Verdant Tea (Special)

Recent Tasting Notes

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When I first had this tea, I was contemplating quitting the blends club. I did, but have since rejoined (fickle, fickle, haha). It is blends like this that make me want to stay in (even though July’s box wasn’t my fave). Chocolatey, with bright berry flavor… just really tasty.

I am looking forward to next month’s box, which apparently will be vanilla themed.

Flavors: Berries, Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I’m so excited for the vanilla teas! :D

Tealizzy

I haven’t really been in the loop on Verdant tea lately, but do they offer the teas to buy separately after they distribute the club box? I love vanilla too, so I’m curious.

Stephanie

The vanilla ones were awfully tempting…

mj

I love the Whispering Pines vanilla teas… I think they’d be hard to beat, but I guess Verdant had to try haha

Sil

vanilla ones made me want to sign up again..

OMGsrsly

Does everything still have coriander seeds in it? That’s one of the reasons I unsubscribed.

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70

From Reddit traveling tea box.

Hmm, the scent of the tea was freaking me out – medicinal and strong. First sips had lots of Tulsi flavor. After a few sips and time to cool, not too bad. The rootbeer taste is interesting and the oolong is nice. The Tulsi I’m undecided on with the herbaly mint like flavor.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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95

Had another cup of this yesterday. Tried to see what happens if I brew it longer around 7 minutes. It was both sweeter and more flavorful, which makes me think that it would do great with a long cold brew.
Kind of wish that it was part of Verdant’s regular stock.
No rockets on Tel Aviv yesterday. Which is good.

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78

Last bit of this in a cold brew. This was never my favorite blend (too much fennel, I think), but as a cold brew it worked pretty well, especially since hot root beer isn’t totally appealing to me. At the same time, the tieguanyin in this kept it from really reminding me of a sarsaparilla soda or root beer… just a bit too vegetal, even with the traditional TGY.

I actually added a pinch of rose black tea to this cold brew, and I like the rosey flavor added to the blend. It’s an herby blend already, and the rose makes it a bit sweeter for me. Of course, I think almost everything could use a bit of rose. Yum!

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95

I was cleaning the house yesterday and I stumbled upon a stray bag of this. It is from Verdant’s now defunct Tea of the Month Club (Reserve). I have about enough for another steeping, which I will probably brew cold.
The leaves of this tea are amazing: huge, plump, silvery green “needles” that smell super sweet, with a hint of the “tea” smell, and a hint of a vegetal scent. I imagine that that is what caramelized green tea leaves must smell like, if such a thing existed.
The itself is as sweet as it promises to be, with a refreshing cucumber base and a toasted wheat aftertaste. Delicious.
Is is unique enough to deserve the “reserve” title? Yes.
Is it the best Silver Needle that I have tasted? Yes.
Will I recommend it to people, if it was readily available? It depends. The price tag is a bit too steep, even for such a good tea. If white tea is your favourite, then you owe it to yourself to try this one out. If you enjoy white teas on occasion, I’m not sure that this is where you’d want your money invested. There are very good and unique white teas to be had at a fraction of the price.

P.S. As of now the 12 hour ceasefire has been thankfully extended until midnight. Praying that it will be extended even more.
Be brave and drink tea…

Flavors: Cucumber, Toasted Rice, Wheat

Sil

i hope that hey extend the ceasefire! i can’t even imagine what things are like for you darling. hug sending all my thoughts and prayers your way

yyz

Hoping that the lull continue as well. Wishing for peace. Glad that you continue to be safe.

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HHTTB Round 3

I don;t think I’ve ever seen a black white tea blend. I was confused by that, but just went with the steepster suggested time and temp and was definitely happy with it. I had then a few days ago and forgot to log it, but it was a nice cup and I remember finding the cinnamon in it to be very comforting and didn’t think anything about it was super overpowering. I would definitely drink this again. It was a good rainy day tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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HHTTB Round 3

I’m pretty sure I told my fiance this tasted vaguely like pool water. I am not a fan of this. It smelled weird and just did not taste enjoyable at all.

