430 Tasting Notes

69

This was better than I expected! Still feel a little weary from last night’s tastings xD
So this tea was a pleasant surprise. It’s not too strong with any note. It’s a little bready, a little cocoa-y, and a little chocolate-y. It really did make for a pleasant cup (:
Thank you LiberTEAS for the sample! (:

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Cocoa

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
430 tasting notes

This is super nutty. xD Tasting some coconut in this one too…but mainly reminds me of salted nuts. It’s very sweet, and pretty salty tasting too. Don’t usually taste a lot of salt in teas, so this kinda feels a little like new territory :P
But not a bad tea. Wouldn’t drink again probably.
Glad DavidsTea sent me this sample in my last order!

Flavors: Coconut, Nutty, Salty, Sweet

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90

Mmmm! This one is super sweet and strong, Just like Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I think that the black tea version is a lot stronger and sweeter, but this one is quite similar. This will be perfect for when I don’t wanna be super awake from Black Tea.
I never realized that this was basically the same as the other till I looked it up on here. Glad I picked some up on their BF sale! :D :D

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Sugar, Sweet, Wood

albertocanfly

The infamous Pineapple Upside Down cake without caffeine…. No. Way.! :O

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49

Very woody…glad this was only a sample! :S

Flavors: Wood

Kirkoneill1988

i’ll try it still someday :)

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46
drank Shui Xian Wuyi Oolong by Verdant Tea
430 tasting notes

Flowers? Honey?
Oh no. This tea is extremely roasted and strong. Pretty disappointed with this one too. Ah, well gonna have to find a new home I guess. Least figuring out what I don’t like…xD

Flavors: Roasted

boychik

how much of this do you have? i dont think i tried it. i like wuyi oolongs

Ost

I got 2oz, was gonna post it on the sales thread for like 7 bucks, but I can send some to you before I post it on there if ya want!

boychik

Definitely I want it all. Save it for me;). Can you pm me what else you are going to sell before posting please ?

Ost

Sure! I will message you tonight or tomorrow. Kinda busy this week-but no worries, I’ll definitely give you my list before it’s posted! (:

Kittenna

Some of these are definitely best done gongfu, or steeped very carefully, because they can certainly be STRONG!

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50
drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
430 tasting notes

This tastes like wood and hay. Sweet wood and hay though. xD Think I like normal Silver Needle better than this even. Oy. Not for me. :S

Flavors: Cedar, Hay, Sweet, Wood

Mikumofu

I went and brewed some after seeing this note and remembering it was in my cupboard…but fortunately it turned out alright! (Or maybe I just like wood and hay…)

Sil

sounds like your tastes are similar to mine. Yabao is yuck…a lot of oolongs are yuck… haha

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drank Traditional Tieguanyin by Verdant Tea
430 tasting notes

So this one is pretty roasty. Doesn’t smell super roasty,in fact, it smells pretty floral-y. It has some floral in the actual taste, but I’d rather have more. Happy to have tried it though! This one isn’t for me!

Flavors: Floral, Roasted

Kittenna

Haha, I think you mustn’t be a fan of roasty teas! All of the ones you’ve noted as being unfavourable are ones with a profile I adore :)

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68

So…not this one isn’t as floral as you might think consider it has “floral” in the title. It’s more greeny/grassy than anything. You can definitely taste the floral, but it’s a very light note in this tea. It’s a decent oolong, but not something I’d drink again probably. I prefer stronger floral teas. But if you like a grassy oolong with a touch of floral, this is the tea for you!

Flavors: Floral, Grass

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76
drank Laoshan Village Chai by Verdant Tea
430 tasting notes

I’m not a massive fan of chai, so I’m not really an expert at it. But I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It’s actually one of the best chais I’ve had.
I know a lot of people add milk to chai, but I don’t add it to anything. This tea seriously tastes so thick and creamy, it’s like it has invisible milk in it. It’s crazy.
The main thing I notice in this one is the creaminess. I don’t drink milk much because it makes me sick a lot and gets bad heartburn…but…it really does taste good creamy and “milky?”! Happy to have tried it!

Flavors: Creamy, Milk, Spices

Cameron B.

