Verdant Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

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Sipdown! 966.

Trying to make “room” for the ridiculous amount of teas getting ready to explode my cupboard (all my own doing, of course). I like this tea, and am interested to try the new sample pack headed my way, but I think it’s too much like LB Light for me. I want MORE chocolate, and it’s coming off like a dilute LB, which is not so appealing, comparatively. No real oolong flavour, though. Maybe if there was more of that, it would be tastier.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Nuts! This tea has definitely lost flavour since it was first opened. Or it’s been a bit contaminated. Either way, it tastes kind of like LB lite right now, which is tasty enough, but not what I remember (I don’t know if I have a previous note on this.. hmmm.) Oh well.

ETA: Uh, looking at the other reviews (of which I OF COURSE don’t have one, which I’m sure is my lack of tealogging), it seems like it is actually supposed to taste chocolatey, like LB. So maybe it’s neither lost flavour nor contaminated, and I’m just confused :) Quite possible. I do wish I tasted more roastiness/oolong in here though, because it really does taste like LB.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

I find this one significantly more chocolaty than LB. I remember trying it for the first time and thinking, “wow! this is everything I wish LB was!” haha

Kittenna

That’s possible. I haven’t had straight LB in a while, so the last thing in my memory is the chocolate genmaicha, which is definitely chocolatey. I believe another sample size is en route to me, and I’ll try to do a proper comparison with LB and this one. Thanks for pointing that out :)

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drank Earl Grey by Verdant Tea
2604 tasting notes

And I guess I’m the second to review this one :) I can understand why it wouldn’t necessarily be someone’s first choice when ordering from Verdant (LB! LBCG! Oolong! Etc.) but given their immense success with genmaichas, I figured it could be an interesting twist on regular EG! Besides, I’m not a bergamot-hater.

The bergamot aroma from the packet is quite powerful, but you can pick out some creaminess as well (which is nice) – once steeped, the bergamot is a bit softer, and the base tea peeks out with some lovely soft chocolatey aromas. And the flavour! Definitely worth trying. Chocolatey, a strong punch of bergamot (yet it’s not overpowering), and a smooth finish to the sip. This is really quite good. It’s certainly not going to replace an EG cream for me (it’s softened by cream, but it’s not a main flavour), and the black tea probably isn’t punchy enough for those who like a strong morning EG, but it’s a really unique twist on it, and I can certainly see myself drinking it again. I suppose it’s kind of a chocolate EG, actually… I wonder if Verdant considered trying to make a Chocolate EG? That could actually be really delicious… Maybe I’ll add some cacao shells to my next infusion, if I remember.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
OMGsrsly

I was looking at this last night. But I wasn’t tempted enough. :)

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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
243 tasting notes

I had a sample from the VERY FIRST blend with the Yanxin’s Reserve ’04 Shu Nuggets.
After making my way home and shovelling the walkway in the winter storm that has consumed Edmonton, I decided to try this tea and a nice spicy pick-me-up.

The first steep (whole packet) gave me a really nice cuppa licorice ginger spice with that nice angel food cake-ness from the nuggets. It’s very delicious and nicely spicy from the ginger/peppercorns and sweet from the licorice.

I like this blend but the licorice reminds me of Licorice Twist from DT. I like this one wayyyy better though as it is a lot smoother with the licorice and spices.

Looking forwards to multiple steeps on this crazy winters night :)

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Not really sure about what I think of this tea…I had actually wanted to try Laoshan Black 1st and then this, but I had completely forgot about that when I decided that I wanted tea when I got home tonight, along with also forgetting that it has a black tea base instead of green…so I’ll likely be for a long while…or not, I didn’t get much sleep last night and had to get up early this morning. I think I am going to wait till I have the 2nd half of this before giving a rating.

Last thing: I didn’t taste chocolate in this, well maybe a bit of bitterness that may have been the chocolate.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Sipdown! 982.

