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I need to rethink my aversion to licorice root. It’s something that I avoid at all costs, and then something like this comes along and I don’t hate it.
The ginger is more predominant to my tastes, and there is a little fruity, some earthiness. Interesting blend for sure.
Thanks so much scribbles for sending some of this my way – would have missed this one if you hadn’t sent it to me. :))
Lewis and Clarke TTB
Ok so I know I just said I’m staying away from greens for the time being, but I wanted to know what the Laoshan Green would taste like hot, and since this is made with the Laoshan Green I decided to give it try. This mostly savory, but there’s a hint of sweetness there, and I keep thinking for a second that I had sweetened this, and then remembering I didn’t. There’s the green beans, smooth an buttery in a way I didn’t notice in the cold brew, and also some roasty nutty, mise with the toasty notes. This is pretty good, and once I get out of my green tea funk I can see myself ordering this.
Flavors: Butter, Green Beans, Nutty, Roasted, Toasty, Vegetal
Lewis and Clarke TTB
We had some friends in town, and they wanted to go to the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter today. So, that meant I had about 10 seconds to choose a tea to cold brew and drink grandpa style while at the parks. I was trying to take a break from greens, as I’m growing tired of them, but this was on top, ad seemed like a good candidate for what I needed.
This is sort of roasty, nutty, and on the dark end of the vegetal spectrum with notes of green beans and lima beans. There’s also a bit of water chestnut. Not bad, but if I had more time to pick, I would have chosen something on the lighter end of the vegetal spect I because I prefer them cold and the darker ones hot.
Flavors: Chestnut, Green Beans, Lima Beans, Nutty, Vegetal
I’m actually drinking this one hot, but I’m quite sure that it would be really good as a cold steep.
I’m getting mostly berry, some tart – but not as much as I was expecting, and only a hint of floral at the end. I’m not really into florals but this isn’t too much, so I’m ok with it.
I’m happy to have tried this, but I don’t think it’s something that I need to keep stocked.
Lewis and Clarke TTB
When I saw this in the box, I squealed in excitement (which caused my bf to call me tea crazy). I’ve been wanting to try this for awhile. The dry leaf smells so much like cocoa powder, it’s insane. There’s also a touch of that roasted peanut smell.
I used ~5g for 8oz 200F for 5,20,30,45 seconds. The first cup tasted like honey, with a touch of caramel. Second cup is similar, but with a strong cocoa note hitting the back of your tongue at the end of the sip.
Third steep, a nice dark bread like note appears. It’s dark bread slathered in honey and a heavy dusting of cocoa powder. Sinfully delicious. The forth loses some of the honey and gets some grainy (barley?) notes at the front of the sip.
It’s not often that I finish my cup of tea while it’s still piping hot, but I just couldn’t wait for the cup to cool. I need to get this!
So I was talking with Lariel about biluochun earlier, and I remarked that I’ve never actually had the green variety. So tonight when I felt like a green, I pulled out this sample that I got free when I ordered their Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha. The leaves are dark, almost evergreen, and they’re quite thin and twisted. They’re not really very snail-shaped at all, though some of them are slightly curled. Dry scent is sweet and mildly vegetal with a bit of hay aroma. I was unsure how to steep this, so I just did the same thing I would do with sencha, 1 minute at 175 degrees.
The brewed aroma is sweet with mild spinach and butternut squash scents. Wow, I think this is the best green tea I have ever had… It’s so amazingly smooth and creamy in texture, with a lovely butteriness that coats the tongue. It tastes like pure sweet and creamy butternut squash. And just when I thought this tea couldn’t get better, there’s this amazing and light sweetness that creeps up at the back of my mouth and throat at the end of the sip. It reminds me of the nectar of a honeysuckle flower – a clear, dewy sweetness with a hint of floral. Delicious!
Flavors: Butter, Butternut Squash, Creamy, Honeysuckle, Sweet, Vegetal
Smells honey and almond.
Taste like malty chocolate, bread, and grains/wheats.
