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Last sample I have to review from my order of Zen samples from a few months ago. This is one of my favorite fruit teas! Zen never ceases me with their blends! I was hoping the fruit flavor here would be this good. Pomegranate, goji berries and blueberries (though there aren’t actual blueberries, the blueberry flavoring is nice and sweet like ripe plump blueberries.) There are actual goji berries here though! There are supposed to be actual pomegranate, but I don’t see any in my sample at a glance. There is also lemongrass to give it a spritz of lemon. The green base is okay, but I’ve had tastier green teas. I’ve had some pretty bad fake “fruit” tasting teas (actually from some reputable companies) but this one is very nice! Refreshing!
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Carrying on down the chocolate tea river with this blend.
It has an amazing chocolate caramel scent, like an actual chocolate bar or those caramel chocolate sweets you get in mixed tins/boxes for Christmas. As strong and delicious as this smells it’s also a little on the dry side.
The caramel comes through nicely, not too sweet but very nice against the rich chocolate base. It also has a wafer like flavour present amongst the after taste. Luckily there is no real dryness in flavour to this tea so it must have been in the scent only. The caramel grows stronger as I pour myself another cup, becoming more creamy and sticky like too.
I really like this tea though my husband said he prefers The Malt Shop by Della Terra which is the last chocolate tea we had together earlier on.
sipdown! another tasty almond tea. I’m trying to drink other teas alongside my puerhs today to help with the sipdowns. This one was altogether pretty tasty, though not my favourite almond tea :)
Tried this one yesterday evening, unsweetened. It smelled and tasted of toasted walnuts: a hint of bitterness, but mostly just slightly smoky and a lot delicious. :) I enjoyed it, but I do prefer my oolongs to be not quite so dark. My husband would probably have loved this one, so perhaps I’ll buy it for him as a present sometime. :3
Thanks dinosara! this is a pretty tasty almond tea. I didn’t ruin this one by steeping it at too high a temperature heh. I don’t know that this would find a permanent place in my cupboard but it is quite nice if you’re looking for that almond flavour. I agree with dinosara that the base is a little lacking. Overall though, a pretty tasty cup!
A very fragrant tea with an amazing first cup. Unfortunately doesn’t last past two brewings.
I received a sampling of this tisane from someone … and found it in my stash tonight. I don’t know how old it is … but judging from the existing tasting notes on this, it would seem it’s probably at least a year old. It’s still flavorful. I taste honeybush … nutty, sweet, honey-like. I taste caramel … sweet and the caramel adds a creamy element to the cup. The chocolate is weak. I don’t know if that’s because of the age of the sample or because the chocolate just wasn’t strong enough for my chocoholic tendencies. The flavor does build though, and now that I’m midway through the cup, I notice more chocolate than I did at the start.
Overall, it’s decent. Because it is an older sample … I’m not going to rate this.
Sipdown! Many thanks to my friend rashad for the sample.
This has sort of a floral, citrusy smell, which is about what you’d expect from a Jasmine Lemon tea. The flavor is heavier on the citrus than the floral. It tastes like lemon tea with a flowery undertone. And it is flowery – not distinctly jasmine. That might have something to do with the fact that there are a lot of other flowers in the mix. What are rose petals and lilac doing in a jasmine tea?
Overall, this is acceptable but utterly mediocre. Finished the cup, glad I tried it, not going to miss it.
I bought this on a whim after a rough day at work. It smells quite spicy and I wasn’t sure I’d really want to drink it straight. I bought it assuming it would make a lovely Saturday morning latte. However, on principle, I brewed it in just water the first time and drank it with no additives, and I really enjoyed it!
Usually, when I have a really spicy-smelling tea like this one, I find that the spice overpowers the tea, and it ends up tasting weak and like spicy water. This tea, on the other hand, was almost just perfect! It was full-bodied with the tiniest hint of sweetness, which I’m assuming is coming from the orange peels, and balanced by the spiciness of the cloves and ginger. The aftertaste is just a light spicy on the back of my tongue. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this tea.
