506 Tasting Notes
I, like almost everyone else who logged this tea, got this as a sample with my order. First of all, I adore mint, so I already knew I would like this one.
If I may digress for a moment: I bought a shampoo once that was lemon verbena scented. I had this idea that it would smell like lemons, having no idea what lemon verbena really was. I was terribly disappointed when I had my head covered in a weedy floral scent. I had purchased it in bulk and had three bottles to go through. I pawned one off on my mother and continued using the others myself. Believe it or not, the scent grew on me and now its one of my favorite shampoos. Strange how things turn out sometimes.
So, back to the tea, the verbena gives a traditional herbal-tea aroma about it. I don’t know quite how to explain what I mean, but it is reminiscent of the herbal tea bags that my father drank all the time when I was growing up. The smell almost makes me think there should be chamomile in it too and I imagine this would blend excellently with chamomile for those who I like it (I don’t, so better for me that its chamomile-free).
In summary, the tea has mint and nostalgic value. It’s a win win. :)
This is my very fist experience with Darjeeling, so I have nothing to go by but personal preference. Actually, I’ve tried Ooooh Darjeeling from Adagio, but that was supposed to be an oolong with darjeeling characteristics. From what I remember, this is similar, but with more depth to the flavors. It has an oolong quality to it with honey and floral notes. There is also a hint of citrus. While it was brewing, the aroma reminded me much of guayusa in that it smelled like fruity grass and vegetation. It doesn’t taste so much like that though.
This tea smells so cozy, like the earliest hints of holidays on the way. I wasn’t as impressed by the flavor. It’s good at first, but a quarter way through the cup I began to lose interest as the flavored-tea characteristics started to gang up on me. I am finicky about flavored teas and a lot of them are only good to me while still very hot (luke-warm dessert teas are the worst) and usually only for half a cup before they become too much of a good thing.
My husband, on the other hand, likes this one a lot (he rates it around 95). I was worried about brewing it for him because he hasn’t liked many black teas yet (flavored or not), but this was an exception.
Last time I logged this, I said it didn’t compare to Laoshan green. I take it back. This is currently my favorite green. I think I had this whole psychosomatic response to the Laoshan, being the first fresh-from-the farm tea that I purchased. I made up my mind that is has to be superb, therefor it was. Well of course, it still is a good green, but most of my enthusiasm was the novelty of it.
Anyhow, back to normal daily tea life, this five peaks is the star of my cupboard. It’s such an easy tea to work with. Doesn’t go bitter if I look at it funny, doesn’t have that textured/granular flavor (yes, Im referring to a texture as a flavor, because to me it does have a flavor :p ) that some of the heavy vegetal greens get. Its pleasant, sweet and juicy without overdoing it.
This has been my go-to black tea recently, whenever I can’t decide what to brew. But, alas, I’ve finally used it all up. I have several new black teas on their way to me, so I won’t be re-ordering this one for a while, but that will make it all the more special when it makes it back to my cupboard again in the future :)
Farewell for now, yummy tea, until we meet again (^.^)
I’ve had this tea several times since I last logged it. I don’t know why, but it tastes so much more bitter than the first few cups I had. I don’t know if its just the current batch that I have or if I’m preparing it differently or if my tastebuds simply changed gears (happens surprisingly frequently)
I still like it and I reach for it when I want a dunking tea for my biscuits, but I am not as in love with it as I was in the beginning.
It’s finally cold enough to use my heater. I love autumn! It’s supposed to warm up a bit next week, but not too much.
I completely forgot that I had this tea, a small sample from my last Verdant order. I haven’t been too impressed with dragonwell teas in the past, so I was in no hurry to try this sample when I first got it.
I’m enjoying my second cup of it now and must say that it is the best dragonwell tea that I have tried. It hints at wanting to be a japanese green, but maintains a non-astringent sort of nutty and fruity dragonwell characteristic too.
And now I’ve finished my cup and must get ready for class :)
I haven’t been much in the mood for puerh lately (been in a black tea phase) but decided to kick myself back into eclectic variety.
These really are very good Tuo Chas. I don’t care if the puerh nerds say that mini cakes are sub-par (could’ve fooled me). They try to tell me that sheng is better too, but nothing has yet compared to the rich full-bodied flavor of a cup of shu for me :)
On a side note: sorry guys if I don’t log as often as I used to. I still check in with steepster everyday, but I don’t have any new teas atm (just sipping through the oldies but goodies) and school work is consuming my time. I’m also stressed about applying for graduate school this year. If I don’t get into my preferred school, there will be complications. But besides that, applying at all has me a trifle stressed.