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I gave this one a go this morning.. Thanks MissB for sharing this with me!
I do think I am still coming around to greens, so long as they are flavored and balanced well.. and this one certainly works.
I have found that I really enjoy coconut in tea and this one is mostly that.. ! Dry leaf smells great. Steeped and while very hot it comes through as mostly a green tea, but as it cools to warm and drinkable, the coconut shows itself.
I added a touch of my normal raw sugar to help bring out the coconut sweetness. I found that they do make an oolong version which might be nice to try sometime, but I’m not real familiar with those yet.
I think this is one you have to be very careful with when measuring out the leaf. You have to make sure you get enough caramel pieces and I think it does better with a little bit more leaf than less. The first time I had it I underleafed it and it tasted of slightly sweet watery rooibos. This time I used 2tsp for about 11oz of water. It came out smelling like nutty skillet toffee. The rooibos is still there contributing a little dryness and a nutty woody note, but the flavour is of vanilla cream caramels. Pretty nice tonight.
Whoo Steepster changed! And just like I always do with change, I have to say I’m not sure I like it. The older version was homier, bit more informal. With this version, I feel a little pressured to give a super-scientific review of the tea. Oh well, I’ll get used to it!
Egh. I am about done with this tea. I think I overleafed it tonight, and now both the cream AND the bergamot are coming off too strong for me. Kind of in the way that makes me have a queasy-headache. It’s a flavor I’ve been on the fence about for a while, and this just pushed me over to the not-a-fan side. Guess I won’t be drinking the rest of what I’ve got. Not that it’s a bad quality tea, but as I keep saying, the proportions of the flavors are really not my thing.
Leafing this one is tricky, as the leaves are huge… I so wish it was a gram measurement as well. Thinking I missed some of the toffee bits in this, because it’s less creamy than how I remember it. Still delicious, especially as it’s cooling.
2.2 tsp (I think?) in 12 oz.
This is such a sweet tea! The color of the steep is pretty light, almost like a dark oolong’s light brown hue. It is most definitely a full-bodied tea, tasting of chocolate and, actually, dark bread. I also detect a tiny hint of smokiness. It’s one of these sipping experiences where every sip is a surprise of flavor.
I am definitely in love with Chinese black teas and they are the ones I want to continue exploring. Not that I find the Indian and Sri Lankan ones hideous, definitely not. But these sweet, rich yunnans… They are going to be the death of me.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate
Gosh I love this tea, and keep on forgetting that I have it. Lots of notes here: cocoa, vanilla, coolness of mint (minus the actual flavor of mint, if that makes any sense), a touch of something creamy in the mouthfeel. I feel decadent every time I have it, and I should really have it a lot more.
Flavors: Cocoa, Vanilla
Another resteep! It’s still going strong after three, which I appreciate. This time around it smells bready. Still like dark bread, but definitely the good, fresh-baked stuff. It seems to get more savory each time I steep it, but that isn’t a bad thing. It’s also brighter this time with some almost-citrus flavors.
ETA: This steep has a sweet, sweet aftertaste like chocolate-dipped flowers. Yum!
Oh, this is good cold brewed. 3 tbsp overnight in my “two quart” Takeya pitcher (that’s almost 3, really).
Nice and delicate fruit flavours. There’s no hibiscus, so it’s a little thin, and there’s a lot of fruit with sugar on it so it’s a little sweet, but yummers. Strawberry and tropical fruits. :) This is a good one to hydrate with today, for sure.
When I saw that QueenOfTarts was selling this, I had to grab it. It’s one of my favorite straight blacks, holds up well to resteeps, and is still forgiving when I grossly mistreat it like when I first tried it.
This morning I need something like that. It’s cold, there’s at least 8 inches of snow on the ground, and five minutes after I woke up my mother informed me someone is coming to work on the heating.
Sadly I messed up the steep on this again. I guess I got overenthusiastic and thought the kettle was hotter than it was. Luckily the tea doesn’t suffer for it! I’m getting chocolate and caramel notes with a light floral aftertaste. Delicious!
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Flowers
Gave this one a try this afternoon… Thanks MissB! Going to try a resteep & see if it holds up to it for another cup.
Dry leaf smells nutty, buttery.
Steeped I get white tea with toffee & maybe a hint of cream. I think the white base here is nice because it doesn’t overpower the toffee flavor.
Generally I prefer black, white, green teas in that order (not counting herbal/rooibos).. I think my taste buds may be coming around more to whites and greens as I’ve had more of them (flavored ones primarily so far though). Having grown up on mostly black teas, I guess I can understand the reason there. I’m glad they are becoming more welcome to my pallet so that I can enjoy more variety :)
Much thanks to OMGsrsly again for sending me the last of her sample of this tea as well. I wanted to try it because a lot of people love this one as their perfect EGC, so I had to see what the fuss was about!
I have to say, this comes across as a fairly standard EGC to me. Not only that, there is an underlying bitterness that reads as citrus-pith bitterness, not black tea bitterness. Maybe I accidentally overleafed without realizing it? Yeah, the cream is nice, but not extraordinary. The black base is hardly noticeable. I’m glad I got to taste it, but it won’t be making a home in my cupboard any time soon. :)
Lol well since I only have enough left for one more cup of this tea, I should finally review it :P this is a very good flavored pu’erh. If you are wanting to delve into the world of pu’erh I highly recommend this one as a starter as it is really tasty! The dry smell is minty with a hint of cinnamon, no pu’erh scariness for me!
I steeped this for 5 minutes today, I think the rest of the cups have also been that long. It brews up a dark deep reddish brown, almost coffee-like, but nothing like coffee. The aroma is creamy vanilla with mint, and again that hint of cinnamon.
