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So I was going to make a particular remedial tisane, but then I got paranoid about the fact that it has natural aspirin in it and my foot seems to be collecting bruises. (I don’t know how, I think it’s just particular strain points from where it’s receiving extra pressure with the sprained tendon… ow!) So I poured it out, and was going to make myself a nice white tea because it’s late. And then TWEEEEEEEEEEET went the kettle and I thought, “Welp, I’m in it now! Black tea it is!”
So I did my Presley/Nixon tea (see my earlier review of this for that reference.) I’m still pretty conflicted about it, but at least it has nice comforting flavors.
This is actually the very first oolong I tried. Even though I now prefer the aged and roasted oolongs, it is still quite enjoyable and somehow very comforting. Today I enjoyed two hot infusions and then went for a third to enjoy iced sometime tomorrow or the next day. It’s one tea that will remain in my tea cupboard.
Cold cold cold out today, rainy, almost snowing. Definitely an EG day! I made this in my morning travel mug, lots of vanilla cream flavor it in today, cozy and delicious. Hehe, I’m wearing my new bright red sweater with a tiger on it today to work too :D this tea fits the cozy feeling. See previous notes!
Once again I try a coconut oolong and love the heck out of it—apparently as flavored oolongs go that’s my thing! This is sort of the perfect middle ground between the very creamy American Tea Room one I recently tried and the fresher, more intense, coconut water-ish Golden Moon one. Makese sense—I’ve noticed Zen Tea seems to excel at balanced flavor (their Earl Grey Cream is a good example). I’d happily drink this again; it’s delicious, both indulgently smooth and fresh, refreshingly perky. But the truth is I’d want all 3, ‘cause sometimes you want a mouthful of coconutty cream and sometimes you don’t. Yum!
A nice creamy oolong when you can’t decide what you want. Goes very well with chocolate :)
Sad sip down! I actually finished this last night, as a pseudo London Fog again and was it ever scrumptious. That means I ripped through my 1 oz. bag in one week. It’s safe to say that I should pick up more.
If you’re looking for a smooth, creamy, vanilla-packed EGC and you haven’t tried this one yet, I urge you to do so.
I haven’t had this in a while and nearly forgot about. It’s fantastic.
I really liked this, although it still surprises me to admit it! I’m not a big fan of the earthy notes of pu-erh or of yerba mate … and this blend has both of those leaves in it! I was thinking this was gonna be way too earthy for me to like it! But, I liked it anyway!
This not exactly what I’d refer to as a “chai” since it really only has pepper and cardamom in it, but, it is still deliciously spiced and I love the vanilla and chocolate notes of this, and the coconut gives it even more creaminess and I think that the creamy tones help to offset some of the earthy notes.
Here’s my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/02/organic-energizing-chai-blend-from-zen-tea/
It’s my layman’s understanding that yellow tea is pretty hard to acquire at a reasonable price outside of China (or at has been least up until very recently), and I’m aware of the possibility of inferior or even counterfeit teas branded as such. Not at all implying that’s the case here, just noting in general as I really have no basis to judge what an authentic yellow tea “should” be like. (I have a couple more coming my way this month, so maybe I’ll get a better handle on what the general characteristics are based on common traits between the few I’ll be able to try.)
That said, I’m quite taken by how unique this appears. Dry it looks a little like long golden/tippy black leaves, there’s definitely a bit of oxidation, and the dry smell is quite extraordinary—it really is like a cross between all the basic tea types I’ve tried. There’s the toastiness of black tea and roasted oolongs, but also a fresh green mossiness more akin to greens and other types of oolongs, and that whole “delicately sweet floral perfume” aspect of Chinese whites and scented teas. Brewed in the cup this is surprisingly reddish brown but with gold undertones, reminds me of some of the peachiest and roastiest most classic/old-fashioned oolongs. The flavor is very mild and pretty smooth but as it cools a gentle darjeeling-ish woody astringency comes in that I really dig. As it cools further a fruity sweetness comes in. Good choice on an overcast damp mossy fall day like this as it evokes mossy forests and wet wood. Reminds me a bit of a class of oolongs, I forget which but I had some from Butiki a while back, where there are darjeeling qualities. Or perhaps it was the darjeeling that had oolong qualities, I forget. Whatever it is, I like it and it does come off as pretty unique.
This was a good dessert tea. I found that it tasted just as much almond as vanilla though, so the name is a little misleading. But that’s ok because I enjoyed it. I added a tiny splash of vanilla creamer because I felt like I needed something to cut the rooibos a little and it amped up the flavour significantly (obviously).
This was a good oolong, too bad it isn’t real coconut flavour though. It is very smooth and almost creamy coconut.
Resteep 5 minutes, tastes just as good as the first.
It is also delicious iced.
This is pretty tart, and I wasn’t a fan hot. I will have to add a bit of sugar next time and see how that fairs!
Backlog…didn’t really look like pearls much, and I found the flavour lacking, by comparison to other black pearl teas like Teavivre’s Fengquing Dragon Pearls. Those were rich, this was thin. Maybe it was my brew. I have more sample from Cavocorax so maybe a steeping down the road will yield a better brew.
