499 Tasting Notes

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
499 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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65

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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90

Definitely meant to be iced, this is THE tea of summer for me.

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec
R.F. Hill

Great iced tea!

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70

As a vaguely fruity tea, this is pleasant enough, but as the mango with a side of lime tea that it’s supposed to be, this is rather a disappointment. The mango flavor is weak — even Adagio gives stronger mango than this — and the lime is non-existent. I’ve also tried it iced, and it doesn’t make any of the flavors more prominent. The base is fine, but overall I wouldn’t say this is NMTC’s best effort.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

Finally got around to doing an iced tea steep off between NMTC’s Lady Londonderry and Metropolitan’s. They are very close, but I think NMTC is the winner. Metropolitan’s seems to have stronger flavor overall, but it is muddled; NMTC’s has a slightly lighter, brighter note, and it’s easier to pick out the lemon strawberry flavor. Neither one, though, is as strong on the lemon strawberry as I would like. They both smell absolutely heavenly in the bag, and while I do taste the flavoring, it’s a pale comparison to the aroma.

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89
drank Jade Oolong by Mountain Tea
499 tasting notes

Sipdown of this one too :( It didn’t take long for this to become my go-to afternoon tea, so the 2 oz. I purchased to try went really fast. Must get some more asap.

Nicole

they’ve got a sale going on, but not for this one. :(

Tamarindel

I saw that! Still sounds like a good sale though, I would never say no to Black Pearl :)

Nicole

Same here. :)

Nicole

Oh, and the honey jade for sure. I’m about out of that one!

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Sipdown. Keep in mind that I don’t have a well-developed palate for unflavored black teas, but to me this just seemed like a weaker version of Jabberwocky. It was still pleasant and I enjoyed the sample, but if I was purchasing again, I’d definitely go for the Jabberwocky.

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