punch but the taste is pure sugar — it almost seems like it has splenda in it… maybe coating some of the fruit pieces? It’s very sweet sugary syrup. The cup is an off-white color, not red since there is no hibiscus. I wouldn’t necessarily call it strawberry though. It seems mostly apple and pineapple this cup around, but there is definitely plenty other ingredients in the blend. I’d keep this in stock this as a herbal!

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57
drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
145 tasting notes

Didn’t taste much toffee to be honest, unless the taste of toffee is really off in my head. xD Which could be the case since I haven’t had it in forever. :p
It does taste a bit like toffee, but I’m getting a more buttery taste.
Kinda weird. Not sure what to think!
Thanks for the sample, Mandy! (:

Flavors: Butter, Toffee

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84
drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
145 tasting notes

It’s kinda weird to try an oolong that isn’t roasty or floral tasting. It definitely tasted like hazelnut, with a hint of vanilla. So different than what I’m used to…But I really like it! :D
It’s a light, smooth flavor. So makes it even more different than I’m used to. But still good. (:
Thanks for the sample, Mandy! ^^

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60
drank Cream Caramel Rooibos by Zen Tea
145 tasting notes

Eh, nothing really special. The caramel isn’t strong enough to hide the woodsy Rooibos flavor, which I don’t mind anyway. Just wouldn’t buy. But thanks for the sample, Mandy! (:

Mandy

Yeah, the caramel isnt the strongest in that one. I add a touch of milk and sweetener to draw it out more.

Ost

Aha yeah I’ll never know since I never sweeten xD

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
387 tasting notes

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85
drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Zen Tea
73 tasting notes

Swap from my Opposites Taste Buds Swap Partner Mandy!

Oooohhh I knew it! You didn’t care for it so I love it. Of course. :) The Opposites taste buds swap is successful!

I’m so happy I found my taste buds opposite. The teas she sent me all seem so lovely. It’s hard to believe they are on someone’s “no” list. :)

I steeped this up at about 1.5 minutes because my original 3 minutes seemed like overkill. No instructions on the bag, so I treated it like my other pu erhs and I guess I was thinking more Adagio pu erh beacuse they suggest 3-5 minutes. Well 1.5 had this dark already so I went ahead and poured it off. It was DELICIOUS smelling in the pouch and in the cup. The color was a dark reddish brown.

I sweetened it and added milk. The package had that suggestion but not temp or times! :D

It’s delicious! Minty vanilla. Feels like a minty vanilla icecream in the mouth with hints of earthy pu erh flavor beneath. Very delicious. The mint is strong. The vanilla is very strong. The pu erh is a background note, but foundational and delightful.

Wellllp I will be drinking more of this for sure. ^^ Thanks for the swap Mandy!

Flavors: Earth, Mint, Round , Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mandy

Yes! So happy the Opposite Taste Buds work both ways. This was just too minty for my taste, haha. Glad you like it (:

Arshness

I like minty. :) It was a good pu erh. Yay for more pu erh to drink :D

ChefJoAnna

Hi, not sure how else to contact you, but I’d be grateful for the adagio info if you are still offering it! Thanks, JoAnna. (steepster at chef JoAnna dot com)

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

This is definitely a comforting tea. This was on my short list of ones to try this week from the box MissB sent to me. It was perfect for a Monday morning. The mint was very subtle and I tasted more cinnamon than anything. As the tea cooled I definitely got a taste of the vanilla and the mint became more pronounced.

It’s supposed to rain a fair bit this week, so this will definitely get revisited again later in the week to finish off my sample.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank China Keemun by Zen Tea
2913 tasting notes

There is something about having fried eggs with the yellow part still runny on top of a bed of ridiculously crispy potatoes dosed with salt, pepper, & garlic granules. There is just nothing like it. Every bite is a mix of crisp, dense, & rich awesomeness. It is comfort food, to the max.

I drank this Keemun along side brekky, an offering from our TeaFairy. It is rich with the taste of brown sugar, light smoke, & a hint of the rich taste of canned condensed milk.

Indigobloom

Mmmm eggs on potato. I also LOVE a runny egg on rice. Soooo good

Terri HarpLady

I don’t eat potatoes often, I’m pretty sure they make my feet hurt, but I’m eating them twice today. The 2nd time will be homemade super crunchy french fries alongside a grilled pork steak. Tony & I eat like royalty on the the weekends! :)

Indigobloom

Oh pork chops! YUM!

sherapop

Runny-yolked eggs with fried potatoes: YUM!

sherapop

I agree: salt is key. ;-)

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drank China Keemun by Zen Tea
2913 tasting notes

This tea comes from The TeaFairy.
I decided awhile back that I would dedicate my weekends to sampling teas from various tea trades, so this weekend I brought samples from Boychik & TeaFairy with me to Tony’s house. We’ve been sitting around in our PJs, just goofing off, sipping teas, & being couch potatoes.
This is a sweet Keemun, with a slightly tart fruitiness, taste of brown sugar, & just a little smoke.

