1056 Tasting Notes

79

So I am on the hunt for the perfect pear tea, and when I saw that Della Terra had this one in their spring collection, I had to get some. I only got an oz to see what it was like before ordering more.

The dry smell is very pear-like! I do get a bit of a floral scent as others have mentioned, but it is predominantly pear, which I quite like :) oh, and the dry mix is so pretty, little sparkly balls and white pear bits contrasting with the black leaves. Quite beautiful in my opinion! I steeped between 2 and 3 minutes. The steeped aroma is a bit less pear, but it is still there!

As for the flavor, this one is the best pear tea I have had, but I have only had one other one haha. It is very juicy and nice, I would like a bit more punch to it maybe, but it is not bad at all! In this cup, the black tea is also present, making for a warmer taste than just crispiness. I am curious as to how this would be cold brewed, but my one large vessel I use for cold brewing (a giant tea mug) is already in the fridge with Sunshine in it, so it will have to wait until another day.

Overall, this is a nice little tea, it is the closest to pear flavor yet, just a bit perfumed and not quite as sharp of a flavor as I would like. But I will gladly finish off this bag, and maybe even order another! Oh, and the other day, I was going to try this with pear vodka…that may be on the agenda again haha just to see what it tastes like! Happy to have a bag of this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Sweet Canadian

Have you had perfect pear from Davids? How does it compare?

MissLena

I unfortunately missed out on that one :( the only other pear tea I’ve had is a rooibos and it definitely wasn’t anything special lol, mostly rooibos not much pear, I’m hoping DAVIDsTEA has another pear tea this summer for me to try!

Sweet Canadian

Yeah my friend and I loved perfect pear, and they got rid of it before we could order more :( Which was sad because they didn’t give any notice. I also hope so, maybe they will bring it back!

MissLena

Yeah they got rid of way too many too suddenly :( but at least most of the new ones have been tasty!

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81
drank Sunshine by Della Terra Teas
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Woot first one to review! I received this tea in my Try Me Sampler and it’s now a sunny day and I feel like having it! The dry smell is very tropical and sunshine-y, with a lot of flower petals around the top of the bag. And the little sample pouch is certainly stuffed full of tea! I like full samples :D I steeped this for 2 minutes with 175 degree water.

The tea is a pale golden yellow color, and man, the petals really expanded and they are full petals! I took out a sunflower petal and showed it to my boyfriend, who though it was pretty weird that I was drinking a tea with THAT in it haha. I will have to steep this in my glass gravity infuser next time to watch it unfurl! The smell is again very tropical, with mango and peach at the forefront.

The taste is pretty darn good! Very light, fresh, and fruity. The main flavor is mango, with some peach in there and something a bit more tropical, I again want to say lychee, but I don’t think it’s that. Anyways, this makes me think of Mexico and hot weather, so it is definitely doing the job! And it is very aptly named!

Overall, this is a delicious green tea! I am very pleased with the fruitiness, and it’s all a very natural fruit flavor to me as well. I am definitely going to put the leaves in the fridge for some cold brewing, and I can see myself ordering more of this for summer, it seems like a perfect iced tea candidate. I like it!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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Sunday Sipdown! A lot of bits in the bottom of the bag, but this was quite a tasty cup. A very good vanilla oolong, but I don’t think I will restock just because there are a lot of other teas out there to try! It was very creamy and yummy while it lasted though. Oh actually, I might get a little bit more because this is a favorite of lots of my friends. See previous notes!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86

Squeezed in a sipdown tonight! I accidentally made this with boiling water, my bad, hoping it doesn’t destroy the flavor too much. It smells amazing at least! I will miss this blend, but now I can stock up on the summer blend, which I liked a little bit better. This is still awesome though! See previous notes :)

ETA – It still tastes ok even with steeping with a higher temperature, it’s maybe not as flavorful but still quite tasty, maybe a bit more tart for some reason lol.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Nosyam

I find Ya Boa is thankfully forgiving when it comes to temperature!

MissLena

Yess it can take a lot of heat! I think the tartness was maybe from the berries in it, was still very tasty though :) i really like Yabao, need to place an order for some soon.

Nosyam

I still haven’t had Verdants Yabao but I recently purchased a lot of Norbu Teas http://www.norbutea.com/YaBao_2013?category_id=0 and I haven’t been disappointed!

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85

So since I’ve been sipping on sheng pu’erh earlier today and yesterday, I decided to see the difference in flavor between sheng and shu by trying out a shu for a bit now! It was time to open this sample from Verdant, I mean, no time like the present! The dry smell was nicely earthy, not as woody as the sheng.

