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drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
1266 tasting notes

I woke up feeling great. You know that conquer the world feeling?

Yeah, that one. Since I’ve been ill the past few years, I don’t get that feeling very often. The first year or two, almost never, so waking up feeling that everything is magnificent and all things are possible is just wow for me. Really wow. Such immense gratitude for these moments.

One of the first things on my agenda today is to spread the joy and that means to initiate a surprise for someone. I love surprises, big or small. And because it is a surprise, that’s all I am going to say about that.

I have always loved the idea of this tea: hazelnut brittle, caramel. Truly, what is not to love?

That said, it is a tricky one. I find I need to be careful to not add too much leaf or the mineral element overwhelms.

This cup is all hazelnut brittle and mineral. Really enjoying my first steep today. I wonder what the next one will bring.

I hope everyone’s day and tea is glorious.
Spread the joy, people.

Flavors: Caramel, Hazelnut, Mineral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Daylon R Thomas

Glad you’re having an excellent moment. :) I’ve seen a lot of Bossa Nova’s around and I have yet to find a balanced one. I enjoy those even if the mineral is dominant, but every once in a while I want more vanilla. But that’s my sweet tooth talking.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. Yes, me too! :)

I didn’t realize that Bossa Novas were a thing. I would like a bit less mineral, but that is why I tend to under leaf a bit. Not quite sure what you mean by a bit more balanced beyond the mineral component.

And yes, one with more vanilla would be just exactly right. This one has a nice sweetness at the tail end of the sip. I am just imagining what it would be like with an additional hint of vanilla.
Daylon R Thomas

As in a Bossa Nova that had a better balance between the hazelnut, vanilla, and oolong. Not to roasted, and not too artificial or sweet. Though I like my teas naturally sweeter.

Fjellrev

I’m so glad to hear you’ve been able to experience a day like this!

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, Fjellrev! Me too.

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Daylon R Thomas

Glad you’re having an excellent moment. :) I’ve seen a lot of Bossa Nova’s around and I have yet to find a balanced one. I enjoy those even if the mineral is dominant, but every once in a while I want more vanilla. But that’s my sweet tooth talking.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. Yes, me too! :)

I didn’t realize that Bossa Novas were a thing. I would like a bit less mineral, but that is why I tend to under leaf a bit. Not quite sure what you mean by a bit more balanced beyond the mineral component.

And yes, one with more vanilla would be just exactly right. This one has a nice sweetness at the tail end of the sip. I am just imagining what it would be like with an additional hint of vanilla.
Daylon R Thomas

As in a Bossa Nova that had a better balance between the hazelnut, vanilla, and oolong. Not to roasted, and not too artificial or sweet. Though I like my teas naturally sweeter.

Fjellrev

I’m so glad to hear you’ve been able to experience a day like this!

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, Fjellrev! Me too.

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Note to self—-you do not actually need any more tea.

My real tea obsession began in February 2015.

Not, sadly, when I had been living and working in China, though I very much enjoyed sampling a variety of teas during my travels there as well. No, no, that would have been far too sensible.

I am a reformed coffee drinker. I still enjoy a long double espresso with a good quantity or milk or cream from time to time, but for now, tea is my thing. All day.

*note—this is way out of date, so if we are doing a swap and you are checking to see what I like and dislike, mostly never mind what you find below. One of these days, I will update this. In the meantime, check what I’ve been drinking and use your own judgement. I like all the teas. Well, I am open to trying all the teas.

I tend to drink black, green, or oolong tea in the morning to early afternoon. Rooibos or
Honeybush or herbal in the evening. And perhaps some sort of sleepy-type tea in the wee hours.

This year, I’ve been discovering flavoured teas, so it may look like that is all I drink although that would provide a false impression.

Not a big fan of chocolate or mint in teas, but I will try them and, from time to time, have been pleasantly surprised. Also, usually I dislike a prominent cinnamon flavour, if untempered with other things, in teas. Again, I say usually, because there are exceptions.

Also, please note that haven’t quite gotten into the habit of updating my tea cupboard on Steepster, and it is unlikely that I will do this on any kind of regular basis.

I drink my tea black and unsweetened. If there comes a rare moment that I add something to it, I will mention it.

Finally, while I thank large and successful tea companies for tantalizing and beckoning me to the world of tea, I prefer to support independent ventures with real people, real enthusiasm and commitment, and real dreams.

Currently, I am researching monthly tea subscriptions. Perhaps it will keep me out of tea shops.

And here is Shae’s rating scale— which I am using with permission, of course— which more or less describes the way I have been rating teas. I am going to make more of an effort to stay very close to these parameters now.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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