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Verdant Tea (Special)

Recent Tasting Notes

89

The latest BOMC box arrived yesterday! All the blends look delicious and exciting as usual, although I was a bit wary of the mate blend, definitely not a before bed blend! After smelling all the teas, I decided this one was the one I needed to try first. It smells deliciously of dark chocolate! It looks like there are whole cocoa pieces in the blend, or cacao, whichever it is, along with goji berries and the famed Zhu Rong base. I steeped this for about 2 minutes with 200 degree water. The resulting dark liquor smells of raisins and chocolate. Interesting!

As for the flavor, mmm this is reminding me of a lovely red wine with chocolate. The main flavors are a dry grape-like flavor, raisin like but not as sweet, it reminds me a bit of how Master Han’s Yunnan black tastes, a hint of olive oil in there too! There is also that lovely dark chocolate flavor, a rich flavor that melds with the mild astringency and raisin like notes wonderfully. There’s a sweetness in the middle of the sip that could be attributed to the vanilla as well, although it is faint and not a huge component, just smooths things over.

Overall, this is quite good. It’s rich but light, fresh and filling. All the flavors blend together quite well into a dark chocolate, grape tasting tea. It mainly reminds me of Master Han’s Yunnan Black, but with chocolate added. Very tasty, a perfect tea for a day like today – blanket of fresh, wet snow overnight and temperatures just over zero melting it away. Spring snow day tea!

Flavors: Chocolate, Grapes

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100

I can’t “like” anyone’s tea notes. This is irritating me. Whatever browser I use, I can’t “like” anything. GAH.

Back to tea …

1.5 tsp for 300mL water @90C, rinsed, steeped 3 minutes, then steeped 4 minutes.

Both infusions gave me an exquisite tieguanyin, with sharp florals, a touch of cream, faint vegetal notes, even, I thought, some faint and light musk, a light toastiness that just coaxes everything else out a little more, and so much oolong beauty that I have trouble writing about it. This tieguanyun needs, and will reward, your full attention.

Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Grass, Honeydew, Mineral, Orchids

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Angrboda

I can like, but the heart is tiny and it doesn’t stay red. I sent them an email a little while ago begging them to have a look at it, because non-stick likes are really frustrating me. I heard of someone else who couldn’t like anything either, but I don’t know what they did to fix it.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I’ve been corresponding with Steepster on this and other issues, including recurrent e-mails asking me to finish a purchase I never started. It all seemed to start when I asked to be removed from the Steepster Select mailing list, as, being in Canada, I can’t take advantage of Steepster Select (they ship only to US addresses). Steepster can give me no clear answer on the “like” thing, nor on why I keep getting the “finish your purchase” notes. It’s such a small problem, in the scheme of things, but it’s all irritating.

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91

An excellent before bed cup of coziness on this dreary snowy night, albeit a caffeinated cup lol. I’m much too burnt out from work this week for it to bother me though. This is a fine spiced cup of yum, definitely can taste that laoshan black in there
A very good tea that I’d like to finish off before spring hehe, and also good as a hot toddy, although no rum in my cup tonight. Reminds me of Christmas time! See previous notes on this tea :)

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98

Soooooo good. Thank you so much Dexter3657 for this surprise gift.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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96

The cinnamon has a brighter taste…at least on the first steep.
But this tea is truly lovely.
Each of the essences are combined in such a harmonious way…
You definitely get the Pu -er taste, but in laid back, more refined way…
This has me singing “it’s easy like Sunday mornin”
This quality pu~er blend has a lot more to give…
perhaps some of those other ingredients will shine in successive steeping
I am going to be drinking a lot of this…

Preparation
0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML
MissLena

I can’t wait to try my bag of this tomorrow!!

CelebriTEA

2nd steep 30 seconds…
predominately still tasting cinnamon , but this still has a lot in it

CelebriTEA

Third steep~well, lol, forgot it cooking.
Unsure how long I steeped it, but it was NOT astringent or bitter.
Rather, it revealed more complexities and now the cinnamon is a bit
more subdued and the ingredients taste more balanced, yet bold and righ.
This is a really nice pu-er blend.

