835 Tasting Notes

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drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
835 tasting notes

Yay! I finally got to try Smaug! Thanks RogersCK :D

I’ve been sampling a lot of cinnamon teas lately, it seems. This is the very first green tea with cinnamon though! I really appreciate the uniqueness of it. Everyone else’s tasting notes made me expect it to be a lot spicier than it actually is. So, if you haven’t tried it yet, don’t be scared! He’s a pretty friendly dragon :)

Even though I’ve been tasting a lot of FANCY cinnamon teas lately I think my favorite is still Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice! That stuff is IN YOUR FACE cinnamon! This is a refreshing change though. I love the hint of cayenne in it.

RogersCK

Glad you liked it! I love the cinnamon and cayenne pepper mix.

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This is an excellent tea for Fall! Makes me think of spiced sweet potatoes, warm cider…stuff like that :)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I wonder where I went wrong with this one.

Stephanie

Everyone’s taste buds are a little different…

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95

YUM. This is really good. I’m having trouble distinguishing it from the normal Laoshan Green, though. I’ll have to taste them side by side soon for comparison :)

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86

Ooh look what I lost in the fridge and then found again! Tasty afternoon snackage as a blended latte with ice, milk and honey! Yum :)

Courtney

You keep your matchas in the fridge? Fascinating. Do you find the keep better?

Stephanie

I’ve heard they keep better in the fridge, but I’ve not been drinking matcha long enough to know if it’d go bad quicker or not!

Dinosara

I keep mine in airtight bags in the freezer. I’ve had them for a long time but they are still very flavorful!

Courtney

Hmm. Good to know. I’ve always kept mine in the bags they come in, then within a ziploc, in my cupboard. I’ve had four flavours for at least 6 months and they still taste great. Perhaps the fridge or freezer would be even better.

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Had this for breakfast. It is good but I prefer green oolongs!

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87

Another amazing blend by Verdant! Sweet but spicy, warm but cooling…there is a lot going on in this tea despite only 3 ingredients! I can see how this might not be a tea for everyone, but personally I wish I had ordered more than just a sample pack! I think it would be perfect to sip on this fall! I agree with pretty much everything JustJames said in his review :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

As soon as I’m done with the tea box, I need to try all the blends I ordered. I can’t wait to try this one!

Stephanie

Looking forward to other reviews!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

It was between this one and the Golden Fleece this morning. Golden Fleece was the choice… Will have to try later today :):)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
835 tasting notes

YAY! I’ve got some Laoshan Black again! I slightly underleafed it but it is still SO GOOD! Happy Friday :)

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I got a sealed sample pack of this in a swap with Dinosara ages ago. Because it was sealed it got moved to the bottom of the “try me!” list and semi-forgotten! Found it again and decided a nice oolong sounded good today. It is nice and light, very green and floral. Me likey.

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I bought a sample of this with my last Verdant order. I love green teas, but this is not my favorite. I feel like I should love it though! I wonder if I am steeping it wrong or something. It is a little bit too astringent or something for me. I do appreciate the vegetal and mineraly flavor and sweet smell. Also there is a richness I appreciate. Maybe I just steeped it too long…

Fuzzy_Peachkin

This was my free sample in my last order. I’m looking for a time to set aside it so I can steep it “properly”.

Stephanie

Probably a good plan. I’m going to be more careful with my 2nd steep and see if it performs better!

Stephanie

2nd steep went much better :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Good to know! :-)

Stephanie

Hahaha, my Verdant order came today and I got another sample pack of this!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I guess they want people to try it!!

Lily Duckler

It’s true! :) We love sharing Mrs. Li’s tea, and we want to make sure folks can try it before it gets too late in the year. One tip for Mrs. Li’s Dragonwell is to keep your glass (or tea pot or mug) uncovered while you’re brewing it. Covering your leaves will let steam build up which can raise the temperature and scald the leaves.
Another thing to try is leaving a little bit of water covering the leaves in between steepings. This will keep protect the delicate flat-pressed leaves from oxidizing while you sip!

Mrs Li keeps it simple when brewing for guests: just leaves in an uncovered glass cup and below-boiling water. Have you seen her video about brewing Dragonwell?
http://verdanttea.com/tv/how-to-brew-shi-feng-dragonwell-green-tea/

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Good to know! Thanks for the tips, Lily!

Stephanie

Sweet! Thanks Lily!

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85

Dumped out my bamboo tea and dug around in my desk drawer here at work and found THIS!

I haven’t had any straight genmaicha in a while. Yum! I hope the matcha boost will perk me up since I seem to be getting a case of the afternoon sleepies.

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