251 Tasting Notes

drank Bai Mu Dan White Tea by Verdant Tea
251 tasting notes

Thank u to Terri Harplady for this sample!!!!!! :) :) :)

Pretty leaves, dark green on one side and a fuzzy cream white on the other. They smell creamy too. I love white teas, I can’t wait to taste.

The instructions say to brew at 175 for 2’’. Other whites I’ve had say to go at 185 and for a touch longer.

This white has very subtle creamy and almond notes.

The next steeping, I upped to 185 and added a pinch more leaves that I had left in my sample then steeped a bit longer. I learned in my tea experiments that the notes aren’t gonna change but a stronger version of them will come thru hopefully.

This white is still very delicate and subtle to me. Other whites I’ve had have a sweet nectar note along with a few other surprises in with the cream note but this one does not for me.

Flavors: Cream, Nuts

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thank u to Terri Harplady for this sample!!!

The dry leaves are little tiny twists of gray-green and look like links in a necklace. So tiny!! Brewed, they unfurl to look like chopped herbs.

The liquor has a very strong butter bean scent!! Its essence is stronger than the flavor; the flavor is light and fresh. It has subtle notes of cream and the butter bean and gives a great creamy mouthfeel which I have never experienced with a green tea.

Lovely drinking this right before lunch, it excites the palette!!

Then, I happen to be having a spicier soup for lunch and sipping this tea is cooling to the palette!

Very interesting and lovely green tea!!

Flavors: Cream, Lima Beans

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

Yay! So happy to like it!

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drank Da Hong Pao by Seven Cups
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The dry leaves are black, twisted, and fairly long. They have a vanilla, toasty aroma.

Brewed, the liquor smells of sweet cream and a caramel dessert. The color is a beautiful auburn jewel shade.

The flavor is a roasted dark toast when drinking in and then subtle sweetness comes when breathing out.

I tried three different steep times (and one temperature lowering) for this Da Hong Pao, each with fresh dry leaves, to learn from.

The first steep time that I tried is noted in the taste note settings here and is what the package suggests, 212 F for at least 2 minutes. (The taste notes above)

My next try was 212 F for a quicker 1 1/2 minutes. I was trying to see if more sweetness comes thru with less steeping but I found that by doing this, you just get a weaker version of the same dominant flavors.
I tried one more experiment with dry fresh leaves (I had lots of tea to share today), I lowered the temperature to 200 degrees for 2 minutes. As this version cooled, I liked it the best but it still had the same flavor notes.

By doing all of this, I wanted to see if the roasting process they perform on the tea causes the dominant flavor or if it can be manipulated by your temps and steep times.
I found that it was the same flavors no matter what I did so the flavor mainly has to do with the roasting or how they process the tea as long as you don’t over-steep. Still learning,,lol!!

So over all, I found that this tea has a very dark roasted flavor with very subtle sweet notes as you breathe out and I enjoyed learning from it too!!!!

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Espresso, Vanilla

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Thank u to Terri Harplady for this beautiful sample!!

The tiny twisted leaves look like beautiful Spanish moss and they unfurl to be so much larger individual light green leaves.
The liquor is a pretty Spanish moss color as well and I don’t detect any dominant essences.

I like this green tea,,it is mild-tasting. I like that it was sun-dried, maybe this is why it is so mild. It does have notes of sweet pea and oat as Verdant suggests in its description.
There is a tiny bit of tannin to it that cleanses your palette. This tea is great with food as it will not fight with your flavors.
Gonna steep again later to see what comes out now that the leaves are unfurled because the Verdant description includes rose water, celery, and sweet grass along with the oat and sweet pea that I detected in the first steeping!

Earthy, light, and very nice green tea!

  • OK, second steeping really brings out the rose water!!!! That is wonderful!!! I have a recipe for a rose water sugar cookie that this tea would pair beautifully with!!! I do detect the sweet grass essence. I am still not detecting any celery,,,,maybe in a third steeping ?? Very cool notes.

Tried a third steeping on this and did catch celery but with a third steeping it was very one note with only celery so I’d stick with two next time :)

Flavors: Baked Bread, Earth, Fruit Tree Flowers, Peas

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
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I got this gorgeous sample from Terri Harplady, here on Steepster, who is so sweet and is helping me learn more about tea!!!!!!!!!

The leaves are twisted, tan, and a pretty clay mud color; like a rhino’s hide!!! So cute and aptly named!!!

The scent of the brewed tea was very intriguing. To me, it was very much like the scent of dried mulberries which I love and get at the health food store every once in a while. It also has a strong essence of honey.
The liquor of this white is a deep, very auburn color so it is definitely a different style of white!!

The flavor is very good. It has flavors of orange which is a neat surprise because I didn’t detect it in the scent. There are notes of cream and a touch of persimmon fruit.

