552 Tasting Notes


For dinner, I ate at a BBQ place and had sweet tea (made in house!) with my meal. While that was lovely, the combo of delicious but greasy food and sugary tea made me crave a palate cleanser when I got home. This green tea is very clean tasting with no bitterness. It does seem a little weak though, so I’ll add more leaf than usual the next time around.

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I’ve been automatically grabbing Laoshan Black a lot these days, so I thought I’d switch it up just a little and drink some of this instead. I haven’t had this since I first bought it a couple months ago, so it was almost like having a new tea, which was exciting. I think I prefer this one over straight Laoshan Black for non-morning tea. I say this because it has the maltiness and dark chocolate flavor like LB, but it is rounded out by the toastiness from the rice. I’m glad that I impulsively bought more than a sample size of this!


I love this one too, I may have recently got 4 oz. Eek.

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I didn’t notice when I was ordering, but this green tea also has rooibos, which I am not a big fan of. I only double checked when I was smelling the dry leaf because it smelled strongly of caramel with a whiff of rooibos. After brewing, it smelled more strongly of rooibos to me. I really liked the level of sweetness from the caramel in this tea (not too overwhelmingly sweet), but it leaves a very typical medicinal rooibos aftertaste that I just can’t get over. It’s a real shame that I somehow don’t like rooibos, because this is a nice tea otherwise. The Persimmon Tree had a lot of really nicely flavored teas, but this is not the one for me.

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As soon as I got back to chilly Boston, all I wanted was a nice cup of oolong. I remember trying this one right before I left, so I thought it would be the perfect way to bookend my little vacation. It is pretty much exactly how I remembered it, so I won’t repeat myself. I’ll just say that I’m going to be very sad when I run out of this!

Edit: I’ve been resteeping multiple times and the flavor is still going strong! I almost think it’s getting smokier each time.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Today, I am officially late for a class that I am TA-ing for due to the weather not letting me fly back to Boston, sigh. With that stress accumulating, I decided to sip down the rest of my Laoshan Black sample that I have with me. Because I just used up the rest of what I had, this cup came out a bit stronger than usual, but that is fine by me! I didn’t like this tea at first, but it really grew on me while I worked my way through the sample packet. Good thing that Verdant sent me two of these samples, so I have more to enjoy when I get back!

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drank Corn Tea by Dong Suh
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After standing in line for hours at the airport and having a flight cancelled on me, I came home exhausted and quite frustrated. I thought I ought to make a cup of tea to calm me down, so I reached for my reliable hojicha. Unfortunately, I only had a little of this left that I brought with me, so it was a bit weak this time around. Now let’s just hope that my rebooked flights aren’t cancelled, too.

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Thanks to JoonSusanna for generously sending me this tea! I finally got a chance to try this one out this morning. I’ve been trying a lot of straight oolongs these days, and just when I feel like I’ve tasted the range of them, I find a new one! This oolong has a roasted taste, and it also tasted peppery? I thought I was going crazy, so I scanned through some other tasting notes and no one else seems to have mentioned it, so I’m not entirely sure what’s going on there with my taste buds. Anyway, a lovely oolong for the day!

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I’m obsessed with my new cast iron teapot, and seeing how it may not fit in my luggage back to Boston, I brewed up a nice strong pot of this English Breakfast this morning. The day was a bit draining, so I resteeped when I got back. Unfortunately, I only have enough tea left for one more cuppa :(


There is always room for tea and teaware. There might not be room for shoes or clothes or other inconsequential things, but that’s beside the point.


Haha true! I’ll just wear all my winter clothes onto the plane :P

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Yesterday, I impulse bought a cast iron set of a teapot, two teacups, and a wooden trivet at World Market. I went there to pick up some tea tins, saw this set, fell in love, couldn’t believe the price, and somehow found myself at the cash register buying it, haha. Anyway, I wanted to break it in with a less picky tea, so I went for this hojicha. Delicious as always!

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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