551 Tasting Notes


I’m having this as an iced tea inadvertently today. I say inadvertently because I steeped this and forgot about it until it went cold. Anyway, I like it both hot and cold. Right now, I can taste more of the spices and roasted quality of the tea. It leaves a pleasant, almost smoky, aftertaste. Also, I went back to the Verdant website to look at the steeping instructions and it’s out of stock! Eek! I should stop drinking it up so quickly.

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drank Morita Sayama Sencha by Yunomius
551 tasting notes

Sipdown! Excited because I have too much tea, but sad because I really enjoyed this tea. It was pretty savory for a sencha. The problem I had with it was that the tea leaves were very fine and fell through the strainer. Since I took a long time to drink my tea, it ended up being pretty bitter.

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drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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The dry leaves definitely smell like caramel candies. There was also some kind of bitter smell that I couldn’t really identify, too. The tea tastes just as strong as it smells, like a slightly watered down cup of melted caramel. I love sweet things, but even this was a little too sweet for me. Or maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood for it today. Although this tea turned out just as I had imagined it, I’m a little bored by the one-note caramel taste of the tea. I guess I’ve been spoiled by other teas with complex flavors and different layers. All in all, not bad but probably won’t restock when I’m done.

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I’m slowly starting to really love oolongs and this tea is definitely helping with that! I won’t rate just yet because this is the first note on this tea and I’m still new to oolongs, but I will say that I love it! In the first few steeps, I could definitely taste the sweetness, which I guess is the “kettle corn” taste followed by a nuttier/savory taste. The tea also seems to have a very soft texture if that makes any sense. After about the third steep, the sweetness begins to fade and the spices taste becomes more prominent. Ok, I just looked back at the list and I guess the spices taste is cinnamon. I kinda suck at identifying specific flavors. Anyway, long story short, I really enjoy this one and have been resteeping it throughout the day.

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I’m rapidly falling in love with Japanese green teas and hojicha in particular. This hojicha had a lighter color than the others that I’ve tried. It also had a slightly less roasty taste and was closer to other Japanese greens in my opinion. I drank this while eating something spicy and a little sweet, so the roasted, savory taste went well with the food. I’m starting to realize that all the Japanese green teas I’ve tried so far have been good for drinking while eating food.

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I keep drinking this while eating food because I think the very clean, vegetal taste goes well with Asian foods without adding too much extra flavor that competes with food. Additionally, there’s not bitterness or astringency, so I feel ok about gulping it down.

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
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I find myself reaching for this for my travel tumbler quite often for a few reasons. It’s not too picky with steeping, so I feel confident that I can get a good cup of tea without paying too careful attention. The tropical, bright taste also helps me perk up at least a little during boring lectures.

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I’ve never had black dragon pearls of any kind, but I’ve heard great things, so I finally got my chance to try it out. I think this was the perfect cup for this morning. It has a cocoa taste without the sweetness from vanilla and sugar that you usually taste from chocolate candy bars. There was some slight astringency, but it was barely noticeable. I really did enjoy the tea and thought the flavors were bolder than other black teas that I’ve had. That being said, I don’t see a huge difference due to them being pearls, but that’s probably just because I’m newer to the whole tea thing and not as sensitive. For me, the extra price just isn’t worth it quite yet.

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I’m finding out that all these hojichas that I’ve been drinking have the same dried anchovy smell when I open up the packets. This one has a lighter roasted taste than hojichas that I’ve had before, which makes sense given its name. I think this is a good one for the evening but overall, I would prefer to have a slightly stronger roasted taste. The texture is very clean with no bitterness or astringency. A very comforting cup of tea, especially since I feel like I might be getting sick.

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I was planning on trying a bunch of my new teas today, but ended up drinking this throughout the day because it was so surprisingly delicious and it resteeped so well that I didn’t want to waste any leaf! The dry leaves smelled very sweet in a non-artificial way. It reminded me of the smell of so many milk teas with boba that I’ve had over the years. I have to say that Verdant really knows how to describe their teas. I definitely get a chocolate note with the various spices, too. I’m not doing a great job describing this, but I will say that it was a nice savory yet sweet black tea that I look forward to drinking in mornings to come.

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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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