2952 Tasting Notes

Confession: I haven’t actually tasted this yet, but I opened the bag and took a whiff (I couldn’t resist), & it smells AWESOME!
Hazelnuts & plums & caramelized brown sugar…
I need to go sleep, so I can wake up & drink some of this…
Tomorrow, Hurry up & come!

Bonnie

This is a first! A smelling or AROMA review! HA HA HA!

Sandy'sCuppa

Love it!!! I did the same thing yesterday. The postman came as we were pulling out of the drive way. I made my husband trade places with me because I was driving. I grabbed the box of tea, sat in the passenger set and sniffed my way to our destination. By the time we got home I had the box organized by what I wanted to steep first.

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So…I’ve been lurking on the Adagio site, reading through the fandom blends, LOL. So have both of my sons. Leif has already ordered tea twice in the last week or so. I was contemplating the Tardis blend by Cara McGee. I’ve already tried a couple of her blends, & they’ve been quite good. This one contains: Earl Grey Bravo, Blackberry, & Vanilla.

I grow blackberries (blueberries, & 3 types of raspberries), but I know all too well that berry flavored teas are not always very good, so rather than buy the full amount, I got samplers of those 3 flavors, so I could experiment a little. I mixed 1/2 tsp of each, steeped 3 minutes, and it’s a tasty mix! Even better with some stevia stirred in.

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I’m a sucker for almost anything Verdant lists on their website.
Not that it’s a bad thing, mind you. With the exception of my bank balance, I’ve never been disappointed. :)

Some shengs are harsh, at least for the first couple of steeps. I tend to be very conservative on the amount of leaf I put in my Gaiwan, usually using 2 – 3 G, at least for the first time I try one, & I always keep those initial steepings really short. I keep notes in a tea journal, so that the next time I drink that tea I’ll be able to adjust things based on my previous experiences.

When I opened the package, I was delighted to see beautiful large flat pieces in the colors of a dry leaf pile. Whoever pried these off the cake did a beautiful job! The dry aroma was subtly sweet, fresh, & green. The wet leaf swelled to fill my Gaiwan, & it’s aroma was mineral rich. I was feeling daring, so I went with 5G in my 4 oz Gaiwan, one rinse, and 4 seconds (for those who aren’t familiar with my ’formula’s’, this translates into the following:
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 4 sec = A beautiful amber liquid with a sweet mild taste! Not a hint of harshness to be found!

I drank this all afternoon while I was teaching. The flavor continued on, mildly sweet & tongue numbing. Around the 6th steeping there was a little astringency, but this was gradually transformed into a citrus flavor that reminded me of aged tangerine peels, & sensation of allspice.

This is a pleasant sheng, with a nice sensation of chaqi as well!

CharlotteZero

I am also a sucker for Verdant Tea. I just received this one in the mail, and now I really can’t wait to try it!

Terri HarpLady

My only complaint: They keep sending me samples of the flower tea.
(Little Terri rolls her eyes & sighs). I tried it, I’m not all that into it. I think I have 3 sample packets of it now…

CharlotteZero

LOL. I feel the same way, and I have four!

Terri HarpLady

I would have 4 but we did drink one of them

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Breakfast: A Hearty bowl of Stew, leftover from last night.
A breakfast like this requires a hearty tea, & this Assam fits the bill! It’s bold, with a bright sensation up the center of my tongue. Not as malty as some, but very substantial. I got this sample from Traveling Tea Box ‘A’. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Second Breakfast: Leftover baked sweet potatoes, which I cut up, peel & all, & sauteed in coconut oil with cinnamon & a pinch of salt until they were caramelized. Sometimes I add vanilla, ginger, & nutmeg.
Today I kept it simple.
For tea, I had another cup of this Assam, only I doubled the amount of tea & then spiked it with stevia & french vanilla coconut milk creamer.
This is like crack for me, LOL.

I have a sweet potato habit that knows no bounds. I eat at least one sweet potato almost every day. My son Drew shares my habit, & we bake whole trays of them. They are good hot, cold, or reheated. Leif & Tony think we’re crazy. Sweet potatoes are just SO AWESOME, I can’t stop myself. I grow them in my garden & my crop is always huge! Luckily they are also SO good for you. I don’t use butter, just a generous sprinkle of cinnamon. That’s all it takes. It’s dessert. Sweet potatoes taste the way winter squash is suppose to taste, & sweet potatoes make better pie than pumpkin could ever dream of. If you make the crust from pecans (gluten free), you have sweet potato pecan pie.
Oh sweet healthy decadence!!!

I used to have a soy french vanilla creamer habit. (along with quite a few other habits, but that was a long time ago…). Lately I’ve been thinking of Chai & other teas that are so nice with a little creamer once in awhile, & I remembered how much I enjoyed my Assam brewed extra bold this way. I like it straight up as well.
I think I’ll have another cup.

Azzrian

OMG I have a sweet potato obsession too!

Serenity

I’ve heard that in Japan, a cart goes around with the recorded call playing out: sweeeeeet potatoes!! And was like, really? That’s awesome! Like an ice cream truck! I love sweet potatoes!

Josie Jade

I love sweet potatoes, it just seems like they take forever to cook in the oven – or am I doing something wrong? Sometimes I slice them and put a little sugar and cinnamon on them and bake them, yummy!

Indigobloom

That is exactly how I feel about hummus. and zuchinni :D
Sweet potatoe rocks but its my treat!

Terri HarpLady

They do take awhile to cook, that’s why we always bake 6 or 8 of them at a time.

Indigobloom

bah, I just pop them in the microwave. great when in a rush! or lazy lol

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I ended my tea drinking (and harp teaching) day with this shu, which I’ve enjoyed a couple of times now. It reminds me of boston brown bread.

Serenity

Boston brown bread….in a can!! <3
Playing the harp must be so enjoyable!

Terri HarpLady

It is! Plus I get to sit around & listen to other people play too. It’s really fun to help students develop from beginner up to advanced. Some of my students are so amazing!

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I love the taste of peaches! My adagio order came today, & this was in there. I’m not sure how I feel about it, so I won’t say much. It didn’t knock my socks off, but it wasn’t gross, & I have a pretty good supply of it, so I’m sure I’ll have more to say about it next time.

I’m not really a huge fan of flavored teas, but every now & then Little Terri talks me into something like this…

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Here is another tea that I sipped all day while I was teaching. I wanted to do a comparison on this and the Yu Lu, but it never really happened. I just enjoyed both. The main feature of this tea is the German chocolate cake flavor, which lingers on & on!

Azzrian

Yup its a real winner FO SHOU – lol anytime I get a chance Im gonna do it!

Bonnie

Funny AZ

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I had students all day, from 10am – 8pm, with a one hour break at 12:30.
It’s a perfect day for the Gaiwan, as I’m just sitting around, listening to people of various ages & levels, while they play for me. I listen, I make suggestions regarding technique, interpretation, etc.

This is one of the teas I sipped. I don’t have a lot to say about it that I haven’t already said.

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
2952 tasting notes

Yum!
How many times have I reviewed this? Who knows, who cares? It’s delicious. Sweet, tongue-tingling, mouth-watering, amazing!

Starfevre

I really need to get some of this. I hear so many good things about it.

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First cup of the day!
First 2 cups of the day, actually!
I’ve reviewed this tea several times, so I just want to say it is a wonderful, balanced start to my day.
So smooth, so grounding, so tasty!

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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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