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I’m so very glad and lucky that Verdant had all my favorite teas in stock when I made my last order! This is definitely one of my favorite black teas. Just the delicious and complex combination of malty and potato-y flavor is so perfect. Today, I think I detected a hint of smokiness that was surprising. I can’t remember if I thought there was smoky flavor in this tea before. Maybe I’m just going crazy today. In any case, it’s such a lovely tea, and I’m thinking that I probably should have ordered more of it because I’m going to run out pretty quick at the rate I’m going!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by David's Tea
10 tasting notes

Ahh this tea,
Yeah it’s spring but I keep turning to this tea lately.
The weather where I live is like October right now which is so unusual.
We’re used to tons of snow and never ending cold and it’s only -7 – +2 and no snow on the road.
Anyways lol, I enjoy this tea straight as usual. it has savoury flavours just right.
When I drink this tea, it feels like I’m drinking a rich, high caloric drink.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Pumpkin

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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85
drank White Nectarine by DAVIDsTEA
10 tasting notes

I was excited for this tea to come out because nectarines are one of my most favorite fruits! This tea didn’t let me down in expectations of it. Probably only a once in a while tea. The tart of the nectarine flavour is saved by the sweet apricots in this tea.
It is yummy, but I won’t drink it every day.

Flavors: Apricot

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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84
drank Cherry Snowcone by DAVIDsTEA
5802 tasting notes

Cold brew of this today while i pack up an enormous amount of tea swap packages. Having finally sorted through all of the amazing teas MissB sent us, they will be out the door to other homes tomorrow! Plus a few swaps, some surprise packages and other goodness. I feel very productive considering after tomorrow i’ll just have a box for cavocorax in my house with teas for VARIATEA, and my ongoing box for Terri that is always open waiting for teas. We also got new tiles put in to the kitchen so we can rework the crap work the apartment people did….minor expense in a plce we don’t own to just get the kitchen sorted. Not as productive a staycation as we wanted but at least it feels like a few things were accomplished. And i DID get a tea tray haha.

Still enjoy this one cold brewed and hot brewed, but won’t cry when i finally finish up the last of the 150g or so of this tea i bought while it was a around heh

OMGsrsly

I am staring morosely into my tea, both anticipating and dreading that box. O.o

Sil

haha it’ll be great! you just need to take it one cup at a time… I mean i got a lot of this in december? took me two months to get through it all and out the door.

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86
drank Zhu Rong Yunnan Black by Verdant Tea
5802 tasting notes

my other half woke me up this morning with cinnamon raisin toast and this tea..which he figured out how to make on his own using teh internets lol I love that man!

looseTman

Aren’t we husbands awesome! ;-)

Sil

well we’re not hitched yet (september) but some days he really gets it right. “I wanted to make a tea i know you’d like..but i couldn’t find Laoshan Black…” awe….

Lindsay

That’s sweet. :)

looseTman

Congrats!

looseTman

Allow me to rephrase: Aren’t we Steepster men awesome! ;-)

looseTman

We provide service with a smile! :-))

Sil

hahaha

Maddy Barone

Now you see? Dinner and dancing are all very nice, but nothing says love like someone stepping out of their comfort zone to please their partner. That is true romance!

OMGsrsly

Aww, that’s awesome!

whatshesaid

awwwww!!!

MzPriss

Anyone who makes you Zhu in the morning is a keeper

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83

I had to pick up some of this one. It’s actually surprisingly like 52Teas Buttered Cinnamon Toast, if you remove the fact that my pouch of that is older (I think), so the 52Teas butter flavor takes over a little bit. The Butiki tastes slightly like cinnamon bread. I was expecting the candy hearts/Hot Tamale candy type cinnamon that is mentioned in the description, but it is mild, so it does seem like the sugary cinnamon found in cinnamon bread. The Obsidian base always tastes like tomato to me, and it does here, but doesn’t ruin it. A little buttery and bready flavor somehow. I can’t tell that is has the Lapsang Souchong, which is surprising because on it’s own, the Lapsang is a little too much for this Lapsang Souchong fan. I like this tea, but it doesn’t scream Butiki special.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few min after boiling // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

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79
drank Dian Yin Zhen by Nannuoshan
1610 tasting notes

Additional notes: I tried the remainder of my sample with a hotter temperature as Nannuoshan suggested in my last review. I cringingly poured the water over the leaves only a mere seven minutes after boiling the water. I’ve never steeped a white tea hotter. The taste is just fine, but still isn’t my favorite white tea. Though there wasn’t a noticeable difference in flavor from the last time I steeped these leaves, it’s a real eye opener that white tea doesn’t seem to become bitter. If anything, it will be fun rediscovering some favorite white teas in my collection with a hotter temperature.
Steep #1 // 3 grams // 12 ounce mug 2/3 full // 7 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2-3 min

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One of my favourite white/green tea blends, I discovered this one last summer and ever since I have it once or twice every week. It does have some strong fragrance as others have suggested, but I guess all tea blends with rose petals have these artificial notes.

