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sipdown! great canadian travelling teabox soooo this tastes similar to laoshan black. Not in an OMG they’re so the same! sort of way, but there are the same sort of notes running through this tea with a little less malt and a little more sweetness/. I don’t get smoke from this at all. Maybe my palate just isn’t as developed as some. This is just a sweet black delicious tea.

Indigobloom

I need to try this one! hope he still has some left :P

Terri HarpLady

Sounds like an interesting tea to try :)

Sil

Good thing some is on your way Terri :p well in the box at least lol

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drank 99% Oxidized Purple Oolong by Tealux
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sipdown! this was one from the great canadian travelling teabox that i saved so that i could try it later. today is later! I really like this one! It’s like a dark oolong that could almost be coffee like but isn’t’. No smoke to be found in my cup so that’s lovely. Instead it’s delicious…and suddenly all gone? oopsy haha

Terri HarpLady

I hate when that happens!

Calla

Im trying this one now and I quite like it, can’t put my tongue on how to name the flavour, but I like it alot.

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drank Hibiscus Berry Rose by Verdant Tea
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Sipdown! I purchased a small sample of this one, knowing that i probably wouldn’t like it. While i don’t mind hibiscus, i am not a fan of floral teas. In drinking this one, I can see why verdant recommends that this be cold brewed. I think this would be one of those teas that really pops as a cold brew. I added a little honey to this one and it brought out the flavours of the goji berries. before the honey there was an abundance of rose and coriander. While this is an ok blend, it’s really not for me.

Stephanie

Bummer :/

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sipdown! go me! at this rate i could almost get to 200 today…almost lol

This is a really earthy puerh. i picked it up in beijing when i was there in february and haven’t had a chance to really try it. I had mostly picked it up to share with others and most of it has gone that way. I much prefer the puerhs that i’ve had from verdant and mandala but this isn’t bad for an every day sort of puerh – provided you can handle the earthiness of this.

keychange

Look at you go!

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drank Laoshan Green Oolong by Verdant Tea
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sipdown! Another tea for my tea friend down under (well all these verdant ones are…) I quite like this one. I think i need some puerh though shortly just to kick things off again. I am digging this one quite a bit. This is more my cup of tea versus the dragon well. There’s a freshness here that i really like, and although it is a green oolong, it doesn’t quite have that familiar taste that i don’t like going on. I have enjoyed the few steepings of this one that i’ve had, and here’s hoping that my tea swap partner will also enjoy this one from verdant! yay for sharing tea!

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SIPDOWN! (mwahahaha getting tired of seeing those from me yet?) My review won’t do this justice since I am not a fan of green teas in the greater scheme of things. You’re better off checking out the reviews from other folks like Bonnie; Matt; Kittenna…etc.

Long story short? I would drink this again. it’s vegetal but in a sweet sort of way. However i only need maybe one green tea in my cupboard since it takes me forever to drink them, so i’m better off with something else :)

Terri HarpLady

I should pull this one out. I haven’t drank it for awhile, & then we can be twinsies!

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SIPDOWN! soooo yeah this is a green oolong. which means it tastes like that taste that i’m not a fan of. However, i can appreciate that those of you who like green oolongs would likely find this to be a really nice oolong. So i won’t rate it. But it’s a whole bunch of “meh” to me lol

Terri HarpLady

LOL! I actually enjoy a good green oolong, although I haven’t been drinking them much lately. I have some of this one too. I

Sil

I have room for maybe 1 or 2 green oolongs in my cupboard along with maybe 1-2 green teas. everything else is black, rooibos, honeybush, puerh lol

Terri HarpLady

I have a bunch of them, from staying in verdant’s tea clubs for so long, along with all kinds of other things. If I had to narrow my ‘collection’ of teas down (damn near impossible), it would be blacks, wuyi oolongs, & puerhs. Luckily, I don’t have to do that, LOL.

Dinosara

Except for the black teas you and I are like cupboard opposites, Sil. I still haven’t found a puerh I actually would want to stock. And there are SO MANY of them in my cupboard from the reserve club, lol.

Sil

Haha we should swap…ill send you my reserve oolongs…you send me the reserve puerhs lol

Dinosara

For reals. Seriously once this dissertation is done we should swap (and more than just oolongs and puerhs. :)

Sil

sounds like a plan! my cupboard is always open for tea exchanges :)

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drank Laoshan Roasted Oolong by Verdant Tea
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SIPDOWN! soooo this basically tastes like laoshan black to me lol. I’d have to do a side by side comparison as i’m sure there are differences that my immature tea mouth can’t pick up. soooo this is tasty delicious, but i’m not sure i’d add this to my cupboard given the similarities for me.

Indigobloom

Oh wow I didn’t even know that was a thing :/

Sil

haha silly goose. clearly you aren’t visiting verdant site daily for your rewards

Indigobloom

pfffft nope. I need a new computer so getting my reviews up and checking fb, or the occasional tv show is about the best my lenovo can manage atm. sad but true!

Terri HarpLady

I’ve already visited 3 times today! :)

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drank Orchard Spice by Verdant Tea
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SIPDOWN! I’m working on putting a box together for a tea friend down under, so I’ve been saving my verdant samples to keep them fresh as long as possible. Today i’m starting to put the box together so i can finally work on these samples – saving the other half for the tea swap! The instructions call for a tablespon per 8oz so i took lot less and steeped it in less water as well.

I want to try this again at a later date as i think this will be a nice fall tea. There’s a hint of spice in this one that is comforting this cooler morning. I’m not picking up the white tea notes, but i generally have trouble with those. I’m going to hold off rating this for when i get a chance to try a bit more, but this is for sure a tea i’d try again from verdant!

keychange

Just ordered this from verdant and am pretty excited!

Cavocorax

I wanted to grab a sample of this with my last order, but had to restrain myself. It sounds good.

Sil

it’s nice…the cinnamon notes are lovely

OMGsrsly

I can hardly wait till I get mine. :) So many blends to try…

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
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Justea sent these samples out to help out with part of their crowdfunding. They’re doing great things, so take a moment to check out their website! I opted to try this one first, though they were kind enough to send 2 others to me. Before trying their flavoured teas, i wanted to take a moment to enjot the straight black that they sent, since i believe it’s the base of their teas.

This is not a malty tea like others i’ve tried, but there is a good deal of body here to hold my attention. There is some astringency to this, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for a morning cup of tea.

I drink my teas straight, but i can see this being a great morning tea with a little milk and sugar. Overall, a great first impression from Justea!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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