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Ok, let the evening tea drinking begin! I’m not gonna make a serious effort to catch up to you in the sipdown department VariaTEA – but if it happens then it happens. All my planned teas for tonight are sipdowns except one so cheers to that! If nothing else that helps push me farther from 200 for when my tea orders do show up.
I got this sample from someone in the 12 Days of Christmas exchange as an extra goodie, but I can’t for the life of me remember who! Damnit! Sorry…
I decided to christen one of my new bubble tea cups with this guy though, and I don’t regret the choice. There’s nothing abundantly “special” about this blend but it’s still a good, solid Moroccan Mint regardless of that. Pleasant enough “one shot” cup!
Now bring on the other teas!
I try to evaluate teas on their own merits and I can say that I always enjoy this one. While it is not as strong as most of my morning selections, I appreciate its character – smooth, mellow, sweet, a little fruity. It’s always good for a resteep but I do use a little less water in the second brew to enhance the flavor of the cup.
Generous sample came from CharlotteZero – thank you
It is nice cup of tea filled with chocolate notes. Perfect for breakfast. There is some slight sour bread notes I pick up. Like at the end of the sip. I still prefer Teavivre Bailin and Joseph Wesley
Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate
I thought I had already done a note on this tea. This is my morning tea today and I’m oh so glad. This tea is scrumptious!!! It is dark and slightly cocoa-y and keemun-y tasting. Very rich and I would imagine if you put a little honey in it – it would taste like dessert. I usually have a couple of drops of cream in my breakfast tea. Am not sure this needs it and will try the next cup nekkid. There is no bitterness here – just smooth rich goodness. This tea is earthy and grounding. I can see why this is Zhi’s best selling tea. There will always be some of this in my tea cabinet. If my beloved Special Dark is like a big deep double bass – this is the low notes on a cello. Full of win. This tea is like Lou Rawls singing “Youll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCW1i5HQ0o0
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!
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. :)
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!
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.
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.
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. :-)