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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!
I’d say this is a straight licorice tea – thick and sweet – with a few added tidbits in the mix that you can only barely taste. Do I like it? Yes. Would I drink it every day? Nah, it’s a bit too one dimensional for me.
1.5 tsp in 12oz.
Ooh, chocolate chai? Are you going to be my new favorite? It came in a pretty tin and looked delicious – large pieces of caradmom and black tea, with other spice bits in the mix. Brewed and hot, I found the tea almost chewy in texture, like there was something solid that had dissolved. Cooled (as it is now), it’s divine. Strong chocolate flavor with the spices in the background, mostly smooth cardamom with only a hint of ginger. It’s mild on the heat scale, and while I prefer my chai’s a bit spicier, this definitely hits the spot.
Oh yum. A plain and simple and delicious assam.
I do like this tea. I added a bit of honey and did a shorter steep than usual. I think the last time I had this tea I was still loading everything up with milk and sugar. How things change. :)
It’s light and malty, with that touch of astringency assams have.
I’ll probably end up picking up more of this one when I replenish my herbals. Zen Tea’s prices are generally pretty good, and their shipping is super fast because they’re so close to me.
Drinking this one right after the Earl Grey definitely shows me that I’m not loving earl grey teas so much anymore. :( They were what I used to drink ALL the time! Earl grey with milk and honey. A GIANT mug. I’d either guzzle it or reheat it throughout the day.
Maybe I should pick up some Twinings, just to see?
This tea is a regular but I ran out about 2 months ago and just restocked on it now. When I opened my order today (in a frantic fashion as usual), I fetched it out quickly cause I wanted it now!!
Im not one to seek after smoky teas, therefore, Keemun can be a real hit or a real miss for me. I like the more fruity type of Keemun, such as this one.
The smell is smoky, but very lightly, and even more so in the taste. Smoky in a way an egg would be when fried in bacon fat, yum!
The light smoke blends perfectly with the natural saltiness I find in it. Lol, did I just write that this tea basically reminds me of salt, bacon and eggs?
Winning combination, is it not? Need I to mention this is the perfect tea for brunch and breakfast.
But the main characteristics are the rich cocoa feel and fruitiness of this tea. It has no astringency, even when brewed longer (5 min. for me) and it is naturally sweet in a dried fruit kind of way. I personally would’t think of adding anything to it since it is so tasty, but this is the kind of tea that would sustain milk and sugar for sure. (And if your name is Sil, a dash of maple syrup would make it heavenly good!)
Zen Tea might not carry a zillion different types of the same teas, but I realize I hold many staples from them: a Darjeeling, an Assam, a Keemun, an Earl Grey…that tells me that Kenneth the owner chooses wisely what he decides to carry.
IMHO, This is tea is a steal and it compares to any higher end Keemun, it well deserves its permanent stash status in my cupboard!
Oh my. I have to say that I do like this one. I think I’d even like it more on a fuller stomach.
There was a chocolatey note that came through even when I was pouring it, and I was already excitedly looking forward to sipping from that alone. It comes through in the taste as well; dry and delicious. Perhaps a little light, but I like them that way when having them clear. I am looking forward to more cups of this soon!
And so concludes four days of backlog! Yay! And it only took me about two hours to write everything out. Not so bad at all. It’ll be a relief when I get my computer back, though.
Anyway, I enjoyed a nice piping hot mug of this last night in celebration of our water being turned back on, and it was just absolutely lovely! Definitely made me want to get make a lot more coconut tea, which I very well might just do later this afternoon (I’m thinking Butiki’s Coconut Creme Pie). I think I want something heavily caffeinated right now, though. I had a miserable night’s sleep (being really sick doesn’t help at all) and am dreadfully sore.
I was very excited to try this tea, not only do I need every anti-stress thing available, I also really like licorice. This tea has a nice spicy smell to it dry. Once brewed it smells like cinnamon and cardamom, but it has a great licorice and fennel taste. If you like licorice, you should really like this tea. I only purchased a sample of this tea, but I can see restocking with a larger amount next time I order.
