1315 Tasting Notes
What the heck is Yabao? I had to look it up. First impression of the wet leaf smell was cat pee. It is probably really more of a kiwi smell. This has nowhere to go but up! The first sip was rose and a spicy almost metallic note. I added sweetener (sorry, I know it is Verdant) Now it is jasmine and honeysuckle with a hint of vanilla. I taste marigold very quickly at the beginning of each sip. I glanced through others notes and see this is well loved. I am not drawn to it. I would drink it if offered. I bet it would be great iced while rocking on a front porch swing.
This is my first Verdant tea ever. I feel there is so much pressure associated with it – like a movie everyone is crazy about – that it makes me uncomfortable. It can’t possibly live up to the hype.
I used my press and 175 F water being careful not to pour the water directly over the crinkly leaf. I wish I had added the leaf after the water for more of a dance. The wet leaf has a very strong aroma of artichoke/stew beef. The liquor is very clear and yellow.
The first cup is really creamy and tastes like Cheerios. There is a bite late in the sip that reminds me of Dragonwell. The aftertaste is really sweet and lingers. As nice as this already tastes, I was intrigued even more by the cup as it cooled. It takes on notes of creamed corn.
Cups two and three lose the creamy oats and replace it with a more green (not grassy) cup with a light but good metallic bitterness. That doesn’t sound tasty but it is. The aftertaste remains very sweet.
A very good tea indeed!
First off, thank you Terri Harplady for swapping with me. It is my suspicion Ms Theresa was out of the room while little Terri stuffed the box. My lands Terri you doubled the number of teas I have. I won’t tell Ms Theresa if you don’t.
I started sorting the box to decide which teas to drink first. My plan was to begin the assault with green teas as I think they age quickest. But then, I spotted an Earl Grey and all reason went out the window. Must drink Earl Grey.
This is a nice one. The level of bergamot is about the same intensity as Twinings but since this uses actual oil of bergamot it is far more complex and less biting. The base tea is extremely smooth when hot. As it cools it picks up some briskness and a little drying. A satisfying cup for Earl Grey enthusiasts and Star Ship Captains everywhere.
Earl Grey hot. Make it so Number One. Engage. Sorry, I’ll stop now. Live long and prosper.
I have no idea how old this is but I suspect several years. It was given to me. Steeped in a small cup to see if it survived. At first I thought it was too far gone but as it cooled the peppermint came through nicely. Really not getting the spearmint but I prefer it that way. The rosehips and hibiscus give the cup color and only the slightest touch of tart. It would be interesting to know how this tastes fresh. I probably would not buy a box but will definitely finish this one.
I can’t believe how long I have managed to nurse this ounce of tea along. I even sent a small sample out once long ago. I still have enough for one more round. I originally got this because it is historically considered the tea thrown overboard in the Boston harbor. Then I learned Bohea is a mistranslation of Wuyi. I think of Wuyi as a dark roasted oolong which this is not. Then I learned that Wuyi is an area in the Fujian province. Fujian black tea is one of my favorite teas, so this makes some sense. The description says this is the original lapsang. It is lighter in smoke than modern LS. It is obvious but not in the scary way. It is very sweet. The base comes through strong with honey and caramel notes of a solid Fujian. I now remember why I am so protective of this – it is wonderfully delicious.
Anna – this is for you. I don’t have a keemun so I opted for Moscow Nights from Empire Tea Services combined with Creamy Earl Grey from Zenjala. MN is a smoky LS with a touch of bergamot. CEG is EG with vanilla. Close as I can come this morning to rocket fuel and toasted Kerbals.
Both teas are sipdowns so there are no do overs, just like hitting Mun at 500m/s because you ran out of fuel – again. I love the smell of toasty Kerbals in the morning.
Just thinking a Genmaicha Earl Grey might work even better and if it had just a touch of mallow to give that squishy tiny brain feel. Mmmm Mmmm.
After just reading TheTeaFairy’s painful and chaotic start to the day mine is far less dramatic. I woke up this morning around 6:00 and I could taste dragonwell. I love when the mind does that and you just know what tea you are starting with this day. Got up went to the den and thought I should start with milk and toast. I often do this and immediately follow up with tea. Got sidetracked stranding 3 more kerbals on Mun. I didn’t kill them at least. I landed gently but the ship fell over as I hadn’t stopped all the lateral thrust. Honestly I didn’t have enough fuel to get them home anyway. Don’t tell them. They are still smiling thinking a rescue mission is in the works. Silly deluded guys. So at 8:00 as I was about to finally get tea, my wife asked me to take her to the doctor. Nothing serious. She is dizzy and congested like half the people we know. Get out of the doctor, go to the pharmacy, then grab a sandwich to take home from Arby’s. Finally, I am home and go to make tea only to realize my press is too grungy to use. Give it a much needed scrubbing and having my first tea of the day at 2:00 in the afternoon. You know what? It was worth the wait. So very good.
I checked, I got this in July 2012. I have one mug left after today. It still tastes as fresh as the day I got it. When I drink flavored tea, I want the additions to be light. Earl Grey being the main exception even here I want to taste tea. This one, to me, is pretty highly flavored. The coconut and almond taste natural, in fact there are big shreds of both in the scoop. I can taste tea but would personally prefer the additions be toned down. Based on other’s reviews of flavored teas I am probably in the minority. It is very good just a touch over the top for my tastes.