2135 Tasting Notes

drank Anji Bai Cha by teasenz
2135 tasting notes
must have gone through nearly a gallon of tea over the past two days in my effort to relax, most of which happened to be a fabulous tea sent to me by Teasenz— Anji White Tea (Bai Cha). The name is a bit of a misnomer, this is actually a green tea, but as the leaves are exposed to hot water they turn white, hence the name bai cha or white tea. The flavor is delicate, with a slightly nutty undertone and creamy texture. The vegetal flavor of this tea is strong, but it doesn’t over power the more subtle flavors. There is a nice balance to this tea and a slight sweetness—this cup lacks for nothing and I find I could drink a lot of it (and certainly have over the past few days.)

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g

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There really aren’t enough words to convey how much I love this tea—it’s everything I ever wanted out of a chocolate tea and then some. The combination of quilan oolong, hojicha, and chicory is brilliant—it gives the tea a nice roasted flavor with a tinge of bitterness on the back of the tongue, just like good quality dark chocolate. It really hits all of the right notes for me and then comes the sweet cherry flavor. This tea reminds me of the chocolate covered cherries my grandma bought every Christmas throughout my childhood. I have such fond memories of them and it was always such a treat when she would share a bite with us. Those cordial cherries from Queen Anne were her favorite (and I wouldn’t have blamed her if she had decided to hoard the entire box, those things are delicious.) This is hands down the most realistically flavored chocolate tea I’ve come across. Lauren at A Quarter to Tea really is a talented tea blender, I can’t wait to see what new flavors she dreams up next.

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Bamboo Buddha by Zen Tea
2135 tasting notes

There is a very unfamiliar undertone to this tea. It’s most likely the bamboo and to be honest I have no idea what bamboo on its own is suppose to taste like. I can’t quite describe it—its not quite earthy or nutty—it definitely stands out, it isn’t unpleasant, but I’m not exactly sure that I enjoy it. This is one of those teas that just continues to mess with my mind because I can’t figure out how I feel about it.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I have to say, I’m a huge fan of the green teas that have been coming out of India the past few years—they’re a welcome alternative to the traditional Chinese and Japanese greens. The flavors tend to be light and slightly sweet, quite different from what I’m accustomed to. This particular tea leans more towards sweet and floral—depending on the temperature of preparation you’ll even see an undertone of citrus. The bright, refreshing flavor is just what I need to chase away some of the dark gloom of a cold winter day.

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The appearance of this tea reminds me a lot of Dragonwell, with its long rolled leaf, but the flavor is light and tastes slightly of sweet corn. It reminds me somewhat of cornsilk tea, which is popular in Korea and some parts of the United States. Because this tea is so lightly flavored, water quality plays a larger than normal roll in the final flavor of the tea. We’ve been having hard water issues the past few months, so my first cup tasted flat and mineral-like. If you have not-so-great tasting water then I definitely recommend using filtered or bottled water when steeping this tea, it makes all the difference in the world.

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175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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There are a number of rose and lavender teas that remind me of potpourri, they’re absolutely cloying, but the flavors in this blend are delicately balanced and don’t overpower each other. Each sip yields a gentle layering of flavors, first the peppermint, followed by rose, then the faintest hints of lavender and jasmine—it’s absolutely exquisite.

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It’s surprising really how much of a difference 10°F can make in a cup of tea. At 185°F this tea was slightly sweet with only the barest hint of a floral note. The strong earthy flavor obscured any of the more complex notes I was expecting, leaving the tea tasting more like pu’erh than oolong. Increasing the water temperature only accentuated the deep earthy flavor of this tea. If I had started out with a blind sample prepared with boiling water I never would have guessed I was drinking oolong. I also found it fascinating that unlike fresh tea, this tea didn’t turn bitter or develop an astringency when I chose to use hotter water or an extended steeping time. The flavor only became deeper and more earthy, with a slight mineral note at the end.

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185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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This is one of those teas where I enjoyed the scent more than the actual flavor. It smelled like a nice juicy blueberry, but the flavor was tart and slightly medicinal. I decided it wasn’t what I was in the mood for at the time, so I added a little bit of sugar and stuck it in the fridge for later. I found it much more enjoyable the second time around, the german rock sugar I added really helped draw out the blueberry flavor. This is definitely one of those teas I prefer cold over hot.

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I suppose I didn’t realize just how much lavender was in this blend when I ordered it, but the sample I purchased consisted of about 80% lavender. I do enjoy lavender in my tea, in small doses, but large amounts like this tend to be overpowering. I decided at the last minute to do a short (4 hour) cold-steep in an effort to draw out some of the other flavors—it actually turned out fairly well. The flavor still leaned strongly towards lavender, but I was able to taste the peppermint and lemongrass as well. This was a nice end of the day cup of tea, but not something I’m likely to order again—there is just way too much lavender for my tastes.


I have a facial cleanser that is lavender. One time I bought a pure lavender tea thinking it was going to be amazing, but all I could imagine is drinking the cleanser!

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so funny you should say that, I actually picked out some of the lavender to make a lemon lavender sugar scrub so the leftover tea didn’t go to waste.


haha nice!

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Single Origin Teas, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea


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