Verdant Tea (Special)

Recent Tasting Notes

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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80

i have a confession to make – i can’t stand this tea brewed normally in water. there’s way too much fennel in it to make me happy. HOWEVER….this steeped in half apple juice/half water; cold brewed is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good! it’s like an apple cider sort of delicious berry tea. Thankfully i remembered to pick up some apple juice so i will have this finished up in no time! woot woot! (steeped that way, my rating would be in the 90’s…so i compromised since i don’t like it normally brewed)

Final Count: 171

Dexter

That’s interesting!!!

Sil

sooo goood…

Dinosara

Soooo much fennel :P

Sil

Dinosara – exactly but it works in apple juice lol

Cheri

I love when people try different things with their tea and then share it. This sounds like a good compromise on making this tea work for you. :)

Terri HarpLady

I need to buy more elderberries today :)

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I was skeptical of this one, because Cask Strength was supposed to be bourbon-inspired as well, and I found that one super icky. But this one didn’t have any suspicious ingredients in it, so I allowed myself to hope. I’ve only barely tried it so far (I’m steeping it in my tiny 2 oz teacups), but it’s definitely not icky and actually pretty good!

Update: as predicted, it goes great with chocolate. (72% with cacao nibs. :)

Sil

i was wondering about these ones when they said whiskey inspired..

Iridium

Unfortunately, I have little to no experience with actual bourbon (I’m far more familiar with scotch), so I can’t comment whether either of them is “accurate” or what not. But they taste completely different to me…

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90

I’m not usually a huge fan of white teas (although maybe that’s changing recently?) but I love this one. I like the cedar tips and the juniper, and everything else kinda blurs together pleasantly in the background. I think I got through about four steeps before I switched to something else, but I maybe could have gone for a couple more. I’ll have to see how far I can stretch it out, and what more interesting flavors might emerge. :)

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94

I’ve been drinking a lot of oolong the last couple of days, and I wanted to do something different. I found this in my pantry. I’d forgotten I had it!

I should have looked at the clock because I have plans this evening that come with a good length car trip to start. Well, hopefully I can find a place to stop when I have to, because I can’t stop drinking this tea.

I dumped the first two quick rinses, as I’ve seen that suggested recently. Then I really started into this tea.

oh emm gee

Deliciousness.

sweet but almost floral. Barely earthy, but it’s there. Creamy. Incredibly creamy.

Each infusion is a little different than the previous one.

I can’t believe how beautiful this tea is. And that I didn’t try it until now.

What was I thinking?!?

Even on the 6th infusion, I’m still getting such sweet notes to this, but it’s getting a little woody-ish. Sort of.

It’s hard to describe the beautiful party happening in my mouth with each sip.

I want more. I need more. I have to stop drinking because we have to leave very soon.

I’m going to hold the leaves and hope they’re still good when we get back.

Okay, tea friends, since I love this tea, what other sheng pu-erhs do you recommend???

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML
Marzipan

Shengs are more like green tea right?

Cheri

This one reminded me of a white, actually.

MzPriss

Other shengs that I love are Wild Mountain Green and Wild Monk from Mandala. mrmopar and Sammerz and Rich and DigniTea can give you all sorts of suggestions.

Marzipan

What am I likely to like if I prefer black teas?

MzPriss

For me, and I am a pretty HARDCORE unflavored (with the exception of natural flavors) black tea gal and I like both. A lot. They do different things for me. Why don’t I send you a little of each and you can see what you might like?

MzPriss

I don’t really drink green tea.

Marzipan

That would be nice! I tried special dark once and didn’t like it much, I’m afraid I don’t “get” puerh yet but I want to keep trying.

MzPriss

Oh, I was going to send you SD, so that’s good to know. I will send something different. Oh, I got your swap package today!! Thank yo so much. I can’t wait to try them.

Marzipan

Anything else you would like to try?

Sarsonator

This sounds wonderful! I’m adding to my wishlist. :)

apt

white2tea has a ton of shengs. never tried them but I am in the near future, a little bird told me to wait a bit though.

MzPriss

Honestly Marzipan, I am kind of drowning in tea right now for real and true so not right now – but thank you so much for offering. Maybe after I tame this giant sea of tea I have – I need to tin it and organize it and OMG it’s out of hand!

I just took a look at it all and I’m a little freaked out and there is some on the way and I need an intervention.

