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243 Tasting Notes

I received this tea as a sample with my last order. Thank you Verdant!
When I opened the packet, it smelled intensely sweet and creamy, like it was a milk oolong. My excitement level skyrocketed! I followed their instructions of a quick rinse, followed by a 25 second steep, using 1 tablespoon of leaf. That used up the whole packet, so I’m determined to do this right!
The wet leaves smell sooo complex, and different than when dry. It smells almost oak-y, and a bit fruity, and a bit sweet too. Usually when companies compare their tea to wine I don’t expect to taste that myself, but this seriously smells a bit like wine to me. Crazy!
On to taste.
Hmm. This is a bit lighter than I expected, and the flavor seems to really be coming out more as it cools a little. I can taste the oak-y profile I smelled, and the fruity aspect too. I’m not getting as much sweetness as I expected, but perhaps that will come in the next steepings. As I get through about half of the cup the aftertaste hits me. ( Self hug) This is why I love Oolongs. I am starting to taste more sweetness, but it’s a floral sweetness, not so much a brown sugar sweetness. As I finish the cup, the dominant flavor is general roastiness. Overall, I’m a little disappointed in this first steep.

2nd steep, 20 seconds as directed. The floral kicked up a notch! Actually the entire flavor kicked up a notch in this steep. I wonder if I didn’t rinse it long enough at first. (it was maybe 2-3 seconds)
This steep is like the first in flavor, just stronger.

3rd steep, 20 seconds. Pretty similar to the 2nd steep.

4th steep, 45 seconds. Also similar.

I was hoping for more with this tea, as it’s my first aged oolong. But it is a good oolong. I was just expecting something spectacular. :-)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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73

This was much lighter in flavor than I expected. No bitterness, and it’s really smooth. Some sweetness, not overly grassy. The brewed tea is murky, and a few bits escaped the tea bag but that’s fine with me. I would have preferred a little more flavor, but overall it’s a good green tea! Especially for a bagged one!

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89

First time trying Houjicha and I am enjoying it very much. I like roasty teas. This also has some sweetness. It’s actually reminding me of ginseng oolong a little bit. I haven’t had that tea for a while in my steeper, so I don’t think there’s any lingering flavor that’s causing it. But it has the same seaweedy sweetness that I like.
I brewed this as suggested; heaping teaspoon, boiling water, 30 seconds. Yummm!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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87

What I had left of this tea was over a year old, so I decided to cold brew a big pitcher of it to use it up. That’s the main reason I don’t usually make my tea iced- it uses up a lot of tea leaves! This is a good thing however, when cleaning out the tea drawer. :-) I will update note tomorrow when I actually get to drink it!

Edit: Hooo-weee I made this a bit strong! Wow..these leaves had a whole lot of punch left!

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99
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
243 tasting notes

I shared some of this tea with my dad, who likes tea but usually drinks Lipton. He took a sip, and said, “Wow. I could drink this all day.” He also said it reminded him of Guiness beer. He was very impressed by its resteepability. Very happy in my tea sharing success!!

Terri HarpLady

I’m going to Orlando area in July to visit my folks, & was actually contemplating what teas I plan to bring. I was actually thinking of packing up a box for myself, including a well padded Gaiwan, etc & mailing it to their house a few weeks before I go, so that I can have all the comforts of home & share some teas with them. :D

Rellybob

That’s awesome!! Have a great time

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100

New favorite tea!

Everything about this tea makes me just so happy! The cacao nibs and Laoshan black are just perfect. I love the roastiness added by the rice. And the addition of the oolong was genius. My non tea drinking husband is laughing at me right now; I seriously can’t take a sip without making a sigh of happiness.
Please, please, Verdant…never do away with this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Ahaha, my boyfriend had the same reaction the first time I drank this tea and swooned over it.

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95
drank Organic Genmaicha by Den's Tea
243 tasting notes

Mmmm mmmm MMMMMMM. Den’s really does do genmaicha well. I used a tablespoon of leaf and it’s perfect. The toasty rice flavor is there and the leaves are nice and sweet. No bitterness. I’ve been trying to drink up another genmaicha I have that is going stale; I think it’s time to call it quits on that. Why force myself to drink stale tea when I have this in the cupboard?? I just feel terrible throwing tea out, knowing how much work goes into it…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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93

I haven’t had this tea for several months and already it’s living up to my past experiences with it. The dry leaf smells so rich, and the wet leaves so sweet! I can tell my tastes have changed a little though, as I’ve needed to increase my original steep time. That may be however that this is an older sample, and not as fresh. I found this in my sample pile and was so angry at myself for not drinking it earlier. But then again, I’m happy to have it now. :-)
This time I’m picking up on some floral, which I don’t remember from before. The roastiness is still there, and that glorious sweetness that hits the back of the throat. Yay for old favorites!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I thought I would go out of my comfort zone of unflavored tea and get this. The dry tea smells pretty decadent! But the actual brew is just bad. It is so chemical to me; it actually tastes like someone dumped a little fingernail polish remover in my tea or something. Just a little. It even smells that way, brewed.

The best use for this tea is potpourri. It smells wonderful dry.

Don’t let this turn you off of this company, though. I’ve tried a few of their teas iced and they were delicious!

Wait a sec. I just brewed another cup of tea to get that taste out of my mouth and now I’m sure it’s the water. Someone else filled my Zojirushi and didn’t use spring water!!! BAD. I will try this tea again when I have better water.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95

This tea is nicely balanced. I think jasmine whites are slightly higher on my favorites list than jasmine greens. It has such a pleasant sweetness, and the jasmine isn’t too heavy. I really think the white tea adds something extra. This tea is probably one of the more lightly fragranced jasmines I’ve had, so if you don’t have any experience with jasmine it may be a good choice!
Thank you again Teavivre for the delicious sample! The people at Teavivre really are exceptionally generous. I highly recommend their company!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

This is definitely on my next order! It is amazing.

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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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