987 Tasting Notes

94
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
987 tasting notes

This is such a lovely earl with soft hints of cream and vanilla to round out the sharp bergamot. This tea seems to have just the tiniest hint of some pepper to it this time. Interesting. It is just as delicious as I remember.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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I cold brewed this but it was fairly tasteless. I think I have to use more leaf

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90

This rooibos brews up so dark, it always catches me a little off-guard. I still think that this tea is more almond than vanilla. Thank you for changing the name (from Vanilla Heaven) Zen Tea— it exemplifies good customer service to listen to your customers!

The woodsy rooibos melds well with the almond and vanilla. It is better with a splash of milk, but I drank it bare tonight.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
TeaTiff

I will have to add a sample of this to my next order. Sounds pretty yummy.

tigress_al

I think it’s yummy!

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90
drank Champagne cassis by Zen Tea
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I had no idea what cassis was until I tried this tea. I looked it up just now, and Google tells me that it is a currant liqueur.
There is certainly currant notes which were in the forefront. The white tea base was smooth and slightly sweet. I am not sure that I am getting much champagne flavour though. Maybe I was just focused on trying to find the cassis flavour.
I am not entirely sure how to rate this tea yet.

Flavors: Black Currant

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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90
drank Taiwan Ruby by Zen Tea
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The tea leaves are long and unbroken, a pretty black. I used 1 tbls of leaf.
This is one delicious brew. It is malty and sweet with a fairly smooth and thick mouthfeel. It is a little spicy, cinnamon. There are some fruity notes which I would most associate with plum.
I resteeped for 3 minutes, but didn’t get a chance to really pay attention to the flavours.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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90

This is one good vanilla decaf, it is just a tad sweet. But not too sweet. I am not sure what temp I steeped it at though. I miss my variable temp kettle at home.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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84

This tea is very good for a bagged tea. I am not quite sure what temp this tea was steeped at because I didn’t have a variable kettle where we were staying. The vanilla maybe isn’t quite as strong as I would have liked, given the name of the tea but it was decent. The white tea base is fairly weak but I do get some weak hay/creamy white tea notes. I would likely get this again for travelling purposes.

I find that loose leaf tea never works out for me while travelling because I never seem to have the resources or time to enjoy it properly. I might as well save that for at home when I can enjoy the tea!

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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91
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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This review is for the bagged version. I couldn’t find a different listing, so I will just review here. Not much attention was paid to steeping parameters today because I brought this in a restaurant (yes, I am THAT person!). It was delicious even without proper parameters, or maybe I was just so tea craved I would have drank anything! Lol…long night.

This is probably one of the best bagged teas that I have tried. The bergamot isn’t too strong, the currant tastes fairly natural. I wasn’t able to pick out vanilla or caramel notes specifically, but there was a sweet/creamy note. Those notes might be more prevalent with better steeping parameters.

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90

I know I have reviewed this tea before because it is in my spreadsheet and I have drank it many times over the last few years. Oh well, I guess Steepster ate another one of my notes.

I have a real sweet tooth, and instead of reaching for something sweet and high in calories after supper, this is a good substitute. It is very sweet, and it is best enjoyed as a dessert latte.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
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This tea had been on my wish list forever. The reviews have always been raving about this tea. For whatever reason, I have never placed an order. When I saw that Mandala was having a pre-black Friday sale, I figured now was just as good of a time as any!

Boy, am I glad that I finally ordered this tea. This is by far the best milk oolong I have tasted!

I think that I did 6 steeps today. I didn’t do a rinse like some other notes are mentioning. The first 4 were for 20seconds each. These steeps were smooth and creamy with notes of coconut, and I find almost a buttercream icing sweetness. It is not overly sweet but just perfect. The mouthfeel is silky and full.
The 5th and 6th steeps are losing the creamy, coconut notes. Floral, fruity, green vegetal notes are making their way into this cup now.
If I would have had more time today, I would have continued to steep but caffeine really affects me if I have it after 2 or 3pm. I should have cold brewed the leaves for tomorrow but I didn’t think of it until the leaves were already in the garbage…sigh… Oops

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 tsp

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Hello,
I am a nurse. I have numerous hobbies: reading, crocheting, crafting, card making, scrapbooking, photography, shopping, and of course drinking TEA!

I started drinking loose leaf tea in Dec. 2010 when I went into a DavidsTea for the first time and have been hooked ever since! My favourite is probably white tea, but I also love black and oolong. I also like a nice relaxing rooibos or herbal in the evening. On Sundays, I like to treat myself and make a tea latte.

My favourite flavours are nutty, vanilla, chocolate, jasmine, tropical, fruity, earl grey.
My dislikes are lavender, rose, hibiscus, banana, and straight green or overly vegetal teas.

I am admittedly fairly generous in my rating scale. Most of my teas I rate at 90 and above, and would re-stock these teas.
Anything under 90 I probably wouldn’t re-stock unless I found a great price.

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