I’m having this as my wind down cup of the evening. I drank that Verdant white tea all day and got so much accomplished! I am very happy this crazy week is finally finishing up. Anyways, this wasn’t as coconutty as other cups, which I am actually kind of happy about, I don’t like overly sweet teas..there’s a bit more of a mild apple flavor in this cup, must have got a good ratio of coconut, mint and apple :) a good cup for winding down a busy but decent day! See previous notes on this tea too.
379 Tasting Notes
I finally decided to break into my sample of this tea, my boyfriend wanted to try some as well. I have been wanting to hoard all my new samples of Verdant teas that are discontinued, but I am telling myself “there will be more new teas you will want to try, so you better drink some to make room!” So here I am, sipping this lovely tea.
The dry smell is faintly of hay and flowers. It is very clean smelling, and the leaves are a little bit fuzzy :) I used approx 190 C water and about half of my 7 g pack for about 5 oz in my gongfu pot. The bf and I are splitting each gongfu and having half a cup.
The wet smell reminds me so much of spring! And summer! Early clover blossoms, fresh hay in the fields and barn, bees humming away in the flowers, honey…ahhh this smells just perfect.
First steep was for 20 seconds. The liquor is perfectly pale and clear, with the barest hint of a light golden tinge. My boyfriend said it looks like water. But this is definitely not just water. There is a wonderful fresh hay taste to this tea, followed by a crisp linen feel. I can actually kind of recognize the base of Yunnan Jasmine Silver needles now, that crisp flavor was also present in that tea. Mmm and that floral goodness is in there, definitely honeysuckle, and some actual honey too maybe.
The second steep – 15 seconds. Following Verdant’s page. Now the liquor has some color, light yellow. Oh, and the wet leaves just smell INTOXICATING! So sweet and floral! I want to sniff them all day! This steep still has the hay taste, but more honey, and a lot thicker. I can see the bread resemblance in the mouthfeel a bit. Also a tiny bit of rose at the back of the sip, not much nutmeg. This is a heck of a complex tea. I don’t think I’m doing it justice with finding all the nuances, but it is very very good. I’m going to have a bunch more steeps of this, but I think I will leave off here so this review isn’t insanely long haha.
Overall, this is a beautiful white tea. This is thick, soft, spring like. This makes me think of bees pollinating flowers. This puts me in quite a nice place. Very happy I got a chance to try an aged white tea, thank you again Verdant for an outstanding tea.
ETA: Man, my review already is pretty long. Haha.
Mmmm I need to get more Earl Grey Cremes! I have seen a bunch of discussion on the boards about them, and have read some great reviews, and I really want to get more! I’m finding that this tea is quite delicious and hits the sweet spot just right for me, not too much, just a rich creamy flavor with some nice EG. I definitely prefer an earl grey creme to just plain earl grey I think. Once again, I steeped this for 3 minutes and it is perfect for me :) please see previous notes on this yummy tea! Oh, and upping rating a bit as I am growing to like this a lot.
I have been sleepy all day, I think i’m burning out from school. Thankfully I have this tea for a spice and caffeine burst. Hopefully I can get studying for my midterm tomo! And I’ve decided my next verdant order will be black teas and black tea blends. This is on the list, I love this tea! See previous notes :)
This came with me in the timolino earlier today, not too bad, I still think for my mug I like the Green and Fruity for a rooibos though! This is such a treat still though, I need to try out the Lime Chiffon soon!
Oh, on a sad note, albeit unrelated to this tea, I was going to order a bunch of the Dulce and Banana from DavidsTea before it sold out in the last chance tea thing, but it’s already gone. :( lol
Backlog – I had a cup of this while engorging on that plastic nacho cheese with peppers in a jar and Tostitos while watching the Superbowl. What a game! I could really care less about who wins, it’s one of 2 football games I actually watch during the year (the other being the grey cup haha) but at least it was interesting and close, especially with the power outage! And the boyfriend was impressed with how much I actually paid attention to the game, so that’s always a plus haha. This tea actually wasn’t quite the right fit, I probably should have had some cleansing ginger or matcha while eating that awful (but unfortunately tasty to me) cheese lol. Anyways, it’s a good creamy cup that I prefer having before bed than in the afternoon. See previous notes on this tea :)
I had a smooth, buttery, citrusy cup of this earlier today, and tonight I am having another cup. It’s a bit more citrus and not as smooth, but still rather good. I am close to sipping this down :( I will possibly have to order a bit more of this, it’s a very good cheer up cup with its bright flavor and buttery tieguanyin in there. See previous notes :)
Having a cup of this this morning, I’m hoping that if I finish off this and my Snow Fairy, I will be out of samples and able to justify ordering 3 more try me packs, and maybe a mystery box….hehehe. Anyways, this is tasting mostly green tea to me today, with a small hint of mint and a smaller bit of jasmine. Not as good as when I first tried it, I don’t think. It’s a nice mild cup, but I don’t think I will keep this one stocked in my cupboard. Good for a zen like day though, which unfortunately will not be today, with homework and the superbowl. See previous notes on this tea :)
This tea is delicious in a travel mug! Laoshan Black, you are amazing. This is chocolatey, spicy, and decadent. I have been working on a lab for approx. 3 hrs now and this has been a wonderful companion to keep me from going crazy. I think I will have to order another few oz of this tea….I can see myself drinking this quite often, especially since its robust enough to handle my Timolino! See previous notes on this awesome tea!
