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Hmm, this isn’t bad, but it doesn’t seem that different from your standard Moroccan mint tea either, aside from the addition of fennel, which I approve of. I was still getting a lot of char flavour as is typical for a gunpowder base and none of the buttery notes that should be there with the laoshan green. I’m not a huge fan of the gunpowder flavour profile, so I would have been quite pleased if this were a bit different.
Flavors: Char, Fennel, Mint, Roasted
Curiously, I had read about this tea last week, when my tea amigo showed up with a sample of this for our monthly Bamboo and Loquat tea session through Meet-up. I flash steeped this puppy up with water at 195. Just as the article I read noted, it smells like cigarettes, contrary to what the author noted, through several infusions, it tasted like cigarettes as well. Not smoky, but astringent, slightly sour and acrid. This tea delivers a wicked cha-qi and my tea amigo noted that this might be a good one for folks who are trying to kick the habit, but neither of us found it terribly enjoyable or tasty after four infusions.
I’d recommend this for folks who want a long lingering buzz, much longer than a cigarette and long for that cigarette taste… if that what it can be called.
Marco Polo TTB
I’m assuming this year’s is the one in the package, although no year is specified.
The name of this tea makes me wonder. I always assumed that most all tea is hand picked, but I guess not? Hehe, that gave me a vision of someone using some sort of lawn mower type contraption to cut leaves. But doesn’t tea grow on trees? =P
The taste of this is light, and I would say that it’s slightly faded a little. The dried leaves were tightly curled into little caterpillar like shapes. They didn’t fully unfurl until the second steep, but those leaves were quite large! Maybe an inch and a half from tip to stem.
As I said though, the taste was somewhat faded for me. The liquor was a pale green and turned more yellow as the steep grew longer. It was faintly sweet and faintly floral, just pretty light all around even when I just let it sit in the cup, it was still quite light. The taste was actually rather one sided for me, but I can’t even tell you want that note is.
The mouthfeel is not full, nor creamy, but it leaves a satisfying finish, clean.
A tea to sake the thirst, but not one that leaves me guessing, or really wanting more.
I made a pumpkin bread with cranberries. It looks quite pretty. I was hoping that this tea would be a robust enough to drink with it, but I guess I’ll have to go look for something a bit heartier.
What a week! Work sucked, house stuff sucked (electrical issues) and well… SUCK!
So today I have been taking time to try some new teas. This one is a winner fo sho. Very mildly earthy, like clean moss. Some coffee and chocolate notes. A lightly sweet finish and nice aftertaste. It’s a little leathery perhaps also. Just little hints here and there.
It’s a loose shou, nice and easy, no prying. Thumbs up!
I bought this tea from LuciTea last winter. Thank you.
I really enjoy dark oolongs, but I think Red Robe has to be my least favorite. This has hints of mineral, earth and carmel. This as a less tangy/fruity bite too it than and lot of the similar oolons. I have at least 1/2 ounce left of this. I will have to compare with the other Red Robe I own.
It’s cold and rainy here, and the list of my usual teas has been becoming boring lately for some reason…maybe the change in season? So I decided to try a new to me tea tonight! And I also wanted shu for the weather..but not the usual suspects lol. Something rich, something warm, rich, comforting! Also had another ridiculously busy day at work with more overtime hours (think I have maxed out my allowed banked hours for the year now) and my head has been hurting on and off today from the cold, rainy weather outside. So this one has to be tried!
A disclaimer – I had some garlicky pasta for dinner lol, so hopefully it doesn’t impair my tasting! Also am replacing the Brita filter and just cleaned the kettle, so this is made with tap water and hopefully not too vinegary water lol. I rinsed the kettle and reboiled it and threw that bunch of water out, so we should be good!
The dry smell is a bit musty, a bit earthy..not overly strong smelling, but definitely a shu pu-erh, in a good way! I did a 25s rinse (steeping Western style), and the leaves smelled a bit fishy still, so did a second 15s rinse and the wet leaves open up to this strong, woody scent! Heady! Mmm a wet forest, perfect for what I want tonight :D so the actual steep was for 30s, the liquor is fairly dark, and there is a smooth woody scent to the cup.
As for the flavor, yes, that darn garlic from my dinner is interfering a fair amount lol, but I can discern a light earthy flavor, not too strong, certainly not overpowering or fishy to me! There is a hint of that olive oil flavor I know from that awesome black tea that Master Han made, what was it…oh, Master Han’s Yunnan Black! Yes, that is definitely in there..but the earthy woodiness tones it down and mutes it. It is a bit musty, but in a good, damp wood way. And I detect a hint of sweetness somewhere in there, kind of in the middle of the sip to the end of it, maybe the fennel making an appearance. I also get a slight linen aftertaste for some reason, I like it, but maybe it’s the mustiness lingering.
