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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #113 overall / Tea #29 for March /

Thursday 3/25/21 — ZenTea Atlanta almond papaya rooibos. So a few weeks ago was my 3 year anniversary of dating Micah. 2017/18/19 was also my heyday of traveling like mad and working a lot trying to afford the trips. In September 2018 I found this tea shop in Atlanta and this was one of the 15? 2 oz foil bags I got after spending awhile deciding what teas to get. I have learned that I don’t enjoy rooibos but it is one of my my boyfriend’s favorites. In fact he literally texted me other day ‘Thank you for the tea I like the almond’ (although I can’t remember if it was this tea. I think so.)

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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83
drank Hojicha by Zen Tea
143 tasting notes

I’m sipping down old tea samples that have probably lost a little of their potency, so bear with me. I’m trying to clear through several of them today. I had a sample of this in the cupboard awhile. It’s unusual for me since I’m more of a black tea drinker familiar with that; green is a world waiting for me to try.

I liked this one. It’s mild but different. I steeped the minute with 2 tsp. as recommended, then added a bit more time to see the difference (again, older). It’s very earthy and makes me think of mushrooms a little. It’s roasted and cozy. I’d buy more of this one.

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cameron B.

I love hojicha! And it’s definitely a good choice of green tea for a black tea drinker. :)

Lupiressmoon

Cameron, it was a nice surprise and I agree, I’m curious on trying others of this type. :)

Courtney

Hojicha is one of the green teas I enjoy as a black tea drinker as well!

Cameron B.

Lupiress, I can send you some samples to try if you’d like!

Lupiressmoon

That’s so sweet of you, Cameron! I don’t really have many samples so don’t trade I’m afraid. Expecting some new ones soon, been doing some small orders

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Day 5 ADVENT CALENDAR

I’m loving trying new loose leafs and finding new tea companies I never would have heard of if I didn’t participate in this project!
I double steeped a tablespoon to make a big 54 ounce pot – I had three cups. my roommate had two, and we refrigerated the leftovers for breakfast this morning. This tea was great – I loved that there were no notes of bitterness in it – it was smooth – I feel like I"m one of the few people I know that actually enjoys rooibos teas – this was a good one – I am sure I will order this at some point!

Preparation
3 tsp 27 OZ / 798 ML

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75
drank Taiwan Ruby by Zen Tea
2227 tasting notes

I think this swap sample came from Arby. It’s in the tiniest ever little kraft paper zip-top bag. I was chortling to myself trying to imagine how she managed to get the tea in there while I was steeping it… XD

This is an interesting one, and not at all what comes to mind when I think of Taiwanese black teas. It seems closer to an Indian Assam to me, with the main notes I’m picking up on being malt and raisin. Luckily, it lacks the strong astringency of a typical Indian Assam, though there is perhaps a hint. It’s a rather smooth and somewhat light tea, and I can taste a bit of grain and slightly musty hay.

I enjoyed the small cup, though it was not at all what I expected. Typically with a Taiwanese black tea, I find strong honey and usually cinnamon notes, which I didn’t get here at all. Still very pleasant though!

Flavors: Astringent, Grain, Hay, Malt, Musty, Raisins, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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71
drank Bamboo Buddha by Zen Tea
5833 tasting notes

Cold Brew Sipdown (329)

This is one of the teas from my swap with Evol Ving Ness back in 2017 that is sort of just lingering around. Thank you Evol! It’s been a while since I have seen her on here though so hopefully she see this…and perhaps I shouldn’t take forever to go through swaps

This tea is the same as the blend that I really enjoyed from Tea Desire. I had a lot of that and grew tired of it. Plus, it got sort of bland so I mixed it with things near the end of my stash. It was nice to have just enough for a few cold brew cups to revisit it.

This is not punch-you-in-the-face flavorful but it does have flavor. It is soft, light, and refreshing with a fruity sweetness. I actually get more goji berry than anything else but overall it is like a generic fruit flavor with a goji note at the tail-end. Nice and definitely different from a lot of the other herbal/fruit tisanes out there…except for the Tea Desire version which is the same tea.

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71
drank Bamboo Buddha by Zen Tea
5833 tasting notes

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71
drank Bamboo Buddha by Zen Tea
5833 tasting notes

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85
drank Taiwan Ruby by Zen Tea
793 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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