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drank Anti-Strain - Herb by Zen Tea
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A review of Anti Strain Tea by Zen Tea

Company: Zen Tea
Tea Name: Anti Strain
Tea Type/Varietal: Herb
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose herbs
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: Honey
Leaf Characteristics: there are pieces of licorice roots, ginger, orange peels, and cardamom.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes
This is another sampler sent to me from the folks at Zen Tea Life. I open the tea pouch and find a heady mixture of herbals and smelling so very sweet. I take a small teaspoonful of the tea and put this in my cup and adding the boiled water to my cup, I live it to steep for five minutes. I take the cover from the cup and take the tea and begin to sip it slowly, all the while taking in the tea’s aroma which smells of licorice and the tea’s color is that of honey.

From sip after sip of tea, I am met with the licorice as the top note; the ginger and cardamom and fennel are next in the mixture of taste. This has got to be the sweetest tea that I have ever had. I have added nothing to this tea and yet it taste very strongly of sugar when in fact it is the licorice that is roaming in the cup.

I am not a fan of licorice. I would enjoy this tea much more with less of the licorice because I am finding it too overpowering, kind of like me and I can be annoying at most times.

I am hoping to have some vitalizing energy since I did have this tea today. Thank you Zen Tea for sending this sampler my way.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A review of Taiwan Dong Ding (Tung Ting Oolong) by Teavivre

Company: Teavivre
Tea Name: Taiwan Dong Ding (Tung Ting Oolong)
Tea Type/Varietal: Oolong
Region: Dongding Mountain, Nantou, Taiwan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup / loose leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: pale yellow
Leaf Characteristics: leaves are fine pellets and when brewed with hot water they are full and plump…two leaves attached as nipped from tea bushes.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

I am having another fixing of this Dong Ding Oolong sent to me by Teavivre. I consider myself very fortunate since they sent me a very large sample bag filled with their teas many of which are the same like this Dong Ding sample. I open the small packet and empty half of it into my cup and pour in the hot water and leave it for a steeping time of 3 minutes.

The tea leaves are fuller and plumper; there are two leaves attached to a stem. As I scoop out the tea leaves I see as well that they are green in color and smell very green, I think of veggies. Tea’s color at fist was a light green but is actually very light yellow and when I sip this Dong Ding it is quite pleasing and smooth with slight dryness on the tongue, not when swallowed but as one roll and play about with the tea in the mouth. There is slight bitterness to it as well; I say bitter but it more of the drying effect of this oolong.

Overall, this is a good tea to have after a heavy meal since it is so very light on the stomach; tea seems to wash down a heavy meal quite well. As it is morning, I have not had a heavy meal, but I imagine as much.

Thank you, Teavivre for sending me so many lovely teas to sample and experience.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

3 minutes seems LONG if you use a lot of leaf. I had this at a gonfu class last night and the steep time was 15 seconds. If you have more leaf you might get less bitterness if you cut down the steep time. The dryness was something I experienced also on about the 3rd or 4th steeping.

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89

A review of Organic Masala Chai by David Rio Fine Teas

Company: David Rio Fine Teas
Tea Name: Organic Masala Chai
Tea Type/Varietal: Chai powder
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup / teaspoon
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: cinnamon/ ground Cumin
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minute

I made for myself some hot chai by simply mixing 1 heaping tablespoon of this Masala Chai with some boiled water and stirring it vigorously so that it would froth. The chai’s aroma fills the air with allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and it is a lovely cinnamon color or more like that of ground cumin.

I like the taste as well. I am pretending that I am having a cup of hot chocolate except it is full of spices and quite zesty. In all this is very warm and enjoyable cup of Masala Chai.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80

A review of Indar Tea by Indar – Compagnie Coloniale

I am finishing this special blend of Ceylon, Assam, and Darjeeling tea. I take the tea bag and put it in my cup and adding some tap water to my cup, I put the cup in microwave for two minutes after which time I remove it from microwave and put the saucer over my cup and leave it to steep.

