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TTTTB 4/8

Glad I got a chance to try this because I’m always hearing great things about Laoshan Black blends. I was a little hesitant because of the rose but it was not too rosy. The bergamot was more in the front and very nice. I don’t think it would be one I order because I’m normally not in the mood to drink roses. I kept enough to try a small cup iced and it is lovely and I didn’t notice any rose this time just the crisp and bready. Someday I will place an order, I don’t feel I’ve matured enough on my tea journey to take the time and appreciate Verdant teas enough to merit an order.

The only reason I can write these reviews right now is because I already had them pulled up to review before Steepster started acting up and it is helping me be busy as I wait for the AC guy.

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drank 4 Fruits Rouges by Nina's Paris
135 tasting notes

Before today I had not been enjoying this as much as I would have liked. It reminds me of strawberry/cherry chapstick. Today it is wonderfully uplifting iced in this hot humid weather with a wonky AC. I added a little sugar today hoping it would be more pleasant. So perfect I’m about to make another glass and sadly it will be gone.

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91

Great basic white tea. Nice light, mellow flavor.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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83

Rather sweet, lots of flavor. Mellow malty overtones. Almost chocolaty, great desert tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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This was refreshing iced last night when my AC was not working correctly. It even tickled my nose on the first sniff like real rootbeer sometimes does. I do prefer it hot most of the time. It has a light creamy root beery taste. I love that it is caffeine free with honeybush. When I first ordered it I was hoping my son would like it so we could share it until I realized it would not happen, he is a root beer snob and nothing will be as good as the ones he gets on special occasions.

Of course because I already placed my order I wish I got more, it was hard deciding. I was positive I knew what I was getting and I some how managed to spend 4hrs hours changing it multiple times and missed my chance for sleep.

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
135 tasting notes

Fluffy Buttercream Icing…… without hurting my teeth :) I think I will listen and try it with a sprinkle of sugar when my order comes in.

Happy Birthday Stacy! Happy I got a chance to try this on your b-day before ordering it today.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
881 tasting notes

plush down comforter
sugar cookies and warm milk
melting into dreams

TheTeaFairy

This one is just so perfect :-)

MzPriss

Yes, this is one of the only decafs I really like

TheTeaFairy

Lol, I meant the haiku :-) never had this tea but lots of people seem to like it a lot.

MzPriss

Oh yeah – the haikus are ALWAYS great. You know, I expected to not love this tea, and I don’t LOVE it – but I like it a lot and find it nice for bedrime tea.

Cheri

This is a great haiku :)

Sarsonator

Lovely poem!

sherapop

Thank you, my friends! This little text definitely sums up my relationship with Vanilla Comoro! Two more sachets, then I’ll be restocking with looseleaf…

Cameron B.

This is how I felt when I was drinking Nutmeg Cream with vanilla soy milk this morning. Mmmmm snickerdoodle cookies… <3

sherapop

Please pass the snickerdoodle cookies, Cameron B! ;-)

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Pass de snicker-dutchie on de left hand side!!

Cameron B.

Now I want to make snickerdoodles! Lol too bad I’m going on a trip tomorrow.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

take em with ya!! ;)

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drank ANXI TIE GUAN YIN by teasenz
162 tasting notes

The smell of the dry leaf of this is very creamy yet floral, and a touch vegetal. Steeped up the creamy mostly only translates over in a smooth almost buttery mouthfeel. The flavor is very floral with a hint of butteriness at the end of the sip. Second steep is similar to the first, but also a bit chestnutty, especially as it starts to cool.

The third steeping is much like the last, but the forth brings out a smooth creamy note. And with that, it’s getting late and I’m gonna hit the hay.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

Guess I’m the first to properly review this tea. Yay!

So I had this as my tea to go today. It was good. I have had red raspberry leaf tea, so I could pick that out of this blend, but the other ingredients do round the taste out nicely, I believe. I got 30g of it, and will have no trouble drinking it.

One note of caution…while red raspberry leave is an excellent female herb, and has great benefits to the uterus and pelvic region, caution should be given to those trying to conceive (tic). It is fine to drink to prepare for a pregnancy, especially where there is uterine weakness or previous miscarriage, it is not recommended by some to drink after ovulation. The toning action on the uterus in early pregnancy can actually lead to miscarriage (it is this same action that women in late pregnancy drink it for labour). There are some sources that say it is good for morning sickness though, or throughout the whole pregnancy…so use with caution if you are ttc or are in early pregnancy and check with your doctor or midwife.

ETA: This tea is super fluffy and light.

