1117 Tasting Notes
An at-work sipdown of this one today! Sadly the final cup is almost all tea-dust, so there are a ton of floaties. I will probably only drink half of the cup as it is scratchy and not that great on the throat. The flavor is still pretty decent at least, although the fennel is the strongest note in this final cup. Also, the water at my work is horrible, and I used the hot water dispenser water so it’s also not even boiling. Ah well, this is still a great blend that I will restock!
Speaking of which, I have been planning my next Verdant order, hopefully will be placing it before $4 Canadian shipping runs out. But I have a lot of tea to drink before I am allowed to! This tea will be included in the restock, as well as a ton of samples. See previous notes!
I am having a morning sheng session with this tea today. When I first had it, it was too harsh and tobacco-y for me. After almost 6 months, this tea seems to have mellowed and I am enjoying it much more! It is a bit sweeter than I remember, still rather green, but not nearly as harsh. There is also a slight scotchy note today that I am enjoying, maybe that’s just me though hahaha. Maybe I have the correct amount of leaf this time or something too haha. Whatever it is, I am enjoying this, and am going to try avoiding overcaffeination today. I have been avoiding caffeine for a week as it made me too jittery last weekend haha. See previous notes on this tea!
So this is kind of a tea note.. I am currently drinking a Japanese Green Tea IPA beer by the breweries Baird/Stone/Ishii! And let me tell you..you can actually taste the tea in it!
The tea used apparently is whole leaf sencha, and upon pouring the aroma is definitely green tea, with the hops adding a bitter, herbaceous note. The flavor is a perfect blending of green tea with bitter, citrusy hops. I am pleased the green tea is so present!
I thought I’d log this for any other tea/Beer lovers to check out. It is unique and delicious, if that’s your thing. Nevertheless, an exciting tea beverage I wanted to share :)
I have been keeping my caffeine intake to a minimum this week (read: the only caffeine I’m consuming is in decaf teas, so a tiny bit), and I have been tiring of herbals and craving a black tea. Enter this lovely decaf EB. I made it for my travel mug this morning and added milk and sugar right to the mug and it is delicious! This tea truly shines with the addition of milk and sugar. It is a bit watery with the milk, but that is fine by me. The milk also seems to be reducing the tannins, which I am happy about! I will finish this in record time probably, and then move on to my herbal teas throughout the day.
I would love to have one of my chinese teas tonight to celebrate the Year of the Sheep, but I will see how I am feeling about caffeine later. I have felt much better this week with less caffeine, which is not surprising. Caffeine usually amps up my anxiety and makes me sleep even less. Hope to continue my break for at least this week haha. See previous notes on this tea!
I will definitely have to order more of this, I am nearing the end of my first bag from Nov and it is my go-to herbal for before bed and allergies at the same time. Or just allergies! I really want to try blending my own of this with my big bag of nettles, so I might try that :) awesome tea! Upping rating – see previous notes :)
Happy Valentine’s Day! What better tea to have than a rose, long lasting shu puerh to celebrate the day of love? :) I’m not going to write a detailed review tonight as I’ve been drinking this tea western brewed all day, but it’s a nice shu, pretty smooth, dark, tasty. Unfortunately not much rose, but on the third steep (first two of 30s, 3rd of 45s) the tuocha is still not broken apart, so maybe it will come? I recall when I had this gongfu that the rose was more present though. Still delicious, easy on the stomach, and has awesome staying power. Perfect for today!
Today was such a good mail day! I received my new teaware, my coveted puerh cake I broke my hiatus for, as well as free samples with both! Here are some pics, the tea pet is a gift (that I picked out lol) from the boyfriend for my bday tomo :)
Anyways lol it was a good day! I am having this tea before bed, haven’t drank it yet because it’s too hot but it smells amazing and soothing as usual :) and I’m off to bed with the cup, hopefully I don’t fall asleep before drinking it! See previous notes :)
A huge thank you to Angel at Teavivre for this free sample! I received them earlier this week and am diving into this one tonight. Yes it is a bit late for pu’erh, but it’s shu, which is warming, cozy and sometimes very relaxing for me. So we will give it a go this late! :D
The dry leaves smell oh so good, musty, damp wood, a log in the forest. I love that smell, and immediately said to my bf’s brother “I will like this tea, it smells like a damp, musty log!” LOL, you know you like tea too much when…anyways, I was a bit unsure of parameters for brewing this one, so I did 2 short 15s rinses and then a first steep of 30s. I am using about 1.25 tsp in approx 9-12oz water (not sure on the cup’s capacity, it’s one of my smaller mugs though). The steeped scent was heady and rich in the rinses, and has now given way to an actual sweet aroma! Sweet, with hints of must and chocolate. Interesting, haven’t had a noticeably sweet aroma in many shu puerhs yet!
As for the flavor, mmmm this is mellow, lightly earthy and a bit sweet in flavor. Yum, it is like my beloved Noble Mark, but with a bit less mushroom flavor and more sweetness. There is a noticeable sweet aftertaste. It is rich and full bodied, but not harsh and not overly strong either. Just yummy! I am feeling a tiny bit of cha-qi from this, a slight alertness, but hoping this fades into that pu’erh calm that I enjoy immensely.
Overall, this is a rich, satisfying brew. Notes of caramel, earth, mushrooms and a bit of chocolate prevail. Tasty, with a slight tea buzz coming on, but nothing crazy yet. Happy to have tried this, and as I taste this tea more, it might be a contender for my top shu. It has a lot of notes that I am enjoying! Thanks again to the lovely Angel for sending me this tea to try!
ETA – the energizing cha-qi did drop off and lead into a more relaxed feeling, I am very happy about that as I will be able to sleep good tonight! :D
Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Mushrooms, Wood