122 Tasting Notes

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On one of my last orders with Verdant Tea I got some of their Laoshan Genmaicha. When I got the order in I went to go make some to eat with my dinner. When I opened the bag I noticed something strange. The leaves seemed darker then normal, but I figured it just might be my eyes. However, when I finished brewing it I knew it wasn’t right. Instead of the green tea base it was Laoshan black. When I told them of the mix up they apologized and sent out the right batch. I have to say though, This is one tasty mix up.

Interestingly enough, when David emailed me back about it, he said that he thought about making this blend available at one point.

When I sat down to brew this again with different steeping time, I found that it had an awesome flavor. The taste and smell of it remind me of malted bread that has been toasted and buttered, then dusted with cocoa powder. The early steepings are more savory and malty, while the later steepings tasted more sweet, nutty, and chocolaty. It’s like I made two pieces of toast and put butter on one, and then put Nuttella on the other one. It is very hearty and filling,it’s like breakfast in a cup.

Overall it is a very tasty tea. I can see it being a great early morning breakfast brew. I wonder what this would taste like with a spot of almond milk in it.


Specifications

Leaf: A little over 2 tsps
Water: 8oz
Steep Time: 1 minuet; adding another minuet after each steeping.
Sweetener: just a pinch of light agave.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

That does sound like an interesting match!

Ze_Teamaker

It is! Quite the interesting combo.

Sil

oh man! I want to try this! i love their genmaicha AND their laoshan black..

Alphakitty

Wow, that sounds amazing! I hope they do at least a small batch so we can all try it out…

Sil

ooor… we tackle Ze for the tea!

Ze_Teamaker

NOOOOO!!! Runs away I actually have just today sent out the rest of my tea as samples to a few people. Who knows, if it gets a good reception it might become a buy-able blend.

Bonnie

Leave Ze alone…is nice!

Sil

haha :) I hope so! that really does sound delicious…maybe i can get david to accidently send me the wrong tea too…

Kittenna

… petition for David to blend some of this and sell it? :P Sounds like something I’d love to try! Although I don’t think I’d prefer it to the green version.

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95
drank Triple C Tea by none
122 tasting notes

So I made some off this tonight. Man I am so glad that I am getting some cold nights now. It is just annoying for it to be 80F in February.

I added an extra clove and for interest, I added a dash of almond milk….. HOW HAVE I NOT DONE THIS BEFORE. It is more creamy and sweet now. I am definitely making another big mug of this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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88
drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
122 tasting notes

Had some of this in the morning. But I wanted to let you steepsters know that Adagio is having a sample promotion on their new fruit and match trail mix. It is free….. sorta. I wrote more of the details on my blog, but basically for $5.75 I get that free sample and 2 samples of tea to taste.

Here are the details on my blog:
http://tunesntea.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/tea-related-freeish-fruit-and-match-mix-fruit/

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88

Had a SIP DOWN of this both hot and cold. Very relaxing and tasty. REad more at my blog.

http://tunesntea.wordpress.com/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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This was from one of my samples from my last order from DAVIDs TEA. I was wondering how well this would taste with the chocolate in it. Chocolate teas don’t always seem to do to well. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Even with out any creamer it was very chocolaty. Plus the cinnamon in it was awesome, not too little, not too much. Just a good amount of cinnamony goodness. Though if your not a fan of cinnamon, you should probably pass this one up. I kinda wish they used a toasted mate instead of yerba.

Overall it was a good tea. Not something I am dying to go out and buy, but not bad by any means. I would recommend it to someone who likes hot chocolate and cinnamon.

Check out the full review on my blog.
http://tunesntea.wordpress.com/
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Brewing Specifics

Pot: Porcelain
Water: 8oz per steep
Leaf: 5g
Sweetener: just a pinch of light agave

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
122 tasting notes

OMG THIS TEA!!! I am so glad I was able to snag a pouch of this when it was re-blended. This tea is one of the best 52 Teas I have had to date. I don’t have a lot of time to do a good review but for an over view this is what I will say:

The base tea is wonderful. Light, sweet, and crisp with just a touch a smokey character. The spices don’t over power the base at all. They add just a nice high note taste and tingling warm heat on the tongue and mouth. Not overwhelming which is good; aka spice weenies no need to fear.

Over all A+++ and would reconmend it to anyone who likes green tea in general.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

I agree that this is one of their best! It’s just… perfect.

CHAroma

Wow, now I’m rethinking ordering this one…I didn’t ‘cause I don’t like smokey or spicy anything, LOL! But maybe I’ll like it anyway? I’m obsessed with everything LOTR, so it was hard to pass up in the first place.

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75

Have had a few cups of this, both hot, and iced, and I got to say I am enjoying it. It has a nice sweet strawberry taste with just a pinch of tartness. It doesn’t need sweetener, thought it does bring out the strawberry more. The only down side is that there is supposed to be cinnamon in here, but I can’t taste it. Darn. Still a great bagged herbal. Thanks Yssah for the tea!!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec
yssah

yay, glad you liked it too :D

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First I want to say thanks to Yssah to all the tea bag samples.

On to this tea. Ok before I even took this tea out of it’s packet it had a super strong order of honey. I did two tea bags in my 8oz pot, poured it into my BFM and then filled the rest of it with hot water; so 16oz. I then only lightly sweeten it with a few drops of agave; since it already smelled so sweet.

Ok, I don’t know if I did something wrong, but this tea was badd. It tasted pretty much like fake clover honey. I don’t even like clover honey; I’m an orange blossom honey kinda girl. I couldn’t even finish my cup.

I am not going to rate this, since I only give bad ratings to teas that I have tried every which way to make good. So just a word of cation, if you don’t love honey stay away.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
yssah

i also prefer pure chamomile – even to celestial’s sleepytime :)

havent tried all the wissotzkys in my stash yet but will see how it can be tweaked, if possible, when get around to sipping this ^^’

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95
drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
122 tasting notes

SIP DOWN!!!

Finishing up the rest of this today and tonight; got about 3 tsp left. When I opened this I so many feels and nostalgia. It reminded me of last summer when I really got into loose leaf tea.

Wrote a bit longer review on my Blog; never thought I would have one of those. Basically though I am sad to see it go, I need to get threw these teas. At least I had a nice memory come back.

BLOG:
http://tunesntea.wordpress.com/

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I have been drinking and makeing tea for me and my mom for most of my life and have been starting to get into loose teas.

I like fruity, spicy, strong teas, Chai’s, Black, and Rooibos. I have recently been trying and getting into Oolongs…

90-100
Just love it and might keep as a staple
80-90
Really liked it, and makes a above average cup
70-80
Is good, but might not have a lot of complexity or wow factor. Is pretty average
60-70
It’s ok, but not great. Might need added ingredients or tweaking, and is below average.
50-60
Would only if nothing else was available. Would not recommend to someone.
Below 50
Bad tea is bad

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