Thanks to Cavocorax for the sample! I just finished drinking a whole jug of cold brew, so a hot tea is muchly needed.
This is one mightily bold Assam. Maybe one of the most robust ones that I’ve had to date. Very dark and malty. This calls for some half and and half because I feel like something more desserty right now.
This one is so, so good with the cream. My mom always talks about the old-fashioned malts that she used to get in high school with her classmates, kind of like what Archie and the gang would have at Pop’s, and this is what I’d imagine those malts to taste like, except cold and thick like a milkshake. Wow, you know how awesome an Assam ice cream would be? Häagen Dazs ought to tackle that concept.
Mmm, this is one delectable EGC. I’ve had it sitting in a box for months now and kept putting it aside. What have I been waiting for? This is super creamy and very smooth. I’m enjoying it right now as a pseudo London Fog. I added some brown sugar, half and half, and a splash of vanilla extract. So delicious. The bergamot isn’t too strong, and this is also the best black base I’ve tried from them thus far.
Reminds me a lot of Tea Desire’s, or perhaps the one from Steeps, but granted, I haven’t had either in years. It’s always nice to stumble upon a beautiful EGC.
Love it. Vanilla, minty, chocolate-y goodness! First sip reminded me of Andes Thins for some reason, and I love that mint chocolate :D And the pu’erh base worked extremely well.
Dang, I thought this was a sip down, but apparently I didn’t add it to the cupboard in the first place!
Mostly a berry flavor with a little blueberry. The lemongrass in this blend adds some interest and pep without being flat. Sadly, I do not notice any creamy or yogurt flavors.
Back to knitting and listening to DMV’s drivers handbook.
Tigress_al inspired me to have a cup of this tonight. I have also been craving an EGC but haven’t wanted to have it so late in the day, but oh well, I am tonight lol. Oh I have missed this tea. I also made it with a bit of milk tonight, and it is so creamy and soothing. I’m not sure if I prefer it with or without milk now. This tea also makes me miss DavidsTea’s EGC, I haven’t had it in ages but it is probably my second favorite to this one. That one is a bit more earl gray like, while this one is cream all the way. Delicious! See previous notes :)
I am not usually the biggest fan of pu’erh but this one is really good. Obviously, it is minty with vanilla notes. And I am getting the pu’erh base coming through a bit but not too strongly.
This is also very good iced.
Resteeped 4 minutes, and it was equally as good.
This is a good dessert tea. An after dinner treat. It is sweet and caramel like, with just a tad bit of cream. The rooibos base is certainly apparent, but it isn’t too woodsy.
This is my first time trying this company. This tea was fairly highly rated, so I thought I would give it a try. I am not disappointed.
I love earl greys, and especially cream earl greys.
This is no exception. Wonderfully smooth, creamy.
It is also great iced.
Earl Grey Cream? Good LORD it’s Earl Grey Cream! Smell it out of the bag and the first thing I smell is CREAM! Super super sweet CREAM!
I have more of this tea than I originally intended. I was just going to buy a little bit, but then shipping was $5, and I didn’t know/see that other samples would be included, so I bought a bigger bag. I read several reviews on Steepster to find the highest rated EGC, and this one swept them away.
I’m trying to decide how I feel about this tea. The bergamot is pretty punchy, and the vanilla is REALLY REALLY SWEET, and the two flavors put together are kind of like that photo of Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon shaking hands:
OK so drinking tea is a little more fun than they look like they’re having. But like, the two flavors both have such distinctive reputations and personalities, but put together with both flavors turned up to the max, it’s a bit of an awkward combo, at least to my tastebuds. I think it’s the vanilla’s fault; it’s a little too sweet for me. Which was what I was afraid would happen. Maybe it’s something I’ll get used to, but I think I prefer Mahamosa’s version.
I feel like I’m the Simon Cowell of Steepster Idol! I keep having cynical things to say about teas everyone else raves about!
That said, however, I have a side question. Pumpkin flavored teas. I want access to pumpkin flavored beverages without always having to go to Starbucks for their pumpkin spice latte, which I find delicious. What are your recommendations? I’ve heard numerous good things about Butiki’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee.
It’s busy season at work, and as of today it’s gone from “this is busy but manageable and surprisingly fun” to “this is busy and I’m starting to get really mad and I want to yell at someone.” So it’s what I call #@%&$! Tea Time.
This is a sample that Zen Tea Life sent along, and I will never complain about getting free samples, especially ones I don’t expect! The dry leaves smell AMAZING. It’s this fresh, floral, citrusy thing that Cher-slaps you and says, “Snap out of it. You are GOING to relax now.” The tea, however, falls a little short. The thing is, the flavors are all so distinct from one another that when you put them together, it winds up tasting like something that’s not really any of them. It tastes like an artificial version of the dry leaf smell. Then, right before the end of the sip, this slightly cherry-cough-syrup note comes in and it’s not at all present in the dry leaf aroma. And the aftertaste… it’s some weird combo of the cherry-cough-syrup motif and lemon. This kind of reminds me of how I always think fruity/flavored teas are going to taste and why I stay away from them.
I wouldn’t quite call it unpleasant, just pretty unimpressive, especially given how wonderful the dry leaves smelled. Glad to have tried it, though.