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drank Imperial Breakfast by Verdant Tea
109 tasting notes

I wish I liked more tea.

I wish I could be like many of you here who seem to like pretty much any quality tea, no matter what type it is-but it is not to be. I’ve been expanding a bit more beyond the teas that I am used to and I have found that I have definite preferences-new things I like and new things I don’t. I enter the process open-minded, but there are just some things my senses don’t care for and Laoshan black is one of them. It’s kinda disheartening to hear people rave about a tea that I just don’t care for. I’d like to join the club exalting various great teas and have people think I know a lot about tea because I agree with them. But no words-no matter how cogent-can convince my senses that they enjoy something when they just don’t.

I KNEW this was not your typical breakfast tea when I ordered it. Still, it seemed worth a shot. However, by the time I got around to trying this tea, I have already discovered that I was less than enthralled with 2 of its components (Laoshan Black and Big Red Robe). So this puts a lot of pressure on Yunnan Golden Buds and Xingyang 2007 Imperial Pu’er. Considering I’ve never had Pu’er before (and that there’s probably not much in it), it’s mostly up to the Golden Buds-those poor buds never stood a chance.

The best thing about this tea is how striking all those golden buds look mixed in with the Laoshan Black leaves-very nice. Sadly, the black overwhelms those buds and I can’t really taste them. I taste the chocolate notes in the black, but it’s not remotely sweet. I eat 72% dark chocolate (not sweet enough for most) and I taste enough sweetness. The chocolate notes in the black are bland. Thick, heavy and bland. At least they are NOT bitter, like unsweetened chocolate. Not sure whether I can taste the pu-er. I catch a glimpse of mineral now and then from the oolong. Even if I enjoyed this more, I can’t imagine wanting this as my first cup in the morning. For that, I guess I prefer your typical Assam/Yunnans straight or in blends. But, even as an afternoon tea, this just doesn’t work for me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

It must be frustrating to spend all this money on tea you don’t like. Perhaps you need to narrow down your choices?

Scott B

I wish I liked more of my new teas better, but that’s what I’m doing here-narrowing my choices.Trying new teas is a risk-I know that going in. I’d rather try something unknown that I potentially could like and not enjoy it than to not try it at all. I’m not going broke on my small orders from Verdant and RtR and my Upton samples. If I never tried anything new, I would never have come across things I really enjoy like Lapsang, Keemun, or Yunnan Dian Hong. I certainly don’t keep ordering the same types of tea when I have learned that I don’t like them. I ordered Imperial and Laoshan at the same time, so I had no way of knowing that I wouldn’t enjoy either one of these.

TeaBrat

True enough. :)

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TeaBrat

It must be frustrating to spend all this money on tea you don’t like. Perhaps you need to narrow down your choices?

Scott B

I wish I liked more of my new teas better, but that’s what I’m doing here-narrowing my choices.Trying new teas is a risk-I know that going in. I’d rather try something unknown that I potentially could like and not enjoy it than to not try it at all. I’m not going broke on my small orders from Verdant and RtR and my Upton samples. If I never tried anything new, I would never have come across things I really enjoy like Lapsang, Keemun, or Yunnan Dian Hong. I certainly don’t keep ordering the same types of tea when I have learned that I don’t like them. I ordered Imperial and Laoshan at the same time, so I had no way of knowing that I wouldn’t enjoy either one of these.

TeaBrat

True enough. :)

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Started drinking tea for health benefits maybe 5 years ago-exclusively bagged tea. Usually went for various Celestial Seasonings type of stuff. I bought a tea infuser at a gourmet shop once and then I realized there was almost no loose tea available. Eventually tiring of bags, I started ordering loose tea online and I have never gone back. Initially, I was exploring all the wild and exotic flavor combinations, but now I mostly drink straight teas. I still enjoy blended teas-but prefer those without “flavoring”. Hope to learn here and find some new teas I might not otherwise find. Am a vegan, so “milk” generally means “soymilk” to me. If it’s almond, rice, or coconut, I will mention that fact.

I am new here, and new to reviewing tea. Many of my initial reviews will be from memory and may not be very detailed at all. I hope to write more informative reviews on current and future teas.

I won’t let external factors affect my rating of the tea-such as slow shipping, too expensive, etc. I’ll mention any customer service problems in my reviews. I also won’t let my mistakes in not following the seller’s recommended parameters affect a rating. I can’t believe people who say “I forgot about it and oversteeped it” and then give it a rating. If I brew outside the parameters, I will wait until I brew it right before I give it a rating.

TEMPORARY RATING SYSTEM- Don’t hold me to these numbers and descriptions-like George Bluth, I like to tweak.

90+ It’s awesome, right?? I’ll probably try to keep it on hand.

80-89 – I really like this and will buy it again at some point, but there are so many teas to try!

70-79 – This is a pretty good tea and I may buy it again based on my mood, what tea store I am buying from, and what kind of deal I can get.

60-69 – This is okay. I finished the bag. I would drink it again if offered, but would not buy it again.

40-59 – IF I finished the bag, I recall this tea thinking “Why in the hell did I finish the bag?”

1-39 – Did not finish the bag. Maybe not even the cup. Tea was given away or discarded.

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