I decided to try the same steeping parameters that I did for the sheng : around 3-4 g of tea I assume (1 big chunk and a few smaller ones) and did two rinses with boiling water, first for 25 seconds and second for 15. Then pour the boiling water in and out as fast as I can in my little glass teacup. The color of the liquor is a sharp constrast to the sheng; this one is a deep rich reddish brown, while the sheng was a pure gold. This one definitely has a thicker scent to it as well, a more rich, caramel scent. This is giving me more of an earthy smell as opposed to woods, I’m picturing more leaves in a deep forest, shrouded in mystery, while the sheng was more clear, woody, rain in the trees, up a bit higher above the ground maybe? Both are unique, and I quite like how they both remind me of the forest, but different aspects of it!

As for taste, this had the tiniest touch of fishiness, just a wee bit, also in the aroma a bit, but not unpleasant at all. I also noticed it dissipated by the end of the cup, so maybe a few seconds longer of a rinse would have eliminated it entirely. The flavor is more rich and caramelly, with a clean aftertaste. To me, this tea has a more sweet aftertaste with the sparkle, while the sheng was more of a crisp sparkle, different sensations. This tea is already becoming very soft and silky as well, something I really enjoyed finding in my first shu pu’erh. I can only imagine how much silkier this tea will get with multiple steepings!!

Overall, this tea hits more of a comforting level I think, warm crackling fires, or the inside of a tree. In comparison, the sheng I had earlier was more reminiscent of being outside in the forest while it was raining, the deep woody flavor was indeed the outdoors. Both are very interesting, and very happy I actually had these back to back to compare the flavors! Now that I’m getting on to how to brew pu’erh, I’m unsure of which one will be my favorite. Another wonderful offering from Verdant :D going to enjoy a bunch more steepings while I get back on track to doing my finance project lol.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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93

So I am opening this tea sample as I have been explaining chaqi to my friend and we want to see if this sheng will show us some! This is also my first sheng, so I am pretty excited to taste this!

The dry smell is pleasantly of wood, a nice musty smell. The leaves are in beautifully pried off sheets, very nice job! I did two rinses, the first at 25 s and the next at 15. Then I poured boiling water into my gongfu pot and poured it out as quick as I could, probably around 6-7 seconds. The steeped smell is woody, with some kind of creaminess that I associated with scotch! A very pleasant smell, and no fishiness at all, I wonder if it is because it is a sheng, either way, I am very pleased with the scent!

The taste is very nice and mild, a woody musty taste with a bready mouthfeel, thick and satisfying. I am picturing a cellar stuffed with aged meats and fresh loaves, and barrels of wine. My friend says it reminds her of smoked meat, which I definitely can get from the smell and taste as well. There is a nice sparkling aftertaste as well, which I am enjoying. And yes, I feel a bit of the chaqi, maybe because I haven’t eaten dinner, but it’s an interesting feeling. Might also be that it’s a new tea and I’m excited about it!

Overall, I am very impressed with this tea. Maybe sheng pu’erh is the tea for me rather than shu. I will resteep this after I eat lol. Happy this was a success!!

ETA – This tea is really tasty and I have been enjoying a few more steeps today! Added rating as this has been my favorite pu’erh so far :)

Preparation
Boiling
Terri HarpLady

I also enjoyed this one!

MissLena

It was very good, a nice start for shengs :) i think i will have a few more steeps tomorrow, didn’t get in as many as I wanted tonight lol

Kittenna

I’ve noticed that shengs aren’t really fishy, which definitely makes them more appealing to me!

MissLena

Yes this one had zero fishiness, very happy with that! I will have to try to find the sweet spot with my shu, I have a lot more shu than sheng currently haha

Kittenna

Me too. I stopped buying shu from Verdant for the most part, and have recently focused on sheng. I have a lot of both though… luckily my mom likes pu’erh!

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87
drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
1056 tasting notes

Have I mentioned how delicious this tea is?? If not, well, it is really delicious!! The tart lemon, mild ginger spice, and creamy coconut aftertaste are just superb in this tea. I hope this sticks around for a while. I have been drinking from my 50 g bag, but I will eventually need a tin of this I think. In my opinion, this far outdoes the whole Spring collection of DavidsTea. So far this year, there’s been 2 ginger teas of the month, and I have loved both of them. I hope this is a continuing trend, maybe not with ginger, but with loving the teas! See previous notes :)

ETA – So this is the first time I’ve done this haha, but I actually ate something out of the infuser. This giant piece of coconut was just sitting there, calling out to me…munch. It was infused with lemon and sooo yummmy. I need to eat out of the infuser more often!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Ooh, ginger, lemon & coconut?

