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Okay, more research needed before going further into this tea. I smell and taste Lapsang smokiness, yet Steepster tells me it’s an oolong, which is normally something (I find) I have a strong, severe reaction to within minutes of drinking. I get violently nauseous, and while that’s all that happens, it’s really quite horrible. This is the first oolong in… many years… that I’ve had zero reaction to. Nice! This makes me think it’s a lapsang though instead of an oolong, especially because of the taste, so I’m off to figure out what’s what, and why.
…… and I’m back. Okay, so Lapsang is really only referring to the roasting process, which of course makes sense (although I do feel a bit silly). So it’s a roasted oolong, and that’s why I’m getting campfire/pine needles out of this. It’s earthy and slightly sweet, with lots of smoke and woodsy elements to it. I also get something gummy, resin-like out of this, maybe myrrh? Dunno.
I’ll have to re-steep this a few times to see what else I can get out of it. Verdant’s descriptions of cream and chocolate? Far from this experience for me, so far.
Thank you Sil for generously sharing this with me; I realize it’s no longer available, and quite pricey to boot. Truly appreciated!
Flavors: Cedar, Earth, Honey, Pine
Wow, I guess I’m adding the first tasting note? I am so not worthy of this honor. Or, rather, my badly written note is not. >.<
Got the box today, and I’m drinking this one because it’s caffeine free and I’m sleeeepy. I’m definitely getting orange creamsicle from this, except without the artificial weirdness (tasty weirdness, but weirdness) of the (cheap, supermarket brand) orange creamsicles I usually consume. I might have expected it to taste a little more like an earl grey, given the bergamot, but I g uess it doesn’t. And that’s cool. And I’m only getting a little bit of that weird mold note that I get from rooibos, so yay!
… maybe I’ll be more coherent next time I drink this. I definitely wouldn’t bet on it though.
Okay I was going to write this note earlier but life got in the way. So my first cup of this was spectacularly awesome. It was a nice creamy mint that was perfect. Now for some unknown reason after that I found it got sometimes too sweet near the end. Similar to teas with Chamomile in them. So I would definitely recommend this to everyone as it is extremely yummy.
Finally trying this.
It’s actually pretty good. Lots of tulsi. Very herbal. A bit of pine from the yabao.
Not something I think I’d want to get again, but I have some of another 8 Treasures that I haven’t finished yet. And Yabao Snickerdoodle. And honestly, I think I’d rather have the ginger sage winter spa blend over any of the others, most of the time.
This tastes really “homey” to me if that makes sense. I really enjoy this, but next time, I think I would steep in a tea bag rather than my steeper because I am still tasting it today.
This is a really nice citrus vanilla herbal selection. I need to have more herbals in my tea collection!
I suddenly found myself in the mood for a chai.
I’d like to publicly thank the Devotea for setting me straight on chai making.
I poured some vanilla almond milk into a pot, turned in on low, added probably way more tea than would be recommended (basically, the rest of the contents of the envelope), & just let it sit there for awhile, checking to stir occasionally. You can disregard any lame reviews I’ve written about this chai in the past, because what I’m drinking now is f*@}!&g awesome!
And it’s a sipdown…uh…326, I think.
I started drinking this tea yesterday. Verdant has some new Dancongs available, & part of me want to rush headlong into placing another order (I say ‘another’ because last week I talked myself into placing an order, in order to spend my ‘tea cash’ from Chinese new year. At least I had a good excuse, right?)
So yesterday evening I enjoyed several steepings, & then realizing how late it was getting, I tabled it until today. After a quick rinse, I’ve had several more cups. There are elements of tangerine, incense, & for awhile it was kind of like marshmallow cream. This is, of course, one of my lame reviews, as I have another musician due to show up for a rehearsal any minute, but I wanted to at least mention that I had drank it. I think I wrote a much more extensive review when I first got this tea, if you’re looking for that sort of thing.
Final comment: Sometimes with fancy teas such as this one, teas that require me to be fully present (which I strive to be at all times, but who’s perfect, right?), teas that boast such a wonderful array of flavors, textures, aromas, etc…sigh…sometimes I feel like I’m waiting for something to happen. I mean, there are days where every sip is a revelation. Then there are days where I can’t identify a vowel (if a vowel were a flavor). Sometimes it’s familiar, I know that I know it, I know that I have tasted it…somewhere…but what is it?
Other times I’m caught up in the headiness of an amazingly intricate nirvana of flavors, and I love those times, when I am fully present like I was back in the day, tripping on shrooms & watching houseplants move. (Not an indorsement here, but I ate so many of those back then, I can still watch houseplants move, & they make soft slurping sounds when you water them too. BTW, a few years ago I spent an entire afternoon in my sunroom, watching a meyer lemon flower bloom…it was amazing…so I am capable of being present, sometimes…lol).
ummm….where was I?
