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Very yummy. I forget which year mybsample is from but it’s very good. Note is logged via my android tablet and it’s hard toenter steep time, temp and rating so I’ll fix that when I get to a computer.
Will replace mid morning snack with tea in an attempt to avoid high calorie snacking!!!!
So glad to have this back again in my cupboard. It’s really comforting on this snowy morning.
Found this in my sample box, thought I’d brew it up (at almost 4 AM… my sleep schedule is a bit broken right now).
Really wish I had more than just a sample, this is quite wonderful and has an interesting cooling/sparkling taste that I’m enjoying. Will have to give this some extra appreciation as I sip!
I just had four cups of this, but with two infusions since I steeped two cups at a time. Malty and delicious, but maybe not the best on an empty stomach.
It sucks, I still want to try out the third infusion since it’s been a while since I tried a third infusion of this. Maaaybe later.
I smell no cotton candy, apricot or bananas…
I feel rather confused with this one.
This is a very mild brew and I drank two entire pots
back to back, and still am unsure of flavors.
This is my first oolong…
I will have to have another pot or two on another day…hopefully,
I will have a better analysis…suffice it to say…It IS VERY GOOD :-)
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It’s been so cold in the Napa Valley! We never get weather like this. When we take our dog out in the mornings, the normally spongy earth by the oak trees is crunchy and sparkles. My thermostat is set to 80, but the house will only get as warm as 65, and that is in the late afternoon. The weather made this a perfect blend to have this morning, because it is the quality, grown-up version of the Sleepytime tea I used to drink as a child on cozy winter days. Yum.
I’ve been drinking a steep & resteep of this while I allow myself to catch up a little with my Steepster reading. I’ve been working & practicing so much, I haven’t had time to read or post a lot. I miss everyone! Sending out a lot of love in all directions!
And now, I must leap into action for yet another busy day!!!
Wow, is this different, and if the tasting notes I’m reading are a hint, it will take several steeps to discover how different it is.
My first scent impression was grapes and chocolate. Gave it a 4 minute steep and it continues to remind me of white wine and chocolate. And a “something else” I haven’t pinpointed just yet.
Thanks to terriharplady for the sample packet and something new to think about!
I got this from BrewTEAlly Sweet‘s stash sale. I really enjoyed it as a full-bodied cinnamon tea that held up easily to 3 steeps. I didn’t pick up on the tulsi at all :( I really enjoyed this, but I’m not sure if it would make it into the regular rotation.
This poor, poor tea. It didn’t deserve what I did to it this weekend. I tried so many different ways to heat water during our 36-hour power outage, but getting water hot enough to properly steep it just wasn’t in the cards.
The closest we came to a proper cup was when I stuffed extra tea lights into my teapot warmer, but even then it would only be lukewarm once it did everything it could do to steep.
I did manage to get a little crafty, but alas, without tea:
Received my Verdant order and had to give this one a try. After reading so many tasting notes on it I was excited to finally have it in my cup!
Since I’ve been reading so many tasting notes I was able to skip the guess work and just follow Sil’s instructions. I used 1 tablespoon of leaves letting them steep for six minutes. The results were lovely. Lots of vanilla and citrus flavors. I’m not sure if the cake-y bread-y flavor is from the Yunnan or one of the other ingredients, but it works and it works well. This one’s a winner.
This has been in my cup for most of the day. It’s such a wonderful tea, and the fact that it resteeps so beautifully is just icing on the cake!
I’m starting my morning off with this yummy concoction. The very popular Laoshan black is skillfully blended with organic lemon peel, orange peel, rose petals, and bergamot. The nuances shift as the tea cools, with the bergamot becoming more pronounced. The rose is very subtle. I actually enjoy Laoshan Black in blends such as this and Laoshan Village Chai more than straight up. I sweetened this with some stevia, but my husband enjoyed it unsweetened. I’d like to try it iced next summer, as the website suggests.
Woke up way earlier than was my plan. I decided I wanted something warm to drink, but with the hope of going back to sleep I chose this over caffeinated tea. This is one of my favorite herbals. I sometimes think the fennel is going to be too much because the smell of it is so strong, but it’s always well balanced with the mint, ginger, and licorice root.
I couldn’t fall back asleep, but having a quiet house all to myself is a treat in and of itself.
I’m already almost finished my second steep of this tea. I made two huge mugs of it, as my tummy isn’t too happy about the amount of sugar and dairy I’ve been consuming the last couple days.
