122 Tasting Notes

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
122 tasting notes

Having some of this tonight after work. So glad I have a day off tomorrow. Anyways due to the holiday eats I am sooooooo bloated. I find that Oolong has a de-bloating affect.

I did 4 steeps with the leaves and am cold brewing the rest over night. Can’t wait to see how that goes…

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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Back logging…
This tea is a Chameleon. Every single steep changes; not in the normal way tea does either. The smell of the dry leaf and when wet for some reason reminds me of roasted salted nuts… not sure what kind though.

1st Steep: Malty smoke, sweet after taste, smells like roasted slated nuts, strong yet smooth.

2nd Steep: Malty, with a tingle left on the tongue. Not as smokey. Kinda of a powdered coco after taste.

Cooled down: More flavor coming through; more smokey cocoa. Slight creaminess. Smells like roasted nuts.

3rd Steep?: Weaker, light citrus taste, less malt, more brisk taste.

Not sure what happened to my notes on Word but I don’t know if that was the description for the 3rd or 4th steep…

It should be noted that the coco taste isn’t typical. It is kinda like roasted and slightly smoked coco beans; Not the kinda of smokey woody flavor, more sweet roasted smokey.

I almost feel like the early steepings are like a fine Assam and morphs into a really good Ceylon, but through out is done with a bit of Yunnan flare to it; I haven’t any of these strait so I can’t be sure. I can’t wait to see how this tea does Gong Fu style.


Specifics

Leaf: 2 tsp
water: 8oz
Pot: Porcelain
Sweetener: A bit of light agave sometimes
Steeps: 1:35 and add 40’s from there on…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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This is a tasting note for the early version; the one that was wild picked

Backlogging…..

I had this last month western style to finish up my sample. I brewed it just like how I would brew the second version of this.

1st Steep: Rich smoky tobacco dry roasted malt

2nd: Similar but less intense and more subdued. It also has a slight smoothness/powdery smoke mouth feel. Has smokey bitterness as well.

3rd Steep: Tastes like cocao, has a slight spice, light smoke, and some woodyness in the flavor.

4th Steep: Last steep more sweet and cocoa like. Very malty and rich.
Cooled: slightly juicy flavor added

It should also be noted that the flavor of bourbon persisted through most of the steepings.

I find it interesting that the different pickings (one wild the other farmed) created a completely different flavor. The wild one has a more manly flavor while the cultivated one is more sweet and feminine. They even look different: wild picked is darker, while the other is lighter. In hindsight I should have added a little milk to the steepings; since I think it would make it taste really chocolaty. I might get another chance though….

I have only a little left of the 2nd version of this tea, which I am saving for a special occasion. Hopefully Verdant Tea gets some more of this in, but if not I am so happy I got to try this wonderful tea. (8^D)


Specifics
Pot:Glass
Sweetener: Sometimes added a bit of light agave
Water:?
Leaf:?

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 15 sec
Kittenna

Interesting! I think I had sample sizes of both, and I particularly noticed the darker vs. lighter leaves. I found the flavours to be similar enough, although one was more astringent than the other with the same brewing parameters, but I can’t recall which. I think I only have part of one of the packets left now though.

Ze_Teamaker

I think the first was probably more astringent. I know for sure that the latter is very sweet and creamy.

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Tabby

Do what, now?

Tabby

Ohh, I see now. Look at those fake accounts. Shame on you, Physique. And so obvious, too.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

wow, that is really pathetic for them to make spam accounts! so obvious!

Sarah P

maybe you guys could tell me how to write better reviews. I am new to steepster and just wrote what I felt. I have been getting into tea much more recently and wanted to see what others have to say. I didn’t see this tea posted on this site so I figured I would post it. I didn’t know what to say so I just cut and pasted from their website. I guess that was a faux pas. Sorry guys. On a side note the tea is really awesome.

Bonnie

OK, I just sent a note to one of the company Directors who lives in my town. We could meet for tea. Small world. Nice way to smooth out tea wrinkles don’t you think. This is what people should do. Have tea together.