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87

Backlog:

I was really quite happy with this tisane. I’m not usually all excited about a chamomile blend, but all the components in this very busy blend work together quite nicely. I like the way the minty/basil-y notes of the tulsi unite with the apple-y notes of the chamomile and the sweet floral notes.

There is a distinct lime note to this as well, and I liked that tangy contrast, and I like how the lime-y flavor brightens the overall flavor. Sweet, warm, tangy, crisp … all these words come to mind when describing this tisane. I do wish there was a bit more from the cacao, but that should come as no big surprise, right? More chocolate always equals better!

That said, I liked this one.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/09/love-joy-tisane-verdant-tea/

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Second time drinking this one. The tea itself tastes pretty good, all the flavors are things I like and they harmonize nicely… but it smells like unbaked bread dough to me, which is majorly throwing me off. Especially because I keep forgetting about it. >.< I guess we’ll see if it’s something I can get used to…

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soooo funny story. I PURPOSELY SWAPPED FOR THIS ONE….and it has blergamot in it. dinosara graciously allowed me to have this one. I have to say….NO. I DID NOT STEEP THIS FOR 2 MINS… yes, i’m talking about you verdant and your two minutes “blends box teas all steeps for 2 mins…” although to be fair i did see at least ONE tea that had a different time.

Soooooo this one? totally not finding the orange in this….and i DID shake the bag up…i was hoping that the blergamot would give this s semblance or orange but be tied up with the vanilla and rooibos and it would be my ULTIMATE CREAMSICLE TEA. it’s not. it’s like a “spicy” sort of cinnamon? vanilla bean like woodsy rooibosy tea. i mean hey, it’s not half bad…but (and don’t tell anyone) i kinda keep wondering where the blerg is. Maybe after all these years of hating on it, it just up and left. got the heck out of dodge so it didn’t have to deal with my mean and hurtful words. that could happen right? stranger things have happened.

soooo on that note. tea good. not what i wanted or expected. will try to wrasstle with it later and see if i can’t wrangle a little more blerg outta this. shhhhhhhhhh don’t tell anyone.

Final Count: 141 (11 to go! 1 swap incoming)

Iridium

Huh, that’s weird, my cup was pretty creamsicly. Although I only tried it the one time…

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60

Well, umm, I don’t know about these herbal blends from Verdant. Let me make this clear – I only know two of them – the ones that were in the February Amoda box. The other was Love & Joy blend and I didn’t care for it much. This one also didn’t do much for me. I mean, I know it’s not purely an herbal, since there is some green tea in it, but its flavor and aroma just screamed HERBAL, so that’s how I feel I should think of it (does that make any sense?).

So, anyway, there’s sure a lot going on if you look at the impressive list of ingredients but they all merge into this herbally herbaliness that makes me feel like I should be sick in bed. I know it’s not a very constructive criticism, but I just have a weird relationship with herbals. I don’t like when they taste like herbals. And this one absolutely did. I could not find anything unusual about it, no flavor note that deserved a better scrutiny… I guess the right word would be boring. This blend was boring to me.

Oh well, I know that Verdant has absolutely awesome teas and I will definitely reach for them. It’s just that I will be more cautious about ever getting their herbal blends.

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Well Done Verdant :)
When I was reading the description and I saw all the ingredients that were in this tea tea I thought “meh too much stuff in there” and didn’t expect much from it.
When I tasted it realized i was wrong in thinking it had too much going on because the taste of all those things actually go really well together.
It is almost like a type of tea for wintertime but not quite bold enough for cold weather days, It is very subtle and sweet and actually pretty dern good for Springtime.
I can taste most of the things in this one, the cinnamon and the dandelion root, ginger, vanilla and even the Tea itself But it is difficult to tell single most of those flavor notes out because they are so very well balanced and really play together as one.
I figured it may be too complex to be enjoyed with all those ingredients But the flavors of this tea are only slightly complex with an overall unique taste.
Very Well Done.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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Beautiful & fluffy to look at, in pale shades of cream & sage. I went with the test tube steeper, which is my preferred method for greens these days, & short steepings. A delecate tea with essence of cucumber & lavendar. Probably my least favorite green from Verdant, but a good palate cleanser after drinking my beloved black teas all morning, & a nice segue to something else.

