1933 Tasting Notes

85

I don’t remember what was in this blend and I added it this morning at work, so I don’t have the info sheet with me. Dragonwell, obviously, and it looks like jasmine blossoms, sunflower/safflower petals, and lemongrass? We’ll see!

Ok, yeah, this is a nicely lemony dragonwell. Hints of jasmine, but not too floral. Buttery, fresh, and pleasant. Will be interested to know if there is anything else in here that I’m not tasting, but otherwise it is a nice spring tea.

So I did end up canceling my blends club (even though I have enjoyed these teas) because I was looking them all again, and one tea of three a month is just not worth it to me. Clearly my taste buds are just a little bit different from the folks at Verdant (they love fennel and mint!), which is funny because I have enjoyed so many of their blends that have been offered for sale on the site. Guess I will stick to those for now on.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86

There have been a ton of “bouquet” blends in the club lately; lucky for me I do enjoy floral teas, otherwise I would have been really disappointed. I didn’t look at this one closely before I brewed it so I didn’t realize it was a white tea, but it seems to have turned out pretty well.

I get some fresh jasmine, notes of hay and apple from the chamomile, and a bright tartness from the goji berry. The white tea gives the whole thing a smooth, marshmallowy sweetness that is very pleasant. I do happen to like this tea a lot.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

That actually sounds quite nice!

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85

So my goal this weekend is to try all my Verdant Blends Club blends that I have neglected and make a decision on whether to continue the club or not. I like the idea in theory, on the whole I’ve not been overly thrilled with the blends. Some of them I’m super glad to have (Jolly Earl, Master Zhang’s Genmaicha), but others are super not for me (Licorice Mint Herbal, the tulsi box). I’m just not sure if it is worth it; not the money, but the accumulating pile of tea that I won’t drink.

Side note: sometimes I feel like I’m one of the only ones in the Blends Club (with CelebriTEA, haha). I usually add all the teas to the database right when I get them, but I didn’t this month and I just had to add one of the May teas today.

Of course, I started with this one and it’s pretty good. I think I need more leaf, but it’s a nice blend. Rich, chocolatey tones from the Zhu Rong and the cacao husks, bright, tart fruitiness from the goji berry. Blends like these tempt me to stay in the club, and the fact that the blends that I love never actually make it to the blends page of the site. Then again, if I love it and then can never get more of it, what’s the point? The reserve club was educational, and I drank all of those teas happily (plus there actually was a way to get more of those). Then there’s the fact that it seems like half the teas contain things that I strongly dislike (licorice, mint, fennel), or can’t drink (rooibos).

So anyway, this tea was tasty, but I seem to be talking myself out of the blends club. We’ll see how the rest of the tastings go!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

I wasn’t a fan of the blends club but I would love to join the classic club again!

Sil

i stopped after a few boxes of blaaaah.

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82

I steeped the rest of this sample a little longer because I wanted a bit more flavor from it last time. That may not have been the bestest of ideas for me.

See, this tea already had some of the notes that I don’t like in Taiwanese black teas, the specific fruitiness that doesn’t agree with me. In the weaker brew they weren’t enough to turn me off, but I didn’t think about the fact that in the stronger brew they might become more prominent. BUT I still find the overall tea tasty. Fruity, honeyed. If you like Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black it might be worth checking this one out as well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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83

I suppose it is time to start working on sipping down some old teas in my stash. Starting with this one! I remembered that I only had a bit of this left, so I decided to make it a sipdown. I used a bit more leaf (but it is quite old), and hopefully left behind the tea crumbs in the bottom of the bag. I also looked at some old tasting notes that mentioned a bit of bitterness in this, so I went full green tea with my steeping temp.

It seems to have worked pretty well. Nicely almondy, no bitterness. Not much interest from the base teas either, but it’s hard to win with a black/green blend. Nice to finally get this one out of my cupboard, it’s been in there forever!

Flavors: Nuts

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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95
drank Lychee Oolong by Naivetea
1933 tasting notes

My other Naivetea restock. It’s one of those teas that you just can’t wait for it to cool down enough to sip it.

