100 Tasting Notes

96

Amazing! Sat down to tea with this sheng pu’er tea this morning, entranced by the wonderful smoky scent of the dry tea cake. Carefully pried loose leaves from the tightly compressed leaves, loaded up my small glass gaiwan, and gave the leaves a quick rinse and watched the leaves unfurl. Sublime. Through several quick steeps, I became completely lost in the flavors and aroma: smokey, creamy, sweetgrass, dried fruit and just a hint of camphor in the background. No bitterness or woodsy flavors, just a clean green lightness reminiscent of a walk in a sunny hillside pasture.

It is remarkable how quickly this pu’er has developed such beautiful complexity. It reminds me very much of some of the better Pasha Mountain teas that I have been fortunate to taste. The leaves holdup well through many steepings, taking you on a fascinating journey of flavors.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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93

Such a beautiful tea. Brews up a nice dark orange with lots of complexity and malty goodness. Had a nice gong fu session with this tea this morning, and can’t get that wonderfully distinctive Yunnan flavor out of my head. Hearty goodness through multiple brews.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Garret

One of my very favorite hong cha! Perfect for gong fu cha. I am so happy that you are diggin’ this one, my friend!!!

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97

Finishing the last of my Verdant Yunnan White Jasmine tea that I had squirreled away for a day when I needed a real treat. My last few grams reminded me why I love this tea so much. Creamy, floral, and rich without being heavy. A perfect light cup to start this humid, warm morning. Every steep a revelation of flavors.

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180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

Long time no see. Welcome back!

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91

Finished another bag full of this wonderful blend earlier this week. We were having some really warm days, so I even tried it iced, from a concentrated brew, with a splash of agave and sparkling water as Verdant Tea recommended. Minty, spicy, and stimulating. A really fine herbal brew that I have enjoyed over and over again. The burdock they use in this blend is unlike any I have ever tasted, and it really brings together all the flavors. Thanks again Verdant Tea for such a nice herbal blend.

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

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87

I am usually not a big fan of flavored teas, so this sample tea bag remained on the shelf since my last order from Den’s Tea two months back. Then I had a week of laziness mixed with aches and pains when I tried Den’s English Breakfast Tea (great!) then the Earl Grey (even better) and finally this Tropical Mango. Just enough flavor to enhance the nice Indian blend with a pleasant aroma and aftertaste. It does not overwhelm you or taste artificial, like some brands do. A very pleasant, memorable and soothing cup of tea to enjoy quietly.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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95

End of the Laoshan Northern Green from Verdant Tea, but just placed an order for more… After several steepings, I was getting some nice citrus tones in the background, and was not ready to abandon the last of the leaves. Added a few pieces of dried Yuzu rind to make a nice tart brew – amazing. :)

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

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96

Finished the last of my Jingshan this morning. It is a comforting friend when a cool breeze is blowing. Must prepare a new order from Verdant Tea soon. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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93

Superb tea that I simply call “Beautiful Journey” as it takes you to places both familiar and mysterious. I love Geoffrey’s description in his Steepster tasting notes, and have to say I agree completely with the other tasters who have rated this as such a fine Dancong Oolong. You truly must take the time to focus on the tea, and brewing it in small multiple steepings is the best. I happened across David’s (Verdant Tea) video on YouTube specifically showing his steeping method, which also serve as a nice reminder or guide for those who might be unfamiliar with a nice way to enjoy your oolong. Highly recommended.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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90

I had not been in the local Teavana for more than a year, but saw their signage for their Heavenly Tea sale, and thought I would check them out. Most items of my taste were already gone, but the salesperson did a good sell on this Oolong, which was 75% off and did smell fantastic. I brewed up a gaiwan full when I arrived home, and am mighty glad for the purchase.

1st steep: 4 minutes at 200 F, yields a nice amber brew with nice aroma of roasted bamboo. Taste is really surprising. Honey and toasted almonds… a bit like the Honiglebkuchen cookies that I had as a child. Faint wisp of floral notes are there waaay in the background.

2nd steep: 3 minutes at 190 F. Stronger aroma, wonderful flavor. Less sweet, more toasty, and definitely a well defined oolong flavor. Quite surprised by the excellent quality, and beautiful color.

More steeps to follow, and can recommend picking this one up at this deeply discounted price.

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

I have toyed with ordering this one tea for the past two weeks. Damn heavenly sale!

E Alexander Gerster

Haha! They told me the sale ends on Sunday, and I am toying with going back to buy more! :)

TeaBrat

I was tempted to buy some of this on their website but didn’t – been burned by Teavana suckiness too many times. I’m glad to hear it was good!

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I have been drinking tea for most of my life, and enjoy learning about Tea Culture from all around the world. I learned early about Russian and British traditions first, since my parents came from Europe, followed by the teas and culture of Ceylon/Sri Lanka and India. Since I have been a practicing Buddhist for the better part of 25 years, I have strong ties to Asia, and have slowly been learning about the teas from each part of the world I encounter. It is a wonderful and interesting journey.

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