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I will work all night tonight so I wanted something with little caffeine this morning so I could try to sleep for a few more hours at some point. Anyhow, this blend makes my teapot and that part of my kitchen smell list like lovely citrus spice. I know this is a wintery tea, but it still seems to work here considering it will be 30F overnight.
The tea itself is delicious and tastes just like its name including the nuanced warming vanilla. I was thinking low caffeine because it does not have a lot of tea leaves per tablespoon in the blend. If I could change anything, I’d ask for more Zhu Rong because it is a wonderful black. That would defeat the whole purpose of this morning because it should add to the caffeine level but I still want it. :) It is still gorgeous and and full of generous other ingredients, though. In the infuser I can see various large bits such as orange peel and tons of coriander. I want to try some of Verdant’s other blends with my next order.
Today I ignored the steeping instructions on their website (blasphemy!) and stepped it for a solid 2.5 minutes at 205. It was even better! I am sure I won’t get as many resteeps, but the initial cup is amazing.
Flavors: Orange Zest, Vanilla
I feel like I’m on a mission to try all of the teas with the purpose of establishing a permanent collection of my favourites, and that I won’t always have 120+ teas in my cupboard, that eventually I will narrow it down to about half that. But sometimes I am honest with myself and realize I will never be done trying all the teas.
I almost didn’t include this in my Verdant order. I am not at all a fan of citrus spice teas, but seeing all the glowing reviews (mainly from Sil) made me want to at least give it a try, plus I had to spend the $50 to get the free shipping. But man am I glad I purchased this, especially because they are out of stock now!
This is the most perfect citrus spice tea I’ve ever tasted! The flavours are so wonderfully balanced. I think the inclusion of the vanilla really made this tea, it just gives it that creamy sweetness that balances out the bitterness of the citrus and the spice. I am genuinely in awe that I love this tea this much. This tea would most definitely be a part of my hypothetical permanent collection. I will try to keep it around as much as possible, but I only ordered an ounce and that won’t last me long. I hope that Verdant restocks this soon!!!
Received my Verdant order in the mail today. I called in sick so I was home when it came, which is good because my boyfriend gets off work before I do and always sees my parcels before I can hide them, so he has no idea I had another tea delivery :)
I tried this one first because it smelled quite malty and chocolatey. I ended up ruining two batches of this by forgetting about it, and man was it awful oversteeped. I finally got it right and this tea wasn’t what I thought it would be. I wasn’t getting any chocolate or caramel notes, only a roasted barley flavour. It was still quite good, especially with agave and cream, but I’m hoping I’ll notice some of the other flavours the more I drink this.
I have some of this tea left from last year’s harvest. I remember setting it aside because I wanted it to last. I’m trying to drink down a lot of my collection now because I have so much to drink before I buy anything more.
This one brings back the same flavors of soy milk, snap peas and grass. Mmm.. such a unique green tea with different notes. There really isn’t anything like this in my collection which is why I drink it little by little and have some on hand if at all possible. I admit that I have to be in the mood to drink it, but it really hits the spot.
Thank you MissB for the sample :)
Dude. This tea is GREEN.
It’s like super vegetal/spinachy from the dry leaf scent, to the actual taste of the tea itself.
I don’t know if I like these super vegetal greens though. Like I totally understand that people love them, and this is how legit straight greens taste, but dude, it’s a bit much for me.
I like my straight blacks so much, but straight greens? Gimme my flavoured ones :)
I can really tell that this is a freakin amazing tea though. Nice quality, nice taste. But it’s just not for me. A WONDERFUL sample, but at least I know that my palette prefers flavoured greens, rather than straight.
It’s been awhile since I had a gongfu session with this tea, & it really is one of those teas that required that type of brewing. So after spending my morning alternating between household maintenance projects (watering plants, etc), & coaching a college student for her senior recital, I sat down for a session with this one. It is definitely a more manly type of Yunnan tea, there is an edge to it that gradually developes into a bassy-ness. This is a more savory tea, with a lot of altered states qualities to it, if you know what I mean, & it reminds me of a quote, but I can’t quite remember it, so maybe I’ll quote it next time.
Finally we are moved into our new house!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!! :) I am still shocked at what we were able to accomplish in 3 days! This included moving everything into the house, un packaged about 60%, hosted 2 dinner parties, visited with family from across canada that are in for a few days, put up a wall mount ( a lot harder then I thought), and cleaning like crazy! I can’t believe the condition they left this house, it was disgusting! Plus this morning when Corey was leaving to go to work for the first time at the new house, his truck won’t start! So he had to take my car and now I’m stranded. I will have to borrow a vehicle from my parents to go to work this evening. The cat and dog finally seem to be getting more comfortable. The cat was very stressed and confused the first few days.
Well this morning I have decided to dive into my samples and finish some of them off. I chose this one because I am craving something spicy and cozy, plus this sample is really old. Love how I can finally see all my teas now, rather then digging through boxes. This tea is good but not the best chai I have ever had. It’s a bit more subdued then I would like. There is a hint of chocolate at the end of your sip and in the after taste. I actually like it! This is odd, I normally don’t care for chocolate in my teas. But then again what I hate most is when the chocolate flavour is artificial and sweet. I think I would have to try this again to really decide if I actually like it or not. Sadly though this tea is archived on the website.
