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So I wanted to do more sipdowns today but after looking through the choices I had only one cup left of, none caught my fancy. This, however, has been on my mind for the past few days, especially after Indigobloom`s note on it. I wanted to do this gongfu at first, but I am feeling exceptionally lazy today, maybe because I did a lot of gongfu brewing with my pu’erh yesterday, so I decided to do western. Also, I want to save my leaves, only have 7 g of this :(

The dry smell was quite chocolate and yum, reminded me of Laoshan Black. I steeped for 1 minute in boiling water. The wet leaves were BAM, pure honey, I was very pleased. I love honey, had a lovely honey toast for breakfast, so this was very promising.

Now for taste..this is pretty delicious. I do get the sweet potato that others have mentioned, and although I am not a huge fan of them (aka NEVER eat them haha) this tea tastes quite delicious. There is a strong honey taste and lots and lots of chocolate, but it’s a different type of chocolate than the Laoshan Black. That one was more rich and decadent, this one is more of a honey sweet chocolate with some grain. Not as much malt, but in the last bit of the sip it definitely is present. This isn’t as thick as other black teas either, more along the lines of the Mi Lan Dancong for mouthfeel. Regardless, this is a darn tasty cup, and now I want to try it gongfu at some point to see what happens to the flavors.

I will have a few more cups of this today, going out for bday sushi with friends tonight so don’t want to be too waterlogged, might have to save some steepings for tomorrow.

Overall, this is a nice, sweet black tea. Lots of honey and chocolate, yet lighter and a bit different from the other Verdant Black teas. Oh, and I feel the caffeine in this one hehe :) thank you for yet another excellent tea, Verdant!!

ETA: I actually enjoyed the latter half of the cup a bit more than the first half, it just zipped down and now I will have to make more. It is even more honey, if that is possible, and smoother too? Mmmm ok this is a darn good tea.

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Sil

I’m so sad this one is sold out

BoxerMama

I wasn’t as taken with this as I was with the Anxi fo Shou

Sil

yeah i think i’d agree with that statement boxer mama…but i like having a variety of blacks :)

BoxerMama

Me too! I live for black tea!

Terri HarpLady

Me too! Yay for Black tea!

BoxerMama

Yay! lol

BoxerMama

I actually blame you, Terri. After our swap I started to drink less flavoured teas and more straight blacks.

Sil

Good for Terri! straight blacks are yummy!

Terri HarpLady

(bowing to rounds of applause)
I do what I can!

MissLena

I am starting to love straight black teas too :) i have a sample of the anxi fo shou that just have yet to try, I will have to have it soon!

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Sil

I’m so sad this one is sold out

BoxerMama

I wasn’t as taken with this as I was with the Anxi fo Shou

Sil

yeah i think i’d agree with that statement boxer mama…but i like having a variety of blacks :)

BoxerMama

Me too! I live for black tea!

Terri HarpLady

Me too! Yay for Black tea!

BoxerMama

Yay! lol

BoxerMama

I actually blame you, Terri. After our swap I started to drink less flavoured teas and more straight blacks.

Sil

Good for Terri! straight blacks are yummy!

Terri HarpLady

(bowing to rounds of applause)
I do what I can!

MissLena

I am starting to love straight black teas too :) i have a sample of the anxi fo shou that just have yet to try, I will have to have it soon!

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Hello all, I am a happily employed electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

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