121 Tasting Notes
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.
Leaf: 2 tsp
Sweetener: A bit of light agave sometimes
Steeps: 1:35 and add 40’s from there on…
This is a tasting note for the early version; the one that was wild picked
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)
Sweetener: Sometimes added a bit of light agave
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!
Water: 8 or 16 ounce?
Leaf: 3 TBL (I think)
Sweetener: a little bit of light agave and brown surger
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.
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
Leaf: 4 Tea bags for 20oz
Ice: about three cups worth looking in a Pyrex
Sweetener: 1 big spoonful of Agave
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.
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!
Story Time: Even though my tea budget is non existent at this point I persuaded myself to buy a couple of Sheng cakes from Verdant tea. I got 1 Lao Tong Zhi 2011 Sheng Mini-Cake and 1 Lao Tong Zhi Old Growth 2012 Sheng; also I signed up for the tea club. I picked these because I love spicy,smokey, woody tea’s and old tree ones. I really wanted to also get the Shu Old Comrades 2011 brick, but my tea budget wouldn’t let me……damn. It sounded so awesome too. Hopefully I can convince my mom to go halvesies with me so i can get a regular tea order from them. I need my Zhu Rong and that Yu Lu Yan Cha black sounds interesting!!!
Dear, Bagged Tea companies
Please stop telling people to pour boiling water over tea bags that have Green or White tea in them. Doing so is just wrong and bad, and you should feel bad.
When I saw this tea come through my line at work, I knew I had to try it. I love eggnog, but can’t drink a lot because it is fattening.
I must say I was at first worried how artificial this would taste. I mean it is eggnog flavored tea… I found thought that this tasted pretty good. It wasn’t as artificial or fakey as I thought it would be. It has that same warm malty creamy flavor like eggnog. It made a nice orangey clearish liquor and smelled just like eggnog spices! It was fine plain, but when I added a little Baileys(non-booze) White Spice creamer and it was unreal; though any creamer would work. It was good warm, but became a little bit more richer when it cools. I can see it being a good iced tea.
I would recommend anyone who loves eggnog to give this one a try.
P.S. The back say’s that it is naturally flavored and is a green/black tea mix.
Sweetener: a little under 1TBL in a 16oz mug
Creamer: Not needed but enhances it