Verdant Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

I bought this tea from LuciTea last winter. Thank you.

I really enjoy dark oolongs, but I think Red Robe has to be my least favorite. This has hints of mineral, earth and carmel. This as a less tangy/fruity bite too it than and lot of the similar oolons. I have at least 1/2 ounce left of this. I will have to compare with the other Red Robe I own.

boychik

whats your parameters? i find it most enjoyable gongfu with short steeps. first time i tried western i poured down the cup.

TeaTiff

I was at work so western and 195ish for 3 mins. After reading dr Jim’s note I need to revisit this with gong fu session.

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All I want to drink with this colder weather we’re having is shu! Made a mug of this to have while watching hockey tonight. Super soft and smooth, earthy, a slight sweetness that is bordering on caramel..oh and perfect relaxing feeling to unwind tonight after another busy week half over lol. Only half left, and so much to do! Relaxing for now. See previous notes on this tea :)

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It’s cold and rainy here, and the list of my usual teas has been becoming boring lately for some reason…maybe the change in season? So I decided to try a new to me tea tonight! And I also wanted shu for the weather..but not the usual suspects lol. Something rich, something warm, rich, comforting! Also had another ridiculously busy day at work with more overtime hours (think I have maxed out my allowed banked hours for the year now) and my head has been hurting on and off today from the cold, rainy weather outside. So this one has to be tried!

A disclaimer – I had some garlicky pasta for dinner lol, so hopefully it doesn’t impair my tasting! Also am replacing the Brita filter and just cleaned the kettle, so this is made with tap water and hopefully not too vinegary water lol. I rinsed the kettle and reboiled it and threw that bunch of water out, so we should be good!

The dry smell is a bit musty, a bit earthy..not overly strong smelling, but definitely a shu pu-erh, in a good way! I did a 25s rinse (steeping Western style), and the leaves smelled a bit fishy still, so did a second 15s rinse and the wet leaves open up to this strong, woody scent! Heady! Mmm a wet forest, perfect for what I want tonight :D so the actual steep was for 30s, the liquor is fairly dark, and there is a smooth woody scent to the cup.

As for the flavor, yes, that darn garlic from my dinner is interfering a fair amount lol, but I can discern a light earthy flavor, not too strong, certainly not overpowering or fishy to me! There is a hint of that olive oil flavor I know from that awesome black tea that Master Han made, what was it…oh, Master Han’s Yunnan Black! Yes, that is definitely in there..but the earthy woodiness tones it down and mutes it. It is a bit musty, but in a good, damp wood way. And I detect a hint of sweetness somewhere in there, kind of in the middle of the sip to the end of it, maybe the fennel making an appearance. I also get a slight linen aftertaste for some reason, I like it, but maybe it’s the mustiness lingering.

Overall, this is tasty and warming. This is such a pure tea, it feels fresh and cozy simultaneously. It is exactly what I needed tonight – grounding, relaxing, comforting, just what I needed. Now I’m even more excited for my incoming Verdant order, which consists mostly of the new pu’erhs they just released! Now that I have experimented with more pu’erh, I am excited to get back to the ones from Verdant, previously the shu’s were a bit much for me with their bold flavors, but now I can appreciate them :)

Anyways, a tasty tea! Not sure how to rate it since the garlic is interfering, so rating subject to change :)

ETA – I resteeped this tea!! Landmark moment lol, I hardly ever resteep anything anymore. I am quite enjoying the calming sensation from this tea, and how it warms me fully, even my emotions. I would consider ordering this again just for the good vibes I get from it! :)

Flavors: Wet Wood

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Too lazy to look at the ingredients, but I can see/smell rose, pepper, tea buds, some berries and maybe some jasmine. There is a very nice peppery flavor to this tea. I was hoping that a nice cuppa would improve my headache, but alas, no. This tea is delicious though!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Chai Spice by Verdant Tea
184 tasting notes

This is a lovely blend. The ingredients are different from what is listed here but verdant has them listed on their website, which is what I have.

I had ordered this back in June when my husband suddenly asked for some chai, and since I was making an order anyway, added this on.
We didn’t get to try this right away, as before the order arrived it was discovered that my husband had brain cancer, and the past months have been sort of indescribable.

But, this blend has been great! He loves it both plain and with other teas added (I used some zhu rong, which verdant also has made a chai blend with).
I find it tastiest when brewed on the stove for a bit with water, then add milk and brown sugar and let simmer a bit longer. So delicious with just the perfect spiciness.

