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My last Zhi tea! Though some have made their way to the rehoming box, but those don’t count. :P

This is probably the best one out of what I ordered, though it’s not amazing. The sencha base is very dry grassy with some slightly fishy seaweed notes, but not much depth or really any vegetal notes at all. I do like the grapefruit flavor, it’s restrained but not too subtle and it does taste like a real grapefruit. And since it’s a citrus it goes fairly well with the more savory base, when some sweeter flavors would be a weird combination.

Anyway, it’s not bad. Lupicia’s version is much better, because the base is much better. Maybe I’ll steep up some of that tea next… Zhi in general was very disappointing to me, especially since it’s a local brand. There were a few teas that were decent, but none that were great or worth reordering IMO. Oh well.

Flavors: Citrus, Citrus Zest, Dry Grass, Fishy, Grapefruit, Seaweed, Umami

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

I’d say the bulk of what I’ve tried from Zhi I haven’t liked, but the few I did like are near permanent staples for me. I think if I liked straight teas better I’d dig more of what they have.

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drank Panettone Cake by Dessert by Deb
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So I was shocked when I opened this pouch and it really did smell like panettone – sweet with raisin and citrus and a richness from the vanilla.

However, it doesn’t really translate to the steeped tea, which is sort of a bit bland? I do taste hints of all those things – raisin, orange and lemon, a woody boozy note from the vanilla. But it’s all very subtle and the earthy/woody base takes over a bit. I will say this base tea is very smooth, which I appreciate after not liking some of the other black teas with a more tannic base. Also, there’s no sugar here which is always a plus.

Flavors: Alcohol, Citrus, Earth, Lemon, Orange, Raisins, Smooth, Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Peach Matcha by 3 Leaf Tea
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Yay, look at me go, actually finishing some matcha ha ha! :P (we’ll ignore the fact that I still have like 5+ 30g tins in my drawer plus another two flavored packets..)

I’ve been enjoying iced flavored matcha with oat milk every morning, and this one really lends itself to that preparation. It tastes almost exactly like that peaches & cream instant oatmeal packet that I used to love! Less sweet, obviously, but the peach of the matcha together with the creamy, oat-y milk replicates the idea perfectly. So perfect for breakfast ha ha!

And if I’m feeling frisky, I might just add a drizzle of maple or vanilla syrup just to augment the yumminess… ;)

Flavors: Creamy, Grass, Peach, Sweet

Iced 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Look at you go! :)

My eggnog matcha yesterday was so delicious that I was tempted to start the day with another one. One matcha drink a day is plenty and I was in the mood for more tea sipping.

Are you able to drink more caffeine after you have a matcha, or like me, one and done?


I’ve started my morning with matcha too!

Cameron B.

I’m not at all sensitive to caffeine, so I don’t really pay attention to how much I have!

Evol Ving Ness

Neither am I, but matcha sends me to the moon.

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Don’t ask me why I ordered this, ginger is the first ingredient. And I like ginger in some things, but it tends to be too much for me as a starring ingredient.

Anyway… This isn’t bad by any means. The ginger is strong but it doesn’t burn my tongue, which is a plus. But the peppermint is already a bit wet rag-y and the earthiness of the ginger pushes it even more in that direction. I definitely don’t taste orange. The eucalyptus is there, adding a nice savory coolness to the blend.

It’s drinkable but not something I would buy.

Flavors: Earthy, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Herbaceous, Herbs, Menthol, Mint, Musty, Peppermint

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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So to me, this is very similar to Deb’s cinnamon raisin hojicha.

It has the same sweet cinnamon sort of flavor, maybe with a bit of extra spicing from the pumpkin pie spice. The apple and pumpkin seeds don’t seem to be adding anything IMO. I do appreciate that there isn’t any sugar added to this blend, but at the same time I prefer the other one heh heh…

Pumpkin spice hojicha, but a bit light on the pumpkin spice. Also, why coconut? Not that I taste it anyway.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Dry Leaves, Pumpkin Spice, Roasted, Spices, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This had a lovely raspberry smell dry, but I wish I was getting a bit more raspberry in the taste.

