2329 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Azzrian for this sampler!
This is an interesting blend, tart & tangy. It was my first cup of the day, & the sample Azz sent me was generous enough that I can try a 2nd cup later, which will be lightly sweetened or or cold brewed…still not sure which!
Now I’m off to meet a friend at the London Tea Room!
Enjoy the day, everyone!
I really enjoy this tea, with it’s blend of Black, Puerh, & chocolate. It’s bold & beautiful, deeply satisfying, & it can stand up to the BAB (that’s Paleo-speak for Big Ass Breakfast) that I’m having today.
I have a gig today, playing a mix of classic rock & jazz with vocals at the Schnucks Grocery store. I know it seems like a strange place to play a gig, huh? They have a coffee shop in there (with a limited selection of teas), & I’ll play my electric harp & sing my heart out for 4 hours, while people squeeze produce, sip coffee, & smile! I love it, I get paid well, I love my life!
This is the last of this tea, so I guess I’ll have to start contemplating an order from The Tea Spot, because I like to keep it in my morning tea rotation. Enjoy the day, everyone!
So yesterday I spent most of the day running around, & during the evening I played for a wedding & reception. I like to bring my own beverage to gigs, and I wanted to use up the rest of this tea, so I steeped it up strong with a little stevia to bring out the flavors, iced it down, & filled my Starbucks awesome iced beverage cup. It was a decent iced bev to keep me sipping between tunes, and now I can remove it from my pantry list.
I’ve already logged this one before, & I usually drink it straight. The cool weather is making me crave a sweet taste, & I’m sick of stevia, so I put a little honey in it. I like it better plain, so I’ll resteep it that way.
I’m eagerly awaiting the unveiling of a Verdant Imperial Breakfast Winter Blend. I don’t know for sure if there will be one, but a girl can hope, right?
I’m enjoying a pajama day with Tony. It’s cool enough that he brought in some logs & built a fire. I just earned some extra brownie point by steeping some of this beautiful colored tea. It’s a bright, tangy & flavorful blend, which I’m enjoying today with a little local honey.
Here’s Tony’s guest review: “fragrant, beautiful color, with a mild fruit after taste”
My experience with the first steep of this yesterday was not really pleasant. To me it tasted salty, soapy, & hinted of bleach. Bleckckck
I’m giving it a 2nd steeping, & there is more flavor, but it still isn’t something appealing to me.
I gotta go run around all day. Maybe I’ll try one more this afternoon.
One of my first tea trades was with the lovely Azzrian, who must have read (or intuited) my bio regarding peach tea, because she sent me the most amazing array of peach blends! When I opened the box, the scent of peach was enough to put me into a blissful coma (not really…lol). So, I secretly open that box just to get a whiff at least once a day cuz it smells so good & relaxing. I’ve also been sipping some of those peach brews…I love peach!
Every morning I start off with a cup or 2 of plain black tea. This was one of the non-peach teas in the box, & I felt that it was time to drink a ‘different’ black tea from all the other ones I’m rotating through.
I couldn’t really smell the dry leaf, the outside of the baggy was permeated in the lovely scent of peach, but the brewed tea is a deep red, no peach flavor. Its a nice black tea with malty notes & a good start for the day. I kind of wish I’d brewed it a little stronger, but thus is life. Thanks Azz!
I already reviewed this tea once, but I just have to say it again:
I love it!
It’s so warming, so grounding, so perfectly tasty!
I go through tons of ginger every year, in foods & in teas (by itself & combined with Astragulus & a few other things). I love ginger, I love licorice root, I love Elder Berry. I also love the Pu’er that brings them all together. I’m on the 3rd steeping, & the color & flavor are still perfect!
This is my favorite Verdant blend to date. I’ll be ordering this again…and again…and drinking it often!
Before I made a cup of this, I made a cup of the previous Eight Treasures Yabao, just to fully experience the difference. The Summer version is so damn beautiful, so dainty & colorful, so fragrant, that I feel like a fairie princess while steeping & drinking it. It looks like Spring!
The Winter blend is heady with the aroma of a pine, juniper, & redwood forest. It smells kind of like something I could rub on my chest to help my breathing. It smells like something you should drink when you are under the weather, something you should drink to avoid being under the weather, & it is! This tea is loaded with herbs that support your immune system, that are anti-inflamatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, & detoxifying.
Call me a wierdo, but I love the unique taste of Burdock root. I always eat it in the fall. It’s a potent blood purifier & an excellent tonic for the kidneys, liver, and lungs. Juniper is also a great tonic for the kidneys, which tend to suffer in the winter. I drink elderberry regularly, especially in the fall & winter, for it’s antiviral properties. It’s great for the digestion & respiratory systems, and Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, helps to keep the lungs clear & is a natural nervine.
So as far as I’m concerned, this tea is a winner!! Even if tasted like crap, I’d probably still drink it.
The good news: I love the taste!
It’s an unusual tasting tea, there’s a mild camphor/pine essence, with a bass note of slightly bitter & earthy burdock, balanced by the oatmeal taste of the Yabao & the sweetness of vanilla, & jasmine. It’s an amazing combination that is both intriguing & soothing. This is a blend that I hope to drink often.
Thank you, Ms Bonnie, for this interesting sample!
First, I don’t know what brand this is, but when I entered blue unicorn, Shanti Tea came up, & the picture looks right, so I’m just going to go with it.
It’s a cool looking tea! I love the ‘horns’, they remind me of those catapillar crysallis thingies that I used to see when I was a kid in California. They didn’t smell like anything to me dry.
I had 2 horns, so I put them in my little glass teapot & added hot water. They took turns floating up & down & releasing little air bubbles. I’m sipping the first steeping now, really just killing time before I meet 2 of my kids & my Man for lunch.
This is Ceylon tea, which in my mind means not particularly exciting. I get that Ceylon is the Champagne of teas, & is suppose to have a light & bright flavor. Call me unsophisticated if you must, but I tend to lose interest quickly.
The taste? I’m only on the first steeping, which honestly has kind of a salty & soapy vibe. When I get home I’ll run it through a few more steepings, as the horns have only barely started to open. For now, I’d rather drink water.