So delicious with a little honey. The second steep sat for a while, so it’s all about the ginger. I don’t mind at all. :)
I received this as a sample from my last order from Verdant. They give a surprisingly large sample. It looks like at least 3 sessions worth of tea for the size of my gaiwan. I gave this a second long rinse and it really brews dark fast. The first steep was 3 seconds. The leaves and tea smell sweet and similar to a Yunnan black. It doesn’t have any smokiness, but has a slightly malty starchy flavor. Similar flavor to Laoshan Black, but less chocolaty and a sharper flavor. The flavor is really hard to pin down. It’s a very dry flavor, tasty in its own right, but very hard to pin down. The flavor doesn’t change too much during steepings, but it’s strength remains. It is also a very filling tea.
Ack. I won’t rate this one as I’m not sure how much of the way this tea is is due to the fact that it’s a bit too old and I had opened it and then saved it for months unrefrigerated. Others have mentioned how beautiful this tea is, but my sample is full of lots of small leaf pieces. I honestly don’t think I could have accidentally pulverized it that much. I am very careful with my Verdant samples. However, my cat Xavier did sit in this box briefly.
I have always been disappointed with Dragonwell teas. I don’t think I have had a single good one! I see in videos these beautiful green leaves swirling and unfurling in a pale broth, and then slowly and delicately resting at the bottom of the glass.
The Dragonwells I have made always looked over-oxidized and full broken leaves that turn the water a mostly yellow color. This one did just that and brewed a bitter cup. Oh well.
Wow. The tasting notes were definitely right about the hazelnut in this. I was skeptical about this, but it was the very first thing I smelled. I don’t know if I smell or taste spinach at all, but it definitely has some green vegetal flavors, but they’re buttery and not sour. I overbrewed the second steeping because I am working on my gaiwan technique. My hands are very small (I’m 5’0") and apparently I have been holding the gaiwan incorrectly because of this. :-/ Anyhow, it is a very nice tea.
Good morning steepster. So it is so bloody cold here this morning that the heater in our apartment died. So no hot water for a shower, no heat on. I wondered why it was so cold when I woke up. My phone said it was around – 29 C but felt like – 46 C with windchill this morning. Manning, AB is the coldest place on earth today it said on the news. A 6 hour drive north, but still. Brrrrrrrr. So since I got up early to shower and can’t, I have extra time, so I made a cup of this to warm up. My hands are sluggish typing currently lol. Thank goodness for tea. I am hoping my Jeep starts for work, really DO NOT want to take the bus there today. See previous notes on this tea!
My 200th Tasting Note!
This is my last sipdown of the evening, and I am very, very sorry to see this go! I received a sample of the Laoshan Black with my last order, and mixed them 1:1 at something like 1-1/4tsp each in my 16oz mug.
Forget the sipdown. This is going on the shopping list. The chocolate maltiness of the Laoshan Black is just dancing with the Eight Treasures Yabao in the cup, and making something new and graceful.
Now, I adore their Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black blend, but this may actually give it a run for its money. I might actually, dare I say it, like it a little better because it has even more layers and a balance I just couldn’t anticipate when I dumped the blend in the cup.
I had more plans this evening, of other things I wanted to do, to organize, or to clean, but they’re sliding from my mind like clouds burnt off by the sun. Mmm…
Totally going on the shopping list.
This is a great everyday green tea (not that its a “common tea”, but is not one that you get tired of easily). That’s exactly what I’ve been doing the past few days – sipping on this one, as an alternate taste between drinking other teas. Very nice switch in taste from a greener oolong. It keeps a consistency, but seems to reset my palate and provides a new experience each time I go back to the other tea. This tea is more of the leisure type, it doesn’t seem to over steep easily and the flavor is excellent.
My method of brewing has been in a tall mason jar, starting with 45% room temperature water then the rest at 205°F – this seems to bring the overall temp to around 185°F. Once there is only 20% left of tea in the jar, it’s time to bring it back to a full glass. I’ve gotten many infusions doing it this way and has proven to be an excellent way to drink more fluids.
The taste is grand, with it’s buttery edamame aroma and taste. I do indeed like this one! It is not too overpowering and really gives a good charge of energy. Definitely nice!
This is pretty nice. I’m trying to get used to teas that are more green and vegetal. I am also getting through a lot of teas I should have brewed sooner. I hope they bring this one back again, although I probably still wouldn’t order too much. There’s spinach in steepings 3 & 4.