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93

GA! GA! OH LA LA!

…sorry. I was really excited for this blend, and I love Sarsonator forever for sending me a sample! I had to add this tea to the database, so I guess no one else on here has tried it yet? Hooray pressure! ;)

So, this is a genmaicha with some unconventional ingredients. I’ve had the base tea on its own and enjoyed it, I remember it being a smooth and creamy light green tea. This tea has two types of toasted rice – jasmine and Minnesota wild. There are also lovely golden flower petals for color, and juniper berries (I assume they’re dried, but they still have their plump fresh appearance). I didn’t see any vanilla bean pieces in mine, but supposedly they’re in there. The dry scent is toasted grains with a very light vegetal note in the background.

Brewed, the aroma is a basic genmaicha – green tea (albeit a mild green tea) and lovely toasted rice. Have I mentioned I love genmaicha? Sipping this tea, I get the impression of a traditional genmaicha done very well. The base tea is exceptionally smooth and creamy, its main vegetal note would be butternut squash. As I near the end of the sip, it becomes creamy vanilla almond or soy milk. Mmm… The toasted rice adds that lovely nutty flavor, and goes perfectly with the creamy soy and light oat notes of the base tea. I would have enjoyed a tad bit more vanilla, as I only really find it near the end of the sip. But I digress! I honestly am unsure what juniper berries taste like, but I would assume similar to pine? Either way, I don’t get any of that here. Same with the saffron.

Overall, I actually really like this tea. I would consider it more of a traditional genmaicha, but exceptionally smooth and creamy. Delicious! :)

Edit: I forgot to mention that this blend was created for Lady Gaga, in case anyone was confused by the beginning of the note… Lol.

Flavors: Butter, Butternut Squash, Creamy, Nutty, Oats, Smooth, Toasted Rice, Vanilla, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sarsonator

I think you may end up with more of this since you like it so much. LOL. It just wasn’t my jam. I will try again, though! I’m really excited that you liked it!!!!

Cameron B.

It wasn’t necessarily what I expected, which was a more contemporary genmaicha. But I love it for what it is. :)

Sarsonator

That’s awesome. I do sometimes like a genmaicha, but this one tasted less toasty and more green. I am trying the Paris again. Wish me luck! :)

Cameron B.

Good luck! I had a frustrating time when I first got that tea… :P

Sarsonator

You were right! I think I’m in the tea twilight zone….

TheTeaFairy

So happy you finally got to try it cameron :-)

Mikumofu

First time I was the first person to add something to my wishlist, haha!

Skysamurai

Seeing as how I am from MN and I love genmaicha too… I shall have to try it haha

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75

From the Reddit traveling tea box.

A really pretty dry leaf with big flower buds and petals. THIS IS FLORAL. Mega floral! Sweet licorice, floral, lemony, mint fresh with a background of juicy white peony. However, the white tea is pretty drowned out. Little bit of a tart bite end of sip. If you love floral, you’ll dig this, but there’s a lot going on.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Marzipan

Do you still have the box or did you pull out samples?

Awkward Soul

pulled out samples. 72 hours is a pretty short window. The box should be at #2 now.

Marzipan

I agree, that’s a tough turnaround!

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97

I forgot I had this tea! I found it underneath a larger tea package in the tea drawer and it’s perfect for my mood. Sadly, it’s a sip down! This is one I wouldn’t mind keeping around.

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Sitting in a garden, surrounded by delicate spring flowers, eating a cream puff…or maybe a bowl of whipped cream…yup, that pretty much describes this tea :)
Sipdown
ps…after several steepings, you notice that your neighbor is mowing the grass…

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90

Finally done logging everything that came in the order!

