Review: Zhi Tea Osmanthus Oolong

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Its OK"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."
Shelly’s Teaview: 5/10
Other Teaviews: Numi gave it 5.5/10, Kari gave it 8/10
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zhi-osmanthus-oolong.jpgIt’s not that it tasted bad. I’ve never had osmanthus tea, though I adore jasmine tea and I’m told they’re similar. I was expecting something floral, sweet, and unusual. I am also newer to the world of oolong teas and have been enjoying them tremendously. A match made in heaven, so it seemed, and I couldn’t wait to taste it: osmanthus and oolong. Well, after brewing this tea with more than the usual amount and on the strong setting, I still couldn’t tell you what osmanthus tastes like. This tea was just like hot water out of the faucet. It was disappointing. It wasn’t bad, just nonexistent.

It does smell like plums, though, but slightly fermented ones. All in all, it did nothing for me. I will continue the quest elsewhere to find out what osmanthus tea tastes like.

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Review: Rishi Tea Ancient Emerald Green Lily

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Thumbs up!"Starts out with just a hint of floral notes, but finishes with a very strong toasted nuttiness... a truly superb blend."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 9/10
Other Teaviews: Babette gave it 7/10, Numi gave it 9/10, Shelly gave it 9/10, Kari gave it 8/10, Troy gave it 7/10
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rishi-tea-ancient-emerald.jpgSimply put, Rishi Tea’s Ancient Emerald Lily Green Tea is superb. Rishi Tea’s website describes this tea as ” A unique green tea that is hand-harvested especially for Rishi Tea from Yunnan’s old growth forest tea trees”. Being a green tea, this tea shares essentially no characteristics with the Yunnan black teas that I have had in the past. This tea offers a completely refreshing and original mixture of flavors, and is unlike any other green tea I have had before. The dried leaves have a faint aroma that could best be described as clean and floral. I steeped the leaves for about 5 minutes in 180 degree water to produce a light yellowish-green liquid, nothing unusual for green tea. The leaves opened up to a pretty decent size, but again, nothing out of the ordinary. The hallmark of this tea is, of course, its taste. It starts out with just a hint of floral notes, but finishes with a very strong toasted nuttiness. Rishi tea describes it as “toasted pine nut”, but I actually find it more comparable to the nutty flavor found in soy beans or roasted soy nuts. This tea has a wonderful texture, which could almost be described as creamy; there was not a trace of wateriness to this tea. I would love to have this tea in continuous supply in my cabinet. However, at $9 for 1 ounce and $30 for 4 ounces, this tea, unfortunately, will be one that I would only be able to buy in very small amounts and save for special occasions. Ancient Emerald Lily Green Tea may be a bit too expensive for the average tea drinker. But given how truly exceptional this tea is, combined with the fact that is organic and fair-trade tea, it just may be well worth the splurge. I highly recommend this tea, with no reservations.

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Review: Teapigs Jasmine Pearls

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Thumbs up!"A very good jasmine pearl tea, with the convenience of a tea bag."
Shelly’s Teaview: 8.5/10
Other Teaviews: Numi gave it 8/10, Geoff gave it 7/10
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teapigs-jasmine-pearls.jpgRecently, I started gulping down jasmine tea on a regular basis. The one thing I’ve observed so far is that most of them taste similar. There is nothing remarkable or unremarkable about this one. It has that wonderful flower and candy aroma I’ve come to love. The leaves are curled up into little “pearls” and unfurl prettily to create a delicious and quite strong jasmine tea. But, I can’t say it’s better than any other jasmine pearl tea I’ve tried. It’s just…the same. Maybe there is one out there just waiting to astound me. That being said, of course I loved it. It’s jasmine tea and it’s become one of my go-to teas lately. If I place an order here, I’ll buy it. If I place an order at Specialteas, I’ll buy theirs.

There is something to be said about the TeaPigs website (and name, for that matter!). The descriptions of their teas are witty and amusing. I really enjoyed reading about the jasmine pearls and why they’re called “Dragon Phoenix Pearls”. It was clever and insightful. It added another tidbit of knowledge to this tea lover, so thanks!

