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Well sigh. I was really looking forward to this tea. It does have a great story. But alas, the tea is barely above average. I think of it as an “almost” tea. It is almost Keemun. It is almost rich and full bodied. It is just not quite all there, even with the aroma. It is reminiscent of Keemun. I would recommend this tea to someone who likes aspects of a Keemun with less intensity. There is a caramel note. Overall this tea is ok, but it just doesn’t have much “presence”. I forsee this going to the boyfriend box (and i bought a 3.4 oz tin) or if someone wants to try it, I would be happy to send a sample in the US.
Always happy to try Earl Grey varieties that I’ve not yet sampled.
The sharp, tangy bergamot is nicely softened here by sweet, creamy vanilla. I love the touch of lavender. Everything comes together in a really nice way.
The black tea has a nice richness to it. It is bold without being overly astringent. Not bitter but I wouldn’t advise oversteeping. 2 1/2 minutes in my Breville one touch makes it perfect.
The bergamot is strong, but I like the way the sweet vanilla softens the edges of the bergamot. There is almost a caramel-y note to this too. The lavender is soft here, not at all overdone, so there’s no soapy taste.
This tea is starting to grow on me. It’s savory and peppery, while still staying light. There’s a cracked pepper tingle on the back of my throat from the shizandra and a subtle layer of sweet orange-like citrus that elevates the bai mu dan and makes it less dusky as it sometimes seems to get. It all pairs together to make something unique, special, and still tasty.
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.
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.
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.
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. :-)
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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 :)