164 Tasting Notes

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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
164 tasting notes

I have been drinking this every morning the past few days. Simply delicious and sweet, and perfect with a dash of cream. Best brewed at the recommended lower temperature.

Dexter

Agreed, this is a good one. I also like it steeped at a lower water temp, but then I’m finding I’m steeping a lot of my black teas at a lower temp. :))

caile

Yeah, I usually steep everything at a bit lower temp also. Probably doesn’t matter so much mostly, but this one really is better that way – otherwise a wee bit bitter or something. :-)

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90

Makes quite a nice smooth cup of tea. It is earthy and sweet, with floral and fruity cocoa notes.

Re-steeped once – delicious.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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95

So, I thought I didn’t like green tea. In the past I’ve had the random bagged green tea which was always terrible and bitter, and the odd cup had in restaurants was OK but nothing special.

Then I recently received this sample pouch from Verdant. I wondered if it would be the usual bitter, finicky tea like I’ve had before and wasn’t sure if I’d even bother with it, but finally decided to give it a try.

I brewed a teaspoon or so in a small glass – a few steeps poured into another glass for drinking. Well…wow…this is like nothing I have ever had before. Incredible! No bitterness or anything unpleasant that I always associated with green tea. This is buttery and nutty with creamy, fresh and sweet green beans. So fragrant and absolutely delicious!

I love this tea and am very much looking forward to having this again. My tea world has been expanded!

Bonnie

Good that you didn’t give up on green tea!

caile

I know! I can’t believe how good this was!

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90
drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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Drank the last of this today with one cup and a re-steep.
Tastes of smooth, light malty chocolate and honeyed caramel – naturally sweet and so delicious.

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80
drank Wild Black Yunnan by DAVIDsTEA
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This is really quite good. I had a couple cups yesterday and then the last of my bag today – one cup and one re-steep each time.

Delicious sweet potato notes – rich and sweet with a bit of earthy malt, and very smooth.

I would have this again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Ellyn

I love this tea!

caile

Yes, and it’s nice that it is so easy to get more of.

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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I made a pot of this last evening as was craving something sweet without caffeine.

Very fragrant like pancakes with maple syrup, and although I have found this to be sweet enough on its own when I’ve had it in the past, this time decided to add a small teaspoon of maple flakes that I happen to have.
The addition of the sweetness and flavor from the maple flakes made this more delicious than I recall from previous cups, and made for a perfect dessert beverage.

This probably smells more flavorful than it tastes really, but it is still good and I think I would continue to add the bit of extra maple (flakes or syrup) when having it again and in the mood for something sweet.

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90

Sweet malt and spicy citrus. Delicious and smooth as usual with a dash of cream.

This is a really good tea and on my repurchase list.
I recently placed an order with Teavivre but decided to go with the Bailin Gongfu this time. I like both but decided that this one will have to wait for now – I do have one last sample packet though so am not entirely out.

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80
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve been drinking this the past few evenings as a dessert type tea after dinner.

Although I don’t normally add sugar to hot tea, I did add a small spoon of brown sugar to the pot and then some cream to the cup once brewed. Very tasty, and the sugar did seem to make the spices sweeter and more flavorful.

I will have to say though, that this batch of tea I bought has a lot more little bits and pieces in it than the last I had – the last bag purchased was only leaves and a few of those candy pumpkins – this has so much more ‘stuff’ and the squash especially is quite fragrant in it.

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90
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
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This is really tasting good this morning. Fruit, light malt and potato, and a bit smokey. Very smooth and so delicious! I’m going to make a couple more cups as one certainly isn’t enough right now.

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98
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Wow – I have not had a tea quite like this before!

Brewed leaf is so earthy and gorgeous with malt, grain and wine notes. The aroma is so fragrant and carries across the room – it almost seems like some sort of baked food item rather than tea.

Taste is so delicious and so flavorful!! Nutty and grainy with sweet, rich toasted malt. Smooth and satisfying.

Beautiful!

TheKesser

I have GOT to try this one. Everything I’ve read about this one makes it sound amazing!

caile

Yes, I had read so much about it also and wanted to try it. I’m glad I finally did – it really is different from anything else I’ve had.

Michelle Butler Hallett

A gorgeous tea. I avoided it for a long time because I didn’t think it could live up to the hype. It’s lovely.

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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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