1692 Tasting Notes
A few months ago my husband forwarded an email to me from his office. A lady in another division found out that I like tea (overlook the fact that I didn’t say “am obsessed with”) and was asking what companies I like. She sent a list of companies from whom she orders, and this was one of the few on the list I was unfamiliar with.
Their website is gorgeous. Their Facebook feed makes my newsfeed pretty every day. The owners of the company were stylists for Martha Stewart Living, and the husband of one owner was a stylist for Anthropologie, so you can guess how gorgeous everything is.
I ordered this one because I was curious about the unusual flavors they have combined here. I chose the two ounce bag to make it more affordable, though I think their tins are heavenly looking. (You can choose for it to come in a box instead of a bag for three dollars extra.)
The dry leaf is positively beautiful. Serving this at a tea party, I would definitely want to display the leaf in a pretty container prior to making the tea. The aroma is mostly spearmint.
The steeped tea is pale gold in color and now smells primarily of star anise, though as it cools the spearmint steps forward a bit again. At no time is it powerfully minty like a Moroccan Mint, but rather it is a nice refreshing breeze blowing through softly.
A guest joined me, and she said she really dislikes licorice and thought she would not enjoy this tea, but she ended up liking it.
My tea came in a pretty bag with brown paper tape with blue pattern. The instructions are handwritten on the label and it was tied up with a pretty ribbon. They also included a generous sample of White Nixon, another of their white tea line. Everything was packed in lots and LOTS of brilliant yellow/gold tissue paper.
Their tins are amazingly beautiful, but I am curious why adding a tin to your order adds a different price depending which tea you are ordering. If the tin is worth $18, why does the addition of the same tin add $17 to one tea order, but $22 to another?
As pretty as the tins are, I will save that splurge for when I am rich as Croesus and can have a whole row of them. For now the bags are pretty enough!
Like the other SBT blends, this has a nice tea base that doesn’t disappear under the flavorings and the flavorings taste really natural to me, but whether the flavor emphasis shifts like another reviewer mentioned, I can’t say.
I made this tea Sunday morning rather early. My son’s girlfriend came over and drank three glasses in a row. When hubby passed through later, I asked him if he would like to try some. He said he had already had three or four glasses of it. When I checked the dispenser in the refrigerator, it was nearly empty already and I had made a full gallon.
So it must be good! But I still don’t know if the flavors change when it sits overnight! I will make it again and hide a bit of it!
I have been very slow in getting my sampler from Verdant tasted and reviewed. Let this be the beginning of setting that straight!
This tea knocked my socks off this morning. I made it western style and didn’t even look at their recommendations for steeping, which I hear is a big No No for Verdant Teas. So this went in my 22 ounce pot and I gave 203 F for about three minutes, except I was making toast and omelets at the same time, forgot to set a timer, and had to estimate how much time had passed.
In spite of all this, the first sip totally wow’ed me. I think my hair blew back. Nutty, deep, dark, rich, and yes, yes, the warmth of ginger with none of the bite as they said so aptly, and yes, burnt caramel. Creamy, smooth, full bodied, and in short, amazing.
I looked at hubby and said, “Oh my goodness! This tea is amazing!” To which he replied, “I know. I already had three cups.”
Not long ago, Red Leaf Tea announced that they had received some puerh by mistake and we could have it for the cost of shipping it to us. I signed up and received mine yesterday. My daughter got some as well and had it shipped here because she works twelve hour shifts and the apartment complexes have those postal boxes like bird houses and I am concerned that they get too hot.
This has led me to wonder if I should order tea in the summer at all. My mail is left in a box on my house, under the porch, but in the meantime it has traveled quite a bit and sat in the back of a hot mail truck before arriving. Does anyone else think this might make a difference? I have never noticed a tea not tasting good and attributed it to heat, though, so maybe it doesn’t matter. Thoughts?
Anyway, I love making puerh the way Bonnie suggested and have enjoyed it very much. She has a cup hot and then puts the leaves in cold water to steep in the fridge. It is too blooming hot here this morning to drink anything hot, so I actually just poured some hot water on two tuocha, left it a minute, and filled the pitcher the rest of the way with cold water and cold steeped it.