Overall, this is tasty and warming. This is such a pure tea, it feels fresh and cozy simultaneously. It is exactly what I needed tonight – grounding, relaxing, comforting, just what I needed. Now I’m even more excited for my incoming Verdant order, which consists mostly of the new pu’erhs they just released! Now that I have experimented with more pu’erh, I am excited to get back to the ones from Verdant, previously the shu’s were a bit much for me with their bold flavors, but now I can appreciate them :)
Anyways, a tasty tea! Not sure how to rate it since the garlic is interfering, so rating subject to change :)
ETA – I resteeped this tea!! Landmark moment lol, I hardly ever resteep anything anymore. I am quite enjoying the calming sensation from this tea, and how it warms me fully, even my emotions. I would consider ordering this again just for the good vibes I get from it! :)
Flavors: Wet Wood
Too lazy to look at the ingredients, but I can see/smell rose, pepper, tea buds, some berries and maybe some jasmine. There is a very nice peppery flavor to this tea. I was hoping that a nice cuppa would improve my headache, but alas, no. This tea is delicious though!
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.
This tea. I taste bread. Honey. Sweet Potatoes. Pastries.
Holy Shanghai! This one is a winner! I have been wanting to try this tea for a while now, and Boychik generously sent me a bunch of samples, including this one a couple weeks back. This one is everything I hoped it would be!
Totally makes up for the other two fails of tea I tried today! I am definitely gonna buy this one once it’s available again!
I feel like I’ve tried a few teas that are quite similar to this one, but the touch of honey in this one makes it different than the others. And in some ways a whole lot better than others! Mmm! I’m gonna enjoy the rest of this sample. Need to re-steep already! Thanks for the sample, Boychik!
Also, on a side note. I really wanted to write this today, because I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately.
I tend to be a thinker, and since my birthday is tomorrow, I’ve been reflecting upon this last year a lot lately. While this past year has kinda been awful in most ways, I feel that I’ve grown a lot from it all, which is good. And I’ve finally started picking myself up from last year, and accepted that my health limits me (seems easy to accept, but as someone who just wants to work all the time it’s hard) in more ways than I want it to this early on. What I’ve been trying to do a lot this year is to try and make the most of every day, and to find the good in every day I have, even when I feel horrible. And as weird as it may sound, tea and this website have been so helpful to me. Not only is it relaxing and comforting to drink teas in general. But trying new teas and writing lame tasting notes actually makes me really happy xD It helps me to focus on something more exciting than how miserable I feel most of the time. Tea and this website, and all of you guys have really helped me this year. Which also probably sounds weird-but getting to know you guys and the tea world in general has improved my life in so many ways. And I think that’s freakin’ awesome for times like this!
You guys seriously cheer me up, whether it be by talking through PMs or just trying teas that you guys send me. You guys are so generous and kind. So I wanted you guys to know that you’ve really helped improve my life. Just thank you so so much! These last few months being involved on here have been great. You guys are the awesome, and I hope you never forget that! ^^
You’ve definitely made my life a bit brighter in some of my darkest times. (:
Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Pastries, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes
Lewis and Clark TTB #18
Oolong and puerh aren’t very well suited for travelling tea boxes, at least those with a deadline. You need to do half a dozen steeps to get the full picture of the tea, which means you can only do a couple of teas per day.
This tea is a good example. I wasn’t terribly impressed by the first steep: it seemed very dense and dark, like a black tea without a whole lot of character. however, on each subsequent steep, a richer, green flavor started to build, making for a fuller, richer tea. The darkness is still there, but now its more of a cello in the orchestra, providing depth underneath the violins, which dominate.I’m on my fourth steep now and it’s still going strong, Unfortunately, It’s nearly 3 PM, which is my self-imposed deadline for caffeinated tea. As a result, I’ll never know how far I could have taken it.
This sample came to me from Terri – thank you so much. Turned out i didnt sample everything you sent me.
Made it western, 3g 8oz 205F 3min.
Tea is rich chocolate and bread from Laoshan Black and puerh, has some faint mineral notes of Dao Hong Pao. its balanced tea and i like it a lot.
Thank you Terri.
Lewis and Clark TTB #9
I’m not absolutely certain this is 2014, but it was received this year, so I’m pretty sure it is.
This tea has a rich, complex nose and taste. The dominant taste is grass, but there are overtones of veggie, fruit, and spice. Rich, buttery full mouth-feel. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish, but it barely detracts from this well-made tea. Second steep is still powerful, but less subtle and a bit too astringent for my taste