Backlog from this afternoon:
The leaves in this are so fluffy that I really need to be more generous with them when I measure them out for my pot. This is a decent green, but nothing special to me – there’s not a lot of flavour in them. The wet leaves smell lovely and sweet, but I wish that aroma translated into the brew.
I might just give what I have remaining of this to a friend. I liked the Autumn Harvest Laoshan from Verdant much better, because at least that had some taste going for it. Bumping the rating a bit lower accordingly.
I feel sad that there are people out there who will never try this tea. I realised that this marks 4k tasting notes since i started hanging out on steepster. 2 years, 400 pages of tasting notes, 1738 teas tried (give or take a few) and i only just now feel like i’m starting to understand what i love about certain teas. When i realised this was to be 4k…i went into the special box. the box of teas that i hoard because they will either be gone for too long or because i feel like it :P There are 3 teas in there….this is one of them.
This was graciously passed to me by omgsrsly when i bemoaned the fact that i only had one single packet of this tea left. I still only have one package of this left – the other one from my tea sister terri. I really hope that someday verdant is able to get this tea back, or some variation on the theme from the family experimenting more.
Rich powerful aromas fill the senses and hint at the powerful flavor the tea to come….
The leaf is large and loose, more green than black, and richly scented as mentioned earlier. A soft scent of the leaf lingers in the brewed tea, which a bright, clear orange red in the cup.
As expected (this is my second purchase of this tea) the flavor is full and big. Tastes of yeast and malt with a soft flowery finish. This is the black tea that definitely counts among the favorites in my tea cupboard.
if at any time it comes to be available, i recommend a purchase. You’ll become hooked as I am.
I added an oz of this with my last Verdant order. I hadn’t had it for awhile, & it seemed like a good idea for a change of pace. I’m not in love with it, but an occasional cup of it is nice.
Meanwhile, I posted some pics of my stash on FB:
I have realized that much to my chagrin I do not have many straight greens in my cupboard. This is one of the few that I do have, and yet I haven’t tried it.
So many people lavish praise on Verdant and on their Laoshan greens in particular that I wasn’t sure what to expect. This is pretty good, though: buttery, vegetal, rich, with a pleasant astringency. I’m not completely bowled over by it – I think my preferences lie more on the sweet end of the green tea spectrum – but this tea is smooth and comforting.
Many thanks to De and aisling of tea for giving me this as part of their (very!) generous swap.
I’m almost out of this one. Casey moved his stuff out yesterday, and he brought my teapots with him. I had accidentally sent them to his parent’s place. We used to share an Amazon account, and I guess I forgot to change the default shipping address.
I brewed this per the instructions, and it’s much better than I remember it. I think I will brew the second steeping like I would a more typical black, and see how that turns out. This is definitely among the very lightest in body of Chinese blacks that I have. I could have used something stronger this morning.
Oh well, off to go walk the Fritzy with my mother.
It saddens me that most of these teas are not available, however if you live in BC, you can find them at the local Asian markets and stores.
Here is my description of Anxi Fo Shou Black Tea: This tea is a mild blend and a mild tea encompassed with an afterthought of a distinct garden type taste is the best I could describe. This tea is like the will of man, not being tense but ready, it is the will that makes man, success takes perseverance.
I could not remember how much water/tea ration I used, as this particular tea I have not seen in a while.
I had been hoarding the very last of this tea. I love all of Verdant’s Laoshan offerings, but this one is pretty high on that list :) It is so sweet and vegetal and tangy and creamy all at the same time. Sad to see it go but I know there’ll always be something from Laoshan in my cupboard so it’s all good.
Sorry Steepster, I’ve been in such a blah mood lately, I kind of deserted everything around me, even my dear Steepster friends, so sorry :-(
Today was a YAY day as I received my Verdant order. I was impatiently waiting for the new Laoshan Black. For sure, it was going to be the first one I try. But I had to open the box first.
I don’t know what type of “tea box un-wrapper” you are:
Type A) you carefully open the box with a sharp knife, and take out the pouches one by one, checking and matching everything with the packing slip, then, happy with yourself, put everything away in a very tidy manner. You WILL NOT open the pouches until you decide to drink your new tea, which might be in a couple of weeks or even months from now.
Type B) you literally rip the box open, I mean with your bare hands. You fetch everything out in a very frantic manner. You don’t care if it matches the packing slip or not, it’s new tea and it’s all you care about. You gather all the pouches in one big pile and you circle them with your arms, eyeballs out of their sockets, you whisper to them “all mine, all mine, my precious!!”
You will not wait any longer to open all the pouches, no method whatsoever to your madness, you just go from one to the other, trying to figure out which one smells best and which one should land in your cup as of RIGHT NOW! By the end of the evening, you’ll be tea drunk and will have tried them all.
Well, maybe you guessed already…I’m type B. This is how I roll and I won’t apologize for it.
Now back to the order and my tea choice. After a spectacular type B grand opening, I throw myself on Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha cause the smell, oh my, the smell…freakin unreal!!!
It’s so chocolate, so Laoshan Black, so nutty and crispy toasted rice, it’s the bomb people!
It,s like having Laoshan Black with Rice Krispies squares, just in a more fancy and sophisticated way, so yummy!
Enough said, just try it for yourself :-)
P.S. Thanks again Verdant for such a pleasant shopping experience as always, you guys are wonderful!