Today I once again made this just with hot water and sugar, this is becoming my preferred way to have this matcha mostly because when I make it with milk, it sometimes bothers my stomach (lactose issues, not the matcha lol) and with just hot water, this tastes so fresh and yummy!
And I finally decided on my matcha order with my gift cert! I got 30 g robust of caramel, cheesecake, french vanilla, and black cherry!! So excited for them to arrive :D Thanks to Sil and ashmanra for the flavor suggestions!
I was looking through my mounds of tea tonight, and my boyfriend asked if any more was on its way. I told him no, there actually aren’t any orders in transit, and he was like “we should mark this day!” Haha, so I think I will have to place an order either tomorrow or this weekend :P
Anyways, so looking through my tea tonight, I was indecisive. This was the blend that caught my eye, although I have been hoarding it ever since it went out of stock on Verdant’s site. But man, tonight this is rather excellent! This smells like jasmine white tea and blueberries to me tonight! And it tastes very good, a lot more going on I think than I remember it being the first time. Either the elderberries or juniper are making this taste very berry-like, with the Yabao a nice balance underneath with its tree-ness and maple sugar flavor. However, there’s also a nice creamy aftertaste going on, and the jasmine is also mixed in there. I am really enjoying this tonight! I have enough left in my bag for one more cup, although it will be a measly one as I don’t think there’s quite 2 tsps in there. I will have to hoard it some more, as this is really enjoyable and I don’t like sipping down really awesome teas! See previous notes on this one as well :)
ETA – What is this!! There’s some crazy kind of creamy sweetness in the second steeping! Like sugar and good things! Maybe the vanilla is coming out a little more? Or the Yabao is mixing with something to make some AWESOME MAPLE SUGAR GOODNESS!! Yum! This is great, I want to drink this all night haha, caffeine may cut my steepings short though.
So this week has been rather terrible so far. Busy, frustrating labs, job applications, homework..just busy like crazy. I am feeling burnt out and hoping I do not get sick from stress/overtiredness. Anyways, I digress.
This tea is one that I just felt like having tonight, maybe because I haven’t in a while, and it makes me feel warm and…loved? Haha, it reminds me of romance and far away places..sigh. Anyways, this was a lovely fruity cuppa to help me wind down for bed, not that I needed much help, I’m very tired. And I steeped it almost perfectly tonight, not sure if it was 4 minutes or 5, but it was just right. See previous notes on this tea :)
Mini sipdown, as this is another tea I ordered an oz of that just came in my order yesterday, meh, it still counts! I’m making this gongfu in my glass teapot as there are soo many bits at the bottom of the bag I think short steeps will be tastier. This still smells amazingly fragrant. I am so happy my new bag of this came, I don’t want to run short of this tea! Although I saw it is low stock on Verdant’s site :( hoping David comes out with another one in the spring! See previous notes on this beauty of a tea.
Mwahaha so as my new 2 oz of this showed up yesterday, I can finally stop hoarding my last 2 cups of this and finish it off! I made this in my timolino today and didn’t let it cool off, so I slightly fried my mouth on it first sip haha. I think I like this with honey the best, and i didn’t put any in today, so it’s still delicious but missing that honey to make it epic. But still my favorite, and it is making me warm today. So only 1 cup left in the bag, then sipdown! (although it doesn’t really count since I have another 2 oz lol.
My Verdant order came! Woot woot! Only a week late haha, silly Canada Post, I’m very pleased it came today, as I had an email all typed up to send out to find out the status of this glorious package. But it is here! And my car started so I was able to go get it! Happiness :)
So as it’s sooo cold here and I will be having another late night, this was the tea I needed to have first, without a second thought. I brewed it up for 4 minutes with boiling water. The dry smell is nice and gingery and CLOVES. Yumm. Very chai smelling.
