Verdant Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

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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

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tastes like green tea… maybe I don’t know oolongs after all!

Flavors: Cut grass, Vegetal, Wheat

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49

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.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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88

Jasmine isn’t always my thing, but guests seem to enjoy it, thus I have a yixing dedicated to it.
This tea doesn’t disappoint, nothing artifical in the taste or smell, just a lovely, delicious white jasmine.

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91

Good shit right here. Finished it off and shed a wee tear… well worth every sip. Wuyi Oolongs never dissapoint.

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81

10/19/14 evening yixing 12g/8oz/short steeps/212F

Tangy smoke and leather. Yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 12 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Christopher F.

sounds lovely.

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74

10/20/14 morning gong fu 5.5g/100ml gaiwan/212F
The more I drink this tea, the less I enjoy it. The wet leaf smells wonderful, so I think I just need to figure out the right brewing. Gong fu this morning and yesterday didn’t show it well, so I think I’ll try western.

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9/19/14 sunday yixing. 8g tea/8oz water per steep/short steeps
Earthy dry mineral goodness. Surprisingly light, possibly because my teapot is very young. A taste like pine forest after rain.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g
boychik

decrease water volume. i do 6-8g for 100 ml for shou. especially its aged, so not that strong. Just my 2c ;)

AnnaEA

I’ll try that. I think I want to get a smaller pot for puer – the 8oz is nice for a get together, but too much for me alone.

boychik

if you are going to get one, i recommend not to exceed 130ml. 100ml i find is ideal for 1 person. Btw, good to see you ;)

AnnaEA

Thanks! It’s nice to be back online. A smaller pour has really brought out the richness in this tea, and some nice berry notes.

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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.

boychik

mmm pumpkin bread w/cranberries

Cheri

Yeah, that pumpkin bread sounds yummy

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Marco Polo TTB

It’s yummy. What else to say? Smooth, slightly floral and of a medium-ish intensity. Probably preferable as an everyday drinker.

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92

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!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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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.

boychik

whats your parameters? i find it most enjoyable gongfu with short steeps. first time i tried western i poured down the cup.

TeaTiff

I was at work so western and 195ish for 3 mins. After reading dr Jim’s note I need to revisit this with gong fu session.

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84

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

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88

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!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Chai Spice by Verdant Tea
180 tasting notes

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.

Sil

i really should try this one sometime. thanks for the reminder, and what a lovely thing to do for your husband. I send positive vibes your way as much as possible hugs

caile

Sil, yes you should try, it’s good – great alone or as a blend in my opinion depending on if you want a bit of caffeine.
And I know you do – thank you! :)

Anlina

Eep, brain cancer. That is some very scary stuff (I unfortunately have experience with it with my family.) I hope your husband’s prognosis is good.

TeaBrat

Best wishes for you and your hubby xox

Veronica

I wish you and your husband the best. (((hugs))))

caile

Anlina, I’m so sorry that you also have had such an experience – it is certainly not easy. And thank you so much, we hope as well.

caile

Thank you so much for your wishes, TeaBrat! xo

caile

Thank you Veronica! Your thoughts and hugs are so appreciated. :)

greenteafairy

Sending you and your husband lots of good thoughts.

caile

So very much appreciated, greeteafairy – thank you!!

Tealizzy

Sending you hugs!!!

caile

Your hugs are so welcome, Tealizzy. xo

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
235 tasting notes

Mmmm this tea is delicious! I only have enough for one more cup though D: It’s always sad to run out of a good sample.
So glad I finally got to try it though! Thank you so much again, Boychik! :D

boychik

You make it sound so tasty, perhaps I should revisit GF ;)

Ost

You should! It’s a great tea! So happy that you sent it! ^^

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96
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
235 tasting notes

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

Sil

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! may you have a very awesome day today! You are equally as awesome :)

caile

Happy Birthday!! :)

Ost

Thanks you guys (:

boychik

You are awesome!

Anlina

:hugs: Happy birthday!

I know what you mean about this community. I’ve been having the worst year of my life, and I just couldn’t do Facebook or other social networking at all for a while, because it was just too stressful. Getting involved with this community has been so wonderful and positive for me. I haven’t encountered any interpersonal drama and it’s not a constant stream of all the bad stuff that’s happening in the world, just lots of lovely, generous people sharing and talking about tea. It’s been a fabulous, gentle way to connect with people, and get back in touch with enjoying things.

mrmopar

Happy Birthday! This is a much better place than Facebook. No drama and we all have the tea interest/bug and are in a different world from lots of other people.

yyz

Happy Birthday!

OMGsrsly

Happy birthday. :)

Ost

I’m so glad that you’ve had a great experience here too, Anlina! It’s amazing how a simple thing like a website and a few tea-crazy people can brighten up life on so many levels!
And thank you all for the birthday wishes!! Shockingly, I had a pretty good day!! :D

Tea Sipper

Hope you had a great birthday!

Ost

I did, Tea Sipper! Thanks! :D

Sara

Happy belated birthday, Ost! I’ve only read a few of your teanotes, but none of them have been lame so far. ;)

Ost

Hahah well like compared to most peoples’ they are lame. Don’t describe much haha oh well. And thanks!

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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.
Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
boychik

Keep the leaves for tomorrow. Also I think you can take samples, I don’t think I would be able to handle such pressure. DHP really shines gongfu.

TeaTiff

I am glad I read this. I tried this tea yesterday for the first time and wasn’t impressed at all. I brewed this western and didn’t resteep at all because I ran out of time. How do you save your leaves?

boychik

@TeaTiff, if i make it in gaiwan or gongfu smallish glass pot i just leave it there uncovered. if its very warm and humid night i take them out on a plate and spread to dry up a little. i dont really like to save them in a fridge. i do the same if i use Yixing. those pu sessions could last 2-4 days;)

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drank Imperial Breakfast by Verdant Tea
382 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

Glad you enjoyed it! I usually give this one a 5 min resteep :)

boychik

will do. i kept the leaves from yesterday.

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drank Imperial Breakfast by Verdant Tea
382 tasting notes

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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

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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