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My second wuyi from Verdant, this one reminds me of the first infusion of the Teaave dong ding, in that it tastes like brown sugar with some vegetal notes. The dong ding; however, transforms into a beautiful nectar flavor, whereas this one is pretty much the same throughout. A little boring, in my opinion, but not bad. Gee, I think I’m getting quite snobby! Ha!
From the Sheng and Shou TTB.
I picked this one because of the unique look of the leaf. Big wide flat leaves make up the dry leaf, like an autumn leaf pile pressed together.
It brews up with a nice amber color. It smells fruity sweet, with a bit of that fireplace smell you get when people in your neighborhood start using their fireplaces. The flavor is sugarcane sweet with a grilled smokiness, and it’s silky in texture. Later steepings were all honey butter. Quite nice. There were, however, some weird floaties in the liquor that I couldn’t identify and took away from how nice the tea was, but were probably just part of the stem or leaf. Despite that, this was a nice tea.
Brewed with a test tube steeper. No rinse as recommended. Steeping times: 40, 50, 60, 75, 90, 180.
Such a wonderful aroma. The dry leaf smells of malt and wood, and the wet leaf of sweet potatoes and a little hot fudge. I started craving sweet potatoes… The liquor is amber-colored, mostly clear (fuzzies from the leaves), creamy-textured, and full-bodied. Depending on my mood, the flavor profile switches back and forth between pine and dark chocolate. Always sweet, if on the woody/malty side, but never bitter or to woody. There is a sweet cinnamon aftertaste. Cozy feel, seems to be best for late autumn or a cold, rainy spring day.
Uhhhh I’m pretty sure I have written notes on this tea before, but perhaps it was under a different name…….. anyhow, drank this the other day. Nice and beany but I oversteeped so it was way too strong, bitter, and astringent. Whoops. And because I have no time during the week, I definitely did not manage to get another infusion out of the leaves, which is kind of sad :(
Wow, there are a lot of flavors listed for this tea, but when I tried it last night, I didn’t get much complexity. I’ve been interested in exploring yancha lately after trying and enjoying the DHP from Nannuoshan. I still think of the ones I’ve tried, I like that one best. This one and the one from Teavivre had a nice roast flavor and were sweet, but not much else. This one also has a nice medium viscosity. It was good, but didn’t seem special. I ordered two other yancha from Verdant with this one, so I’ll see if those are more interesting. Overall, not terrible, but not exciting.
I received this from the Verdant Blend Club for April, and this is also available on their website. There is a lot going on in this tea due to the many ingredients, but the sweetness from the Laoshan Black and licorice root are ever-present, with the herb flavors (from the rosemary, thyme, and oregano) coming through more toward the middle-end. The typical chocolaty notes from the Laoshan black tend to meld very well with everything, and there are some very subtle fruity notes here from the orange peel, grapefruit peel, and bergamont… but only a hint. Some sips are sweeter than others, especially as this tea cools. I’m really enjoying the licorice sweetness which tends to hit me in the back of the mouth/throat, while the other flavors are more ‘forward’ on the toungue/mouth.
I found this to be fairly complex and unique and I recommend you try it if you are a fan of licorice sweetness, herb flavors, or if you just can’t get enough of Verdant’s Laoshan Black variations.
Oh boy, this won’t be a fair review given the fact that I bought this over 1.5 years ago. It’s been sealed up until now, but still, I’m anticipating a stale cup.
Previous reviewers note chocolatey and fruity notes, however, I don’t detect any of those, so perhaps those notes have not survived after all this time. What I do detect, though, are dry, earthy notes, mostly woods and minerals. I’m not a fan of the mineral notes you typically get from Wuyi oolongs, and neither am I a fan of pu-erh, so I’m surprised I ever even picked this up. Maybe I thought combined with the LB and Bai Mu Dan, this would work out.
I definitely got aged fruity flavor but only the cusp I believe this tea will be a lot better in the near future and if I am not mistaken white2tea carried this cake recently which is always a good sign. There was a nice scent still slight yiwu with a mild aged fruity smell and it being middle aged still had some bitterness. My issue was this tea was terrible thin and not texture at all. My aged tea benchmark is White Whale and personally I prefer white whale, which is thicker better longevity and more energy. This tea gave me a relaxed tea drunk but didn’t knock me on my ass thankfully as I have work to do tonight still.
