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Could not download an image for this tea. Verdant must be paranoid about keeping their images to themselves. The structure them in such a way that you can’t save the image for a Steepster page. In any case this is good tea. I was short on time today so I western steeped this. I am not sure which spring harvest this tea was from, does not say on the package. In any case the main note is malt followed by a lesser note of chocolate. Those are the only two notes I detect, no real bitterness to this.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 30 seconds. My instinct told me to steep it for 3 minutes but the package said 30 seconds.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold brewed this the other night and basically forgot about it in the fridge. Even after about 36 hours cold brewing it doesn’t taste over brewed. It is quite good. I’m not really sure where the watermelon begins and the honeydew ends. I think it’s watermelon and honeydew in this tea anyway. Had to buy a lot of this to get the sale price. It was a really good sale price but you had to buy 10 ounces to get fifty percent off, otherwise it was only twenty percent off. But each pitcher of this uses about an ounce or a little less so I think I will end up finishing this tea. This is one fantastic herbal as an iced tea.

I brewed this over two nights in a 64 oz Iced Tea Pitcher with 8 tsp leaf in the fridge.

Preparation
Iced 8 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML

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Bought a sample of this when Scott ran his sale on 2016 Yunnan Sourcing teas. It is pretty good raw puerh. I’m not sure if I like enough to spend the approximate $120 that he charges. It had a sweet note in the start. Some bitterness crept in after the leaves had opened up but this did not last. And the sweet note returned, sweeter than before. Not sure if I would use the term apricots but it was just about as sweet as any raw puerh gets. I did enjoy this tea. As to qi, maybe some, I’m feeling relaxed but I can’t be sure about the qi of this one. It certainly isn’t strong or doesn’t seem so. Overall this was a very good tea.

I steeped this tea twelve times in a 150ml gaiwan with 7.3g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. I certainly could have kept going the leaves weren’t done. There was maybe another four or five steeps in them I would guess.

Flavors: Bitter, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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This review is for the Spring 2016 Laoshan Black. I was going to add a page for that when I came across this one. I brewed this according to the directions on the package which called for a short 30 second steep even though the instructions were for western brewing. I’ve only sampled this once before. To me the main note of this tea is malt. Then I guess you could say some of the notes in the description page show up, perhaps raisins, perhaps a little bit of a roast note. As to the main question, is this better than the Yunnan Sourcing Laoshan Black tea. I think it is a toss up. They are both good.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 30 seconds.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Ubacat

Try it brewed longer. The chocolate notes come out then. I just love the chocolate notes in this tea.

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80

This is an interesting tea. It’s not tea but it tastes a lot like tea. It’s made from a close relative of the tea plant. This tea was actually pretty good. It was sweet with little real bitterness. I really didn’t notice any bitterness to this tea. It did have a mediciney like note to it early on that seems to have disappeared by around steep five. This is not as good as sheng. But as I can’t drink sheng quite this late with my insomnia it is a good choice. I steeped this ten times and it would have gone a few more but to be honest I had had enough tea. For anyone thinking of trying this I think this is worth getting a 25g sample of. It’s quite expensive. I would not have bought it except it’s caffeine free.

I steeped this ten times in a 150ml gaiwan with 5.1g leaf and 200 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.

Flavors: Medicinal, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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Bought this to cold brew as an iced tea. Drinking it hot today. It is fairly tasty with a mix of fruit flavors. I’m not really sure what I’m tasting and it comes off a bit artificial. I think it will be much better as an iced tea.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is a relatively nice tea for the price. There were some wet storage notes during the first two infusions, they were not strong. There was very little bitterness to this tea. A sweet note did develop to this tea. Considering what I paid I am happy with this tea. It’s by no means incredible but decent for the price.

I steeped this twelve times in a 150ml gaiwan with 10.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. I could have gotten a few more steeps out of the leaves.

Preparation
Boiling 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank PG Tips by PG Tips
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Saw this in the store the other day and decided to see what the British are drinking. It’s not bad. I was told this was a tea made for milk and sugar so I added sugar and a splash of almond milk. The tea itself is fairly good for a teabag. It’s got a malty character and a bit of a fruity character. Maybe not as high a grade as what I’m used to but a higher grade than Lipton.

Brewed two teabags in 16oz of boiling water for 3 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Gooseberry Spoon

When I worked at a place where brewing good tea was next to impossible I drank this. I agree it’s better than Lipton, but their packaging drives me nuts.

gmathis

I like it looseleaf best, but extremely hard to find anything but bags in SW Missouri.

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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Bought this the other day not realizing I had already tried it. It’s fairly tasty. Strong taste of dark chocolate and what I would guess is the mate in the background.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 185 degree water for 4 minutes.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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This is good. It’s got a nice zesty taste from the ginger. And a spicy aftertaste from the peppercorns. Should be really good for you too as ginger is great for the stomach and digestive system. I brewed this in my new Breville Tea Maker. I used 6 tsp leaf and about 1 liter of water. The Breville was set to strong so it gave this five minutes. I did not have to pay attention to the brew, which was nice.

Flavors: Ginger, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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I am Allan. I live and work in Long Island, New York. I have been amassing a tea collection for nearly two years and have spent way too much money. I now try to buy mostly Puerh as I like it most and it lasts nearly forever. Black tea has a habit of going bad. If anyone is interested in tea swaps I am open to ideas and have quite a cupboard.

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