This tea is similar to regular Laoshan Black, with less obvious chocolate notes, but still quite rich and mellow. It’s slightly smoky, subtly sweet, and has a malty, grainy fragrance that makes it quite a refulgent experience. If I remember correctly, it’s more complex than regular LB, because the chocolate being less insistent helps everything else come through. There’s also a freshness that’s almost reminiscent of Laoshan Green.

I had been having some trouble making an enjoyable cup out of this tea, and today I finally stopped overthinking it. I used the old tiny kettle, stopped before full boil, and brewed up a mug without really being particular about proportions or temperature, instead just going with what I was habitually used to. And it was perfect. I think there’s something to be learned here…

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84

Very similar to the laoshan green in flavor. The green is a spinach and mushroom salad, while the black is more of a spinach and mushroom crepe with sort if an aged cheese flavor added on. I’m enjoying my first steep so far

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Fancy LB! I just ordered an ounce of this one.

I think a comparison is definitely needed. Which reminds me I want to do a comparison between LB and Fujian. Perhaps all three at once!

This one has all the delicious qualities of LB, and they could be more enhanced, but without a side-by-side I can’t say for sure. However, this is certainly an enjoyable cup.

whatshesaid

I ordered this too! Haven’t tried it yet though

Sil

i like this one less than regular LB but i haven’t compared this seasons against one another yet.

Stephanie

Likewise, Sil.

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77

I received this today in my verdant tea of the month box. It’s my first nice green tea ever! First off, the bag opens to the smell of mushrooms and spinach.
I’m thinking that, once again, I have not used enough leaves. The tea was very watery… I have no reliable way to measure in grams, so today I ordered a scale on amazon.
On second steeping, I used less water and tasted a smooth mushroom flavor.

Flavors: Butter, Mushrooms, Spinach

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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95

Sad Sample Sipdown! Thanks again Terri!

I’m definitely going to order some first flush dragonwell next spring. Not sure from where yet but the stuff is DEELISH! I’m ambivalent about regular dragonwell though. It’s not bad but doesn’t thrill me like this really young stuff does.

On an unrelated note- I think I’m going to make some homemade matcha and frozen yogurt popsicles this weekend. Doesn’t that sound fab? Oohh maybe I’ll throw in some avocado too…

Cameron B.

Maybe with a little bit of mint or lemon too? :D

Stephanie

OoooOoooh! That sounds good. I’ve also got some rhubarb I need to use. Might cook some down into a compote and make ice pops out of that at some point :)

Cameron B.

Strawberry frozen yogurt with rhubarb swirl! ;)

Terri HarpLady

Glad you like the tea! I’m jealous about the pop cycles!
:)

yyz

That could be good. In Ecuador a store near me used to make a strawberry and Avacado shake that was amazingly good.

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80

thank goodness i chose the teas that i did today since i have had no time to drink much of anything tonight since i was at work today from 7:30am until 9pm. Home meant a short drink, catching up on tea logging, some budget stuff and then tucking myself in to bed since the next 4 days are going to be long ones!

Final Count: 158

Stephanie

yikes, long day!

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80

From the reddit travelling teabox

I’m trying this despite it sounding like a blend I would not like as me and red rooibos don’t get along. Actually, not bad – the spice, all big chunks of cinnamon, is a great level that keeps me sipping. Kind of sweet and vanilla smooth, bit of rooibosy. Not watery. I don’t really get much orange flavor though.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80

nom nom nom nom evening cup of this is really nice. the last of it is also in the fridge to be able to finish this off tomorrow heh. that being said, i may restock this again anyway since this +apple juice = good times

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I enjoyed this sheng today, thank you TerriHarpLady for the sample!

I found the first steep lightly smoky, and all of the steeps sweet and woodsy. Makes me wish I could spend time outside even more! It is so cool and nice outside today for July. Stuck inside in front of the computer for another hour, meh.

Terri HarpLady

It really is amazingly awesome outside!
I have also been stuck indoors most of the day, but I did get a nice walk in a little while ago.
So worth it!

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