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drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
2776 tasting notes

I was looking through my tea stash this afternoon thinking I wanted something low in caffeine and also mild, easy on the stomach. This caught my eye and I can’t believe I’ve never logged a note for it on Steepster but here goes. :)

Tea liquor brews up to be almost clear. In flavor I guess this is most like a white tea, but it has such interesting flavors. There is a definite sweetness with flavors of hay mixed with a pine aroma and flavor. I imagine if you boiled up a stalk of dried wheat it might taste like this (but of course I don’t really know). Somehow it manages to be gentle yet invigorating a bit at the same time.

I admit I’m a bit on the fence about this stuff but it definitely suited the mood I was in. I just have no idea how to assign it a numerical rating because it’s quite unlike any other tea I’ve tried.

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Glad this suited your mood today. :)) I drank this yesterday and thought it was just hot water. Glad you had a better experience.


I love Yabao. I love the descriptors Verdant has given for it: apple, peppercorn, cinnamon, sparkling, cedar…

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Gah, I had written a whole note for this and one false move with the keyboard and it seems to have been lost somehow.

Anyway this tea is a sample from the David’s co-pilot pack. This and the Super Ginger were the ones I was most interested in trying. There is a LOT going on in this blend. First there is peppermint, but also chai type spices like ginger, cardamom, clove and black pepper. Also licorice. With some tea blends the licorice can be so overdone and sickeningly sweet but I am not finding that here. You can’t really taste any green tea at all, but I know it’s there because I saw it, he he. This is blended very well and pretty tasty, but it is so intense, I wonder if I would drink this on a regular basis. I may pick up a small pack some day.

I tried one cup hot and then poured the other cup over ice. I think I prefer it iced but it got kind of diluted. Iced, it is very refreshing and seems like it would be good on a hot summer day.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Yunnan Golden Buds by Verdant Tea
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My physical therapist is challenging me. This morning I came in complaining of less pain so of course he had to add a bunch of challenging new exercises to my PT regime, which was already tough to begin with. At least I am making progress but I will probably be in pain for the rest of the day, I can already feel it coming on!

I haven’t had this tea for a while. It brews up to be a reddish-brown color and is very sweet and mild. This isn’t really a black tea, definitely more of a red tea. With various sips I am really picking up on the cinnamon/spicy flavor but in my mind there is something fruity about this as well as an underlying woodiness. This is a good one to try if you like you teas without additions because it definitely doesn’t need any.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Have u considered trying acupuncture for your pain? Does your physio/clinic provide that treatment?


I’ve been to acupuncture a few times aleady but it sems like massage is doing more good right now because the muscles are so tight in my arm!

Charles Thomas Draper

Buy an electrical stim machine. Feel better


Thanks Charles :)

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drank Gong Fu Black by Zhi Tea
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Thanks to MzPriss for sending me a sample of this tea. Evidently I forgot I already tried it two years ago when Charles sent me a sample of it (I was looking through the tasting notes and found mine, he he).

I am still finding this to be pretty tasty overall. The aroma and flavor of the tea are very “cocoa” and the finish is slightly winey like a keemun, without being overwhelming with tobacco or bitter notes. I actually found this to be really good with a tiny pinch of raw cane sugar but otherwise I’m drinking it plain. I’m really glad I got to sample this again!

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Got this tisane in the Co-Pilot David’s Sample pack. Such a cute idea to have 5 sample teas to try. I love ginger so I was pretty keen to try this one. Steeped it up for 5 minutes in my Stump teapot after lunch.

I was worried about the stevia in this blend but it’s fairly subtle. The pepper is very spicy and almost obscures the ginger element in here. But yes… there it is. Lots of loads of lovely ginger! This is a nice blend but I’m not sure it has anything much to offer me personally over a cup of plain ginger tea. Peppercorn is supposed to be good for your respiratory system so this might be good when you’re sick. Not sure I would need to keep this around in the permanent stash but it’s been a very enjoyable cuppa.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Those little packs do look cute.


they’re purrrrfect!

