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i had this a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against…wait a minute sorry… um.. as i was saying..

i had this a while ago today. I remember enjoying this a lot more the first time i had it, so i suspect that the blend that i had this time around is a variation on a theme with slightly different puerh or something. On the whole this version was a lot less yummy and tasty. But it IS darn pretty. :)

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Hiya!! Sipdown
So autumn rose is nice, fruity moist smelling, and after the steepage in a Gravity Pot, the taste is not bitter, maybe a bit of sweetness from the flower petals. It’s not entirely vegetal and has almost no actual tea taste unless it’s residualar from my dern tea-steeping thing.
On a lighter note, I put it in a togo cup and sat at my favorite UCI campus hangout and heard a joke from some underclassers, it goes, So you’re at the hospital waiting room, and against the wall there’s two doors: the door to pleasure, and the door leading to like unbelieveable torture. In front of each door is a guard and all you know is one has to tell the truth and the other is always lying, but you don’t know who’s who, and you only have one question you ask either one. So, what do you ask them if you only have one question.?
The punchline is implicit, heh they’re both telling the truth because what you believe going into the door, is what it’ll feel like, so if you think it’ll be bad and good it’ll still be bad, and vis versa. Kind of like this tea, that I went into it thinking it would be good, and it was good.

Flavors: Gardenias, Melon

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 6 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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As soon as I got my gaiwan from Butiki today, I knew I was going to brew this up. I was a disciplined woman, though. Instead of doing it right away, I used this tea as a reward for sending out applications to 5 different jobs. Fingers crossed!

I’ve never brewed with a gaiwan before so I’m not sure if I did this right. I heated the gaiwan and my teapot with boiling water. Then I added enough leaf to make a little mound at the bottom of the gaiwan. Then I did a rinse, but didn’t time it much. After that, 5 steeps total, at approx 15/20/25/30/35 seconds. This is an estimate, though – I don’t have this down to a science.

Anyways, the tea!

Dry, the leaf smelled smoky and sweet, almost like tobacco or leather. Wet, the smell is just intensified. Holy moly, what a bouquet!

The steeps were all fairly similar in flavour – hints of hay, leather, tobacco, and a sweetness near the end that kind of reminded me of jasmine. All 5 times the liquor was a lovely clear amber. It was a tad drying throughout, and the final steep was slightly astringent. The final steep was also the sweetest.

EDIT: I saw TerriHarpLady’s post about this and she was bang-on about the chrysanthemum flavour. The sweetness at the end is very reminiscent of chrysanthemums.

I think I like pu’er teas? Not sure yet. I’ll have to try more. But I loved being able to use my gaiwan. So contemplative. I think it would be best to save this for the weekends though. Sunday morning sounds perfect.

Thanks very much to De and aisling of tea for giving me a package of this to try.

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Leather, Tobacco

__Morgana__

Sounds like you did fine for your first gaiwan foray. Don’t forget to give it a go with white tea, as well. Using the gaiwan really changed my experience of white teas. I get far more flavor from white teas with the gaiwan than any other method.

Christina

Ooh, good point. I’ve got some plain silver needle I’ve been meaning to try, and the last time I made some I did it Western style. That and I’ve also got some jasmine silver needle that I’m sure will be lovely.

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this is probably the most unremarkable puerh I’ve ever had. I’ve tried it a dozen of times by now each time deciding to store it somewhere that I’d never stumble upon it again. the taste is just that bland… probably this time I will actually do it

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92

I will work all night tonight so I wanted something with little caffeine this morning so I could try to sleep for a few more hours at some point. Anyhow, this blend makes my teapot and that part of my kitchen smell list like lovely citrus spice. I know this is a wintery tea, but it still seems to work here considering it will be 30F overnight.

The tea itself is delicious and tastes just like its name including the nuanced warming vanilla. I was thinking low caffeine because it does not have a lot of tea leaves per tablespoon in the blend. If I could change anything, I’d ask for more Zhu Rong because it is a wonderful black. That would defeat the whole purpose of this morning because it should add to the caffeine level but I still want it. :) It is still gorgeous and and full of generous other ingredients, though. In the infuser I can see various large bits such as orange peel and tons of coriander. I want to try some of Verdant’s other blends with my next order.

