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The third steep of this was my favorite- creamy! I may not have been in the right mood for this tea as I had a hard time finding much flavor. I’m pretty sure i used enough leaf. The second steep was the sweetest and the first had the most ‘green’ flavor. I will save the rating until I’ve tried it again!
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I felt like trying this tea again tonight. The last time I tried it hot it didn’t quite ‘get’ it. Well, my tastes must be changing because now I think it’s delicious!
That is all. :P
Shared a couple pots of this with my sister this evenIng. Before I could say anything, she was comparing it to bread! It made my heart rejoice to hear that she liked it as much as I do.
Just slurped down the rest of my cold brewed tea that’s been in the fridge for several days. I added a little milk; let’s just say it was worth the wait.
I feel that I’ve come to an important step in my tea odyssey to drink this tea. When I first started hanging around steepster I kept seeing references to this ‘golden fleece’, whatever that was. Everyone was raving about it. So, here I am, with a cup of this famous limited harvest tea in front of me, all the way from China just for me to enjoy. It’s a pretty cool feeling.
Sniffing the brewed tea I accidentally stuck the tip of my nose in the brew. :P Whoops.
Okay. I read this tea was silky, so I felt I was prepared. But I was not prepared for this tea to just slide down my throat like that! It’s like I went to swallow, and bloop, it’s already gone.
Whoa, there’s the sweetness.
I just finished my first cup and the aftertaste is really hitting me. This is a tea to be followed by no other at a tea party, that’s for sure!
Second steep I’m really picking up on the spiciness. Still really nice and mellow. I’m also picking a bit of cocoa; I can definitely smell that in the wet leaves.
Third steep the tea is changing a little; I don’t how to say so, but it is. More earthiness maybe? Perhaps this is the morel showing up here? I have no idea really, but it’s good.
Fourth steep those morel notes are coming out further. I also taste mineral; that warming spiciness is still there.
At first I was hesitant to spend $4 on only 7g of tea but I am glad I did, especially now that it’s out of stock and I may never get to have more! This tea would be perfect on a snow day; you could hours picking part it’s nuances or just plain enjoying it.
I saved the leaves from my first try of this tea and put it in the fridge to cold brew. 2 days later, it is delicious! The spices leave my tongue tingling! I am sipping it but I think I am going to leave it for another day and see how amazing it is tomorrow. XD
This is one of the Verdant teas that seemed like a must-try. I am only in the middle of the first steep and I feel like I must start talking about this immediately! I used about 3g for my medium sized mug, and gave it a rinse like they suggested. Then steeped for 25 seconds. It starts off honey sweet and leaves a cinnamon-y tingly feeling on the tongue. To me it is distinctly sweet potato, but it’s a sweet potato loaded with spice and served with something meaty and fruity at the same time. ?? It’s amazing! My mouth feels like its in the middle of a turkey dinner!
Second steep 40 seconds. Pretty similar to the first steep but that spice is a bit more prominent.
Third steep 50 seconds. I am eating lunch with this steep so the notes are difficult to distinguish but it doesn’t seem to have lost any flavor.
This is delicious!
I am so thrilled my Verdant order came today! I ordered over 20 sample sizes of teas I had been wanting to try. This is the first I am trying of the bunch! And I am not disappointed. I am drinking it straight up, no milk or honey this time. I am pleased with the balance of spice in this blend. I like the spice to linger in the aftertaste, and this certainly does. But it’s not too strong either, and it has a really tasty chocolate undertone that must be from the Laoshan black base; I ordered a sample of that as well but haven’t tried it yet. This is just amping up my anticipation to try the rest of the samples!
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I love these cute little tuochas! I made the mistake of using the term ‘tea cake’ in the hearing of my daughter and I had to make sure she didn’t try to eat one! Hehe
I rinsed this tea for about 20 seconds, then steeped for one minute. The first steep was very mellow and complex; the only word I can think of to describe it is wood. But, that makes it sound bad. It’s a good thing!
