Verdant Tea

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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
729 tasting notes

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. :))

Sil

love this one heh

OMGsrsly

I know what you mean about licorice root. In this tea, it was definitely done right.

yyz

I definitely don’t have a licorice adversion, but it’s nice when it enhances and blends well with other flavourings when it’s not supposed to be the star attraction!

Dexter

I agree – it could have just taken over this blend, but this is well done, well balanced, nothing is really the star of the show, it just all works together well.

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It is completely my fault that I don’t love this tea. I saw the word “smoked” in the name. I got some anyway. Not. My. Thing. The rest of this ounce will now be Brenden’s. Thing.

Flavors: Smoke

Cheri

It’s nice to try something and then just give it away. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

YESSSSSSSS!!!!!! <3 :D

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Lame, I wrote like 10 hearts and it only posted one. Whatevz. All the hearts :P

Cheri

Hahahah! I wonder why you only got one heart? <3

Cheri

(I also only got one heart. :( )

MzPriss

I’m pretending there are 10 hearts Brenden

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Steepster is limiting the love :(

MzPriss

Steepster has a love-limiter :( bummer

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
236 tasting notes

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

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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

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drank Hibiscus Berry Rose by Verdant Tea
729 tasting notes

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.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
236 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

I’m so excited to get this box next. It sounds amazing.

Cameron B.

Yum, can’t wait! Is it a lot of small samples or are they bigger?

madametj

I had a feeling your boyfriend would make a comment on the box. hehe.

@Cameron The Verdant samples are individually sized, as are a lot of the other companies. Some companies in the box (like Yunnan Sourcing and Whispering Pines) have larger pouches to be shared.

Mandy

The whispering pines is a big bag full of individual sample sized baggies (:
And yes, he did but he pretty much accepts it. And I think he secretly thinks the idea is cool. He’s told a couple of his friends about it, haha.

madametj

lol that’s funny. The idea for this TTB specifically or just drinking tea in general? :P

Mandy

He tells everyone I’m addicted to tea, but he’s told a few of his friends about TTB “she takes she wants and but in her own tea and then sends it to the next person”.

Cheri

My spouse is the same way. He tells people about the tea thing, and the tea boxes and my swaps and he teases me when I don’t get tea in the mail.

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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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

I loooove Laoshan greens :)

Lariel

Yay! I’m a tea influence.

Cameron B.

Stephanie, I’ve had the Spring and Autumn harvest of the regular Laoshan Green, but this is in a whole other league. :D

apt

try a normal, non Laoshan Biluochun as well. Biluochun seems to vary a lot based on where it was grown

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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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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

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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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Bai Mu Dan White Tea by Verdant Tea
164 tasting notes

Very sweet smelling brewed leaf – so deliciously fragrant.
Tastes like vanilla marshmallow and hay, with a bit of floral almond and juiciness.
Soft and mellow.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
729 tasting notes

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.

Mandy

Because genmaicha is comfort in a cup, that’s why (;

MzPriss

I’m the same way Dexter – I don’t love green tea but I do love genmaicha. Of course I love Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha the MOST – but I love regular genmaicha too.

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
396 tasting notes

Sipdown! (148)

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.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
396 tasting notes

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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

Fuzzbud… I love it! And you are right about the yumminess of the Yunnan fuzzbud genre :)

Cameron B.

Yeah, I really need to make a Yunnan Sourcing order… Eventually… XD

boychik

I checked this current sale only on their own YS puerh:(. I got too excited because I wanted to get wild purple ye sheng Dehong. Next time then

Christina

I’ve never made any orders from YS. What teas of theirs are similar to GF here?

Cameron B.

Christina, the two that I’ve had are the Imperial Gold Needle and Imperial Mojiang Gold Bud. They have a couple other pure bud varieties if you look under Yunnan Black Teas. I actually find Tan Yang from Teavivre tastes very pastry-like if you steep it for 2 minutes also. :)

Stephanie

Also the Jinggu Golden Strand from YS

Cameron B.

