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4221 Tasting Notes

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
4221 tasting notes

Very happy to have received this in the Steepster Select box … nice to have it back in my stash. The black teas – well all the teas, really – that Verdant Tea selects for their inventory are just stellar. This one is no exception.

Rich and flavorful. Bold. Chocolate-y. It tastes a little like chocolate malt-o-meal which is something I loved as a kid, and I can never seem to find at the grocery store any more. But I think this might be even better … well, it is better, because it’s tea! It has such a lovely note of caramel, a deep roasted flavor, as if the caramel was cooked in a copper pot until it was right at that golden brown color … and then held on the heat for just a few moments longer to deepen the flavor just a bit more.

So VERY good. It is teas like this that will make me miss the Steepster Select box. Some of the teas were kind of like “meh…” especially when I’ve tried them before. But I’ve tried this one before, and I was thrilled that it was in the box … because it is really so very good.

I love this tea.

Azzrian

Oh I can get chocolate malt o meal – and maple – want me to send you some? :)

LiberTEAS

No, they’d be heavy to ship. I’m thinking about recreating my own chocolate malt o meal using my multi grain hot cereal and adding some of the valrhona cocoa powder I have in my cupboard. That might be incredible. :)

Azzrian

Oh you should try this!
Awee shipping is not that much – are you sure I don’t mind at all!

LiberTEAS

I definitely do appreciate the offer. But I think I’ll try the hot cereal with cocoa powder first. If that doesn’t work out so well, I might just take you up on it. And then I’ll end up sending you all kinds of tea to thank you. :)

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83

Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

This is one of the most unusual silver needle teas that I’ve seen. When I think Silver Needles, I think of a bunch of silvery green needle-like buds, but, there are open leaves in there too, dark in color, reminding me of bai mu dan. It is almost like a blend of bai mu dan and silver needle, and maybe even some shou mei too.

The flavor is also quite different from other silver needle I’ve tasted. While most silver needle tends to be on the delicate side, this tea is definitely more forward in its flavor. It has notes of vegetation, as well as fruit and flower, and a nutty undertone. I even taste a hint of malt to this, kind of like infused hops. A very unique Silver Needle, indeed, but I’m enjoying it.

It’s good when it’s hot, but I think I like it even better when after it’s cooled.

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86

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

This has a strong grassy quality to it. I think I might try to lower the temperature while increasing the steep time slightly to see what I might discover … as it is, I am enjoying it for what it is. It has a strong earthy quality to it, but it is also a little on the thin side, and I was expecting more heartiness. So, maybe the adjustment might help.

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86
drank Hemp Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
4221 tasting notes

Today I am drinking my Matcha as a smoothie: yogurt, a tablespoon of Matcha, two bananas, a few frozen strawberries, some half & half (I should have used the hemp milk that I have in the cupboard, but, my half & half is getting near the expiration date), and a few ice cubes. Absolutely YUM. I can really taste the flavor from the hemp with these other ingredients… it really stands out.

Yummy and refreshing.

seule771

Sorry, I can’t refrain about Hemp, there is clothing as well. It is so versatile.

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91

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this tea. It’s a goodie!

Sweet with notes of cocoa and dried fruit (raisin and date), and while it has a heartiness to it, it is pleasantly mild flavored. It doesn’t taste bitter or too strong. One of those teas I’d happily drink every day.

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88
drank Red Elephant by Joy's Teaspoon
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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

This is really rich and strong and delicious. A good way to start the day! A lovely sweetness to this … when someone says “burnt sugar caramel taste” this tea is the best tea to exemplify that flavor. That is exactly what I’m tasting. That yummy, homemade caramel taste with hints of burnt sugar. So good. So rich. So flavorful!

This tea has helped me shake off that groggy feeling I had before I started sipping on this tea. I’m awake and ready to go. This is the tea I want on hand for those days when I need to shake the sleepies.

Bonnie

So, you’ve been drinkin..a red elephant have you now. I must say, I do luv the name! I’d enjoy asking someone if they’d like to have a cup of Red Elephant. Hum.

The Purrfect Cup

This is another favorite of mine. I think I actually have two yes TWO tins of it! So if anyone wants to try some…let me know.

Sil

Haha I’d so get this just for the name. I love elephants.

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96
drank Caramelized Pear by Art of Tea
4221 tasting notes

Yum! I do love this tisane. I was a little worried when I read some of the recent tasting notes from those who also subscribed to the Steepster Select box, because I have tried this tisane before, and loved it, but from reading some of the tasting notes, not everyone was very enthusiastic about it, so I worried that maybe it was a bad batch. But mine is very tasty – sweet, delectable pear … caramel flavor. Honey notes.

So yummy!

Sil

this sounds lovely

Azzrian

Glad you like it! I would send mine to you but I already passed it on.

LiberTEAS

@Azzrian, no problem, I have more than enough teas to keep me occupied! :) But this was one that I have missed. I am sorry you didn’t really care for it.

