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    Zentboutique Genmaicha

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: dark green, lots of puffed rice pieces Ingredients: green tea, browned rice Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 185 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: gold Genmaicha is often seen as a bland or run of the mill tea but I adore its comforting flavor. This particular one from Zentboutique had a fairly large proportion of browned rice to tea leaves. I usually like to see more tea than rice but that’s really just a matter of personal preference. The taste was nutty and vegetal with a subtle sweetness. The mouth-feel was smooth with no bitterness. I really wish I had more than just a…

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    Zentboutique Nilgiri Coonoor

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: long, dark Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: bronze I drink an awful lot of Darjeeling and Assam but a tea from Nilgiri is a rare treat. The dry leaves were interesting looking because they were quite long, resembling something from Yunnan rather than India. It brewed up a bright reddish color that could only be described as bronze. I have not had an aromatic black tea in some time so I couldn’t help deeply sniffing my fruity, almost floral cup. Those notes were echoed in the taste along with a mild spiciness and…

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    Zentboutique Imperial Bai Mu Dan

    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: large, varied shades of gree, covered in downy hairsIngredients: white teaSteep time: 5 minutesWater Temperature: 165 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuserLiquor: gold This tea was your typical, basic White Peony. There were floral and fruity notes along with a subtle grassiness. There was no bitterness or astringency. Unfortunately, I felt that the taste was a bit flat. I’ve really enjoyed a lot of the teas that I’ve reviewed from Zentboutique but this one just did not wow me. I generally do not publish “bad” reviews but this tea is not in any way a bad tea. Their site describes it as an everyday drinker and that…