Zhi Tea

Zhi Tea is a premium-quality tea merchant based out of Austin, TX. They sell dozens of different varieties via their web site. Zhi Tea was awarded best “Beverage Artisan” by Edible Austin in 2009.

More information: www.zhitea.com

There are 98 reviews available for this category, for 33 different varieties.

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Zhi Tea Dragon Phoenix

9.5/10  —  1 review
Teaviews Member: Numi Numi's review:
"Tastes floral from beginning to end, much more jasmine than green tea... a fantastic jasmine tea."
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      9.5/10

Zhi Sweet Desert Delight

9.4/10  —  4 reviews
Teaviews Member: Geoff Geoff's review:
"I can't recall ever trying a coconut-flavored tea, but this definitely qualifies. Cinnamon and coconut are the dominant scents here. As to what star anise or any of the other ingredients smell like, I'm not sure."
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      8/10
Teaviews Member: Cindy Cindy's review:
"The best rooibos blend I've tried to date... I ordered more of this before I even finished writing my review!"
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      10/10
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"The ideal dessert blend, chock full of sweet and spicy flavors that are just perfectly blended. An absolute must-purchase."
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      10/10
Teaviews Member: Stephen Stephen's review:
"A deliciously rich, complex and naturally sweet rooibos blend that's just perfect as an after-dinner sweet indulgence."
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      9.5/10

Zhi Tea Coconut Assam

8.6/10  —  6 reviews
Teaviews Member: Shelly Shelly's review:
"A delicious and gourmet pairing of two high quality flavors."
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      8/10
Teaviews Member: Laura Laura's review:
"I don't think this is something that I would personally buy in large quantities as assam is not something that I can drink regularly, but I am willing to bet I will pick some of this up again (probably in sample sizes) because the coconut is Outstanding!"
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      7.5/10
Teaviews Member: Jamie Jamie's review:
"I enjoyed the taste of the tea, which was nice and smooth, not bitter at all, and I especially enjoyed that the flavor of the coconut didn't have a sticky residual flavor at the back of the throat and up into the base of the nasal passages."
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      8/10
Teaviews Member: Kari Kari's review:
"I love this tea. It may become one of my favorites. It’s rich, creamy, sweet and has real coconut flavor. "
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      9/10
Teaviews Member: Anne Anne's review:
"The flavors of the tea are layered with a toasted nuttiness combined with a sweet spiciness. "
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      9/10
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"I've only had two cups of this tea, and I am already addicted."
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      10/10

Zhi Tea White Shizandra

8.5/10  —  1 review
Teaviews Member: David_A David_A's review:
"A remarkable tea I have come to enjoy after several cups. For me the tartness and bite are an acquired taste. "
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      8.5/10

Zhi Tea Ambrosia

8.4/10  —  5 reviews
Teaviews Member: Dan Dan's review:
"A gorgeous blend of pineapple and coconut gives China's Oothu Estate White Tea a marked uplift, resulting in a tropical delight."
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      8.0/10
Teaviews Member: Christine Christine's review:
"Don't be put off by the somewhat excessive sweetness of the dried leaves; the brewed tea is much more subdued, and absolutely delicious."
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      7.5/10
Teaviews Member: Laura Laura's review:
"Zhi does an excellent job on the coconut flavor and it tastes the way coconut should taste--delicious. They should call this Tropical White Tea Heaven. "
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      8/10
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"The coconut is the big player, but the more subdued pineapple offers a nice way to sweeten the blend. This tea was perfectly delicious as a warm cup of tea, but was, if possible, even better chilled. Zhi's Ambrosia is, quite simply, a masterfully-crafted blend."
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      10/10
Teaviews Member: Jamie Jamie's review:
"A winner if you're in the mood for a somewhat tropical twist to your white tea with big chunks of dried pineapple, and many slender pieces of coconut amongst beautifully full Oothu Estate tea leaves. "
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      8.5/10

