834 Tasting Notes

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Happy Friday everyone! Man I love this tea. I am drinking it warm today but I need to try it iced, SOON! And maybe buy some real watermelon to eat, too. So super hot here in southern Indiana right now. Luckily nice and icy cold here in my office though, heh.

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YUM! This is the last of my untasted samples from my most recent Verdant purchase. “Rich” is the first word that comes to mind. I’ve never tried Big Red Robe straight, but now I am curious about that one. The dark roasty teas and cacao nibs are nicely balanced by the cooling chamomile and mint. Man, I think this would be an excellent fall/winter blend. I could see craving it in the winter! Really quite good. I’m enjoying it without sweetener, but I bet a little bit would really kick it up a notch :)

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It is a pu-erh kind of day today. I have PLENTY of teas right now, but not a whole lot of pu-erhs I really like, and only one serving of this one left!

JustJames

i have been courting this one in my head…. the company is a bit out to lunch though. i am having a problem on their website: no matter how much of this i want to buy the price stays the same. i emailed a week ago and all got was crickets.

Stephanie

I got this one in a swap from…I forget who. Its a pretty good starter Pu-erh! I just placed my first order from them, one of the 5 for $5 plus free shipping samplers. I went with white tea! I wish I had added a couple of pu-erh samples to my order…

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93

Ahh, this is much better. Had to get the icky rooibos taste out of my mouth! Mmm, jasmine :)

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drank Libra by Nina's Paris
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It is unfortunate that I am the first one to review this tea. I really do not like rooibos! I did try it anyway, and I can appreciate the black tea in this blend, and the vanilla/orange flavor, but that is about it. I think a rooibos lover might really dig this tea.

Sorry Laurent! Thanks for the samples though :)

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Finally trying my foxy roxy sample! I love how this tastes exactly like banana bread, yet I can still taste the delicious base tea underneath it. I’m shocked at how natural the banana tastes! Kudos Stacy. This is a delicious tea :)

Terri HarpLady

You can also eat the rehydrated banana slices :)

Stephanie

There were only walnuts in my sample, no banana slices!

JustJames

hmmm. admitedly i am the possessor of a banana bias… but fresh bananas i have no issue with. maybe i should expand my palate….

Stephanie

Oh wait! I did find a banana chunk nom nom nom

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This is a pretty decent as a flavored iced tea. Your basic “tropical” fruit flavor with a decent enough generic green base tea. I bought it because the proprietor told me it was her most popular selection. I actually preferred the Mystic Dragon! But both are fine. These flavored greens are the kind of thing I prefer iced, which is perfect for summertime! :)

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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This tea smells AMAZING. I’m a big genmaicha fan. I’ve tried a few flavored genmaicha blends from 52Teas, including marshmallow treat and s’mores. I think I prefer this one from Nina’s! The addition of black tea seems to make the blend richer, and I love the toasty caramel flavor! This is the kind of tea I tend to prefer with a little sweetener. Do be careful not to over brew this one, I think I did and it is a tad bit astringent!

Thanks again for the samples, Laurent :)

JustJames

have you tried verdant’s laoshan chocolate genmaicha? it’s quite striking!

ashmanra

My daughter gave me a tin of this. It is WONDERFUL!

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Another sample tea from Nina’s! Yay, thanks Laurent :)

This is an extremely clean tasting spearmint gunpowder green. Just enough mint to be cooling and satisfying but not overwhelming. I’m not normally a big fan of spearmint (I tend to prefer peppermint) but this tastes so clean and natural. The spearmint is really good in it! This is perfect after the spicy Indian food I had for lunch. I imagine it would be wonderful iced, too. I didn’t add sugar or anything but this tea tastes nice and sweet. It re-steeped really well too, and was even sweeter the 2nd time around!

ashmanra

Yes, this was quite good! I prefer spearmint in my Moroccan Mint style teas, and this one was just minty enough with being biting. I saved the leaves but haven’t made my second steep yet. I also loved it with no additions. It really doesn’t need sugar, you are right!

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drank Earl Grey by Nina's Paris
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Thank you Laurent for sending me samples to try!

This is a SOLID earl grey if you are looking for a good one. The black base is bold, but smooth and not astringent. The bergamot is adequately citrusy but not bitter. I am drinking it straight but I imagine it would take cream and sugar very well. Another well balanced blend from Nina’s!

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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.

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