1036 Tasting Notes


I basically had no weekend, worked both days and still have tons to do :( ugh and I have the usual 5 day work week ahead. Le sigh. I had a few cups of tea while at work, but didn’t log. So tonight I am logging my current cup of this puerh, my before bed cup. Warm, woodsy, comforting..I love puerh. And my cat just jumped up to lay on me, so I am even warmer and happier now :) can’t wait until this week ends! See previous notes on this tea :)


Noooo, hope you can have a decent makeup weekend soon!


Thanks, it’s gotten a bit less crazy here as of today :) can’t wait for the weekend!

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I haven’t written a note on this yet? Haha oops! I have had this tea for quite some time, in fact, my package is labelled ‘Wild Winter White Buds’, the previous name of this tea! Ah well, luckily it is somewhat of a puerh tea, so it has been um, aging? :D

I didn’t take detailed notes on this one, but I had a nice little gongfu session with it, did 2 rinses then short steeps. I combined later steepings into my mug, and actually got inspired to paint! I did my first ocean painting of the pictures I took on our trip and I am very pleased with how it turned out! Haha, but this note is supposed to be about tea, so I will talk about the tea.

This is a very tasty Yabao, with the delicious brown sugar notes I adore in it. It was woodsy and fresh yet still sweet. I think this one is even sweeter than Verdant’s version. It was perfect for a frigidly cold day and perfect to inspire me to paint. It also may have been the cup I was drinking the tea out of that inspired me. Regardless, this was a very tasty tea, and I plan to do more gongfu sessions to use up a bit more of my bag of this. Very good tea!

Picture from the session:

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Oh dear…I just read my other notes on this, and no…I have still not sipped this down haha. Having a cup this morning and it still tastes fresh, but yes a bit more stale :( booo! I love this blend and can’t get any more of it :( hey Brenden, maybe a reblend of this for me in the future? Haha, such a wonderful blend, but I am earnestly going to sip this down, it’s losing its flavor after 2 years unfortunately. See previous notes!

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First sipdown of 2015! I very much enjoyed the samples sent of this tuocha by Angel at Teavivre, thank you kindly! This is my second favorite of the sheng samples, but it still doesn’t quite top the Ancient Tree sheng I finished previously. However, I do like the flavor and convenience that these tuochas offer, so when I get around to placing that Teavivre order (it is growing and becoming more concrete, definitely this year, probably this winter!) I will probably add some of these in. This is a nice inoffensive sheng, light flavor with some sweetness and a little bit of cha qi going on tonight. Again helping with my allergies, which seem to be acting up again. Ugh haha. Anyways, I will continue with my gongfu session of this final tuocha (oh yeah, I did two rinses, one 20s and one 15s, and have been doing short steeps with 200 degree water) and enjoy the of my sample! See previous notes on this tea :)

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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
1036 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
1036 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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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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