This is a very delicious and unique white tea!!!!!

Tried a second steeping and it is just as delicious with notes of honey and caramelized sweet potato or sweet potato with marshmallows at Thanksgiving.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Honey, Sweet Potatoes

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Obukucha by Steepster
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I love the name of this tea!! I found online that it means ‘Great Fortune Tea’ and it is tradition in Japan to drink for the New Year to bring good luck.
The dry leaves look like a gyokuro,,,,, very moist, grass -clipping-like, thin, and dark green. But it is a Sencha. Smells good, like salt and red lettuce.
Brewed, the liquor is a lovely bright spring green color with scents of mineral and cooked mixed veggies.
The flavor is a deep green, grassy, salty mineral taste with notes of fava bean and the sorrel (which I haven’t had in a while but it has tangy notes).
As it cools, the tea is getting hints of pine and a zing of eucalyptus which is actually not my favorite aspect. Overall, a very nice green tea.

From the Steepster Select Box, January 2014

Flavors: Mineral

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Iron Goddess of Mercy by Rishi Tea
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This tea is packaged in air-tight, oxygen free packaging from Taiwan within the Rishi box.
The dry leaves are tightly rolled little nuggets and they have a scent of soda bread and minerals.
Brewed, the leaves unfurl into curly-cues with stems and the liquor is a dark golden color with essence of toasted chestnut just as the packaging suggests. It really smells wonderful.

Wow, the flavor is smooth. It is a roasted flavor but not a strong roast, it is just enough.
As the tea cools, subtle flavors and scents of vanilla orchid come thru. There is a tiny tiny astringency.
Really delicious and awakening tea but not harsh with caffeine, it’s just right.
Lovely tea.

Upon the second steeping, I am getting a bit of stomach upset as more tannins are probably coming through with the leaves being more open. The Iron Goddess is not showing me mercy :( :( :( Must be sure to drink this one with a full lunch.

Flavors: Chestnut, Flowers, Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

Yeah…unfortunately the list of teas I can drink on an empty stomach is short, (some black teas, mostly from China or Taiwan) & the list I can’t drink when I first wake up is LONG: green, white, oolong, puerh, ceylon, darjeeling. I always have to eat a good meal before drinking any of those.
On the occasion that a tea upsets my tummy, starchy food (like sweet potatoes!) is always helpful.


I have a breakfast of fruit in the morning and it is fine to drink my whites and some of my Oolongs with but I drink greens with lunch because of the stomach upset. Now I learned some of these Oolongs are more green. I guess this is considered one of the green Oolongs? Oh it really hurt my stomach :(


Lol,,it is not deterring me much. Cooking up some chickpeas with shallots and fresh herbs then I have a green tea left to review!!

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drank Organic Long Jing by Steepster
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The dry leaves look like flattened yellow-green color raffia. They have scents of yellow squash, mung bean, rocks, and a hint of lemon.
Brewed, the leaves smell very much like mung beans. Very clear tan liquid. The liquor is very Earthy and again, the domant essence is cooked beans.
I always drink green teas with lunch and this one is nice and somewhat neutral-tasting. Tastes like my favorite Chinese restaurant’s green tea.

From the Steepster Select box, January 2014

Second steeping, I added way less water. I might have given too much water to the first one. Now the liquor is yellow-green color and has a nicer roasty aroma and flavor. There is a definite almond accent with collard green notes. Astringency cleanses my palette.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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The dry leaves have essences of vanilla, mango, and lychee. They are long, black, and twisted.
Brewed, the liquor is a beautiful light golden amber with scents of honeysuckle and peach. The leaves unfurl and turn moss green.
The flavor is mostly floral and it has a slight astringency. All of the nectar and honey notes are in the scent and the flavor is all flowers.
This Oolong is amazing in its transformation! Now I see why this is called the Phoenix!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Jiāng Luo

just bought a bag myself any gongfu style syeep timing suggestions?


OH enjoy!! I am a novice when it comes to gong fu with the floral Oolongs so I will enjoy reading your review!! I brewed this just as it says on the box and in ceramic :)

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drank Shizuku Gyokuro by Kettl
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I like that Tea Wing sends its tea in oxygen-free packaging,,this was the freshest Gyokuro I have ever had and am glad I tried this company.

The dry leaves are a beautiful forest green color with scents of salt, rutabaga , and fresh spinach.

I used my Gyokuro Tokoname serving set for this because you gotta be quick!!! I love the Gyokuro set because you basically pour the water in and in no time, pour into your drinking cup and consume.
The liquor is an amazing spring-green color and the salty broth of it has lots of umami and a buttery note.
This tea is excellent to pair with food because of the savory aspect.

I love Gyokuro and this one was excellent!!!

140 °F / 60 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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