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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

    Photo: Zentboutique Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large, varied shades of gree, covered in downy hairs Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 165 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: gold This tea was your typical, basic White Peony. There were floral and fruity notes along with a subtle grassiness. There was a 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 I generally do not publish “bad” reviews but this tea is not in any way a bad tea.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…

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    Zentboutique Bouquet de Roses

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: lots of flower petals with varied shades of green Ingredients: jasmine, rose, white tea, peppermint, lavender Steep time: 4 minutes Water Temperature: 185 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: brassy gold This tea lived up to its name because it was certainly a bouquet. The white tea base was just barely there but it provided a perfect stage for the other flavors to really stand out. I was worried at first because I’m not always a fan of flowery teas. The dry leaves could have passed for potpourri. Thankfully the jasmine, rose and lavender combined to make a gentle floral sweetness rather than…

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    Zentboutique Bai Hao Yin Zhen

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: sage green, covered in downy hairs Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 6 minutes Water Temperature: Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: very pale I received this tea as part of the June shipment (remember the blog is pre-written ahead of time) from Zentboutique’s monthly subscription club. The taste was grassy and mildly vegetal with delicate fruity and floral notes. Straw, melon and honeysuckle were definitely brought to mind. The finish was sweet and lingered long after each sip. There was no bitterness and the mouth-feel had a pleasant buttery smoothness. I only had a small amount of leaves so I used an infuser basket this time but…

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    Zentboutique Long Jing

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: sage green, flat Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 170 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: very pale I received this tea as part of the April shipment for Zentboutique’s monthly tea subscription service.The taste was incredibly sweet and delicately vegetal. Subtle notes of chestnut rounded out the flavor profile. There was bitterness and it had a fresh, clean aftertaste. To add sweetener to a tea like this would be a crime. If you feel the need to do so, please don’t tell me about it! My second infusion was just as enjoyable. I never thought about it until I read…