Second steep, 2 min. This was my favorite steep! Still had that woodsy taste but much sweeter.
3rd steep was a combination of flavors of the first two, but I think I needed to steep it a little longer as it seemed to lose the complexity it had at first.
This is a comforting brew that I enjoyed! Thank you to Teavivre and Angel for another generous sample from them!
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Huh. I was afraid to try this because of the hibiscus but it’s really not bad! I wouldn’t mind trying a version of cinnamon/hibiscus/tulsi that was a little more amped up, as in, a loose leaf version. :) The addition of lemon peel and orange peel adds a nice citrus note; thankfully it’s not too citrusy and not too tart either.
This is the last of the tea bags TeaEqualsBliss sent me; thank you very much!!
This is a bagged tea sent to me by TeaEqualsBliss! Thanks lady! :-)
I was a bit apprehensive to try this one. I have to be in the right mood for an herbal tea. Tonight’s it! I am overtired and have one of those weird headaches where it hurts behind your eyes; if this does help me sleep tonight it would be a plus!
The smell is not very promising. This will be only my second rooibus ever.
It’s not that great. Pretty boring, and tastes like tea bag. Not much lemon flavor. It’s not bad enough to dump down the drain but I’m not going to go searching it out either!
Edit: this is my 100th tasting note! Yay!
Mmmmm. Just what I needed. Nutty, buttery, and green.
My 2 year old is a little tea stealer! If I look away she grabs my cup and gulps it down. When I get my tea back, she just smiles and says, ‘Tea. Hot. Good!’ I like the fact that she likes it, but believe me, she doesn’t need the caffeine! And I don’t want her accidentally scalding herself either.
Finishing off the last of this very generous sample today! It’s got me hooked, I want this tea in my cupboard always!
It is 97 degrees outside right now but I am still drinking hot tea! We’ve got the AC cranked, I actually feel like going and putting on a sweater! Lol. I think going outside for about 10 seconds will help. This may be blasphemous to some, but I am really looking forward to brisk fall weather!
This is a good oolong! It’s toasty sweet. That’s what I’ve decided the term is for that distinct flavor- toasty but not really roasty, sweet but not honey sweet. Toasty sweet. It’s also nutty; not really buttery or creamy. Every once in a while I think I taste some floral but it disappears pretty quickly. I like!
I’m running a bit of an experiment. I’ve had tummy troubles for several months now and my husband is blaming it on how much tea I drink. It’s the only thing ive changed in the last few months! So I am paying strict attention to how I feel during or after drinking tea. Here’s hoping its not the tea. :’(
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for this sample!
I am enjoying this today! The aroma is surprisingly sweet; the flavor is nicely rounded. Not bitter. I actually wouldn’t mind having more of this in my cupboard, it’s a nice standard black tea.
This was more tart than I was expecting, but was still an enjoyable cup. I am finding myself liking hibiscus/roselle less and less, so I probably won’t buy this tea, but it was a good introduction to roselle and is a good one to have on hand for company that can’t handle caffeine. (I seem to have a lot of those friends! ) I didn’t try it sweetened; the next time I have some I will post the difference!
Thank you to Angel and Teavivre once again for their very generous sample sizes!
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Tonight I did a tasting of this tea and Silk Road Teas Jasmine pearl tea, to see if I could pick a favorite. I’m still not sure. Teavivres pearl won me over in the aroma category; it was sweeter, even though neither were overpowering in any way. Silk roads pearl was a little heavier on the jasmine ( but still not actually heavy, just heavier than Teavivres) in flavor, so at first I was leaning towards that one. But Teavivres has a sweeter aftertaste. Overall, I like this tea and I am very happy to get the chance to try some! Thank you to Angel and Teavivre! I am looking forward to spending more quality time with this tea sample. :)
Was having a bad tea day and decided I’d shape it up with my last tiny bit of this. Now I’m happy. I knew I was saving this tea for something!