277 Tasting Notes
I’d like to announce I have had two pu’erh tastings back to back. I am not going to say cups because I resteeped last night so it was more than one cup. Are you impressed? You should be. But maybe you’ll say last night’s won’t count because it was a sheng.
This morning I woke up early despite being still on staycation. Partner goes to work so naturally I hear moving about and wake up. Then had to go out to run an errand and now I’m back but sleepy! Didn’t want coffee, didn’t want tea. So I thought since I am not in the mood for anything, I’ll just make pu’erh. That way I’m fine with whatever it tastes like because I have no expectation, no craving.
I did everything “right”. I warmed the gaiwan, I put the leaves in the empty but warm vessel, I let them get all happy for a bit, then I added 200F ish water over them. 15 second rinse, then their actual bath for a minute.
I have to say a much as I don’t like the taste of shou pu’erh all that much, I love their color. The dark-red clay colour does it for me. Took a sip and it’s not “oh wow” I’m in love but still, not at all unpleasant. I thought about mj ‘s note from her first pu’erh experience and tried to do the same: adjust my senses for what my tastebuds are about to experience. Leather? Sure. Leather. I wish I could have one word to describe the way pu’erh tastes. I don’t like barn, dirt and mushroom. Because really, it’s neither. It sometimes it’s metallic, like blood, although it’s not that either.
This is great pu’erh folks. It really is. I am grateful to have tried it. I have enough for a few more cups, gallons of it if I resteep.
ETA: holy shit! Pu’erh gods forgive me! I added sugar and vanilla to this on the resteep.( I resteeped with half the water, for 1 minute.) Holy crap, this is amazing. It’s like a different tea. Can I still say I like pu’erh even though I … Modified it?
I must have forgotten to write about this in past tastings even though I just finished a bag. And not a sample bag either! I love these and I will miss them. I haven’t had a lot of lychee teas but this is a great one. With or without sugar, although I prefer with. I don’t like that I’m running out of a lot of favourites all at the same time because it means I must place a lot of different orders. Hard to do when one tries to adhere to a budget or allow only one order per month. Ha! How’s that for discipline?!?
These pearls are so good though. Great flavour, good base. A tea that makes you think about it even when you’re not with it. The pearls are also very cute to look at. Tiny, black aromatic marbles, not too small either. Perfect size! I don’t like stuff that looks like mouse droppings :)
A while back I was facing some personal challenges and just overall had a lot on my plate. So it was back then that I booked this week off so my partner and I can take a short vacation together. Things didn’t turn out as planned and partner is now back to work. I decided to still keep my week off and just relax. Be a tourist in my own city, eat lunch at all the places I never get to go to for lack of time, and mostly indulge.
Part of indulging, however, was allowing myself a day home with tea, books, tv and comfy clothes. (ok, originally it was pyjamas but I find the track pants are cozier). I always envied a little those of you who seemed to lack a rigid schedule and who went on about making and drinking tea, reading books and watching the grass grow. As a chef I don’t get to drink tea at work. There’s no sitting around a desk gazing at a computer screen while sipping a cuppa. I’m also not taking tea to meetings or what have you.
So today I treated myself to a day where I do all the little things. Reading from a good book. Watching the Food Network (yay!). The saturday crossword that I didn’t get to finish because we were at our cottage (that looks like this. http://instagram.com/p/rN4DFgnqXb/?modal=true .I guess I married up) And of course, drinking tea.
This tea, umm.. I will try it again when I’m in the mood for mint. I thankfully get quite a bit of the delicious Laoshan green base but also a lot of mint. There’s something refreshing about this that makes me think of citrus but there’s no citrus in this tea apparently. I admit to not reading the ingredients when I ordered this or I wouldn’t have gotten it. Tulsi? bleah. I think I meant to order Laoshan Green and ended up with this. It’s not a verdant error because I took a shot of my ipad screen prior to ordering.
I can’t say I love this, sorry. Like I said, maybe I’m just not in the mood for mint right now.
Flavors: Green Beans, Mint
Wow. This is the creamiest pure green tea I have ever had. I received the sample from Verdant with my last order. I still don’t swoon over green teas so I opened all the other stuff first. I wanted a new tea today and this is the only thing I have that’s unopened and untried. (Not in the mood for all the pu’ samples I have in a box from a tea friend).
