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When I opened this bag a wave of pure dark chocolate hit me. Holy Shanghai it smells amazing!
As for flavor it is pretty nutty. The chocolate is more subtle compared to the nuttiness.
This tea is basically genmaicha with hints of dark chocolate. Not as amazing as I thought and hoped it would be. But nutty and roasty flavors overpower everything else. Well not horrible, just not what I expected, and I probably won’t buy this again.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Nutty, Roasted
I finally polished off the rest of the sample that OMGsrsly sent me of this one. Remembering that I had wished for more Zhu Rong in the flavor, I threw in a few Black Dragon Pearls from Teavivre… both chocolatey yunnans, so I think it wasn’t too crazy. I do think it added a bit of body, but the apple spice mixture was still the majorly dominant note. Glad I got to try this one (thanks again!) but I don’t think I will restock at this time. There is a lot of spices going on here, and perhaps too many for me. Maybe a case of too many ingredients?
I received a sample of this tea from the verdant tea 5 for 5 special.
Utilized the entire bag in a 120ml pot, one rinse, and a 5s steep using just boiled water standing for a minute. Added 5s to each steep until about 4th or 5th steep. Initially, I felt a great punch of caffeine from the first steep that I’m not really used to with teas. Keep in mind I’ve only had maybe 2 or three pu-er in the past. Unfortunately, this tea didn’t really live up to the 20+ steepings that I read it could do per verdant’s website. This may be due to my own inexperience with steeping pu-er.
I also noted that almost right away during the first steep, I tasted the flavor I usually get with certain oolongs after the 6th or 7th steep or with any low-grade tea steeped western style for more than a few steepings. This flavor continued throughout the steeps I’ve had with this tea. I did notice some honey elements to smell and almond elements to taste, but not much else.
I was unfortunately disappointed with this tea. I may be steeping this wrong as I am pretty new to gong fu methods of making tea, or I may just not like pu-er’s. Either way, I’m glad I tried it, I probably wouldn’t buy it though.
Flavors: Almond, Honey
I’m pretty sure the sample of this I’m drinking was from boychik Thanks!!!
I’m glad to get to revisit this one. It was one of the teas that made me think oxidized oolongs aren’t really my thing. I LOVE a good Dancong, but this one is darker and less complex. I get woody plummy notes, and a nice sweetness. It is pleasant and everything, but just doesn’t blow me away like some teas do :)
I wanted to finish this up today as even though this isn’t a sipdown it IS one of the January teas i needed to finish for my other goal. Now i’m down to only 10 teas left from January to get to that other goal of a cupboard that is only 6 months old :) Still loving this one even though i’m beginning to think that Yu Lu yan Cha has surpassed it in terms of how much i want it. I should do a comparison this weekend or something to confirm. Either way, i’ve still got 4oz of each, plus LB haha
I don’t really get this tea. It doesn’t taste like much and the taste that is there is subtle and leafy, but not really in a good way. Tastes nothing like the Shu Pu’erh tea I’ve had before, and this is my first Sheng. I’m not a huge fan of Pu’Erh in general, but this is worse than others that I’ve tried. Don’t take my negative review as canon, however, I’m sure some people really enjoy this.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile
Holy wow! I received a sample of this tea and decided to give it a try after having some problems trying to brew the WP arbor mist version.
I followed the package instructions by using boiling water, 10 second rinse followed by 5 second steeps in my ingenuitea.
I’m still getting used to the flavor, but the sheng feeling is great! My tongue got a little bit tingly there for a bit!
I definitely have to try brewing the arbor mist the same way.
MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #20
This oolong might not have been steeped perfectly, but there are better oolongs from Verdant that I was able to sample. The first flavor that hits is a tangy, tart green vegetable, I’m not sure which, but then a cream flavor followed by creamed corn. Verdant describes this one as kettle corn (just like the other oolong I had the other day) and I’d have to agree, if only on the end of the sip and not what hits the tongue first. A very sweet creamy aftertaste. It’s a good one! I can’t forget that Verdant’s Autumn tiguanyin was a magical thing. If I was steeping these perfectly, I’d have much better experiences with these.
Steep #1 // 3/4 tsp. // mug 3/4 full // 10 min after boiling // 45 sec
I decided to have this one (I found it when I was organizing my cupboard. I seriously need to go through EVERYTHING again to make sure my spreadsheet is up to date!) because my tummy is angry and the rest of my body is angry and it smells so good. Tulsi and cinnamon and puerh, OH MY!
I steeped it for some unmeasured amount of time, and added some honey. Mmm… I’ll definitely have more steeps of this today. And it’s on my list of Blends To Get from Verdant.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Tulsi
I had this one again today since my LB only got picked up from the post office today. I have one serving left that i’m saving for a comparison with the newer harvest just for the fun of it. it’s funny how originally i didn’t love this one and now, this and LB and a couple others are my reach for teas. not much else to say about this one until i do a compare :)
T&C TTB Rd 2
I want to like oolongs…I really do. However, they all seem to have this salty note to them that I can’t quite get past.
If I ignore the saltiness, this one is actually rather tasty. It’s fairly mellow and the flavours remind me of the smell of a forest after the rain…but I still can’t quite enjoy the cup, so it’s not a favourite.
I’ll refrain from rating it since my palate clearly isn’t tuned for oolongs.
Dry Leaf: Whoa!!!!! Smells like lavender and tea tree oil type cleansers that I’ve sniffed in the health food store. It is a very pretty mix of large, twisted dark green leaves; orange peel, and dried lemongrass blades.
