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drank Violet Femme by Zhi Tea
1252 tasting notes

Thank you so much MzPriss! This one sounded amazing: bergamot, cream, lavender on a base of assam. Cornflowers make the blend look gorgeous. And the scent makes me want to drink it… now. Maybe I didn’t steep it well enough, but the flavor isn’t as strong as I’d wish it was. Everything is kind of mild here… just hints of the bergamot, cream, lavender and even the tea which should be stronger because it’s an assam. At least none of the ingredients of the blend overpower the others. The second cup accidentally steeped for six minutes but it was a bit tastier anyway. I love the name. I had a Violent Femmes song in my head yesterday for some reason.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few minutes after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 6 min

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This sample comes from MzPriss after seeing my Milk Oolong off. Thank you!

This tea is wonderful BUT, I can’t think of it has a milk oolong. This tea is lacking the creamy/buttery notes that to me make a milk oolong a milk oolong. I will think of this as a golden lily oolong and nothing more. This was a light tea with very nice fruity floral notes. This team almost seemed like it had added fruity flavoring it was so juicy. It was a very crisp clean taste with no bitterness. I didn’t get to do as many infusions as I would have liked to with my first cup. I hope to revisit this tea this weekend and have more to say about the flavor. When I get a chance to order the Gong Fu Black this will definitely be in my order. Thank you for sharing this one with me MzPriss!

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhi Tea
396 tasting notes

I have been nursing a cup of this all morning. It’s about done and I’ll be resteeping soon. There is a nice creamy coconut base to this with some spices on top. I have had it for a while and the coconut hasn’t gone bad yet, which is nice. It is a little more like coconut with spice rather than a chai, but either way it is hitting the spot right now.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
643 tasting notes

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

Tea of the morning. This was a luck draw from the UTTB. I steeped it knowing nothing about the tea, but it turns out that it is an excellent breakfast tea. This lovely is hearty and bold with great chocolate notes and a roasty toasty thing going on that I like. A lot. At the end of the sip there is a strong fruit note that finishes with just a touch of dryness at the back of the throat. Very cool. Very nice.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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76
drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
89 tasting notes

I don’t really see anything special about this tea. I’ve tried it several different ways, using water from 200F to boiling, steeping anywhere from 1-5 minutes without getting a cup I thought was really spectacular. It’s a straightforward breakfast-y tea. A little astringent, some fruitiness, some really light cocoa notes and a winey quality about it. There’s a sweetness to the aftertaste that builds slowly. I can tell that these hints of flavor are there, but it always falls flat to me. I know there are plenty of people who like it more than I do…Maybe someone else will be willing to swap or just take it off my hands?

Flavors: Astringent, Cocoa, Fruity, Muscatel

boychik

i feel the same way. not bad, average. I’ve sampled too many Chinese Blacks

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95
drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
93 tasting notes

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92
drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
322 tasting notes

I received this in a wonderful swap package from MzPriss! Thank you!

This has been on my wish list for a bit. I have seen it being traded in the swap thread a few times and this really peaked my curiosity. This is amazing tonight. Sweet malty, cocoa. There is none of the “meaty” taste I sometimes get. It is smooth with absolutely no astringency. The perfect dessert to end a stressful day! This tea hit me so that I went and immediately looked at shipping and the cost to get an endless supply, but for now I will just have to keep it on the wish list. Thanks again MzPriss!

MzPriss

You are so welcome! I’m glad you like it. I keep this one on hand cause I love it and its easy to obtain as Zhi is here in Austin.

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drank Blood Orange by Zhi Tea
2822 tasting notes

Thanks to Lee for sharing this one, which reminds me Red Zinger, one of Celestial Seasonings originals from back in the 70’s. If you ever watched That 70’s Show, that was basically my life, lol.

This tea is bright & puckery, & for me a little rough on the tummy, but would be wonderfully refreshing over ice in the heat of summer, without a doubt. Probably not something I’ll ever stock, but for those who like tart & tangy, this one is for you!
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KittyLovesTea

That 70’s Show <3

whatshesaid

If I could choose a decade, I always think I’d have loved to live in the 70’s

Terri HarpLady

It was a fun time. I graduated high school in 77.

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66
drank Moroccan Mint by Zhi Tea
1629 tasting notes

Sipdown (185/191)!

Ok, let the evening tea drinking begin! I’m not gonna make a serious effort to catch up to you in the sipdown department VariaTEA – but if it happens then it happens. All my planned teas for tonight are sipdowns except one so cheers to that! If nothing else that helps push me farther from 200 for when my tea orders do show up.

I got this sample from someone in the 12 Days of Christmas exchange as an extra goodie, but I can’t for the life of me remember who! Damnit! Sorry…

I decided to christen one of my new bubble tea cups with this guy though, and I don’t regret the choice. There’s nothing abundantly “special” about this blend but it’s still a good, solid Moroccan Mint regardless of that. Pleasant enough “one shot” cup!

Now bring on the other teas!

VariaTEA

I am heading off to see Spiderman soon, plus it is 2 hours earlier (I think) where you are so you have a chance to catch up.

Roswell Strange

OH SO JEALOUS! I don’t know if I’ve ever gotten into it on my tasting notes, but I’m such a Spiderman nut (and I haven’t gotten to see the new one yet because of work; it’s killing me). Currently I am curled up in bed on my Spiderman bedsheets with my Spiderman comforter wearing a Spiderman t-shirt, Spiderman necklace, and Spiderman earrings. When I was out today I was wearing a Spiderman Baseball Cap and a Spiderman hoodie… And Andrew Garfield is such a bamf too…

VariaTEA

So I liked it and hopefully you enjoy it too when you get to see it. And Andrew Garfield is a much better Spiderman than Tobey Maguire could ever dream of being (and I am not just saying that because he is 1000x hotter :P).

