256 Tasting Notes

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Free sample from Teavivre! Thanks a bunch Angel! This tea is one of my very favorite kinds of oolong.
I opened the package and sniffed. VERY milky aroma, and even a bit caramelly. I used the entire packet – about a tablespoon – and steeped for 35 seconds in my glass steeper. First sip is lightly vegetal. As I continue with the cup the milky flavor emerges and leaves a wonderful sweet aftertaste. I am loving this!
Second steep 40 seconds. The steeper is completely filled with leaves now. The brew smells more floral this time. Taste is mostly floral and a little vegetal. The sweet aftertaste returns midcup. By the end of the cup I can taste a hint of the milkiness, but just a hint. The floral was super strong in this steep.
3rd steep 45 seconds. Once again quite floral.
Thanks again Teavivre for an opportunity to try another of your delicious teas!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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I am so thrilled to have this tea in my stash again!! This is one of my very favorite teas from Verdant. I know this is blended a little differently than last year, so I’m interested to try it out.
1tablespoon of leaf, boiling water.
This first steep (45 sec) I’m getting a lot of fruity notes, to my surprise. The longer I sip there’s also the familiar cocoa and malt. Oh, yes! At the end of my cup the texture is suuuper smooth.

1 min second steep. This cup is MUCH darker- and I taste the puerh much more in this. The fruity notes have been mostly replaced by earthy notes; earthiness and dark chocolate are the prominent notes in this steep.

1 min 20 sec 3rd steep. The earthiness toned down in this steep and the chocolate peeped out a bit more. The flavor is still full and rich.

I will continue steeping this out. I am so happy to have this tea again!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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93

Second sipdown today! Woot! This is one of my oldest teas, so it feels good to finally be removing it from my cupboard. But now I need to buy more genmaicha. Sigh.

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93

Sipdown! It’s been so long since I’ve had this tea I’d forgotten how much I like it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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We had some friends over tonight, and one of them was from the Netherlands. I brought this out for him to sniff, and he immediately knew exactly what it was, which made me so happy to know there are more people like me! :) Although he pronounced it more like Lapsang Soo-Wong, which may be the correct way to pronounce it, I have no idea. He picked this out to drink and was very happy with it!

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I am so delighted to finally be trying this tea! This was sent to me as free sample from Teavivre- thank you!! I have been waiting for the right mood to strike me before I try this tea. It smells soo good dry leaf- reminds me a bit of liquid smoke, and also smoked salmon. Being that I love smoked fish, I am ready to love this tea.
I am also cautious, however. I follow the low end of Teavivre’s instructions. 2 tsp of tea, 1 min. I am pretty happy with how it turned out! I will definitely need to be in the right mood for a tea as smoky as this one, but it’s a perfect, comforting, inside-warming mug.
Thanks again Teavivre for the opportunity to try this tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Gardens of Anxi by Verdant Tea
256 tasting notes

I didn’t realize I had any of this left! Happy to log this sip down as my 200th tasting note! Whoopee!

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I ordered a bunch of this! I’m a bit surprised tasting it this morning as it isdifferent than I remember. I remember the taste being predominantly of bread and honey. This tea is definitely greener, and more Tieguanyin like, than the sample I had. I could tell immediately when I first smelled the dry leaves that this was different than last time. The taste is all Tieguanyin- green, floral, sweet. I love Tieguanyin, but I specifically wanted this tea for the baked taste. Could it be that this year’s harvest is just that different? Maybe this is fresher than the sample I had? Either way, I’m going to enjoy this tea, but I’m hoping some of that bakey flavor comes through more in future steepings. I’m hoping it’s just my taste buds today.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

I have some of this (older) and it definitely was more along the bakey lines than the TGY lines. Perhaps if you let it age (e.g. sit around) a bit, the flavour will develop?

Rellybob

I hope so – the sample I had was over a year ago, and I remember it like you describe- much more bakey than green.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve had this tea, mainly because I’ve been on a bit if a black tea kick. This was sent as a sample in one of my last Verdant orders. I’m always thankful to get to try the newest harvests! I know I waited a couple months to actually open it, but it smells and tastes very fresh. The first steep is so pale I was wondering if I somehow hadn’t heated the water enough, but the taste is there, and it is lovely! So nice to have this in my stash again. Also, I’m using my new little glass steeper from Verdant and I LOVE it! I’m using it for everything.
1 tsp per 8 oz.

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

I love the glass steeper too!

Rellybob

It’s just so cute! Lol

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Argh! I had a whole long note on this one and it closed on me. Essentially, I like this tea, but not nearly as much as Laoshan Black. It tastes mostly grain-y and potato-y to me, not chocolatey or honey-y. :) I steeped it 5 times, and by the 3rd steep it was tasting a little sweeter, but not by much. I did enjoy how smooth this tea went down, however. Really nice.
2tsp, 2 min.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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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

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