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85
drank Taiwan Ruby by Zen Tea
576 tasting notes

Sadly, I’m coming to the end of this bag. I didn’t love it quite as much as the other black tea I tried from Zen, but it’s still very nice: long, unbroken twisted black leaves that brew up smooth and malty and rich. Perfect for this grey, rainy Wisconsin morning!

Flavors: Malt, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88
drank Jin Xuan by Zen Tea
52 tasting notes

Brews up deep golden and there’s a satisfaction in watching the tightly curled leaves unfurl in the infuser. Definitely one that needs room to breathe – very tempting to just drink the second steep grandpa style and say screw the finely honed infusing process.

There’s a mellow earthy flavor that reminds me of the smell of freshly broken twigs with a mouthfeel that’s almost silky. It’s not a robust kind of tea, but the mild comfort of its mineral notes are soothing in a way that entices you into multiple cups before you realize what’s happened.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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50

Earl Grey is usually black tea, but this one is white. I didn’t like it at all; the smell of the lavender was so strong it burned my nose. The taste of lavender was so strong it made me cringe. Oddly, the lavender taste was so strong, it almost tasted like lemon. It was just bad.

Flavors: Lavender, Lemon

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77

I was not a good as other oolong teas that I’ve had, but I don’t know if it’s just because of how I brewed it. It wasn’t as flavorful as other oolong teas that I’ve tried, but I still liked it because i just like the wonderful tea taste. It was kind of disappointing because the tea was grown in the Wuyi Mountains in China, and that location is supposed to be famous for really good tea. Of course, again, it could have been my own fault, or it could be because of how it was stored and shipped.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

It was very bitter and tasted like grass, but somehow I still liked it. If anyone wants to make matcha themselves, I would recommend straining it. I don’t have an appropriate strainer so the powder clumped together even after mixing it and it was kind of gross. Besides that, it was good. If you like bitter tastes, matcha is the right choice

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I don’t like green tea as much as other teas but this one is okay. I didn’t notice the nutty taste until I read the other reviews, but when I had some more I could taste it. I would recommend this tea to people who enjoy green tea.

Flavors: Nutty

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Ceremonial Matcha by Zen Tea
15 tasting notes

Zen Tea’s ceremonial matcha was a little more bitter than their regular organic matcha. (Although this could be due to user error, since this was my first time making matcha the traditional way.) It was still very enjoyable, though, both with and without sweetner. If you feel the need to sweeten it, sugar tends to taste better than honey in this one. For now I’ll say that I liked the regular organic better, but I appreciate how the higher quality one doesn’t clump up at all.

Flavors: Grass, Green

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67

The ginger smell is strong, but enjoyable. It was slightly floral, and spicy from the ginger. It was pleasant.

Flavors: Floral, Ginger, Spicy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

The smell was very pleasant: earthy, woodsy, and slightly sweet. There is a nice woodsy, earthy first taste and turns into a slightly sweet, alcoholic aftertaste.

Flavors: Alcohol, Earth, Sweet, Wood

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85

This is the second kind of white tea I have tried. I’m not a tea expert, but I don’t think white tea is as bitter as other teas. It’s more delicate, I think. I’ve been trying to experiment more with different brews. I tried two brews: one with one teaspoon of tea and one with two teaspoons and slightly lower temperature. They tasted the same. They were good though.

If anyone knows a good way to brew this tea, please tell me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

Second time trying this tea, but this time my husband made it since he wanted to give it a shot. It was very strong and very sweet, but I was expecting that since he usually adds enough sugar to fruity teas to rot someone’s teeth. It was a little much for me, but I still love the overall flavor and aroma of this tea. Definitely one of my favorites that I’ve tried from Zen Tea so far! The last time I went to Zen Tea, I made sure to pick up a bag. Definitely recommend it for any fruity tea lovers!

Flavors: Berries, Fruity, Mango, Strawberry

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84

Although I always prefer my fruity teas sweetened, this one was delightful even without sugar or honey. The strawberry was the strongest flavor, but it didn’t overpower the other flavors. The aroma was so pleasant and refreshing that I wish I could smell it all day, every day. I tried it in house at Zen tea House

Flavors: Berries, Hibiscus, Mango, Strawberry

Preparation
3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is some of the best matcha I’ve ever had (excluding my obsession with iced green tea lattes from Starbucks). It was sweeter than others I’ve tried, which was perfect for my tastes, and not nearly as astringent as some of the first matcha teas I ever tried.

Flavors: Astringent, Grass, Green, Sweet

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100
drank White Jasmine Rose by Zen Tea
11 tasting notes

Great tasting tea, very natural and has a good aroma. I tried this at a tea house and it was great!

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25
drank hazelnut by Zen Tea
16 tasting notes

This was a strong black tea. It did taste a little butter like. Dark in color. Did not prefer this type of tea but it was not the worst black tea I have tasted. Would try maybe a different type of hazelnut tea from this brand.

Flavors: Butter, Hazelnut

Preparation
3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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86

I really like black teas. This tea has a subtle fruity taste without artificial flavors. I tend to like stronger flavors and I was happy with this one. I also had some other people try it and everyone liked it.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

I like the smell of this tea; I keep taking sniffs of the tea leaves. It had a delicate flavor that went down smoothly. I don’t know if my brew was ideal but I thought it tasted good. It was relaxing. I think I like white tea.

Flavors: Jasmine, Rose

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Pu-erh loose by Zen Tea
12 tasting notes

This was my first time drinking pu-erh tea. The pack I bought had been fermented since 1992 and does not contain artificial smells or flavors. When I first smelled it, I thought I would not like it because it was so strong; however, I liked the taste. It definitely was not delicate, but I liked the gritty bitterness of it. The smell grew on me as I was drinking it. Unfortunately, my taste and smell are not very refined, so I can’t give much more detail about it.