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Bonnie

This is a real tea added by one of the reviewers (scorpiorising) yesterday and then reviewed by the others all at once also. An obvious Vendor self promotion. Not what is supposed to happen here! We are not so stupid that we’d pay $39.95 on amazon for diet oolong anyway or diet puerh or mint chocolate oolong. Are they crazy?!

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87
drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
122 tasting notes

Back logging this…

When I went back and tried this again, it was alot better then last time. The trick is to use a bigger measuring spoon; since it is really chunky.

This is a awesome nutty desert tea. Depending on the temperature the cream flavor stands out more or the oolong/ nut flavor does. Next time I can I’m grabbing some more of this. Also the longer it is steeped the better. It is one of those teas that doesn’t get bitter, but is kinda weak.

P.S You can get 2 good steeps out of it!


Specifics
Water: 8 or 16 ounce?
Leaf: 3 TBL (I think)
Sweetener: a little bit of light agave and brown surger
Pot: Glass

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 15 sec

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88
drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
122 tasting notes

So much good stuff today.
1. I got to see my grandparents and cousins
2. My verdant tea of the month came in
3. And the world didn’t explode!f YAYYYY!!!

So when I was at the store I noticed that they had just two more boxes left of this, so I bought them. That means I currently have 3 boxes unopened of this flavor….. totally not hording or stocking up on this flavor. (B^>)

Made some of this for me and my brother. I FINALLY FOUND A TEA HE LIKES!!! MUAHAHAHHA!!!! We were going to watch some anime, but he started to play LOL…. ugh

At least it has FINALLY got’n cold here. It is kinda nice for a change; plus I can wear my leathers more comfortably too.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
gmathis

Stockpiling. So that’s where all of the boxes are going ;)

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88
drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
122 tasting notes

Had some of this made Ice tea style while I am waiting for the world to end, ahahaha. I tell you what I am going to buy another few boxes of this stuff before it is gone. IT IS SOOO GOOD!!! It really feels like I am having a nice cup of eggnog spice; yet it isn’t over powering in flavor. I wonder if it has something to do with the green tea in the mix? Hmm…..

OBVIOUS SONG IS OBVIOUS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzqiPvGrkTo

Specifics
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Leaf: 4 Tea bags for 20oz
Pot: Glass
Ice: about three cups worth looking in a Pyrex
Sweetener: 1 big spoonful of Agave

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I had some of this at work. It might be because I had to work a 6.5 hour day with no break and was able to take a 10 to eat something, so anything would taste good, but I didn’t find this to be too bad. It just kinda taste like Lipton tea with a lemony after taste; thought that is probably the citric acid use to preserve it.

Basically I wouldn’t always reach for it or want it at all. However if you want just a plain brisk unsweetened tea, it’s not bad. At least it wasn’t super astringent.

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95
drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
122 tasting notes

Why did I give this tea a lowish rating before? This tea is so awesome. The first note was on the first or second steep that I made. Throughout the day I keep steeping it, and steeping, and more steeping…….AND STILL MORE STEEPING FROM THAT ONE LITTLE BATCH!!! I think I got up to like 10 steeps, and probably could have kept going. What is really nice too is that the tea flavor morphed a little bit every steep. The early ones had a lot of goji, vegey, and a hint of citrus in them. But in the later ones it was more clean, crisp, and floral. The Frankincense was coming out more to; I don’t know how to describe the flavor and I am going of memory rite now, but it is kinda flowery menthol.

I went ahead and bought 2 ounces of this along with others today and can’t wait for it to arrive!

Bonnie

Kinda of goes with the Holidays too doesn’t it. I drank this in the morning and then went to church. (Today is the feast day for my church St. Spyridon, 3rd Century, anyway…I noticed the frankincense in the church and it was so peculiar…having the tea, then the incense in church…it was like it was inside and outside.

Ze_Teamaker

TEACEPTION!!!

Bonnie

http://flic.kr/p/dABZQR This Feast Day bread had incense in it too. (or on it, in the water it was blessed with and there was frankincense all around it.) Tasted good!

Ze_Teamaker

Hmmmm looks tasty

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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
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Would only if nothing else was available. Would not recommend to someone.
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