Zhi Tea Ginger Peach Oolong

8.4/10  —  5 reviews
Teaviews Member: Shelly Shelly's review:
"A peachy keen experience for oolong lovers! "
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      9/10
Teaviews Member: Geoff Geoff's review:
"While not quite like licking a peach can clean of contents, this blend is exceptional. I had it for three days straight prior to a work shift, smiling as I sipped."
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      9/10
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"I would not say this is my favorite oolong of all time, but by flavored oolong standards, this one has to be among the best I have tried."
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      7/10
Teaviews Member: Cindy Cindy's review:
"A delicious peach tea with a hint of ginger... delicious hot or iced, and one of the best oolongs I've tried."
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      10/10
Teaviews Member: Lea Lea's review:
"Though this blend as a whole could be more flavorful, overall I really enjoyed ginger peach with the oolong tea."
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      7/10

Zhi Tea Oriental Beauty

8/10  —  3 reviews
Teaviews Member: Laura Laura's review:
"I steeped this up and it produced a cup that had a fruit-like sweetness that you get with a black tea. I also noticed a honey aroma and taste that you find with some oolongs."
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      8.5/10
Teaviews Member: Jamie Jamie's review:
"I thought this was a fabulous tea. The flavors were light, aside from the slightly floral, slightly perfumy overall flavor of the tea (and neither, to my delight, was overwhelming in the least) it was a non bitter, extremely pleasant tasting tea."
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      9.5/10
Teaviews Member: Numi Numi's review:
"I tried this both hot and iced and loved the iced version. Somehow iced it became a touch drier, which added more interest and texture to me."
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      6/10

Zhi Tea Pu-erh

8/10  —  1 review
Teaviews Member: Troy Troy's review:
"A strong, almost abrasive, pu'er... this tea isn't going to be to everyone's tastes, but I loved it."
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      8/10

Zhi Tea Royal Gold

7.9/10  —  4 reviews
Teaviews Member: Steven Steven's review:
"There's a sharp spiciness that is quite elusive, which I've come to think of as that Yunnan taste. It's highly unusual and distinctive. In a way, it reminds me of the aroma of a beehive: pollen-sweet, but with a sharp buzz."
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      8/10
Teaviews Member: Kari Kari's review:
"There are many things to think of when you smell this tea."
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      7/10
Teaviews Member: Brad Brad's review:
"The deep gold seems to carry through, thriving atop the finer taste buds."
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      6.5/10
Teaviews Member: Dan Dan's review:
"Zhi Tea's Royal Gold is just about the best tea ever to cross these lips. Simply put, I can't find a single flaw with it."
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      10/10

Zhi Tea Oothu White

7.6/10  —  4 reviews
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"The liquor was pale in color but bold in flavor. This tea is fairly robust by white tea standards"
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      7.5/10
Teaviews Member: Troy Troy's review:
"A white tea with an Indian accent, and a rich, hearty taste."
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      9/10
Teaviews Member: Dan Dan's review:
"A fully-enjoyable white tea that would appeal to just about any tea drinker. In fact, this might be an ideal introductory white tea to those who are used to drinking bolder black teas. "
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      7.0/10
Teaviews Member: Jamie Jamie's review:
"What I thought most while drinking this tea is that it's more of a "bridge tea". It seems to lie somewhere between a white and a green, having attributes of both."
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      7/10

Zhi Tea Tropical Green

7.6/10  —  5 reviews
Teaviews Member: Erika Erika's review:
"The sencha is nicely matched with these flavors as well and the tea is not masked by the strength of the other ingredients."
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      8/10
Teaviews Member: Shaiha Shaiha's review:
"This is a gorgeous tea that appeals to all the senses. This is a beautiful Sencha of a dark green color interspersed with chucks of papaya and pineapple."
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      7.5/10
Teaviews Member: Jamie Jamie's review:
"You will enjoy the riotous colors of numerous flower petals in reds, hot pink, bright orange and flaming yellows. Against the dark green and lightly shaggy sencha, they stand out like fireworks and chunks of organic papaya and pineapple round out the busy blend."
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      6.5/10
Teaviews Member: Laura Laura's review:
"This walks the line perfectly between being nice and sweet and fruity, but not crossing the line into tasting like fruit cocktail juice. "
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      8.5/10
Teaviews Member: Kari Kari's review:
"A fruity flavored tea that reminded me of my Hawaiian vacation. "
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      7.5/10

Zhi Tea Carnival Mate

7.5/10  —  1 review
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"A strong, rich and thick mate blend, which definitely needs some milk to soften the sometimes harsh roasted flavors. One of the best mate blends I've had."
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      7.5/10

