Verdant Tea

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Time for my first-ever sheng (and really my first-ever puerh)! Sarsonator sent me a surprise sample along with a note that we should do a tasting together. So hooray! The leaves are large and fluffy and lightly colored. They have a pleasant hay or autumn leaf smell, maybe with some fruitiness included. Time for some gong fu!

Method: 4g tea in 4oz water, 212 degrees, 5s rinse/5/5/10/10s

Rinse (5s): Smells like a pond! I taste dried stonefruit, autumn leaves, very sweet!

Steep 1 (5s): autumn leaves, dried apricot, golden raisin, lightly vegetal

Steep 2 (5s): fruit leather, raisins/prunes, mild autumn leaves, roasty

Steep 3 (10s): very roasty, autumn leaves, sharply vegetal, astringent

Steep 4 (10s): roasty, autumn leaves, dill, parsley, slight floral, buttery

Steep 5 (10s): similar to 4 with some fruit leather

Steep 6 (15s): similar to 2 (dried fruit, autumn leaves)

Steep 7 (20s): light autumn leaves, herbs, citrus

Steep 8 (30s): fruit leather, sweet, leaves

Steep 9 (60s): surprisingly not that strong or different, similar to 8, astringent

Steep 10 (2m): deeper fruit leather, autumn leaves, astringent

Overall, there wasn’t that much flavor variation between steeps, which makes me think that Sars’s method of combining steeps into a mug may be better suited to this, or even a western-style steep. The flavor was largely fruit leather (which is like concentrated dried fruit) and autumn leaves with a roasted edge. Quite yummy! The only issue I found with long steeps was some astringency, but that may have not been the case if I’d done a long steep at the beginning. Thanks to Sarsonator for the sample and for trying it out with me! :D

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Dried Fruit, Herbs, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Sarsonator

Awesome notes!!!!! Next time, I am hunting for herbs!!!!

boychik

Yay for first sheng tasting!

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I did this as a tea tasting with Cameron B. We prepped the tea similarly and then compared notes. Here are mine -

Method: 3 g, 3 oz, 208 degrees, rinse-5-7-10-10 seconds (blended to one cup), ru kiln gaiwan

Aromas: dried apricot, raisins, steamed rice, something roasty

Flavor: This is a winner, fo sho. This has a lovely and very pronounced fruity flavor and a really intense sweetness that lingers. As I said to Cam: I am pretty much chugging this because it’s so good.

The 5-6-7th steeps (10-15-20) are super also. These have less fruit and more of a brothy flavor. They’re very comforting. These steeps are more buttery. Cam said she gets some specific herbs. I can’t pick out the specifics, but this reminds me of a light soup.

It’s kind of like starting with dessert and then having your dinner. Which totally works for me! Thanks to Cameron B for tea tasting with me!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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TTTTB 4/8

Glad I got a chance to try this because I’m always hearing great things about Laoshan Black blends. I was a little hesitant because of the rose but it was not too rosy. The bergamot was more in the front and very nice. I don’t think it would be one I order because I’m normally not in the mood to drink roses. I kept enough to try a small cup iced and it is lovely and I didn’t notice any rose this time just the crisp and bready. Someday I will place an order, I don’t feel I’ve matured enough on my tea journey to take the time and appreciate Verdant teas enough to merit an order.

The only reason I can write these reviews right now is because I already had them pulled up to review before Steepster started acting up and it is helping me be busy as I wait for the AC guy.

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89

My first Verdant tea. When I opened the package, I got a scent of honeysuckle. It comes out more brewed. The flavour is nicely sweet and floral. There is a bit more of a vanilla or cream flavour as it cools.

Flavors: Honeysuckle

Stephanie

Wow, you are just now trying Verdant? I’m shocked!

Lariel

I was waiting for the 5 for 5 sampler to come back.

Stephanie

Good call

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No notes yet. Add one?

Flavors: Honeysuckle, Whiskey

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i don’t know if you guys know this.. but i love this tea. slightly smokey…delicious and perfect with a SPLASH (not a tablespoon variaTEA) of maple syrup :) i’ll be sad when this one is gone…unless i have a YS order in by then….or maybe even still lol

boychik

I use you trick. It’s like magic:-)

MzPriss

I have some of this I haven’t tried yet.

