254 Tasting Notes

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Very sad about this sipdown today! Must. Have. Moooorrre!!!

Preparation
2 tsp

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Thanks Angel and Teavivre for another tasty sample!

This is my first osmanthus tea! I don’t like it quite as much as jasmine, but much more than rose. The floral scent is stronger than the actual taste. The floral taste goes very well with the green oolong. Overall, I find this first steep to be creamy, floral, lightly ‘green’, and quite sweet. Really sweet. I used the whole packet, so to avoid it being too strong I only steeped it for 30s, and it turned out perfect for me.
This second steep at 45s is much stronger. The floral is waaay out there now. I probably could have just gone with 30s. I know it’s been said many times, but these type of green and floral teas always make me think of spring and summer. Sitting in a flower garden sipping this (and reading a novel) would be enough to make one feel in complete harmony with the natural world.
I’m going to keep on steeping this! Thanks again Teavivre!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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I was very unsure about this month’s blends from Verdant, as they all featured tulsi and a host of herbs, some of which I had never heard of! Despite my reservations, this tea is quite good! I’ve had a couple cups already but find it hard to describe – probably due to the exotic herbs. In any case, it is mellow and rich, spicy and comforting, and overall nice and satisfying. Take away from that what you will. ;) I used 2 tsp and steeped for 1 min, 2 min, etc. The tea was a nice dark cup every time.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
254 tasting notes

I came to note a sipdown on this one, and it appears I have never written a note on this! I doublechecked since I was sure I have written one before, but to no avail. I don’t think I need to say much about it, as it has a TON of notes already. So I will just say that this doesn’t taste like an Earl Grey; to me it is much more of a Jasmine Oolong, with some orange and bergamot swimming around in the background. I like it Mucho!!

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
254 tasting notes

Once again I lost my note while I was in the middle of writing it. SIGH.

I’ve had this tea for awhile, and had forgotten that I never wrote a tasting note on it. I’m actually glad I waited, because I remember at first being disappointed that it didn’t taste more like traditional genmaicha. However, now I can appreciate it for what it is. There are already many notes on the taste of this tea, so I don’t feel that I need to go into great detail. The green bean flavor of the Laoshan green melded with the toasty rice makes for a comfy and gentle cup. It’s hard for me to describe what I feel toasted rice adds to any blend; it adds more body and richness. It adds more YUMM.

Note to self: 1 teaspoon of leaf is quite enough.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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For several months now I’ve been preferring black and oolong to green and white teas, but I thought I would try this tea today. Thank you Angel and Teavivre for such generous sample sizes! I have enough here for many many steepings.

This is very pleasant. Mild, sweet, and with the characteristic Dragonwell taste. The green taste is more vegetable than grassy, and like I said, mild. I’ve had many green Oolongs that had a much more vegetal taste, so this tea is a nice break from my usual. Don’t mistake ‘mild’ for flavorless, though. I think this could easily be oversteeped, to my tastes anyway. Keep the water temperature low and don’t overleaf! I used a little over 2 tsp and I think next time I will use less. Lots of flavor in these leaves.

Thank you again Teavivre for the chance to try this yummy tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaVivre

Black tea is suitable for drinking in the cold season! And sometimes it is enjoyable to try some green teas.

Rellybob

And believe me, it’s been cold here! We had the coldest December on record. Windchills have been down to -60 F. Cold like that usually waits for January or February, and usually doesn’t stay long. Most of the month has been this way tho! So let’s just say I’ve been inside, drinking tea, for weeks.

TeaVivre

How cold the weather is! Just stay inside,drinking tea. Wish the cold weather will leave soon.

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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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