Today I ignored the steeping instructions on their website (blasphemy!) and stepped it for a solid 2.5 minutes at 205. It was even better! I am sure I won’t get as many resteeps, but the initial cup is amazing.

Flavors: Orange Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I feel like I’m on a mission to try all of the teas with the purpose of establishing a permanent collection of my favourites, and that I won’t always have 120+ teas in my cupboard, that eventually I will narrow it down to about half that. But sometimes I am honest with myself and realize I will never be done trying all the teas.

I almost didn’t include this in my Verdant order. I am not at all a fan of citrus spice teas, but seeing all the glowing reviews (mainly from Sil) made me want to at least give it a try, plus I had to spend the $50 to get the free shipping. But man am I glad I purchased this, especially because they are out of stock now!

This is the most perfect citrus spice tea I’ve ever tasted! The flavours are so wonderfully balanced. I think the inclusion of the vanilla really made this tea, it just gives it that creamy sweetness that balances out the bitterness of the citrus and the spice. I am genuinely in awe that I love this tea this much. This tea would most definitely be a part of my hypothetical permanent collection. I will try to keep it around as much as possible, but I only ordered an ounce and that won’t last me long. I hope that Verdant restocks this soon!!!

Memily

“But sometimes I am honest with myself and realize I will never be done trying all the teas.” <- I am still in denial, get out of my face.

Sil

So glad you liked this one :) also…if you ever try all the teas, I will be jealous :)

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Received my Verdant order in the mail today. I called in sick so I was home when it came, which is good because my boyfriend gets off work before I do and always sees my parcels before I can hide them, so he has no idea I had another tea delivery :)

I tried this one first because it smelled quite malty and chocolatey. I ended up ruining two batches of this by forgetting about it, and man was it awful oversteeped. I finally got it right and this tea wasn’t what I thought it would be. I wasn’t getting any chocolate or caramel notes, only a roasted barley flavour. It was still quite good, especially with agave and cream, but I’m hoping I’ll notice some of the other flavours the more I drink this.

Sil

That’s too bad. What were your steeping parameters for your happy-er spot?

ashleyelizabeth

Oh probably about 5 mins boiling water. I am not big on setting a timer or anything. I am going to try it at 2 or 3 minutes next time. The first two times it was like 10-15 mins.

Sil

Woah 10 mins is a lot hahaha. Try 3 mins boiling. That’s my go to place unless I need a bolder cup then it’s closer to 5.

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I have some of this tea left from last year’s harvest. I remember setting it aside because I wanted it to last. I’m trying to drink down a lot of my collection now because I have so much to drink before I buy anything more.

This one brings back the same flavors of soy milk, snap peas and grass. Mmm.. such a unique green tea with different notes. There really isn’t anything like this in my collection which is why I drink it little by little and have some on hand if at all possible. I admit that I have to be in the mood to drink it, but it really hits the spot.

Stephanie

yum, I love laoshan green :)

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Thank you MissB for the sample :)

Dude. This tea is GREEN.
It’s like super vegetal/spinachy from the dry leaf scent, to the actual taste of the tea itself.
I don’t know if I like these super vegetal greens though. Like I totally understand that people love them, and this is how legit straight greens taste, but dude, it’s a bit much for me.
I like my straight blacks so much, but straight greens? Gimme my flavoured ones :)

I can really tell that this is a freakin amazing tea though. Nice quality, nice taste. But it’s just not for me. A WONDERFUL sample, but at least I know that my palette prefers flavoured greens, rather than straight.

MissB

Glad you tried it, at least now you know. :)

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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
4026 tasting notes

this was one of my morning teas. I’m trying to rotate some of my older teas as i have a big job ahead of me if i want to get to my “6 month mark” by the end of June haha I still really like this one, including it’s re-steepability, though the original version i had was just slightly tastier :)

CelebriTEA

I love this one ♡

Sil

Spicy and delicious!

