1117 Tasting Notes

I haven’t been writing many tea notes lately..I have been drinking tea, but just haven’t felt like logging. Mostly some sipdowns too. But today I feel like I should log this yummy sheng, as it is making my Saturday a good one. The bf got called to work unexpectedly at 6 am, so that kind of threw a wrench in the day/weekend. So I have been brewing this tea with a killer headache (it seems to be helping) and working away outside cleaning up the raspberry patch. A messy, scratchy job but I’m happy it’s done!

Anyways, this tea is light, fresh, fruity, and a bit of a grape flavor today. It could still be the apricot, my allergies are running rampant so I had a pill today and my sinuses are dried up now haha. But this tea is still delicious as always, I see it is now archived on Verdant’s site so probably won’t have a chance to order again once I finish this bag. I should try Master Han’s 2014 to see how it compares one day :) see previous notes on this tea!

Oh, and in entirely unrelated news that I want to share because it makes me happy – we have a robin nesting under our deck right outside the kitchen window! They are in the process of building the nest and have been sitting in it a bit already! I will try to get pictures at some point and post on IG :)

ETA – I found the apricot flavor :) about the 4th or 5th steeping. Sooooo delicious.

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I’m sipping this down this morning, after much hoarding :( but it’s the perfect morning for it! It’s sunny out, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and it’s Saturday after a long week! What better way to celebrate than with this delicious tea! I slightly overleafed as I would not have had enough left for a final cup, so today started out a bit stronger in the malt department, but still oh so good. Less honey notes today too and a bit more fruit, so when I order more of this, I will remember to keep the 3 min steeping time but use a bit less leaf :) I am sad this is out, but I see WP was having a sale……..not that I should order more right now, but I am considering it :) see previous notes on this tea!

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This tea is so freaking good. I am having a yixing session with it and it’s amazing -woody, creamy, mushrooms, and almost a milk chocolate note coming out. The smell is soooo good too, definitely a creamy chocolate scent! So rich, so delicious. I needed this. Perfect for a chilly, lazy, stay inside day. The bf is hungover so might be a relaxing, drink tea kind of day so as to not disturb him with vacuuming, errands, and everything else I should get done. But I should just enjoy some down time and de-stress.

Oh, and prayers and love to everyone affected by the Nepal earthquake. Such a terrible thing to have happened :(.


very sad…

Michelle Butler Hallett

It’s pretty horrible in Nepal.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I struggle with pu-er. Either I find them fishy and gross, or I find one that I like but doesn’t like me — they keep upsetting my stomach. This one sounds good.

I wonder if making pu-er in a yixing vessel would help. I’ve just used a Western-style metal strainer and glass cup.


I agree it’s terrible what happened in Nepal :( and I also make puerh western style, much more regularly than yixing, but I usually do at least 1 or 2 25s rinses then only 30s steeps, seems to tone down fishiness quite a lot :) I find shu good for my tummy but sheng sometimes too strong for it. Hopefully you can find one that works, good puerh is awesome in my opinion! :)


Agreed. The Nepal quake has killed more than 10 times as many people as the Yunnan quake of 9 months ago. http://steepster.com/discuss/10941-nepal-earthquake-more-than-7000-dead-18000-injured

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It’s been a weird week, lots of ups and downs, busy/not busy spells at work, and some less than good news regarding family. I am so tired and am grateful it is the weekend so I can recharge and try to relax. I made this tea yesterday but was so busy I didn’t really get a chance to drink it at work, so I made it today as well and am having it as my morning cup. With milk and sugar to make it cozier and because it looks like it will rain outside. I also don’t need much caffeine today as it will just aggravate all the things I am worrying about. So far this tastes like the correct pick for the morning. Tasty and comforting. See previous notes on this tea.


I hope it starts to get better for you soon!!


Hope things’ll get better for you!


Thanks all! I’m hoping things improve for others then I will feel much better in return. Your well wishes are greatly appreciated <3

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A sipdown of this lovely sheng from Teavivre! I’m very happy that this tea grew on me and I have been quite enjoying its green flavor :) still a hint of smoke and tobacco, but not as assertive as when I first had it. I still prefer the other sheng from Teavivre that I tried, can’t remember its name, so this one might not make the re-order list. But it’s still good :D Hoping this helps with my seasonal allergies (they kicked in on top of my year long ones now ughhh) so I don’t have to take allergy pills for the entire month. Thanks again to Angel for this sample!

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Quick work sipdown of this tea right now! This was delicious and I will hopefully always have a Yabao in my cupboard, I still have Verdant’s so I won’t be ordering this for a while, but it was a really good one! Made Western this morning, steeped w/ boiling water for 4 minutes. Sweet, tasty, good! See previous notes on this tea :)

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Thanks to Angel at teavivre for this free sample! I didn’t log my first cup of this apparently and didn’t pay a ton of attention to my cup this morning lol so I will write a more detailed note later! This was fruity, malty, a bit sweet, and really good. A good feeling after drinking it and it wasn’t a heavy black tea. So far, yum! And yes, a more detailed note later :)


Love this one!

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Drinking another cup of this tea..that I keep hoarding lol. It’s just so good! I love the maté and eucalyptus, so fresh and yummy. It’s getting me through the day..only 4 more hours until the long Easter weekend! Can’t wait! See previous notes on this tea :)

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Mmm I needed this after a long, frustrating Monday. Luscious, creamy caramel, burnt sugar, a bit of berries and rock, this oolong seems to be improving every time I have it. It’s soothing and making me think of sprung tonight. Now time for some x files and relaxing with tea for the evening! See previous notes on this tea :)

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It must be springtime…I am on the white tea train :) so fresh, light, sweet..jusr reminiscent of the season. I had a gaiwan session of this yesterday and I am finishing the packet off today with another session. This is also a sipdown of the free samples Angel so generously provided, thanks again!

This tea is quite good brewed gongfu style. The first steep had almost a sugar sweet, vanilla marshmallow flavor. Later steeps become more hay like and a bit more grassy. It has pretty good staying power and is a nice compliment to the overcast sky this afternoon. Quite enjoyable!

Oh and I went for a run/jog/walk/hike lol. It’s still too icy on the trails to be able to run, in spots it was so bad we had to hike up the steep slope in the bush to avoid it lol. But once it melts it will be a really nice trail, seems pretty safe too so I’m excited to hopefully get in a routine :) yay for spring, running and tea!

leaf in hot water

love running too! I hear you, icy is no fun when you have to keep stopping and circling around ice patches. looking forward to april running weather :)

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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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