I love fruity green teas in the afternoon. They’ve got a nice mellowness to them that makes me feel relaxed and ready to face the rest of the day ahead.
This one is nice, and I have to admit that I like it better when it’s warm, rather than hot. It’s on the light side, but that works with the mix of grassiness and sweet fruitiness. It’s relaxing and blends well. I look forward to more afternoons with this tea.
My first sip of this tea is creamy, milky coconut. Yum! It’s absolutely delicious! The sip quickly fades into that sour note that coconut sometimes lends to a tea. As it cools, it still remains milky, but becomes greener and more of the floral oolong notes come out. This is definitely a tasty tea, but I have to be in the mood for it. As this isn’t just a milky oolong, but a coconut one, I really have to want coconut for this to be a good cup.
This tea is getting a little old but is still very nice. The dry tea is a dark bilochun style nugget with some lighter brown notes and a few golden tips present. It smells very sweet of honey and cocoa. This tea remains quite sweet and retains it’s honey cocoa grainy malt notes throughout its steeping. Like others have noted it is quite a forgiving tea.
After a rinse and a one minute steep I had a deep maple colour brew with a scent of cocoa, honey and grainy malt. It tastes of honey, cocoa, a barley grain note, and aslfalfa with malt more present as it cools.
I steeped it again for 80, 110, 180, and 300s. The tea became slightly sweeter in the later brews with the malt rising in the early ones than blending more evenly with the other flavours a slightly nutty note appeared as well. Altogether a nice honeyed, cocoa tea with grainy, nutty notes. Quite enjoyable.
Sipdown, 259. I know, I know. Over 70 of these are samples. SAMPLES! So now that things are organized, sipdowns must occur.
This is a tea I keep passing up when I order from Zen Tea. Smelling it steeping told me that was probably a good idea. MissB gave me just enough to try, which is good!
It smells sickly sweet. Definitely a toffee/caramel smell, but with no black tea to hold that sugar down, I’m not really attracted to the bouquet. Drinking the tea, I get some white tea base during the sip, but then a mouth full of sugary toffee.
Objectively, yeah, I can see this as a good tea – something that people would like. Sadly, I just don’t care for it. I’ll probably keep sipping on this cup for a bit, but I won’t be able to finish it all. Sorry, tea. It’s not you, it’s me.
Having been having conversations about coconut oolongs and all the different versions of it.
ifjuly sent me a couple that I didn’t really like – very green, very floral oolong with coconut. Those are her favorite types. I normally prefer the darker oolongs with coconut, and then TheTeaFairy sends me this (ok I also have more in my cupboard from my Zen tea order).
I’m really glad that I have more of this in my cupboard. For me this combines the best from both styles. This is greener than I normally like BUT there isn’t a hint of floral. YAY light oolong – no floral, add to that a really nice natural creamy coconut, and you end up with a really nice, light, well balance, naturally sweet, coconut oolong. I really like this. Top 3 coconut oolongs for sure.
Thank you TheTeaFairy for sending me some of this. :))
With coconut cream. So sweet and delicious. I can tell it’s a dessert flavour, but my taste/smell are still really off.
Still, I’ve really really enjoyed my mug of this tonight.
And now, soon to sleep. Or at least curling up in bed with my tablet instead of sitting in front of a computer.
Well, sort of a sipdown. There’s enough for a cup left but that’s being set aside until it can be sent to someone else in a swap
VariaTEA, so I’m just gonna take it out of my cupboard in the meantime.
This is my first Hojicha but I’ve read a fair bit about them so I had a relative idea of what to expect. Dry, it smelled like straw and steeped up, it smelled very much like a Genmaicha.
Taste wise, it was like a Genmaicha in the toasty, roasted quality of it but it didn’t have the “puffed wheat” taste. It gave me the same kind of “hug it close to your body for warmth and comfort” kind of feeling, though. It was really yummy, although it got relatively bitter by the time I was at the end of my mug.
