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I have loved this tea since the first time I tried it. I’ve reviewed it countless times, so I’ll just say now, “I love this”.

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100
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2913 tasting notes

I have so many awesome black teas to sample now, including Mr He’s first picking Laoshan Black (TOTM-R for Feb), & last year’s Mr He’s finest 1st Spring Picking Laoshan Black (given to me by Invader Zim in a trade, which she received in her David’s Choice box). So why am I drinking this? Because it’s awesome! Because I like to start the day with something wonderful. Not to say that those others won’t be wonderfully awesome too, but I have to establish a baseline somewhere, & this is it. Good morning everybody! :D

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I think the high in St Louis today was 60 or maybe higher. We have all the windows open, airing out the house. It’s so nice! Tomorrow the high is suppose to be 32, LOL.

I’m heading out the door to play a valentine’s dinner gig, but if I wasn’t I’d be headed down the driveway on my Harley!

Bonnie

Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!

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Oh, how I love thee
Let me count the ways
you’re like a wonderful chocolate croissant with a very thin veil of orange marmalade & a splash of rosewater…sigh…

Sadly, this is a sipdown. I have hoarded this tea long enough. It is time to let go, with a deep & devout hope that David will repeat this wonderful blend for those of us who have loved it.
Please…I beg you…

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Damn, this IS GOOD!!!
Savory, peppery, malty awesomeness!
I’m on the 2nd steeping now. After the awkward moment of realizing I’d accidentally dumped this leaf in with the watermelon xylo leaf (F^@K!) & all the time it took to separate them, I OT’d a little, so the first cup was pretty strong. The main feature of that cup was the pepperiness & roasted barley, & the resulting jolt of caffeine has me feeling more energetic than I have in days! :)

For the resteep I dropped the strainer into a larger mug, & although it’s still quite bold, I do tend to like my teas that way, so we’re good. Now I’m getting more of the buttery toast flavors, with that smooth linen feel & a nice mouth watering tingle.

Now to select something for my bubble bath…hmmm…

NofarS

Is this from the reserve club? Because I don’t seem to find it on Verdant’s site

Terri HarpLady

If you click their black page & scroll down you’ll see the listing, but it is currently out of stock. I’ve been hoarding mine for a little while, like so many other of their fine teas!
I’m sure they will stock it again, when the harvest allows for it : )

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Boy did I screw up!
I measured this out, then I thought I’d also measure out some Jin Jun Mai, but I accidentally put them in the same cup! ACKCKCK!
It’s all Theresa’s fault (nobody really likes her much). She distracted me with her endless list of “You have to do this today”, & "you need to (blah blah blah).
Luckily they look very different from one another. This one is beautiful sage with hot pink amaranth, the other is black & brown & smaller leaves. I meticulously picked them apart, & although there may be a pink flower in the Jin Jun Mei, no harm done.

Delicious & a sipdown!

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100
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2913 tasting notes

I woke up reluctantly at 6:30 am (which is early for me).
Little Terri was talking about the new tattoo she wants.
Theresa (the office lady, business manager, bitch…oops, did I say that?) was talking about bills, taxes, & getting organized. That’s all she ever talks about.

I turned on Pandora’s “calm meditation” channel & did yoga. That’s the only way to get them to be quiet.

Laoshan Black, you are wonderful.
“Have I told you lately that I love you?”

Starfevre

oooh, new tattoo!

Terri HarpLady

We love our tattoos! :D

Terri HarpLady

Of course, we don’t really have the funds to get one right now, since we keep spending our money on tea…

Indigobloom

a net tat?! do tell!

Terri HarpLady

I have a butterfly on my right hand, by the thumb & first finger, flying towards my wrist, kind of old style romantic, black with turquoise shading. You can see it on my FB pic a little, & I’d like another one on the left hand, but not the same as the one on the right. Maybe more of a Mendhi or tribal style…still not sure…still looking…sigh…I also want to do more on my right arm…and…

Indigobloom

I meant *new tat. ha.

I have one on my left hip. A tree of life. Took me forever to figure out what I wanted, but then when I did, it just clicked and I KNEW that was it. So I really want another one but feel like I should wait until the inspiration strikes.
Your butterfly sounds beautiful!!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! I knew what you meant, :D
I have 2 others, both on my left arm. One is a symbol I drew while I was meditating once, then I have another butterfly (I love butterflies, LOL) on that shoulder.

Starfevre

I have some cats on my right back/shoulder, a shower of stars over the rest of my back (25 stars of various sizes and shadings) and 4 cats paws on my neck/shoulder on the right side, all in black and white. Mt next will be a coloured maple leaf but I don’t know where I want to put it yet.

Terri HarpLady

The Tree of life sounds awesome, I love the shower of stars idea.
I love tattoos!! I want so many..sigh…all in good time…

Indigobloom

thanks! :)
I know, me to. I want them ALL lol

CelebriTEA

This sounds like a lovely tea.
IndigoBloom…love your nick.

