1355 Tasting Notes

drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
1355 tasting notes

This one has me baffled. I love coconut. I love oolong. I love coconut and oolong together. I just don’t much care for this one. I have read the other reviews and it seems everyone else has loved this tea. I must conclude then, that it is just me. Strange. I was very impressed with the previous 5 teas I have tasted from Zen Tea. Not so much with this one. To me, the dry leaf smells of coconut liquor (alcohol). The wet leaf smells pineapple and the mug smells like gym socks. When the cup cools, it does get creamy and the aftertaste is nice, like a floral tiguanyin. I just can’t get passed the smell. Do read the other reviews, as apparently I just don’t get it.

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drank Curled Dragon Silver Tips by Zen Tea
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I don’t think I got this as hot as I thought I did. It is cool already. The unaltered taste is a little sweet but light and passes through a short but nice bitter bite that fades into a light green aftertaste. I unapologetically add some sweetener at this point and the flavors really pop. This is now a wonderfully creamy green tea. The bite is smoothed out in the late sip yet asserts itself well in the lingering aftertaste. Zen Tea continues to impress me. This is a really nice cup of green tea.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Zen Tea Pheonix Pearls and Celestial Seasonings Sweet Harvest Pumpkin
For the pearls, this was there fourth steep. I brewed for 5 minutes, then poured into the mug over the pumpkin bag. I steeped maybe two minutes. Gmathis said she thought adding black tea to this bag helped it. Maybe i picked the wrong black tea but this tastes like the smell of one of those craft stores, that sell dried flowers, candles and crap, yeah, I am such a guy. This is definitely not my thing.

Funny add on to this review. I went in to the next room in the office to pass along some job information. As I was leaving, he asked, “Did the ladies spray something to make the whole office smell like that?”
“No, it was just me making some tea. Kind of smell like a dried flower craft store?”
“Yeah.”
“Don’t worry I will gulp it and make it go away as quickly as possible.”
He is such a guy.

gmathis

Oops! Sorry ’bout that…

K S

:) Hey it made me smile and I can mark this one off my list.

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
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This smells wonderfully grain-like when dry and amazingly cocoa when brewed. This is an exceptional Yunnan. My lengthy review can be found here:
http://theeverdayteablog.blogspot.com/2012/11/zen-tea-phoenix-pearl.html

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drank Chamomile Vanilla Bean by Fusion Teas
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Had this late last night to help knock me out. It worked – until 3:00. Should have made another cup!

For those who have expressed concern. My job interview was short and not so sweet. The owners told him to hire kids out of school so they don’t have to pay them much. So I am still searching.

Ysaurella

all the very best for your future interviews KS, sure you’ll have better ones.

Sil

So sorry the job didn’t work out. As my dad always says, if not this…something better!

gmathis

That stinks. So sorry.

canadianadia

That’s too bad, I’m sure you’ll find something bigger and better soon enough

TheTeaFairy

Bummer :-( But I’m sure some employers will choose experience over youth, so don’t give up!

mrmopar

Never give up! Keep praying!

Claire

Ugh. Praying for a better interview for you soon.

Nik

I hope the next thing is better than this thing so that it turns out that not getting it is a blessing in disguise. =)

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drank Wanja Purple Tea by Wanja Tea of Kenya
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This is such an interesting tea. Today it tastes like a Chinese green tea with light milk chocolate notes. Yum!

My 500th tasting note!

AND I have a job interview Monday!

Happy Turkey Day America, and blessings to the rest of you.

Bonnie

WOW HOORAY 500!!! Dang, you beat me! I just drank #500 too!
Oh well, you are deserving. I had this a couple of weeks ago and liked it! AND A JOB INTERVIEW! Prayers for success!!!

K S

Thanks Bonnie. I just realized I can’t tell how many notes others have written. Congrats on your 500th as well.

Scharp

Congratulations on the number!

gmathis

Yay for Monday! Praying.

Bonnie

KS when you click on someones icon you can see how many reviews they’ve written.

K S

@Bonnie – Doh! I looked write at the number and didn’t see it.

K S

gmathis thanks – and 500 is like just starting to you!

Claire

Congratulations KS on your 500th review and praying for a great job interview for you!

LiberTEAS

I wish you the best for your job interview, and congrats on 500 tasting notes!

Sil

Yay! Congrats on the 500 reviews! I’m sure you’re interview will go amazing!

Ninavampi

Congrats on 500!:)

ashmanra

Happy 500, Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Interview! You don’t know how often you have come to mind lately, and we are keeping you in prayer!

canadianadia

So many great things!…wishing you many many more :)

mrmopar

good luck on monday and happy thanksgiving!!

Londo Mollari

Congrats and best wishes for Monday!

Nik

Congratulations, K S, and best of luck!

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Sip down. I had more than I really needed for steeping one mug at a time but not enough for two. I always feel a little uncomfortable using more than necessary. Even though I did not pay for this (thank you TeaVivre) I feel like I am being wasteful. I use what I need and steep until the leaves have given their all. Oh well, in the press it goes. I have not, so far at least, been a big fan of Assams. Ceylon black tea is ok. Chinese black tea I have loved almost every one I’ve tried. Those I haven’t loved I liked a lot. This one I could drink every day. It is really a fine tea. Malty, sweet, fruity. Just plain good.

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My first ever Celestial Seasonings courtesy of gmathis. Thanks. I had no idea what was in this when I brewed it this morning. It smells like pumpkin spice cake. It is very sweet. Now that I know there is Stevia in it, the sweetness makes sense. I can’t decide about the taste. It is something like pumpkin spice cake dipped in milk. It reminds me of a rooibos blend. It doesn’t taste like black tea to me. The spices are a different and interesting take on a classic.

gmathis

I liked it a lot better after I cut it with a bag of plain ol’ black stuff.

K S

I read your review and I plan to mix the second bag with a straight black tea.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Mother Parkers
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CHAroma said this rates between Lipton and Twinings. That pretty much nails it. It is a nice slightly fruity enjoyable cup. Not bitter. No astringency. Not a bad bagged tea really, in fact I rather liked it.

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90

I wanted something I hadn’t sipped in a while. This one jumped out of the drawer shouting drink me, drink me! Took a scoop and the fragrance of the dry leaf in the press is so good. Cocoa, grain, malt, honey! The sip is smooth. If you avoid Keemun because you think it will be smoky, think again. This just a delicious delight. All the scents are in the taste along with a bit of fruitiness. TeaVivre consistently delivers quality teas and this is an exquisite example. Very high on the yummo scale.

KittyLovesTea

Nice notes, this sounds delicious :) I just added it to my Teavivre basket.

ashmanra

Yes, indeed, this is a king among teas.

K S

This is right up there with Bailin Gonfu, Monkey picked, and Golden Tips. Each kind of similar but different. All excellent.

Sil

Mmmm will need to try this sometime when I get to place a teavivres order

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