I am not a big fan of black tea, and I was told that I should drink more of this; anyhow, anyhow, I take my tea over by the window and as I stare and sip while I take in the tea’s aroma. It is roast and robust in scent and tea’s aroma is darkish amber. A dark red, not quite malt and when tasted I am reminded of roasted chestnuts or so I imagine. This is quite a stretch. Tea is full bodied and smooth finish when I swallow and slight drying effect to it perhaps because of the malty taste.

I did not add cream or sugar as I am having it plainly. Tea has no astringency; it is simply a nice cup of tea with a lovely color with a woodsy/toasty aroma with a smooth finish leaving no after taste. Over time I think I have learned to appreciate this mixture. I wish I could be a better describer/reviewer for such a tea since I feel inept.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I think you did a great job of describing it. As an Assam lover, it sounds downright tasty!

Nicole

An excellent description. I can imagine it quite clearly.

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85

A review of Energía Herbal Chai by Oregon Chai

Company: Oregon Chai
Tea Name: Energía Chai
Tea Type/Varietal: Chai
Region: South America
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup / tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: red
Leaf Characteristics: Tea bag smells strongly of the chai spices.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes

I take one tea bag and put in my cup and pour in the boiled water, leaving to steep for several minutes. The spices fill the air around me immediately, and it is so warm and inviting encouraging me to take the cup and sip the tea…which is hot, so blowing away some of the heat so that my nose is tease further with the heady scent of the tea.

Tea’s color is brightly red and the aroma is that of spices from India I imagine yet it is South American spices infused with Yerba Mate, Guayusa and cinnamon, clove, ginger and Cardamom I further imagine is what I am met with when inhaling and tasting of this tea. It is a cup of warmth with nothing more needed, well a cozy nook of a corner by the window to watch the light coating of snow and take delight with living in this part of the world where seasonal changes occur and are at times quite pleasant.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Bamboo Integrity by Zen Tea
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A review of Bamboo Integrity by Zen Tea life

Company: Zen Tea
Tea Name: Bamboo Integrity
Tea Type/Varietal: Herb blends
Region: Canada
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose herbs
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: bright pinkish orange with yellow base.
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

That song that says: The weather outside is frightfully cold or so…I reached for my tea cup and scooping out some of this fine bamboo tea for a cup of goodness and warmth. I add the boiled water to it and inhale the aroma as the tea is steeping, steam rising from my cup and filling my nostrils with quite a lovely fragrant of lemon grass, ginger spices, carrots and apple bits and after scooping out some of these delights I sip and sip my tea and it is just what I was seeking as the spices of the ginger fills me with warmth and joy; that peaceful feeling in having found goodness and all that it took was to fix a cup of this tea and voila…I am at peace if only for this moment in time.

Thank you, Teavivre for sending the package my way, thank you for this experience; for allowing me to review your teas. This is a wonderful tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Carrots? Cool! You’ve done it again … made me want to try another one!

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89

A review of Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong by Teavivre

Company: Teavivre
Tea Name: Jin Xuan Milk Oolong
Tea Type/Varietal: Oolong
Region: Alishan Nantou, Taiwan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light amber with orange/yellow base
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

I am happy to be having another of Teavivre tea samplers. This one is a milk oolong. I opened the foiled packet to find small pellets like of green colored leaves. I empty the packet into my cup and pour in the boiled water and placing a lid over my cup I leave it to steep for 2 minutes.

After the set time, I remove the lid to find the leaves have grown fuller and very green and tea cup smelling of greens and somewhat strongly astringent. I guess this is freshness and partly from the Osmanthus, I hope I am not reacting to it as I do Jasmine. I scoop out the leaves and the tea is a light amber color and when placed directly under the lights it is orange/peach like.

Upon sipping the tea which seems more astringent than I was expecting; tea seems kind of bitter and not sure why since steep time was very short. Perhaps from not rinsing or discarding this first brew, I am unsure.