Flavors: Pear, Rosehips

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 500 OZ / 14786 ML

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79
drank Azores Pekoe Black by What-Cha
381 tasting notes

Since this’ the last of this sample, I might as well try and write something about it.

Overall, I’ve found my favourite teas from the sets I bought where the Azores ones. Other places were very unique, but the Azores teas were smooth, with ceylon honey and oak. This one is brisker, the leaves a bit more broken up, but still definitely a solid tea. It recommends only three minutes, but it CAN stand longer.

I’m thinking my next order will be more samples from places I haven’t tried yet, and a larger bag of an Azores black. If I can decide which. This one isn’t my favourite out of the batch—hopefully I’ll remember to review it before I finish them all off.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This was a pleasant enough black tea. It reminded me both of Laoshan Black and VT’s Yu Lu Yan Cha. It tastes of cocoa powder and peanuts, malt and wood. Despite having flavors you would consider “heavy” it’s relatively light in body. It’s thin, and doesn’t leave a full taste in your mouth or a coating behind. There’s the light taste of nuts and that’s about it. It seems to fall flat, but it could be the age of the tea. I’ve been holding on to it for over a year. Yeah, I know. ): It’s decent but it’s not for me. It doesn’t fit my preferred flavor profile.

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Nuts, Peanut, Wood

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drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

I got this blend several weeks ago and I am quite happy with it. It has this mild lemongrass bitterness, hints of berries. Don’t let it steep for too long, it might become too bitter.

Flavors: Blackberry, Cut grass, Lemongrass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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85
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
1020 tasting notes

It took me far too long to try this tea. Cranberry and pear in a tea. That’s bound to be a smashingly good match. I appreciate the big chunks of fruit in this blend.

While I don’t taste any cranberry, I get a creamy pear candy. More specifically, the flavour reminds me of Ahlgrens bilar candy. Oh man, I miss being able to get those anytime I wanted, whether it was when IKEA stocked them in Canada before switching to their house brand, or when I lived in Sweden and they were everywhere.

I also like drinking this one without any additives. I can see a French tea shoppe come out with a blend like this. It’s a fruit blend but without unnecessary sweeteners or fillers that can be found in many DAVIDs blends.

Starfevre

creamy pear candy? Onto the wish list it goes. :)

yyz

Sounds good.

DeliriumsFrogs

I’m with Starfevre! I need to find some of this candy you’re speaking of. :D

Maddy Barone

This is one of my favorites from David’s. And yes, that candy does sound good!

M

I also really enjoyed this one when I tried it a while back. Might have to buy some..

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I was in a rush this morning for work so I made my green tea in my timolino and didn’t pack any other tea. This was in the staff room so I thought I would give it a try.

I know usually with bagged chai’s they tend to be too overpoweringly spicy, so I steeped this only for about 30 seconds. The spice is actually a nice compliment and not over powering. I wouldn’t go out and buy it but It isn’t bad.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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79

Yep, I like this one. I brewed it at a higher temperature today, and I’m getting even more of a sweet baked goods note. Bread and honey, maybe? Slightly floral, like maybe it’s wildflower honey. A little bit of pleasant astringency. Very nice, bumping up my rating a little.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I’m really impressed with this tea! It definitely tastes roasty like genmaicha but in my opinion has a better overall flavor. I personally really am enjoying this cup versus the genmaicha I wasn’t a big fan of. This tea would go well with a grilled type of meal or as an afternoon tea. Definitely nothing sweet about this tea, it hits much more of a savory note.

Flavors: Earth, Nutty, Roasted

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

Yup. I need to order some of this tea. :D

masked185

I’m thinking once my sample is gone I’ll have to as well :)

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My office is stocked with Mighty Leaf and this one is solidly ok. It’s good for settling my stomach, but doesn’t have a strong ginger taste. I think the licorice is too big of a flavor for this blend

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Licorice

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Review for 3/6/2015 – Friday AM

Going to start dating my reviews (if I remember) since the dates posted are on an increasingly crude timescale if it’s over a month or a year ago.