I ordered more as we have run out, and I am happy for him to have his own favorite tea to enjoy and help keep the calm throughout this time.

Sil

i really should try this one sometime. thanks for the reminder, and what a lovely thing to do for your husband. I send positive vibes your way as much as possible hugs

caile

Sil, yes you should try, it’s good – great alone or as a blend in my opinion depending on if you want a bit of caffeine.
And I know you do – thank you! :)

Anlina

Eep, brain cancer. That is some very scary stuff (I unfortunately have experience with it with my family.) I hope your husband’s prognosis is good.

TeaBrat

Best wishes for you and your hubby xox

Veronica

I wish you and your husband the best. (((hugs))))

caile

Anlina, I’m so sorry that you also have had such an experience – it is certainly not easy. And thank you so much, we hope as well.

caile

Thank you so much for your wishes, TeaBrat! xo

caile

Thank you Veronica! Your thoughts and hugs are so appreciated. :)

greenteafairy

Sending you and your husband lots of good thoughts.

caile

So very much appreciated, greeteafairy – thank you!!

Tealizzy

Sending you hugs!!!

caile

Your hugs are so welcome, Tealizzy. xo

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
254 tasting notes

Mmmm this tea is delicious! I only have enough for one more cup though D: It’s always sad to run out of a good sample.
So glad I finally got to try it though! Thank you so much again, Boychik! :D

boychik

You make it sound so tasty, perhaps I should revisit GF ;)

Ost

You should! It’s a great tea! So happy that you sent it! ^^

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
254 tasting notes

This tea. I taste bread. Honey. Sweet Potatoes. Pastries.
Holy Shanghai! This one is a winner! I have been wanting to try this tea for a while now, and Boychik generously sent me a bunch of samples, including this one a couple weeks back. This one is everything I hoped it would be!
Totally makes up for the other two fails of tea I tried today! I am definitely gonna buy this one once it’s available again!
I feel like I’ve tried a few teas that are quite similar to this one, but the touch of honey in this one makes it different than the others. And in some ways a whole lot better than others! Mmm! I’m gonna enjoy the rest of this sample. Need to re-steep already! Thanks for the sample, Boychik!

Also, on a side note. I really wanted to write this today, because I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately.
I tend to be a thinker, and since my birthday is tomorrow, I’ve been reflecting upon this last year a lot lately. While this past year has kinda been awful in most ways, I feel that I’ve grown a lot from it all, which is good. And I’ve finally started picking myself up from last year, and accepted that my health limits me (seems easy to accept, but as someone who just wants to work all the time it’s hard) in more ways than I want it to this early on. What I’ve been trying to do a lot this year is to try and make the most of every day, and to find the good in every day I have, even when I feel horrible. And as weird as it may sound, tea and this website have been so helpful to me. Not only is it relaxing and comforting to drink teas in general. But trying new teas and writing lame tasting notes actually makes me really happy xD It helps me to focus on something more exciting than how miserable I feel most of the time. Tea and this website, and all of you guys have really helped me this year. Which also probably sounds weird-but getting to know you guys and the tea world in general has improved my life in so many ways. And I think that’s freakin’ awesome for times like this!
You guys seriously cheer me up, whether it be by talking through PMs or just trying teas that you guys send me. You guys are so generous and kind. So I wanted you guys to know that you’ve really helped improve my life. Just thank you so so much! These last few months being involved on here have been great. You guys are the awesome, and I hope you never forget that! ^^
You’ve definitely made my life a bit brighter in some of my darkest times. (:

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Pastries, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Sil

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! may you have a very awesome day today! You are equally as awesome :)

caile

Happy Birthday!! :)

Ost

Thanks you guys (:

boychik

You are awesome!

Anlina

:hugs: Happy birthday!

I know what you mean about this community. I’ve been having the worst year of my life, and I just couldn’t do Facebook or other social networking at all for a while, because it was just too stressful. Getting involved with this community has been so wonderful and positive for me. I haven’t encountered any interpersonal drama and it’s not a constant stream of all the bad stuff that’s happening in the world, just lots of lovely, generous people sharing and talking about tea. It’s been a fabulous, gentle way to connect with people, and get back in touch with enjoying things.

mrmopar

Happy Birthday! This is a much better place than Facebook. No drama and we all have the tea interest/bug and are in a different world from lots of other people.

yyz

Happy Birthday!

