52 Tasting Notes

Final GTT sample! As with all of the teas, I used half the sample. I’m sorry to say that this one didn’t blow me away like the rest of the samples did. It’s good, but is flat and lacking in body, flavor, and complexity. The incredible floral notes I get from other ShanLinXi teas are pretty lacking in this one. It’s also quite soapy, a trait that is undesirable in gaoshan oolongs. This is almost the same price as the incredible Lishan oolong, so I see no point in buying this.

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Delicious gaoshan. This has a nice, light body with light fruit and florals going on. This is subtler than most gaoshans I’ve had, which is refreshing. I’d definitely consider buying this again. The leaves are a bit more broken than I would like, but that may be because of the small sample size packaging.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
52 tasting notes

thanks Terri…. this is a lot better western brewed. there’s a nice astringency here, more chocolate and less roast. still not sure if I would reorder but it’s good. yunnan blacks are still better.

Terri HarpLady

Glad to be of help, & glad this worked out better for you :)

boychik

So what’s your parameters for western? I like LB but I don’t love it. I stil have couple oz fr last summer.

apt

Terri told me to do 1TBS/6g with 8oz water, 3min steep 5min resteep.

boychik

Thanks, will try later;)

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This one’s really good. I like this better than the Tea Drunk traditional TGY actually. It’s sweet, like caramel or butterscotch, and savory like freshly baked bread. The finish brings out a nice, cooling floral sensation.

This is the first Verdant tea that I would reorder (have also tried LB, Huang Zhi Xiang, and Bai Mu Dan)

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Butterscotch, Caramel, Floral

Terri HarpLady

BTW, I went home & weighed a TB of Laoshan black. I was thinking it would be 3 or 4 G, but it was 6 G!

apt

6g! I’ll go try that right now. Thanks

Terri HarpLady

for 3 minutes. Resteep for 5
:) I hope you enjoy it!

apt

it’s a lot better. heating up the water for the resteep now. thanks terri.

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This is the best gaoshan I’ve ever tried… my friend said it was better than the Alishan that was given to him by a Taiwanese tea judge and the teas tried on farms in Alishan….

it’s creamy, floral, and sweet. the finish isn’t overly floral like some gaoshan teas I’ve had. I’ll miss you, Origin Tea. Thank god I have another packet of this.

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that smells good…. im not going in depth on this one but it’s really good… peach nectar, flowers, chocolate, honey, citrus…

TW blacks are the best. I’m reordering this.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
52 tasting notes

the infamous Laoshan Black….evil….evil enough to make me buy 2oz.

this better be good. if it’s bad I’m quitting this site. I’m already in a bad mood from lack of sleep. This is my first tea in a week. My verdant free sample was a jasmine silver needle, I hate jasmine and silver needle. don’t screw this up LB. my future with Verdant solely relies on this.

no pressure.

dry leaves smell nice, toasty, chocolatey. you’re off to a good start, LB. keep it up. wet leaves smell nice also. the liquor is nice and toasty smelling. orange.

let’s roll.

5g/100ml

10\15\25…

steep 1: tastes like a weak dian hong. weird astringency. nice toasty aftertaste
steep 2: a bit stronger taste. still not very good. super weak body with little flavor.

steep 3: I don’t get the hype. this tea is weak and boring. yes it has pleasant roast/chocolate going on, but I could easily get that from a good roasted oolong, with more flavor. I should try blending Dian Hong with yancha.

steep 4: mAybe I should try western brewing this. gongfu obviously doesn’t work. it’s just alright. nothing amazing about this tea.

eh

yyz

Don’t quit us;). There are a lot of people who don’t get the hype. Though a lot of people love the western brew. I haven’t tried Verdant Laoshan yet. I do have a sample though.

apt

I’m not actually quitting. just disappointed that I bought 2oz of it and it’s not amazing. eh, I can just pack the gaiwan with it and go hard with actual flavor. or just cold brew it.

it’s like weak, low roast cliff teas.

Cheri

:( I hate when I order a tea based on what other people said, then when I try it there’s just no spark for me. It’s depressing.

Terri HarpLady

If it’s any consolation, I don’t care for the gongfu version, I only like this one western style:
1TB + 8oz-ish x 3 min (5 min resteep)
Glad you’re not really leaving us :)

apt

I was kind of expecting it, I remember reading a post on Reddit about how the teas from Verdant have only fragrance, and no body. I definitely didn’t get much body out of this, especially when compared to other blacks (Dian Hong comes to mind).

It’s not a bad tea, but it’s not amazing either.

apt

Terri, I’ll try that! Thanks! Do you know how that translates to grams?

Terri HarpLady

No, LOL, but I’ll try to weigh it later & get back to you on that :)

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drank 1994 Aged Bai Hao by Butiki Teas
52 tasting notes

big thanks to Stacy from Butiki Teas for including this sample in my prize. I definitely see why everyone on here loves your company – it’s great.

grandpa brewed this, no rinse. this was quite nice. very winey, big juicy body with stonefruits in the aroma and taste. I liked the sourness of this tea, it was pleasant.

an interesting tea that should appeal to drinkers of wine and certain coffees (such as natural processed ethiopians). not sure if I would buy this again but I did thoroughly enjoy this one.

Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Red Wine

Cheri

I like this one quite a bit.

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drank Hong Yun Black by Butiki Teas
52 tasting notes

Many thanks to Stacy for sending this to me. An order with you will be placed in the near future!

Dry leaf aroma: Grape, peach, honey
Dry leaf appearance: Largeish leaf. Pretty consistent leaf size
Wet leaf aroma: Fruit intensified, new sweet spice aroma not present in dry
Liquor: Dark,clear orange.
Liquor aroma: wet leaf, less intense
Taste: Fruit and malt cooperate perfectly. Spice is present too. Reminds me of lighter Oriental Beauties. very pleasant

Note 1: Messed up first two steeps, this is a very delicate tea!
Note 2: I think this will make a wonderful cold steeped tea once I finish gongfu

Overall: A lighter black tea that should appeal to oolong and black tea lovers alike. Similar profile to a good Oriental Beauty with some malt.

Flavors: Fruity, Malt

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