1092 Tasting Notes


I shoveled for at least an hour in -25 celsius temps this afternoon lol uncovered my driveway and moved my vehicle back there to plug it in haha. Man oh man I came in frozen, so I am sipping away on this treasure of a tea to warm up. And warming it is, as well as a treasure! I had been hoarding this, but I need to drink this, as well as other teas, instead of hoarding them. That is one of my tea resolutions this year – don’t hoard, drink up, and restock if required! A few others:
-No ordering tea until cupboard is under 100 teas (so currently not until I finish/get rid of 42 teas)
-Keep cupboard level at 100 maximum
-make list of favorites to keep in cupboard and try to eventually just have favorites in cupboard
-CUT DOWN ON IMPULSE BUYING. Haha this is a big one, I am notorious for buying a large bunch of tea because it looks good. I need to further research and contemplate if I need the tea before I order a ton (possible exceptions being a highly reviewed pu’erh cake, such as the one from WP that I nearly ordered this past week :P).
-Have a more organized tea cupboard. This will be a work in progress.

Anyways, this tea looks like it will be one that will be restocked :P it’s still ridiculously delicious. But I will drink up what I have first before placing an order! See previous notes on this tea :)

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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
1092 tasting notes

I am stuffed up to the nines from something, either cat litter or dog hair up at the lake..whatever it is, I don’t feel good. So out comes a favorite i brought with me, full of spicy peppercorns and ginger to help my sinuses. And the puerh helps with everything haha. Also added some honey so hopefully i feel better soon. See previous notes on this tea.

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Happy New Year!! And happy 1000th tasting note to me! I waited until this first day of 2015 to log this monumental note :) start the year off on a good footing!

I am out at the lake and my mom has this tea out here. It is as delicious and cleansing as it was the last time I had it, mmmm. I feel like I should buy more of this at some point as it’s very good for the stomach and sinuses with the ginger and spices. No hangover today haha so I don’t need it for my tummy but it is helping my breathing a bit.

Here’s to a wonderful new year hopefully full of great goals, great tea and great accomplishments!


woot! grats!!


Ohh … congrats on 1000 tasting notes!

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drank Birchwood Herbal by Verdant Tea
1092 tasting notes

Oops i haven’t logged this and I’m sipping it down today lol my bad! In a nutshell, this was a delicious mint tea, very smooth from the licorice and a bit sweet. Easy to drink and a very nice herbal. I and many others that I shared this tea with (the boyfriend’s mom, my mom) enjoyed this a lot! Might reorder at some point, but I enjoyed it while I had it :)

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This is a sad sipdown this morning. I will definitely be ordering more of this sheng
It is the best tea for my sinuses, tastes wonderful and provides an amazing calming energy. So good! The last of my sample has a fresh slightly vegetal flavor and honey notes. I will miss this tea until I order more. Thank you again Angel at Teavivre for introducing me to this favorite sheng! Upping rating too.


Congrats to Angel and Teavivre!

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I have been drinking this tea all day and finished off the rest of my sample in the gaiwan. I had it in the morning, went shopping for a ton of house things (boxing day sales, hurrah!) had some in the afternoon, before dinner, and now I combined 3 steepings for a mug before bed. This tea has staying power! It is also delicious, woody and fresh, calming and good. Most pronounced is a woody flavor to me, with a tiny bit of caramel sweet coming out. Just a bit though. Mostly fresh, wet wood after the rain. I am digging this, and am very happy I still have some mini tu’s of this tea! Oh, and these last 3 steepings combined have led to a much more pronounced sweet flavor, smooth, mmmmm perfect for before bed.

Loving Mandala’s puerhs! If I ever let myself buy tea again (still working on sipping down teas/samples for the new year) I might add a bit of this to my order. Thanks Garret, for the free sample!!

Flavors: Caramel, Wet Wood, Wood

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Another sipdown in The Great Tea Purge/Sampling of 2014! This was a delicious, summery floral tea that I have thoroughly enjoyed for the whole bag. This final cup still has that lovely linen flavor from the Yunnan White Jasmine that I really like, and the florals are atill light and good, even with all the dust that accumulates at the bottom of tea bags. I’d love to see this available next summer at Verdant! See previous notes on this yummy tea :)

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Another tea in The Great Tea Purge/Sampling of 2014! This is a sipdown – it is also one of the two teas I had yesterday for Christmas Day :) – this tea served me well! Nicely spiced, and the vanilla really adds a sweetness and smooths everything out. This final cup is quite spicy from the bottom of the bag, but it is still very good! This tea lasted me two holiday seasons – I will probably look into getting a bit more December of next year! See previous notes :)

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Ugh, I had a big long note written on this and my browser crashed. Le sigh. So I will quickly reiterate – this is citrusy, and the white tea base is quite present and good. The cedar, juniper and birch add a woodsyness reminiscent of the forest, but not of gin in my opinion (which I am okay with lol). Slightly alcoholic like after taste. It is making me sneeze a bit, possibly due to the leaves being a bit dusty. Overall, pretty good. I like the flavor, but not the sneezing haha!

Flavors: Cedar, Citrus, Wood

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Another tea in The Great Tea Purge/Sampling of 2014. I am trying as many untried teas as I can before the new year, and trying to figure out which ones to rehome/purge from my cupboard. This is next on the list, not really sure why I haven’t tried this one yet, but I know that it looks similar to the previous blends club one that I loved! Jingshan Earl Green!

The dry smell is very lavender, also smells a bit citrusy, so that must be from the fresh green base used in this tea. It smells very calming, I enjoy lavender. It’s not as enjoyable of a scent as the Jingshan Earl Green, as there is a woody note from the birch in the scent of this one. I steeped for 2 minutes with 175 degree water and the steeped smell is lavender, toasty coriander and crisp green tea.

As for the flavor, this is mostly a lavender green tea, with a bit of a toasty note from the coriander. It’s okay, but I found the other lavender green blend more flavorful and interesting. It’s pretty easy to drink, but does get a bit soapy near the end of the sip. The base is not overly present here either, mostly lavender, don’t get much of the other ingredients either unfortunately.

Overall, this is a decent tea that I will probably be able to sip down, as long as I remember to drink it. It’s not a favorite, but it is easy drinking. I might drink up half the bag and give the rest to a friend with similar tastes to me, she also loves lavender. Happy to finally have tried this tea!

Flavors: Floral, Lavender, Toasty

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Hello all, I am an 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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