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My cupboard keeps getting smaller – I think it’s partly bc Steepster hasn’t been working well lately and so I haven’t been getting excited about other teas, and can’t-miss sales etc. Partly because I’ve been working part-time a bit too as we wait for Hannibal to start shooting – we’re getting close! I think I get to read Episode 6 on Monday, and filming should start in a month or so?
The Hannibal Season 2 dvd just came out and there’s two special featurettes on it that feature our shop and the work involved in creating all the dead bodies. It was really awesome to watch – it made us look good! Also I sorta laughed when I recognized a few of the photos I took in the dvd. That’s about the limit to my creative input – I’m just admin, not talent. :P It’s all my boss and his employees.
Anyway, this tea was good, but I’m not sure about re-ordering it? I’m just not THAT big on oolongs, although the mint flavouring is quite nice. I just wanted to finish this today since it’s the Last Day of Summer! Woohoo. I love Fall, so I am not upset by that!
The first time I saw this tea was in a TTB and though I usually avoid pu’erh I meant to try this as per Cavocorax’s suggestion. However, I ended up forgetting and passed it along. Luckily, my tea twin Roswell Strange has me covered as she sent along a teaspoon for me to taste. Thank you!
Sipping on this cup, I am grateful that the pu’erh flavor is essentially non-existent. Nonetheless, this is still not a tea for me. It is mostly a hot cup of cinnamon water with some ginger and herb flavors to round it out. All not flavors in a tea I care enough to reach for so although I am happy for the chance to try something new, I am also glad it was just the one serving.
This tea was included in the last tea-of-the-month set (along with the roasted oolong and the bilochan as points of comparison).
I have to say I’m a bit confused with this tea being described as an oolong. The appearance both dry and wet, the aroma both dry and wet and the resultant cup all seem to me to be very much a green tea.
I enjoyed it very much, but I found nothing oolong about it at all.
The best steeping of Laoshan Roasted oolong was the last steepings – it was like drinking a s’more – so sweet, vanilla flavored and roasty!
Before that with the first 12 infusions (out of 14), the tea had roasty, nutty, bark woodsy, chocolate malt, yam, and marshmallow with a light to moderate dryness.
I can’t compare to Laoshan black – i’ve had that tea in blends and once on it’s own, but I do like this oolong. Only if I can have infusion 13 and 14 over and over again.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/laoshan-roasted-oolong-verdant-tea/
From the Lewis and Clark TTB.
Brewed gongfu-style with gaiwan. Steeping times: 3, 3, 3, 3, 6, 6, 6, 6.
I haven’t had many Tieguanyin’s, so picking out the complexities was difficult for me. Trying to go beyond “floral” here.
The leaf has a flora aroma, an early spring air filled with the delicate fragrances of purple, light blue, dark blue, pink, and yellow flowers. I imagine bumblebees and honeybees, dusted with pollen, flitting from flowerbed to flowerbed. The liquor is pale yellow, clear, and bright. Full-bodied yet light. The texture becomes creamier and more buttery with every infusion, and the taste changes to candy sweet, evocative of candied flowers.
The tightly rolled light green leaves quickly unfurl. Each one is surprisingly small and thin for a lightly oxidized oolong.
This tea is good. The first note I noticed was the roasted barley, it was prominent. I could also taste the notes of cocoa, scotch, and toast. It was a very smooth tea with just a little bitterness, however the bitterness was pleasant. I did not notice much qi but there was a little.
I steeped this six times in a 180ml teapot with 190 degree water and 6g leaf. I steeped it for 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, and 35 sec. There was a beautiful golden color to the first infusion and a golden brown color afterwards.
Flavors: Cocoa, Roasted Barley, Scotch, Toasty
Resteeping my leaves from Wednesday. I enjoy this so much. It’s a bit buttery, with lots of jasmine, bergamot. Earthy, floral, hints of goji. So well balanced. The finish is floral and slightly perfumey.
I think this needs to be a staple in my cupboard. It’s so unique and wonderful. <3
Flavors: Bergamot, Butter, Earth, Floral, Goji, Jasmine
Lewis & Clarke TTB
Another sample that I pulled out of the TTB to try later before sending it on. Looks similar to other green oolongs I’ve seen – tightly rolled and yellow/green in color. Dry scent is sweet with strong peachy notes and a bit of cream. I steeped mine for 3 minutes at 190 degrees.
This tastes similar to other green oolongs – slightly vegetal with a creamy texture and nice peach notes. However, it’s pretty strong on the floral taste, which does not make my mouth happy. It’s almost perfumey in the aftertaste. :(
Flavors: Cream, Floral, Peach, Vegetal
Got this tea as a sample in the Verdant order I placed a while ago.
Was hit by a wave of chocolate when I opened the bag. That must be a good sign, right? :P
Well definitely is! Cocoa and chocolate all the way with this tea! Another enjoyable cup tonight. Mann I’ve been on a black tea kick all day it feels like. Good tea day! :D
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa
This is the last of the samples that kimquat sent me. Oh my goodness.
This was is the best. I’ve tried quite a few good teas from that swap…But this one. Wow. This one is amazing.
Cocoa. Honey. Graham Crackers. Raisins. Chocolate.
This tea is just incredible.
Might actually by my favorite from Verdant so far.
I think I over steeped it by a minute or two, but it’s not bitter at all!
Wow. You just have to try this tea. So good!
I am definitely gonna buy it if It ever becomes available again!
Thank you so much, kimquat, for broadening my tea horizons! :D That was a fun swap. ^^
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Graham Cracker, Honey, Raisins, Sweet
Lewis & Clarke TTB
Another jasmine tea! I figured this would be nice to start winding down for sleep soon. And I’ve really enjoyed Verdant’s teas so far! Visually, this one is basically a silver needle, I don’t see any jasmine flowers in it. Dry scent is very jasmine and very sweet.
Once brewed, this tea smells like jasmine candy. Seriously, it’s that sweet-smelling! I’m a bit saddened by this tea… The jasmine flavor is actually very good, it’s quite sweet which I like. However, I can’t taste the silver needle underneath at all. It adds a creamy texture, but that’s about it. So while the jasmine is nice here, I’m missing the base tea! :(
Flavors: Creamy, Jasmine, Sweet
I started steeping these leaves a few days ago, got through the rinse and one steep and then realized I was too distracted. I let these leaves dry and I’m trying again with them now.
Second steep, 10 seconds. The leaves are very roasty and umami smelling, but the liquor is all lilac on the nose. Lilac on the palette too, though this steep tastes a bit weak.
Third steep, 10 seconds. Again, intensely lilac, but with roasty, almost burnt notes on the tongue now. Fades out to a more rose like floral on the finish, with a bit of toasted rice and umami.
4th, 6 sec. Lilac, sandalwood, a bit astringent, roasty.
5th, 5 seconds. Sweet & perfumey.
I’m not going to rate this yet. I know I like it but it deserves more focus.
Flavors: Floral, Perfume, Roasted, Rose, Sweet, Toasted Rice, Toasty, Umami