514 Tasting Notes
I saw someone on here saying talking about loud sipping in China; so I tried it today and for some crazy reason, it does taste more flavorful. I can’t tell if it’s all in my head or what! It’s still pretty early, but I’ll be doing this more.
I love this tea. It is perfect for nighttime and has notes of spice, coconut,and an overall creamy flavor. It reminds me a lot of colas. The cardamom is very prominent in this blend. I love this one blended with the Fig Rose tea as well. ahhh.
Today is my final for Geology, so wish me luck!
This is such a good milk oolong! It is super flavorful, unique, and easy to make. I love how powerful this one is. You really don’t need very much to make a cuppa; which I really like. This milk oolong is far less floral than other varieties that I’ve tried. This tea lends itself to at least 4-5 steepings, even at the 3min. steeps I’ve been doing with it. This is on my must try list for new tea people.
I feel awful that I haven’t been around lately. But that seems to be how it is during finals! I’ve still been drinking plenty of tea so I will probably be back soon.
I got this during the winter clearance sale and I got it for such a steal! They ended up giving me much more than what I think they anticipated.
This is actually a really solid dan cong; too bad they aren’t offering it anymore. When steeped under Teavana’s parameters, the liquor is a darker brown/yellow color than other dan congs. It is instantly sweet, mainly a honey flavor at that. The roasted notes are much lighter today than I can remember them. This first steep does not really produce the rock flavors that I was hoping for, but that could be that my water was slightly cooler.
Overall, this was a really good plain/unflavored tea. I think it’s a shame that Teavana doesn’t focus as much on plain teas at a competitive price. I think that David’s milk oolong is comparatively good and it is much cheaper.
So I only have 3 of these left!
Overall I haven’t been too impressed by it. Some steeps have really captured the tart, pineapple and floral goodness that is this tea. Others were light, vegetal, and too subtle to warrant such a high price.
The bloom itself is beautiful. I am steeping this in a small, ~6oz. teapot. I think that this tea is much better if you use a smaller vessel to brew and use slightly higher temps. This time I got a light yellow brew that smells mainly of pineapple. It is pretty dang good on this steep, so I hope I can keep it up!
So this is my #1 most favorite plain black tea. It really isn’t much of a contest as it is regularly a type of tea I actively avoid. This tea smells and looks wonderful when dry. It has lots of barley/chocolate/subtle spice notes when dry. The flavors of the liquor are very similar to the dry smell. It is extremely tasty and reminds me more of an oolong than a black tea. I got more vegetal flavors this time, but they are very light. I was brewing this in a more western style and may have gone over the intended 4 min. but this has added a very interesting layer to the tea’s complexity. It is lacking in any bitterness. The extra long steep seems to have brought out this kind of crunchy-type bread quality pretty aggressively. It’s pretty interesting and I did not experience it on any of my other steeps.
Oh! It is almost sesame. That’s the descriptor I was searching for.
I never really care for plain blacks. But this? I could be a convert. Dry, this smells of dark chocolate and looks spindly, curled, and honestly? Beautiful. This tastes wonderful! Thick, cocoa-esque, barley, and just, does not really remind me of any other blacks I’ve tried. This tea has a very interesting mouthfeel.
I love this tea. More notes later!
So I received this yesterday! I’m so, so excited as this is my first Verdant Tea experience. I was really impressed by how quickly everything was assembled and shipped. The dry leaf smells of sesame and stone. The appearance is dark black/brown, and wiry. I’ll be doing multiple steeps over the day so stay tuned!
First steep: 10 seconds (after short rinse). This tasted a lot like bread to me with honey. There is some sweetness and some stone/rock flavor (my favorite). There is some very subtle nut notes tossed in there as well. Overall I’m pretty impressed with it at such a short steep time.
Second steep: 12 seconds. This one is a little darker than the first steep. The smell of this steep is even more nutty than the first infusion. The leaves have unfurled more and remind me of deep olive leather. Wow! The flavor is so different this time. There are caramel-like notes, nut, and much less rock flavor. It is roasty and almost creamy. Very satisfying.
Third steep: ~15 seconds. I kind of lost track of the time! I had a bit of a brain gap. This steep is much more mellow, sweet, and rocky. There is a very slight hint of spice in this; it is extremely subtle.
Fourth steep: ~20 seconds. I’m relaxing with this and some guzheng music (one of my favorites). It is bread like this time, roasted and grain-like. All of the flavors seem a bit more muted this time. Also flavors of almond skins and summer stones.
Fifth steep: ~25 seconds. This will probably be my final steep of this set of leaves. There are sweet honey and rock notes with a calming creaminess.
overall: I have really enjoyed this tea today. I have to say that Wuyi teas are generally my favorites. They are very complex and subtle. I think that I got just a bit tea drunk sipping this. I feel euphoric, happy, and relaxed. This is better than I’ve felt all week. Tea is a medicine in its own right.
I put these together today at about a half and half blend. It was actually really amazing! I can’t believe they didn’t try to sell me on this themselves. This somehow brought out some of the more rose/floral flavors in the Fig/Rose tea. It matches well to have the spice, nut, coconut, and fig flavors together. Overall it tastes like an indulgent treat.
The Teavana workers were super nice today! Very non-pushy, helpful, and quick. My husband and I were the only people there, so I think that it helped to have more attention. This tea smelled wonderful in the store.
This reminds me of that one fig tea that they used to have, but was discontinued. It seems like that one was the jumping off point for this one. It is very much a fig tea. There are also lots of nutty, sweet notes that I really love! The rose in this cup is near non-existent. If anything, at the end of the sip it has a bit of a berry flavor. If this was called fig nut it would make much more sense.
Overall, I feel like this was a great addition. I’m glad to see that the company is releasing more teas through the year instead of only once during the fall. My husband insisted that we should get some more of this one when we run out. So thumbs up from the both of us!