Zhi Tea Cherry Sencha

7.5/10  —  1 review
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"I wish the cherry flavor was a bit more developed... but it definitely grows on the palette with every sip. I give it a thumbs up."
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      7.5/10

Zhi Tea Golden Lily

7.5/10  —  2 reviews
Teaviews Member: Numi Numi's review:
"I appreciate the light body, fulfilling aroma, and drinkability. I would recommend this as a great gift for someone looking to try oolongs."
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      7/10
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"This is an oolong that leans heavily on floral notes... it also features a weaker creamy (almost nutty) element. "
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      8/10

Zhi Tea White Blueberry

7.5/10  —  7 reviews
Teaviews Member: Laura Laura's review:
"The white tea is smooth and has a pretty strong floral component to it. It also has the taste of one that is of decent quality. The blueberry is actually pretty natural tasting, and not tart at all as some blueberries are."
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      7/10
Teaviews Member: Jamie Jamie's review:
"It was more a balanced marriage of flavors than a starring role/supporting actor style presentation. The blueberry flavor was light and a consistent overtone working with the also consistent presence of the white tea flavor. I really enjoyed this aspect of the tea."
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      7.5/10
Teaviews Member: Christine Christine's review:
"It's not the best blueberry white tea I've had, but it's not far behind, and anyone who likes flavored white teas will absolutely adore this."
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      7/10
Teaviews Member: Geoff Geoff's review:
"In the dry form, on first whiff, the blueberry scent knocked me. It was as if I was eating candy in a flowerbed."
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      7/10
Teaviews Member: Katie Katie's review:
"The blueberry flavouring is a bit strong for the tea, but it's a good flavouring that stays into the aftertaste. Zhi teas are organic, so if cost is not an issue for you, I would recommend this as a good, basic fruit-flavoured white tea."
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      6/10
Teaviews Member: Numi Numi's review:
"Zhi Teas have done a good job translating the light blueberry scent into a tea with just enough body to satiate. Whoever created this tea should feel proud."
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      9/10
Teaviews Member: Shelly Shelly's review:
"Sweet, smooth and fruity... I loved it! I would have given it a 10, except for the slightly medicinal aroma. Apart from that, its perfect."
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      9/10

Zhi Tea Cacao Chai

7.3/10  —  5 reviews
Teaviews Member: Laura Laura's review:
"This has a healthy bite of spice--fairly peppery and lots of cardamom for a sweet blend. The chocolatey cacao flavor is most noticeable when you first start drinking it and kinda gets lost in the pepper and spice after a few sips."
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      6.5/10
Teaviews Member: Erika Erika's review:
" This blend has all the flavors one associates with a good chai, however you need to enjoy chocolate to enjoy this tea. "
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      7/10
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"The brewed tea is everything the enticing aroma promises. The ginger, cinnamon and cardamom are well-balanced, although the cardamom seems to come through just a bit more than the other spices. The flavor of the cacao is a much-welcomed addition to the blend, and provides a natural sweetness to round off the spiciness."
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      8/10
Teaviews Member: Joe Joe's review:
"The resulting brew is thick and rich with a wonderful texture and the appearance of coffee. Unfortunately, I did not experience much of a chocolate flavor and would even describe the taste as somewhat muddy or perhaps slightly burnt."
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      6/10
Teaviews Member: Shelly Shelly's review:
"Imagine yourself sitting in front of a fire after a long day of hayrides, pumpkin picking, and raking leaves – this tea is the perfect accompaniment to those sentiments."
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      9/10

Zhi Tea Turkish Spice Mint

7.3/10  —  4 reviews
Teaviews Member: Jamie Jamie's review:
"For a straight peppermint, I give it kudos. For a mint with lots of spicy and exotic flavors shining through, I think it just misses the mark. I guess that's a caution and a compliment at once."
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      6.5/10
Teaviews Member: Kari Kari's review:
"I love the multiple layers of flavor- they compliment each other without being overpowering."
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      8.5/10
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"As its name implies, this tea is spicy, in fact, I would say it is very spicy. The peppermint is the foundation for this blend, but the other ingredients provide a peppery, and almost pungent, spiciness to this tea. The cardamom was probably the most noticeable spicy flavor. This tea really has some kick to it, and therefore will likely not appeal to everyone. "
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      6/10
Teaviews Member: Christine Christine's review:
"Just as Zhi describes, this tea is sweet and spicy, with a surprising smoothness. A must-try for fans of mint blends."
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      8/10

