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90
drank Bamboo Buddha by Zen Tea
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90
drank Bamboo Buddha by Zen Tea
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90
drank Bamboo Buddha by Zen Tea
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90
drank Bamboo Buddha by Zen Tea
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90
drank Bamboo Buddha by Zen Tea
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90
drank Bamboo Buddha by Zen Tea
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I’ve never tasted bamboo leaf before, so this was very interesting.

Flavours of dry corn husk, dried berries/fruit (papaya?, grape, goji, blackberry, pineapple, blueberry), lemongrass, slight bit of floral. I actually really like the blackberry and blueberry in this, it makes the tea sweet and fragrant. Overall, a delightful herbal on a cold day. I’ll be trying this iced when it warms up outside.

Flavors: Bamboo, Berries, Blackberry, Blueberry, Corn Husk, Flowers, Fruity, Goji, Grapes, Lemongrass, Pineapple, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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90
drank Bamboo Buddha by Zen Tea
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90
drank Bamboo Buddha by Zen Tea
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80
drank Rooibos Chai by Zen Tea
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80
drank Rooibos Chai by Zen Tea
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80
drank Rooibos Chai by Zen Tea
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80
drank Rooibos Chai by Zen Tea
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80
drank Rooibos Chai by Zen Tea
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80
drank Rooibos Chai by Zen Tea
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All my ZenTea samples came in today! I made 7 pots of tea this afternoon…it was a bit ridiculous. This was on top of the 8 cups from this morning. I’m going to sipdown all these little samples lying around if it kills me! Now I have 2 herbals and 10 teas from ZenTea on top of that. What am I doing to myself?

The rooibos base is nice. I like the spicy ginger and cardamom. In fact, the whole spice blend is lovely. This is a pretty solid chai blend.

Flavors: Anise, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Cloves, Fennel Seed, Ginger, Pecan, Peppercorn, Rooibos, Spices, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML

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100
drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
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This tea is a meeting between hazelnuts, French vanilla, and light roast oolong. Absolutly delicious. It tastes like I added milk or cream to my tea, but that’s just the flavour of the brewed tea itself. Additionally, the natural sweetness of the oolong brings everything together. Dessert in a cup!

Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Hazelnut, Milk, Nuts, Nutty, Toast, Vanilla

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML

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100
drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
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100
drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
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I’m normally not a big fan of hazelnut flavourings in coffee/tea (just a bit picky with them) but I adore this flavoured oolong blend.

A few interesting notes come from the oolong itself. I think I taste tobacco and leaves (like dry maple and elm leaves), maybe in a storage/fermented kind of way? I’m digging it though, whatever it is.
The oolong is a bit toasty, the hazelnut and vanilla combo are nutty and fragrant. This just wow’d me a lot. It almost tastes like there are some spices and whatnot in there too, but I’m not sure what. So much nutty, creamy, sweetness. This will be perfect as a latte some morning.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Cardboard, Coffee, Creamy, Hazelnut, Honey, Leather, Nuts, Nutty, Roast nuts, Sweet, Toasted, Toasty, Tobacco, Vanilla

Nattie

Oooh I’m a sucker for nutty teas, this sounds amazing!!

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100
drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
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100
drank Taiwan Ruby by Zen Tea
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This tea is so mmm, yeah, I can’t even tell you. It’s in the direction of honey black, but stops just before reaching the outer edge of sweetness, and with so much more depth and layering to it. So smooth with the ever so slight bit of smoke.

The cinnamon that others have mentioned eludes me. This does not trouble me.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Earth, Honey, Plums, Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Daylon R Thomas

Isn’t the Honey Black also from Taiwan?

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, yes, it is. Perhaps to clarify, I meant the honey blacks that I’ve had recently, which have been supersweet. Cryptic, why yes it is. And then, if we put this post in the context me having had a couple of glasses of maaaaaaaple tea directly before it, then well never mind then.

Arby

oooh I ordered this last week. Now I’m super excited to try it! It sounds amazing.

Evol Ving Ness

It is one of my favourites.

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75
drank Black tea-Keemun Finest by Zen Tea
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I drank this sample Western-style both times I tried it, as that’s just what the smaller leaves seemed best suited to. The dry leaf smelled malty with a bit of cocoa, smoke, and plum. The flavor was a nicely deep and malty, with a little bit of cocoa and vanilla in the first steep. There was also just a small tough of smoke to it. After the first steep, I didn’t get any of the vanilla or cocoa notes I got before. The maltiness remained, along with a slight bit of a plum note. Pretty good tea, especially to western and take with me!

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Plums, Smoke, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 0 OZ / 8 ML

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85
drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
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GCTTB DAY 6

Back to sampling GCTTB teas this afternoon. This is one I had brought with me to work, and it is just lovely! It reminds me of Harney and Sons’ Florence tea, à la oolong. Hazelnut and vanilla are dominant flavour notes, smoothly mixing with the familiar slightly earthy oolong tea base. Well-balanced and smooth tea – delicious! Another keeper. :)

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70
drank Raspberry Vanilla by Zen Tea
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Last GCTTB tea that I picked! Wow sampling went fast!

tbh I only get a light taste of vanilla and fruit. When it comes to rooibos teas I like the flavouring STRONG. This is alright, I’ll use it up at work.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77
drank Jin Xuan by Zen Tea
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Another sample slain! I’m going through them at a blistering pace, reducing that mountain! My girlfriend is helping me pick them out at random so I’m not paralyzed by indecision :) This rolled oolong had smaller nuggets than most others I’ve seen. I would say these leaves smelled pretty classically Jin Xuan – with some floral and creamy/milky aromas coming off of them. I preferred this one at 180F, which is lower than I typically go for oolongs.

The flavor was simple but satisfying. Green floral and slight milky notes dominated, though nothing about this tea suggested domination. It was pretty gentle, with a nice smooth and thick silky texture to it.

Flavors: Floral, Green, Milk, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70
drank Evening Lights - herb by Zen Tea
415 tasting notes

Tea 4/8 from the GCTTB that I traded off. Moving along fast!

Interesting how so many reviewers found a prominent licorice taste to this tea. I made a cup for me + 1 for my husband (different leaves for each cup) and with each cup I found the foretaste to be mint, next- floral, then maybe a touch of licorice. Maybe it’s because I only steeped for 5 min? Either way this blend is decent and I’ll use it up pretty fast.

Flavors: Floral, Mint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
ashmanra

I like this one! Thanks for reminding me of it!

Evol Ving Ness

Perhaps the trick is a short steep?

Kristal

I think so!

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