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drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
3 tasting notes

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86
drank Ancient Forest by Zhi Tea
353 tasting notes

I try to evaluate teas on their own merits and I can say that I always enjoy this one. While it is not as strong as most of my morning selections, I appreciate its character – smooth, mellow, sweet, a little fruity. It’s always good for a resteep but I do use a little less water in the second brew to enhance the flavor of the cup.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84
drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
298 tasting notes

Generous sample came from CharlotteZero – thank you
It is nice cup of tea filled with chocolate notes. Perfect for breakfast. There is some slight sour bread notes I pick up. Like at the end of the sip. I still prefer Teavivre Bailin and Joseph Wesley

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
10 tasting notes

I would have to agree with SimlyJen, this is definately a breakfast tea in whihc any breakfast tea enthusiast would simply adore. “My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.” – Darrin Peppers Wong

Preparation
2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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100
drank Coconut Assam by Zhi Tea
12 tasting notes

Wow! This is a fabulous tea! I love coconut, and coconut with black tea turns out to be really good, particularly with milk and honey. Kind of like drinking a coconut macaroon.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
12 tasting notes

Delicious black tea! I like to sweeten it and add milk, which helps the chocolate notes come out.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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88
drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
2294 tasting notes

Thanks to MzPriss for sending me a sample of this tea. Evidently I forgot I already tried it two years ago when Charles sent me a sample of it (I was looking through the tasting notes and found mine, he he).

I am still finding this to be pretty tasty overall. The aroma and flavor of the tea are very “cocoa” and the finish is slightly winey like a keemun, without being overwhelming with tobacco or bitter notes. I actually found this to be really good with a tiny pinch of raw cane sugar but otherwise I’m drinking it plain. I’m really glad I got to sample this again!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
353 tasting notes

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drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
93 tasting notes

I thought I had already done a note on this tea. This is my morning tea today and I’m oh so glad. This tea is scrumptious!!! It is dark and slightly cocoa-y and keemun-y tasting. Very rich and I would imagine if you put a little honey in it – it would taste like dessert. I usually have a couple of drops of cream in my breakfast tea. Am not sure this needs it and will try the next cup nekkid. There is no bitterness here – just smooth rich goodness. This tea is earthy and grounding. I can see why this is Zhi’s best selling tea. There will always be some of this in my tea cabinet. If my beloved Special Dark is like a big deep double bass – this is the low notes on a cello. Full of win. This tea is like Lou Rawls singing “Youll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCW1i5HQ0o0

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
396 tasting notes

This is Zhi’s top rated tea on Steepster and I have been meaning to try it for ages. I’m not much of a straight tea kind of gal, which is why I have been overlooking this one. A couple of weeks ago I was out an about in the neighborhood decided to drop in to Zhi to buy sample after talking about this tea with some other Steepster folk. After that I found myself around the corner at Springdale urban farm during market hours and they had a gal in town selling fresh French and Italian truffles! OMGOMGOMGOMG!!! Two scores in one day!

When the tea is brewed, it has this grassy note to it which is really hard to explain. It is fresh like wheat grass juice, but also dried like hay with an almost puehr based background. When I sip it, I get all those flavors (minus the earthiness of puehr, but with it’s depth) and a slight sharpness on the far back sides of my tongue. It isn’t an unpleasant sharpness at all. I’m eating a chocolate orange scone with it and it really brings out the orange in the aftertaste in a nice way.

I’m really enjoying this for a straight tea! Looking forward to future cups to see if we can become better friends!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Dragonwell by Zhi Tea
7 tasting notes

Decent but a little weak, compared to other dragonwells I’ve tasted. I tried increasing the amount, brew time, changing temperature, but nothing got my taste buds excited with this one.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank Cherry Sencha by Zhi Tea
2822 tasting notes

Another tea from Lee, Thanks!

Year’s ago I was a fan of a certain spring cherry tea, which I really enjoyed. Now I generally prefer my greens straight up. This tea is ok. The cherry is believable & not too heavy. Nothing I’d purchase, but drinkable.

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drank Plum Oolong by Zhi Tea
2822 tasting notes

Here’s another sample from Lee, Thanks!
This is also a pleasant afternoon tea, similar to the Peach oolong, somewhat, but with a different bass, & this one is a little more on the tart side, much improved with a pinch of sweet added. Tony adores plum oolongs, but the one he tends to have around is much too tart for my tastes. So as Plum oolongs go, this one is pretty nice, but not as nice as the Ginger Peach was. :)

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I’ve always adored peach teas, if they are actually made with real peach, that is. I don’t drink them often now, because I’m rarely happy with them, but when you find a good one, it’s great hot or iced. In my opinion, the best peach teas require the following:

First, REAL peach. Granted, I understand that dried fruits don’t always add a lot of flavor, so you’re never going to get a super peachy tasting tea. I can complain, or I can practice acceptance. Please don’t add a bunch of phony flavoring to my peach tea. That sucks.

Second, the bass should be a Wuyi Oolong. Their roasty & natural stone fruit qualities enhance the peachiness. That’s that. (although secretly lately I’ve wondered if some of the Taiwanese tres 18 sun moon lake Black teas might be good with peach, due to their fruity qualities).

Third, include ginger, because ginger & peach is awesome.

Fourth, if you really want to bring the peachiness out, add a pinch of sweetness to your cup. You’ll be glad you did.

So this one, which is a sample sent to me from Lee, is nice! Real peach chunks, Shui Xian oolong, ginger! I drank the first cup straight, & it was tasty. I drank the resteep with a pinch of sweet, & it’s dessert. Thanks Lee!
Sipdown!

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