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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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