Indigobloom

Aww thanks CelebriTea! Indigo is my favourite colour :P

CelebriTEA

The way you put Indigo and Bloom together is ingenious :-)

Sil

celebritea…you haven’t tried it yet? if you’re placing a verdant order this weekend, i recommend picking some up if you like black teas…or asking verdant pretty please to give you a sample. it’s delicious.

Terri HarpLady

Or I can send you a sample :)

Sil

haha terri – i was going to go that route too but until the black friday spend craze is over i figure there’s a good chance ppl are buying a few things. :)

CelebriTEA

It will be Tuesday before I can order, but I will order
a small amount of this.

Terri HarpLady

Sil
Uh…thanks to you, I just went nuts on the verdant website.
BUT I didn’t see Sichuan Caravan…

Sil

it’s not up yet silly…nor are the other blends… i’m just waiting… waiting…

Terri HarpLady

Is it suppose to be up this weekend?

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Tony (my awesome man of 13 years) actually made his first tea order!
He’s been drinking London Tea Room’s ‘Jubilee’, which is an earl grey, for quite some time. He used to drink English breakfast, until he tried earl grey, & now that’s pretty much all he will drink. So he was at a coffeeshop & they had an earl from Ahmad tea, which he really enjoyed, so he ordered some. He knows I like breakfast blends so he ordered some of their English Breakfast for me (because he once heard me say, “There’s no point only ordering one tea. If you’re paying for shipping you might as well order 2 or 3”). I’ve never tried Ahmad teas, so there’s something to look forward to.

This tea came out of Traveling Tea Box ‘A’. I wanted something caffeine free for the evening, so I kept 2 bags. I double bagged it, & I’m glad because there really isn’t a lot there, flavor-wise. I also added stevia, & that helped. It’s ok, passable, & probably my last tea of the night.

Sil

Yay! Someday my other half will order tea….maybe….not.

gmathis

Ahmad has a couple of good stout breakfast teas I like muchly: Warwick Assam and Hampton Breakfast (which hits you in the muzzly, sleepy face with a truncheon).

Terri HarpLady

I’m not exactly sure what he ordered for me, something breakfast related. I don’t see him much during the week, even though he only lives 5 minutes away, LOL. Maybe that’s why we’ve managed to stay together for so long! ;)
Anyways, I have a valentines gig tonight, then I’ll stop over for a few hours & see what he bought & although it will be late for drinking it, I’ll at least take a whiff!

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This is one of the Verdant Tea of the Month Reserve selections for February! It is a beautiful hand crafted tea, sage green with streaks of tan, with the heady aroma of jasmine…aahhhhh!

Damp it smells of moss & key lime.

The first 2 steepings had me lying in the forest on a bed of moss. The flavor is lightly floral & vegetative, with what I can only describe as a mossy texture, & a lingering jasmine sweetness in the back of the throat.

3 & 4: mmmmmm, creamy & sweet, with a hint of astringency & a fuzzy tongue sensation. These were my favorite.

5 & 6: I steeped the hand-twisted tea in a glass gaiwan (even though it always gets ridiculously hot & burns my fingers) so that I could watch them unfold. At this point they are fully unraveled & beautiful. The tea from these steepings has a taste & mouth-feel of key lime (I actually compared it to one of the limes on my mini-tree), with a clear & bright sensation, a lingering bitterness on the tongue, & sweet jasmine in the back of the throat.

7 & 8: The lime & moss aromas are gone, now I just smell the jasmine in the wet leaf. The flavor is still bright, but the bitterness of lime peel is gone. Now I have a fine, clear jasmine tea.

This is a luxurious treat!

Sil

woman! you get to them so quickly! Mine hasn’t even made it here yet :(

Terri HarpLady

Really? I think mine came last friday, but then I was running around all weekend, & then sick for a couple days. I was even at first hesitant to try it out today, wondering how my tastebuds would be, but the Big Red Robe went down nice & flavorful, so I figured, “I deserve something really special”.

Terri HarpLady

Maybe that explains why I keep being the first to review so many of them, eh?

Sil

lol probably. canada = usually 10 days before i get it :(

Kasumi no Chajin

I’m not in Canada, but I have to brace myself for trying verdant…brave it really…have had poor luck with my palate so far.

Terri HarpLady

Chajin, have you tried any of their teas yet?

Terri HarpLady

Sil, hang in there! I’ll try not to flaunt it too much ;)

Terri HarpLady

It would be nice if it arrived before you leave the country, eh? If not, I’m sure it will be waiting for you when you return!
(is the cup half empty or half full?)

NofarS

I was thinking of buying a glass gaiwan, but then I saw your review and changed my mind :) I think I’ll stick with my glass teapot to show off nice tea…
This makes me want to join the reserve club. But it’s a little expensive for me now…

Kasumi no Chajin

yes, I have tried 3, maybe 4 verdant so far.

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Finally! Something with a little substance!
I’ve been sipping through several steepings of this, gongfu style, & it’s quite pleasant. I swear, to me it has a peachy taste, undercurrents of chocolate, cinnamon, & a delightful roastiness.
Also, everything I said in my previous review of this tea still applies!

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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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