Stephanie, when I do make an order, I will try all of the fuzzbuds™! :D

Christina

Awesome guys, thanks! I’ve added those to my wishlist so I won’t forget them. I really hope they have a sale at the beginning of September, when I plan to break my tea purchasing hiatus.

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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

TheTeaFairy

Enjoy your time off sweetie, you so deserve it! And indulging does not involve mint…have something more decadent please!!

Nxtdoor

I guess job browsing is also a no-no while on staycation?

TheTeaFairy

NOOOOO!! Totally forbidden…unless it involves working as a chef in the Caribbean islands…with several breaks every day…and a good tea station as benefits :-)

OMGsrsly

Looking for work is a type of work. :) Hope you have a lovely week! (I get to browse the internet a bit while at work, but I’m not allowed food at my desk, so no tea here either!)

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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!).

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Soft and sweet powdered sugar with a crisp fruitiness somewhat like apricot or peach skins. Delicately juicy and refreshing. A tiny hint of bitterness on the first steeping but not unpleasantly so.
I think this is 2014 version.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Cameron B.

Wow, those notes sound delicious! And I’m not even a huge green tea fan! :D

caile

Black teas are my favorite but green is a nice change once in awhile. The last two I had were tasty. :)

Cameron B.

I like a nice sencha once in a while, or a mint green tea. And genmaicha, not that it really counts. They’re kind of a nice palate refresher for me between drinking black teas. :D

caile

haha yes, greens are perfect for those in-between times! ;)

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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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

The Autumn harvest is my fave, and this is one of my top fave greens of all time

Cameron B.

It’s quite good, and I like it a lot in the Minnesota Blend (although I believe it has Spring Harvest in it).

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(162) I enjoyed this with breakfast this morning. I like it – it’s dark and roasty – but I couldn’t tell you what makes it different from the one i bought from Teavivre!

mj

I wasn’t that impressed with this one either. The Da Hong Pao from Whispering Pines, on the other hand, is a whole different story.

Cavocorax

Really? I’ll have to remember that!

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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!!

Cameron B.

Xylona is such an epic name! :P And I want plantain tea!

JustJames

well, Xylona is a pretty epic friend =0) and the roasted plantain is just so nice in this one! absolutely lovely. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!

Cameron B.

I need to place a Verdant order soon before they run out of Minnesota Blend, so I’ll definitely pick up a sample of this and some others. :D

mj

Mmmm, love plantains! I might need to pick some of this up the next time I’m at Verdant :)

JustJames

lol…. quite outstanding. =0)

Terri HarpLady

This one always tastes like grapefruit to me :)

yyz

Haven’t had plantain in a long time. Though in Ecuador I loved the pan fried ones. In general we were more likely to have roasted green bananas ( Verde vs Amarillo) than roasted plantain.

I just saw this recipe for green banana soup. That’s definitely something I haven’t tried before.
http://www.thecookingadventuresofchefpaz.com/category/green-bananas/

JustJames

isn’t individual interpretation remarkable! grapefruit is not a flavour is have detected!

i adore african roasted plantains… the deep roasted not-yam not-fruit deep, round essence of plantain. i find that in this oolong. =0) a caramelized essence…. =0)

TheTeaFairy

You’re so right james, how different we taste. This is what I wrote in my review :

«Have you ever grilled Ruby Red grapefruits on the BBQ?» Totally grapefruit for me, just like Terri, but also caramelized like you ;-)

I wish I had found plantain, will look for it and keep it in mind next time I drink it :-)

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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

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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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….

MzPriss

I have the same problem Tiff. I don;t think green tea likes me much

TeaTiff

I have found one that I don’t screw up. It is the high mountain green from Shang. Every other green I try = bitter. I guess that means I can just keep drinking the blacks and not feel guilty.

TeaTiff

I have found one that I don’t screw up. It is the high mountain green from Shang. Every other green I try = bitter. I guess that means I can just keep drinking the blacks and not feel guilty.

Cheri

I wonder if your leaves were too wet while sitting? That can make the later infusions bitter.

TeaTiff

I bet that is it…. I actually played with the leaves a bit and commented on how grossed it looked/felt.

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