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This is it! The last unlogged tea in my cupboard, and the last sample to try from beelicious. Thanks again for the huge bag of goodies!
Compared to the unblended Wuyi Big Red Robe, this one isn’t as strong or roasty. The oolong here reminds me even more of a honey-citrus-heavy Dancong, which is also enjoyable. There’s a hint of cocoa, a savory quality, and something like woodsmoke. Not sure how whiskey-like it is, but it is interesting and a completely different, and lighter, experience than the base tea.
The first time I brewed this I forgot it was a green blend and treated it like a black! Wasn’t actually that bad, but I figured I’d wait to rate it until I had actually steeped it properly. I decided on western style (too lazy for gaiwan) but relatively heavy leaf (4g) and short steeps (1min), which I think ought to be good for several infusions. First one is very nice – lots of vanilla and toasted rice in the aroma, smooth and buttery green tea base.
Thanks to Dinosara and Sil for letting me get my hands on a bit of this puer. I’ve been drinking it all evening in my little pot. I’ve been pouring multiple steeps into an 8 oz cups so that might be negating all the benefits of gongfu steeping, but it’s fun to try things out.
This one is nice and smooth and very earthy. There’s a bit of sweetness to it,and maybe something like raisin? I’ve had 14 oz of it so far and I might just keep up with it for the rest of the night!
Darby was nice enough to send me a sample of this one! Glad I got to try it finally! Tastes a lot like the other chai from Verdant that I tried. Except instead of the creaminess that I liked in the other, it kinda tastes like dirt. 0_0
I’ve never had a chai that tastes like dirt. Didn’t over-steep it at all. So no idea what’s with that. xD
Still glad to have tried. Thanks, Darby!
Flavors: Dirt, Spices
Thanks for a sample of this a while back, BrewTEAlly Sweet! The Yabao flavor profile just isn’t for me… though it’s less easier to ruin than a raw pu-erh. I’ve had the Yabao on it’s own a couple times before. I love the idea of adding spices, and it does make the flavor better for me. Not too spicy so it doesn’t overshadow the Yabao. The flavor is light: honey, sweet. Does it taste like a snickerdoodle cookie? If any tea did, this one would. I would imagine adding some sort of sweetener would help that aspect. I was hoping for more sarsaparilla flavor. The second steep had just as much flavor. I’m happy to have tried this one! It’s annoying I couldn’t find this one on Verdant’s site. I thought they have them all archived. I wish they had a search option.
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 2-3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4-5 min
Spicy smell, spicy taste. Kinda looks spicy too. Actually when I saw that there was oolong in it I got excited because Verdant has good oolong. The flavor is very much like the scent. Though I’m not really sure of the use of Tulsi. It’s like hibiscus, its overpowering. The smoothness and flavor of the oolong are pretty much none existent.
This is a very unique flavor that kind of grows on me. When I first read the label, I read citrus. When I first opened the package, the smell was strong, and really it smells quite a bit like cola (think coca-cola) . When brewed, the cola aroma morphs into something more flowery/perfumy. The taste when brewed is definitely flowery (honeyed rose) with citrus elements (though it isn’t really a strongly citrus tea by any means) so it didn’t occur to me that I had misread the label. But, when I read through the description provided by Verdant, I noticed my mistake. So, I looked up cistus and found that it is a type of flower. Very interesting and I’m glad to have tried something so different. I’m definitely enjoying this tea.
Flavors: Citrusy, Perfume, Rose
Yup, soybeans, vanilla, toasted rice and a wee bit nutty. I often don’t get the same notes that Verdant describes on their site, but this time it was pretty dead on accurate for me.
I think I like this. It’s a bit odd, but good odd. I didn’t realize that this had a green base when I put my kettle on, so I ended up steeping in in 90C water and it was delicious and smooth.
Flavors: Nutty, Smooth, Soybean, Toasted Rice, Vanilla
This is an interesting blend, and for once I decided to jot down my impressions of the tea as I was drinking it and not after. So here goes:
-smells like a spice mix
-aroma more complex after brewing
-almost reminds me of orange spice and pepper – at which point I’m sure I’m imagining things
-very vegetal green oolong, a little too heady
-tastes like: the broth I use to make tea eggs, I’m not even kidding
-or Numi’s savory teas
-also reminds me of Verdant’s Holy Basil Spa Blend (both have tulsi)
Overall it’s very unique, if a bit of an adventure where I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. Thanks beelicious for the sample, it’s surprising how much Verdant has experimented with blends as my impression of them leans toward straight teas (and a few well-known blends like Chocolate Genmaicha).