Ahhh, my perfect lychee oolong. Lovely lychee flavor, lovely oolong flavor. A great balance between the two, and incredibly authentic lychee in the blend. So thrilled to finally have this back in my cupboard.

With this tea, I’ve gone all the way through my cupboard. I skipped a few teas here and there, and I still have a pile of new Verdant Blends club blends that I haven’t gotten into (but they are at home, and I haven’t been drinking a ton of tea at home. I’ve been on my cupboard chronology so long I don’t hardly know what to drink next now that I’m done!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Memily

Added to wish list!

Terri HarpLady

I always have this goal to drink everything in my cupboard before I can drink something a 2nd time, and of course, being the person who always thinks she can do more than she is capable of, I expect myself to get through every single tea in a month, which never happens. Maybe I should try making it a 2 month project :)

Dinosara

It took me a little over three months to do it, but I took a lot of short trips during that time where I wasn’t drinking tea for 4 days at a time. It was certainly fun, and nice to revisit a lot of my older teas.

TeaBrat

I’m seriously trying to drink down my collection for the next 2 months and not buy any new ones! Being on disability is a motivating factor. ;-)

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99
drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
1933 tasting notes

I am so thrilled to finally have this tea back in my cupboard. It’s been a while since I first got a sample of this, and I’ve finally gotten comfortable enough with the size of my tea cupboard to buy a tin of it (and the Lychee Oolong).

It really is an astounding tea. I’ve never had a tea that tasted so much like a fresh, ripe passion fruit before. Not passion fruit flavor, not passion fruit juice/nectar… actual passion fruit. SO GOOD. Naivetea is really outstanding. They were more popular a few years ago on Steepster but aren’t as well known recently, but if you like flavored green oolongs (or high mountain Taiwanese oolongs in general) I highly recommend you check them out.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

oooh, want

TeaBrat

I loved this too!

Sil

Interesting…..

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81
drank Toasty Warm by T2
1933 tasting notes

Mmm, another tasty tea from MissB! Thanks! I am really loving nougat-based teas lately… where have they been all my life? Oh right, Canada, apparently. This is an oolong + nougat so I am definitely interested.

I am basically comparing this to Divine Temptation from Bayswater Tea Co., which OMGsrsly sent to me once, and which has a black base. This is quite tasty, with a good amount of nougat flavor. My one wish for this one is that for more oolong! This seems like the base is probably a traditional tieguanyin, but it’s a little lackluster. I want more roastiness and breadiness. A higher quality oolong base would send this one over the edge. Maybe I should try it steeping at boiling, which has become my default temp for most oolongs; the steeping instructions called for 80°C (~175°F), but I wouldn’t dream of steeping an oolong that cool! They are more robust than people think.

So this is a very tasty tea, but I do prefer the black base of Divine Temptation because I think it’s a bit more interesting. Will play with my steeping parameters a bit and see how things change! Thanks MissB!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86

My other coconut green tea from MissB! Thanks! Brewed the same way as the last one.

I think I like this one a bit more (which is convenient, because I have a lot more of it!). I mentioned that the previous one had a bit of a fruity note to it, a brightness, but this one is all creamy coconut. It’s not really toasted coconut but fresh coconut. Now I’m flashing back to eating a “jelly coconut” (young, not really ripe coconut) in Madagascar… Whack it open with a machete, drink the milk, then scrape the jelly-ish insides out with a “spoon” made out of a chunk of the husk. Few things are more refreshing on a hot day! Coconut with green tea reminds me of that since the green tea adds a bit of green freshness to it. Yum!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
CelebriTEA

ditto Stephanie…lol

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84
drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
1933 tasting notes

I got a couple of coconut teas from MissB in our Tea and Yarn swap, and this is one of them! I love coconut pouchongs so I am interested to try out some coconut greens.

This is certainly extremely coconutty! Sweet, creamy, and yet still light and fresh. I guess coconut works with green tea for me! The combo of coconut and green tea can result in a kind of fruity note as well, and I’m getting that a bit here. Definitely a tasty tea. Thanks MissB!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 12 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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