The wet smell – oh my goodness. I thought my other chai tea smelled like ginger snaps. THIS smells like ginger snaps! SOOO YUMMMYYYY. AND! I can actually smell that Laoshan Black in there! Yes, I haven’t had it in ages, but that distinctive rich chocolate scent is mingling with the ginger snappiness. This smells heavenly!
THIS, my friends, is a CHAI. YES. This is a VERY GOOD CHAI. It is spicy, it is warming, and that awesome Laoshan Black makes it rich, decadent, chocolatey underneath the spices. This is excellent. Yet another Verdant win. I’m so happy I decided to get an oz right off the bat of this :D oh, and let me add, this excellent taste is without anything added. No milk, no honey, and it’s done western style. I can’t imagine the amazingness if this is done on the stove. Mmmmm I might add some honey to the end of this cup to see what happens, but this can definitely hold it’s own.
Overall, a delicious spicy blend of decadence and warmth. How David blends these, I will never know.
ETA: As this cools, it tastes more ginger snap like, and the Laoshan Black continues to show itself and man oh man, this is excellent. I wonder if it holds up to resteeping..
ETA again: yes, you definitely can get another steeping out of this, and it is still going strong! Even a bit spicier I think! Excellent tea :)
With wind chill, it’s – 43 C here today. Not a day I wanted to even step outside, let alone walk 10 mins to the train for class! So I was between making this and coco chai, but the spicy ginger won out. I added some honey and am drinking this and sneezing in class, i saw a giant black pepper ball when I steeped it lol. This hopefully will keep me a bit warm, i dont get to go home until dinnertime! A long, cold day ahead..hopefully I don’t get frostbite at any point. See previous notes on this tea, thank goodness for hot tea!
Ginger and oranges, and a bit of caffeine :) got most of my work done! This was nice and warming, and I’ve decided I need more orange teas, they are cheery! See previous notes :)
Backlog – this is totally becoming my new morning tea. It’s very nice and fruity, and it’s starting to taste yummier in my travel mug. Maybe because it’s a new travel mug hehe. Anyways, this kept me going through the day. See previous notes :)
Ahh I have had a rather busy day :/ having a yummy cup of this tonight as I need to stay up and get lots of homework done and I need to NOT FALL ASLEEP. And it’s also like -25 C here with windchill, brrr…probably will make some sort of chai or ginger tea soon to warm up as well. Anyways, this is hitting the spot wonderfully, 3 minutes is perfect for steeping for me with this one! See previous notes on this tea :)
Having trouble sleeping tonight, too much on my mind and probably too much caffeine earlier. So I am waiting for this to cool then going to hopefully crash, I need to sleep so I’m not tired for class tomorrow! So hopefully good night steepster! Oh, and see previous notes on this tea!
I’m having a frustrating day due to school, so I needed a break to destress. So I took out my yixing for a well needed session. This tea is my favorite dark oolong. It tastes like honey, citrus, flowers, and everything good. It’s helping to calm me down. I love tea. See previous notes on this excellent tea.
Having this with hot water and sugar this morning! I also had in the evening last night, forgot to log it. This is so good, and I’m very excited, I got a bunch of gift credit for Red Leaf’s matcha referral program, so now I have to decide on at least 4 new flavors!! Any suggestions? I have been looking on Steepster and have an idea of the ones I will pick, but feedback is appreciated!
I’m watching Ted with the boyfriend, so I wanted a fun, sweet tea, as the movie is pretty funny :) this fits the bill. See previous notes on this tea :)
I have been craving black teas lately O.o this is a rather different occurrence for me, considering I rarely drink them. I also do not have a large selection of them, so it is somewhat difficult to satisfy the craving! Haha, so I made a cup of this as my morning cuppa. I steeped for 4 minutes this time, and hmm I prefer 3 minutes for a steeping time, it brought out a bit more of the creamy flavor. I think I will add a bit of milk to this cup though, if I remember before I drink it all! See previous notes on this creamy tea :)
ETA: As soon as I typed I should add milk before I forget, I went and added some milk. The creaminess was brought out, but it still seemed to need something for the flavors, so I added a tiny bit of sugar. This helped the bergamot and the creaminess popped! This is pretty darn delicious! I might try steeping for 5 minutes next time if I’m adding milk though, as it is a little bit weaker just from diluting. But this is yum!