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This is really good. The peppermint aroma is strong and exhilarating – FRESH! And while the flavor is equally as strong, there is a smoothness to the flavor too, almost a buttery-like quality to the background. It tastes crisp and refreshing and clean, and it’s very soothing especially after those BBQ ribs that I had for dinner. This is relaxing to my tummy … just what I needed.

An excellent pure peppermint. I’m sending the rest to my SororiTea Sister, because I know how much she loves peppermint!

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85
drank Dragon Feelers by Butiki Teas
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This tea really looks cool – it does indeed look like the scaly belly of a dragon. They almost look like they’ve been crimped with a hair crimping tool! The color is much more like the color of a silver needle tea – the leaves are a very pale, silvery green color. Lots of downy fuzz on the leaves.

I played around with this tea until I found just the right way to brew it. I wasn’t very satisfied with how it brewed up in my Breville, so I decided to slow things down a bit and brew it in my gaiwan. This produced a much better cup. The tea is very delicate, and I think it was too delicate when brewed in the Breville vs. brewing in the gaiwan. The gaiwan managed to get more flavor out of the tea and that was what I was after.

Very vegetative – almost like kelp and steamed, buttered vegetables, but, again the flavor is delicate, so it doesn’t taste too vegetative if that makes sense. The flavor is almost all vegetal … but because the overall flavor is delicate, the palate isn’t overwhelmed by the vegetative notes.

I love how smooth this tea is. Very soft, very soothing. Very nice.

Bonnie

I was looking at this one and thinking that it would look good in a tumbler and swirled…good to share with my grandson who loves the drama.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m looking forward to this one, too!

Azzrian

I will try this in my gaiwan as well. Thanks for the tip!

LiberTEAS

@Bonnie, I think that a tumbler would work well with this tea too, although I admit that I did not watch these leaves brew, so I can’t attest to whether it would put on a good show. I can only imagine that it would.

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86
drank Hemp Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
4221 tasting notes

This flavored matcha is a bit different from what I would normally try, which is one of the reasons why I decided to order it. That, and I have a history with hemp. In college (and long afterward) I was a strong advocate for the legalization of hemp farming/production. No, not marijuana, hemp. They are different, they even come from different strains of the plant.

Anyway, I wanted to try it and I’m glad I am. This is really very good. The hemp gives the matcha a very pleasant nutty kind of flavor, and seems to accentuate the vegetative, earthy qualities of the matcha. It is smooth, creamy and very tasty. I won’t go all out and say that it’s my favorite flavored Matcha, it isn’t, but, I am enjoying it, and I’m not sorry at all that I decided to give it a try.

Bonnie

Hemp and Hops as you know are in the same family so you were probably interested in Beer in college too! ;)

LiberTEAS

haha… no, actually I have never really liked the taste of beer. But I do like hops. Which I guess is weird. I love hops in tea and tisanes. But never have liked the taste of beer, and will really only drink it if I were already drunk. (which I realize probably isn’t a good thing to drink more if one is already drunk … but just try telling me that when I’m drunk … which I might add is very rarely these days).

Bonnie

Keep talkin…this is interesting…we’d all like to know more wouldn’t we guys?!

Autumn Hearth

Hehe. I am very particular about what beers (must be rich, smooth malty, usually high alcohol content) I used to hate IPAs but my sister recently had an ale called Hop Madness that was quite amazing, I tried it after her mother in law mentioned it tasted like a Christmas Tree and I’m all about that (I was there for a bourbon barrel porter) But what I wanted to comment on was a recent thing some friends had said about a paranoid landlord accusing them of growing marijuana in the from yard, he was growing hops on an arbor. The landlords wife confirmed it wasn’t marijuana as she had personal experience from her pre-Born Again days, hehe.

Bonnie

Just don’t inhale the arbor right!

TeaEqualsBliss

I’d love to try this one, too! I heard there are over 50,000 different uses for hemp! I support many of the ones I am familiar with. I never have used “Mary Jane” but understand it could help many medical issues when used properly. I, personally, use Hemp Hearts in foods to help with digestion. I also like Hemp fibers and Oils for various things.

TeaEqualsBliss

Insert/Addition for my above statement…I have never use and don’t plan on every using “MJ”. I guess you could just call me a modern-day drug-free hippie! :)

Bonnie

I went to the local Northern Colorado Fibromyalgia meeting which was about medical MJ and I qualify because of chronic migraine nausea not just the pain I have from fibromyalgia. Don’t want it though at this point. I don’t like taking anything that I absolutely don’t have to take. (My topomax to prevent some of the triggers for migraines…oh I won’t go without that!!!)

LiberTEAS

I had a pair of hemp boots and they were the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve ever owned, even more comfortable than Vans which are my go-to shoes. I guess I’ll always be a California sidewalk surfer at heart.

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My favorite teas are Yellow Teas with most Oolong teas at a close second. As far as “flavored” teas go, I love Earl Grey, Chocolate and Jasmine teas.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination.

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