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drank Imperial Breakfast by Verdant Tea
386 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
386 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
297 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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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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800th tasting note! What better way than to review a tea that I’ve, gee, had for a year and still haven’t written about even though I quite enjoy it.

Yes, it was oodles better when fresh. The citrus notes, particularly the orange and bergamot, popped out a lot more than now. Fresh, this is seriously the perfect balance between the warm cocoa notes in the Laoshan base, the sparkly colourful citrus notes, and elegant rose. Nowadays, I’m getting mostly rose, and I swear the base is more mineral-like than cocoa-like with age.

Whilst I wouldn’t go out of my way to get this, if Verdant restocked this with a bunch of others that caught my fancy, you bet I’d get more.

TeaBrat

I’ m sure I’ve been guilty of doing that :)

TheTeaFairy

That a wholotta notes girl, keep it up :-)

Ysaurella

congrats on the 800th note !

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Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #16
Oh here is a lovely green tea – the leaves are coiled and dark green. The scent promises sweetness. The flavor is light, sweet, creamed corn, smooth yet starchy with a brightness that can only remind me of sunshine. There is something special here anyway. The second steep (to be fair the leaves had been sitting overnight), the tea somehow seemed much more like vegetables…. a salad of all the greenest vegetables! Maybe I love tea because the leaves absorb the sun… I know I need that in the winter in whatever form… it’s already almost the end of September!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 30 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 2-3 min

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I’m uncovering this ancient sample I got from Verdant a while ago. The first cup I tried to steep my sample for 2 minutes and I didn’t like it that much. Normally I’m a fan of yunnans but the 2 minute steeping time had some very bitter/tobacco elements. So anyway I am not rating this today.

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
1454 tasting notes

Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #8
I usually love genmaicha and I know I love the Laoshan green. It’s actually the highest rated “Laoshan” for me, surprisingly enough. I’m not sure if it was the three minute steep making it a little bit too bitter (or I used too many leaves), or that I couldn’t really taste too much of the rice, but this isn’t a favorite. I think I like to sip the Laoshan green on its own and I like it better when genmaicha is made with sencha. I know they both work better for me on their own!
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 3 min

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
412 tasting notes

Well, I have had some of this in my stash for a bit. I am surprised I have never written about it. This tea is popular on Steepster. I think I get it, but for me this one does not jump out and scream buy tons of me. It is a decent black tea, with a bit of a roasty, cocoa flavor. I really enjoy the Laoshan Roasted Ooolong much more. Sometimes I worry when I don’t LOVE a tea that is so popular, but I think this is what I like about Steepster and tea. There is so much variety, that not everything has to be YOUR favorite.

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It seems that the Steepster Monster ate my wonderful, detailed tasting note. Now I don’t want to spend as much time on the note. Let’s just hit the high points:

Never had a genmaicha before. They always sounded good when I read tasting notes

It is good.

Enjoyed the roasted rice taste and the dark chocolate.

Will drink more! :D

Done!

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Roasted nuts, Toasted Rice

Mandy

This is on the top of my wish list, everyone seems to love it

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Sipdown (114)!

I hate this transit lockout. To get downtown to see Hedda Gabler and do some shopping I had to take a taxi ($20 cab ride), which is one thing – but because nearly everyone taking transit has to cab places now it took me about 20 min on hold to even get to a real person, and then like another 15 for them to have a cab ready for dispatch.

Oh well; I sipped on the last of this in the mean time and it helped me keep my frazzled nerves all together. Such strong sugar snap and honey notes. I’m really, truly a fan. So thank you akgrowngirl for thoughtfully adding a sample of this to our long time ago swap. I would have been oblivious otherwise.

Cheri

Do you have Uber or Lyft in your area?

And what did you think of Hedda? My sister directed it as her thesis play.

Roswell Strange

Well, I was already very familiar with the play, so I knew what I was getting in to. In my last two years of Highschool we studied it in a great deal of depth in my advanced World Literature course, and I did my master World Literature thesis paper on it. Biggest shocker was that we were pronouncing Thea’s name incorrectly.

Cheri

How were they saying it?

Roswell Strange

Like “Tay-ah”.

Cheri

I think that is an acceptable alternate pronunciation, but I think it’s supposed to be thee uh.

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So apparently there was this survey thing when Straight dudes were polled to see who they thought were the top fifteen hottest male celebs. I had a really good laugh reading the results. Hugh Jackman was number one. Do you guys agree or disagree? I’m gonna look for the thingy…

I should have saved the bookmark.

Tea: Floral (Orchid/Lily), Sugar Snap Peas. I oversteeped DRASTICALLY but it help up really, really well. This one is growing on my so quickly, and I never expected it to even a little. Raising my rating.

EDIT: Here it is!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/the-hottest-male-celebrities-according-to-straight-guys#1k7ciib

Terri HarpLady

Thanks for sharing this. I’ve had a rough couple of days, & this added a smile :)

Kittenna

Lol, I agree with like… 3 of those? But then, I’ve never been the sort of person to be terribly interested in celebrities.

Roswell Strange

None of my personal picks are there, but I don’t really disagree with any of their choices. Just glad Channing Tatum didn’t make the cut. I don’t get the obsession.

Cameron B.

Ohhhh Hugh Jackman. I wish he would make a table out of a tree and pull out a chair for me… ;)

OMGsrsly

OMG that’s hilarious. Those guys are all OVER the place.

Cheri

There are a few on the list that I this are attractive. Most don’t do anything for me. (But I have to admit that I’m really happy that Idris Elba made the list. Love him! So talented! And good looking.)

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This is a very old tea from a swap with akgrowngirl that I have put off trying for a very long time because I was intimidated by my lack of experience with straight oolong. But, I finally made it on Monday and I actually thought it was surprisingly good.

It was really light, and floral with more distinct notes of sweet jasmine and orchids. I also found there to be honeysuckle notes and a flavour similar to sugar snap peas. I only did the one infusion, but I have more left so I may try and do multiple steeps in the future. I very rarely do though, so perhaps not…

I think it’d be really interesting to see what this was like when it was fresher, though.

Starfevre

this year’s batch should start selling soon-ish

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