Method: Large Western style brew basket, 1 tsp tea per 8 oz water,,, 212F for 4 minutes
Wet Leaf: They are calling this an herbal but there is Oolong tea in it so I will note there are some buds and the tea looks very nice in this blend.
Liquor: Light champagne yellow color, a little cloudy. Definitely smells herbal, like an herbal medicine. I can smell the tea too and it is very vegetal green- tea-smelling.
Flavor: Herbal, medicinal, not my thing but very pretty dry leaf. This was in the Steepster Select Box for July with a focus on Iced Tea. I did not make it to iced tea and was tasting this hot. I chose not to chill it because if I don’t really care for a tea that is hot, I don’t care for it chilled either. So this might change in flavor as a chilled tea but I will wait for other reviewers to see what they came up with :)
From the Steepster Select Box, July 2014
Flavors: Lavender, Lemongrass, Medicinal, Orange Zest, Sweet, warm grass
A really nice black tea with a slight hint of bitterness and no astringency. The flavors of baked bread and chocolate combine really nicely into a great tea. The smell of the wet leaves is reminiscent of wine. Many steepings are possible gongfu style.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate
Wow. This is the creamiest pure green tea I have ever had. I received the sample from Verdant with my last order. I still don’t swoon over green teas so I opened all the other stuff first. I wanted a new tea today and this is the only thing I have that’s unopened and untried. (Not in the mood for all the pu’ samples I have in a box from a tea friend).
I ripped this open and I sniffed it out right away. The sweet creamy peas are so fragrant! Ok, there’s no peas in here but that’s what you smell. Now that the pouch has been open it is not as strong but man, that first sniff was delicious. If I take some in my palm and keep smelling them, they smell so sweet, and somewhat toasty. But only if you insist on sniffing, it is not apparent at first.
I used a sort of western/gaiwan method for brewing because the verdant site said 4 grams of tea for a “medium” gaiwan. Errr, what’s a medium? I mean, we measure the time, the leaf and temperature, I’d like to measure the water too. So the western instructions said 6-8 oz water. I put it in a gaiwan. And I steeped not 3 seconds like they say (?!?) but 50. I know, I’m all over the place.
I have no idea what their steeping instructions would render but what I made here is so so good. It’s creamy and sweet, like bean sweet, and I’ve never had anything like it. Very pale brew. Drinking it out of tiny cups that came with my glass gaiwan. Pretty. Because, you know, we don’t just gulp this stuff around here! :)
Cold brewed, and well, here’s the first 100.
I can’t really begin to describe this—how it seems to keep unfurling and evolving into something completely different, time upon time, even in the same sip. There was a richness I had never tasted in a tea (or anything) before, for a moment my only thought was, I don’t even know how to deal with something like this. I can try to list the notes of pumpkin, sweet potato, earth, light florals, buttery mouthfeel, etc, but separately these descriptors all seem inadequate. Cold brewing is almost cheating.
To be quite honest, prior to this tasting I had thought I would never understand the poetic nature of some of the previous reviews. But right now, I feel like they are all substantiated.
This is my one tea I hope to have on me if I ever find myself up stranded on a desert island. It’s almost all I have to write about it. I much prefer this to a green Genmaicha, verdant or otherwise, but maybe that’s because I dig black teas more than greens.
The chocolatey rice is out of this world and oh my god, what’s the biggest quantity I can buy because I’m already looking in my 3-oz tin and thinking that I have to hang on to it but I can’t because all I want to drink is this.
And no, I don’t have to add anything else to this note because there’s a lot of them out there, with stories and everything, which most certainly makes this one dull anyway. So there :) Drink this and stop talking. It’s smooth, it’s rice, it’s chocolate and you too will want to take it on a desert island.
bittersweet dark chocolate that is deep and rich- drizzled with honey, mixed with dark roasted chestnuts and lightly burnt whole wheat toast. amazing. i only add a little honey to this which both draws out & sweetens the chocolate and honey notes, turning this into a decadent dessert. but it’s light enough where you can enjoy several cups. it didn’t once occur to me to add milk to this and i couldn’t imagine doing so!
a delicious black tea with the most amazing nuances. i love the cocoa in this. burnt toast with unsweetened cocoa spread and honey in the background. with no additives the ‘burnt chestnut’ note is more pronounced, but chocolate is still there. this has a wonderfully ‘chewy’ texture to it, i think because the toastiness of the flavors creates the semblance of dryness- but literally this is a dry, smooth tea with no astringency at all. it is just a genre unto itself.
i see why everyone raves about this. for a straight tea it is genuinely impressive.
reminds me of my beloved Black Dragon Pearls but with lots more body & depth!
ordered 4 oz. for my first blind buy of this & i don’t regret a thing.
in fact, i plan to order more, as well as Mr. He’s 1st picking Laoshan Black, Laoshan Roasted Oolong, and Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha.
i always get 2 solid infusions out of this & each one is lip-smackingly delicious!
Flavors: Burnt, Chestnut, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Honey, Toast, Toasted
this one is kinda not really a sipdown since it’ll be back in my cupboard tomorrow but today i am TOTALLY allowing this one to count. i mixed the very last of this with the cacao from herbal infusions that cavocorax sent me for my bday…SO DARN DELICIOUS! thanks for that tip courtney :) I just wish HI didn’t suck some serious ass as far as their customer service goes :(