Chocolate! This actually has chocolate chips in it, which is a bit gimmicky but I like it. The color is definitely chocolate-y, and it smells like dark chocolate. Tastes chocolate-y too. Kind of like thin hot cocoa. I don’t know whether it’s really this good or I’m just projecting my desire for a good chocolate tea. Either way, yum!
A bit of backlogging – I’m so far behind! Sipdown, 819.
Still quite enjoy the flavouring in this tea – I still think it’s more of a candy flavour than real, tart raspberry, but I enjoy in nonetheless. Brewing up a second infusion now as I inexplicably swelter in my not-all-that-hot (but presumably somewhat humid) house.
Sampled a little bit of this today – it was pretty good. Just a hint of black pepper taste – or perhaps – smoke? Very faint, tho, regardless.
Interesting thing happened to me on my lunch walk today. Got chased by a duck! Posted them on instagram. LOL
Additional notes: ICED edition. I steeped two teaspoons of this in a mason jar for 24 hours and I’m so glad I didn’t let it sit longer as the green tea got a bit overbrewed. A little bitter. It was also a bit too perfumey cold. So I guess I liked this one better hot. Really, I guess I’m just writing these iced tea notes for myself, so I remember what I did or didn’t try iced yet and what worked!
This is from Traveling Tea Box B. I finally got around to trying it out. I love oxidized oolongs. Actually, I love all kinds of oolong teas. This one was difficult to brew just because so many things were going on in my house. In the end, I brewed it for a minute and it was delicious! I wish I could have made several steepings out of this, but once Western style was enough. I love the dark cocoa/caramel tones in this tea mixed with sweetness. The brew was a honey gold color. Good tea overall! :)
from Traveling Tea Box B
i love black oolongs. i’ve known this for a long time. i like green oolongs too. basically i like oolongs.
too bad i oversteeped it when a professor came in to talk to me about his running.
but i saved it’s yummy happy face of tea by adding more hot water.
all is right with the world.
Just getting ready for some of the great Oolongs that I have in the mail! This tightly rolled Taiwanese oolong has some of the savory notes of a dong ding but unfolds into the floral excellence that I love in a green high mountain oolong. Tangy and complex! Gonna sit with this one for a while.
So the other day I used the rest of the sample in the TTB-A to make a cold brew of this, & then promptly forgot all about it. I think that was on Friday. I’m drinking it now, with a little stevia, & admittedly, it’s delicious! Very refreshing, kind of like koolaid for adults. It doesn’t really taste like wine to me, but that’s a good thing! :D
Ok, so I just went outside with a flashlight and picked a whole bunch of honeysuckle for use in tea blends. I’m having this amber oolong with honeysuckle and it’s awesome!!
Every gunpowder tea I’ve ever had has been basically the same thing. Pretty good, kinda smokey, savory. For some reason it reminds me of mushroom broth. Really dark brew for a green tea. Sediment at the bottom of my cup. It’s delicious but I keep getting this visual in my heard of some massive gunpowder factory in china that supplies all the world’s gunpowder with uniformity year-round.
No 8 from TTB
I probably should have waited to drink this, as my sinus are still irritated from the momoko.
I’ve never had iced wine, never even heard of it until I joined Steepster, LOL. Of course, I gave up alcohol (& other substances) 29 years ago, so things that are suppose to taste like wine mean nothing to me.
However, I suspect that this will be really good as a cold brew. I think there’s enough in the sample to try it that way, so why not?
Days after I suffered the news that my beloved Jasmine Oolong had been discontinued by a certain “Place where tea goes when it dies” I may have found a worthy replacement.
I overlooked this tea a few times because, honestly, dry leaf smell is strong and overly floral. Very very feminine smelling, and I’m a dude I use tools to fix stuff. But on my last trip to ZenTea I decided to just go ahead and grab some. Holy Smokes! I’m glad I did!
The TGY base for this is fantastic. Take away the magnolia scent and it’s easily one of the best oolongs in the store. And contrary to what the dry leaf smell would have you believe it’s not at all over powered by the magnolia scent. The magnolia seems to highlight certain aspects of the TGY, I’m constantly getting a citrus note, and another thing that’s almost coconut but really just reminds me of suntan lotion. I know that sounds gross but I’m really enjoying this. There’s complexity here. I digs.