Cavocorax

I can respect your 6 month goals but I’m not even close to attempting that! First off, I’m trying to get rid of all my 1+ year teas. Some of that is tea from when I have a cold, and some are tetley tea bags that I really should just get rid of. I only have 6 teas from June 1st and earlier though so that’s encouraging!

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 OZ / 147 ML

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It’s been awhile since I had a gongfu session with this tea, & it really is one of those teas that required that type of brewing. So after spending my morning alternating between household maintenance projects (watering plants, etc), & coaching a college student for her senior recital, I sat down for a session with this one. It is definitely a more manly type of Yunnan tea, there is an edge to it that gradually developes into a bassy-ness. This is a more savory tea, with a lot of altered states qualities to it, if you know what I mean, & it reminds me of a quote, but I can’t quite remember it, so maybe I’ll quote it next time.

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Finally we are moved into our new house!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!! :) I am still shocked at what we were able to accomplish in 3 days! This included moving everything into the house, un packaged about 60%, hosted 2 dinner parties, visited with family from across canada that are in for a few days, put up a wall mount ( a lot harder then I thought), and cleaning like crazy! I can’t believe the condition they left this house, it was disgusting! Plus this morning when Corey was leaving to go to work for the first time at the new house, his truck won’t start! So he had to take my car and now I’m stranded. I will have to borrow a vehicle from my parents to go to work this evening. The cat and dog finally seem to be getting more comfortable. The cat was very stressed and confused the first few days.
Well this morning I have decided to dive into my samples and finish some of them off. I chose this one because I am craving something spicy and cozy, plus this sample is really old. Love how I can finally see all my teas now, rather then digging through boxes. This tea is good but not the best chai I have ever had. It’s a bit more subdued then I would like. There is a hint of chocolate at the end of your sip and in the after taste. I actually like it! This is odd, I normally don’t care for chocolate in my teas. But then again what I hate most is when the chocolate flavour is artificial and sweet. I think I would have to try this again to really decide if I actually like it or not. Sadly though this tea is archived on the website.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
MissLena

Ahh so happy everything went good with the move! And busy weekend girl take it easy! :D you will have to try out your bbq in your new yard now that the weather’s getting nicer, we tried ours last night :)

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Only one sipdown today, and it was for this. :O (175)
I love it. It was so good and I will get more with my next order.

scribbles

I love this one so much….I never wanna run out.

Sil

in forever from now….maaaay is so far away, for preorders only!

Cavocorax

I tried to make it last, but couldn’t. At least I have 3oz of LB stockpiled and regular Laoshan Green Genmaicha. Maybe I could add chocolate?

Sil

I feel like LB chocolate genmaicha is a side step from LB + cocoa :) so theres that….I, on het he other hand have about .75 ounces of LB left, 2oz of LB choc genmaicha only

Dexter3657

I’ve heard – that LB with H&S Soba Buckwheat is really good – maybe try something like as a replacement for Chocolate Genmaicha.

Cavocorax

I’ve never had Soba Buckwheat but I’ve seen a lot of reviews for it. I think I’ll try mixing with LB.

Also, Sil I could swap LB for LBCG if you get desperate or LB.

Sil

We’ll see how it goes..not having it would also force me to drink myother teas lol

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Backlog from this afternoon:

The leaves in this are so fluffy that I really need to be more generous with them when I measure them out for my pot. This is a decent green, but nothing special to me – there’s not a lot of flavour in them. The wet leaves smell lovely and sweet, but I wish that aroma translated into the brew.

