2466 Tasting Notes

94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2466 tasting notes

This is a great black tea to lift your spirits and start the day right – see my previous tasting notes. :)

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78
drank Chai Spice by Verdant Tea
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I got this as a blend to mix with other teas, I don’t intend to drink it on its own. Last night I added about 1 tsp. to some plain generic honeybush and it was great, I also want to try it with assam. I think the saffron and the elderberry are both nice touches to this blend which make it a little bit out of the ordinary.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
ScottTeaMan

Assam would really make it great.

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77

My first time trying a yellow tea. The leaves in the bag are slender and light brownish with some white areas. I steeped this in an infuser mug with water around 180 F for 3 minutes. The leaves, after steeping smell a bit sweet but also like seaweed.

I do think this is pleasant but I’m not really blown away by it. It’s a golden yellow color and has a slighty sweet/nutty flavor profile. There is something mildly oceanic in the aroma of this particular tea. I am enjoying it but I don’t think I will need to rush out and get anymore once I have depleted this sample. Also I think it is great that Upton offers sample sizes on all of their teas, just thought I would mention that! :)

ScottTeaMan

Amy, that is also what I like about Upton. I’ve been a customer for over a decade and their customer service is excellent! Also, I’ve mentioned before that I think RoT spends too moch time marketing their product. Too many catalogs sent to me throughout the year (so wasteful). Upton Tea publishes four a year and you can opt out of receiving their catalog if you want. Upton’s also has a pdf file of their catalog. I guess I am under impressed with tea companies who inundate me with catalogs and other techniques. Upton Tea doesn’t do that. I get the impression that they are more focused on the tea and not some flashy catalog (which doesn’t entice me to buy any more tea)! I like companies who focus more on tea and waste less, you know!?!

Right click on DOWNLOAD THE FULL CATALOG on the right side of their homepage.

TeaBrat

I got the paper catalog with my last order, I like it. It’s not flashy but tells you the essential information about the tea.

ScottTeaMan

Right….and they usually send me 4 a year which isn’t bad, because I like to browse when I’m away from my computer. They are minimalist when it comes to waste, when they can be. Their shipping peanuts are biodegradeable which is nice.

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87

This was only my second straight up nilgiri and I am having a cup of it again this morning. It is fruity, (I am getting plums and berries in this steep) but lacks the tannins/astringency of a darjeeling which makes it nice for me. I upped the rating a bit today.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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78
drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
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This was part of a Kusmi Russian tea sampler we got. My boyfriend loves Earl Grey/bergamot blends so he likes them a little bit better than I do, I find them to be a bit perfume-y. The orange is very nice in this blend though. Might be better with a scone. ;-)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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89
drank Autumn Rose by Verdant Tea
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Out of all the things that I purchased from Verdant recently, this was the one I was most curious to try. I am always on the lookout for nice herbal teas especially ones that don’t have hibiscus in them (I am not a huge fan).

This did not steep up bright pink so I wonder if I should have let it steep longer – I did mine about 3 minutes. The roses definitely smell wonderful when you open up the bag. It is flowery for sure but the licorice adds in a bit of sweetness, while the elderberry provides some fruit/tart and the cinnamon rounds everything out pretty well. I was also thinking this might be nice blended with something else like a formosa oolong or an oriental beauty. Very flavorful and relaxing tea for the evening time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Pu-erh Ginger by Rishi Tea
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Geez, it got really cold and windy in San Francisco today and this is really hitting the spot and helping me to warm up, it’s also nice with a bit of orange peel tossed in. :)

ScottTeaMan

Sounds like a good combo….Puerh and ginger…and orange peel! :))

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84

2/4 of Upton’s basic darjeeling sampler

Well evidently B.O.P. stands for broken orange pekoe and when you look at the leaves they are chopped up very fine and are various colors of brown and light green. This has a very familiar “tea” smell for those of us who grew up with the cheap orange pekoe tea that’s readily available in teabags.

I steeped this for 2 minutes with around 200F degree water, I did not want to go up to boiling. It brews up to be a lovely dark orange color. I am drinking this without milk or sugar and it’s very light and smooth, a bit like an oolong and this stage. I am enjoying the mild flavor with a touch of briskness. Thankfully it is also light on the astringency but you do get a bit of tannin in the finish, it is not bothering me too much. I think this would make a good iced tea also. A good value for the price. I am not sure I’ll need to order more of this particular tea but I will certainly enjoy the little tin I have.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

Normally, the more letters the better the tea…

TeaBrat

That seems a bit silly…. :-D

Tabby

Lol, Charles.

ScottTeaMan

It’s generally true, but I’ve had a STGFOP Assam that was better than one FTGFOP1. Does anyone here even care about that?! :))

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95
drank White Peony by The Tao of Tea
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Wow – this is great. It’s a delicious white peony!

Part of a 3 part sampler I got from the Tao of Tea. When I opened the can I was surprised to see so many of my leaves were still very green looking.

I did a bunch of steeps in the gaiwan at around 170 F. It is lightly honey-sweet and nutty with just a hint of something herby in the nose. Not that floral but definitely delicious. I would love to get some more of this but I wonder if this is the same tea in the picture? Curious…… Another winner from the Tao of Tea. :)

Dorothy

Most of the Bai Mu Dan I’ve seen is very green, so I dunno what’s going on with that Steepster picture. I’m glad to hear your sample is green I guess. Maybe the picture is supposed to be aged?

TeaBrat

It’s the same picture on the Tao of Tea website, I dunno…

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67
drank Yunnan White Jasmine by Verdant Tea
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In full disclosure I am not a huge fan of jasmine tea but after reading everyone’s tasting notes I was hoping this would be the one to convert me and it would have me doing backflips and sighing with delight like everyone else.

I drank a bunch of this last night and I’m having some more this afternoon. I’ve finally pinpointed what my beef is with jasmine tea. Although I love the smell I find it very drying and it also seems to upset my stomach and that is just a bit unpleasant. I didn’t tank it in the ratings because it isn’t Verdant’s fault I don’t like jasmine, I probably should have stuck with something else.

But onto other subjects. This is very clean and nice, I think the jasmine goes really well with this particular white. I’ve tried steeping this a few different ways and my favorite is to steep it in the gaiwan at a lower water temp, I believe I’ve been using around 160 F – 170 F. That seems to bring out the natural sweetness of the white a little bit which is helping me deal with the jasmine.

I went and bought some bulk herbs and flowers and I threw a few rose petals in it which is also nice but I somehow want to go make a bath oil with it now… lol!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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