Cheri

Just a few drips of real maple syrup does the trick. I love smokey teas that way.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
4674 tasting notes

nom nom nom….i needed this today as a pick me up! Not much to say here beyond the fact that i STILL LOVE THIS. it’s just one of those teas that makes me happy without a whole lot of fuss :)

Cavocorax

If you ever stop loving this, it may be endtimes. :p

MzPriss

It’s loveable and necessary.

Sil

Hahaha yeah… It’s just comforting…

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drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
234 tasting notes

Another tea sent to me by the lovely and benevolent Sarsonator! Apparently she doesn’t much care for this one. It looks like a mix of various stuff. There are huge pieces of something that resembles bark, is this what carob looks like? It seems to be mostly dried orange peel with some wild rice, elderberries, and spices mixed in. It smells quite similar to Elder Grove by Whispering Pines, probably because of the cinnamon. I steeped 1.5-2 teaspoons for 5 minutes.

Wow! Brewed, this smells exactly like hot, gooey cinnamon rolls with orange glaze on top. Yummmmm. I must say, I don’t understand how anyone could not like this tea! It tastes like a combination of cinnamon rolls and apple pie! Somewhat similar to Elder Grove but with pastry notes and orange included. This is super delicious! Sarsonator, you crazy! ;)

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cream, Orange, Pastries, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sarsonator

LOL. Awesome review! I’ll give this one another try. But I dunno if I can make friends with the cinnaBLARGH!!!

TheTeaFairy

i do like your review cameron…but oh, no, no, no…this tea did NOT sit well with me. All I could taste was CORIANDER !!!

And though I like coriander in my food, cannot stand it in a hot beverage….but I’ m so happy you had such a great experience with it :-)

Cameron B.

Oh, I forgot you don’t like cinnamon. That makes a lot more sense now. :P

Cameron B.

TeaFairy, hmm I’m not super familiar with coriander, but I didn’t really get any other spice besides cinnamon. Hrm!

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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94

I loved this tea. very fresh and tender like young-picked peas from the garden. This is the Gyokuro of oolongs in my opinion.

Flavors: Creamy, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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I recently ordered an ounce of this tea.
Its certainly a good quality tea as usual with verdant. For some reason the dry leaf aroma and and potency of aroma and flavor of the tea itself was not nearly as strong as early spring tieguanyin that I have had from verdant a few years back. I suppose this could be due to many factors, including the time that passed between harvest and when I sampled the tea, as well as temperature influences during shipping.

Flavors: Flowers

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68

wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. The smell is very menthol. The taste is subtle.

Flavors: Menthol

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

When I opened this bag a wave of pure dark chocolate hit me. Holy Shanghai it smells amazing!
As for flavor it is pretty nutty. The chocolate is more subtle compared to the nuttiness.
This tea is basically genmaicha with hints of dark chocolate. Not as amazing as I thought and hoped it would be. But nutty and roasty flavors overpower everything else. Well not horrible, just not what I expected, and I probably won’t buy this again.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Nutty, Roasted

Mandy

Ugh, I just need to try this so bad. The overpowering nutty sounds a bit dissapointing though.

Ost

If you like genmaicha you’ll probably like it.

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drank Orchard Spice by Verdant Tea
1911 tasting notes

I finally polished off the rest of the sample that OMGsrsly sent me of this one. Remembering that I had wished for more Zhu Rong in the flavor, I threw in a few Black Dragon Pearls from Teavivre… both chocolatey yunnans, so I think it wasn’t too crazy. I do think it added a bit of body, but the apple spice mixture was still the majorly dominant note. Glad I got to try this one (thanks again!) but I don’t think I will restock at this time. There is a lot of spices going on here, and perhaps too many for me. Maybe a case of too many ingredients?

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I received a sample of this tea from the verdant tea 5 for 5 special.

Utilized the entire bag in a 120ml pot, one rinse, and a 5s steep using just boiled water standing for a minute. Added 5s to each steep until about 4th or 5th steep. Initially, I felt a great punch of caffeine from the first steep that I’m not really used to with teas. Keep in mind I’ve only had maybe 2 or three pu-er in the past. Unfortunately, this tea didn’t really live up to the 20+ steepings that I read it could do per verdant’s website. This may be due to my own inexperience with steeping pu-er.

I also noted that almost right away during the first steep, I tasted the flavor I usually get with certain oolongs after the 6th or 7th steep or with any low-grade tea steeped western style for more than a few steepings. This flavor continued throughout the steeps I’ve had with this tea. I did notice some honey elements to smell and almond elements to taste, but not much else.