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100

Omg This is Awesome!!!!
Reminds me of Raisinets with some vanilla.
I love the Zhu Rong Tea, I was totally pleased with my TOTM box this time around New Zhu Rong and a Kick-Ass Zhu Rong blend :)

This one make me think of being at the movies with my Mom eating Raisinets, she really liked those, I think she would have enjoyed this tea too :)

Nicole

I love Raisinets. Though I don’t like raisins on their own. Must be the chocolate. :) This sounds like a tasty blend.

CelebriTEA

I love Raisinets too!
Sorry you didn’t get the chance to enjoy this with your Mom .

mrmopar

She is with you all the time in your heart. Tomorrow April 15th will be 38 years since mom went to heaven. Doesn’t get easier but you will always know by things you see or find later on that she left things for you to help you out. I find something new each year to let me know that.

CelebriTEA

Tommy, I lost my Mom Nov 9,2013
Thanks, John, for helping me through that time.
I am so thankful for Steeps ter and the friends I have made here.

Tommy the Toad

Thanks you guys :)
CelebriTEA i’m sorry for your loss too, you must know how i feel sometimes, it’s only been a month since i lost my mom so like you still pretty recent, Can you imagine 38years? oh my Mrmopar thats such a long time to miss her, its pretty tough to deal with loosing such an important person in your life, i miss her so much but i’m glad she has no more suffering. I’m sure i’ll be reminded of her everywhere i look and in lots of tings i do for a long time to come,like this tea, I am looking forward to all those thing to come.
She really would have loved this tea.

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93

Ok, time to catch up on tasting notes. The other day I was thinking about whether I really should keep on with my Verdant Blends Club because there is usually only one of the three each month that I’m interested in. But then I had a cup of this tea. It’s not available as a normal blend on their site, and what I have of it is from the box and also I swiped OMGsrsly’s.

Teas like this make it worth it for me. It really is deliciously like a spiced sugar cookie to me. I don’t really care for genmaicha usually, but this is certainly an exception. It is a blend that speaks to me, although apprently it doesn’t speak to many others as it’s not one that they decided to make permanent. Ah well, I will savor what I have.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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41

dexter sent this one my way and i think it’s because she knows i’ll drink anything even if i don’t wanna! That’s how i feel about yabao…yanaoway is where i land with it. I don’t like the taste, don’t think it’s pretty but still i try…and try again. This one? tastes like every other yabao tea. blechy. BUT thanks for sharing dexter lol

Dexter3657

LOL you sent me blergamont and licorice in the last package you sent me – I thought that meant everything was fair game. ;))
(Also it’s really hard to find things that you HAVEN’T tried….)

Sil

haha everything IS fair game! it’s way more fun that way. :)

Dexter3657

Yep, you never know until you try it and I’ve been surprised on MANY occasions.

CelebriTEA

I am not crazy about yabao, but I will try anything labeled “tea” at least once…lol..

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100

I have never enjoyed a chocolate tea as much as this!!!
It reminds me of chocolate covered raisins with added berries, and creamy vanilla.
But I steeped it about 4 minutes.
I love a good, deep, rich flavor and I cannot for the life of me,
see getting that from a 30 second steep.
It was far worth the extra steeping time for me…transporting me to Heaven.
THIS IS DIVINE

Flavors: Berries, Chocolate, Raisins, Vanilla

Preparation
1 tsp 11 OZ / 340 ML
CelebriTEA

I am drinking the re steep this afternoon~luxurious…yum

Tommy the Toad

I just got mine today, Soooo Good!

