690 Tasting Notes
SIPDOWN! As I need to make room for my waves of tea orders coming lol. This one is a sad sipdown, this tea is so unique and I crave it quite often it seems, eventually I will spring for an oz or so, but I have other teas I need to drink down first. Haha, I am sure I could have an oz of every Verdant tea in my cupboard, to be honest!
I finished up my sample pack, which was about 5 g of tea, but I really wanted it western style..conflict of interests lol. So I brewed it gongfu, but 3 times quickly in a row to fill up a mug and added a splash of milk. Best of both worlds, and I finished the sample this way too! Mmm this is so roasty and malty tonight, not much honey aftertaste yet, mostly almost a charcoal flavor (but not in a bad way) and the rich, earthiness of sweet potatoes. The milk was purely to tone it down a bit, because my gaiwan method is not as fast as recommended, and each one steeps about 5-6 seconds instead of 2-3 lol. And the milk helped cool it off. And as I drink more of this, yes, the honey flavor is coming out in the cooling tea, melding into a dark, wonderfully complex brew. My goodness, this is good. Maybe in my next Verdant order…yes, there will be another one this month, to get the Sichuan Caravan when it returns, tonight’s was exclusively for the two reserve teas that I can’t live without (mostly the Mi Lan Xiang…swoon). See previous notes on this tea!
ETA – Malty, chocolate and honey covered sweet potatoes now. Actually, almost like chocolate covered honeycomb. My god. this is a revelation right here. So good. Upping rating a bit because this is fantastic!
I made a cup of this while on my lunch break today, but didn’t get time to finish it :( so when I got home, I made a cup of it steeped for a good long 7 minutes and added in some milk and brown sugar and heated it in the microwave..mmm. Cozy gingerbread tea. I am having a comforting tea because had some worrying news about my grandma’s health today, but it looks like it’s better than originally thought, so far. So I am heaving a sigh of relief for now, and I also finished up a crazy stressful project at work today. Might have another cozy autumn tea later (thinking yu lu yan cha :D) as I’m so tired I don’t think the caffeine will do much for me. See previous notes on this tea!
Last cup for the night, back home after a good weekend, and have my kitty back :) so off to bed, because a busy Monday is ahead tomorrow, lots to do at work from last week, so it will be a crazy morning. Hopefully this gives me sweet dreams tonight, it’s definitely not my favorite chamomile herbal, but I liked the name tonight haha. See previous notes on this tea!
I haven’t had this in ages! I had made some in my travel mug Friday, but didn’t drink too much of it due to traveling, but today I made it Western style in a mug, steeped for 45s after a 15s rinse. Man, I missed this tea. I figured out I need to drink my roasty dark oolongs in the fall, it’s the perfect time of year for them, and i have been craving them and chai lately. This tea is grapefruit with a light creamy honey aftertaste. The toast flavor is mild, but still there, warming me. Making this western makes me just want to have a yixing session with this tea, because it is just so unbelievably amazing that way lol. But I’ll make do with this for now, as I’m not at home, and later this week I’ll bust out my yixing and have this. See previous notes on this wonderful tea :)
Backlog – I was going to say I hadn’t had any tea yesterday, but I had a to go cup of this in the mall while shopping yesterday! Went to calgarys oktoberfest, so was looking for an outfit with a friend all day yesterday, but didn’t find anything :(oh well, it was still fun, and i got to try this tea as well.
I steeped this for about 5 mins before chucking the bag, no additives. It smelled really mango dry, but the flavor was mostly chamomile and a lovely creaminess from the vanilla. By the end of the cup, this actually reminded me a lot of my beloved dulce and banana, which davidstea discontinued. So yay! I will probably pick up 25g of this to play with, also because it reminds me of d&b. A nice cup to try!
Having a cup of this tonight, so good. Smoky yet sweet and spicy. A very sweet citrus aftertaste tonight too! I’m at my bfs parents this weekend and they have a fireplace, and this just seemed appropriate to sip by the fire. My kitten is here too, he’s had a holiday here all week while work has been done on the apartment, so he’s sleeping in his cat tower and my bfs parents cat is sleeping beside me, making me sneeze lol. Man I love cats. Nice to relax tonight finally, tgif!! See previous notes on this tea :)
Seriously. This tea is good. Like today, in my Timolino, it’s like I added in cream and apricots to my tea. Like it’s soo legit! Can’t believe that cream flavor. Mmmmm I will sip this as I rock out at work on this fine Thursday. Almost the weekend! And dug out my winter sweater today and my leg warmers :D fall is officially here! See previous notes on this delicious tea :)
Eep! Tasting notes on my two favorite herbals on my feed tonight – Ginger Sage Winter Spa Blend, and this tea. I was going to have the other one, but my stash is not very large of it right now, and I need to hoard it for days when my tummy is upset. And plus, I need sleep tonight, and this tea has sleep written all over it. It’s been a busy week of not much rest (again) and I’m going to crash pretty hard one of these days. So off to bed I go, with this cup, which will hopefully make me sleep like a baby, and warm me up a ton (so cold in here, almost that time of year that we have to put heat back on). See previous notes!
I had a cozy cup of this tonight, I’ve been freezing all day and unfortunately still am! Hope I’m not getting sick :( anyways, this cup was tasty tonight, a bit stronger due to not rinsing it and a bit longer steep time (~2.5 mins). I am still wanting to have as magical of an experience as Fuzzy_Peachkin did with this tea, but it still is mostly spices and vanilla to me, not much citrus. It is good though, I will have no trouble finishing this bag. See previous notes!
Ehhh, this tea is not as good as I remember it today. The first sip was pretty good, but now it’s getting all perfumey and not the best. Blarg. Maybe it’s the travel mug today, or that I didn’t wash it enough…I will not take the rating down at all yet for this tea, because it might just be poor conditions. Oh, and I did use different water today too..so that could be it! Interesting how little things can completely change a cup. See previous notes on this tea for better impressions of it lol.
ETA – previous notes say I brewed it for 4 minutes..that could also be a factor, as I only brewed it for 2 today lol.