I might just give what I have remaining of this to a friend. I liked the Autumn Harvest Laoshan from Verdant much better, because at least that had some taste going for it. Bumping the rating a bit lower accordingly.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Terri HarpLady

This is probably my least favorite of the laoshan greens

Christina

Good to know it’s not just me. The friend I’m thinking of is a bit hard up on cash at the moment, and likes green tea but hasn’t delved into the world of tea as deeply as I have, so I figure he’ll probably get more out of it. I also figure that I’m a little evil ;-)

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drank Anxi Fo Shou Black Tea by Verdant Tea
4026 tasting notes

I feel sad that there are people out there who will never try this tea. I realised that this marks 4k tasting notes since i started hanging out on steepster. 2 years, 400 pages of tasting notes, 1738 teas tried (give or take a few) and i only just now feel like i’m starting to understand what i love about certain teas. When i realised this was to be 4k…i went into the special box. the box of teas that i hoard because they will either be gone for too long or because i feel like it :P There are 3 teas in there….this is one of them.

This was graciously passed to me by omgsrsly when i bemoaned the fact that i only had one single packet of this tea left. I still only have one package of this left – the other one from my tea sister terri. I really hope that someday verdant is able to get this tea back, or some variation on the theme from the family experimenting more.

Dexter3657

Congrats on 4000!!!
This is how I feel about Mandala Black Pearls…

Sil

yes… i agree with you on those pearls as well..they too were in my box. but then i drank them. and now they’re gone. sad.

Courtney

WOOOOT.

scribbles

Wow!! Impressive…Congrats!! I wanted to try this one, but sadly discovered my passion for tea too late:(

Terri HarpLady

Woo Hoo on 4K!!
I am still hoarding 2 little packets of this tea. I’ll drink them eventually… :)

QueenOfTarts

Yay! Congrats!

caile

Congrats on such an amazing number of notes! Yay!

Christina

Congrats!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
122 tasting notes

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Rich powerful aromas fill the senses and hint at the powerful flavor the tea to come….

The leaf is large and loose, more green than black, and richly scented as mentioned earlier. A soft scent of the leaf lingers in the brewed tea, which a bright, clear orange red in the cup.

As expected (this is my second purchase of this tea) the flavor is full and big. Tastes of yeast and malt with a soft flowery finish. This is the black tea that definitely counts among the favorites in my tea cupboard.

if at any time it comes to be available, i recommend a purchase. You’ll become hooked as I am.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I added an oz of this with my last Verdant order. I hadn’t had it for awhile, & it seemed like a good idea for a change of pace. I’m not in love with it, but an occasional cup of it is nice.
Meanwhile, I posted some pics of my stash on FB:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202972433447205&set=pcb.10202972437167298&type=1&theater

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I have realized that much to my chagrin I do not have many straight greens in my cupboard. This is one of the few that I do have, and yet I haven’t tried it.

So many people lavish praise on Verdant and on their Laoshan greens in particular that I wasn’t sure what to expect. This is pretty good, though: buttery, vegetal, rich, with a pleasant astringency. I’m not completely bowled over by it – I think my preferences lie more on the sweet end of the green tea spectrum – but this tea is smooth and comforting.

Many thanks to De and aisling of tea for giving me this as part of their (very!) generous swap.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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I’m almost out of this one. Casey moved his stuff out yesterday, and he brought my teapots with him. I had accidentally sent them to his parent’s place. We used to share an Amazon account, and I guess I forgot to change the default shipping address.

I brewed this per the instructions, and it’s much better than I remember it. I think I will brew the second steeping like I would a more typical black, and see how that turns out. This is definitely among the very lightest in body of Chinese blacks that I have. I could have used something stronger this morning.

Oh well, off to go walk the Fritzy with my mother.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Wow, the other reviews make this sound amazing.
I shouldn’t have had a cup when I am sick, because it tasted like nothing….everything tastes like nothing :(

I will obviously revisit this when I can taste anything at all!

Terri HarpLady

I hate when that happens…

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It saddens me that most of these teas are not available, however if you live in BC, you can find them at the local Asian markets and stores.
Here is my description of Anxi Fo Shou Black Tea: This tea is a mild blend and a mild tea encompassed with an afterthought of a distinct garden type taste is the best I could describe. This tea is like the will of man, not being tense but ready, it is the will that makes man, success takes perseverance.

I could not remember how much water/tea ration I used, as this particular tea I have not seen in a while.

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