This review should be taken with a grain of salt since I’m not a huge fan of bergamot to begin with, although occasionally, it’s completely awesome. My last Verdant tea with Bergamot, I loved so I took a chance on this one. I do not love. It’s not terrible but it’s not something I would drink if I had better choices (for me) so it will likely be donated to my local guy who only drinks Earl Grey since that’s pretty much what this is. A floral Earl Grey. This guy is otherwise known as my veterinarian so it works out. Will have to wait until I get my car fixed though, hopefully Tuesday. I walked to work today (not as bad as expected) and will likely do it again on Monday.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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52

Added 1t of sugar. Not bad. No clear or defining flavors. Can taste the raspberry leaves.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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83

I had enough for one last cup of this. Does that make this a sip down? I have fewer than 50 teas in my cupboard, so I don’t know. Anyway, a very nice tea. Mild, smooth, no bitterness to disrupt my enjoyment. A nice tea to sip on my mid-morning break.

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(No number because I put a lot of honey into this cup – but assume it’s 85+)

I only drink chamomile tea when I’m sick but this one of the best blends I’ve tasted. As far as I can tell it’s basically chamomile flower heads and bits of dried orange peel. (Sadly it’s not listed on the Berkeley Bowl webpage, but the “Chamomile and Fruit” is probably worth a try if you’re in the neighborhood.)

Flavors: Citrus

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83

Weirrrrrrrrrrrrd……….. I’m like 97% sure I’ve reviewed this before, but it’s not showing up. STEEPSTER Y U EAT MY NOTES!?

I’ve had this one at work for awhile now, it’s one of my special happy place teas. Most of which are Butiki, admittedly.

It’s really a great blend of flavours. I love the smell and the taste and the fact that I only have MAYBE 2 cups max left makes me sad.

TeaNTees

I am in the exact same situation with my RiverTea Granny’s Cake. :(

Christina

TeaNTees, I’m also sad about Granny’s Cake :(

Butiki Teas

I’m pretty sure I saw you review this one too.

whatshesaid

Ok yes, thank you! Because the first time I tried it was at the movie theatre and I loved it!

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I am breaking this out, the third of four samples that Wymm.
I have brewed all of the samples from them in a neutral glass vessel. I think this is the best way to get a handle to the “essence” of the tea on your first tasting.
I gave a really quick rinse to this one just to wake it a bit. It has a nice green tea and musky aroma to it. The sips are warm, grassy and buttery with the honey sweetness coming through . It has a slight touch of bitter that dwells for a second goes and drifts back in as well. What has really impressed me is the sweet of this seems to dance about a while after drinking it. This has no smoke at all in it. I would say it has been processed with pride. I have had 8 good infusions so far and i will keep going as long as I can with this one. I am up to 20 second steeps and still getting some goodness.

Flavors: Bitter, Butter, Grass, Green, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80
drank Kashmire Chai by The Tea Girl
1020 tasting notes

Silly brain, I had a dream about this tea last night. I actually had this the other day with milk and sugar but never bothered to write about it. Other than weird dreams about going through security screenings in a strange metallic building (largely influenced by catching up with Scandal over the past few days, I think), I had this other dream that my mom had old high school classmates of mine to visit her at the K-12 school that she taught at, and where I went to school for thirteen years. There she was making tea for them, and happened to choose this one to serve them. Worried that the guests may not be as impressed having it without any additives, just as I was about to tell her that it’s better with milk and sugar, this sugar bowl appeared out of nowhere and she was pouring light cream in. Huh, ok then, move right on!

It sounds weird, but the aftertaste of this tea an hour after I finished it reminded me a little bit of Remedy’s masterpiece which bears the same name. My guess is because this time around, I got more star anise in my basket.

Starfevre

I had a dream recently where my ex-sister-in-law(ish) was doing stupid things and I got really mad at her in the dream. And woke up mad at her and also trying to think of ways to describe my job for someone with no college. It was strange. And I really actually like her quite a lot.

Fjellrev

I definitely know what you mean! I’ve also woken up pissed at people because they did/said something idiotic in a dream and it can take a while to shake that off and remind yourself that they’re not really like that in real life.

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