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I enjoyed this quite a lot! I actually just did my first side-by-side(-by-side) tasting of the same tea from different vendors with some Red Robes I have in my cupboard. So I’m going to try and keep this review to this tea alone, as I’ll be writing a post this weekend comparing them more directly.

In any case, I really love a Red Robe oolong. It’s a fun tea that packs a wallop and has some seriously awesome flavor every time.

Of all the Red Robes I’ve had, this one from Verdant Tea is probably the most mild. This is not a negative thing, however. It’s just a thing. The wet leaves after the first infusion were mild and nutty in scent.

The liquor had a smooth aroma and there was something familiar about the flavor that I still can’t quite manage to place. As if it tasted of something I’ve eaten before and really enjoyed, but I’ve only actually eaten it once or twice. But it has a lovely flavor that I enjoyed very much.

The second infusion was mellower and added a touch of sweetness. Interesting enough, even though the water was still quite hot, it left a coolness in my mouth. Like a mild version of the feeling you get when drinking a mint infusion. But it didn’t taste minty, just mimicked that sensation.

I’m glad I got this tea and will be happy to finish off what I have in time!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Azzrian

You have had a busy morning!! :)

Dinah Saur

I sure did, Azzrian! Now that I’m finally not sick, I was able to wake up earlier than usual without much trouble and decided to enjoy myself before coming into the office!

SimpliciTEA

Glad to hear you are feeling better. And what a great idea to do side-by-side steepings! I am considering doing this with a green tea I have, one from a batch that is fresh and one that is a year old.

Dinah Saur

That would be really interesting to see a side-by-side comparison on, SimpliciTEA! I’m guessing in your case, your green is from the same vendor, just different years? I’d love to read that comparison for sure!

SimpliciTEA

Yes, I happen to still have a sample of Life in Teacup’s Frosty Spring Yunnan Roast Green from 2011 that I haven’t yet brewed up. And I recently received the same named tea from the 2012 harvest. The thing is, I think in the description of the tea she mentioned it is a slightly different tea than the last two years, so that makes the comparison a little problematic. But I still plan to try them both, possibly simply trying one on one day, and the other on the next day, but a side-by-side comparison would be even better. We’ll see. I’m glad you to hear you have an interest in the comparison though, as that will certainly spur me on!

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Azzrian

You have had a busy morning!! :)

Dinah Saur

I sure did, Azzrian! Now that I’m finally not sick, I was able to wake up earlier than usual without much trouble and decided to enjoy myself before coming into the office!

SimpliciTEA

Glad to hear you are feeling better. And what a great idea to do side-by-side steepings! I am considering doing this with a green tea I have, one from a batch that is fresh and one that is a year old.

Dinah Saur

That would be really interesting to see a side-by-side comparison on, SimpliciTEA! I’m guessing in your case, your green is from the same vendor, just different years? I’d love to read that comparison for sure!

SimpliciTEA

Yes, I happen to still have a sample of Life in Teacup’s Frosty Spring Yunnan Roast Green from 2011 that I haven’t yet brewed up. And I recently received the same named tea from the 2012 harvest. The thing is, I think in the description of the tea she mentioned it is a slightly different tea than the last two years, so that makes the comparison a little problematic. But I still plan to try them both, possibly simply trying one on one day, and the other on the next day, but a side-by-side comparison would be even better. We’ll see. I’m glad you to hear you have an interest in the comparison though, as that will certainly spur me on!

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