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Review: Lupicia Sakurambo

Black Pepper Tea, Black Tea, Cherry Tea, Lupicia Tea, Rosemary Tea 2 Comments »
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Thumbs up!"A unique, multidimensional blend... sweet cherries, spicy peppercorns and an herbal punch from the rosemary. I'd recommend it."
Lea’s Teaview: 8/10
Other Teaviews: Kari gave it 8/10, Stephen gave it 8/10, Vanessa gave it 6/10, Chelsy gave it 10/10
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lupicia-sakurambo1.gifLupicia’s Sakurambo tea is another satisfying blend, like their Jardin Sauvage, only this one is a bit more unique.

It is another fresh tasting blend thats scent is uplifting and pleasant, smelling like sour cherries and sweet florals. As soon as your hot water hits the tea bag, you start to see the deep cherry color bloom within the cup.

The flavors in this tea really enhance each other and blend well. The sweet cherry and spicy peppercorns are perfect together, and the rosemary adds another punch and dimension of flavor. I’ve never seen flavors combined like this before, it’s refreshing and warm at the same time.

This is another great tea from Lupicia that I will be repurchasing. I recommend this tea for anyone that wants to try something different.

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Review: Suntory Zen Green Tea Liqueur

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Thumbs up!"I’m not much of a drinker – alcohol, that is – but when the chance presented itself for me to review Suntory’s new “Zen Green Tea Liqueur” I figured, why not? At first I was under the impression it was a non-alcoholic mixer (I’m not sure why), but it is indeed 20% alcohol which (for […]"
Stephen’s Teaview: 7/10
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zen-green-tea-liqueur.jpgI’m not much of a drinker – alcohol, that is – but when the chance presented itself for me to review Suntory’s new “Zen Green Tea Liqueur” I figured, why not? At first I was under the impression it was a non-alcoholic mixer (I’m not sure why), but it is indeed 20% alcohol which (for me) is fairly strong. Along with the sample bottle came some recipe suggestions, including a Zen Iced Tea and a Zentini. I started off simple and went for a Zen Iced Tea.

Now, I should point out here that I didn’t really follow the given recipe – if I did I’d probably not be upright at this very moment. Let’s just say, a little goes a long way – at least for someone like me who can’t really hold their liquor. So I mixed a heavy splash of Zen Green Tea Liqueur along with some iced tea I already had brewed the day before from the fridge and… well, it was pretty darned good. The taste of thick, sweet matcha is definitely there in full force. It turned a regular iced tea into just about the perfect sunset-on-the-porch kind of drinks.

My only complaint would be that this stuff is really, really sweet. I mean, super-sweet. Granted, I tend not to go for things are overly sugared, so if you tend to enjoy a stiff, sweet drink, this is ideal for you, but for me personally – I couldn’t imagine mixing this at the proportions recommended. Just thinking of the amount of sugar involved nearly throws me into a diabetic fit. (But, that’s just me.)

I’d say without a doubt this is going to be a big seller for tea lover who also enjoy the occasional stiff drink. It really doesn’t have the “artificial tea” flavor you’d expect in other mass-produced tea products of this ilk. I was impressed.

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Review: Lupicia Grapefruit Green

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Thumbs up!"A well-blended green tea with just a hint of a citrusy, grapefruit-zing... sweet all on its own and perfect for a morning cuppa."
Stephen’s Teaview: 7/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 7/10
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lupicia-green-grapefruit.gifSome time ago I had a brief infatuation with Adagio’s Grapefruit tea, which was a mix of black tea and quite intense grapefruit flavoring. At first it was new and different and exciting, but after a few successive brews I became less and less enamoured with it. The main problem was the intense bitterness.

Thankfully, that bitterness isn’t present in this delightfully delicious blend from Lupicia. This green-tea blend has a wonderful aroma of grapefruit, with just a twinge of grapefruit flavor actually making it to the palette. Once again there is a hint of unique sweetness in this blend that I seem to have found so far in all tea-bag versions of Lucipia tea, which helps to draw out the flavor. I enjoyed this blend and would not hesitate to recommend it to others who enjoy citrus-flavored green teas.

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