256 Tasting Notes

The dark, twisted leaves smell fruity and roasted. I’m looking forward to trying this tea!

The flavor is different than I was expecting. It is fruity, but not sweet. The roasted quality is more like a roasted asparagus taste than a roasty bread taste. None of t these things are bad, just different. I also notice quite a bit of astringentcy, which so far hasn’t bothered me.
For this first steep I used boiling water and steeped 2 tsp for 1 minute.

Second steep is sweeter and less roasty, with the same astringency. This is a mild steep.

This isn’t a favorite for me, but I’m happy I ordered this sample.

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I just received another lovely package of samples from Teavivre, and decided to try this one first. I do not think I’ve ever had this varietal before, so I’m looking forward to it!

First thoughts on opening the package – it’s super fresh smelling, and leaves are small and curly.
First sip- this tastes like Laoshan green! Very soy beany and buttery. This tea has a favorite note for me- sesame seed oil. This tea is delicious! I followed Teavivre’s recommendation of 3 minutes, and I think that may be too long. It was a little bitter towards the end.
The second steep of 4 minutes is very different from the first. Not nearly a s sweet, with a great deal of nuttiness. I prefer the first steep. I will try it with a shorter steep next time.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
256 tasting notes

Every time I have this tea I think it’s better. I’ve been hoarding this tea, so the package I’ve had is a little old, but it’s super yum. In fact I really think the rice flavor has come out more, and the Laoshan notes have deepened.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
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I’ve been hoarding my last bit of it as well. So delicious.

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This is a really tasty herbal. I really appreciated the lemongrass – it added a nice sweetness. I can’t say I went right to sleep after drinking it, but I did sleep well. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
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Spring is in the air! It’s not the melting snow and sublime temps in the 30’s that clue me in to this, either. It’s the fact that I am actually wanting to drink green tea! All winter I think I drank green tea once. All I’ve been wanting is super roasted oolong and black tea. All of my green tea has been languishing. Maybe now I can finally drink up some of my older green teas!

This tea is PERFECT today. I’ve had this tea for quite awhile and I think it tastes even better with age. Super mellow, and buttery, and popcorn-y.

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

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This is a Pre packaged sample from Teavana, hence REALLY REALLY sweetened. I don’t usually drink sweetened tea, so this is making me feel I went all out with syrups at a Starbucks or something. Since it’s so sweetened, I only really taste sugar and cinnamon. A pity, since it has so many great ingredients.

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I love tea. I first tasted loose leaf when my grandpa brought some back from Russia and I remember just savoring it. Not sure what kind it was; all I remember is that it was loose leaf and it was good. =)

I really enjoy oolong, jasmine tea, green tea, and white tea. I have been getting more into black tea, especially those with chocolate notes! Also, chai is a constant favorite.

As far as tisanes go, I enjoy chamomile and occasionally a mint. I am interested to try rooibus and honey bush. I do prefer teas without artificial flavoring but I’m willing to try most things.

I know next to nothing about puerh, but I like what I have tried so far.

I am consistently amazed at the flavors contained in one leaf. I am on a quest to discover all of them! Slowly, though. Good tea is expensive. :P

Other things I enjoy: Books. My family. Truth. Campfires. Animal Rescue. Gardening. Sushi. Mountain biking. Documentaries. Trees. Music. Culture. Sour cream raisin pie. Not necessarily in that order. :P

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