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I feel like a princess when I drink it and I’m actually enjoying a cup right now! The sharpness of the bergamot is mellowed out by the creaminess of the vanilla. You can definitely taste the lavender but it isn’t overpowering. The tea base is assam so there is a little bit of astringency. You can enjoy this tea as is or with a touch of sugar and a splash of milk/cream. Either way, this tea is lovely and also beautiful to look at due to the cornflowers.
Flavors: Bergamot, Flowers, Lavender, Vanilla
Not sure if this is black tea or black little pieces of heaven. This tea was absolutely incredible.
I wish I could piece together how I felt about it, but basically it was very very good. The air in the room once you ge the leaves wet is amazing. The tea taste is very sweet but also a bit refreshingly bitter. I wish I knew the full name of this tea or if it will be the same next year. Its superb.
Ps- Best results were with boiling water
These Jasmine Pearls are excellent. The best pearls I’ve had. The jasmine is accentuated so well, with just the right amount of sweetness to balance it. This tea reminds me of walking down a calm lone road at night that’s lined with country wildflowers. It truly is and excellent tea and simultaneously stimulating and calming. I feel alive when drinking it.
Flavors: Honeysuckle, Jasmine
Dry this smells intensely of lime. Hot it is lime, lemon, and ginger. Once it cools it becomes more ginger, lemon/lime. The ginger packs some heat. I still don’t know what green rooibos tastes like. It seems to fill in all the flavor voids in the cup. I think I most detect it as a sweet grassy aftertaste. There is licorice root in this. It only adds a tiny amount of sweetness. Halfway through the cup I added a little sweetener to see how it would react. No problem, though it added nothing but sweetness. It is not something I would drink much of, but I can see this being fun for fans of lime and ginger.
One time, when I was a kid and strolling through six flags over Texas, a thunderstorm hit. Right out of nowhere, thunder and lighting, and rain and wind that blew my hat off. All of the guests were directing into the nearest shops for safety. My mom and I were pushed into the candy shop along with about thirty other people. A crack of lighting turned the power off, and I remember talks of a tornado. The wind, rain, the fear and the sweet smell of candy. That’s what this tea reminds me off. Minus the fear.
Tasted at Radio Coffee & Beer in Austin, TX.
I’ve been enjoying this tea quite a bit. Very smooth and satisfying. We resteeped this tea 3 times the other night and were very happy with the consistent flavor.
The only thing I don’t like is that the leaves are not full, they’re broken up into halves and quarts which causes smaller bits and pieces to break up and I have a layer of sediment that makes it through the strainer.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bark, Toasty
Thank you for the teas, TheLastDodo! I don’t think I’ve ever had a plain “Cloud & Mist” green tea without additional flavors (like the delicious 52Teas blend). This one is a revelation though! The description mentions honey and peach and it sure is a sweet fruity something or other, especially as it cools. Green teas aren’t usually this fruity! I could swear this is peaches and cream flavor or something. The leaves themselves look like the closest thing to a gunpowder green. The second cup has more of a vegetal flavor that I’m used to. Still good but the first cup is magic.
Steep #1 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 min a.b. // 2 min
Thank you for this one, TheLastDodo! This looks like a really nice blend, lots of big spices. But it turns out it makes the black tea on the weaker side. Not a strong chai! The brew is such a light brown. I’d say somehow the coconut is the most prominent, though I don’t see big coconut pieces. It seems more like an added flavoring than flavor from coconut. But that just means the blend will last longer. The coconut is sweet and tasty. I’ll have to add more than a heaping teaspoon next time though, in order to get a caffeine kick.
Steep #1 // few minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep
Steep #2 // filled half the mug // just boiled // 4 min
Have I really never reviewed this tea before?! How is that possible as I near the bottom of my 2nd tin?!
I really love this chai. It’s a good staple in my cupboard. I’m trying to get my stash under control and haven’t bought any tea yet this year in that effort, but I’m going to have a hard time not immediately restocking this. Zhi chais tend to be heavy on the cardamon, which I really enjoy. This also has a good clove zing and a bit of cinnamon in the end of the sip. The cacao is more noticeable at the end of the sip and really shines in the aftertaste making it smooth. The Zhi blends that I have tend to be well caffeinated, which is appreciated on sluggish mornings like this one where I need that bit of extra help motivating.
I have one more cup worth of this tea and it’s going to be hard to say goodbye, even if I know it’s not permanent. Once my tea hoard is in a manageable state, I can start adding favorites like this one back.
Additional notes: Decided to finish this one (sipdown!) today because a couple days ago it actually hit the top rated tea on Steepster spot! Maybe I’m not finding the sweet steep spot, but this one doesn’t seem like the top tea to me. (Or maybe it’s in the name: ‘gong fu’ and I’ve always steeped it western style.) The flavor is fine though, reminds me of Bailin Gongfu but now it’s gone!
Steep #1 // 1 3/4 tsps. // 12 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // later
Thanks for a little of this one a while back, MzPriss! I’ve tried this one before but didn’t write a tasting note… the flavor was a little elusive last time. It still is this time around. It’s interesting as this one cools, it seems to get more flavor (but I don’t mean the bitter kind.) It’s starts a little watery flavored piping hot. Then there is a sweet spot at the right temperature. The colder it gets, the tastier it gets, even what’s left in the mug the next day. The flavor is something like vintage chocolate, if that was a thing… and I’m not even sure what that means. I just realized I haven’t been comparing tea to chocolate lately, maybe because I haven’t been consuming as much chocolate… but a certain holiday lately remedied that. :D This is comparable to Teavivre’s Bailin Gongfu. I wish I had more to say on this one, and since it’s tough to pick out flavors, it’s probably not a tea I would need to stock up on. One serving left anyway!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsps. // few min after boiling // 4 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min