A half-finished package, so clearly I’ve tried this before… and have no note to show for it. Argh. I don’t even remember trying it, which is perhaps even more irritating, haha. Anyhow, it smells pretty nice brewed up – lightly spiced with a dash of orange and sweetness. It smells kind of like Christmas, because I guess orange spice = Christmas, to me. Flavourwise, that’s pretty much what it is – an orange spice tea, with some creaminess from the vanilla (presumably). Cinnamon is the predominant spice, but overall, it’s quite balanced, which I prefer. I would imagine there has been a bit of flavour loss here, given that this has not been sealed for a while (sample packet, so just clipped shut, and probably not all that well), but it’s pretty enjoyable. I’m not sure what the base tea is (I’m guessing Laoshan Black but have no real idea), but it’s really not terribly obvious here. Or maybe it’s an herbal? (I thought I saw leaves though.) Overall, pretty enjoyable, probably better when fresh, and I may throw another sample into a future order if it’s around, perhaps next Christmas, because I don’t think I’d drink this outside of the winter months.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

Zhu rong

Kittenna

I saw that after, but would be hard pressed to ever guess it!

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This lasted through 3 wonderful steepings and may have even made it through more. I wish I could say I tasted all of the things everyone else did, but even still, the delicate jasmine flavor here was amazing! Just perfect. I will be buying some of this for sure now! Thanks, Ost, for letting me try it first!

Flavors: Jasmine

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Picked up an ounce (or two?) or this in my last Verdant order, because I like the roasty, creamy profile… and it did not disappoint. First infusion was for a travel mug (which is probably a bit of a waste, though still pretty enjoyable); I had two more infusions at my boyfriend’s place on the weekend, and am having a fourth now, though I think that might be it for it. Kind of that twiggy/autumn leaf pile oolong flavour, with a rich creaminess rounding it off. Yum.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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A nice soothing tea if you’re looking for a light and sweet mint. Definitely mild, but in a positive way.

Flavors: Floral, Lemon, Mint, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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So I tried Verdant’s Laoshan Black for the first time yesterday, and was curious what it would be like with chai spices. The answer? It’s AMAZING. I love the mix of spices they used here… There’s plenty of ginger, my favorite, and the sweetness from the berries is a great touch. Generally, I like to drink my chai plain (out of habit, because I drink most tea plain), and this tastes wonderful without anything added, which is a huge plus. The malty cocoa notes from the Laoshan base really elevate the whole blend. It’s savory and sweet, and the spicy aroma is mouthwatering.

Honestly, this might be my favorite chai ever. (Though I also purchased some Zhu Rong Chai… At the rate I’m going, it wouldn’t surprise me if I fell in love with that one too!) I love what Verdant Tea does with flavor in their blends. “Cozy” is the word that keeps coming to mind. With each cup, I just want to snuggle up in a blanket and savor the warmth. A perfect feeling for this time of year.

I need to stock up on this one for sure. (Despite the overcrowded state of my cupboard!)

ETA: So I just sniffed my empty mug, and guess what it smelled like? My grandmother’s homemade gingerbread cookie dough. Pretty much exactly. I’m so in love with this tea!

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Got a sample of this one with my last Verdant order!
I hear a lot about this tea it feels like, so I’m happy to have gotten a sample of it.
The steeping aroma was pretty light and roasty.
The taste was more than just roasty-ness though. There were hints of floral that made it a lot smoother and lighter.
Wasn’t sure I’d like this one since I’m not really drinking a lot of roasty teas lately, but the floral notes really do balance this one out. Not bad at all!
Happy To have tried this one! Thanks for the sample, Verdant! :D

Flavors: Floral, Roasted, Smooth

boychik

that was not my fav and i tried some DHP recently

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My 5 for 5 sampler from Verdant Tea just arrived yesterday! This is the first of their teas that I tried. And wow… It’s delicious. This tea is cozy and creamy and smooth, with lots of flavor. I steeped it according to the directions on Verdant’s website, including the short steeping time (30 seconds). It has a wonderful aroma, green and savory— the “soybean” description on the site seems very accurate. And the taste is sweet and creamy. I’ve had greens that tasted buttery to me before, but they were more vegetal in a leafy way, with less of a sweet bean taste like this.

I usually think of green tea as more of a spring/summer kind of drink (at least compared to more oxidized teas). But this one is very autumnal. I had several steepings, and they were excellent. I didn’t notice a vanilla taste like the site described—but I think that’s because I was tasting more cream than vanilla. And I loved the cream note, so I’m not complaining!

I haven’t been drinking much green tea lately, partly because I haven’t found one that I would like to keep as a staple in my cupboard. Well, I think this tea has changed that. I’ll definitely be ordering more. Thank you to Verdant Tea for the sampler—and for the chance to try this delicious tea.

