2855 Tasting Notes

This oolong is from the Reserve TOMC, January.
The leaves of this one are so beautiful, with a rich burgundy cast to them, & of course they are wild looking! The aroma today reminded me of peaches, maybe roasted peaches, & red fleshed plums.

The warm aroma of this one is so heady with fruit & a hint of cinnamon, & the tea itself has such a juicy fruity flavor, again of peaches & plums. My mouth is left with a sweet stone fruit aftertaste, like I just ate a bowl of cobbler. This tea also makes me think of umeboshi plums.

Later the flavors are briefly chocolate & fruit, & then as the leaves wane, more of a mineral taste, but even then there is a lightly salty rich brothiness to it. This has been a beautiful tea, & I only have enough to enjoy it one more time, but enjoy it, I will!

Chelle

Wow! Sounds lovely!

Terri HarpLady

It is a really nice Oolong! :)

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These are cute little mini tuos, just right for a 4oz or so Gaiwan. I’ve also used them in an 8oz cup, using 2 tuochas. It steeps into a nice dark brew, very smooth, although not as rich as some. There is a pleasant cocoa-ness to it, like powdered chocolate, & mild sweetness.
For me, this tea requires longer steepings. The initial 1 minute steep was pretty watery, but the next couple (each at a little longer time) were fuller. This tuo also does not have the staying power of some of the others I’ve tried. I can only really get a couple of decent cups from it.

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2nd Sipdown of the day! I think that’s 284 to go…

A lovely nutty green here, a sample from Angel @ TeaVivre, thank you!
It’s like a savory green such as spinach or chard, with butter & a pinch of salt. Very tasty!

JustJames

i have samples coming from angel…. i am very excited.

Terri HarpLady

TeaVivre’s teas are very nice! :)

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The Sad Sipdown.
Gone…but never forgotten…

Sil

Is your dashboard moving?

Cavocorax

Noooooooo! :O
Good luck re-creating the blend. It was so tasty, and I’m happy I was able to try a bit.

Cavocorax

Also my dash was frozen for a while. Looks like I’ve got new tea reviews to read, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to keep updating. #fingerscrossed

Terri HarpLady

yeah, it was frozen, but looks like we’re on the move now!

Terri HarpLady

When I DO reformulate Bilbo Brew, you guys will get a sample…of course!

Cavocorax

:D That would so great!

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First tea of the Day, & a tasty one!
I’m not gonna go into an in depth analysis, except to say that this is a nice fruity Assam, not as bold as some, but I like it!

TeaRunner

I got a sample of it in my last order, and full two ounces are on the way to me right now. You summed it up perfectly: “Not as bold as some, but I like it!”. Who would have thunk? :)

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I am far from a sipdown on this tea. I bought some, & also received some in the TOMC awhile back, so I’ll be able to drink it for awhile, BUT I wish I would have purchased a cake of it while I could. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every Xingyang Shu I’ve tried, & hopefully Verdant will continue to unveil more Xingyang offerings. This one is lovely, sweet, & clean caramel with a hint of cinnamon. I should drink it more often.

JustJames

i would be happy to drink it more often as long as it didn’t run out!

Terri HarpLady

I’m re-steeping the same leaves some more now. It’s still tasty…

JustJames

day before yesterday i think i did 5 resteeps.

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Oh, Sichuan Caravan, how I have missed you, which is ridiculous since you are in my cupboard. I’ve been hoarding you because I want you to last forever, although that is also ridiculous, for what good is a tea, other than to drink it?
I’ve been craving this one for awhile!

Chelle

Mmmmm! This one sounds yummy. I am in a Sichuan mood lately. I just got a cookbook called Land of Plenty by Fuchsia Donlop in the mail today with tons of great spicy recipes!

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
2855 tasting notes

The boys & I gardened from 8 – 10am, & then fixed a nice breakfast, accompanied by a large pot of Bilbo Brew. We’re almost at a sipdown…just enough left for a small pot.

Drew & I were talking about teas, & I ended up making a pot of Golden Fleece. He wasn’t into it, but Arianna really enjoyed some with me. This is, of course, another tea that I love. It is also an interesting counterpoint to the Laoshan Black, as 2 teas could be no more different than these two! Laoshan Black is like having a fudgy brownie, this is like a bowl of vanilla ice cream afterwards.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Definitely a good comparison of the two teas!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2855 tasting notes

Every time I drink this tea, I’m like, “THIS is the BEST TEA EVER!!!”.
I really LOVE Laoshan Black, it’s just so awesome! Since I have so many black teas (32, not counting trades), I am drinking a different black tea each day, which I really enjoy. Otherwise I’d settle in on a few that I am totally in love with & drink them every day, & then they would lose some of their specialness. I will probably narrow it back down to maybe 14 at some point, & do a 2 week rotation, but a one month rotation is nice because each time a tea such as this one comes back around, I am reminded of why it is so awesome. The flavors really stand out!

AureliaFish

How do you brew this one? I just ordered an ounce of it to play around with brewing strategies because the first time I tried it it tasted like i dipped my tongue in cocoa powder and nothing else.

Terri HarpLady

I steep 1 TB in a standard mug for 3 minutes. I give the re-steep 5 minutes. I have tried it in the Gaiwan also, & occasionally go that way, but this is my favorite way to do it, & it ROCKS! :D

AureliaFish

I will try it that way when i get my package :0 thanks!

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I really love this tea!
It’s so rich & spicy, & for some reason I’m having a bit of a queasy evening, so something yummy & gingery was in order. I almost went with (my highly hoarded supply of) Sichuan Caravan, but decided on this.
I love it. It is the best of CS’s teas, IMO.

JustJames

back to my bag days! lol. i liked this one as well.

Terri HarpLady

Every now & then I just gotta have some Bengal Spice! It’s nice in the evening when I don’t really want anymore caffeine. I drank my first cup, went out to the garden to pick some things, right now I have a nice supply of turnips, beets, radishes, lots of greens, dill, cilantro,& other herbs, & broccoli!!! I’m getting a few sungold tomatoes, but on the verge of red & orange bells, poblanos, & many many more tomatoes! Sadly, the asparagus are done for the year, as are the raspberries (until fall), & the blueberries. Still getting blackberries though!
Now I’m enjoying a 2nd cup of Bengal Spice.
A nice end to my day :)

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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