Looks like a very clear and beautiful beautiful copper color. The liquid almost looks like a scotch during the first 2 minute infusion. The second infusion looked like a dark amber color with a 3 minute infusion.
I don’t get much chocolate notes from this tea. Strong notes of bread however. I will definitely recommend the sample before you blind buy the tea.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Malt, Roasted Barley
Thank you Kimquat for a sample of this one with the teas I bought! It sounded amazing. I’m thinking the spring picked oolongs are lighter in flavor? But the flavor notes are intriguing. The leaves smell very sweet – like a milk oolong. All three steeps were very similar! Surprising in an oolong. I either could have used more leaves or a longer steep, as the flavor on this is pretty light. I didn’t fill the mug all the way either. It’s very good though. Maybe a little too light to list some flavor notes: basically very sweet and a little milky/creamy, hints of fruit though I can’t tell which fruit. Never any astringency in any steep. I like this one, but my favorite oolongs have much more flavor!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // rinse // 7 min after boiling // 30 second steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 1 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 1 1/2 min
This was my first tea that I ordered online. I was a bit worried about the fact that the tea itself would be effected by the long travel through the post but in the end it was all ok.
I have had about 6 cups thus far and so far its really great tea! Thanks!
Flavors: Almond, Apricot
I just found my sample of this floating around in a drawer so I thought I’d finally crack it open! I’m surprised by how savory the liquor smells. I really like the laoshan green, so I was expecting to really enjoy this. This is very good! I like the savory aspects with the green being the undertone. I was surprised that the mint is more evident in the smell than in the taste.
For someone who doesn’t really drink green tea, I don’t quite understand why I love genmaicha so much….
This is just yummy. Roasted nuts, a little like popcorn, it’s not too grassy, it’s not too veggie ish, Just a really nice light roasty, toasty well balanced awesome cup of tea.
This is one of my favorite genmaichas.
Thanks so much to MzPriss for sending me a sample of this tea. I have decided that my favorite way to have this tea is to steep it for 3 minutes. It turns into a lovely dense bready/pastry-like delicious thing. It’s right on the cusp of being slightly bitter, but I actually love that about this method. Yums! While this is a lovely tea, it’s not something I would purchase just because of the price. I find it to be very similar to the imperial gold style teas from Yunnan Sourcing, or even the Dian Hong Golden Tip from TeaVivre. And those teas are much, much cheaper than this one.
This was sent to me by the generous MzPriss. It wasn’t even a swap, she just sent it out of the kindness of her heart, aww… Sorry it took me so long to try it! :P It’s been a while since I had one of these giant golden fuzzbud (™?) Yunnans. This tea is composed entirely of huge, fat, golden buds that are super fuzzy. Dry scent is very sweet with a ton of honey and apricot and a little hint of cinnamon. The recommended steep was 1 minute but I found it too light for my tastes and let it go for an extra minute.
Mm, it smells like pastry with honey and golden raisins! The taste… Definitely a lot of fluffy, buttery pastry. There’s an inherent creaminess that, combined with the slight grain note, reminds me of soy milk. I also get a very mild sweet potato flavor, definitely with a little bit of butter and honey mixed in. I’m actually a little bit sad that I don’t get that interesting cinnamon scent in the taste… I did a second steep at 4 minutes and it came out very similar to the first with a little bit of a stronger grain note.
Overall, yes this tea is good. However, the price is way too steep in my opinion. I have had very similar teas from Yunnan Sourcing, and they have several other fuzzbud™ Yunnan teas that I haven’t tried yet. And the price is less than half of this tea! So it seems a bit excessive to me, but to each their own. :P
Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Honey, Pastries, Sweet Potatoes
A while back I was facing some personal challenges and just overall had a lot on my plate. So it was back then that I booked this week off so my partner and I can take a short vacation together. Things didn’t turn out as planned and partner is now back to work. I decided to still keep my week off and just relax. Be a tourist in my own city, eat lunch at all the places I never get to go to for lack of time, and mostly indulge.
