drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
606 tasting notes

I finally got a sample of this tea. I was really looking forward to it because it seems to be worshipped on steepster alongside laoshan black. Well, it smelled and tasted a lot like potatoes. You know, “po-ta-toes! Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew!” ;) The taste also has a bit of spice at the end of the sip. I had 3 steeps of the same leaves brewed western style (I think 1-minute infusions) and the flavor remained pretty much the same.

Overall, I wasn’t that into this tea. Maybe the potato-like black teas aren’t my thing? I guess we’ll see because I also have a sample of the Yu Lu that I haven’t tried yet. I still have some of this left, so I’m willing to give it another go. Don’t really want to mess with gongfu style though, because I feel like a tea should at the base, be good brewed western style, and if that’s the case, then gongfu is icing on the cake.

Sil

i don’t like this one nearly as much as a lot of steepsterites. The type of tea just doesn’t seem to be up my alley :)

Cavocorax

Isn’t this one of the more expensive Verdant Teas? It’s probably better for your wallet this way!

Sil

haha true!

Tealizzy

Sil – yay! I’m not alone!

Cavocorax – yes it is! More money for other teas!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

If it tastes like potatoes, I think I need to try it!

Tealizzy

Lol! @Fuzzy_Peachkin

Fjellrev

After reading some of the more recent reviews describing it as starchy potato, I’ve been less excited to try it haha.

Chizakura

Yeah, I’m not sure if I want to try this to be honest. It’s so high risk (the price) and so far I haven’t been extremely fond of Yunnan teas I’ve tried.

(“What’s… taters? D:”)

Tealizzy

Chizakura – ;)

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Sil

i don’t like this one nearly as much as a lot of steepsterites. The type of tea just doesn’t seem to be up my alley :)

Cavocorax

Isn’t this one of the more expensive Verdant Teas? It’s probably better for your wallet this way!

Sil

haha true!

Tealizzy

Sil – yay! I’m not alone!

Cavocorax – yes it is! More money for other teas!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

If it tastes like potatoes, I think I need to try it!

Tealizzy

Lol! @Fuzzy_Peachkin

Fjellrev

After reading some of the more recent reviews describing it as starchy potato, I’ve been less excited to try it haha.

Chizakura

Yeah, I’m not sure if I want to try this to be honest. It’s so high risk (the price) and so far I haven’t been extremely fond of Yunnan teas I’ve tried.

(“What’s… taters? D:”)

Tealizzy

Chizakura – ;)

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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