I prefer soy milk. :D

Red Fennekin

Next time I do a Verdant order (probably well into Spring), I’ll have to pick up some of their chai, if they have it in stock! You make it sound so delicious :D

Ost

Well if you are a chai fan I think you will enjoy it! I am not a huge chai fan and even I liked it!

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
430 tasting notes

Okay, so this season is not nearly as good as when I first had it. It was so sweet and bready before. This time when I opened the bag it smelled a lot like pepper, which was unexpected. While it steeped, it smelled pretty bready, so it got me more excited.
The first time I accidently steeped it for like 4 minutes xD So it tastes pretty earthy, and…musty…
And when I re-steeped it, it tasted more bready, but still has that weird musty and earthy taste. So yeah…Not worth buying more of this harvest. kinda bummed out by this one! :/ Oh well…Better luck with next harvest then!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Earth, Musty

Cameron B.

So expensive, too…

Ost

If it had been like the first harvest I tried would have been worth it.

QueenOfTarts

Aw.. I ordered some of this, too. Sad to see that it’s not as delicious as previous years.

Mikumofu

aw, I just finished my packet from last season…guess that’s one more reason to not go for it this year.

Nightshifter

Aww shoot- mine just arrived last night, but I haven’t tried it yet. It was always sold out when I went to order it before, so I never had the opportunity to try the previous harvests.

Cameron B.

Some teas are really different between the Spring and Autumn harvests, so perhaps this is one you should only order in Spring? :(

Ost

Maybe! I’ll have to find out!

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I’m not too sharp with intros, but I figured it is about time to give it a go.
I started out drinking oolong and green tea that my dad brought home from his China business trips.
Then I discovered Teavana, and fell in love with some of their teas. Eventually I stumbled across Steepster, and a whole ‘nother world opened up.
Have discovered so many different kinds of teas, and have been loving this journey! The tea world is insanely big and amazing! And I’ve met some of the kindest people here who have broadened my horizons in more ways I could have imagined! Happy to be here, and to be drinking so many amazing teas! :D

My rating system:
1-59: Really really not a fan. An awful cup of tea for me…Totally undrinkable.

60-69: Not horrible, but not something I’d ever drink again willingly.

70-79: Pretty good. Wouldn’t mind drinking ever so often. But not a keeper.

80-100: FREAKIN’ AMAZING. Always keeping on stock in my home!!

I like pretty much any kind of tea except green tea. Unless it’s genmaicha or strongly flavored, I don’t like it usually.

My Tea Goals:
To find the Best Caramel Tea
To find the Best Vanilla Tea
To find the Best floral Oolong
To find the Best Malty Assam Tea
To find the Best Maple/Syrup Tea

Notes I like: Fruit(primarily peach, melon/honeydew, Banana, Kiwi, but I’m open to other kinds), Malt, Desserts (Toffee, Cake, Cookie,etc), Vanilla, Caramel, Floral, Sweet potato, Pastry/Bread,Jasmine, Honey, Cocoa, Chocolate, Maple, Nutty, Coconut, Almond.

Notes I’m Picky with: Lemon, Chai, Roasted, Blueberries, Hibiscus, Smoke, Earthiness, Puerhs, White Teas, and Cinnamon

Notes I hate: Citrus/Orange (Everything that I hate in this life that I have to take for my health is orange flavored, and it just makes me gag…so please…just no), Watermelon, Raspberry, Wood, Apple, Bacon, Lavender, Most mints, Pepper, Spicy, Tart/sour.

Yes, I am a picky tea drinker, but I’ll usually try any straight black or oolong tea that I receive. I like most oolongs, and I’m still discovering straight blacks. They always seem to surprise me no matter what!

And Swaps! I’m always down for swapping. Everything in my cupboard is swap-able. So just hit me up and send a message and we can totally do that!

On an unrelated to tea note, my other interests are limited due to health issues. But when I can, I enjoy reading and writing. Watching Netflix and YouTube have also been fantastic when I feel awful (which is most of the time).
I love Rifftrax, Rooster Teeth, Dexter, Hannibal, BBC’s Robin Hood, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Psych, and Parks and Rec.
Love watching all sorts of movies too, but that would be too much to list. :P
I’m definitely more of an internet person and love talking to people on every website I’m on. So if you ever wanna chat, shoot me a message! ^^

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