464 Tasting Notes
The smell of this reminds me a little of coffee and the taste is what I imagine coffee to be. (I don’t drink it.) The hazelnut adds a dark roastiness to it all. The chocolate tastes like chocolate bubble gum rather than the dark chocolate flavors I like. Overall it’s just an ok tea.
Thanks, Shelley_Lorraine for this sample! :-)
I wanted a special tea to cheer me up after I aborted my long run due to the major tummy troubles all week. My first thought was Butiki’s Potato Pancake and Applesauce, but I had that in my room in the attic and I didn’t feel like dragging my butt up there to get it, so I sifted through my Verdant teas and settled on this one.
I steeped it this time with twice as much leaf for about 3-4 minutes. I added just the teensiest tuvh of raw alfalfa honey. I loved this tea so much this way! It’s like dessert! Sweet, bready, full of spices, and just downright delicious!
I created a listing to keep a log of the un-named Red Leaf samples I got. Feel free to join in under this listing if you’re doing it as well. I tried the first 3 this morning!
Sample # 1
Powder Color: Medium Green , just a slight brown
Powder Smell: Seaweed
Powder Texture: Fine, not clumpy
Liquor Color: Dark green
Tasting Notes: Mixed one teaspoon with a few ounces of hot, but not boilinng water. Mixed in fairly well, but there were just a few little clumps. The liquid smells and tastes much like the powder- like seaweed. I am not fond of this particular green tea taste. This matcha had a bitter, almost metallic bite to it too. After trying it straight, I added Coconut Almond Milk and it frothed up even more when I whisked. Also added a little honey. This helped to take away the bitter sting, but the seaweed taste is stll too strong for me.
Sample # 2:
Powder Color: A little browner than #1, almost a shade of olive.
Powder Smell: grassy with a tinge of seaweed
Powder Texture: Slightly finer than #1
Liquor Color: Dark Olive, No clumps
Tastng Notes: Prepared the same way as #1. Mixed extremely well, no clumps to see, very frothy. Powerful matcha! I don’t even know what I’m tasting on the first sip, but I know it’s strong. After it settles I taste dark, bitter, grassy greens with an almost citric aftertaste. After diluting with a little coconut almond milk, it is less bitter and more grassy. I dilute it even further to with the milk- the texture is just the slightest bit chalky. The taste is pleasantly grassy. Decide to add just a touch of honey. It tastes very good this way, but the slight chalkiness is getting to me.
Sample # 3
Powder Color: Medium Dark Green, almost camo
Powder Smell: Seaweed!
Powder Texture: not as fine, clumpy
Liquor Color: seaweed green
Tastng Notes: I was afraid from the powder smell that it would be overwhelmingly seaweed like #1, but the smell fades away slightly in the liquid form. Taste is of dark, collared greens and has a slight metallic bite to it, but less so than #1. It is too chalky even after adding the coconut almond milk and honey. It has a better taste than #1, but not #2. As it sits for a while, it starts to settle at the bottom a lot.
I’ve been considering joining the Verdant Reserve Club because I’ve loved their teas so much. It’s less than my monthly gym membership, so I can justify that, right? :-)
Another tea from Shelley_Lorraine! Thanks, again!
Figured I’d try this one because it has chamomile and mint. My stomach’s been really bugging me. The dry leaf smells heavily of lavender and chamomile. I still haven’t decided if I like lavender. I really want to (mostly because it’s purple), but I’m starting to think it’s not for me.
The liquor tastes again mostly of lavender and chamomile. There are faint mint undertones that mellow out the grassy/hay aspects of the other two herbs. This really makes a difference compared to other blends I’ve had that are heavy on the lavender. It prevents it from being too overwhelming.
A pleasant tea, but definitely not something I think I’d order for myself.