2466 Tasting Notes
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.
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! :)
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.
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.
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. :)
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!