Zhi Tea

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drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
573 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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drank Dragonwell by Zhi Tea
8 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
3078 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
3078 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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drank Ancient Forest by Zhi Tea
145 tasting notes

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.

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drank Violet Femme by Zhi Tea
4663 tasting notes

Backlog:

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.

Masterfully blended.

sherapop

Sounds great—I, too, am always looking for a good purple Earl!

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drank White Shizandra by Zhi Tea
464 tasting notes

Here’s hoping t tea box. Super sweet, with a slightly peppery element to it. I barely taste the white base.

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhi Tea
573 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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drank Coconut Chai by Zhi Tea
573 tasting notes

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
4663 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
4663 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
329 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
249 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
249 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
249 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
249 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
249 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
249 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
249 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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