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89

My first Verdant tea. When I opened the package, I got a scent of honeysuckle. It comes out more brewed. The flavour is nicely sweet and floral. There is a bit more of a vanilla or cream flavour as it cools.

Flavors: Honeysuckle

Stephanie

Wow, you are just now trying Verdant? I’m shocked!

Lariel

I was waiting for the 5 for 5 sampler to come back.

Stephanie

Good call

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89

No notes yet. Add one?

Flavors: Honeysuckle, Whiskey

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99

if it is taken 3-4 times it is healthy more that that it is like slow posion .

Flavors: Honey, Lemon

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 0 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

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87

Healthy

Flavors: Honey, Sour

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

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74

So, I am trying this one again, because the last time I had this it was a tea to go, and it was bitter, and I thought maybe I’ll just get a small amount and try it again, because it really smells great.

I did kinda forget the water after it boiled, but it was still hot/warm so I used it anyway. Steeped about 4 minutes. It is considerably less bitter. It is a better cup than last time, for sure. I’m finding the mixed base kinda of hard to describe. I am getting a slightly floral fusty taste, and it is a little juicy tasting, too.

So, I would say, I’m still not incredibly seduced by this tea, but I am more seduced than I was the first time. I got 18g, so I can easily drink this down. Will decide after that if it deserves a restock or not.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’ve never had a Roasted Dong Ding Oolong before. I always see them on websites but I figure I have enough roasted oolongs as it is.
Since this was a sample option I figured now would be a good time to try.
Even though it was expected I still felt glad to see/taste that this one wasn’t floral or vegetable at all! XD Definitely roasty!
Since I haven’t had many other Dong Ding Oolongs to compare it to I can’t really rate it. It’s not bad. Definitely roast-y. Definitely my favorite out of the three samples.
Thanks so much for the free samples, Green Terrace Teas! ^^

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Harney & Sons – Soba Tea, Roasted Buckwheat
https://www.harney.com/soba-tea-roasted-buckwheat.html
vs
Yunnan Sourcing – Himalayan Black Tartary Buckwheat Roasted Tea
http://yunnansourcing.com/en/flower-and-herbal-teas/2508-himalayan-black-tartary-buckwheat-roasted-tea.html

I adore H&S Soba Buckwheat tea. H&S is a bit expensive to ship to Canada. Was looking for another example of this tea. I’ve looked for roasted buckwheat at local health food store but haven’t been able to find any. So, when I saw something that looked similar at YS I was quite excited.
I’ve made a cup of each using the same steep parameters. 1 tsp/8oz 100C 5 min
I used Davids steeping baskets in my Noble cups, so each tea was steeped in the same vessel and I’m drinking it out of the same cup.

Dry – the H&S nuggets are a little smaller and a little darker in color than the YS version.
Dry smell – really they both don’t smell like anything.
Steeped – Again the H&S is slightly darker in color.
Smell – the H&S smells more toasted, the YS is similar but not as strong.

H&S is for sure more toasty/roasted. The YS is sweeter and more grainy. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to articulate how I feel about this. I like them both – if I weren’t drinking them side by side, I’m not sure I would think there is much difference. But I am drinking them side by side. H&S is more flavorful – I think it’s more fun, like a kids cereal. YS is more subtle and more natural – it’s more adult.
I think the YS version would benefit from a longer steep time – I think the bigger nuggets need a bit longer steep time.
All and all I am really happy with my YS purchase, I am going to be perfectly happy drinking this, and considering how cheap it is – that’s just a bonus. Do I like H&S better? yes I do, but only marginally better. I’m not sure what I rated H&S – but right now I’m thinking H&S 95 – YS 92.

Both these teas make me happy.

TheTeaFairy

Awww, thanks for doing this dexter…I will now purchase in confidence the day I finally order from YS! I just can’t live without soba cha :-)

Cameron B.

I love my noble cups! :)

yyz

Glad that you enjoyed them!

MzPriss

I’m so glad you did this. I wondered myself. I just ordered some of the H&S (because I needed TINZ) and then I saw the Teavivre one. Thanks Dex

MzPriss

Oooops, I mean YS, I was thinking about the Golden Monkey I just recently compared. But yes, I ordered the H&S soba and I’m looking forward to it. And I’m afraid YS might become a new addiction

boychik

Thank you Dexter. I love side by side reviews. I like that you made it in the same vessels. I see YS addiction in a near future, haha

Sil

Awesome!

Cavocorax

Oh, that’s good to know! I like Soba Cha, but don’t have any plans to order from H&S. Alternatives are always nice. Thanks!

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Woo! (191)
So I’m drinking an herbal, but I guess I could have had a black tea instead bc I’m off tomorrow. :P I found out after I made this cup!

