721 Tasting Notes
This was a sample Verdant sent along with my recent order of LB. I haven’t had an oolong in quite some time. I sort of fell out of love with them a bit, because they are a wee bit high maintenance.
I figured I’d waited long enough, and I’ve been bothered by my box of need-to-sipdown teas lately. This one is tasty, but it doesn’t seem extraordinarily different from many other oolongs, AKA nothing makes it stand out against the rest. This is one of my friend’s favourites, but it’s just another tasty tea to me. Perhaps when another oolong mood rolls around, I’ll re-try this one to see if I can get the magic.
This is a sample sipdown.
Dexter sent me a couple cups worth of this a while ago in a surprise parcel. I’ve been hoarding it, for fear I’d never find my precious L’Automne again. The orange and chocolate just work so well with the rooibos base here. The base isn’t off-putting or offensive in any way, which is truly shocking since this is the only rooibos to date that has managed to surpass my strict taste-testing for rooibos. Truly a masterpiece.
Dex is awesome, and sending along a bunch more. This is a celebration cup. Yum!
This tea is delightful. The coconut, banana combination with the PTA base is seriously awesome. Somehow the ingredients come together as something comforting and none too tropical, which is a great alternative to all the other coconut teas that do come across tropical. Not that I don’t like tropical, it’s just nice to have other options. Especially when they are Butiki-amazing.
I never really reach for this one though, so perhaps 1/2-1 ounce is needed next time I order.
I cold brewed this one for 17 hours (whoops, I meant to do 12). It turned out just fine though. It really tastes just like Tropicalia plus cinnamon and star anise. Neither are in-your-face, but are noticeable, yet subtle at the same time. It’s quite enjoyable as a cold brew.
I also steeped up a normal mug too, and I may ever so slightly prefer the hot. Partly because I generally prefer hot tea, but also because the cinnamon is more apparent than the star anise, whereas they were equal in the cold brew. When cinnamon is done well in a tea, I do enjoy it. The hot version is more like a cinnamon piña colada.
This one came from Stephanie.
I checked the directions on Verdant’s website to be sure, and went with a 5-second rinse ~1-2 minutes after letting the kettle cool from boiling, then a 15-second steep.
I am happy to say it doesn’t have the earthy/fishy taste of the darker steeping pu’erhs I’ve tried. There is an earthy taste here, but it’s completely different – more like dry dirt. Actually a bit bizarre, but I’m not exactly turned off by it. I’ll have to keep sipping away to see what else comes of this tea. And resteep it, of course.
Thanks Stephanie! I really appreciate your helpfulness in the pu’erh department. Before you I didn’t even realize there were different types of pu’erh.
This tea is really hitting the spot tonight. It’s my first cup of the day actually. Perfection, as per usual.
I’m studying away for another exam tomorrow, and I went to open a new tab to create this lovely note and rather than typing in “Steepster” to the address bar I began typing “Premium Taiwa”. That’s how far I got before I realized. :P
I had this for my first morning cup and my last evening cup yesterday, and I chose this again for my morning cup today. I didn’t realize I’d enjoy this one so much. Thank goodness I picked up 100g in Vancouver, I’m nearly halfway through it already.
I love that it’s a straight black that’s bold and smooth all in one. It’s not super fancy, but it is super tasty. It even tastes great after I’ve forgotten about it and it’s cooled on my desk.
This one came in a swap from whatshesaid.
The dry scent was overwhelmingly sweet. Almost to the point of sickening. I actually picked out 4 chunks of rock sugar, because yeah, no thank you. Some smaller shards of rock sugar stayed, but the huge ones were taken out.
The sweet scent was significantly diminished once steeped, but I was still wary. Upon sipping, the tea has a thin feel with a primarily coconut and nut flavour. Very little in the way of chocolate. This one actually ended up being somewhat tasty, albeit a bit thin. But I’d rather thin that in-your-face sweet.
Thanks for sharing whatshesaid!
This one came my way from a swap with whatshesaid.
The dry scent was divine, and I was so excited. The coconut was in the flavour, and to its merit, the tea wasn’t too sweet at all. However, the Della Terra black tea base took away from the whole experience. I remember now why I only truly enjoy DTT black teas with mint, chocolate, vanilla type flavours. All the others seem to fall short.
Thanks whatshesaid! Even if they can’t all be perfect, I always enjoy trying new coconut teas.
This one came my way in a swap from Stephanie
I haven’t had guayusa in a while, mostly because my coffee addiction is getting out of control. I was contemplating what I would mix some guayusa with on the way back to house today, and what a surprise to have this waiting in the mailbox.
I am really digging this one. All the flavoured guayusas from Stacy are tasty, but none have cut made the cupboard cut for me, but this one just might. I love the blackberry flavour. The berries seem to work really well with the base. The lime is subtly there, more in a bit of puckering I’m noticing, which isn’t quite the right way to describe it, but I can’t think of anything better at the moment.
Thanks Stephanie! Great mix idea too! :)