Marzipan

The offer will stand after you tame the beast :)

MzPriss

Thank you :) Really I’m starting to worry about myself now. I’m pretty sure that after this weekend and the orders that are coming, I’m going to end up over 200. Yikes! I have no where to put it all, some is going to have to move to the living room. I needto spend some quality time with it and see what to do about it. And drink it :)

Cheri

Between the really high credit card bill a couple of months back, and how much my tea collection has expanded in the last few months, I stopped buying tea (mostly.) I’m back to where I think I’m ready to start buying because my expenditures have been low, but the pantry is still overflowing. I need to at least organize what I have before ordering more, I think. But I do want to try to find some good sheng pu-erhs to try because this one was amazing.

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100

Wow! This is amazing!

I was very hesitant about this month’s Verdant Blends Box because I had read that the blends were going to be whiskey inspired, and I am not a huge fan of whiskey or nearly any other alcoholic drink. With this reservation, I opened the box and read the descriptions of this month’s blends when the box arrived today. I was intrigued with the descriptions and decided to make a cup of this blend first. And, I love it! This is my favorite blend so far from this subscription.

The aftertaste is really fantastic. It is so rich and creamy and long lasting. All the flavors blend together so well that I have no idea how to describe the taste of this tea.

Flavors: Cacao, Caramel, Creamy, Sarsaparilla, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

I’m at a sipdown for this tea on this lovely Saturday :( I really enjoyed this tea! The final cup is crisp, bright and perfect for a sunny day like today. The lavender evokes a sense of peace and the bright citrus just cheers me up inside and out! Delicious and beautiful, here’s to a good day! I might do some painting, I started my acrylic painting course on Wednesday and it was just amazing! Relaxing and so freeing, and the three hours just flew by! I can’t believe how fast it goes when you are doing something enjoyable such as painting. Hoping to get back into it and keep with it even when the course finishes!

Anyways, goodbye lovely tea (that most other Steepsters despised :P) and maybe we will meet again! See previous notes!

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95

Aroma: Fresh, buttery, light nuttiness
Liquor Color: Pale greenish yellow
Liquor Flavor: Very fresh and crisp, buttery smooth, refreshing mouth linger like mint
Notes: The smell of the wet leaves was so intoxicating. You could smell the freshness and I didn’t want to stop smelling the leaves. I just finished off an autumn laoshan green and was looking forward for this one. The leaves were so vibrant in color, this tea was so relaxing I just wanted to drift away. Very smooth, crisp, everything I’d want in a good quality green tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

Aw, I wrote a ton of things for this one and I lost it. Thank you Dinosara for this one! I had no idea how to steep this one, so it was a little bitter from the birch bark, which seems like that happen anyway. I’m not sure what it’s for anyway. I don’t taste much rooibos or yerba mate but there is a lot of mint, spearmint and lavender. It seems like I had this combination before but I have no idea where. It’s an odd mix of ingredients. Not bad but not Verdant’s best blend.

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Tea review + story time.

So I wake up this morning happy to finally have some time to do my own thing after a weekend of socializing. I make this tea and go out to water the garden so it has time to cool. Unfortunately, husband suckered me into helping him wax his car. Then I spent some time watching 5 swallowtail butterfly caterpillars demolish my small (3" tall) bronze fennel plants. I’m actually more concerned that they’ll run out of food than that my plants are being eaten down to nothing. I purposely got the fennel in order to attract these butterflies, but they haven’t grown enough to support the appetite of even 1 caterpillar, let alone 5. I should run by the store and pick up a parsley plant or something for them. I wasn’t planning on planting carrots until later in the season. hmmm…

Anyway, by the time I got in to drink this tea, it was only lukewarm. And I was so hot from working outside I didn’t even want it anymore. I wanted iced tea!! I drank it anyway. Can’t let tea go to waste. :D

This was one of those teas I purchased when I made a big order from Verdant a while back. First time opening the bag. I’ve decided that I’m not really such a huge fan of qimen. Sometimes I like them, but sometimes not. This one seemed like a really good quality one for someone that appreciated this type of tea. Smokey and fruity and autumn leaves. Nice.

Now on to the cold brewed tea in my fridge. yay!

Nxtdoor

Milkweed?

Mercuryhime

I should specify that it’s an Eastern Black Swallowtail. They only eat plants like parsley, fennel, carrots, and others in that family. I happen to know where to find wild carrots in my neighborhood so maybe I’ll just harvest some of that for them.

Mercuryhime

Or maybe I should bring them indoors. I’ve noticed lots of wasps browsing my garden for caterpillars. :(

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