Zenjala Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

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Loose
Appearance: curly, bicolored green, white. Slightly fuzzy
Aroma when Dry: very faint melon
After water is first poured: melon cucumber
At end of first steep: sour, slight melon, slight fruity notes
Tea liquor:
At end of first steep: hint of grass
Staple? No
Preferred time of day: any
Taste:
At first: slight floral and melon, grass, closes with a creamy melon note
As it cools ? tea gets a bit grassier, melon notes get deeper, fuller, tea gets a bit brothy, then all notes flatten
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, primarily the melon notes

Second steep (2min)
at first: weak melon notes
as it cools: starts to sour

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Coconut Almond by Zenjala Tea Company
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Big almond slivers, shredded coconut, and large pieces of sencha leaves. Mmmmm. The brew itself is light green and more cloudy than I am used to seeing. This is what I want a coconut tea to taste like. The only thing I can think of to improve it would be to scrap the sencha and go with a chocolaty Chinese black tea base. Until that happens, this is very tasty.

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drank Creamy Earl Grey by Zenjala Tea Company
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This is a nice Earl Grey. The bergamot is a little lighter than I normally want but the addition of just a touch of vanilla is a great trade off. Normally vanilla overpowers everything, so I am impressed by the more subtle approach here.

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drank Bohea by Zenjala Tea Company
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My second favorite from Zenjala – the first being White Monkey. This one smells so wonderfully smoky. Just a year ago I was whining about half this amount of smoke. This is so good. Right now I am dunking peanut butter cookies stuffed with M&M’s. I would be jealous if I were you. An excellent combination by the way. Pronounced Boo-hee this is apparently a mistranslation of Wuyi. Once an expensive highly prized tea that fell into disrepute after being tossed into the Boston harbor, paving the way for Starbuck’s to make a killing selling overpriced coffee. Tunes: CCR – Bad Moon Rising, Barry McGuire – Eve of Destruction.

canadianadia

mmmm….Peanut butter cookies stuffed with M&M’s sounds delicious, and so does the tea.

gmathis

I’ll second the mmm!

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I really enjoyed this tea. It wasn’t syrupy like some apple teas end up being. It had a pleasant cinnamon scent, and a very slight flavoring of it. Mostly it tasted like roasted apples. A nice tea that I’ll be having again.

I resteeped it and threw it some chamomile. It turned out nicely. I was able to taste the oolong more, but the cinnamon apple flavoring was definitely still there.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank White Monkey by Zenjala Tea Company
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I have thoroughly enjoyed this tea every time and in every way I have prepared it. It’s familiar and different at the same time. Technically a green tea, this looks like a white and is even labelled as white. Today I decided to try my hand at cold brewing for the first time after reading a Vicony Facebook post on cold brewing white tea. I steeped about 3 hours. This pretty much looks like water in the cup. The taste is really good. This tastes more green prepared in this manner. It’s kind of Dragonwell meets Bi Luo Chun. It starts crisp then turns buttery followed by the good kind of lingering bitter bite of a Chinese green. This is an awesome tea that tastes different using different methods. At the moment the cold brewed version is my favorite. Really good.

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drank White Monkey by Zenjala Tea Company
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Not sure what I really did different today. I put a mug of water in the microwave for 1:40. It boils at about 1:55. I poured the water over the leaf in my press. Helped my wife for a couple minutes. Nothing seems out of the ordinary – maybe the water is a little cooler and maybe the steep is a little longer. Regardless, the result is delightful. Imagine halfway between Yunnan Dian Hong Golden Tips and White Peony. That is what I got today. It has generally tasted more white peony but with heft. It has always been really good anyway, but this is awesome.

Took the day off trying to get the necessary paperwork to apply for my pension so I will at least have some income after the impending permanent lay off. I am still waiting on a copy of our marriage license to arrive in the mail. I also tried to secure some help getting my oxygen when the job and insurance ends. Nothing but roadblocks. All in all a less than stellar day. Tea helped. As did the drive. One of the most gorgeous fall displays ever. Southern Indiana is so beautiful with its rolling hills and farm land.

gmathis

Praying for provision to sneak up on you from behind :) Rest when you can in between hassles.

