Finishing up the last of this one. So good!
127 Tasting Notes
It’s crazy how good this tea is! I don’t know how David finds these oolongs. I have been drinking a lot of black tea lately and have not had an oolong in a while. This is a great tea to get me back into drinking oolong. Really any of Asha house oolongs are. I can’t get enough of them! This is the last of the sample from sampler pack that I had.
Buttery cinnamon goodness:)
Smooth like honey. No astringency. I have been coming back to this one and love to have a cup late at night. Im lucky caffeine does not bother me because this and the Laoshan black tea my night time blacks. I’m careful not to over brew it, I only do it for a minute and its perfect. I get about 6 good steeps out of it.
So I have waited and waited to write this review. Mainly because I have been drinking a lot of black teas lately and some were blending together for me. I had to come back to it after I had paired it with food. I paired it with a chocolate croissant the 3rd time and then with a blood orange the next.
I like this..but it did not blow me out of the water. After reading so many reviews I wanted it to, but It did not do it for me. It is still a good cup of tea..
The first cup for me has a chocolate note to it. With a little oat to round off the finish. The second has more oat and a little astringency to it.
So this is one of the blends I have been eagerly awaiting to buy from Verdant. I know that a lot of people seem to not like Hibiscus in teas. I for one love it! I love the tart and sweetness to it. I find that if you steep it in half of the time it usually will be perfect and not too tart.
I steeped this for 2 minutes and it was great. I have had many hibiscus teas, but with this one I find that the hibiscus is there but not entirely in your face. As it was brewing I could smell the Fennel and mint. When drinking it, I could taste the hibiscus with a licorice backing to it. Since I love licorice I loved it. I could not really make out the ginger or orange that was in the mix, but I know I will come back to it and spend some more time with in. I was just eager to try it..:)
So Teasuce bought this over and I really liked it . I love lemongrass and coconut together,they just pair well. I had this hot with nothing added to it. I know it would be awesome iced.
This tea came in my sample pack that I bought awhile back. So I will say I this is my favorite dragonwell. It has a citrus undertone to it that I love. A really great tea for sure.
This is the 3rd Golden tips tea I have had. Thanks to Teavivre for the sample. This is a hearty tea to drink. No astringency at all, very smooth.
Love this tea! Honeybush is one of the only teas that I like flavored now. This tea delivers, when you open the bag you get the strawberry and chocolate right off the bat. I almost never add cream or sugar, but I added a little and it was like drinking ice cream. Satisfies the sweet tooth. :)
I love to play with the seeping time of Ya Bao. I thought that Verdant was the only one to sell this tea, so I was pleased to see that Norbu did At $4.75 for 50g it was hard to pass up. Since this was just picked I can notice differences between this and a more aged Yao Bao like Verdant’s. This has a sweet cedar taste to it. It seems like the aging of this tea brings out more fruit notes.
Wow! Received this as a sample and it is great!. Honey floral notes all around :) Lite astringency on the tongue, but still sweet. Norbu always delights me with a great sample.
Thanks to Bonnie for a sample of this. The dry leaf has a very very pungent smell. Smelled like a strawberry perfume. I am usually not a fan of flavored black teas, but this was a little different. The taste to me has a berry like flavor. It surprised me.:)
So I thought wrote a review, but I guess I just thought that I did. I am drinking this now, and it is very floral. Its not a bad thing, but I think I just like my oolongs buttery :). Still very good.
Not bad, not bad at all to me. This tea would be great to cook with, like a marinade for steak or chicken. Hmm….
just opened my samples from Teavivre. I was in the mood for something fruity so I grabbed this. I steeped it for 5 mins, and it came out a little tart. Which I was surprised by since it does not have hibiscus in it. The pineapple is great. I might like this better iced.
I received this gracious sample from David at Asha Tea House. It was enough for two tastings. This was put on the site 3 days after I ordered the San Lin Xi sampler, and I was a little upset with myself for not waiting a few more days,but here it is.
After reading the description of the tea, and where it produced my expectations were set really high. One because its Asha, and I have never had an oolong that I was not really impressed with, and two because of the price $32.00 for 1.76oz of tea.
I could not get a decent smell from the dry leaf so I warmed my gaiwan and cup to start the tasting. The wet leaf smells great, sweet and brothy. The taste I really could not put my finger on. A little floral, and broth like at the same time…strange I know. Then I tasted it again and all I kept thinking was that its smooth and clean tasting. I did not get buttery just smooth. I know that it does not make any sense but thats what I got.
I waited two days and did the other half of the sample that David gave me, thinking that maybe my taste buds are a little off. I got the same, but a little more floral and light tasting.
My ending thoughts about this tea are little mixed so I will try and explain them. It is a great tea, but It did not stand out to me like his Alishan, or the San Lin Xi that he has available. If it was a choice between the three teas I would pick the other oolongs that he has to offer over this. I say this because of the price. For $32.00 I was expecting something different, an experience. A good example would be the Hawaii oolong that Samovar teas has. it is $25.00 for .88oz, but I know that it will not taste like any other oolong I have tasted in the past. Since I have had all of Asha oolongs I find that if I were to tell others to buy from Asha (which I do) it would be the San Lin Xi sampler that he has, which is a great experience to see how one oolong can change from the roasting.
While I was not blown out of the water by the tea, it is still the main place that I buy oolong from.Its always fresh and tightly rolled. The patience of his oolongs are also pretty impressive. Usually by the 7th steep the leaves are fully unrolled. If you are on the fence I would get the sample pack, and then go from there.
Received this as a sample from Teasuce. I’m a little picky when it comes to flavored black teas. I like this, but I really don’t get the pancake from it,just maple syrup. I drank this with some pancakes and still it just did not do it for me. Its a nice treat, but not something I would buy.
So I have had this tea a few times now, and still have one more sample tasting thanks to David. I am still a newbie when it comes to pu’er, so this is one that is inviting unlike a few other pu’ers I have tasted. Very clean and smooth. I did not take it passed 3 steeps,like I knew I should but I was tea tasting….
I like it, but not enough for for me buy it. Still Verdant has some great pu’er and educates newbies like me on them for sure.
Drinking this now..LOVE it! Very smooth and clean tasting. I asked for this as my sample from New Mexico Tea company. I decided to go with just the plain guayusa, I figured I can always add spices to it to make it like the others. I had the first cup plain, the second cup I added 1 teaspoon of Verdant Tea’s Thai Fire blend for a little kick. NICE! I will diffidently be buying this, sucks I can’t buy it locally but this will be on my list.
Got this as a sample from Teasuce. Its a nice dessert tea, and lately I have been wanting something sweet. I can not really make out the rum, but the carmel flavor is nice.
Thanks to Bonnie on giving this to me in a swap. It seems like everyone, this tea does not smell good right off the bat. I can not put my finger on what it smells like, but its not carrot Cake.
It tastes like raw carrots and apple with agave nectar. Yup, thats what I get…
So I received this sample from Amanda, and I will say I can not get s’mores out of this. It tastes like a smokey cinnamon stick. Not too sure I like this, but Im glad I got to try it.
sweet,floral,peachy..these are the words that followed as I smelled the wet leaf. Really nice! Creamy when sipping it, it reminds me of a Bai Mu Dan…:)
Soo…David gave me this sample awhile back and I have since had this tea 4 times now. I like it, it grows on you. When I had it hot the lemongrass and lavender take front above the spearmint and peppermint. I am now having this now cold, as I did a cold brew on it two nights ago. The spearmint comes forward more. A nice simple herbal blend. I think I like it better cold….which is rare since I not an ice tea person.