In conclusion I don’t think it was worth the price I paid for the sample but my aged tuition tea bill is a lot small than other categories.
Flavors: Fruity, Red Fruits
I sipped this grandpa-style from a travel mug while playing a new boardgame with a friend, so I wasn’t paying a whole lot of attention, but it’s very tasty. Sweet, toasty, floral, vegetal, yum. It stood up very well to the grandpa-style steeping; I’ll definitely be doing that again.
Also, I can definitely recommend the game! It’s called Deus and we quite enjoyed it.
Holy Shiitake that has sooo many reviews hahah! I had no idea this was so popular.
Anyways unto the review. This was by far the best 5 dollars I’ve spent. This was the first I sampled from their tea box. This was delicious! I paired this with some belgian chocolate and it was perfect. The small ebony curls carry a smoked scent and char. I brewed them in my gaiwan. I washed once and allowed them to breathe. The aroma was amazing! It was of a dark currant, burnt sugar, and raisins. The flavor was incredibly bold. It was a deep malt with raspberry chocolate. The steeped leaves were mostly full and unfurled to long beautiful strands. I absolutely love this tea and will be stocking up!
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Plums, Raisins, Rum
I drank this one (#22) yesterday with the same method that I used on the Early Spring: lazy man’s gongfu, dumping each of my short gaiwan steeps into a big cup to drink. I will say I let this one steep a bit longer each time than the last one, mostly because I was concerned I wasn’t getting enough out of the leaves. Whether that is to blame for my tasting is unknown (we are talking 10 second instead of 5 second steeps, still increasing by 5 seconds each time, though).
Basically, I found this one to be kind of lackluster, especially in comparison to the Early Spring from the same year. It was less floral, less sweet, less buttery, less spectacular. Way more vegetal. It was a reasonably tasty, fine, servicable cup of tea, but I expect mind blowing from these oolongs. I thought I had some 2013 spring picking, but apparently I only had the early spring picking? I don’t quite know what’s up. Only the 2011 picking is in my ratings. I did have a few different Autumn pickings from previous years, so maybe that’s what I am thinking of. (What do you know, I found my receipt from spring of 2013 and it only has the early spring and the previous year’s autumn pickings)
Anyway, provisional ratings but I will definitely have to try this one again. Equusfell if you are reading this you definitely have to try the early spring (you can come get a sample from me if you want); I hadn’t tried this one and didn’t realize that this picking may not be as great as it should be.
Amaretto scented incense
Sound appealing? well then this is your tea. I will not speak in absolutes but I am rather bothered I got so much of this after my first impressions I can’t imagine wanting to drink this again anytime soon. Maybe as a result it will age into something better but at the moment I can’t see myself giving it a second chance to tweak parameters any time soon as I have an over abundance of good tea majority of which I have yet to even try.
One of the only sheng I have dumped after single digit steeps. Once again only had one short experience with this tea but it tasted like smoky incense initially then after 2 steeps I tasted a artificial amaretto/marzipan profile that was a weird sweet and off putting for me personally. This is more of a note for myself than a rant. I have been wrong in the past but I cant see my tweaking parameters changing my enjoyment of this.
Flavors: Marzipan, Smoke
Oh man this semester I swear. I mean I am enjoying school but, eesh. Then again I did procrastination and have to make a story board and quick 2 min flash animation….. YAY!face-plants.
Enjoying some of this today. One of these days I will enjoy it when I get it fresh, but still this tea, while a little temperamental to brew, is so worth it. Light pale liquor with delicate, yet bold flavors of greens, chestnut and sweet vanilla.
I made this one in my gonfu cup, and am surprised to see it come out so well. Last time I brewed it, I almost ruined it; and that was in a glass jar, not a hotter porcelain cup. I wonder if this tea gets less temperamental as it ages
Either way it is a nice cup to drink on this gray day doing homework.
Flavors: Apple, Chestnut, Green, Smooth, Vanilla