Tag: Zhi Tea

Episode 091: Coffee Tea

This is not an April Fool’s Day joke — I’m actually drinking coffee tea. I picked this up at Zhi Tea while I was in Austin last month. Coffee tea, also known as cascara, is a caffeinated herbal tea made from the husks of coffee cherries. (Coffee cherries, as you know, contain coffee beans, which are then roasted, ground and brewed into what we know as coffee.)

And let me tell you — as someone who is not a coffee drinker, I really like the taste of coffee tea! It has a smooth, clean taste with hints of red pepper. It’s unlike any type of tea I’ve tasted before, and that’s saying something. I’ve got to try this iced to see if there are any coffee-like flavors just waiting to come forth.


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Episode 106: Oothu Bai Mu Dan

I’ve reviewed a bai mu dan before, but Oothu Bai Mu Dan is from south India as opposed to China. The leaves might look the same, but the taste is very different.

I was really surprised to find notes of chocolate in this brew, along with some nutty undertones! It’s really interesting how much the same type of tea can vary just based on where it’s grown. If you’re a fan of Chinese bai mu dan, I would recommend trying this Indian variety!


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Episode 113: Lady Lavender

I love how Lady Lavender from Zhi Tea smells. I’m pretty sure sniffing on this blend might qualify as some form of aromatherapy, but let’s see how it tastes, shall we?

Lady Lavender uses oothu bai mu dan as a base with tons of lavender buds thrown in. The resulting brew smells amazing, and the taste is soft and delicate and subtle. The nutty oothu bai mu dan and the floral lavender are a perfect match. Grab this one today!


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Episode 137: Lapsang Souchong

I could seriously smell this lapsang souchong from Zhi Tea all day. This Chinese black tea is smoked over pinewood fires which imparts a really distinct smoky aroma and flavor.

For some, lapsang souchong can be one of those teas you either really love or really hate. The scent and taste can be reminiscent of good whiskey or barbecued meats, but the tea also lends itself well to mixing with other black teas to cut the flavor a bit. If you like a good strong cup of tea, you should definitely give this a try!


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Episode 158: Guayusa

I’ve heard a lot about guayusa, so I was very excited when I saw this at Zhi Tea in Austin! Guayusa is an Ecuadorian drink that packs as the same type of caffeinated kick as coffee, but also has a ton of health benefits like green tea. Like yerba maté, guayusa isn’t a “tea” per se; it’s a tisane.

The taste is very clean, with hints of parsley and pepper and a bit of sweetness. It’s great hot or iced (I had it both ways), and it won’t go bitter if you oversteep it. Sounds like a winner to me!


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