I ripped this open and I sniffed it out right away. The sweet creamy peas are so fragrant! Ok, there’s no peas in here but that’s what you smell. Now that the pouch has been open it is not as strong but man, that first sniff was delicious. If I take some in my palm and keep smelling them, they smell so sweet, and somewhat toasty. But only if you insist on sniffing, it is not apparent at first.
I used a sort of western/gaiwan method for brewing because the verdant site said 4 grams of tea for a “medium” gaiwan. Errr, what’s a medium? I mean, we measure the time, the leaf and temperature, I’d like to measure the water too. So the western instructions said 6-8 oz water. I put it in a gaiwan. And I steeped not 3 seconds like they say (?!?) but 50. I know, I’m all over the place.
I have no idea what their steeping instructions would render but what I made here is so so good. It’s creamy and sweet, like bean sweet, and I’ve never had anything like it. Very pale brew. Drinking it out of tiny cups that came with my glass gaiwan. Pretty. Because, you know, we don’t just gulp this stuff around here! :)
This is my one tea I hope to have on me if I ever find myself up stranded on a desert island. It’s almost all I have to write about it. I much prefer this to a green Genmaicha, verdant or otherwise, but maybe that’s because I dig black teas more than greens.
The chocolatey rice is out of this world and oh my god, what’s the biggest quantity I can buy because I’m already looking in my 3-oz tin and thinking that I have to hang on to it but I can’t because all I want to drink is this.
And no, I don’t have to add anything else to this note because there’s a lot of them out there, with stories and everything, which most certainly makes this one dull anyway. So there :) Drink this and stop talking. It’s smooth, it’s rice, it’s chocolate and you too will want to take it on a desert island.
Aah, the things we buy when we’re trying to meet shipping minimums. I got a sample 1 oz pack of this after reviewing all other options and deciding against. I should have just gotten more Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha. BUT I wanted to try it. 1 oz is not a lot so no harm done.
I’m not sure about this tea. I definitely don’t love it, I’ll tell you that. It’s got chai spices with some orange peel. I do like the scent of the dry “leaf” but as much as I can smell the orange in dry form, I can’t pick it up past the ginger and Cinammon once brewed. I steeped using spring water which I seldom do (I bought two large jugs for camping and we didn’t use it all then so it’s for tea!) and I only infused for 2 minutes or so. It seemed what most people on here were doing. Maybe it would get too spicy if kept longer? Maybe I’ll try longer steep with what I have left…
It tastes like a spicy, dessert bread of sorts. Not banana loaf but maybe carrot? A a carrot muffin I think. I’m going to share my 1 oz so that leaves me with another 16 oz mug worth, surely I can manage downing it.
This is back in my cupboard, yay! About a year ago I had this as my first chai and it came from Dexter3657 . I vowed then that it was going to be a purchase and thought this was the best chai ever. It was a no brainer that I would order this once I placed my verdant order. That order is finally here and oh, there is so much love in these packages waiting for me.
Still remains my favourite chai. I love the way the spices are all there, not too overpowering, not “spicy” at all in that sense. I usually don’t care for ginger in teas but I like this one here, the tingle from it and what must be the peppercorns. I loooove the look of the gojiberries in it too, the red pop against the cardamom green and the black beautiful Laoshan, against the fennel seeds and whatever else.
I tried it without the almond coconut milk at first and it is good that way but with the almond milk it’s all I can do not to down this cup in two big mouthfuls.
So I think next time I will sweeten with chocolate syrup. I mean, I can’t really taste the Laoshan behind all this anyway so I don’t feel too guilty about the sacrilege.
I don’t know what else I can say that hasn’t already been said. This is a classic!
I am almost certain I wrote a note on this before but steepster says I haven’t. Oh well. I know all about disappearing notes from some of you. I even remember writing about how I liked the second steep better because the spices are more muted.
Well, anyway, so I got this during Black Friday because it seemed to be so popular on here and I was curious. Unfortunately I was really disappointed because all I get out of this tea is Cinammon. It’s also a bit bitter and needed some doctoring. I get no raisin or oatmeal or anything resembling a cookie, aside from the cinammon. It reminds me a little of DAVIDs Glitter and Gold which I also don’t dig mostly because again the spices run amok.
In fact I like this so little that I still have the full 2 oz pouch, I only made 3 cups out of it so far. Tsk.