1108 Tasting Notes


Marzipan gave me a sample of this tea last night at dinner, and I decided to drink it this morning while I baked a buttermilk lemon pie with saffron. Seemed apropos!

The first steep I drank straight, and was slightly underwhelmed. Mild black tea and faint lemon with some buttermilk tang. 2nd steep I added just a TINY bit of sugar and it really made this tea come alive! Everything seems more vibrant and delicious! Very tasty when sweetened.

This was also my first tea from this company, which I know very little about.

Thanks again Marzipan! :D

Still haven’t tasted the actual pie yet but it smells great!


TeaG has some really nice teas.

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I’m drinking a cup of a chai blend Butiki was working on but decided not to continue with. It is tasty! Passing the rest along to Marzipan tonight for her to try for fun :)

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OK so apparently I HAVE tried this one before! And this time, like last time, it is the nectar of the gods :)

Green tea bliss!

Thanks again inranger :D


bliss is good :)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1108 tasting notes

I’ve got more of this tea now thanks to inranger YAY! Thanks!!!

So, I’m not sure I’ve ever had the 1st picking before. Also I haven’t had any LB in a while…someone educate me please, is the first picking supposed to taste different? I feel like there is a flavor note missing here! It is still quite tasty, don’t get me wrong. Just different! It could be my palate as I just ate a bunch of berries before drinking this cup, but still. Weird!

With the exception of shinchas and dragonwell, I’m generally a fall harvest kind of girl with most of my teas, so maybe it is just me.


I’ve never had it myself, but is that what you are referring to Stephanie? There’s a nice description about it, explaining…



Oh oops, didn’t realize there was a separate page!


yep..two different teas…and the 1st picking i had back when it was a reserve tea, was more…dirt like? earthy? lol

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Thank you for the sample boychik

This is not my favorite Damn Fine tea, but I’ve loved SO MANY of them so far that this is still a very good tea in my book. Just not knocking my socks off the way the others did. It is smooth and somewhat complex, but lacks any malty or fruity notes to draw me in ;)

I am considering ordering a tin of the Spring Keemun before it is gone. I finished my sample of that one from boychik on my vacation and I miss it already!

Cameron B.

I keep looking at that Yunnan Gold Tips… But it’s $25… But there are only 8 left… QQ


The Yunnan gold tips were tasty, but I’ve had other Yunnan blacks I enjoyed just as much or even more and were available in smaller quantities :)

Cameron B.

I actually just ordered the free samples for reviewers from TeaVivre and that was one of my selections. :)


Oh good!!!

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YUM! boychik has sent me some of the best shus!

This one is smooth and SWEET. It is lightly earthy and has a dark fruity note floating around. I did a long-ish steep and I’m really enjoying the bold flavor :)

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I have a lot of new teas and samples I need to be sipping through and writing notes on, but I was craving this one today. Sometimes you just gotta drink what you are in the mood for you know? And today it is flavored blacks :)


Agree. Every day its a dilemma if im going to drink new tea for review or some thing i really love.


I like to mix it up. I can have both, since I drink a lot of tea.


I can’t drink as much tea as most people around here do in a day ;)

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drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
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I am home from mini vacation and just wanted to say that I’m drinking this iced right now and it is faaaaantastic!

Also if you are a foodie and live within driving distance of Cincinnati you MUST visit Jungle Jim’s International Market! www.junglejims.com

It is my new happy place LOL. Somewhat disappointing tea selection though…

Terri HarpLady

Cool! We have a kind of like that in St. Louis, called Global Foods. They have every amazing looking produce you never heard of! :)


Jungle Jim’s is insanely huge- 6 1/2 acres of store, I kid you not! http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jungle_Jim’s_International_Market I’m not sure there is any other place quite like it!


Wow. I adore my Wegman’s, but it’s nowhere near 6.5 acres!

Terri HarpLady

yeah, Global isn’t nearly as big as that, but they have every jelly, noodle, snack food, hot sauce, etc, from every place in the world. They have things in their huge freezer section like goat’s head. They have Balut eggs too.


I visit a cousin near the Fairfield store once a year or so, may have to make our next beer run there. :)


Yes, inranger you should! They have All The Beers! My husband brought home a LOT of different stuff! :D

My favorite thing so far was the Stroopwafels!


Thanks to Google, I now have to try stroopwafels myself!


Haha we drive past that place fairly frequently when we travel from southeast Ohio (where I live) to Louisville KY (where my parents live). I always noticed the sign because it was kind of funny. Guess we will have to stop sometime.

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This sheng is kind of strange. My first steep had a bitterness that reminded me of cocoa…but it is definitely a SHENG so it is really weird. Like, the liquor is a translucent amber…how is this giving me cocoa notes?

2nd steep also bitter, but more fruity. I will have to be more careful with this one in the future- maybe lower temp and shorter steeps…I do feel like the flavors lying under the bitterness are quite interesting!

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I love pretty much every type of tea camellia sinensis can produce. I like herbal teas sometimes but I can’t stand rooibos. I’m recently becoming a puerh addict.

Butiki, Verdant, Mandala, TeaVivre, Yunnan Sourcing, TeaUrchin, White2Tea and Den’s are my favorite online retailers so far.


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