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Included in my 5 for $5 sampler, as I attempt to broaden my horizons past flavored tea and tisanes.

My first thought: oh, a vintage. I followed the brew instructions but was unsure about the very, VERY earthy scent. Sure enough, the flavor was equally earthy, not neccessarily in the best way. Perhaps my palate is not refined enough. Either way, I get the appeal but won’t be reordering.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Nurture #4 by Verdant Tea
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The leaves and liquor are very visually appealing. I agree with the description from Verdant.. But I wouldn’t repurchase. It certainly is a marvelous tea. It’s just too silky for me. And I’ve tried brewing longer and hotter etc with more leaves. Anyway, it has been a great experience to taste this tea but I wouldn’t reach for it in my cupboard so I’ll just leave it at that. I could see this being a great base for a blend. Verdant has some to offer so I am interested in trying those.

Flavors: Grain

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

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drank Seductive #2 by Verdant Tea
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This is the best Jasmine tea I have ever tasted. It tastes very clean and pure. I thought I had tired of Jasmine tea until I had this cup. I taste definite notes of melon second to the Jasmine. I will say perfume but it is of the finest variety not thick or overbearing. The second steeping pulled some banana flavor forward. This is a tea I would proudly serve to any guest. I actually don’t consider myself a white tea fan either but I’m enjoying the Jasmine flowers “floating” through the gentle sweetness of the base. I must repurchase and share with others. I feel peaceful after drinking this tea.

Flavors: banana, Jasmine, Melon, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Smokey incense wafts through living pine. While casually sipping away at warm vanilla cocoa, one strolls through this fertile, pungent evergreen forest, salty sweat on their brow. Yes, I know they are sweating on a slow walk. This individual is clearly out of shape and it’s hot out. Maybe the latter is connected to the smokiness. Who knows (place inquiries with the tea).

So I’m terrible at conveying how easily this tea sweeps me up in daydream and picturesque fancies, but I had to try. It’s a delicious tea, reminiscent Whispering Pine’s indulgent Port.

I know some will find more dirt along the path than chocolate, and may even view the smoke as an indicator of a giant forest fire. For me, it hits all the sweet spots.

Flavors: Cedar, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Cream, Floral, Pine, Smoke, Vanilla

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

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drank Awaken #1 by Verdant Tea
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Nice, A little camphor, peppery, some smokey tones with a nice sligtly sweet vegetal note, not bad at all.
https://instagram.com/p/2O7eqmkwK-/

Flavors: Camphor, Peppercorn, Smoke, Vegetal

Kirkoneill1988

i shall try this someday :)

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About 4 grams for 300mL water @98C, steeped four minutes, Western style.

I can taste everything listed in the tasting notes, even the brightness, which is pleasant … but I still can’t finish it. Pu’er and I just can’t get along.

boychik

I only brew puerh Gongfu style . You might like it too

Michelle Butler Hallett

I expect you’re on to something.

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I was very excited to try this one! I’ve been easing into aged oolongs and this is was recommended to try out. The dry leaf had a very dry chocolate tone, so I thought it to be a little desserty. They were very small brown and black curls. They looked very dry and crumbly. I placed some in my warmed mini Gawain and gave them a shake. My Gawain gave off the scent of raisins. They was no other smell but raisins, hahah. I washed the leaves once and brewed up a cup. The liquor was a deep crimson and had a very roasted aroma. The flavor was incredibly bold. This was a great morning starter! The initial sip was like coffee grounds and charcoal. This was a robust brew and got me going. I was able to get about six steepings out of my Gawain. The flavor kept consistently bold and grew into a more ashy and mineral flavor as the smoke and roasted tastes diminished. I liked this and helped for a Sunday morning riser!

https://instagram.com/p/2OKyqozGUO/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Char, Coffee, Raisins, Roasted

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
OMara

This sounds amazing.