The resulting brew is quite dark, so I poured a glass and refilled the pitcher with water. The tea is SO good and refreshing! My friend was astonished a few days ago when I told her I loved iced puerh, no sweetening, but you really should try it! It is a very refreshing drink, and my tummy was a little angry about Chinese food last night followed by popcorn with coconut oil and butter on it. The tea seems to have helped a lot!
I really love Huang Shan Mao Feng teas. They are so excellent with Asian food. At first taste way back when I didn’t believe it would be so, since it was such a gentle, subtle tea. Somehow it still makes itself shine with food and it doesn’t “get lost” in the flavors. Instead it complements meals nicely. Two steeps of this tonight with hubby for a total of 44 ounces.
I served this as the second tea at writers’ group last night. At the rate we drink tea during our meeting, I can not believe I have so few sipdowns! No exaggeration, we regularly finish two LARGE tetsubins and sometimes have a gong fu session or a small Beehouse pot to boot!
Not much to add on this one except to say it is a lovely green with very nice strawberry flavor, very drinkable with or without food, and everyone in the room seemed to enjoy it a lot.
I only bought one each of this one and Rainbow Sherbet, but I may get more of this one. I am DEFINITELY getting more Earl Grey Iced, or are we supposed to call it “Sorry, Captain”? And pink lemonade, more pink lemonade flavor!
I made a gallon this morning and I am watching the level of the dispenser drop rapidly and steadily. Hubby is working in the chicken pen (which they don’t stay in, they free range but you still have to do some maintenance) and it is HOT and sticky. He said he likes this one better than Rainbow Sherbet, which he did like, just not as much as this one, and I think Pink Lemonade flavor is still his favorite of this year’s batch.
If I bought these one at a time, I wouldn’t feel so free to make them so often, but when you buy ten at a time it really comes into line with the price of soda, which isn’t good for you and makes your teeth feel icky. Buying ten at a time, they come down to 1.99 per gallon of really delicious tea. (Autocorrect just changed delicious to devious. Frank? Is there something you’d like to tell us? >grin<) That is cheaper than soda unless you happen to hit a big sale. And more enjoyable. And healthier.
Thank you, Frank! It is so easy to make, and you really put a lot of thought and care into your blends. We appreciate it!
We just finished a gallon of this one today. I always make a gallon at a time and it often disappears in just 24 hours. I have the Pottery Barn drink dispenser that looks like a vintage cocktail shaker and the small sized one (1.9 gallons) fits nicely on the top shelf in my fridge. It makes it super easy and convenient to keep filling up your tea glass!
This is nice, and doesn’t taste like tea with strawberry flavor. It actually tastes like tea with a hint of strawberry sherbet. I am sure the other flavors are there, too, but I noticed the strawberry most because it seemed to linger on the back of the sip. Very nice.
Last night was writers’ group night at my house, which means I make lots of tea! This was the first tea served. I made it in my large Teavana tetsubin with the warmer.
Before serving the tea, I told a few people the story of Nina’s, how they began and how they made perfume for Marie-Antoinette, how the tea we would be drinking was flavored with apples from the King’s kitchen garden at the palace of Versailles.
One of our members does not care for green apple flavor, but the rest were effusive in their praise of this tea. A couple of members had come in late and did not know what we drinking, so I know they were not affected by the romantic tale of Nina’s Tea, yet they actually interrupted the group to say, “I don’t know what this is, but it is GOOD!”
Wow! I am the first to drink this? I thought everyone would be geeking out on Patrick Stewart’s birthday last week and drinking it! And hurrah hooray, Steepster is letting me back on after not recognizing my iPad for a day or two.
Every Southern Boy Iced Tea I have made so far has given me a whole gallon, not just two quarts. It resteeps beautifully, and I combine the two steeps right away rather than having one stronger and one weaker steep.
This one surprised me. I know Frank doesn’t do anything by half, like just making a bergamot black tea and putting Captain Picard on the label. But this has a special candy flavor to it that was weird, but I loved it! It makes the tea taste sweeter than it really is, based on sugar added. I would say it reminded me of the great big pieces of grape bubble gum from my youth that were really soft. Don’t expect a plain Earl Grey experience here.
The gallon disappeared in record time, lasting just under 24 hours. I am probably going to have to re-order this one, though hubby likes the Pink Lemonade Iced Tea best of the new bunch. I am still hoping for Razzleberry Iced to come back, too!