OMGsrsly

Happy birthday. :)

Ost

I’m so glad that you’ve had a great experience here too, Anlina! It’s amazing how a simple thing like a website and a few tea-crazy people can brighten up life on so many levels!
And thank you all for the birthday wishes!! Shockingly, I had a pretty good day!! :D

Tea Sipper

Hope you had a great birthday!

Ost

I did, Tea Sipper! Thanks! :D

Sara

Happy belated birthday, Ost! I’ve only read a few of your teanotes, but none of them have been lame so far. ;)

Ost

Hahah well like compared to most peoples’ they are lame. Don’t describe much haha oh well. And thanks!

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Lewis and Clark TTB #18

Oolong and puerh aren’t very well suited for travelling tea boxes, at least those with a deadline. You need to do half a dozen steeps to get the full picture of the tea, which means you can only do a couple of teas per day.

This tea is a good example. I wasn’t terribly impressed by the first steep: it seemed very dense and dark, like a black tea without a whole lot of character. however, on each subsequent steep, a richer, green flavor started to build, making for a fuller, richer tea. The darkness is still there, but now its more of a cello in the orchestra, providing depth underneath the violins, which dominate.

I’m on my fourth steep now and it’s still going strong, Unfortunately, It’s nearly 3 PM, which is my self-imposed deadline for caffeinated tea. As a result, I’ll never know how far I could have taken it.
Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
boychik

Keep the leaves for tomorrow. Also I think you can take samples, I don’t think I would be able to handle such pressure. DHP really shines gongfu.

TeaTiff

I am glad I read this. I tried this tea yesterday for the first time and wasn’t impressed at all. I brewed this western and didn’t resteep at all because I ran out of time. How do you save your leaves?

boychik

@TeaTiff, if i make it in gaiwan or gongfu smallish glass pot i just leave it there uncovered. if its very warm and humid night i take them out on a plate and spread to dry up a little. i dont really like to save them in a fridge. i do the same if i use Yixing. those pu sessions could last 2-4 days;)

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drank Imperial Breakfast by Verdant Tea
388 tasting notes

This sample came to me from Terri – thank you so much. Turned out i didnt sample everything you sent me.
Made it western, 3g 8oz 205F 3min.
Tea is rich chocolate and bread from Laoshan Black and puerh, has some faint mineral notes of Dao Hong Pao. its balanced tea and i like it a lot.
Thank you Terri.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

Glad you enjoyed it! I usually give this one a 5 min resteep :)

boychik

will do. i kept the leaves from yesterday.

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drank Imperial Breakfast by Verdant Tea
388 tasting notes

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Lewis and Clark TTB #9

I’m not absolutely certain this is 2014, but it was received this year, so I’m pretty sure it is.

This tea has a rich, complex nose and taste. The dominant taste is grass, but there are overtones of veggie, fruit, and spice. Rich, buttery full mouth-feel. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish, but it barely detracts from this well-made tea. Second steep is still powerful, but less subtle and a bit too astringent for my taste

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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When I went to make this, my first thought was that it smells like a Yunnan tea. There is certainly a baked bread scent, along with the citrus. The flavour is like if I was fresh baked wheat bread with orange zest. Very good, wish I had more.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Bergamot, Citrus, Orange

tantonino

So you’re saying this pretty much tastes like….lembas bread??

Lariel of Lórien

Hmm…perhaps. More testing is needed.

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This was my box of samples from Star. At first, it smelled nicely minty. When I brewed it, the licorice root flavour came out. There is way too much of that root for my taste.

Flavors: Licorice

Starfevre

I haven’t tried it yet and I will keep that in mind.

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Backlog:

I have really enjoyed the Pu-erh teas that I’ve tried from Master Han. I love that the aroma isn’t overly earthy, in fact, I found that this smells more like a green tea than a pu-erh. It actually reminds me of the damp woods in my area of the world – the Pacific Northwest.

A refreshing flavor that’s sweet and mild, almost champagne-ish, with a light, bubbly character. I taste sticky rice and sweet, buttered corn. Nutty flavors that remind me of raw, unsalted cashew. A very satisfying tea that, as I say in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/06/master-hans-2014-wild-picked-sheng-puer-tea-from-verdant-tea/ – leaves me feeling more like I’m eating than I’m drinking.

It’s a very interesting tea.

