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Tonight I’m cracking into my Verdant herbal blends to see if I want to add any to my next order. The dry leaf for this one is so pretty! Little flakes of green sprinkled with pink rose petals, and pieces of ginger & lemon zest poking through here and there.
4 minutes is probably too long for the size of the cup I used, though it did seem a little weak at 3 minutes. The ginger is pretty mild but strong enough to make my tongue tingle. Unsweetened, there were some bitter & earthy flavors I couldn’t put my finger on (can’t say I have any idea what burdock or rhodiola are supposed to taste like), though after adding some agave nectar it tasted quite a bit like ginger ale. I’ll let you guess which way I liked it better.
Hmm. I think I like this one, but I’ll have to try it again to be sure.
dear courtney….all your smokey teas are belong to me. I very much wanted a smokey tea today and so i pulled this one out since i didn’t want to open the keemun that is in my cupboard. Besides, half a step closer to another sipdown, so yay for that! This + maple as is my usual take on smokey western brew teas and i was a HAAAAAPPPY camper today. yes indeedy! :)
Morning tea for today and so very much needed. I’m exhausted because of the time change and because i didn’t get to bed early enough yesterday. Got distracted watching Helix and The following so i paid for it today. Still glda to have this one in my cupboard and still surprised how quickly i seem to go through 4oz…
This and the huang zhi xiang in Verdant’s latest club shipment have opened my eyes to dan congs, and I want to try lots and lots of them now. I think I once tried one I didn’t love and decided ‘dan cong bad.’ Duh. This one has a delightful woodsy sweetness, and I think the only reason it doesn’t go back on my wish list is that the huang zhi xiang knocked it off the list with its non-woodsy marmalade toast sweetness. Still, this is a really charming tea and still working on convincing me to keep it. Which I might.
Backlog. I was running dangerously low on this tea, so I added it to my shopping list (now wishlist) to remind myself to get more. Then I was too late and missed out on yet another batch of this glorious tea. Thankfully, Courtney threw some in as a surprise in our swap! It seemed to be a little extra chocolate-y this time around. I’m so in love with the natural sort of sweetness that comes through in this tea. I can never believe that it’s a straight black tea!
Oolong is not my favorite type of tea any longer. I’m not sure why. Ironically, I only drank this type of tea for a couple years and then stopped, and now there is something that just doesn’t appeal to me – that oolong fragrance perhaps. Anyway, once in awhile I try one, and since Verdant sends the occasional oolong sample in my orders, decided to try this today.
Fragrance is slightly floral and savory. Taste is sweet, creamy and slightly vegetal/seaweedy. And probably also a lot of complexity that I am not good at describing.
A really nice tea, and I’m glad to have tried it. Not my favorite tea type though, so wouldn’t keep it around simply for that reason.
Oooh a Yunnan red tea. I have seen this reviewed many times and knew it would be interesting. This one comes from Terri. Thanks for being awesome.
The dry leaf is gorgeous but scent wise didn’t give up much information. Add 205 F water for 45 S and that all changes. Baby is that a dark aroma. It is like dark chocolate and slightly overdone brownies. It is slightly malty and a little spicy.
The sip is honey and rich browned cocoa. Throw in some fruit and spice notes. Feels thick on the tongue. You can catch the roasting at various times through the sip. Very good!
I am a bit disappointed in this one. I think it is my fault though. I love wuyi oolongs, they are so roasty and toasty and comfortable. But I think I failed to properly read the description of this one before I purchased it. I was tea-blind.
This one taste much more of a green oolong. It is greeny tasting with a lot of floral notes. Not terribly much roast or toast or comfort. It did brew up quite thick with a lot of honey notes.
It is still quite a delicious tea, just not what I was expecting. I would normally reserve a tea like this for the afternoon, not the first one of the morning. So I feel like I am not quite wakened up yet.
Ok, it’s time to write the review of this one…. after two days of drinking the same leaves. What they say is true. This tea just goes on and on and on.
The dry leaves sweet aroma reminded me of Silver Needle but without vegetal notes and with much more depth. No wonder… the leaves are really buds, they are all buds and they are beautiful!
I used 1 gram of leaves for 1 ounce of water ratio and steeped about 4.5 grams. Steeped for just about 4 seconds the first time and then 10/15/30/30 etc… I drank about 5 steeps the first day and then several more the next. I’m still not done with it, I’ve added it to one of my flavoured black teas for some desert drinking later on.
