1410 Tasting Notes

I thought this tea had at least two listing. I picked one and went with it. Then realized it was in the wrong place. I’m not OCD but I fixed it anyway.

Scouring through my drawer today I stumbled upon this one. Apologies to Life In Teacup for misplacing it. It’s all good as today was the perfect day to sit with this lovely tea. The leaf pellets are very tiny and dark but really expand. The wet leaf is highly roasted in scent. The sip is medium to light roasted. I really like this one. It is sweet and tastes like roasted honey (can you do that?). I can definitely see why some called this nutty. After reading it, I totally agree. Seems thick like milk but has more glide. Not sure that makes sense either. This is light and refreshing and not the heavy chunk of roasting I normally associate with darker oolongs. I taste the Taiwan mountain oolong in the lingering aftertaste but it isn’t super floral or latex like some. This is just all around a nice cup for a rainy dreary day.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Lotus by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company
1410 tasting notes

This is my favorite tea from The Persimmon Tree. The other reviews run the full range from hate it to love it and all points in between. The base green is a strong vegetal tea bordering on bitter but it is the good kind. The lotus is light. Mixing with the green base it takes on anise and vanilla notes. Unlike anything else I’ve had. Nothing like Tazo Lotus which is decaf bagged with a wimpy green base. That one is a lovely simple floral tea. This one is full bodied and complex with the base standing along side the floral. Love.


I just read through my log on this tea. I amused myself. I think I have seven reviews and they are all a scrambling of the same ideas. Sounds like I haven’t changed my opinion in the last year at all.(cute thumbs up emoticon would go here if I knew how)


Funny…I notice that about some of mine (twelve ways to say the same thing), and on others I’m all over the map. Consistent I ain’t.


Its all about how you feel at the time.

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drank Strawberry Black by Simple Loose Leaf
1410 tasting notes

Afternoon tea. When you sniff the wet leaf you can almost smell the green tops on the strawberries. Yum. The taste is lighter than the aroma. On one hand I kind of want more, on the other I realize it would be more like Kool-Aid or something if it were more strawberry. It is a fine line. As I continue to sip I decide this has been done correctly. I can taste tea, and the strawberry lingers nicely in the aftertaste. I keep thinking I’ll add ice but it keeps disappearing before I get the chance. Good choice today.

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Look at me, grabbing an Assam first thing in the morning – on purpose. It has taken a very long time to get over my mistrust. Cheap bagged Assam tea will do that to you. This one is helping in my recovery. Not sure what I did differently today but this is nicely malty.I thought it was very light last time. More leaf maybe. Yes, it still has some cheek tingle and I think I need to get something to eat with it but it is hardly the beige meh I considered all of Assamdom in the past.


some assams definitively reconciled me as well with assams in general, I’m with you on this.


I must say it went awesome with a smores pop tart. Not real food but a reasonable facsimile at 6:00 AM.

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Terri was amazed at the dry leaf scent. I didn’t really detect much of any. That is OK because the wet leaf more than made up for it. While the leaf was still steaming hot, this was mostly just dark roasted notes but as it cooled a moment it made a magical transition. This aroma of spices and a fruit (maybe apple?) came forth. It reminded me of an incense I burned years ago. I don’t recall ever smelling sandalwood before that that is the description Verdant uses. I’ll agree because I don’t know better :)

I have never had aged on purpose tieguanyin so I did not know what to expect. The taste is far smoother, silky even, than I expected. It has a little side tongue tingle but no harsh edges. The roast and the oolong notes are mild and very well behaved. The aftertaste is sweet like a mix of honey and raisin.

I am not normally a big fan of dark roasted oolong but this was a wonderfully surprising cup. I very much enjoyed it and am looking forward to more steeps. Thanks Terri for sharing.

Terri HarpLady

You’re welcome! Ironically, I drank this same tea this afternoon. I just haven’t gotten around to posting about it yet :)

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drank Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings
1410 tasting notes

I have barely had time to drink tea lately, much less post about it. I did manage to get in a cup of this last night. I wanted sugar cookie but only have a few bags left. This one I have a box and a half of so it is my go to for a while in the evenings. It is a pleasant cup so I don’t mind.

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Finally got ordering this down the way I like it. 2% milk, 1 Splenda (no syrup), and no whipped cream. That should bring the calorie count way down. They went heavy on the matcha much to my appreciation.

I noticed today this does have a slight caramel note. When we did our shopping today, I picked up a small bottle of caramel syrup and one of vanilla. I am going to play with the China green tea powder and see if I can come a little closer to the taste of the GTF.


Thursday tradition.


Like clockwork.


Have you tried RLT plain matchaccino. I think it tastes pretty close to the starbucks version, although it comes pre sweetened. I can send you a sample if you like. Just send me a PM.


I have not tried it yet. I have half a pound of green tea powder to get through before buying anything similar.

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Know what you get when you don’t really wash out your press from the last spicy pu’er you had and then brew white peony in it? Yeah, that’s right. White peony with a light ginger taste midsip. One of those stupid moments that actually didn’t turn out too bad even if it isn’t what I was going for. 3:00 and its the first tea I have had all day. Too busy.

I never see reviews of Peony Tea S anymore. I suspect shipping is the culprit as their tea is very good. This is 2 years old and still very fresh tasting.

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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
1410 tasting notes

I read through the first page of tasting notes on this one and I have to accept my tastes are just way different. I can smell pu’er but I don’t taste it. What I get is ginger, then elderberry and licorice coming in with sweet fruity highlights, this fades into a warm cheek tingling from the peppercorns. There is nothing here I don’t like, I just don’t care for them combined. It kind of reminds me of a fall chai blend. I pretty much don’t like chai. While that is not what this is, my brain has already made that connection. Every one else seems to love it. That just proves every good tea does not appeal to every tea drinkers tastes. Well blended and complex – I just don’t care.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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A couple days ago when I first tried this tea, I was a little intimidated by it because it is so rare and is the most expensive tea I have tried to date. Today I relaxed at didn’t sweat it. I used 175 F filtered water and a 2 minute steep. That is half the time and 10 F cooler than listed the label.

Wow! Is really all the explanation necessary but in case that isn’t enough for some of you. The wet leaf is creamed corn and steamed spinach. The brew itself is so crystal clear and more honey tinted than the green I got the first time. It tastes of creamed corn with a mild dragonwell bite. It is crisp and now the aftertaste is long lingering.

Once again I am filled with that inner warming sensation Terri called good tea energy. This is truly an awesome cup. I really liked it the first time. Changing the parameters to suit me made this an extremely incredible cup. Wow! Just Wow!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Isn’t this stuff great? :D


Sounds incredible


Yes, and Yes.


I had my eye on this the other day!

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