Ysaurella

hope you’ll get all you need K S. Tea is a faithful companion

TeaEqualsBliss

OMG! I just found a random envelop with your name on it! Eeeeeek! Still want it? I can mail it today!

Sil

I hope that everything works out for you. :(

K S

Thanks all. I’ll stop dragging you all through this with me when I get over the shock.

TeaEqualsBliss – If you like sure, if you have someone else in mind to send it to, that’s cool as well. I have a lot of tea but like everyone else here, trying something new is always exciting.

gmathis – sometimes the blessing is in the sustaining through the drought. Yep, I remember saying it. Still holding on to it. Somehow, I believe, help my unbelief, comes to mind. I’ve read the endof the book. It ends really well!

gmathis

Amen. Swap you a prayer for timely travel home. It’s been a crazy great week in the kids’ writing ministry world, but I am tired and miss my guys.

K S

gmathis – done and done.

ashmanra

You aren’t dragging us through! We are walking along with! Praying things get better and easier fast!

mrmopar

just remember what job went through in the old testament. sometimes it takes heat to forge soft metal to steel. you are on the prayer list and we all hope it gets better and you better stick around here!

K S

mrmopar – Thanks. I feel like I am well on my way to stainless steel (kidding). No plans to stop hanging. This is kind of my safe place. Nothing but love and support here :)

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Backlog: I just realized that I did not log this tea from the other night. This is really quite tasty. It is a darker Ti Kuan Yin, with hints of roasted flavors that meld nicely with the toasted hazelnut flavor and touch of creamy vanilla. It is sweet, nutty and really quite a comforting tea. Very autumnal. I quite enjoyed it.

Amariel

Love hazelnut, and this combination sounds amazing!

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drank Bohea by Zenjala Tea Company
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Smoke and malt. That is what I get when I open the tin. Steeped for about 4 ½ minutes. I recall this one took me by surprise. It is the first smoky tea I found to be delicious and enjoyable. Today, the brew is a beautiful dark caramel. Smoke and fruit scents are rinsing in the air. Cool down so I can drink you! Finally… Ahhh. Yep, still a good one. I don’t notice the malt in the sip. This is smoke and fruit.

ashmanra

This one is yum yum. You sent me some!

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drank White Monkey by Zenjala Tea Company
1293 tasting notes

Sipping this tonight and trying to learn a little more about it. IF my research is correct this is technically a green tea, but it is listed as a white and sure looks like a white. It also has many of the light delicate characteristics of a white but has more heft. I think this is also known as white monkey paw. What ever it is or what name it goes by, this is delicious. Love it.

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Steeps 3 and 4 of this flavored oolong sent by K S – thank you!

These are so different from the first! The oolong is coming forward as the Meyer lemon and lime flavors start to fade. By fade, I mean they are coming down to the normal level of flavoring you would expect to find in a flavored tea. I don’t mean that in a bad way – quite the opposite. The first two steeps are candy candy candy! I don’t add sweetener, but if you did I bet you would feel like a kid in a candy store on allowance day. And it is a strong citrus flavor without being perceived as tart.

Now we have a nicely flavored adult beverage, still sweet and tasty enough to be a treat, but not candy-like anymore. I love how many good steeps you get from this tea without telling yourself you are saving money by resteeping on the last cup just to get through it because it is so weak. Four steeps, and this one isn’t weak yet.