I did finish the cup however, and added more boiling water over the leaves for another cup and still there is that slight astringency in flavoring.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100

A review of Taiwan GABA Tea by Fong Mong Tea Corp.

Company: Fong Mong
Tea Name: Taiwan GABA Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: loose leaf
Region: Taiwan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ teaspoon
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: reddish brown amber
Leaf Characteristics: leaves look more like twig and finely curled leaves and are crunchy. When steeped the leaves are full and a brownish with hints of red; auburn in coloring.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I take a heaping spoonful of the tea leaves and put them in my cup and add the boiled water to my cup; covering it for a five minutes steep time. When time is over, I remove the cover and scoop out the tea leaves. Tea is a lovely reddish brown color; glowing like in my cup and tea’s aroma is somewhat malt like with a roast/woodsy finishing.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I have enjoyed having this Gaba tea and want more of it; so yes another cup; using the same leaves and steeping with hotter water for five minutes. I sip the tea while the leaves remain in the bottom of my cup. Tea is slightly smoky and roast like flavoring. I am enjoying this tea as there seems to be no way to have a bad cup of this tea. It is simply good tea.

I like the teas color that reddish brown which I had not notice before; and how light this tea is on the palette. Overall, this is grade A+ tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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89

A review of Organic Yerba Mate Tea by Guayaki

Company: Guayaki
Tea Name: Organic Yerba Mate
Tea Type/Varietal: Yerba Mate
Region: South American rainforest
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: very light green/light brown color
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I turn to this tea once more and I am having it as my morning drink so it can help stimulate focus and clarity while boosting my energy. I take one tea bag and add the nearly boiled water to my cup and leave it to steep for five minutes.

Tea’s color is very light green/ light brown and hints of yerba mate for aroma. I mean I can smell there is something in my cup but no words really for me to describe as I am inexperience/don’t know.

I sip and sip the tea slowly while breathing in deeply the tea’s aroma; it is a mantra of sort as I sip and inhale and swish it around in my mouth than I swallow. I do this until tea is all gone.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 10 minutes

I fixed yet another cup of this tea with longer steep for nearly 10 minutes. Tea color did not darken and the aroma is slightly stronger; it has a toasty aroma since brewed longer and hotter. And when I taste the tea this time it seems more robust mate flavoring. So I take a deep breath, then a sip of the tea while swooshing it in my mouth and then I swallow and exhale deeply. I do this until I finish drinking the tea.

What am I doing? I am having a relaxing cup of tea while meditating and incanting for peace with my surrounding environment which is most static and chaos seems to reign; while all seems quiet…but not.

I must say this is the most I have enjoyed partaking of this tea and I am thankful for the experience and the well-being feeling that comes from having drunk this tea. Thank you.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Slim Lotus Tea by In Nature
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A review of Lotus Tea (Slim Line) by In Nature

Company: In Nature
Tea Name: Lotus Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Green (herbal)
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup/leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: Golden brown
Leaf Characteristics: The leaves are squarely cut and medium in size, they are very dry and soft not crunchy; not fried/fired it seems. When steeped/immersed in the water they seem to remain the same, I mean that the leaves don’t seem to have absorbed any water when steeped and the tea’s aroma is somewhat rosy/floral sweet bouquet.

  1. Steepings on a scale of 1-5 tea is 5+

1st Steeping: 5 minutes
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 4-5 minutes in the morning

I have not had this tea in a long while. I take a heaping spoonful of the tea leaves and put them in my cup and add the boiling water over the leaves in my cup and cover it to steep for five minutes. After such time I remove the saucer and the scoop out the leaves which seem to have remain the same; they are not soaked (no change in the leaves since immerse in water). I like what I am seeing in my cup which is lovely lightest yellow/brown liquor with a soft rosy bouquet and when tea tasted is sweetly smooth and has not astringent. As much as I have had this tea, it has always been enjoyable and never bitter. No change regardless of number of steeps and brew time.

This tea is good for drinking instead of having water; simply brew a nice pot full of this tea and let it cool and drink it as if water…except better and good for you.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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