I was unfortunately disappointed with this tea. I may be steeping this wrong as I am pretty new to gong fu methods of making tea, or I may just not like pu-er’s. Either way, I’m glad I tried it, I probably wouldn’t buy it though.

Flavors: Almond, Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I’m pretty sure the sample of this I’m drinking was from boychik Thanks!!!

I’m glad to get to revisit this one. It was one of the teas that made me think oxidized oolongs aren’t really my thing. I LOVE a good Dancong, but this one is darker and less complex. I get woody plummy notes, and a nice sweetness. It is pleasant and everything, but just doesn’t blow me away like some teas do :)

boychik

I have to revisit. I think I have another sample. I tried Da hong Pao recently and it just blew my mind. I thought I was in a happy place with my Yunnan blacks and Puerh… Sigh…

Sil

feel like i should try this one even though i’m not overly fond of oolongs

apt

this isn’t dancong, it’s yancha.I don’t think Verdant is known for having good yancha.

Stephanie

Right, I was just comparing this one to Dancong, which I know I like very much :)

apt

Jing Tea Shop has really good Dancong and Yancha if you want to try some

Stephanie

Sweet, I’m always up for trying new Dancongs!

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drank Zhu Rong Yunnan Black by Verdant Tea
4674 tasting notes

I wanted to finish this up today as even though this isn’t a sipdown it IS one of the January teas i needed to finish for my other goal. Now i’m down to only 10 teas left from January to get to that other goal of a cupboard that is only 6 months old :) Still loving this one even though i’m beginning to think that Yu Lu yan Cha has surpassed it in terms of how much i want it. I should do a comparison this weekend or something to confirm. Either way, i’ve still got 4oz of each, plus LB haha

Sarsonator

Someday, when I run out of this, I will probably cry.

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I don’t really get this tea. It doesn’t taste like much and the taste that is there is subtle and leafy, but not really in a good way. Tastes nothing like the Shu Pu’erh tea I’ve had before, and this is my first Sheng. I’m not a huge fan of Pu’Erh in general, but this is worse than others that I’ve tried. Don’t take my negative review as canon, however, I’m sure some people really enjoy this.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Holy wow! I received a sample of this tea and decided to give it a try after having some problems trying to brew the WP arbor mist version.
I followed the package instructions by using boiling water, 10 second rinse followed by 5 second steeps in my ingenuitea.
I’m still getting used to the flavor, but the sheng feeling is great! My tongue got a little bit tingly there for a bit!
I definitely have to try brewing the arbor mist the same way.

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #20

This oolong might not have been steeped perfectly, but there are better oolongs from Verdant that I was able to sample. The first flavor that hits is a tangy, tart green vegetable, I’m not sure which, but then a cream flavor followed by creamed corn. Verdant describes this one as kettle corn (just like the other oolong I had the other day) and I’d have to agree, if only on the end of the sip and not what hits the tongue first. A very sweet creamy aftertaste. It’s a good one! I can’t forget that Verdant’s Autumn tiguanyin was a magical thing. If I was steeping these perfectly, I’d have much better experiences with these.
Steep #1 // 3/4 tsp. // mug 3/4 full // 10 min after boiling // 45 sec

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33

I did not enjoy the taste of this tea. The smell of the tea threw me off before even trying it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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Sad sipdown!

I decided to have this one (I found it when I was organizing my cupboard. I seriously need to go through EVERYTHING again to make sure my spreadsheet is up to date!) because my tummy is angry and the rest of my body is angry and it smells so good. Tulsi and cinnamon and puerh, OH MY!

I steeped it for some unmeasured amount of time, and added some honey. Mmm… I’ll definitely have more steeps of this today. And it’s on my list of Blends To Get from Verdant.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Tulsi

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
4674 tasting notes

I had this one again today since my LB only got picked up from the post office today. I have one serving left that i’m saving for a comparison with the newer harvest just for the fun of it. it’s funny how originally i didn’t love this one and now, this and LB and a couple others are my reach for teas. not much else to say about this one until i do a compare :)

boychik

I love this one. I have to place an order for it since it’s Terri’s sample

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T&C TTB Rd 2

I want to like oolongs…I really do. However, they all seem to have this salty note to them that I can’t quite get past.

If I ignore the saltiness, this one is actually rather tasty. It’s fairly mellow and the flavours remind me of the smell of a forest after the rain…but I still can’t quite enjoy the cup, so it’s not a favourite.

I’ll refrain from rating it since my palate clearly isn’t tuned for oolongs.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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