Thank you, K S!

gmathis

Horton’s Dime Store! We’d stock up on Lik’M’Aid and those nasty wax pop bottle things; Swee-Tarts and Necco wafers—-major fourth grade status symbols on the bus :)

ashmanra

Fayetteville Drug Company here! Wax pop bottles – NASTY? No way! LOL! But Necco wafers, ick! My friend loves them, though. Sweetarts were my favorite, and Smarties! And what fun to chew some overly sweet bubblegum until it started to lose its flavor, then wrap it around a Spree and chew until the Spree was gone, then wrap it around another…oh, Lik’M’Aid definitely! And how I cried every time my mother cut my hair into a pixie cut. Then she finally let me start to grow it out, and I remember in third grade it was the perfect length for the wind to blow the ends right into my Charms Blow Pop. My hair was frequently crispy on the sides! LOL! How about Sixlets? Did you get those? Tom’s Peanut Butter Logs? Mary Janes? Sugar Daddies and even better, Sugar Babies!

gmathis

Should your travels ever take you to Branson, MO, there’s a bona fide Dick’s Five and Dime in the older section of town where you can get ’em all, plus Teaberry gum. Major tourist attraction; aisles are always packed.

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K S shared this so generously with me! Thank you!

I was warned to get past the first cup, as he found it a bit strong, so I made two steeps in rapid succession and blended them together. The dry leaf looks like a very good, very pretty oolong. Now the tea…

This is like having a cup of lemon lime candies in liquid form! Some teas don’t taste candy like until you add sugar. Not this! This is almost a Sweetart. At first I thought it was more lime than lemon, then I looked at the description and saw that the lemon is Meyer Lemon, something I was just introduced to this year. And it is delicious! It isn’t puckery tart to me, just lemon lime and sweet. The flavors are powerful enough that on these steeps I am not getting a ton of oolong flavor, but I bet that is going to come out in the next ones!

I am looking forward to the upcoming steeps.

K S

Glad you enjoyed this one. I loved the later steeps where the oolong comes alive.

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drank Bohea by Zenjala Tea Company
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I got a surprise in the mail yesterday! K S so generously sent me this tea and several others to try! Thank you!

Since this is one that is supposed to resteep well, I decided to gong fu steep it today. As soon as I smelled that first steep, I knew I had to call youngest in to try it with me. This is exactly the kind of tea she loves! I still find it astounding that my youngest child loves smokey tea and strong cheese!

I believe this is only my second Bohea ever; the first one, if I recall correctly, was a sample sent by TeaEqualsBliss on my very first ever steepster swap! I wanted to try Bohea because of its history, but I love its taste now that I am over my fear of smokey tea. It took about six months of sniffing Lapsangs at the tea shop before I had the courage to try one!

This tea has a thinner body or texture than Baker Street, a similar level of smoke, and it is oh so sweet! This is delicious! I would say this is just a hint less smokey than the Teavivre Lapsang. We had two good, strong steeps, and now a third that is much lighter but still tasty and still has a sweet smoke. But something strange is happening to the texture…good strange! I think of Baker Street as being CHEWY because of how much body it has, and this one was not chewy. Now however, the third steep, while lighter in flavor, seems to be coating my lips and mouth with a buttery smooth taste that I can only liken to a later steep of Mengku Palace Ripened Godlen Buds Puerh, which I have compared to old beams polished with Murphy’s Oil Soap. Would someone please express that better for me? LOL! I really like it, but my description does not sound appealing even though it IS!

So…thank you, K S, for this morning’s tea adventure and for this delicious tea!

K S

Glad you enjoyed this one. It appears I have conquored my fear of smoke as well. I had a lapsang today that was made from all buds. It is sooooo good. I love growth!

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Saved this sample from K S for a day when I could have time to enjoy it. And enjoy it I am. This is candy in a cup, even without aditional sweetening. Junior Mints. I am having to strain to detect any puerh personality at all, though I’m sure it’s creating a rich base for the chocolate.

Looking forward to more steeps! My thanks.

K S

The puerh is basic. It comes out more later or with shorter steeps. But yes this is candy in a cup.

gmathis

less than a minute ago
Excellent second steep. Slightly less chocolately, but that’s not a huge loss, since the first cup was like licking the frosting spatula.