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drank Earl Grey by Verdant Tea
4633 tasting notes

Backlog:

OK, I was astonished that I needed to create a listing for this tea here, how is it that I’m the only steepster-type person to have tried this Earl Grey?

We must remedy that immediately – try this Earl Grey!

It’s rather unique. Two amazing black teas plus a Wuyi Oolong makes up the base. This gives the tea a solid “black tea” background and a softer texture from the Oolong. It also adds a hint of toasty, nutty flavor. These flavors meld beautifully with the chocolate and malt notes of the black teas.

The bergamot notes are strong … but not quite as strong as I’d like them to be. The vanilla notes are strong as well. It’s tangy, citrus-y, sweet, creamy and these two components with just an average black tea would be lovely, but when you combine them with the extraordinary teas from Verdant Tea you get a truly over-the-top, wonderful Earl Grey tea experience.

If I’m to offer any complaint, it would be that I’d like the bergamot notes to be stronger. However, I do like the way the base teas are the highlight of this blend, so I find it difficult to offer a complaint. I really enjoyed this.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/26/earl-grey-black-tea-from-verdant-tea/

MissLena

This sounds delicious! I see it is back in stock..it will possibly be added to my potential Black Friday Verdant order :)

Kittenna

I feel like it’s relatively new? I only just recently saw it on the site, and I have a sample en route.

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Sample from the 5 for $5 deal!
Gongfu’d it at 205 degrees and with the instructions on Verdant’s website.

Okay, so I enjoyed this with some friends in my dorm lounge. Everybody was very pleased with the tea! I also enjoyed it. It brews into a very light liquor with a sweet honey smell.

The taste was very refreshing. That being said, I’m not quite sure I get the fanaticism behind this tea. Its good, but Steepster almost seems to treat it like the epitome of Chinese blacks. To be fair though, looking at the price, this is a very admirable quality tea with a nice pricetag. I taste honey and chocolate. It has a very mild earthy tone. It lasted well under about 10 steepings in my little Yixing. I think this would be really good iced… Next time I order from verdant, I might throw in some of this just for that purpose! Give it a try!

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Graham, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 130 ML
Sil

It’s changed over the past two years with different harvests…I’d say a couple years ago it was much more than it is today heh. Imo there are better black teas out there but I very much like the flavour profile and the fact that it works well in a travel mug and at home, and no matter what I seem to do with it, it gives me a consistent cup. Heh but there are teas I love more…but they’re pricier and more finicky…

President Markle

Good point! I didn’t know about the consistency factor since I just have a sample. That would be very helpful for a daily morning drink.. Thanks for sharing!

Sil

(i also really like this western brew over gonfu..though i’ve done both. it’s easier and tastes better to me lol)

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drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
294 tasting notes

Tea & Chocolate TTB
Hmm this id s little spicy, a little bit orange, cream vanilla goodness. This is like a mellow chai, and I bet it would make a phenomenal chai latte, too bad I don’t have any milk. The rice is the blend makes me think of genmaicha, especially when unsweetened. But add a little sweetener and the roasty toasty goodness mellows out a bit and the spicy orange cream takes center stage. Both sweet and unsweet are super tasty.

I can see this pairing well with dark chocolate with orange, or even dark chocolate with chili.

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So, I finally made some time to sit down and really enjoy this tea and I’d like to think it was worth it!

I followed the instructions on Verdant’s site, once again (boiling water; very short, frequent infusions; a LOT of tea (6 g for 140 ml water), including a very quick rinse). I can’t stress enough how wonderful the dry leaves smelled – so floral and fragrant.

The wet leaves were suddenly a LOT more vegetal. The same was true of the first two infusions (6" and 8" respectively). The tea had a lovely jasmine-like aroma, still, and was a pale-gold colour.

Infusions 3-12(and, tbh, it probably could have gone for a good few more, but I really think I’ve had enough for one day…!) were much more to my liking – these were 8-10" until the 8th steep, 9 was 16" (too weak), 10 and 11 were 30" (good) and 12 was 60" (excellent). These infusions were all deliciously floral, light and refreshing. No bitterness at all and had low astringency. In colour, they ranged from pale-gold to, for the later steeps, pale-green.