Throughout the steeps the tea was full of body to the point that it actually surprised me especially through the later steeps. I couldn’t believe how much I was getting out of this one. I usually steep my teas around 4 times before I get tired and move on, but for some reason I couldn’t do that with this one. It was just too much left in the leaves… it demanded to be drank again and again. The flavours that really stood out for me were honey and sweet potato. During the second steep I detected cocoa and coffee notes which disappeared in the third steep and were replaced by extra full bodied mouth feel and some maltiness. I have to say 2nd and 3rd steep stood out the most for me because they were just so different.
Overall this tea deserves all the praise it is getting. I’m so glad I got couple of ounces when I had a chance and I will cherish them for as long as I can.
Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Sweet Potatoes
I am so happy, I went to check the mail and discovered that I had no mail…wait, that is really sad…the reason I am happy is because it was beautifully warm today! No sunlight (always a plus) and spring-like warmth, for the first time in a while I was able to toss open the windows and enjoy some fresh air. Today was also a day for a new Minecraft Texture Pack, the City Texture Pack which has mobs in suits and some really gorgeous texturing. Playing around with my mom on the Xbox today, we both decided it would be our new ‘everyday’ texture pack, replacing the Natural Pack. Also, for anyone who is keeping track of these things, I almost have my huge star jar filled with 2,000 lucky stars filled up, yay!
Today’s tea is an innovative spin on a traditional Japanese tea, Verdant Tea’s Laoshan Black Genmaicha! This blend is created from Laoshan Black Tea, Minnesota Wild Rice, Organic Fair Trade Jasmine Rice, Organic Cacao Nibs, and Shui Jin Gui Wuyi Oolong. This was the tea that convinced me to first order from Verdant Tea over a year ago, I saw it and fell in love with the idea, but did I fall in love with the tea? The aroma is decadent, very rich chocolate and nutty notes. There is also a rich malt aroma from the black tea and an extremely delicate floral and caramel notes. The key words to take away from the aroma is rich and decadent, it is nothing short of mouthwatering.
The brewed tea leaves are as expected, very rich with earthy tones, rich chocolate notes, and a touch of rice. After the initial chocolaty good aroma you can detect a slightly mineral like roasted oolong aroma. The liquid without the soaking leaves has the aroma of chocolate cookies and chocolate liqueur, it is very rich and has distinctly malty and creamy notes.
Tasting the tea is a real treat, it is very rich and quite creamy. The chocolate taste is slightly bitter like a really high percentage dark chocolate (think the 80% cocoa variety) but with an extra earthiness and burst of malt. The aftertaste is a mix of oak wood and toasted rice, as the tea cools it gets sweeter and richer. Even though this tea is not overwhelmingly sweet, adding cream or sugar I think detracts from the richness of the tea. It is very much so like dark chocolate and meant to be savored as such. As you can tell I enjoy this tea immensely, it has a permanent place in my tea collection and certainly cemented my love of Verdant Tea!
For blog and photos (and a creeper): http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/03/verdant-tea-laoshan-black-chocolate.html
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Malt
apparently this is my week for LB :) I had another mug of this today in the morning and it was fantastically wonderful. I never get tired of this tea…although Courtney may have ruined it for me interms of wanting to drink it without the added cacao…which i guess is slightly similar to the LB chocolate genmaicha but without the toasty rice goodness…
Omg, I haven’t had this tea in like forever it feels. So delicious, malty, dark chocolate, nutty, roasty, snuggly and happy. I need it today, I’m running off little sleep today and this cup of tea is a blanket substitute.
I know I’ve reviewed this for Oolong Owl.. /searches. Ah ha! http://oolongowl.com/laoshan-black-chocolate-genmaicha-from-verdant-tea-tea-review/
Steep #2: My 6-year-old got to this before I did, and he asked, “What kind of tea is this, Mommy?” and then had a slurp. “Yummm!!” He said, wide-eyed, and downed about half the cup.
Yep, so we agree. This really is delicious – and wowed a green-food-hating boy. I’m impressed.
1.5 tsp in 12 oz. re-steeped.
If I didn’t just open this, I’d SWEAR this was another tea. I’m so puzzled, and yet so in love. Yes, I said it: I’m in love with this tea, whatever it is.
First off, it’s beautiful. I admired it for a bit before steeping it. I did it Western-style (1.5 tsp for 12 oz) and only let it steep a short while with the intention (hope) of many re-steeps. What I got was.. fresh ripe peaches, with a hint of something like pea shoots or grass or something along those lines. Really though? It’s peach. Authentic, juicy peach. .. or maybe I’m messing up whatever the flavoring is, because I see zero mentions of peach here in other tasting notes. Regardless – it’s sweet, juicy and fresh, and most definitely a green.
Flavors: Grass, Peach, Peas