Part of indulging, however, was allowing myself a day home with tea, books, tv and comfy clothes. (ok, originally it was pyjamas but I find the track pants are cozier). I always envied a little those of you who seemed to lack a rigid schedule and who went on about making and drinking tea, reading books and watching the grass grow. As a chef I don’t get to drink tea at work. There’s no sitting around a desk gazing at a computer screen while sipping a cuppa. I’m also not taking tea to meetings or what have you.
So today I treated myself to a day where I do all the little things. Reading from a good book. Watching the Food Network (yay!). The saturday crossword that I didn’t get to finish because we were at our cottage (that looks like this. http://instagram.com/p/rN4DFgnqXb/?modal=true .I guess I married up) And of course, drinking tea.
This tea, umm.. I will try it again when I’m in the mood for mint. I thankfully get quite a bit of the delicious Laoshan green base but also a lot of mint. There’s something refreshing about this that makes me think of citrus but there’s no citrus in this tea apparently. I admit to not reading the ingredients when I ordered this or I wouldn’t have gotten it. Tulsi? bleah. I think I meant to order Laoshan Green and ended up with this. It’s not a verdant error because I took a shot of my ipad screen prior to ordering.
I can’t say I love this, sorry. Like I said, maybe I’m just not in the mood for mint right now.
Flavors: Green Beans, Mint
It really isn’t fair is it? if I had had this before I tried Cocoa Amore this would have ranked higher but I just can’t give everything 100 now can I?
It is quite lovely though. A brillent idea. It is a wonderful before bed tea for those of us not sensitive to caffiene. I always think I’m done with tea for the night, I get all comfy under the covers and then I think, just one more cup. Then I’ll be done. Just one more cup.
Roasty and smooth. Warm and round. Curled up by the fireplace or snug in bed.
The Laoshan Black is already so chocolaty it’s amazing what the addition of more does to it. Man it’s intense!
Excuse me but I think I hear my water boiling for another infusion(my last I promise!).
I think I originally bought this from Shadowfall? But I sent a lot of it to Mandy in a swap. I made sure to leave one serving for myself, though! I wanted to compare it to the Spring Harvest that I tried before.
This reminds me a lot of genmaicha! It has a toasted grain flavor about it, and the taste of autumn leaves. I also get a rather mellow spinach and squash flavor that reminds me of sencha a bit. The texture is super creamy and it ends up reminding me a bit of soy milk, which I remember from the Spring version as well.
Overall, green tea is not my favorite, but this is a lovely example of a mellow, relaxing green tea. I love the similarity to genmaicha, which is one of my favorite teas. There’s no grassiness or harshness here. Yum!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Butternut Squash, Creamy, Grain, Spinach, Sweet, Toasted Rice
this was a lovely sample shared with me by my dear friend Xylona as we tried t get down to studying (still haven’t accomplished that yet!). there was a remote familiarity in the taste of this one. what was it? it was going to drive me mad!
then i had it. for me this tea has smooth overtones of roasted plantains. not just a little either. once i identified the note it became overwhelmingly clear, also charmingly engaging. this is a lovely oolong.
bit of turbinado, otherwise clear. thank you Xylona for sharing!!
In my opinion this is a wonderful roasted TGY with excellent flavor and thick body.
It’s not completely roasted all the way through and retains its fresh green layers.
It has some dancong characteristics, in that dancong is a roasted oolong made from fragrant leaf.
I enjoy this tea more than than the early spring unroasted TGY and the roasted laoshan oolong form verdant.
Flavors: Floral, Roasted, Vegetal
I received this sample with my last Verdant order. Thank you!
As much as I try to be super careful with green tea something ultimately goes wrong and the tea turns bitter. This was the case with this tea. I tried to brew this up yesterday to have with an afternoon snack with the little one. The first steep was great. Sweet, nutty, and vegetal. A very nice cup. Then second steep was so bitter I couldn’t finish the cup. I lowered the water temp and steep time for the third but it too was bitter. Was my initial steep what caused the following steeps to be bitter? I was brewing this at 175….