368 Tasting Notes

100

I’ve been sitting on this one for a while after a swap with Tommy I’ve been steeping it for the past 4 days. After having it and other Touchas, in the future when buying Pu-Erh I will probably say I could have had a V8. All I have to say is holy cow! Eight! Eight lovely dark Pu-Erh pots from one toucha. Notice I didn’t say cups. It’s very smooth. Dark like coffee. Unfortunately I think the stash is all gone cause I can not find it on the website any more. Sadness. This is a very good offering though.

TeaBrat

I want one…. :)

ashmanra

Adding to shopping list….NOW!

Dinah Saur

This sounds delicious.

The DJBooth

Ha that’s the same website I just found it at.

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88

Brewing this up before bedtime thanks to Garret I’ve had this a while just haven’t got to the tasting notes. I haven’t tried too many green rooibos or green rooibos blends. I can make out the combination of citrus and peach the most. It’s good.

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97
drank Hawaii-Grown Black by Samovar
368 tasting notes

Thanks to Ian for sending me this one. Sometimes you need put all formality aside and just say DUDE! I have to be honest I’ve been giddy about getting to try this one. I have had pure Hawaiian kona and it is one of my favorite treats to have in the coffee world. I love my coffee just as much as I love my tea. So my expectations are high knowing the quality that comes from the Island state. Not to mention an American tea that can stack up to teas that have been produced for thousands of years in other countries. The dry leaf is intriguing. There is a sweet aroma emanates almost like caramelized sugar. The tea reminds me a lot of of Dawn(Arunachal Pradesh) from The Simple Leaf. This is a fabulous tea. Second steep with dinner of Salmon and Boxty(Irish potato pancakes). Great

BTVSGal

I have been eye this and the oolong for awhile now. I on the fence on if it is worth the price.

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100

There are days where you just need to visit the old friends in your cupboard. I don’t think I need to expand on this one any more than I already have. So relaxing. Great today even though it’s sunny 60 in Clevealand.

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96

Thanks to Lindsay for this one. My first Orchid Oolong. Now I’ve seen Orchid’s, Licorice, Ginseng oolong, and King’s oolongs and they seem to be synonymous with each other. Or so I thought. Check out the package no coating on the dry leaf really like you might see on some licorice oolongs(that candy coated like shell). Brew up the first cup. Eh kinda of a semi roasty nutty flavor to it. I didn’t get that sweetness though till the end of the cup. I didn’t really enjoy the first steep. However, in consecutive steeps afterward this tea really begins to unfold like an orchid. In the second steep is where I’m starting to detect the orchid. It reminds me of jasmine scented teas, but you can definitely tell that it is orchid and not jasmine. Then you have that sweetness at the end of the sip. This I enjoy quite a bit. I might be wrong but there has to be a little bit of ginseng in there or licorice root to produce that sweetness. If I am wrong…fabulous. I am thoroughly enjoying this tea. So with steep 3 and 4 I combined it with a sample of Teavana’s Dokudami Umami. The combination with licorice root in the umami was fantastic. I can’t wait to finish the rest of this, and try more to come!

Autumn Hearth

You wouldn’t happen to have any of this left would you? I’m dying to try just a teaspoon. Feel free to check out my cupboard, I have other Verdant samples not listed and of course a Teavana hook up.

The DJBooth

I do have some left I would be happy to share some with you.

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94

I’m at the end of my sampling from Amy O and I have realized that I have not written about this one yet. For shame on me. I have said in many of my tasting notes that I love jasmine. It’s comforting, invigorating, and is just one of those aromas and tastes that seems to put me at ease. However I have never had it combined with a black tea. This however is quite delicious. The jasmine has a good presence but not overwhelming and the black tea is quite exceptional. Which is a little disappointing since this is one that Teavana has discontinued….seems to be a trend with me. I find ones that I really like from Teavana and they discontinue them. Bummer. Usually the black blend teas that I have tried from Teavana are okay in quality. This one seems really good though. Alas I will miss this one and miss the opportunity to add it to my cupboard to enjoy.

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72

This one that came to me from oOteaOo. Really a nice smooth dark oolong. A little roasty, nutty exactly what you would expect from a darker oolong. I wouldn’t not call it astoundingly awesome, but still a good afternoon delight.

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drank Ginseng Vitality by Teavana
368 tasting notes

Thank you to BTVSGal for this one. The dry leaf has a pleasant aroma almost like Russian tea that you make at Christmas. For there being so much in this I’m a little disappointing in the flavor. I can make out a little of the apple and lemongrass. There claims to be cardamom, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, and ginger, which should provide for a nice chai like taste but I’m not getting that. To be honest it kinda tastes like a cheap Celestial seasonings herbal blend. It’s pleasant but not invigorating and energizing to my senses. This one is just alright.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
368 tasting notes

Hmmmm so I have Florence left from my swap with Amy O and Cocoa Mint black from Teavana. Muhahahaha! It’s almost like that moment in Cast Away when Tom Hanks exclaims “Look I have made fire”. The beauty of this combo is that Florence in my opinion doesn’t have enough flavor and sometimes the Cocoa Mint black has this tongue numbing flavor to it. With their powers combined offers a great mix where you can enjoy the chocolate and the mint. It’s almost like a thin mint in a cup. Outstanding!

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80

Thank you Dinosara for this. The Chrysanthemum seem to rule supreme on this one. It is my first Verdant Tea to boot. The aroma of the dry leaf is like walking into a green house or through a spring field. This is my third tasting before reviewing it. Every time the actual tea has been pretty weak in compared to rest of the brew. I definitely like it. It’s very vegetal. I have tried another tea like this before and like the combination of Pu-Erh and Chrysanthemum, however the other that I tried was a fishy pu-erh. I didn’t notice the orange peel till I made this pot. I will say that the pu-erh is more prevalent in this tea. The flavor almost reminds me of dandelions like when you took one as a kid and rubbed the yellow on your arm. The only bummer about this tea is the pu-erh is very weak. I like a good strong dark pu-erh. Overall though a good tea.

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