As for the flavor, this is a comforting hug on a warm day and is awesome for the stomach! The pu’erh and mint do a great job evoking a sense of calm, while the vanilla and cinnamon add a richness and a cozy sensation. The 5 minute infusion really makes for a satisfying cup, it’s hearty but not too harsh. I don’t remember if I’ve tried this with milk, but it definitely would take it nicely. Oh, and as for the pu’erh, it adds a pleasant earthiness and to the full body of the tea!
Overall, I should order more of this haha, I forget how enjoyable it is until I’m down to the last few cups. Very tasty, and a great starter pu’erh tea in my opinion!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Vanilla
Thank you to TheTeaFairy for a sample of this. I used the entire 2-cup sample. I have to say I am not getting a lot of toffee. It’s an ok tea but I sweetened it with honey and so I’m getting mostly honey flavour. I tasted it before the honey went in though and it was slightly … toffee. As in, if I try really hard and someone whispers to me “toffee”, then I’ll be like “yes, yes, you’re right, toffee!”
My first Zen tea. Didn’t make a whole lot of impression.
In my pursuit of awesome loose leaf teas I have been totally ignoring two subtypes: chai teas and earl greys. And while I am still unsure about chais, I am recently starting to realize that I have definitely been missing out on earls.
While this is not as good as the JusTea earl that I had a couple of days ago, it is still a splendidly smooth blend, very energizing and naturally sweet. It doesn’t seem to be particularly bergamot-y, more lemon-y, but that doesn’t subtract anything from its overall deliciousness. Oh yeah, and it smells absolutely delicious, like cream of lemon. Yum!
This was my tea of choice at work today. Thank you so much TheTeaFairy for sharing one of your favorite “morning” teas. :))
I don’t normally do very well with darjeelings. I usually find them to be too light and astringent for my tastes. This one wasn’t that bad. It was more of a “medium” black tea. Not really light and bright, not really big and bold – some where in between. This was still a little too astringent for my liking, and didn’t have the chocolate, malty notes that I adore from the Chinese blacks.
I’m sure this s a good quality tea for Zen Tea, it’s just not my favorite style.
Thanks for sharing. I may find a darjeeling that I like yet. :))
I’m drinking this cold brewed with my lunch, (a tomato sandwich with no bacon, sadly), along with a cup of mysterious black tea. I say mysterious, cause it’s a sample from Sil. I remember it’s a golden tip of some kind.
The thing is, after I emptied the content of the tiny pouch, my little wizard of a cat ran off with the pouch! I looked for a good 10 minutes, while the wizard just sat there, staring at me, knowing exactly where it was, but not saying a thing. What a little bugger, if he wasn’t so darn cute, I swear…
So I’m not gonna review it for now, since I don’t know what it is, but it was a delicious cup of black tea nonetheless and I have to thank Sil for it :-)
(Or I’ll have to browse through my cupboard later to se if I can “find” it by process of elimination which should take me at least a couple of days, lol)
Now on to this tea…I used what I had left for a cold brew cause I remembered how refreshing it was. Not that refreshment is needed really on this harsh winter season, but I drink ice tea all year around.
It’s a chinese green, not too vegetal and it mixes so well with the light taste of rose and the cherry. I just wished the cherry was more present. Just like most sakura types, the flower tastes is more present than the cherry. I don’t mind cause I love rose in tea, but I ADORE cherries!
All in all, a good and decent tea from Zen Tea to keep around.
Alright, cold brew, show me what you got. Ah, I see, Rockets are what you got. On the other side of the border, Rockets = Smarties, those powdery disks of candy.
This takes me back to when I was eleven, when my friend and I had a sleepover. He got this idea to crush up a bunch of Rockets and sprinkle it on top of our orange juice. It actually tasted pretty good! This is sort of similar, with the citrusy notes floating in the background, along with the the candy notes in the forefront.
Sipdown #2 for the day. I was browsing the herbals in Steepster’s “explore teas” function and found that half of the ones on the first few pages are “black-herbal blends,” “green-herbal blends,” “white-herbal blends,” or even “pu-erh-herbal blends”! Let me tell you something: if a black tea is blended with green tea it can still be called black tea (or green tea), but if an herbal mix is blended with black tea it can no longer be considered herbal. I made a cup of this in protest. My next tea search is probably going to be herbals, but that might wait for summer. Right now I’m happy with my oolongs and blacks.
Overleafed compared to what I’ve been doing, but apparently it’s closer to the suggested preparation. Oops! As a result this is stronger and even more delicious. When prepared like this the apple and ginger are stronger, whereas the last cup was mostly lemongrass. Sad to see this one go!
My cupboard is severely lacking in non-caffeinated teas. Or perhaps I should clarify that there are few decaf teas that I love. I just spent at least ten minutes puttering around the kitchen trying to find something I wanted to drink—I kept eying oolongs, because I seem to have a taste for them right now, but after a certain time of night even that seems like too much caffeine.
Finally I lighted on this one: thank you again to MissB for sending me a sample of this! It smells great as it brews, very fresh. Again I’m surprised by how gentle the ginger is!
This is slightly different than I remember, which probably means my tastebuds are still confused, but it’s still delicious and I’m glad I decided on a cup. I think the best way to describe this is clean: nothing takes over the cup, and it all blends into something refreshing and pleasant. If I focus I can definitely taste the lemongrass, ginger, and apple separately, but if I don’t focus it’s just nice and smooth. Will have to grab some of this whenever I do a Zen Tea order!