The second infusion was less creamy and starchy tasting, this time I experienced more of a brothy type experience. I could taste notes of barley. Dry mineral notes. Gentle floral notes and touches of spice.

Please check out my full-length review (link above) for details on the infusions.

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drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
62 tasting notes

The loose leaf smelled wonderful and spicy. The brewed leaf smelled the same. That’s where it ended though. For some reason it barely had any flavor. I added a sugar cube and it helped a little but I think I’ll finish up my last bit and not repurchase.

Cheri

I hate when a tea smells so good and then just doesn’t have that taste. Ah well.

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drank Golden Earl by Verdant Tea
556 tasting notes

I should really not drink things I’m exceptionally fond of when I’m having a bad day and have the attention span of a distractable magpie or something. I can’t even metaphor right now.

This tasted more citrusy than I remember from last week but still good. I still have a mugful left in the pot but it’s cold now and I’ll re-heat after my therapy appointment (unfortunately not about current problem). I’m feeling only jittery right now but the day is young yet and yesterday I was messed up until midnight or so. We’ll see. I don’t remember exactly when my ‘wtf is going on’ light tripped yesterday.

I do have some physical work I can do today though, if I need to when I get back. Inventory in the rolling bookshelves and packing up boxes that don’t need to be scanned. We’ll see.

Flavors: Citrusy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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drank Golden Earl by Verdant Tea
556 tasting notes

Backlog from Friday -

Considering I have been mostly avoiding bergamot for a while because I lost my taste for it, I was a bit surprised that I liked this so much. It isn’t overwhelming, a nice balance and a very very nice base tea.

I actually really enjoyed it and was sad over the weekend when I couldn’t have more because I was craving it. This is actually really good earl grey and I am sad that it’s an archived blend. Hopefully it will come back at some point.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
Cameron B.

I tried this one in a TTB and I am also very sad that it’s archived… :(

MissLena

This one came back in the Verdant Blends box this past summer :) it is such a good tea! I am hoarding it lol

Marzipan

I didn’t like it at all, I have a couple of teaspoons if anyone wants it.

Starfevre

I’ll fight Cameron for it…

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Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #27
An odd little blend that just seems to work for me! It’s almost like a chai made with tulsi. It’s spicy but I can definitely taste that holy basil flavor I love (like green beans). The dry blend has a strong spearmint fragrance but it’s almost lost in the flavor. There is a cooling from the peppermint at the end of the sip. Dry scent: spearmint. Flavor: peppermint. Very smooth from the licorice root. I love the cooling with the spices! I can say this one is a great blend from Verdant! Everything works in harmony.
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 3 min

Cheri

This is one I went back and forth on trying. There were a lot of flavors I liked in the ingredients, but there were a few I wasn’t so sure about. In the end, I decided against trying it because I had so many others I really wanted to try.

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reviewed Basic Gaiwan by Verdant Tea
313 tasting notes

Nothing fancy, but functional and inexpensive. This did not come with a saucer, just the cup and lid. The porcelain is thin and fine, but pretty durable. I’m not the greatest fan of the flared lip, as it makes pouring off cleanly a little tricky sometimes, but all in all I’m quite happy with this.

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(Backlog from a couple of days ago)

Thanks to Sarsonator who generously sent me a huge quantity, I was able to sip on this wonderful oolong during the week end.

I’ve had this TGY from previous harvests before. Verdant does oolong very well…

It’s a beautiful tea, very flavourful and what I have come to expect from higher quality TGY.

Creamy, buttery and slightly nutty. It smells like popping kernels!

Nice floral mouthfeel going on. It has also a refreshing citrusy finish.

It lasted many steeps gongfu style.

I made my session extra special by inaugurating new teawares that I love very much. (Allan, looking at you, enabler!!!)

Here’s a pic:

http://instagram.com/p/tdU0jpwhzm/

Sarsonator

Yay, so glad this one found a loving home!

Fjellrev

Love that cup!

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As much as I love this, I’m glad this is a sip down. The faded bergamot and rose notes have made me a little sad inside.

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Apparently this doesn’t age well. It’s been a little over a year and all of the citrus notes are gone. This had such a fresh sparkle to it. The rose doesn’t age well either. But the base is still maltily delicious.

Tea Sipper

I should finish this one soon then…

Dinosara

I had the same experience with this one recently, although mine is much older and even the base is faded.

boychik

I should revisit. Mine about the same age.

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