Zhi Tea Restful Blend

7.2/10  —  3 reviews
Teaviews Member: Shelly Shelly's review:
"I'm not a big fan of licorice, hibiscus or fennel, and all three play a major role in this tea. For me it wasn't a winner, but if you enjoy those flavors, this could be the tea for you."
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      5/10
Teaviews Member: Cindy Cindy's review:
"This delightful chamomile blend smells and looks as good as it tastes... one of the best I've tasted of its kind."
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      9/10
Teaviews Member: Stephen Stephen's review:
"A very enjoyable herbal blend with a sweet citrus/fruity twist, though the licorice tends to overpower most of the other ingredients."
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      7.5/10

Zhi Tea Emerald Oolong

7.2/10  —  3 reviews
Teaviews Member: Christine Christine's review:
"I'm sure any fan of oolong tea will thoroughly enjoy this one, especially after several cups."
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      8/10
Teaviews Member: Numi Numi's review:
"The aroma is on the gentler side of other oolongs: slightly brothy, slightly green. The taste is consistent with the scent; this is like oolong Jr."
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      5.5/10
Teaviews Member: Troy Troy's review:
"I couldn't stop drinking this, I must have gotten half a dozen infusions from each teaspoon, probably far more than were feasible, but far less than I wanted."
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      8/10

Zhi Tea Jade Oolong

7/10  —  2 reviews
Teaviews Member: Troy Troy's review:
"All together this is a very light tea that won't turn bitter on the pallet, and will probably suit just about anyone who normally doesn't take to black and Oolong teas."
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      7/10
Teaviews Member: Numi Numi's review:
"The jasmine aroma stays in the cup, sitting just above the oolong steam like little jasmine clouds."
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      7/10

Zhi Tea Mango Black

7/10  —  4 reviews
Teaviews Member: Emma Emma's review:
"I really enjoy assam teas, and this one was a big hit. Just make sure you like mangoes if you are trying this, and you can watch the tea diligently while steeping."
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      7.5/10
Teaviews Member: Laura Laura's review:
"If you love mangos, then this one is a must try. This tea would receive a better score from me if it had a better black tea base."
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      7/10
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"The flavor and aroma are rich and sweet, and thankfully very natural in origin. This is a mango tea that actually tastes like mangoes rather than some artificial flavoring. If you're into fruity black teas, chances are that you will like this one. "
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      8.5/10
Teaviews Member: Brad Brad's review:
"This tea isn't bad, but it doesn't live up to its potential. It is just a tea."
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      5/10

Zhi Tea Japan Genmaicha

7/10  —  1 review
Teaviews Member: Numi Numi's review:
"This is a good genmaicha, but it doesn’t live up to its aroma; it’s tasty and fun, but I will probably keep looking for my ideal genmaicha."
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      7/10

Zhi Tea Berry Hibiscus

7/10  —  1 review
Teaviews Member: Troy Troy's review:
"Nice it, Ice it, and sugar it.. sorry, couldn't rhyme sweet with ice and nice.."
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      7/10

Zhi Tea Snow Mountain

6.9/10  —  2 reviews
Teaviews Member: Steven Steven's review:
"Zhi Tea's Snow Mountain Green tea is like an exercise in memory. When drunk according to Zhi instructions, the tea taste is mostly experienced in its aftertaste, where the long finish unfurls the various aromas."
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      7/10
Teaviews Member: Katie Katie's review:
"I can't complain, but I hoped for more. If you are moved by beautiful-looking teas, perhaps you will find the flavour more alluring than I did."
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      6.8/10

Zhi Tea White Pear

6.7/10  —  4 reviews
Teaviews Member: Jenn Jenn's review:
"The overall taste of the tea is lovely and strong enough to make the fruity flavor noticeable and yet not intense."
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      7.5/10
Teaviews Member: Laura Laura's review:
"The tea base dominates the cup and the fruit (which you could have probably just as well passed off to me as apple or a number of other fruits) offers a bit of natural sweetness to the finish. "
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      6.5/10
Teaviews Member: Katie Katie's review:
"This blend is not even remotely bad - I just don't understand it."
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      5.6/10
Teaviews Member: Jamie Jamie's review:
"Much of the honey like sweetness comes straight from the tea and Zhi has tastefully added to the white's own strengths rather than caking flavor over them."
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      7/10