It’s tasty though. I appreciate variaTEA sharing it with me! :D

JustJames

a serentity TEA!!!!! =0D so awesome!

Sil

I want to be off todaaaay!

Cavocorax

James – I was actually surprised with whoever did these Firefly teas – most of them taste better then your typical Adagio mucky blends. :P

And Sil – I wish you could too. Of course the downside is that I don’t have any benefits so I never get paid for any time off. I was sortah oping to work so I could justify a Butiki order… :P

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So I know I started out with drinking oolongs wrong when i first got into tea. My dad has a worker in China who has stayed at our house a few times over the years. She always used to just put a bunch of tea leaves in her cup and then keep adding water. Over-steeping did not exist in her world. And neither did it in mine till I found this forum. xD
Sometimes I like to still be a bad tea drinker and drink tea like that, without a strainer. I’ve been tempted to do that with these Green Terrace Teas. They are too light for me it feels like. Perhaps I am used to drinking strong and sometimes bitter oolongs, so when I drink the vegetable, floral kinds they’re too light for me.
The steeping time on Steepster says a minute, but after doing it for a minute I wanted it to be stronger so I steeped it for a bit longer.
Was hoping for a stronger Li Shan like I’ve had in the past but like the other sample I tried it’s light and floral-y. I mean, it is a bit stronger than the other of course. But not strong enough for me I suppose.
I’m hard on teas. :P

Cameron B.

I generally find green oolongs too light for me. And too floral. :P

Ost

Yeahhh I need something stronger!!

TheTeaFairy

Your method Is not silly at all Ost, I drink lots of green teas that way in a tall glass, and they don’t turn bitter. Some call this method “Laoshan style”. I learned how to do it a few years ago on Verdant’s website. You just refill when the glass gets 2/3 empty. It never fails, especially with Dragonwell. Someone told me recently they tried that method with almost all types of teas and it worked every time, with no bitterness. I have yet to try it with oolong, now you got me curious, I will try very soon and let you know :-)

Cheri

I haven’t tried that, but it sounds good. Thanks for the tip!

Ost

TheTeaFairy, really? I feel like everyone actually pays attention to steeping times. Usually when I know I like an oolong tea I’ll just put the leaves in and drink it like that. But since I joined here I feel like it’s not a good thing haha
Good to know that I’m not the only person that does it that way though!

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Sipdown! (192)
This was really amazing, and then really bitter as it cooled. Why? Why would you do this to me tea! Perhaps I need to play with it more.

Stephanie

interesting

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95

To date, this is the one of the best, if not the best tea I have ever made. It is very smooth and silky with a milky / buttery taste to it. This tea works great for multiple steeps. I have been drinking mine all night long and it still has a fantastic flavor to it. I have heard you can steep this tea up to 8 times. I am on 3 and it has shown no signs of finishing.

Flavors: Butter, Milk, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Bonnie

Hey nick, nice to see a neighbor! Say hi sometime at the tea bar because I’m old and have trouble with names and faces. I have this at home too. If you want to learn about brewing tea, sit at the bar and ask Joe or me (I talk a lot).

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(This was generously sent by Nicole quite awhile ago)

Blah blah broken record, took oolongs to work… drink through them really fast. Yup, another sipdown due to drinking tea at work that works for work.

Anyway, I’m really tired. I worked a full day and then sat in traffic for almost 2 hours and then went to the symphony. I was great, but I almost fell asleep during the adagio bits.

Anyway, this is a great coconut tea, and I love that it’s a greener oolong. Glad I had the chance to try it! Would certainly have again if given the opportunity!

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This tea is…whoa…it’s, wow, um, just really remarkable stuff. From the first sip it… no wait, first I sniffed the wet leaves and, what IS that lovely scent? I can’t quite place it. Wait, is that…miso? Whooooa, what’s THAT doing in my cup of tea?

I followed Whispering Pines’ suggested brew: 1 tbsp/8 ounces/190ºF for 3 minutes/5 minutes/8 minutes. There was cedar, there was honey, there was nut of some kind (cashews? pecans?). And I gotta tell you, this gave me quite a lift (which is just what I needed coming home from a long day of work). I didn’t notice additional tastes coming out at each steep, but they didn’t really go away either. Good, as they say, to the last drop. Yup, glad I got an ounce of this. It’s going to be a regular brew.

Flavors: Cedar, Honey

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Mary Morstan by Adagio Teas
27 tasting notes

I wanted a nice, sweet bedtime tea…. Without caffeine, of course. This is cinnamon apple loveliness. Honey and milk makes it the best dessert ever. Apple pie a la mode without the calories :-). I will definitely keep this in stock.

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