Haveteawilltravel

It was really good! If you’re a coffee drinker then its very simliar, but its wayyyyy better than coffee ;)

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
133 tasting notes

See, I liked a black tea! This is nice and creamy with a hint of honey and sweet potato. Maybe a little cocoa, but not too much that I found it off-putting.

Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Sweet Potatoes

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1.5 tsp (roughly — big leaves) for 300mL water @85C, steeped 3 minutes 30 seconds, Western style, first infusion.

Dry leaf: dark and giving a scent of earth and — uh — incense. Something spicy. Mineral notes.

Wet leaf is green and smells of toast and sun-warmed rocks.

Liquor is pale golden-green, much like a tieguanyin would be.

First aroma notes are earth and sunshine and rocks. The earthiness seemed more pronounced in the cup I made last night with warmer water, 90C. Today I’ve got something close to an autumn tieguanyin, those sorts of florals, with toasted grain and minerals. Yeah, I keep mentioning rocks: lots of rocky notes here, and that’s great. I think I prefer tieguanyin, on the whole, but this is lovely and complex, invites meditation — perhaps it’s the faint, faint reminders of incense doing that.

Flavours continue to open up as the tea cools.

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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @95C, steeped four minutes 30 seconds.

Dry leaf smells of rocks, pine, woodsmoke, salt, cream, and something sweet. The smoke does not overpower. Leave are long, dark, and twisted (like my favourite stories).

Wet leaf remains twisted, if less so, and smelling more of minerals than anything else.

Liquor is bronze with some down.

Smoke, yes, but a gentle smoke, with lots of China black tea characteristics coming through. There’s an elusive taste of cream, too. Plenty of sweet mineral notes. I know thi sis a smoked black tea, but it behaves much more like a dark sweet oolong.

This is really frigging good.

MissLena

I just ordered one of the two remaining packages of this because of your review :D it sounds like such an enticing tea!

Michelle Butler Hallett

I’m kicking myself than I only ordered one ounce and not two. I’d been looking at it for a while but couldn’t afford a Verdant order til a few weeks ago. I hope you enjoy it.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I adore a good lapsang souchong. Lots of tarry and bitter impostors out there … this isn’t one. The only smoky tea I’ve tried that’s come close to being this good is Damn Fine’s Caravan and Caravan resurrected.

MissLena

I own DFs Caravan and haven’t tried it yet! Know what I’m doing tomo…lol

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drank Inner Calm #5 by Verdant Tea
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The name of this tea made me think it was an herbal tea, so I let it steep for a long time. Oops…my bad. The resulting brew came across, no surprises here, very herbally. I finished it, but it was a little too much for me. Surprisingly, I found no bitterness.

The second steep I dropped the water temp and steep time. Much better. I didn’t detect the herbals. What I tasted was olive oil?!

I have enough to have another go at this. I’ll treat the first steep better the next time.

Thank you TheLastDodo for the sample!

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drank Attune #3 by Verdant Tea
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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @90C, rinsed, then steeped 3 minutes 30 seconds Western style, 1st infusion.

Happy sigh.

Sweeter than that 2013 harvest. Creamy and floral, with some melon notes and some mineral in the finish. Complex and nuanced. So very good.

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drank Nurture #4 by Verdant Tea
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First tasting note? Ah, so much pressure!
I wasn’t expecting to like this tea as much as I did. It smelled like hippie perfume. Nothing says yummy like drinking a bottle of essential oils!
No, but seriously. That scent combined with the slightly sweet and smoky black tea like a charm. It wasn’t soapy or incense-y. I say give it a try if you can!

In depth-ish review here:
http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/04/18/nurture-4-black-tea-verdant-tea/

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drank Imperial Breakfast by Verdant Tea
681 tasting notes

Tiny order from Verdant came in the other day, can’t resist their cheap samples, PLUS free shipping. Mainly the free shipping bit to be honest :P
Anyway, was expecting to reallyy like this tea, but wow, it was super smokey.
Smokey is the only flavor I could pick out :(
Oy! Definitely not for me!