I hope VariaTEA likes it! I’m not sure why, but I just have this feeling that she should really try it.
So I remember that this came from the “Take it Away” thread, and that it was added in as an extra by the same person who added in the Taiwanese Mountain Assam, but I can’t for the life of me remember whom that was from! Damn! So sorry to whoever that package came from – I definitely appreciated it even if my lack of recollection may make it appear otherwise.
Dry the smell from this one is intense. I have it double bagged right now and can still slightly smell it. It’s amazing, delicious coconut – and so fresh, too.
Steeped up, this is really, really damn good. It’s a very buttery, and true kind of natural coconut. No frills or anything fancy to it – just coconut. I like that; it’s not trying to be anything else and it doesn’t over complicate itself because it doesn’t need to in order to be flat out amazing.
Why did I let this sample sit so long before trying it? I’m really happy to have more cups left of it, anyway! Mmm!
Yesterday was such a lazy day that I feel just a tad guilty this morning… It’s VERY tempting to do the same today…hmmm, will have to debate on that.
This morning I woke up early and went to the grocery store to pick up some dragon fruits (pitaya). A friend mentioned them in a conversation and I’ve had a huge craving since then.
It’s the most spectacular fruit I know, the fushia skin aroud the snowy white flesh and black dots is just fascinating, isn’t it?
Anyways, I wanted malty and fruity black morning tea to go along. I chose this assam cause I have only one serving left and I know more is on the way, so no need to be all sad about it!
This is a golden tip second flush with a long bud. This tea is one if my favourite assam. It’s very good quality and thanks to Zen Tea, very affordable! It’s on sale right now at 30% that’s why I took the opportunity to replenish.
Because it is second flush, it’s very creamy and malty, with fruity and chocolaty notes.
There’s an earthy/tobacco undertone that makes this tea feel organic.
It’s on the strong side, full bodied but no bitterness, just a little astringent. Very smooth considering it produces such a strong cup. Like pretty much all western brewed assams, the second steep is of no interest to me, I steep the first cup long enough that I extract all the good stuff I need from it, the second steep being just a pale version of the first, I choose not to have it. I do cold steep the used leaves occasionally though. Makes a decent ice tea the next morning.
This tea made my permanent stash a long time ago, and it’s not going anywhere!!
(See previous note)
This is the first grown-up straight black I took to bed. I mean that in a non-dirty way: I made a small pot and brought it upstairs to the bedroom. I rarely do that with this type of tea because I never love it enough to commit, it’s usually one cup that I know I’ll hate but have it anyway. Not tonight. I took a chance with this one, made a pot so I have enough to satisfy me for a while and I don’t have to break the spell and go back downstairs.
I teased it with just a little breath of honey although I have to say there’s not much change in flavour even with the addition. Probably because I didn’t add enough but I didn’t want too much in there.
I am surprised at how nice this is. How smooth. I mean, black teas to me are strong, astringent and I can only drink them if I add quite a bit of stuff to them. straight black teas usually scare me.
This came from TheTeaFairy and after spending the day oh so pleasantly I decided to stretch the feeling and make this one. For a second, as I smelled the brewed aroma I thought it smelled just a bit like a puerh. Not fishy but aromatic and earthy. This is no puerh of course but to me the aftertaste is a bit… bready. Like puerh can sometimes be.
TheTeaFairy loves this one according to her note which also says this is “so cute to look at”. I needed something cute to look at, remember I’ve been all alone for a week now. It is indeed pretty to look at, all curls. It also has a pleasant, inviting colour, not the way some black teas brew dark and menacing.
It’s amber, smooth and tastes like an unsweetened roll of sorts. I’m pretty impressed. Thanks, TheTeaFairy — i’m sure this is a tea you thought I’d hate and are just sending it to take me out of the comfort zone. Surprise!