TheTeaFairy

Yay, it’s PJ day!!!

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
164 tasting notes

Even though I often don’t care for fruity/berry flavoured black teas, I picked this up with my recent zen tea order as I don’t have many flavoured teas and this had good reviews.

This turned out to be quite a nice tea which is well balanced with both soft strawberry and cream. There is also a very slight green bitter sort of note from the strawberry leaf that seems to add a freshness to the strawberry flavour.
I enjoy this more as the cup cools, and re-steeped the leaves for another tasty cup. Nice to have for something different once in awhile.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
299 tasting notes

Teeny Tiny TTB

Wow! This one is really nice. It’s more of a toasted coconut. It actually reminds me of those toasted coconut marshmallows they used to give us at camp. I wasn’t a huge fan of those, but this is delightful! I added a touch of sweetener so it wouldn’t get too vegetal. Not sure how much water I used, but I filled my 12oz mug about 3/4 of the way so close to the 8oz mark I think? Anyway, really enjoying this one. Hope it lasts a resteep!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 0 OZ / 0 ML

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
164 tasting notes

This has a sweet bakery scent with very slight floral from the oolong.

Tastes so sweet and very much like a coconut cake, and is rich, creamy and smooth. Delicious and dessert-like! Re-steep a bit more floral but still very tasty.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
164 tasting notes

When brewed, this smells like fresh sweet coconut.
Tastes buttery and smooth with sweet, light and fresh coconut. The green tea blends nicely and adds a bit of savoriness.
Re-steeps well for a just as fragrant and tasty second cup. A nice coconut tea!

I did try cold brewing the used leaf overnight to see if I could have a refreshing glass the next day, but the taste was light and too vegetal/seaweedy for me.

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

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Samples Only TTB

Tonight I decided to try two more teas as I have about 11 left I want to try before passing this thing onward. Gotta keep it moving. :)

I picked out a green at random and a herbal, let the water get to 180, poured it over the green, put it back on and let it boil, poured it over the herbal, which was a pyramid teabag in a cup. I have never used the pyramid teabags before but they’re so damned cute and I just had to try one, even tho it was Lipton and I wasn’t expecting to be impressed. More on that one later.

There isn’t much of an aroma to this tea out of the bag. It’s green and the fruit is dry. I can’t smell much of anything… So I brewed it up. Aroma is lightly fruity and barely present.

I took a drink and was happy. It’s a green tea that doesn’t taste of grass which is a bonus. It’s smooth, round, with a sweet fruity accent, not a hint of sour or bitter or tang. Everything I ever wanted in a green tea. Finally.

I take deeper drinks as this tea cools and it’s just … delightful. I keep saying I’m not a green tea drinker. I think it’s because I haven’t found the right green teas. I did sweeten it, as I sweeten… everything… But it didn’t require a lot of sugar. Typically, greens really take extra sugar for me to like it.

I am not sure if it’s just that this is a better green, or if it’s that I finally didn’t overheat the water… I don’t know. I just know I liked this tea and I’d drink it again. I may have to get some. :)

Flavors: Berry, Cranberry, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I sweeten everything too, even if it’s just a little. I’m glad you liked it, this sounds very tasty. :D

Arshness

I just figured out why I liked this “green tea” even tho they typically taste like grass to me. It’s not a green tea. It’s a herbal blend with lemon verbena and lemongrass in it. So it LOOKS like bloody green tea but it tastes DIVINE instead. >_< Welp! I’m embarrassed!

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I received this sample from DeleriumFrogs. Thank you!

Zen Tea continues to impress me. Most of the teas from here I have really enjoyed and they are at such reasonable prices. This one goes on this list. I enjoyed this one last night while making dinner. The first few infusions were creamy, floral and slightly vegetal. All were very smooth with no bitterness. The next few infusions offered a tangy/fruity taste. This was a really nice TieGuanYin. I will order a bit of this on the next Zen Tea order. Thank you for sharing DeleriumFrogs

Cheri

I haven’t had this one, but this is a nice style of oolong in general. Sounds great.

TeaTiff

If you like milk oolong you will like these. This was a mellow one. It was really nice.

Cheri

I have one from a Chinese tea company (Bama Tea) that I really like.

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