199 Tasting Notes

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So far, all the Taiwanese teas I have tried seem to have that distinctive spice note both in taste and aroma. I’m not really sure what it is, but it is very unique, aromatic and flavourful.

This is fragrant, fruity and spicy, but also smooth and creamy with notes of honey, and somehow savory as well. Seems bolder and more full bodied in a way, than the TTC golden dragon tippy black tea I had earlier, but both are similar to me. Delicious!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89

Large curled leaves with a slight golden hue.
Brewed aroma is fruity like apricots and raisins, and has a spice note I first encountered in butiki’s taiwanese wild mountain black, also which carries over into taste.
Very flavorful of spice, fruits and honey. It is very much reminiscent of pumpkin pie, as TastyBrew noted in her review, and so delicious and smooth, especially with added cream. Yum!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Oolong is not my favorite type of tea any longer. I’m not sure why. Ironically, I only drank this type of tea for a couple years and then stopped, and now there is something that just doesn’t appeal to me – that oolong fragrance perhaps. Anyway, once in awhile I try one, and since Verdant sends the occasional oolong sample in my orders, decided to try this today.

Fragrance is slightly floral and savory. Taste is sweet, creamy and slightly vegetal/seaweedy. And probably also a lot of complexity that I am not good at describing.

A really nice tea, and I’m glad to have tried it. Not my favorite tea type though, so wouldn’t keep it around simply for that reason.

Sil

BOOOOO-long! just like blerg-amot ;)

caile

lol
Every time I see bergamot written it always looks like blergamot to me now.

Sil

:D I’m changing the interwebs one word at a time..

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90
drank Yunnan White Jasmine by Verdant Tea
199 tasting notes

Finished off the last of this. White teas are not my favorite, but this was lovely, and I did enjoy drinking it.
Very fragrant, and a clean, crisp taste, with a bit of sweet spiciness. Re-steeps lovely.

Not one I’d keep in stock simply because its not something I tend to reach for.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
199 tasting notes

I haven’t had this in awhile, and am pleasantly surprised by how nice it is. Mildly fragrant, and tastes of malt, honey and a bit of raisins. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

This is the first darjeeling tea I can recall having had in loose leaf, and was a sample pack I’ve had for awhile but hadn’t got around to trying.

Brewed leaf aroma is beautiful, and so fragrant of raisins and stewed apricots in honey. The actual tea in the cup aroma is much lighter, and more floral and earthy. Taste is floral honey, and a bit creamy and earthy/woody. Fresh, light and tasty, but quite different from the teas I usually drink, which tend to be bolder I guess.

A lovely light cup of tea which I enjoyed drinking. I wouldn’t keep this in my cupboard as there are other teas I enjoy more, but wouldn’t turn down a cup if offered.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Reviewing autumn 2013 harvest.
This is a really tasty green tea – sweet and a bit savory and toasty without any bitterness.

I’ve had the summer version of this as well, and if I can recall correctly, this autumn version somehow seems heavier and darker green in flavour as compared to the summer one.

I have a bit more of this on order, and will also look forward to trying the summer harvest again once that arrives.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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95
drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
199 tasting notes

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The first time I made this I used too much leaf and found it somewhat bitter. But when I made it again using less leaf to water ratio and a lower steep temperature, I had a delicious and fragrant peachy green tea without the bitterness of my first attempt. Not a lot of jasmine, perhaps just a hint. Re-steeped perfectly. Lovely and refreshing!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

I really like these, mixed 2/3-1/3 with straight jasmine pearls! SO GOOD!

caile

That sounds like it would be good!

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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black, both straight and some flavoured. I mostly drink black teas with a small dash of milk or cream but sometimes just clear.

I am enjoying finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

Recently I discovered that I enjoy green teas so am exploring those a bit also.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut,
Dislikes: rooibos, bergamot, seaweed, licorice

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