208 Tasting Notes
Well, I have not had a tea quite like this before, and it is a whole new wonderful experience.
Rinse, then brewed 10 seconds for a couple steeps so far, and saving the leaves for another time.
Tastes of dried fruits with the freshness of pine and wee hint of smoke; a bit of pleasant bitterness sort of like a green pepper. Smells incredibly like apricots – so lovely. The whole sensation of drinking it is different though, from my usual teas, and I almost feel like I am drinking a magical potion. :)
This is a lovely blend. The ingredients are different from what is listed here but verdant has them listed on their website, which is what I have.
I had ordered this back in June when my husband suddenly asked for some chai, and since I was making an order anyway, added this on.
We didn’t get to try this right away, as before the order arrived it was discovered that my husband had brain cancer, and the past months have been sort of indescribable.
But, this blend has been great! He loves it both plain and with other teas added (I used some zhu rong, which verdant also has made a chai blend with).
I find it tastiest when brewed on the stove for a bit with water, then add milk and brown sugar and let simmer a bit longer. So delicious with just the perfect spiciness.
I ordered more as we have run out, and I am happy for him to have his own favorite tea to enjoy and help keep the calm throughout this time.
Quick rinse and then brewed for around 30 seconds. I re-steeped this a few more times; probably a minute on the second one then much longer and finally left the leaves in for over 15 minutes. No bitterness at any point and although the last cup was considerably weaker, it was still delicious and flavourful.
Tastes like chocolate and caramel, especially at first, and has the tiniest hint of gentle earthiness. Very smooth, with a soft aroma. I am not good at describing more than that, but this has been a favorite of the mandala ripe sampler so far… I like the gentleness of it, especially the smell.
My second to try from the ripe pu’er sampler.
Rinse, rest, rinse again quickly and steep 20 – 30 seconds. Several steeps over a couple days.
Brews a dark, deep brown color.
Tastes very rich and smooth, with milk chocolate, nuts, and some woodiness. Quite tasty and satisfying.
I seemed to enjoy this more the year of the dragon sample I had the other day – not sure why, but I think this had a sweeter aroma.
My first to try from the pu’er sampler I got awhile ago.
Rinse, let rest for 10 minutes, rinse, then brew for 20 to 30 seconds.
Brews a dark reddish brown color. Initially smells dark and earthy but becomes sweeter as the leaves sit and are resteeped.
Tastes very creamy and rich, and reminds me of rice pudding. Quite enjoyable.
So, I have almost finished my tin of this tea and realized I haven’t even reviewed it yet.
I could drink this every morning! Bold, malty and flavorful, yet smooth and sweet. Easy to brew, delicious with milk, and makes a wonderful second cup. Perfect!