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drank Coconut Almond by Zenjala Tea Company
1293 tasting notes

Oh wow! This is good. Sweet shredded coconut, almond slivers. Mmmm. You don’t really taste the green tea which seems a shame but you really don’t miss it because, well its coconut and almond. I gave the second steep to a co-worker. He buzzed me later and said, “You have got to try this on ice” So I did. He was right it was a great glass of sweet refreshment.

As I was drinking this I kept thinking I have got to mix this with the chocolate mint fusion puerh. I am thinking Almond Joy in a cup. I will make this thought a reality come Monday.

gmathis

Coconut is, after strawberry, my second favorite tea additive, especially in the summer! (Ooh…coconut and strawberry…I think I smell a little afternoon alchemy brewing ;)

K S

Have you tried Golden Moon’s Coconut Poucong? OMGoodness!

gmathis

Sure haven’t, but I know Golden Moon’s quality is excellent. Noted!

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drank Citrus Sorbet by Zenjala Tea Company
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I used yesterday’s leaf and steeped three more cups (total of five – 12oz mugs). The last still had nice floral flavor and the lemon and lime were still mildly present.

Rehashing a bit the first cup was so lemon lime it tasted fake – like you would expect from a flavored tea bag. Maybe if I used a short first steep it would be greatly improved. The rest of the cups were excellent and highly floral like a high mountain oolong with lemon lime more in the background. I think the base is Huang Jin Gui (Golden Osmanthus) and it is very nice. Really like this one. If I can figure out how to improve cup one I may up the rating even more.

CHAroma

Well, it is an oolong so you could toss the first cup like lots of people do.

K S

That’s just crazy talk! lol. I do this with puerh sometimes, but only as a last resort.

CHAroma

Hahahaha!! I completely agree! But I’ve heard this is a common practice, so I thought I’d mention it. :P I never throw out tea unless it’s completely gross and undrinkable, which fortunately isn’t often.

K S

I don’t remember the last cup I couldn’t drink. I can’t even remember the last cup of aweful tea I have had. In the world of tea, I have been smiled upon :)

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drank Citrus Sorbet by Zenjala Tea Company
1293 tasting notes

Not a full review yet. I opened the bag and it was heavily lemon lime. Kind of too heavy to the point of smelling artificial. The first cup was not nearly as heavy as it smelled but I couldn’t make up my mind about it. The oolong base was coming through but in the background.

As I steeped cup 2 I noticed how full of leaf the press had become. This time the lemon lime are greatly reduced. This is a good cup.

As the cup cooled the highly floral oolong bagan to shine. Sweet, sweet honeysuckle. Now this is a great cup. I don’t have time to take it further tonight but I think this will go a lot longer.

Until I get to see what comes next I won’t rate it. The first cup was a mid 70’s. The second strarted mid 80’s and became a solid 90.

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drank White Monkey by Zenjala Tea Company
1293 tasting notes

Between White Peony and Silver Needle in complexity but with unique characteristics I haven’t seen in a white tea before (hint – chocolate). A longer review on my blog http://theeverdayteablog.blogspot.com/2012/07/zenjala-tea-company-golden-monkey.html

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
K S

I can’t believe I got the name wrong on my blog. I had it as Golden Monkey. White Monkey is correct and it is an interesting white. I think the link still works.

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drank Creamy Earl Grey by Zenjala Tea Company
1293 tasting notes

Today I could taste the vanilla. I didn’t catch it last time. It is very light. The bergamot is nice and medium but the light touch of vanilla makes it very smooth. This is a really good Earl Grey.

My wife is having gall bladder surgery tomorrow. The hospital just called wanting enough money up front to buy a small car. Are they serious? Don’t they remember they took all our money last year? sigh. I need tea. Oh, and they aren’t getting a dime until it clears insurance.

gmathis

Take care of both of you, including packing yourself some decent teabags for the waiting room. We’ll be praying here.

ashmanra

Like the tasting note, dislike the stress. Praying for you! Sent your tea today!

