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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.
Of course this is a fantastic TGY! Thanks for sharing some with me BrewTEAlly Sweet :)
Found this unopened sample in my sample tin this morning and thought I would be a nice way to start my day. It did not disappoint. Toasty oolong goodness.
It’s been a strange and busy week. Looking forward to my day off tomorrow.
Ok, so this is the first pu’er that I’ve tried, and I gotta say that I don’t really get it. This was part of my 5 for $5 that Verdant used to have, and I was really excited to try my first pu’er. The tea smells like a wet forest after rain and tastes like it, too. Tastes a little bit like dirt at first and then like wet wood. I’m obviously not rating the tea because I have no idea what I’m talking about when it comes to pu’ers. At least I’ve tried it out now!
Western brewed this today at boiling, with a quick rinse first. 1 minute steep, resteep for 2.
I am definitely getting vanilla and honey notes as well as a little floral. Just what I needed today!
New verdant teas are on their way thanks to Black Friday sales!
Still my favorite herbal blend so far. I’m sure i will be drinking plenty of it this winter!
I wanted to love this tea so bad!!! “Reminiscent of spices eggnog”!!! “Thick like honey” “flaky vanilla pastry” “rice milk horchata flavor”?!!! I want!!! I love love love horchata and flaky pastry and this time of year… EGG NOG!! I only got 2 steeps out of this today. I will save for tomorrow and take it a little further in search of all those notes!! I’m on a mission! The two steeps I did get around to I did get a juicy floral green, a little astringent, tart too. Oh please tea gods bring me that richness this tea is destined for!
I do have exciting news!!!!
I used my brand new DAVIDsTEA Steeper from the oh so generous MissB. I am in love! I love his little guy! It has changed my tea life!!! Thank you thank you thank you!
This tea was a gorgeous blue almost purple hue! I loved it! So I had to take a picture!
I was hoping the after math would be that beautiful hue as well but not the case:(
Until tomorrow my tea friend! I can’t wait!
A big thanks to Terri Harplady! I get to try this one that she included a bit of in the HH teabox. The name is Yunnan but I don’t see much gold color, so it is very dark. The leaves are very big and wiry. Verdant suggests two teaspoons, at boiling starting at one minute.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 2 min
I went for two minutes, since one seemed too light! The flavor seems to be in between Laoshan Black and Zhu Rong, if I remember. It’s very sweet! It’s like caramel! If I hadn’t washed the mug well, I would have thought there was sugar left over. But there is that flavor from Laoshan black that seems dark while still being very light… I can’t seem to describe it any other way. The cup color is light – almost like caramel again. I remember Zhu Rong being sweet, but I think that flavor is darker than this one.
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
This cup seems like the flavor isn’t what it should be. I should have followed Verdant’s suggestion (one min first steep, two min second steep). It’s good, but not as good as the first cup. Tough to describe why! It seems like there is an oily texture this time around. I can’t decide if I like this one more or less than Zhu Rong.. I had it a while ago, but I like both better than Laoshan Black. Just not as full flavored as my favorite black teas – though I’m sure my palate is too immature to fully appreciate these teas at this point.
Right now I am drinking a pot of this mixed with
1 teabag Perfect Peach & 1 teabag True Blueberry
1 packet Pyure stevia
1 tsp Chai Spice
Nice and light mixed tea, but very relaxing