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drank Coconut Chai by Zhi Tea
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I keep meaning to try this tea and I keep running out of it before I can! A friend who comes over loves this tea. She is allergic to cloves, yet loves chai so this tea is a perfect match for her.

I have noticed that when Zhi teas have cardamon, they have CARDAMON. They don’t play around with that stuff and it was a little overpowering at the beginning of this cup. A little further into the cup, I’m able to pickup on the coconut aspect. The coconut is nice and natural and present in the aftertaste as well. It is a nice tea, well done, but not one that I’m super crazy about like their Kashmiri Chai, which I desperately hope they will bring back.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
1 tasting notes

This is my absolute favorite black tea. Complex, deep, chocolate, ever so slightly smoky.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Apple Cider by Zhi Tea
4415 tasting notes

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I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this tea. It really tastes like apple cider! I’ve tried a few different teas that have tried to capture the flavor of apple cider, but Zhi Tea really nailed it with this honeybush tisane … although I doubted it would end up being so close to apple cider flavor before I brewed it because – there’s coconut flakes in there! What?

But it all melds together in a really delicious way. The coconut flavor was dominant in the first couple of sips, but then I found the coconut notes begin to taper off and sort of fuse into the cup and become part of the whole, creating a taste that is very interestingly apple cider-y.

The apple notes are sweet and the cloves and cinnamon accentuate and add warmth. The honeybush doesn’t add a really strong flavor of its own, more like an earthy background that brings the spices into focus. The vanilla gives the cup balance, and similar to the aforementioned coconut, it doesn’t really taste distinctly of vanilla, rather, it’s more like part of the whole fusion of flavors to create the apple cider illusion for the palate.

I really liked this.

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhi Tea
4415 tasting notes

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I ordered some of this chai for a friend as a Christmas gift, so I decided that I needed to get some for myself too. It’s a yummy chai.

The Assam base is malty and rich. I like how the malty notes of the Assam meld with the creamy sweetness from the coconut. The coconut adds just the right creamy touch to this for me, I don’t need to add milk or cream to have a latte-ish type of chai experience with this chai.

This is not an overly spicy chai: sweet cinnamon, warm cardamom and a kick of ginger. It’s warm and cozy tasting, but not really spicy … but still very enjoyable.

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drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
372 tasting notes

Thank you, justnord, for swapping with me for this tea! This is really nice. It reminds me of very much of Laoshan Black. It is chocolatey and fruity with very low astringency. I believe that Laoshan Black was sweeter and more complex than this, but now I’m going to have to do a side-by-side comparison soon! I really enjoyed having this with one of my current vices- Gardein Chick’n Sliders. :-)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
39 tasting notes

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drank Ambrosia by Zhi Tea
275 tasting notes

A tea that is very pleasing to the palate. It’s very light blend of ingredients. Nothing comes out as stronger then the others but at the time I can uniquely taste each flavor.

Did anyone else mistake this for an oolong? Not really sure why I thought that.

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Gyokuro Imperial by Zhi Tea
227 tasting notes

The dry tea has the distinctive green tea scent with a sweet note of barley.
Brewed, the liquor is a beautiful lime green color with sweet green tea scent.
The taste is green tea, sea veggie, and sweet barley. This is a clean, fresh, and organic green tea. Very good.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
1 tasting notes

This is a very strong black tea, with very little astringency or bitterness, making it very tasty. I’d say it may be ideal for those that are trying to move from coffee to tea.

It does have light cocoa notes, and can be resteeped at least once for another good cup. It mixes very well with rooibos tea as well, I have found.

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

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drank Ginger Peach Oolong by Zhi Tea
227 tasting notes

The dry tea leaves have a creamy ginger snap scent. Pretty & long tea leaves.
Brewed, the tea is a perfect ginger color. The scent is a toasted oolong so I was excited to take a sip. The flavor is subtle toasted malt with a ginger accent.
I have not smelled or tasted any peach notes but as I look at the rest of my dry tea leaves, I am seeing little bits that must be peach fruit bits so maybe I didn’t get any fruit bits in this serving. I will have to try this one again and make sure to get fruit bits in the steeping.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cherry Sencha by Zhi Tea
227 tasting notes

The dry leaves smell like cherry candy and vegetables.
Brewed, the tea liquor has a beautiful lemongrass color and slight cherry scent. Slight accent of cherry in flavor but mainly a green tea, vegetal flavor. I like the cherry accent, I had never tasted a cherry Sencha before so didn’t know what to expect. This tea pairs nicely with the veggie wrap and steamed lemon-sesame broccoli I am eating for lunch.
Second steep is just as delicious still with cherry scent but mainly green tea in flavor.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Emerald Oolong by Zhi Tea
227 tasting notes

The dry tea leaves have a creamy milk & tea scent.
Brewed, the tea liquor is champagne clear gold color and the scent is slightly toasty with gardenia and jasmine flower essences. Upon cooling a bit, a malt scent comes through.
The flavor of this tea is creamy subtle malt with edible flowers. A beautiful Oolong.

