403 Tasting Notes

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
403 tasting notes

Backlogging a cup from this morning. Almost through a 2oz pouch of this tea. But plenty more is at hand.
I love the new verdant tea canisters. They are very attractive, and I “accidentally” left one in my tea cupboard, instead of gifting it away :)

Bonnie

Oops ;)

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drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
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Had this with milk and sugar, and blueberry muffins that I just made. This tea is rather on the rough side without milk, and improves immensely with it

Sil

good to know…this is in my cupboard but i haven’t tried it yet heh

Terri HarpLady

Did somebody say ‘blueberry muffins’?

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100
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Having this as an evening treat, together with some roasted chestnuts.
Also – just reached the 200 reviews milestone! Woot!

yyz

Yum, those must be amazing together!

NofarS

It is a wonderful combination indeed!

Sil

WOOT! congrats on 200!

mrmopar

Great!! I am far behind on this…..will have to do better.

Bonnie

Good for you!

Cavocorax

Congrats!

OMGsrsly

Yay 200! :)

NofarS

Thank you all for your kind words! Finding steepster was such a blessing.

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95

This is getting to be one of my regular teas, and I really can’t explain it. I have higher quality teas at hand, but when I want a warm tea-with-milk or evening pick me up, I keep on reaching for this fellow.
The leaves of this tea are very fine cut, so it does make for a not so fun post-tea cleanup.

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93

Had a cup of this yesterday morning, instead of my morning coffee. A very satisfying Assam – bold, bass-y, slightly nutty, very malty.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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Sip down! This is a good tea, although a little on the weak side.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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Thank you for this sample Terri! It’s nice with some honey and dark raisin notes, and I love the way that the dark leaves look like. It’s a good Yunnan tea, and I’ll probably order some when I (finally) break down and place an order with Butiki.

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100

I had another cup of this last night, with milk. Ceylon has been used to death, and so many tea lovers have fallen out of love with it. Buy good Ceylons are versatile, if a little astringent, friends, and they make wonderfully fragrant brews, both hot and cold, with milk or without. They are also make for an unobtrusive base for any home-made blend that you want to make, and go well with lemon, Moroccan mint, mint, oranges, etc. This tea is my favourite BOP Ceylon blend, and is fantastically well behaved and dependable. And I just love the very “tea” smell of it when I open the caddy.
Don’t give up on Ceylons just yet, that is all that I’m saying. They are the bread and butter of tea, IMHO.

gmathis

I’m glad to see another supporter of a decent Ceylon. It does get a bad rap, doesn’t it?

NofarS

It does, and I think that it’s probably because it’s been overused, and not used well.

Sil

i’ll have to see if i can find this hear just to try it out :)

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100
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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Had two cups of this yesterday, and both of spun golden sweetness. A fantastic tea, that is worth stockpiling

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
JustJames

this is a beautiful tea.

NofarS

It is! You just want to look at it, and stroke it’s golden fuzzy leaves at first. I have another fantastic Dian Hong (Dian Hong, Golden Buds 2011) from the Chinese Tea Company in Portobello Road in London, and it is also fantastic. My friends shriek when they hear the price of these teas, but they are totally worth it to me, and a treat that I allow myself to drink on special occasions, or when I really need something to cheer me up.

JustJames

tea is like books… sometimes you just pay the price for the quality.

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100

Curses at F&M for discontinuing this blend. Had it with milk, and it was brisk and wonderful, as usual. My personal Jeeves in the form of a tea – or maybe that is just the fever talking.

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An Israeli computer programmer with a passion for tea (mostly bought in yearly shopping sprees in the UK), particularly black, oolong and white. I don’t generally enjoy flavoured teas or herbal infusions, but if a tea sounds interesting and smells nice I’ll most definitely try it. I drink several cups of tea a day, usually one or two in the morning, another one after lunch and one or two in the evening. My favourite tea so far is Lao Cong Zi Ya from Norbu Tea, but I’m constantly trying new teas. Only in the past year have I branched into Pu’erh and non-roasted oolongs. Finding good tea in Israel is difficult, so I import most of my teas from yearly visits to London, or from online retailers. If you see something in my cupboard that sparks your interest and you would like to swap with me, then please message me. I’m almost always up for a swap.

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