Flavors: Smoke

Fjellrev

Aww, I’m not a fan of smoke either, so it really sucks when you get a tea in that ends up being unexpectedly smoky.

Kirkoneill1988

ooo! i love smokey teas. have your tried “lapsang souchong?”

Kirkoneill1988

do you want to swap some of that imperial breakfast with me? you can check out my cupboard :D id love to try that tea :D

http://steepster.com/Kirkoneill1988/cupboard

Rellybob

This is normally one of my favorite teas EVER, but my latest order of this was also very strong. I had assumed I had just oversteeped it. Oh dear :(

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drank Bai Mu Dan White Tea by Verdant Tea
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I love that Verdant is having free shipping right now-like it’s just so awesome! Wanted to try a sample of this one and it was only two bucks, so heyy that is helping save tea money xD
I love how soft and furry this tea is-love the look of white teas. For some reason I was expecting a bit more from this tea…so I was a bit disappointed to drink it and find that it was just like all the other white teas.
Very hay-y with a touch of sweetness.
Actually not bad. Won’t mind finishing the sample, but not my favorite either.

Flavors: Hay, Sweet

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
239 tasting notes

I glad to have finally tried this one in the gaiwan, since I think I didn’t properly appreciate it steeped western style. This is a really interesting and delicious tea! The flavour is really complex, but I got a lot of honey-roasted sweet potato, with some cinnamon in the aroma. The texture is very thick and creamy. I don’t think this is one that I’ll crave super-regularly, but I’m definitely glad to have it, and it seems like more of a special-occasion tea anyway. :)

Addendum: I took this through, oh, at least 8 steepings last night and decided to save the leaves and try to get a bit more out of them today. I was a bit skeptical today, when there wasn’t much aroma coming up out of the gaiwan and it was taking quite a while for the water to take on some colour. But I’ve done a few long-ish steeps and been pleasantly surprised! This still has flavour, and though it’s lighter than before, it’s also bringing out some floral, nectar-like notes that are a bit new. It’s still remarkably sweet in the latter part of the sip and the aftertaste, and it still has that mouth-coating quality. Wow.

Preparation
4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I’m kind of at that point where I’ve had so much tea, and logged none of it, and now getting back into the swing of things feels overwhelming. So, I’m just going to go ahead and log the tea that’s sitting in my gaiwan right now. That’s not so hard, right? Right.

Oh hey, I picked up a cheap variable temp kettle from Superstore while I was in Winnipeg 3 weeks ago. And then I managed to locate an extension cord that allows me to keep the kettle on my kitchen table and still plug it in. Then I gathered my gaiwan, cha hai, steeping basket (I use it as a filter), and a little tiny cup. Put them all next to the kettle. Set myself up with my laptop at the table as usual for when I’m working from home. Ta da! Everything I need to make tea is right there. So basically what I’m trying to say is that I’ve been making All The Tea in my gaiwan for the past week. :) And so far I haven’t managed to dump any tea onto my laptop, so I’m definitely calling that a win.

I think I probably tried this one western style before, and couldn’t make up my mind about it. I’ll probably be making it in the gaiwan in the future, because it was pretty great this way! It’s definitely sweet all the way through many steepings. There was a prominent roasted-grain note early on, that gradually faded. I get the cocoa note, but I don’t find this tea to be overwhelmingly chocolatey, it’s more of a malty-grainy-cocoa blend, like Ovaltine (which I haven’t had in a million years, so I could be just imagining the comparison). Several times I smelled the empty cup just after sipping and got a really strong cinnamon note, which was interesting, because I didn’t get it nearly as strongly in the flavour. There definitely was a baked goods, desserty feel to this tea throughout. Tasty!

Flavors: Cocoa, Cookie, Grain, Pastries, Sweet, Toasted

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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mmmmm i had this one over the course of the afternoon and it was delicious! however, i can’t find the notes i took on it…sooooooo it will have to remain a surprise until next time! But i thoroughly enjoyed this one and will be saving the leaf to see if i can get a bit more out tomorrow morning :)

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