Zhi Tea Japan Sencha

6.5/10  —  1 review
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"The flavor of this tea is very delicate, but also very fresh. The tea is characterized by grassy-springy flavors, but it is not overly vegetal."
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      6.5/10

Zhi Tea White Pomegranate

6.5/10  —  4 reviews
Teaviews Member: Katie Katie's review:
"While it is a fine enough flavour, something about it isn't for me."
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      5.8/10
Teaviews Member: Geoff Geoff's review:
"The liquor didn't steep to a deep red as with prior pomegranate blends I've tried. Rather, it turned a golden color like an ordinary white tea. Taste-wise, it was noticeably fruity, leaning more toward berry-flavored, with a hint of rose."
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      6.5/10
Teaviews Member: Numi Numi's review:
"If I were to judge this at first sip, it would be a plain white tea with extremely subtle hints of red fruit. "
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      7/10
Teaviews Member: Jamie Jamie's review:
"Pomegranate is a unique flavor, and the tea is touted as being full of vitamin C, which is no bad thing. I would reach for this tea if I had a cold and my taste buds were a little dulled, but if I were looking to try a white tea with the desire of tasting the delicate nuances the white tea itself, this wouldn't be a good choice."
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      6.5/10

Zhi Tea Earl Grey Choice

6.3/10  —  3 reviews
Teaviews Member: Dan Dan's review:
"A shorter steeping time seems to be the key to subduing the intense, floral, perfumy nature of this blend. When tamed just right, it produces a smooth, delicious cup."
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      6.0/10
Teaviews Member: Jamie Jamie's review:
"This tea would make a good choice for those that enjoy a sturdy Earl Grey that isn't too light or perfumey. "
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      7/10
Teaviews Member: Brad Brad's review:
"The flavor is calm and the consistency healthy. I would encourage Grey sippers in particular to try it."
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      6/10

Zhi Tea Plum Berry Black

6.3/10  —  2 reviews
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"I must admit that I ended up being disappointed in this blend, because although there was a very prominent berry flavor, I really couldn't taste the plum as much as I wanted to and I just couldn't get past the medicinal aftertaste. "
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      5/10
Teaviews Member: Jamie Jamie's review:
"An excellent wake up tea thanks to the supportive black tea base, and the plummy flavor is gentle and tasty, rounded with no sharp edges."
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      7.5/10

Zhi Tea Osmanthus Oolong

6.2/10  —  3 reviews
Teaviews Member: Kari Kari's review:
"The tea came to be this beautiful amber color. This is a great tasting sweet, fresh fruit flavored Oolong. It had a full mouth feel."
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      8/10
Teaviews Member: Numi Numi's review:
"The tea is smooth and pleasant, but leans toward plain when coupled with this scent. Maybe this is better suited to people who are familiar with and enjoy the scent of the osmanthus flower."
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      5.5/10
Teaviews Member: Shelly Shelly's review:
"This tea was far too delicate for my tastes... I could barely taste any tea at all in the final brew, let alone the osmanthus."
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      5/10

Zhi Tea Blue Earl Grey (Decaf)

6/10  —  1 review
Teaviews Member: David_A David_A's review:
"The tea has a nice light gold color and even cold from the refrigerator has a very strong aroma."
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      6/10

Zhi Tea Wuyi Oolong

6/10  —  4 reviews
Teaviews Member: Geoff Geoff's review:
"It definitely possessed the nutty flavor the site boasted and went down smooth; no real kick. Second cup possessed a clearer almond-like residual. In short, excellent."
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      8/10
Teaviews Member: Numi Numi's review:
"Appreciate it’s smoothness, the light to medium body, and soft woody scent."
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      6/10
Teaviews Member: Nicole Nicole's review:
"The tea did have a slightly nutty flavor but it was much too smoky for my liking. I found it to be a little bitter."
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      5/10
Teaviews Member: Trent Trent's review:
"Unimpressed. The first 2 infusions were too smoky, the third just OK, and the 4th, nearly flavorless."
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      5/10

Zhi Tea Green Earl Grey

5.5/10  —  1 review
Teaviews Member: Kari Kari's review:
"There was an astringent taste and my mouth was feeling dry as I kept drinking the tea. When I tried it iced it was better and more of the Earl Grey came around."
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      5.5/10

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