I don’t think I steeped it for as long as I should have. My first cup was kind of weak, but my next cup was much better. I’m happy I drank it though. I’ll try for a better brew next time.

Flavors: Bitter, Burnt

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Bluegreen

sebarnett47. it’s very common with puerhs. They take some time to get wet and extract the goodness out of desiccated cells so first steeps are almost always weaker and typically forgettable. Many people simply discard the first short steeping and let the tea sit a bit before the start the secind one.

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70

It had been a few years since I had a bowl of matcha, so it was quite invigorating to drink~. I missed its bitter taste and gave me good boost of energy in the morning. I particularly loved and missed the sound of whisking the drink, and that alone brought me a nice sense of focus and calm. After taking some swigs of the mix alone, I had a little sweet with the rest, and it was quite enjoyable. I am pretty sure that there are better powders that I have to look for, but at least for now, this has been a good comeback~.

Flavors: Bitter, Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Green

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82

I bought 50 g of this tea a couple years ago and am just finishing it now. Since the leaves were pretty broken up, I reduced the steep times to avoid excessive astringency. I steeped my remaining 6-7 g in a 120 ml teapot at 195F for 20, 20, 25, 25, 30, 30, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

The first steep offers notes of lilac, violet, and other flowers, combined with grass, butter, lavender, and vanilla. The florals become headier in steep two, and the vague butteriness turns into custard and cream. This tea also has the tangy profile associated with four seasons oolong.

In the next few steeps, the grassy and lavender flavours come to the forefront, and the tea starts losing some of its complexity. It never really gets astringent, but the vanilla and florals fade quickly, leaving a pleasant but unremarkable tea by the sixth steep.

At under $10 for two ounces, this was a nice daily drinker. I’d happily buy more of it if Zen Tea decides to carry it again.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Custard, Floral, Grass, Lavender, Lettuce, Tangy, Vanilla, Vegetal, Violet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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90

June Wedding! Another something borrowed from the last Here’s Hoping Teabox (thanks tea-sipper for organizing and all that contributed!) and this is a fruit herbal that honestly I was just sniff-checking because I figured the coconut in it would be off. I was shocked that it didn’t have that acrid smell, because I’ve had coconut teas only around six months old go off, and this tea company doesn’t even sell tea anymore, only teaware, so I take that as a sign this has got to be a pretty old blend. Ah well, if it smells okay I’m willing to try it! I saved enough to do an iced tea, so that is how I prepared it. I was excited it included dry pumpkin, though we’ll see if any of that comes through in the tea itself.

The tea is quite naturally sweet, and very tasty. It has a very pina colada sort of taste, with the coconut flavor coming through very strongly, followed by pineapple, but more of a sweet, candied sort of pineapple, rather than a tangy, fruity pineapple. It almost feels a bit creamy, reminding me of the White Coconut Cream tea I tried not long ago, but I wonder if the high sweetness of the tea is just giving it a somewhat desserty appeal. As I expected, the carrot and pumpkin in the blend aren’t really lending anything in terms of flavor (and I was really hoping to get some pumpkin notes, as I am a pumpkinholic!) But this tea has a very strong and natural tasting sweet pina colada taste, cold brews great, and is very refreshing, and since I love pina colada but dislike when pinapple flavors taste too overbearing or artificial, I’d say this is probably the best pina colada flavored tea I’ve tried. It’s just a shame this is the only time I’ll ever get to try it. If ZenTea was still selling teas, I’d totally grab more of this!

Flavors: Candy, Coconut, Creamy, Pineapple, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
tea-sipper

Best pina colada tea? NICE. I know I’ve seen another tea shop with this exact blend… but I can’t remember who it was at the moment. If I remember, I’ll let you know.

tea-sipper

I FOUND IT! I saw an e-mail from TeaDesire today and thought “hey, maybe they have that pineapple tea”: https://www.teadesire.com/collections/fruit-infusion/products/sweet-coco-dream

tea-sipper

Also, that is probably the only reason I signed up for Tea Desire’s e-mail… to remember where that tea was sold. haha.

Mastress Alita

Ya, I found it myself just the other day too, even added it to the Steepster database just so I could add it to my Wishlist and not forget about it, heh. Unfortunately the shipping from Canada costs more than the tea itself… $20. Ouch. * sad face *

tea-sipper

Of course you already found it. haha. Maybe one day they will have a free shipping sale? It’s interesting both Zen and Tea Desire are Canadian shops, so maybe other Canadian shops will have this? Sometimes shipping from Canada isn’t always bad… I remember Zen’s shipping was usually around $5.

Mastress Alita

If the shipping were only $5 I’d totally jump on it! Haven’t managed to find the blend elsewhere with more reasonable shipping, and I did look. Guess I’ll have to hope for a free shipping sale at some point, though I know a lot of places exclude international shipping from those.

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drank Blood Orange by Zen Tea
1088 tasting notes

Tart and orange and red.

More on this later.

And nope, on day 10 of no caffeine after three, I kept drinking caffeinated until about seven. Ooops. And then this.

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84
drank Fengqing Golden Buds by Zen Tea
1785 tasting notes

Finally got to this sample size after all of this time. That says a lot since Zen nixed their tea offerings quite a while ago now. I drank it a couple days ago but from what I recall, this was mostly starchy, mildly astringent, and very mildly malty. A touch woodsy? Good stuff.

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