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Thanks to J.C. for this tea. I figured if I was going to have another cup of black tea I should get it over with before Noon and then the decafs will have to begin.

Ceylons can be a bit hit or miss for me. I have found some of them to be way too brisk but others are good. This was a pleasant surprise. The cup brews up to be a nice dark amber color. There is a definite “brightness” here but it is also exceedingly mellow and lacks any bitter characteristics. I am getting the woody note, it definitely seems earthy but I don’t know if I’m detecting a balsamic flavor like the company describes.

I tried it plain and then with soymilk and definitely preferred it plain. This is a really good ceylon, I’m glad I got to try it.

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Glad you liked it! I feel like the company’s description are a little too ‘flowery’ lol. I felt like they take liberty with describing things, maybe is an European thing?


Perhaps, or maybe they have an overzealous marketing department :)

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drank English Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea of the morning here. I was at David’s yesterday and I felt like I needed another breakfast tea, so I rather optimistically bought a 4 oz. tin of this without trying it first.

Directions say to steep for 4 -5 minutes so I decided to do mine for 5 minutes. Yuck! I definitely think this is too strong for me, very brisk, bitter in the finish and too assertive in general. Normally I like assams so I have to believe it’s the ceylon doing this, or perhaps 5 minutes is just too long of a steeping time. I’ll report back after trying it at 3 minutes sometime but right now I’m just wondering if they’ll let me exchange this. Icky.

At least it seems to be waking me up…

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I drank too much caffeine today. In addition to the tea I had, there was also a tall Starbucks coffee. I am feeling so sensitive to the effects of caffeine lately and I know I need to do a better job of having less tomorrow.

This seemed like it would be a nice relaxing herbal. I have some plain passionflower tea, and it doesn’t taste like much. You get a lot of the spearmint and lemon verbena in this blend which boosts the flavor content a lot. Regardless, this isn’t something one would choose to drink for the taste alone, but hopefully it will help ratchet down my energy levels a notch or two. I might need another cup of this before I go to bed.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I almost laid down to take a nap this afternoon but figured it might be better if I just stayed awake. The physical therapist seems to think I should be trying to use my right arm more before I go back to work and typing notes on Steepster is good for practicing on the computer.

Here’s another supposed strawberry flavored product that has only very faint notes of strawberry. Also there is sugar in this and I wish I knew how much, and how many calories I was consuming but I figure for 2 teaspoons of matcha mix there can be 1 tsp. of sugar at the most? Who knows.

I made this with unsweetened soymilk and per Lupicias’s instructions, I zapped it in the microwave for one minute and then mixed it up with my milk frother. The lady at the store told me this would be good for my skin. I don’t know about that, but this is pretty tasty, even though the strawberry note is really lacking. I will have to deduct a bunch of points for that but for a sweetened matcha, it’s pretty tasty. I feel like I need to go brush my teeth now.

1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve had this tea for a couple of weeks and am not sure what to do to it to bring forth the promised strawberry notes. The first time I had it, I brewed it like a green (around 175 at 3 minutes) and got a very faint strawberry with a very strong genmaicha flavor. Today I tried brewing it for 30 seconds with boiling water and got a nice marshmallow flavor with less of a strong green tea flavor, but no strawberry to be found.

I have to say I am a bit disappointed since strawberry is the first word of this blend. I was really expecting a lot more strawberry flavor from this though it isn’t a bad genmaicha. I’ll keep experimenting with it. If anyone has a recommended steeping method please let me know and I’ll definitely revise the rating if I can find a way to make this a bit better. I’m not sure why my experience seems to be different than the other tasters. Perhaps it is possible my bag had fewer strawberries, I didn’t see that many in the pouch.

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I didn’t see too many in the pouch either, but I felt that the leaves themselves had been flavored with strawberry. I steeped it for 2.5 mins at 175, and Awkward Soul steeped it for 2 mins at 175. We both seemed to get strawberry from it that way, although I did think it was a light flavoring. I’m sorry you’re finding it difficult. :/


I’ll keep trying :)


Here I imagined this one to have a strong strawberry candy flavour.

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