281 Tasting Notes

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
281 tasting notes

Need something comforting and reliable this morning. This one never fails me!!

Bonnie

Me either!

DigniTea

And, of course, it was reliable and delicious again today!

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88

I’ve been working on this one all day – most enjoyable with good flavor in every cup. Boiling water; (2) 5 second rinses; 30s steep; another 10 seconds added for each steep after the first. Earthy then buttery then creamy. I’m going to order another cake so that I can keep this around for a long time.

mrmopar

Oh yes this is a good one!

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90

I’ve been experimenting with this new tea. I think I’ve finally settled on 1T in 8oz for 3m 45s. The flavor falls somewhere between Laoshan Black and Wild Mountain Black. I’ve grown quite fond of it. I can count on two delicious steeps but the third one is a bit too weak for my taste.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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88
drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
281 tasting notes

I really enjoy this bold and tasty blend – strong black tea + a solid puerh + the hint of chocolate. Who can resist?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been enjoying two Verdant blends this weekend – Sweet Cinnamon Pu’er and Chocolate Chamomile Curiosity Brew. Both have provided very enjoyable tea sessions. However, I should mention that in each case I’ve added a little more base tea to the blend. I followed the Verdant guidelines for this Puer blend but I added more puer – the ratio was about 4 to one blend/puer. I really enjoy it this way and was able to have three flavorful infusions. I’ve already added this to my Verdant reorder list.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
Bonnie

I like this too.

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I’ve been enjoying two Verdant blends this weekend – Sweet Cinnamon Pu’er and Chocolate Chamomile Curiosity Brew. Both have provided very enjoyable tea sessions. However, I should mention that in each case I’ve added a little more base tea to the blend. I followed the Verdant guidelines for this blend but I added more Laoshan Black and for me this produced a much better cup of tea. I resteeped twice but I would not want to try for a third resteep. I’ve already added this blend to my reorder list.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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87

This is a lovely green tea and a pleasure to drink! The taste of fresh sweet peas dominates both the aroma and flavor as you drink the cup. A tea I’ll probably try to keep on hand.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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88

Sweet, fruity and delicious! Lovely light tea to sip on hot and even sweeter when iced. This is a delicate and fun tea to have around to enjoy on your own or share with others.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Khumbu by Joy's Teaspoon
281 tasting notes

This tea is most enjoyable – pleasant aroma with a sweet and nutty taste. No astringency at all. I made the purchase because I’ve never had a Nepalese tea and I was curious but I really like this one! It’s in line with many of the Black Yunnans I typically enjoy. I’ll definitely be buying more.

Update: 2nd steeping reveals flavors that have become much more spicy. The flavor shift is a bit surprising but both cups were very enjoyable.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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For me, tea is magical with its ability to transform by bringing one back to center and inspiring both peace and contentment.

Reformed coffee drinker. Switched to tea as part of my goal to work on living a healthier, more balanced life — haven’t looked back since. Surprised to learn what a passion I have developed for all things tea related.

I enjoy most tea types but I cannot handle jasmine or other florals and I’m not particularly fond of bergamot. Started with flavored teas but moved quickly into unflavored blacks and puerhs. Now most of my purchases are puerh cakes for aging. My cold brews for iced tea tend to be a fruity green, white or rooibos but every once in awhile I’ll chill an oolong or puerh.

I no longer assign numerical ratings to teas because our enjoyment of tea is very subjective. Reactions to a particular tea vary from person to person and within the same person across different tasting sessions. My tea notes are now simply comments reflecting my impression at that specific point in time. They are useful to me and if they happen to be helpful to someone else that is good.

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