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

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drank Plum Oolong by Zhi Tea
227 tasting notes

Dry tea has a very sweet scent, like cherry candy or sugarplums.
Brewed, the liquor is clear amber and the taste is not sweet but has notes of nice toasted malt and a hint of prune with the Oolong remaining the star. Nice Oolong.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Rose by Zhi Tea
227 tasting notes

The dry tea was like smelling a vanilla scented rose. Beautiful to look at with whole pieces of baby pink roses.
Brewed, this tea has the scent of sweet vanilla and a beautiful amber color. Tasted of creamy vanilla and as it cools has a bit of sweet to it. Excellent black tea, definitely a tea to keep in one’s cupboard!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Silver Needle by Zhi Tea
227 tasting notes

The dry leaves have hardly any essence but a tiny hint of cocoa scent.
Brewed, the tea is a light clear pearlescent color. This is a wonderful morning tea because it is so lightly flavored. Nice with fruit. I detect a tiny bit of almond scent in the brewed, wet leaves and a tiny hint in the tea liquor. Very nice white tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zhi Tea
227 tasting notes

The dry tea has a creamy piña colada scent,,,the leaves are long, slender, & twisted to release lots of flavor.
Brewed, the tea is light golden color with flavors of pineapple and subtle coconut that lets the Oolong shine thru as the main event.
As the tea cools, memories of driving down the Big Island coast at sunset prove this is a very meditative, relaxing tea. Loved it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Blood Orange by Zhi Tea
227 tasting notes

The dry pieces have a fantastic candied blood orange peel sweet scent!!! The brewed blend is a beautiful, deep ruby blood orange-red color. This herbal is very tangy and had some notes of sour lemon to it,,,probably from the pith of the orange peel. I don’t usually add anything to tea or tisane but this one might have really been even better with a bit of honey :) I bet this is a good one to have as iced tea. Gonna chill my other steeping and try it cold tomorrow. Took a little sip this morning of the chilled tea and I didn’t like it as iced herbal tea so I might like this blended into black tea? Needs a little toning down :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Lily Milk Oolong by Zhi Tea
227 tasting notes

Drinking the last of my sample today. This Jin Xuan Oolong is heaven. This tea gives me the same euphoric feeling you get from yoga. The aroma causes you to breathe deeply and inhale the scent of beautiful flowers and the light toasty, creamy flavor fills you with warmth. The leaves are all consistent in size and rolled. The taste is a perfect balance of creamy, floral, and toasty notes. Gonna steep this one as many times as I can today and then I must order more Jin Xuan to try!!!!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Lily Milk Oolong by Zhi Tea
227 tasting notes

Beautiful light golden color. This tea is perfectly named because there is a subtle essence of lily. Very mesmerizing. Like walking through a flower garden in the morning dew.
Later steeped another cup with the leaves because they are rolled tightly making it great for additional steepings. The next cup was just as delicious and golden in color. Can drink more of this less oxidized Oolong because the caffeine effects aren’t as strong to me.

And kept the leaves for a final steep in the late afternoon and the tea was still the beautiful golden color and just as delicious. Loved this Oolong :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Raspberry Pecan Rooibos by Zhi Tea
227 tasting notes

Beautiful amber red color. The aroma is so yummy with toasted pecans. The balance of flavors is nice with the raspberry being subtle and not sweet so the rooibos can shine thru. I enjoyed this hot before bed because it is caffeine free. The description on Zhi says that red rooibos has high levels of antioxidants and high anti-aging properties which is nice also!!!! I have enjoyed my purchase with Zhi too, they are very courteous to customers and organic! I bought lots of different samples from them and will be buying more from Zhi :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Honeybush by Zhi Tea
469 tasting notes

I got this sample because I wanted to know what mostly unflavored honeybush tastes like so I can identify it in flavored honeybush teas. I can smell the vanilla, but it is pretty bland otherwise. Seems like it would be a good carrier for added flavors because it won’t compete taste wise, but on it’s own it is pretty meh.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Violet Femme by Zhi Tea
469 tasting notes

A while back I soaked a bunch of this in some vodka and made an extract of this tea which I used when I made some marshmallows and they turned out SOOOO GOOD!!! Now when I drink this tea it brings me back to the memory of stuffing my face full of marshmallows! Today I’m having it with cream and sugar and it is super delicious. I steeped it for two minutes just below boiling and it think that is the magic settings for this tea because it is perfect. It has a nice lavender punch to it with an amazing aftertaste. I can’t pick out any citrus on it’s own, but I suspect it is working with the lavender to perk up and amplify the floral flavor. This tea is pretty amazing and ALMOST makes up for them discontinuing their Kashmiri Chai, which was my all time favorite. If you like lavender, this one is a must try!

Zhi, if you are reading this, job well done on the VF and bring back the KC by any means necessary!!!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Wow, cool idea on the marshmallows!!

Indigobloom

Oh man I forgot all about that. And I went camping. Twice!

Dustin

They turned out really good! I also did a batch of raspberry white chocolate coated in matcha. They were super yum too!

Indigobloom

Mmmmm. I think I’ll try it with some variation of chocolate. Not sure if I’ll use chocolate tea or cocoa. Or maybe cacao.

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drank Violet Femme by Zhi Tea
469 tasting notes

Violet Femme. Heh. Cute.
Went on a walk to Zhi Tea today and grabbed a sample of this since I have been interested in violet teas. The people that work there are always so sweet, accommodating and mellow! So it turns out this isn’t actually violet flavored, it is lavender and it smelled so good that I had to try it. I love floral flavors and this definitely has that! The citrus, lavender and vanilla dance so well together in the scent of this tea dry. At first I smell the combination of all three merged, then they take turns standing out on their own. I want to smell like this tea all the time!

It is late in the day and the other Zhi teas I have had pack quite the caffeinated punch, so we will see if I regret this cup come bedtime! Once it is brewed the smell is almost honey like. Citrusy honey with a touch of lavender on the end.

The first sip was a little harsh. Not sure if it was the tea base or the lavender punch, but it quickly subsided and smoothed out. Again, the flavors take turns merging and stepping out. It tastes quite good without sugar and I’m a sugar in my flavored tea kinda gal. I could enjoy the whole cup like this, but I’m going to try it sweet too. Hmmm, it is good with sugar too, but it doesn’t really make this tea significantly better, just different. I think it is better without.

Overall this tea is pretty tasty and I wouldn’t mind having it around for a while! If you like floral, give it a go!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
270 tasting notes

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