694 Tasting Notes
I brought this tea to work along with a few other greens as I find them very refreshing and good for focus in the afternoon (unlike the stormy night tea I had prior..almost put me to sleep lol). The smell of this tea still throws me off, it’s so much like dark chocolate! But the flavor is fresh and delicious, very light, but so good. I should drink this more often, it is one that for some reason gets neglected in my cupboard :( now that it’s at work, I should have more of it, as it’s easier to clean out of my steeper too haha. See previous notes!
I’m almost finished this bag of tea! I gave the free one I got with my last DT purchase to my mother, she quite enjoyed a cup when I made it for her, so if I ever want more of this, she has 50g! Anyways, I have about 1 cup left. Made a cup at work with my steeper (yes, I finally brought one to work, after determining it was the tea bags that made the water taste messed up) and it looks rather unappetizing in a glass mug lol, all floaties and oil. But it tastes ok, although I’m pretty thirsty so it’s not really doing it for me haha, too sweet. But I will drink it down and make something else after prob haha. See previous notes.
I made myself a homemade chai blend tonight! We went to the Little Italy market in the city, and I conveniently happened to end up in the spice isle..and the jar of star anise caught my eye. I didn’t get any for my chai, but I did get coriander, cardamom, ground cinnamon, black peppercorns, fennel, cloves and fresh ginger root. I blended according to Verdant’s blending recommendations on their site – blend until no one scent overpowers the others. I reached this point after adding a lot more pepper and cardamom and ginger when I put a bit too much cinnamon lol. I am not sure the individual amounts (darn it, will probably end up different every time now) but I ended up with ~1.5 tablespoons of chai mix.
For my base tea..I picked Tiger Assam by Andrews & Dunham..I know people might be thinking gasp, why would you put such a good tea in a chai?! But I wanted an Assam in it, and I am out of LB, which would have been the first choice lol. So I put in 3 tsps, after simmering the spices in 1.5 cups of water for 10 mins. Simmered another 2 mins and then took off and let sit and steep for 4 mins.
Then I strained it, and added a large dollop of honey (homemade too, my parents have bees!), probably a bit over a tablespoon. Mixed that around, and added 1/4 cup of milk. Brought to a low boil again then poured it in my cup.
The verdict? HOLY GOODNESS. SO MUCH HONEY. LOL. Maybe a bit less next time..I was a bit worried it’d be too clove-y, as that was the predominant scent when it was simmering, but it actually is pretty well balanced! I definitely taste the fresh ginger, and the cloves and maybe a bit of fennel. The honey brings out everything sweet in it, next time I will probably put less in haha. But it is sweet, cozy and soothing! Ah! And the base is there too, providing a bit of astringency I think, which goes well here. A bit of a burnt clove note too. Overall it’s sweet, smooth, and surprisingly well balanced, for my first attempt lol. Next time, less sweet things though! But I won’t have trouble sleeping after this, and will gladly slurp it down and head to bed! I think it was a good success, and I will definitely make more chai in the future! Excited that I’ve blended my first tea blend!
Ah I totally forgot to log this last night! Of the three teas from the October blends, this is definitely my favorite. The citrus melds wonderfully with the spices and the carob and of course the creamy vanilla, it’s cozy, warming, comforting, perfect for drinking before bed. I will enjoy this tea and if it becomes available very likely will pick some up. Tasty stuff!
It snowed about 10 cm this past weekend..and roads are a bit icy, and it’s cold out! Brrr..so ginger tea was in order this morning. Tasty and warming in my travel mug. Winter is here :( see previous notes on this tea!
I am doing an experiment with this tea and Campfire blend also by Verdant- both have almost identical ingredients except that Campfire blend is a herbal and thus has no Zhu Rong in it. I really enjoyed the last cup of Campfire that I had, so I tried the same parameters for this tea.
About 2.5 tsps in just under boiling water for 2 minutes, no rinse. The flavor is definitely vanilla spice cake! It’s so, so soft on my mouth – silky, must be the vanilla coming out! I think this is what it is going to taste like, a soft cozy cake, but I’m still not getting any citrus. Haha I still feel as though this tea is evading me, like, it is lovely, but not much citrus yet I feel! Maybe gongfu style will be the trick for me haha, I will have a cup of Campfire blend after this to compare the two as the ingredients are just so close. I am really enjoying the spice cake aspect of this tea though, very tasty! See previous notes :)
Sipdown! I cold brewed the remainder of my sample, unfortunately it was a bit weak as there wasn’t much tea left. Still refreshing and something different though, for a caffeine free cold brew, this one is a top contender. Might re-order next year, but not for a while as I’m signed up to the Verdant blend club and I have enough blends coming my way for a while – excited about the preview of the November ones! See previous notes on this tea :)
Wow I have to drink down my matcha lol its been kicking around for far too long! I mixed a quarter tsp of this and the black cherry today, whisked with hot water and my new whisk and giant kitchen whisk to get some froth, and topped with hot water. Both these matchas still smell really good,but the flavor is mostly green tea with vanilla creaminess. So the French vanilla must be holding up better than the cherry haha. I’ll try to have matcha once a day to use up my open packs, then I can tear into my cheesecake one which is unopened from a while back too, but should hopefully still be good. See previous notes on these teas!
I’ve been drinking a lot of Verdant teas lately lol, sorry for not much variety in the way of companies :P anyways, I decided it’s time to have a yixing session again..it’s been much too long. I feel bad for neglecting my little pot :( so yes, this tea is in there today, my favorite roasted oolong. Two rinses and about 5 second steepings for myself and the boyfriend. Delicious, perfect tea. Roasted and grapefruit and honey, everything I love! Going to have quite a few steepings of this today! See previous notes :)
First tea of the day here, we are under a snowfall warning, so my plans for the day are to sip tea and make cookies later! And watch my kitty, he got fixed yesterday poor little guy so he has to wear a cone now and he really doesn’t like it! :( so lots of pets for him today! Anyways, back to this tea, it’s so tasty western style! I should try the last little bit in my gaiwan, but it’s just so cozy and warming and soft in the mug. It went nicely with my waffles with apricot jam for breakfast. An excellent tea! See previous notes :)