224 Tasting Notes
Pleasantly fruity with a slight taste of toasted grain and a classic tea fragrance. Very good quality tea with little bitterness or astringency but not enough body to make a good breakfast wake-up beverage. It is meant to be served in perfect tiny cups with tiny, expensive sweets.
I’m doing this with multiple steeps with hot water and 3-6 second steeps in my beautiful little frog yixing teapot (after rinsing the tea) according to Verdant tea’s instructions. The first steep has a wonderfully floral nose but the taste itself is very light. The liquor is a shimmery golden straw color. The leaves open up into large beautiful leaves.
Second steep: The floral bouquet is considerably muted now. The taste is stronger with a slight salted artichoke flavor mixed with the flowers and a slight walnut sensation at the back of my tongue. Nice.
Third steep: A hint of walnuts and butter pastry.
Fourth steep: The surprising scent of freshly shampoo’d hair. The flavor has retreated a bit and is back to light floral.
This is a marvelous green tea with a rich nutty broth with a slightly sweet vegetal taste. There is a bit of tingle on the tongue but no astringency and only the slightest edge of bitter but so slight that it elevates rather than decreases the quality of the tea. I am beginning to believe that there is nothing that Verdant Tea sells that I don’t like.
A very nice tea with a lot of depth to its flavors and fragrances. I like that it brews up very dark. It has a sweet honey taste to go with its dark cocoa and subtle earthy undertones. No bitterness, no astringency. It leaves a very pleasant dark chocolate aftertaste.
I was running out the door to get to an audio session and realized I would need some tea (audio work is thirsty work) to lubricate my words. I grabbed this with faith that anything the Steepster guys had picked out for me must be good. I wasn’t sure that it would tolerate the extra hot water, but I figured it was worth a chance.
Happily for me it tolerated the water well and was a perfect companion in the audio booth. At once soothing and clearing it enabled me to do my work in a minimum of takes. I love the mild roasted taste and the soothing tea that is neither bitter nor drying even when brewed under difficult conditions. I don’t have any more audio sessions scheduled for quite a while. If I did this tea would be my go-to tea. However it can still be my go-to tea for calming winter evenings.
I’m as surprised as the others by the sweet corn aroma and flavor of this puerh. No off flavors. Nothing musty or stinky. It’s very pleasant with some of the hypnotic effect of puerhs in general. It’s very nice to know that it is organic as well. And how lovely is it to sit back in my home and allow someone with more expertise to pick something I will like. Steepster Select is great!