Scott B

Hopefully your wife qualifies for laprascopic gall bladder removal-it’s much easier on the body than the standard procedure. I had mine removed that way a couple years ago and it was a piece of cake. Good luck!

Sorry about the insurance hassle. I’m still trying to get my insurance company to pay for reading glasses I got a year ago!

Bonnie

I know how the costs are! My copay this year cou;d have bought a car too! Wiped out my savings! However, I’m no longer blind!
God be with you and your wife!

Hesper June

You both are in my prayers!

K S

Thanks all. You’re all wonderful. Gmathis – its raining! lol.

Charles Thomas Draper

I wish your wife well. I just had my hospital stay and lost my insurance May 1 after being insured for 25 years.

K S

Thanks, and sorry Charles.

Michelle

Ouch. I hope she has a safe surgery (I hesitate to say good, but I hope it’s as pleasant as a surgery can be…) and gets well soon.

gmathis

Left my windows partially down in the parking lot at work as an act of faith ;)

Azzrian

LOL I hear you – I have the worst time with Insurance, hospitals wanting money etc.

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drank Bohea by Zenjala Tea Company
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My how my tastes have changed. I asked for this one not knowing what it was. The name just sounded interesting and it was thrown overboard in the Boston harbor :) I opened the tin and could smell smoke. Uh oh. So I take 1 scoop of leaf and steep 3 minutes (the instructions said 4-5, but I was afraid), Last fall my first Keemun threw me. I didn’t know if I liked it or what to make of it. So here I go again. Wow, it doesn’t taste like an ashtray. There is a woodsy kind of smoky thing going on. This tea is sweet. The smoke and sweetness linger long after the cup is gone. There is no bitterness. No astringency. This is really good. No one is more surprised than me. I had three cups. Go me!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Go you! Now you need to try Baker Street Afternoon by Upton! It will make you sing.

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drank Creamy Earl Grey by Zenjala Tea Company
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I can’t figure out how to grab the pictures off Zenjala’s website. The teas come in a nice tin. When you open the inner pouch the bergamot fills the air. I love the smell of bergamot in the morning. When steeping the scent of the tea is stout. Assam, Ceylon? I don’t know but it smells inviting. Although the bergamot and tea scents are strong this is not an overpowering cup. Bergamot is medium strength and you can still taste the tea. I don’t get the creamy reference in the taste, but then I have been living off the chocolate mint puerh lately. It does have a creamy texture, maybe that is what they mean. Not bitterness. A nice light bite. At any rate this is a solid Earl Grey with what seems to be cinnamon notes, though there is no cinnamon in this. 2 steeps. Quite nice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Barb

I tried to be a smarty but I couldn’t grab the picture either. I looked at the page source and I think they store their stuff in Amazon’s cloud so there is no local file to get a URL for.

The tea sounds interesting!

Hesper June

I agree, the smell of bergamot in the morning is just divine:)

LiberTEAS

Pic added. :)

K S

Please explain how you captured the pic. I need to do the chocolate mint fusion and I have 4 more I am sampling.

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This is the third day in a row with this neat puerh. Today only one cup with yesterday’s leaf to see if it could handle it. This is the 4th cup from the leaf and I steeped about 6 minutes. It looked a bit weak but was still quite chocolate and puerh flavored. If you can’t tell I like this one a lot.

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Zenjala is a new company to me. This one sounded so good I had to try it. I have added chocolate mint to puerh for over a year and like it. This one has real curls of dark chocolate mixed in with the puerh. It smells so good in the pouch. I am putting together a longer review for the blog but for now let me say this is awesome. Spearmint makes me nervous but in this one it is light and well blended with the peppermint, chocolate, and puerh. The longer you steep the more present the chocolate becomes and the less pronounced the mints. The puerh base adds a pleasant taste and shu aroma. I used sweetener as I think chocolate and puerh both beg for it. High yum factor. I steeped 3 times and I am pretty sure it would go more.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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