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Steep #2: My 6-year-old got to this before I did, and he asked, “What kind of tea is this, Mommy?” and then had a slurp. “Yummm!!” He said, wide-eyed, and downed about half the cup.
Yep, so we agree. This really is delicious – and wowed a green-food-hating boy. I’m impressed.
1.5 tsp in 12 oz. re-steeped.
If I didn’t just open this, I’d SWEAR this was another tea. I’m so puzzled, and yet so in love. Yes, I said it: I’m in love with this tea, whatever it is.
First off, it’s beautiful. I admired it for a bit before steeping it. I did it Western-style (1.5 tsp for 12 oz) and only let it steep a short while with the intention (hope) of many re-steeps. What I got was.. fresh ripe peaches, with a hint of something like pea shoots or grass or something along those lines. Really though? It’s peach. Authentic, juicy peach. .. or maybe I’m messing up whatever the flavoring is, because I see zero mentions of peach here in other tasting notes. Regardless – it’s sweet, juicy and fresh, and most definitely a green.
Flavors: Grass, Peach, Peas
Moar oolong! I always find it interesting to drink a spring (early spring even) and autumn oolong back to back to really see how they play with each other. Also I can never decide if I like spring or autumn oolongs best!
I think the main difference between this one and the early spring one is that this one has a fruity bent to it. Almost like an apricot, I would say. Less buttery, more fruity. I really enjoy both of them immensely. Nothing like green oolong as I watch the snow melt away and spring creep closer.
And now we come to the point in my cupboard at which I purchased a pile of green oolongs. I meant to drink these up in preparation for the new spring oolongs that will no doubtedly be coming soon, and I suppose I still have a bit of time. I realized that the best antidote to my hoarding impulses with oolongs is the notion that every year there will be lovely oolongs harvested, so I should drink them while they are fresh. Too bad my cupboard is so big I so rarely get around to them.
Well this is still sweet and buttery and floral and lovely. A nice TGY will always make me happy. It started out pretty vegetal but got sweeter and sweeter as the cup cooled, until it was like honey. Mmm.
This morning I was feeling a little off, primarily because of some events that just have me really down. It’s one of those things where you start to feel physically bad because you feel emotionally bad. There’s nothing I can really do about it so hopefully I will start feeling better as time passes.
Anyway, I didn’t even really feel like having tea, but this one was next on my chronology and I thought the herby blend might settle my stomach a bit. It actually made me feel a lot better all around. I know a lot of people aren’t fans of the frankinsence in this blend but I enjoy it. This may make for another nice oolong to have when I’m not feeling so hot. Will have to keep that in mind.
For whatever reason, this wants to take over the spot in my green tea collection reserved for Bi Luo. I just don’t need both, and I think I like this better than any Bi Luo I’ve had. It’s sweet and precious and delicate and borders on very light oolonginess (the highest praise, in my book). This is love.
Yay! My sense of taste and smell is back! On account of that I’m drinking this wonderful tea which I would not drink if I couldn’t taste or smell it. The flavours are too good to go to waste.
What do I get when I steep it? I get sweetness and fruit and caramel with a hint of flowery notes and all of that enveloped in delicious roasty flavour and aroma. YUM!!!
On the side note… he he… most of the tasting notes come from me at this point… I can’t help it. I love this tea!
A sad sipdown. I read TeaTiff’s recent note about this one and remembered that I had one more cup of this left from my swap with her. It sounded extra delicious this morning. I’m also trying to work my way back to having multiple cups in a day, and I think if I go with teas I think of as “lighter” it’ll work better. This one is technically a black but there are enough other things in it that it doesn’t feel like one.
This smells so good. It’s in my top five smell-wise for sure. Cinnamon pastry with nuts and raisins, with lots of extra cinnamon glaze. The taste is great too, citrusy in warm way instead of being bitter. The vanilla and cinnamon flavors keep that pastry feeling going, and between the smell and the flavor I could almost swear I’m drinking a bear claw. Bumping the rating up just a little and adding this to my list to buy.
Finished off the last of this. White teas are not my favorite, but this was lovely, and I did enjoy drinking it.
Very fragrant, and a clean, crisp taste, with a bit of sweet spiciness. Re-steeps lovely.
Not one I’d keep in stock simply because its not something I tend to reach for.
If you have tried Laoshan Black this will be nothing new flavor profile wise(not that it is a bad thing) but being $12.5/oz vs Laoshan Black $8.5/oz for the price being 50% higher it is not 50% better or even different for that matter. Once again I like the tea but only difference I could discern was the hint of scotch at the tail end which was the main flavor I was looking for. The tea didnt seems to develop over the different infusions like I would have hoped as with other oolongs (Dancong and TGY particularly). Maybe I had to high of expectations.
All and all not a bad tea but not worth the price IMO.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Scotch
Aroma: Mint, savory, buttery
Liquor Color: Deep straw
Liquor Flavor: Very savory, remind me of a soup broth, refreshing mint, buttery mouth feel, smooth
Notes: I can’t say I really liked this since it reminded me of soup. Not something that I reorder, but it’s something that I will finish. Maybe I’ll give it another shot and update my review.
Noooooooo! I have been drinking this constantly with the cold weather we have been having. I noticed the other day that Verdant was running low. I just went to the web site and it is gone. All gone. (sad face). I hope this is not just a one time tea. I am in LOVE. I will definitely enjoy what I have left, but I really hope I can have more some day.
i’m back. I was really excited to be able to come home after work and sit, drink tea, organise my cupboard and catch up… however after 3 hours of sleep, followed by an 11 hour work day to come home and fine no food in the house, laundry all over the house to be put away and my other half having apparently done nothing today except washing the laundry…let’s just say i get no time to myself tonight…and i’m a grumpy bear. Oh and my other half? gone for the evening to dodgeball…won’t be back for another hour.
this was my morning tea…and apart from this and my other tea, i haven’t had a chance to eat all day. On the upside, at least i had this tea and my other morning tea…which was a welcome cup of warmth and comfort now that we’re back in the cold.
This is the 3rd Genmaicha I’ve ever had. (Well 3rd brand that is.) the 1st was Fusion Teas, and a interesting flavor but 1 I was undecided about keeping around. The second was a unknown nasty one that still makes me shudder.
This, like the other Verdant tea that I’ve tried so far (Eight Treasures. Tried it just a few days ago.) Is excellent. Since I’ve been flirting with the idea of just keeping samples (Since I love variety but also must be reasonable about how much I spend.) I don’t think I would want a bunch of this at a time. But like with Eight Treasures I keep licking my chops. Grins
I’ve gone through at least an ounce of this one without ever posting a tasting note, apparently. I sometimes confuse it with the yu lu yan cha simply because I bought them at the same time but now I should be able to remember the differences!
This one has large golden leaves that are fuzzy and remind me of thread, and very few (if any) broken leavesor crumbs. Steeped three minutes, I’ve got a rich amber liquor that smells faintly of cocoa. The taste is rich and dark without being bitter at all. It isn’t as sweet as other yunnans but has that depth and cocoa that I love. A lovely tea that I am glad to have another 2 ounces of!