1102 Tasting Notes
Uuuuugh. Ate out for lunch at a fast food joint, feeling bloated and fat now. Guzzling tea to help with that, oolong to detox my system a bit. Plus, y’know, I really like oolongs.
New Year, new willpower about these fast food joints! I hope…..
This tea is just plain lovely. Light and refreshing, it makes me feel so much better after a big meal, and it’s peach! I love me some peach. A++
During the winter, I crave cold tea because I get so dried out…ugh. My little penguin humidifier is the only reason I can sleep at night.
This is one of my favorites to drink cold. It’s beautifully refreshing and as long as you keep an eye on the steep time, not too hibiscus-y. It’s sweet and juicy and wonderfully full of berries. Love.
My wife says I ramble in my reviews…do I ramble? looks at last two reviews and blushes Yeah, okay, I ramble.
Well, anyway, a few days ago I was in DavidsTea, and the lady next to me was buying Goji Pop. The employee opened the wall tin and the whole room was filled with this little beauty and my mouth started watering.
Cut to yesterday morning. I wanted something with caffeine, as I was working an 11 hour day and my wife and I had been up until all hours of the night the night before, so I made a thermos of orange blossom with mate. But I was also craving something juicy and, frankly, non tea-like. So I made a cup of Goji Pop in my travel mug to start the morning with. Oh man, it tasted good. Juicy and, well…pop-y!
Now I have a liter bottle of it chilling in the fridge…mmmm that will be amazing tomorrow morning!
This tea was generously provided by Teavivre!
Oh man, this tea.
Seriously, guys. This tea.
But first, a story.
My wife and I ran out to pick up this package today and decided to stop for lunch too. You know that while I was waiting, I had to rip into the package. Oh tea, glorious tea! There was tons of it. I open the first pouch – TGY. My wife’s favorite. I sniff it, sigh happily, and then sniff it again before looking up at her and turning the pouch upside down, dumping it all over the table.
What I forgot to mention to her (and to you, dear reader) is that the tea inside the pouch was individually vacuum packed. Yeah, I’m evil. She nearly had a heart attack.
Anyway, on to the tea. This is delightful. It needed 2-3 teaspoons to seem like enough, but oh, it was worth it. The dry tisane smells like, well, blueberries!
Knowing about the hidden hibsicus (aka Roselle), I only let it steep for four and a half minutes. It is plenty strong with just that steep time.
The smell…well, to be honest, the smell worried me. It smells like hibiscus, and overly hibsicus teas make me ill. I girded my tea-loins and took a sip anyway and made a little sound of happiness that I’m sure worried my wife. I took another sip and immediately rushed over here to add this tea to my shopping list. Mmmmmmm.
It’s juicy and sweet like a berry, a touch tart but not overly so, and overall amazing. If you’ve ever had that blueberry pomegranate juice found in the funky bottles, this tastes like that, only without massive amounts of sugar. So much yum. When my bottle of Goji Pop that’s currently living in my fridge is gone, I’m so making a bottle of this to try cold. It’s practically begging for it. I need to have some of this in stock by summer, end of story, y’all!
This tea was generously provided to me by Teavivre!
My package came today! It came todaaaaaaaay! bounces and sings
This was the tea I was most excited about. The thought of honey-covered tea leaves? Yes please! I was incredibly impressed by the packaging, unsticking the tea from the waxy bag in a bag in a bag in came in and dumping it into my glass gaiwan.
Oh my bob, it brewed up pretty. I’m on my fourth steep and the leaves have gotten huge. The first steep earned me a scolding from my wife. I poured the water and then quickly poured the liquor into my little cup before filling the pot of goji pop I was also making and asked her to set a steep.it for 3 minutes. She thought I was trying to steep this little beauty in my gaiwan for three minutes >.<
The flavor is lovely. I’m saving the other pouch for my wife, as she’s a huge fan of TGY’s. The first few steeps were very strong, but that’s fading to make room for a sweet, delicate floral note. I’m very much enjoying my cup of this and this from someone who doesn’t really like florals!
I also reached for this one because we had a horrible lunch out – Poutine and Pizza. Oh yes. Needless to say, I was feeling greasy and gross after lunch, so on Teavivre’s recommendation, I had my first steep of this about half an hour after we ate. I quickly started feeling better, which is a blessing.
All in all, this was a great tea! The floral got a bit overwhelming for me, but I’m not a fan of florals, so I’m calling that my issue. It is one I look forward to sharing with my wife, however.
Verdant Tea rocks my socks, not only for their amazing teas, but also for their out of this world customer service. I feel like David Duckler is a personal friend of mine, and that’s an awesome feeling to get from a company.
Like my wife said, we both got six months subscriptions to Verdant Tea’s tea-of-the-month service for each other, and David has wonderfully agreed to combine them so we get ten months of glorious tea. I see this being a subscription we definitely keep up with, we’re already so impressed!
Included in the package were two straight teas and an herbal to mix with the other two, a very detailed and incredibly interesting letter explaining a bit about the tea and helpful hints on how to combine them, and tasting notecards for each tea. Just lovely.
We tried this tea on its own last night and it is delicious. Spicy with a touch of sweetness, I was sad when I found my cup empty. I look forward to resteeping this over and over and being continually surprised by the full flavor coming from a tea that gives such a clear liquid.
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We’ve fallen a bit behind on the Advent Calendar, Monday we hardly saw each other (I worked the early shift and she worked the late), so the pot of this never got made. We made it last night, and it was enjoyable enough. I’m not a big fan of the stuff, but I won’t protest if it’s available. It was light and refreshing enough to kind of clear out some of the heaviness following a dinner of Citron Oolong risotto with bacon and brussels sprouts.
Bought a final tin yesterday…three tins should last me until next year, right? Right?
Anyhoo, Drew and I had our Tea Cooking Day on Sunday, and I used this tea in one of my recipes. Santa’s Secret Divinity. It turned out sooooo good, the creamy vanilla took this candy to a whole new level.