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My before bed cup – cozy, warming, and helping out my stomach as usual. Had it with a bit of honey to smooth it out and make it amazing as usual. Having a super relaxing night with the Spa music channel on and this tea. Almost sleep time haha. Sorry for the very non descriptive note. Too tired and relaxed. See previous notes on this tea :)

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drank Earl Grey by Verdant Tea
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This is a great EG! Sad I waited until the last minute to try it, because it really is pretty good in terms of the EGs I have tried so far. It is a much more chocolatey version due to the LB base (yum) and there is a definite vanilla note after pouring it from my travel mug. Nice and caffeinated on this cold morning in the office again haha. This is a different take on earl grey, be forewarned – not overly strong bergamot if that is your thing. For me, it is more of a dessert like EG, Andrew & Dunhams EG is still my long reigning favorite. But I am happy to have picked up a sample of this to try while it was available, and I will also try to write a more detailed note later when I’m not at work lol.

Tasty and warming this morning!

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It is another frigid day at the office..seriously, I have a fall sweater, light jacket, and scarf on right now to work inside, and my hands are frozen…drinking tea to warm up! This tea is the best, and I am seriously at a loss for what I will do now that it is discontinued. The ingredients are not the easiest for me to obtain to even attempt blending my own, and just attempting to blend it sounds like a daunting task lol. I guess I will just hoard this remaining bag I fortunately added to my Verdant order in May, and look for a replacement when it runs out. My current cup is definitely assisting me warm up today! See previous notes on this awesome tea :)

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I bought a cake of this ages ago (February) and am very sorry I have not gotten to it until today! After a crazy busy week again at work, I needed the ultimate in comfort. It is a cold rainy day too, so I knew it would be shou. So I finally took the plunge and tore into this cake and steeped it in my Crimson Lotus teapot, which I also haven’t had a chance to season yet, but we are taking the plunge!!

I rinsed the fresh Jian Shui teapot with boiling water for about 45s to begin with, inside and out, and then let the leaves sit for about 30s in there to warm. Then a quick 7 min rinse (this teapot pours wonderfully quickly!!) and I then did a 30s steep. The liquor is dark and rich. The liquor smells dark and rich and sweet, so rich it’s almost buttery to me. And OMG, the flavor is dark and rich and sweet too!!

My gosh, dark chocolate, aftertaste of brown sugar and caramel, a thick mouthfeel..creamy and thick. Earthy too, and I didn’t mention…SOOO SMOOOOOTTTHHH. It actually is so smooth and thick, one of the most intriguing mouthfeels I’ve had in a tea ever. The earthiness is more on the mossy side too, as per the description.

I fed a second short 10s steeping to the exterior of my teapot to help season it, since I didn’t go through the long seasoning process.

I am excited to steep this all afternoon and enjoy. So happy I finally opened up this cake. Going to thoroughly enjoy it, and hopefully make it in this cute little teapot every time! Overall, currently a supremely delicious tea. This and Noble Mark are probably pretty close in ranking, although I need to have a few more sessions of this one to truly compare them.

Oh, and the third steeping is even smoother and more delicious. :D

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drank Gardens of Anxi by Verdant Tea
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Darn, I sipped this down last week without ever logging a note about it lol. I will write a quick one now – this tea was super relaxing, fresh, a bit citrusy and creamy, and a bit floral. It was a good one for before bed on summer nights. I will miss the calming attributes of it! Happy I got to try this one in the blends subscription! No rating as I didn’t log a detailed enough note on it to warrant one I don’t think lol.

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Yes, this is a winter tea. Yes, I am drinking it Aug. 4. It is freezing as usual in my office and rainy outside, and I am super tired as it is the Tues after the long weekend. So cozy, warming caffeine was a requirement to make it through this morning. This one still has a ton of flavor and is sweet, comforting and cozy. I wish I was at home in bed lol. Tasty tea helps the day go by! See previous notes on this tea :)


I hope you’ll make it through the day alright! What a fun tea to drink in the summer. :D

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Backlog – I had a few cups of this while watching the storm roll in last night – our first major storm of the season! Finally!! The lightning was gorgeous, the thunder loud, and this tea…perfect for the occasion. Warming and cozy like a warm blanket. Rich and slightly sweet. Slightly energizing too, yet also calming. Ah, I love storms and good puerh. See previous notes on this tea :)

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I’ve been drinking this for the latter part of the day and haven’t made notes for an in-depth review, but it is pretty delicious. Started out pretty sweet with honey and apricot notes, and melding to a slightly bitter, green tasting flavor. Short steeps and 2 rinses for this one. Fresh and good! Will rate later as on my phone.

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I am FINALLY getting a chance to make this well reviewed tea! I have been meaning to try it but have not had the time to sit down and properly brew it, but today is the day! Thank you so much Crimson Lotus Tea for this sample that came with my teapot!

The appearance is so cute. I love that it’s a planet! A nice little sphere :) the dry smell is very faint as it is so well compacted but there is a touch of hay and honey. I am going to brew as per CLT’s gaiwan instructions on their website.

For rinses, I did the first rinse as a 30s steep and then let it rest for a few minutes, same thing for the second rinse. The rinses smell nice and light.

As for the first actual steep I am drinking (a 30s steep btw), this tea is, simply put, awesome!!! It’s smooth, definite honey flavor, a light vegetal body, and a hint of bitterness at the end. The honey flavor intensifies after the sip, lingering and making me want more.

I will continue to steep this all afternoon, in between errands and what not. Delicious start to the day!! Thank you so much Crimson Lotus Tea for the free sample!! I may have to place an order in the near future for a few teas, I have one more sample to try then I will see! :)

ETA – here is a link to my IG photo of this tea today :)


Crimson Lotus Tea

glad you liked it! :-)


You have to put IG pic in here!


@Crimson Lotus Tea – it somehow gets even better with each steeping!!

@boychik – I linked it! :)


Yay! The pic is perfect!

Doug F

Just ordered a cake of their Whispering Pines. Can’t wait to try it!

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THIS TEA!! It’s been far too long since I’ve had this amazing tea. It is still pouring rain here today (hooray!!) so I broke out my chai this morning for working at 7 am. I brewed this up for 2 mins and added some milk and honey and put it in my travel mug. And OMG it is still freaking delicious. Best chai ever!! Spicy yet smooth, sweet, luscious chocolate and honey, ginger, and the lovely slightly smoky flavor of the Yu Lu Yan Cha base. I doubt this chai will ever be beat (in my opinion). Yummy and warming! See previous notes on this tea!

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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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