MissLena

Yes indeed! And some white tea somewhere but to me it’s mostly creamy lemony yum! The ginger is not overly strong, but it’s still good, might also all be at the bottom of my bag haha

Sweet Canadian

MissLena we are totally on the same page! I think this one is better than anything in the spring collection as well. I know I am getting some gift cards for my BDay so I want to get a full tin. I’m out at the moment and patiently waiting.

MissLena

Awesome! I love this stuff, it is a bit more expensive but I will finish off this bag and then probably get a tin :D my bday already passed so I will just have to get it lol

Sweet Canadian

I hope next month’s tea of the month is just as good :)

Terri HarpLady

This sounds really tasty!

MissLena

It is really good Terri HarpLady, you should try a bit of it :)

And fingers crossed for next month too Sweet Canadian

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86

So the time has come for me to open more of my hoarded Verdant samples lol. This one has been on my mind for a few days. I couldn’t remember exactly how much of the Laoshan green I had been using to make my cups, but I used about 1.5 tsp in my brew basket and did the first steep as 10 seconds and have been increasing by 2 for each resteep.

First off, the dry smell is like a faint Laoshan green. I have only had the summer harvest (have an autumn sample waiting to be opened though hehe) so that is the tea I will most likely be comparing this to. After 10 seconds, the tea is a very light yellow, so beautiful, I have been snapping pics of it sitting in my double walled tea cup in the sun here, might upload them later :D The steeped smell is a tinge sweet.

And now, the flavor, I am pleasantly surprised that this is very different from the regular Laoshan green! This one is very light and creamy, but instead of savory, it is definitely more on the sweet side, and I find that a sweet, nutty taste is the most prominent. It actually is reminding me a bit more of the Laoshan Genmaicha due to that lovely sweetness, but it’s a bit different than that too, more nuts than corn like. I gave the second steep to my boyfriend, who downed it quite happily as he does with straight green teas. I may have slightly underleafed this time around though, it seems a little on the light side, but the flavor is still very good. Maybe I will increase steep times for the next few cups to see if it will help my underleafing.

Overall, a very delicious cup of green tea. I might prefer the straight laoshan green savoriness a bit more, but that might change after I have a few more cups of this! Another wonderful tea from Verdant that I’m happy I snagged to sample while it was available!

ETA – The third steep is a rich light green color, a sharp contrast to the first two. The flavor has also become a bit more savory, but with a sweet aftertaste. Mmmmm this is a very nice tea, I am enjoying how the flavors have been slightly changing already!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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87
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
1056 tasting notes

Only one cup of this left, soo close to a sipdown! Creamy and tasty although there’s more rooibos taste with this one in the travel mug. See previous notes!

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88
drank Chai Spice by Verdant Tea
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This is sooo good! Why have I been holding off brewing this?!?!?! I ordered 2 oz (I think) back about a month ago, and have just not been in a chai mood, and I was worried it wouldn’t live up to how good the Laoshan Village Chai is. But man, this is good! It’s very similar to the village chai, minus the caffeine! swoons this might be my new nighttime chai! And yes, I am going to try blending this with some of my Laoshan black, and some other teas as well! I steeped this for the whole 5 minutes, and it’s a spicy, stimulating brew but yet warm and comforting at the same time. This has a bite though! There’s a spice in here with some nice zing to it :D and it feels very cleansing on the throat. Very happy I finally dove into this bag!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Got to get some! I’ve been collecting a bin of spices for blending my own tea creations when I feel the creative urge. Loving the Verdant Chai Spice and Ginger Winter Blend so much.

MissLena

I need to start blending! I don’t know why I haven’t, I think I’m worried I will mess them up, but I need to just give it a shot one day, there’s nothing to fear :) except maybe a strange tasting cup of tea.

OMGsrsly

I should try this one as I need a good chai spice mix, and I do like the spices in Verdant’s chai teas!

MissLena

I’d definitely try some, it’s a very good chai even without being mixed! :)

Bonnie

My box of additions began before people like Verdant had the Chai mix. Sometimes I wanted a little ginger or cinnamon chip in my puerh or a few cocoa hulls and a splat of orange. Over time I have played more with every-day base tea and enjoy being creative. Always using the best ingredients is key. My tea shop sells organic herbs and spices including locally grown medicinal herbs from the Rocky Mountains. (I have 2 spice shops in Old Town too, Savory is online and one of the best in the U.S.)

MissLena

I should look for a good spice place in my city! It’d be fun to make my own spice blend or combo to add to teas when I am in the mood :)

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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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