The nuttiness is definitely there, I’m not sure I would know outright that it’s pecan, but it’s rich and creamy and pleasant. But there’s only a touch of raspberry, and I wish it was stronger to better compete with the nuttiness. And then near the end the rooibos rears its head a bit and takes over everything.

I like the idea of the flavor combo, but I wish for more raspberry and possibly a different base…

Flavors: Butter, Cookie, Creamy, Jam, Medicinal, Nuts, Raspberry, Roasted Nuts, Rooibos, Sweet, Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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So I have this gallon Ziploc bag of Teavivre samples from a previous order, and I figured it was time to start working through them. There’s two samples of each tea, so if I have one every day I’ll get a sipdown every other day. Huzzah!

This is tasty, as their jasmine teas always are. I’m not sure where this one falls in terms of price, but it’s definitely not as delicious as their jasmine pearl teas. The jasmine is nice enough, sweet and lush with a nice hint of creaminess. But I feel like the base tea isn’t giving me much? It’s sort of just slightly grassy and mineral, and there’s some astringency even though I steeped it for just two minutes.

Still a pleasant and relaxing tea this evening, it just doesn’t measure up to a lot of Teavivre’s other jasmine teas that I’ve tried in the past.

Flavors: Astringent, Creamy, Dry Grass, Floral, Jasmine, Mineral, Peach, Sweet

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

I only drink this one with food where the finer stuff doesn’t get as much chance to shine. I am partial to the Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls, even prefer them to the more expensive downy dragon pearls.

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The last of my yummy samples from a previous Mountain Stream order…

Another lovely red oolong, which is possibility my favorite kind. Probably because I adore Taiwanese black teas, and this is sort of like an oolong pretending to be that. :P

Very sweet and rich, with lots of dark brown sugar and honey mixed among hints of red and golden fruits. A generous sprinkling of cinnamon as well, which is a note I only tend to find in oxidized Taiwanese teas. This one actually has a bit of malt as well, and could probably convince me that it was a black tea if it was so inclined…

Yummy, sweet, cozy goodness. A perfect tea for fall and winter weather. :)

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bread, Brown Sugar, Caramelized Sugar, Cinnamon, Dry Leaves, Honey, Malt, Red Fruits, Round, Smooth, Stonefruit, Sweet, Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Harvest by New Moon Tea Co.
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This one sounded good from the ingredients, but I don’t taste much besides chamomile, a bit of mint, and a touch of licorice root. And I would’ve guessed peppermint, not spearmint which is the actual ingredients. Not that I dislike any of these things, it’s just rather boring and muddled together. There’s no crispness to the mint and the chamomile is sort of a bland.

Not a winner for me! But one step closer to sipping down all of my herbal tisanes so I can buy shiny new ones! :P

Flavors: Chamomile, Licorice Root, Mint, Peppermint, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

What a funny name … I wouldn’t associate any of those ingredients with “harvest” at all!

Cameron B.

It has apple in it I guess? But I don’t taste it at all, lol!

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Ooh, getting a really lovely rich cacao flavor in this last cuppa!

I never really got much marshmallow from this, despite there apparently being both leaf and root. But it is a nice mix of peppermint and dark chocolaty notes. Often I can’t really taste cacao much in teas, so I appreciate that it has a strong presence here. So much better than chocolate flavoring!

It’s tasty, but not something I would reorder due to the price ($9 for 1 ounce). I might have to try creating my own version with mint and cacao nibs one of these days.

Flavors: Cacao, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Mint, Peppermint, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Yeah, I’m interested in a few of their teas, but those prices are pretty steep! Maybe as a treat one day!

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

~ February Sipdowns: 4
~ Total 2022 Sipdowns: 45

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I also use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, and oolong varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I love matcha and drink it often!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. Osmanthus is also a favorite of mine. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Purveyors:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Taiwan Tea Crafts
Yunnan Sourcing

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age.

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