This tea is such an interesting concept that I’ve really enjoyed trying. It’s good, but I’m not so sure it tastes like cola. I smell and taste spice. There is also a baked good quality to it. So, it’s almost like liquid moist spice bread. The bread like flavor is really prominent in the aftertaste.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Clove, Spices
A silver needle white tea blended with plenty of flower petals. This one has a lovely jasmine scent, both in dry form and after brewing. There’s also the slightest hint of rose. In terms of flavor, this is a superbly light and smooth jasmine tea, with a bit of fruit flavor contributing to what I suppose is the “tropical” feel. The white tea base is of good quality and has a hay-like note, evoking a sunlit sort of feeling.
A good jasmine tea with a light touch always reminds me of summer in China, and this one was nice to have on a warm afternoon. To be honest, I’m not sure how well the tropical concept of the blend succeeded here—I’m not getting much from the lemongrass, or other additions. But on sheer enjoyability this is getting a high rating anyway. Thanks beelicious!
I gave the first cup of this to a friend at work and am now enjoying the second steep myself. It’s light in body but that is probably to be expected as it’s the second cup. Since I’m so unfamiliar with cistus oil, I did a little reading to find out just what it is. I won’t go into all the details here, but it seems to have quite a few beneficial properties. For anyone who is interested, here is one website that seemed to have some good information about it.
I have to admit, I became a little afraid of this one when I first opened the pouch. The aroma is so strong and pungent and absolutely unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I’m not even sure I know how to describe it. Verdant’s description compares this to an Earl Grey, but I’m not getting that at all. My only guess is that this scent belongs to the Cistus oil, a product that I am entirely unfamiliar with. So I’ve held this one back to try as my last sample from Verdant’s January blends box.
I must say that the tea itself is beautiful – there are long, dark, twisted pieces filling up the bag and pops of pink from the rose petals mixed in. The fragrance tones itself down upon steeping and the tea becomes a very pleasant and warming cup of flavorful black tea. I can’t say that I taste the rose or rooibos here, but I can still smell what I believe to be the Cistus oil. It is faint and serves to add another dimension to the already remarkable black tea base. This might be my favorite out of the whole box, which surprises me since it’s the one I was must uncertain about.
I can smell more mint this time. In fact, it smells and tastes like a straight mint tea. I added a bit of cream and the combination of that with the mint is nice.
8 ounces water + 200 degrees + 1 minute and 15 seconds
This second cup brewed up darker than the first in less than half the time. I did catch a whiff of fishiness while it was steeping (it was more like fish food really which is kind of strange), but now I don’t really smell that. There’s not so much mint this time around, but the tea is still incredibly dark.
8 ounces water + 200 degrees + 5 minutes
I cannot believe how prolific this tea has been! This is my third cup (I’ve been drinking on the same teaspoon of leaves all day) and it’s still brewing up dark almost as soon as I add the water. I let this one steep longer even though the cup was dark from the beginning. The flavor isn’t strong but still tastes like a decent cup of tea.
Flavors: Fishy, Mint
My first tea on this overcast January morning. With the weather as it is, I fully expect to have more than one cup today.
This tea came to me as part of Verdant’s January blends box. There is plenty of fennel in the mix as well as a little mint and some rooibos. The scent is mostly mint, but I’m also catching a glimpse of the sarsaparilla.
It amazes me that after only thirty seconds of steeping this tea has such a rich color. I guess I’m used to steeping dark teas for several minutes to achieve that kind of richness and flavor. Perhaps this is due to the high quality of the tea? Whatever it is, I’m impressed. The flavor is mint, though I wouldn’t call this a mint tea. It’s barely there, kind of hanging out on the edge of the cup. I’m also not tasting any of the fennel or the sarsaparilla here. It actually feels a bit one-dimensional. This is a very straightforward and uncomplicated tea, light-bodied but certainly not lacking in flavor.
Flavors: Mint, Sarsaparilla
My mom picked up some of this in the summer, so I avoided getting it myself and tried hers over Christmas. Oddly, it just tasted like Laoshan Genmaicha, to me. Lovely green beany flavours, toasty rice. Maybe a touch of vanilla. I certainly didn’t pick out any juniper. If this sticks around, I might grab a sample size to try again, because I don’t feel like I got the full experience. Perhaps just a flukey ingredient assortment in my infuser.
I want so badly to like this tea, but every time I drink it I only taste the rooibos. I’m steeping this at a lower temperature today with more tea to see if I can coax out a different flavor. It certainly smells different this time around – more like cinnamon or cinnamon candies.
So I’m thinking this wasn’t my best idea. It’s very, very weak and has quite an unappetizing smell. I put the tea ball back in while sipping and, though it’s helping a bit, it now tastes a little bitter. Definitely not good. Plus, the cooler this gets the worse it tastes. I can’t even finish it. It’s completely my fault though since I tried to make adjustments on my own.