Aroma: Licorice, sweet, minty, refreshing
Liquor Color: Golden yellow
Liquor Flavor: Sweet licorice, peppermint, cinnamon
Notes: I feel like this is a tea you either love or hate. On that note, I LOVE it. The moment I took a sniff, I just knew it was going to be amazing. The cinnamon, peppermint and licorice all are perfectly blended. I love how the flavors change with one being more prominent and letting another flavor take over as you finish your sip. This was great for rebrewing. I had multiple cups and each time the flavor changed but still was as strong as the first. I regret only buying a sample size. Yum!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice
I was skeptical about trying this tea because it smells so perfumey, but that also intrigues me. Floral teas smell perfumey to me but I love the taste so I was hoping that would be the case with this one. But this tasted awful. I could detect the jasmine which I liked, but it tasted just like incense of perfume. I love the idea of it, it’s not like any other tea I’ve tried, but I just can’t do it. Unless someone really wants this, I’ll probably throw it away. I’m only giving it a rating above 10 because I think it is a quality tea and I wish that I liked it.
Mmmm, drank this one yesterday afternoon, steeping it a few times. I can’t believe how sweet and chocolatey this tea is. Are you sure there isn’t added sugar in here? Of course not, just luxurious beautiful curled black tea leaves. I love Laoshan Black, but this reserve version is mind blowing. Sweeter, silkier, more chocolatey. I wonder if Verdant will have another 1st picking harvest this year? I do have a couple of ounces of this to hoard, in any case. :D
This tea was a generous gift from CrowKettle :)
I packed up a servings worth of leaf to take to work with me this morning without really researching the tea first. I’ve never seen shu leaf that looked quite like this, but I didn’t think much of it, and rushed off to work. I brewed up my first steep as soon as I got here, and then checked out the Steepster page for it. I had no idea that CrowKettle had sent me such a treasure! I’ve never had the opportunity to try a puerh tea this old! Apparently it can go for 30 steeps??? I will definitely have to find a way to transport my wet leaves home with me after work so I can continue the adventure :D
As per my usual style for shu, I’m steeping this one “Western-ish” which is somewhere in between Verdant’s recommendation for Western style brewing of this tea, and the Xingyang Workshop’s Recommendation.
I’ve never had anything quite like this one! I’m used to shu tasting very earthy and foresty. This one DOES taste like ancient books and wood. Yet somehow it is very sweet and CLEAN. I’m upset because the air is so dry here, my sinuses aren’t quite right today and I’m sure I’m not experiencing this taste and smell fully. (so glad I have enough leaf to try it a few more times!)
Immediately after tasting, Esme by Joanna Newsom was playing in my head, so I will be listening to her lovely harp music while drinking it ALL DAY today.
“I believe love will always surround you
Brave as a bear with a heart rare and true
But if you are scared, if you are blue
I have prepared this small song for you:
Sweet Esme! Sweet Esme!"
I’ll update on subsequent steeps of this tea today in the comments if I feel it necessary :)
Broke this out this morning. It’s the first, and probably only February Amoda tea I’ll have, because the others are too floral for me, and I have sensitivities to florals.
This is pretty tasty, but honestly, it is no better than the Sheng Pu Erh I can get locally from David’s. They’re extremely similar.
I don’t usually begin my morning with an oolong, but when I do, it’s a reserve TGY.
This is so lovely, as always. Floral and sweet like fine honey, lightly buttery, crisp and clean. I drank this one eagerly, and just now looked into the bottom of the cup for the dregs but found nothing. Ah, over too soon.
Thanks, Dinosara. :)
This is mostly tulsi. Lots and lots of tulsi. Some spice from the galangal, some berry taste from the goji berries, and I can barely taste the actual tea.
It’s interesting. I like the flavours. But I’m not sure it really needs the tea part in it. It might do better as an herbal.
I’ve been trying to avoid caffeine in the evening, so I pulled out this herbal. I had enough left for one more steeping- a sipdown! I’ve been doing a lot of sipdowns lately, which means I finally get to do a tea order! I have been enduring a long, self-inflicted hiatus from buying tea.
I tried this with milk and it was nummy! Very minty!
Not drinking this because I really want it, but more from a 1) it’s caffeine free, and 2) it seems I may be getting sick again, and the ingredients in here, are quasi-medicinal.
It isn’t a terrible taste, so it is tolerable. But yeah, I’m drinking this for what it is, even if it isn’t really a favourite.