696 Tasting Notes
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.
Morning cup – got up way too early this morning, stayed up way too late. I probably should have gotten something with caffeine, but I wanted this. Soooo sleepy. Want to curl in a ball and rest. But alas, I have to work. See previous notes on this tea.
Another long day today, busy, which is good to keep me busy, but I have a meeting this afternoon and the project manager isn’t here, so I’m nervous about that..I’m still pretty new at my job, and a meeting by myself with two contractors = eek! Anyways, this tea is strong and yummy enough to get me through this day. Hopefully, as I didn’t have much sleep last night and also have my class tonight..gwah. This is totally becoming my go-to tea for tougher days. I feel like I should just bring the tin to work actually lol but I’m worried the water/kettle here would make it taste funny! Note to self: invest in a teeny kettle for at desk. Sigh. Hope my meeting goes well. See previous notes on this tea!
Ugh..I got a crazy migraine today..was not fun, pretty sure it was weather related, finally had a Tylenol after having some matcha for caffeine and it is mostly gone. Anyways, I am having this tea because I find that I feel better when I have at least one cup of tea with milk in it a day, whether it’s due to the calcium or something, it seems to help anxiety, head hurting, etc haha. So tonight, this has milk and brown sugar in it. And it is good, as always. Hoping my headache doesn’t come back anytime soon..although it seems like it probably will, right before bed. Ugh, gotta love weather changes! See previous notes on this tea :)
I am trying the other blend from Verdant that I was very anxious to get once it came up on the site. Fall seems to have the best blends, but maybe that’s because I seem to crave tea the most in the fall, when it’s just getting cold and the trees become beautiful cozy shades. This tea seems to fit the weather perfectly today, anyways, a bright autumn day :) Anyways, onto the tasting note!
The dry smell has tons of cinnamon and apple in the bag, yummy! Very much like a strong apple cider, or apple crisp in scent. I am thinking of mom’s homegrown apples and her pies now! There was also a huge chunk of dried apple in my infuser, I might eat that later haha. I was unsure about the temperature to brew this at, as it’s mostly white tea, but there also is some black in it, so I compromised at 200 degrees lol. No rinses today, just steeped it for 2 minutes. The resulting liquor is a nice medium to light brown, and smells of cinnamon and a hint of apple. Like a mild mulled cider.
The flavor is soo soft and lovely. This definitely has a white tea base, it is soft and subtle and very creamy. The cream might also be from the vanilla, it is so soft in the aftertaste. The cinnamon is very muted, not nearly as strong as I thought it would be from the dry aroma. The apple is soft as well, and I think the Zhu Rong might add to the soft mouthfeel. Ah, there’s a hint of the apple in the aftertaste, a slight crispness. I do get a bit of pumpkin pie too, that was actually the first notes I got, but as the cup cools, the apple comes more alive. Not too much orange in this for me. Man, this is good. I can’t get over how soft and creamy it is!!
Overall, this is a really good tea. Mmmm. I can’t wait to have more cups of this. This is a very unique tea, and complex, I feel like I’m not getting all of the notes, but it just blends into this perfect cup of soft, autumny tea. Very well done, its nuanced and beautiful. Verdant never fails to disappoint with their expertise in making wonderful blends!!