622 Tasting Notes
I’ve had the biggest sweet tooth lately.
Trolling through my notes for this tea I found my recipe for the salted caramel hot chocolate I made a month or so ago. Yay for me writing down EVERYTHING, because I was able to recreate it today!
It was just what I needed – something sweet and warm and cozy for the end of a Saturday afternoon. Yum!
Latte style while catching up on some TV.
The more I have this the less impressed I am. It gets a skin on top (maybe this is also from the milk, but still – ew), and it just doesn’t give me actual cake so much as a generic sweet flavor. I initially thought I would want it forever, but I’m thinking once I finish this I’ll probably be done.
It’s still good – just, not as mindblowing as I thought initially.
This appears to be one of the few teas DAVIDs has spared from their culling. It appears on their website still, anyway. So that means it’s in the clear, right?
If it wasn’t I’d probably have to buy some to hoard. This is sooooo good. Smell, taste, everything. My perfect strawberry dessert tea, because it’s like sponge cake and whipped cream with that natural strawberry taste. A perfect before work treat!
Nothing like a cup of this at 3AM when your energy is flagging.
I have a coworker who always perks up when she smells this. I usually always share because I have plenty and today she finally asked me where I got it. Is it wrong to feel so…victorious? :)
Anyway, good as always, though it’s only relegated to work now. I love it forever!
David generously provided this sample to me with my last Verdant order! I do so love a good black tea, so I was quite excited to give this a shot. Especially given how amazing every tea from Verdant has been so far!
Preparation notes: Entire sample in the Breville, 500 ml. water. According to the Western brewing parameters on the site, it was recommended to steep the tea initially for one minute (seemed a bit long but I’m trusting the powers that be with this one), pour it off and then steeped at the below parameters.
The smell of this dry – guh. Gives new meaning to the word cocoa, really. Very fresh cocoa powder with an undertone of fresh earth. That is a smell that never gets old.
The steep, at 4 minutes, is a little light on flavor, but I’m really betting its due to that one minute I poured off (kicking myself so darn hard for that now – ugh!). But I do get a thick oily texture – and it does have a sort of olive/peppery bite to it. And it’s kind of nutty toward the end of the sip as well – most like walnuts I think. For the darkness of the body itself, I was surprised that it wasn’t heavier really. But it is still quite smooth and full on the tongue. It has a brightness to it, too – like a Darjeeling or Ceylon. Maybe that is where people get grape? Given Darjeelings have that quality?
Hmm. I’m not as blown away with this one as the Laoshan black so far, but that is more to personal taste as I love bold, heavy blacks. I’m curious to see where the taste is going to go, though, so I will be trying a second steep tomorrow. I’ll update then!
EDIT: Second steep, 8 minutes. I actually ended up having this cold because I forgot about it before work yesterday :(. But it was not bad – just lighter on flavor. In general I think this just isn’t robust enough for my coarse palate. :) But I’m super glad I was given the chance to try it!
Tea of the morning this morning. In my beautiful mug that I promise I will shut up about forever after this sentence is finished.
I had to choke this down pretty quick to be out the door for a class but honestly that’s just what this tea is for – tea to drink on the run. Or maybe that’s just me. Earl Grey tends to come off a little thin in the body for my tastes, and if I take my time on it I focus on that aspect and it loses some of its charm.
Or maybe this just means I haven’t found the Earl Grey for me yet?
My most amazing tea mug has arrived! To christen it I went with my old faithful – milk and sugar, same old parameters. It’s practically my Breville’s default setting. :)
Has anyone else noticed that underneath the teacup/tasting note icon you can see the first time you’ve ever drank a particular tea? It’s written as “last logged” but I know that’s not right, because that would mean I haven’t had this since September 2011…which just isn’t possible.
Anyway – tonight I’m enjoying not being at work, relaxing and watching Top Gear. Yay for time off!
Upping this a few points.
With milk and sugar it really is tasty. If you get past the steeped tea smell. I don’t know why it bothers me, but it does. Fortunately it doesn’t taste like the cheap chocolate it’s pretending to be.
Mostly it’s coconut and black tea that I get, with a background milk chocolate note, so really all the flavors are present in just the right order where my tastes are concerned. Definitely an improvement from my first cup!
I really need to get a gaiwan. I think this every single time I try one of Verdant’s teas.
The smell of this dry….guh. It is a rich, dark scent – malt and cocoa, everything I love in a black tea. I only ordered a sample size of this but based on the smell alone I already know I will be ordering more. Once steeped, it is just as heavy on the cocoa – the smell is practically pouring out of my Breville and I want to figure out a way to bottle it, seriously.
As I pour the first steep into the cup, this loses some of the distinctive cocoa and turns a touch more roasted edamame. It also smells starchy, like slightly burnt toast, or the blackened ends of french fries. I was worried I oversteeped but really the texture is so smooth and buttery and not the least astringent that I’m fairly sure this is the way it’s meant to taste. And surprisingly, it works for now. Onto the second infusion!
This steep, at 6 minutes, is a lot lighter in body. The roasted bit is gone, replaced with honey and remnants of the cocoa from before. And then fresh baked (not burnt) bread. Almost like a brownie…oh my gosh this is so good! I love this steep even more than the first! It is beyond amazing.
Supposedly I can get two more steeps out of this so I’m definitely going to give it a shot, but it’ll have to be tomorrow for the sake of my bladder. I definitely see why this is rated so highly – absolutely fantastic.
This has decided me – I’ll get more of this and a gaiwan and live happily ever after. :)
3 tsp. leaf, 500 ml. water, milk and sugar added.
The bread aspect is a ghost of its former self, but buttery nutty banana isn’t really a bad consolation prize. I still have about 2 more cups left, so that makes me happy at least. I’m running out of all my 52Teas blends at the same time, it seems. At least this will likely justify placing a huge order in the near future!