504 Tasting Notes

82

Sipdown. This was a pleasant dragonwell, but it didn’t really distinguish itself from other dragonwells in flavor (though it looks quite a bit different from the ones I’m used to). I will probably continue getting my dragonwell from Teavivre.

Also I am down to 24 teas now. At first the downsizing trend seemed like a good thing, but it’s not funny anymore. Really looking forward to getting my Quarter to Tea order in and being all set up for fall with some Syrupy Pumpkin Pancakes.

Nicole

Starting to have tea anxiety with such a small stash? :)

Tamarindel

Yes! I shudder at the thought of running out :[

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67

Sipdown. By the time I finished my 1 oz package, I warmed to this tea slightly. I don’t know if my brain learned to sort out the flavors or if I subconsciously just got a little better at making it (because I can’t really think of anything I changed in the steeping routine). But still, this is not going to become a favorite. The fact that this is the last tea in my NMTC spring order to be finished — even though many of the other pouches were much larger — is the final proof of how I feel about it. Not terrible, but definitely not one of NMTC’s best. Despite the fact that it smelled amazing.

R.F. Hill

The bases in the black teas aren’t the best. I’ve noticed a lot of astringency in them. Do you get that, too?

Tamarindel

I’ve noticed it in some but not all of them. Definitely the base in this one wasn’t great. But I like the base in the Ginger tea and Lady Londonderry, and they all 3 have a caylon base, I think?

Tamarindel

sorry, ceylon

R.F. Hill

I’d have to ask. That could be it—the ceylon.

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82

Got this as a free sample in my order. The passionfruit flavor is convincing, and though I wish it was a little stronger, it’s still very enjoyable.

Nichole/CuppaGeek

I really like them. Need to make an order for them again. It’s been a while.

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87

My tea stash has been dwindling lately, as I keep spending all my money on art supplies. Fortunately NMTC’s free shipping and modest pricing meant I could still squeeze this into the budget, so I picked up a pouch of over the weekend. A great morning standby.

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80

Sipdown, and my 500th tasting note! I haven’t even reached that milestone on my (several years older) blog, so it’s clear where my obsession lies :) Here’s to many more notes and cups of tea!

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65

Sipdown. I notice David’s discontinued this flavor, so despite their protests to the contrary, I take it they DID change the recipe and it backfired in a big way. I’m sad the original is no more, but I’m certainly not sad to part with this version.

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77

Sipdown. I was pretty pleased with this tea when I first got it, but it hasn’t worn well. It just got boring, somehow. Welp, good enough while it lasted, but not feeling the need to replace it.

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87
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
504 tasting notes

I didn’t really think much of this tea at first. I was using the 20 second steeps that the directions recommended, and it tasted weak. All I got were some very faint darjeeling notes. But then I started steeping it more like my regular black teas (a few minutes per steep) and I’m liking it SO much better. It’s so nice and full-bodied, a little bit spicy, but with some natural sweetness and earthiness (I guess that’s the yam note mentioned in the description). I hope I haven’t committed tea sacrilege by only getting two steeps out of a pretty pricey tea, but I just don’t have a well-developed-enough palate, I guess, to taste anything at 20 seconds.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nicole

You and me both. I got nothing out of this and many others recommended for 20-20-40 sec steeps. :) All in one go and I loved it.

Tamarindel

So glad I’m not the only one!

R.F. Hill

I’ve noticed that you have to “over steep” a good amount of Verdant Tea teas. I usually jut go with the “normal” times, as much as I enjoy flash brewing.

Tamarindel

Thanks for the tip, this is the first of theirs that I’ve tried, so I’ll keep that in mind if I get any more.

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88

Sipdown. This tea was always sort of a mess to brew, in that I couldn’t make it in my gravity steeper because the flavor is so strong it would taint the flavors of anything else I steeped for a week. So I had to use my tea ball, but the herbal mix is so fine that a lot of it leaked out through the little holes. Nevertheless, it was well worth the trouble because this vanilla-citrus-spearmint blend is definitely one of my favorite David’s flavors (and so much better than its sort-of counterpart, Teavana’s Jade Citrus Mint). So I’m sorry to see it go. Adding it to the list now for my next order.

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67

Not bad, but very mundane, especially coming after the strawberry notes in NMTC’s Lady Londonderry. Why don’t these two flavors taste more alike when, ingredients-wise, they have so much in common? As others have noted, the strawberry flavor tastes natural enough, but it is very muted here, and mostly what I get is just the rather muddled taste of the black base. Not one of NMTC’s finest.

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