CelebriTEA

You are right, Tommy ;-)

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100

I just got home from playing a wedding. The acoustics in the church were so wonderful, & I love it when it’s like that. Every note means more, there is so much more nuance to every piece. I can reach levels of loud & soft that I can’t access in my living room, or in a place that is just average. Don’t get me wrong, I always love playing, in every venue, but something about a place with amazing acoustics makes the music ever more magical, at least for me. I experience extra things that can’t be described with words, I become more than myself, it’s my most favorite thing in the whole wide world. I love my job!

So before I return to Tony’s house, where I will dwell in my PJs until late sunday evening, I wanted to relax with one yixing session, & this was the tea I was thinking of. This is a tea that I have deemed Hoardworthy. Just the aroma of the dry leaf alone is a beautiful thing, & that dry leaf is a beautiful thing to look upon as well. Rich, roasty, & fruity, it is everything I want a Wuyi Oolong to be. I’ve written several reviews about it, & I’m tired, so I’m just gonna sit here & savor this as long as I can.

Nicole

Hoardworthy. That’s high praise. :)

Anna

Hoardworthy!

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83

I received my first ever swap in the mail today from Kaylee, consisting of more of this lovely little tea, some flowering teas from Taiwan and a tea charm bookmark! And the cutest card! Thank you so much!! :)

So receiving the swap totally made my day, and now that I have more of this tea, I made myself a cup of it this evening to relax after another busy day of work. It looks like it might rain here (hoping!) so this tea combined with the rain will make for a very relaxing evening. Soft, sweet, soothing. Quite tasty! See previous notes on this tea :)

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I’m still working my way through last year’s greens & whites, with a commitment to drink one of them every day of the week, with weekends being optional.
This is another TOMC tea from last June.
It brews to a lovely pale apricot, starting out with a light but creamy vanilla texture, & gradually becoming refreshing in a cucumber sort of way, almost like a light salad, LOL.

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I had this one yesterday evening. Whoa, is this one different.

I tasted almost a honey flavor, a floral flavor (probably the chamomile), and a berry something, it was also mildly spicy. Definitely different. I did a second infusion and it wasn’t as honey or chamomile, but it was still different and delicious. I like this. I don’t know that I would drink it often, but I’m glad I have enough for a few more mugs.

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89
drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea (Special)
4041 tasting notes

This was my last tea from yesterday. I cannot even tell you how satisfying yesterday was. We finally got to play Brass again – still one of our favourite games that we don’t get to play often. We played a few others, had some pizza and relaxed and then we were all pretty pooped and ready to go home…at like 10pm. But then someone said “rockband?” and before you knew it…we were 4 hours later going home hahaha good times were had by all. This was my “travelling home” tea and may, i love it. This was another one of verdant teas that i picked up 4oz of back in December and am down to my last ounce or so… the only reason it’s not done is because during the day i tend to reach for vanilla spice first as i like it just a little better heh

Final Count: 139

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98

Thank you Dexter3547 for a surprise addition of this to my cupboard. It is, in my opinion, the best chai ever…. and it definitely made my night. Thank you, mucho gracias, merci beaucoup!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I got my 2 sons to help me string a fence across my yard, so that Trouble the dog can’t poop & dig in my garden anymore. It’s nothing fancy. We used cheap fencing that I already had, & I made a gate out of a section of fence, some wire, & a bamboo post. Like everything in my garden, it will probably be temporary, but then again, maybe not. I posted 2 pics on my FB.

Now I’m relaxing at Tony’s, enjoying this tea, & watching Cardinals baseball. Unfortunately, it looks like Pittsburgh will win this one :(

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93

Hmm how did this one leave my cupboard? Lol well this is a sipdown anyways today! And darn it, does this tea ever taste DELICIOUS on the last cup. Cocoa, toasty, citrusy..just a warming and delicious cup of goodness. Mmmmm. Now I’m sad this will be gone from my cupboard. :( but still lots of teas to drink!!

Oh, and it totally looks like it will rain out today. I SO want it to rain!! That might mean that winter is finally ALMOST over and spring might arrive?! Haha, yeah right, probably not..but I do miss the rain, it’s calming and makes me want to drink tea even more haha. See previous notes on this tea!

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