883 Tasting Notes
Not sure how long this sample has been kicking around in my cupboard for. Years? Grabbed it this morning in an effort to not get the caffeine headache I’ve been suffering the past two days, oblivious to it’s origin. Took a couple of sips and it seemed harsh, so I added some cream and have been gulping it through the morning rush. It has cooled a bit now when I have some time to reflect on the taste. I can get a hint of rose and an overall creamy taste of vanilla on a base of tea. It’s ok, but not anything I’d restock. As always Zhi tea is hit or miss for me. I either adore them or don’t feel any sort of draw, never a middle ground.
Last night before going out I threw a couple bags of this in my travel mug with some hot water. It was so nice. It has that sweetness from the licorice, that warming feeling from the ginger and the hint of savory from the tumeric. I’m having more this morning steeped in warm coconut milk. Going to have to get some more of this soon at the rate I’m going through them.
I’m liking this tea. I don’t know that it really delivers on the promise of chai, but it has a convincing pumpkin flavor along with the accompanying spices. I’m getting more cinnamon out of it this time, but I drank it too fast to analyze it more. The resteep is a little week.
My first steeping of this was had with creamer and during the rush of the morning, so it was chugged rather than enjoyed. I’m on my second steeping now and it seems lighter in taste and scent. I’m getting mostly the hint of coconut, but not much else. This tea is one cup away from making it into my rehome bag.
God I love this tea! I went through this bag at record speed and only have one serving left. I’ll be reordering for sure. The orange is bright, but is rounded out nicely by almond. It’s smooth, delicious and is good for a resteeping. It is labeled as a black tea, but the leaves look greener to me. Not sure what is up with that, but either way I like it!
I love this tea. I feel like my tea journey should have taken my palate far beyond a CS bagged grocery store tea, but it has been in my house as a staple the past 20 years or so. This tea reminds me of the year of winter. I was living in the states, winter had just barely broken into spring when I moved to Perth, Australia for 6 months. Winter was about to start over there and when spring came I moved back to the states for fall and winter there. I bought a thermos in Perth, would fill it with this tea, some honey and soy milk and drink it all day at work, trying to stay warm in the old building, dreading having to go up to the breezy uninsulated rooftop bathrooms and loose all my built up body heat.
I don’t think I have ever had a cup of this without adding anything, but I’m noticing a sweetness in the sip. The sip is a little flat, but the chamomile comes through in the finish. Such a nice reliable warming cup!
Wow. Total blast of bitter board! I dumped the dust like contents of the tea bag into my steeper so I wouldn’t have to taste the bag, but the bag taste may have dulled the bitter brew. I added cream and it makes this dark tea drinkable, but not quite enjoyable. There is absolutely nothing remarkable about this tea.
If I were a kid and this tea was a real life representation of Xmas morning, I’d be one heartbroken little kid opening gift after gift of nothing but worn mismatched socks wondering what the f*ck just happened to my holiday.
This cup is so representative of the difference in quality and care that is put into loose leaf vs bagged and offends me to my core.
I’m dumping the hell out of this cup.
This is starting out to be a feisty day!
I love the name of this tea! It’s also the only tea on Steepster with that name. It was hard to pick out the smell of the tea dry since it came to me in a traveling tea box where it mingled with the scent of other teas. Once steeped it has a light puer smell with a hint of cocoa and just the slightest touch of leather. The taste is sweeter than I expected and smooth. Sweet with a cave like quality; earthy, musty, lots of base notes with a touch of leather on the finish. The taste kind of reminds me of those indoor water rides at amusement parks! Those have a particular smell. I’m thinking Small World and Pirate’s of the Caribbean types where you are in a boat indoors. The smell isn’t something I thought I’d enjoy in a hot beverage, but here I am!