18 Tasting Notes

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My friend ordered this in their teahouse. I had a sip of it and had to bring home some for myself.

Large, stiff, tightly rolled leaves. The aroma of raspberries and cream rises to meet your nose.

Brewing retains those berry aromas and a touch of sweet milkiness, while adding a bit of maltiness and a little bite of astringency and bitterness. The texture is silky smooth and medium-thin.

This would be an excellent breakfast tea, if you like yours a bit on the lighter side. Superb with milk (and sugar, if you wish). A nice example of an Indian black tea with that touch of tart berry giving it something unique.

Flavors: Berries, Malt, Milk, Raspberry, Sweet, Tannic

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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80

Second to last in the Verdant $5 sampler (possibly the best $5 I’ve ever spent, by the way).

Dry leaves—Thin curled strands of dark green. Wonderful multi-layered aroma, quite creamy, reminds me of a matcha latte, strong green-vegetal notes, and a distinct touch of cocoa powder.

Pale yellow-green liquor. Rich mouthfeel, on the creamy side. The taste, while not being bold or overpowering, is fairly robust. Quite a roasty flavor, almost malty, good green-tea-grassy-vegetal flavors up front, a bit of bitterness and spice, hints of something vaguely sulfur(?) at the end. Steeping brings out the bitterness quite easily, so stick to short steep times at first.

Preparation
0 min, 30 sec

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84

Dry leaves have an alluring chocolate-covered-berries aroma. They’re a roughly cut mix of leaves and some stems averaging out to tobacco-brown, but with a range of colors from black to green.

I wasn’t sure what to expect of Spice and Tea Exchange, but this brews up a quality cup of tea. It has a coffee-like richness with a fruit/sweet quality, finishing with a touch of spice. It’s pleasantly smooth on the palate. This is a versatile tea that would be great on its own, with milk, or iced.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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78

Working my way through the Verdant sampler pack…

I think I could just smell the dry leaves all day. Dark, rolled leaves giving off an aroma of dark-chocolate-covered caramel, cinnamon, slight floral notes and perhaps raspberry?, plus a special oolong quality that I’ll call “X-factor.”

Steeped, it comes up toasty and nutty, with green tea-like flavors, and a subtle layer of chocolate. It has a light, clean texture, very drinkable. However, astringent and slightly bitter flavors do creep in with longer steeping, so be careful not to oversteep. Multiple shorter steeps are best.
I did not get much (if any) of the cream/butter qualities others picked up on.

Nothing crazy or shocking here—This is an oolong for when you just want a good oolong!

Ze_Teamaker

ahahahah X-Factor

Yeah Wuyi’s are pretty much short quick steeps only. I tend to like to under-leaf slightly. It helps when you are trying to get out subtle nuances in it; especially if you don’t have a gawain or have a slow pour tea pot.

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66

Leaves have a pleasant herbal smell. There’s a fruity, berry quality to the aroma.

Steeping reveals a roasty, almost nutty taste, although ginseng adds its own flavor and slight bitterness. Not a bad tea but more of a “functional” tea for energy and health benefits.

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drank Moroccan Mint by Honest Tea
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This is pretty good. I’ve been wanting to try Moroccan mint tea. I don’t know how “authentic” this is, but it’s refreshing. Definitely a strong mint flavor, the tea is barely noticeable.

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drank Assam Black by Honest Tea
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Not bad. I’m not sure how I feel about their “just a tad sweet” philosophy. I like plain tea, and I like sweet tea, but this kind of tastes like watered-down sweet tea. I didn’t even get much tea flavor until I got to the bottom of the bottle. On the other hand, I appreciate that they’re giving us a low-sugar option.

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drank Pure Leaf unsweetened by Lipton
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There are worse bottled iced teas out there (I’m looking at you, Gold Peak).

I appreciate that they have an unsweetened variety, which is hard to find. But if you’re looking for an actual good iced tea, you have other options, whether homemade or commercial.

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I received this as part of a Verdant sampler pack.

Really yummy oolong. This is a light oolong, almost like a green tea.

It has a wonderful complex flavor. Some vegetal, green-tea like notes, definite floral notes (jasmine?), and ending with something a bit stronger, somewhat piney.

Verdant says it has strong citrus notes, which I didn’t get (unless I was interpreting them as floral?)

Delightfully silky, brothy mouthfeel.

I didn’t have much success with re-steepings, but maybe I was doing something wrong. Verdant recommends many re-steepings. But the first steep was good enough.

Bonnie

Youtube has a Verdant Tea channel which is helpful for technique if you have trouble with resteeping. I refer to video’s myself, and learn from them. (I’m clumsy and needed much practice with even simple things.) Also, I don’t know how long you have been drinking tea but there is a thread for new people to steepster that lists a suggestion for free tea samples from Teavivre that I posted. (My favorite is from Verdant, Teavivre, Butiki, my local shop Happy Lucky’s and a few others).

Ze_Teamaker

The citrus notes are their. It is more of a sharp tang then a discernible flavor. From my experianse with this one. Make sure to do a rise; opens the leaves. A lit bit more leaf is better then less, and if you want the flavor more potent steep it in 6oz of water.

I agree with bonnie. Their channel is great for looking up tea info. Also check out the “how to taste tea” entries on their website. It really teaches you how to taste tea.

Bonnie

Ze- I agree with you. I read notes and listen to podcasts on the website. Having a tea shop where I’ve made friends with the tea slingers has helped my tea education. We share tea and discuss what we taste. I think everyone should try to find a place like this. Tea is community.

35mmfilm

Ze and Bonnie, thanks for the comments. I have watched a few of the videos on Verdant’s channel, and I agree they’re really good!

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