17 Tasting Notes
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This tea smells absolutely heavenly. A wonderful aroma of light fruit and delicate flowers with a touch of sweet vanilla. Unfortunately, no matter what I do, I’ve been unable to brew a cup with any real flavor. The best I can say about it is that it’s smooth and easy drinking, but I’m basically just saying it’s flavorless. I’ve enjoyed Kusmi teas in the past, but this is definitely a disappointment, especially for the price.