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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.
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 :)
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 :)
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 :)
This leaf produces a scrumptious comforting cup of tea. The dry leaves are twisted black (with a little gold thrown in) wires with a very pleasant dark-chocolate fruit aroma. The reddish brown liquid has a smooth sweetness that is caramelized with a hint of bittersweet chocolate and a very pleasant aftertaste. No tea bitterness and very little astringency. This tea is a winner.
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.
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!
First to review this tea! I don’t know if I can handle the pressure! I decided to try this as my iced tea after getting back from errands and the doctor.
It’s a very nice tasting oolong, light and floral. However, I’m not getting much coconut. When I was at Zhi Tea, I was torn between getting an iced cup of this or Coconut Assam. The girl working there told me that she liked the assam more, because the coconut flavor was more pronounced. So I was expecting this to have a lighter flavor, but I’m having trouble finding the coconut! I’m not sure if I would guess this was coconut without knowing. The coconut seems to add a smooth creaminess instead of actually flavoring very much. I do like how this tea tastes, I was just looking for a bit MORE on the coconut part. I will try this hot, and cold-brewed and see how those go, but for now I’m a bit disappointed.
Amount: 5g (packet said there should have been 6 in there)
Water: 500ml at 195°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: none
Steeped Tea Smell: roasty, a little nutty
Flavor: nutty, roasty, toasted
Liquor: translucent dark orange-brown
reminiscent of a lighter puerh
500ml at 195°F for 4 min
500ml at 195°F for 5 min
500ml at 195°F for 6 min
too watery, still roast
Rating: 2/4 leaves
Drank this again as an iced tea. I still really can’t get into unflavored white teas much, I think I’ve burnt my taste buds out with black tea. However, this is one that I really do enjoy iced. I think the flavor that I consider “too light” when hot, instead becomes light and refreshing when iced. Generally when I’m drinking iced tea, its because I need something cool and refreshing, especially with this Texas heat. So this is doing the job quite well! I generally drink sweet or fruity tea iced, so this is a bit of a change, but I do enjoy it. I think I enjoy having a break from all the intense flavorings and have something that is gentle in flavor, but still tasty and a refreshing iced tea!
This was the tea that I tried iced in the store last weekend. I really enjoyed it then! I drank it warm yesterday, then cold brewed today. I went for three minutes steep with the hot cup, which made it too bitter, and hid the coconut flavor. However, I think cold brew is my favorite method so far. It brings out much more of the sweetness while still having the tea taste.
One of the teas I got from my trip to Zhi Tea in Austin. I didn’t see steeping instructions on the bag, but I could have just missed them. I went with three minutes to start with.
This tea smells really good in the bag. It smells a lot like the gummy peach rings. Some people may not like that, but I had those all the time as a kid! After three minutes of steeping however, I wasn’t getting that flavor. I wasn’t getting any peach flavor, and the tea was a bit bitter. Looks like three minutes was too long! I ended up falling asleep, and the cup cooled off. I took a sip, and tasted chocolate! Weird. I’ll definitely try this one again
I bought my first matcha set yesterday at Zhi Tea, and this matcha to go along with it. I attempted to make up some matcha last night and it went horribly! I read up a bit more on techniques, and made some again today. It went much better! No giant clumps, and I even got it frothy and pretty! Much less bitter than last night. I mixed it with milk, and it was very creamy and sweet. There was a bit of vegetal taste, the matcha reminding you that it really was there. I can’t really say how this compares, but I feel that this is as good a place as any for the beginner!