The latter steeps were particularly sweet and floral, excluding the slightly rubbish 8th and 9th ones (though I only have myself to blame for that – the leaves had been resting for 3 hours between the 6th and 7th steeps – the 7th was great because of all of the flavour retained on the leaves, but I should have ramped up the times a fair bit afterwards. Still, I live and learn). The 7th steep also had a very gentle buttery flavour, which was most welcome. Really delicious.

Definitely glad I gave this one a try :D Now that I have this delightful green oolong to use as a benchmark, in the Gaiwan, I think I can finally set about doing some Gong Fu brews of some of my Butiki oolongs – they all smell so wonderful (though very different) that I’m sure I’ll love them all too.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Orchid, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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This is from the Lewis & Clark teabox! (I’m not sure what year this harvest is from – possibly 2014 since it was in the tea box directly from Verdant?) I love the other Laoshan green harvests – they might be my favorite green teas. I tried to steep this exactly the same as the Summer harvest I tried recently – I don’t think that one could be any better. These twisty shiny green leaves might not have as much flavor as the Summer, but the Summer harvest has such a full flavor! Still a very flavorful green – nutty, sweet, a creamed corn vegetal flavor happening. I prefer the Summer harvest over the Autumn or Spring but any of the harvests are the perfect green to have around! I’ve got a couple teaspoons left of each anyway!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp. // 32 min after boiling // 55 sec steep

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Backlog – had an evening/late night session with this last night while online Christmas shopping. It was amazing again, just wish I had started it earlier so I could have enjoyed a few more steepings :P haha see previous notes on this amazing sheng!

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I didn’t see this pu’erh on the site anywhere, it was a reserve one I picked up from Verdant when they had a pu’erh sale of some reserve ones. I have been apprehensive to try it as there aren’t any reviews to teas similar to this at all, and the fact that it wasn’t on Steepster always makes me a bit nervous lol. No idea what to expect, so here goes!

The dry smell is a light, pleasantly honey aroma. At least it smells like sheng in the bag! This is my first purple buds tea, also, anyone have any info on this type of pu’erh? I googled but couldn’t find a whole lot of information lol. Anyways, back to the tea! There were no brewing directions anywhere, even on Verdant’s site! So I winged this in my gaiwan, did a 20s and a 15s rinse then about a 5s steep lol. Taking it slow to start with! The steeped smell is quite strongly tobacco, similar to a pu’erh I had from Teavivre this summer that I wasn’t a huge fan of. Not off to the greatest start…

WOW, the flavor is so crazy! I totally was not expecting that taste! Now how to describe it…so juicy, quite sweet, fresh, full..a tad smoky, but it works here, it melds with the sweetness…Maybe it is white grape then? It’s almost tropical in nature to me. The smokiness is present in the aftertaste, an almost leather smoke taste. Light though. There is a freshness present, a slight tingly feeling on my tongue. Uh oh, this one has all the qualities of being a pu’erh that will get me right tea drunk. LOL. The sugary sweet fruitiness is so interesting here! I have never had a sheng like this before.

Steep 2 – Not as sweet and fruity, but super mellow smoothness, still a sweetness, just not as pronounced of a fruity flavor, the smoky taste is a bit stronger but more green now, still melding beautifully. Oh and the juicy mouthfeel is still in full swing. I wonder if the smoky flavor is considered camphor? I am not sure what that is supposed to taste like, it would be good to identify it haha. Oh, I am also eating a dinner of mild pasta to help temper the possible pu’erh buzz, although this tea has led to more of a clear headed feeling than just super fuzzy and tea drunk at least :)

Steep 3 – The sweetness is still there, but the strong green flavor is taking over, not as smoky but definitely quite green. Mmm and the fresh feeling this leaves in the mouth is lovely, that sinus opening feeling..love teas like this for my allergies. A nice relaxing but slightly energizing feeling is coming over me too. A perfect tea for a long day of washing the floors haha.

I will stop updating with steepings now, but I am very pleased with this tea. It has many qualities I enjoy – it surprised me with its flavor, it was a flavor I have been enjoying, it’s complex, delicious, and opens my sinuses. Excellent tea, and I am so happy I picked up an oz of this while it was available, even though it was pricey!

Flavors: Fruity, Green, Smoke, Sugar, Tobacco

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