38 Tasting Notes

96

Got this one to try in my last TeaLyra order. The description sounded exactly like something I’ve been craving lately, and the tea did not disappoint. I usually prefer the stronger black teas, with rich flavor and malt. This tea, is very well balance, it is low in bitterness, Very aromatic and flavorful. The aroma is Rich! I smell honey, caramelized sugar, malt, and stone fruit like peaches and cherry. I had this tea with some tart dried cherries and it was just delicious. It has floral notes to it which come more pronounced with later steepings. But in general it is a delicious, aromatic brew. I’ve been drinking it all day today and even now (steeping 5-6?) I’m still getting a lovely nose from the cup sitting on my desk and its makes me smile, Ahhh Yuuum. I am really enjoying this one and it will definitely be one of the favorites on the list.

Flavors: Caramel, Floral, Honey, Malt, Peach, Stonefruits, Sugar

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95

My goodness, I’m in love with this tea! I like it so much I don’t want to share with anyone;)
So yes, when you open the sealed packet there is a strong strawberry aroma. It is sweet, and creamy, full of buttery goodness. It smells like strawberry frosting or cake, but with floral notes. It is Rich and Delicious. I find the cream and berry to compliment each other, and while being strong they give the tea an interesting character. I also have to say that I do not like flavored teas, and that this one is different, its not your perfumed Teavana mix. Its more delicate, more tasteful and classy. Steeped, its much more mellow, it looses the overpowering aroma yet retains the notes of cream, berries, buttercream, honeysuckle, gardenia. The taste is fresh and not overly complicated. It leaves a bit of a mineral tingling, and a mouthwatering feel. Most likely because I’m now craving Strawberry Cake lol ;)
It is definitely a “desert” brew, but if you like rich, aromatic and vivid experience I would definitely recommend this one.

Flavors: Butter, Cake, Cream, Floral, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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89

This is a wonderful tea. It is very aromatic and full flavored, wet leaves smell sweet, strong hint of burnt sugar. Very pleasant cup, its floral but also very creamy and smooth, I detect sweet hay notes, caramel, malt and honey. Rich and satisfying:)

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Hay, Malt, Sugar, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass

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82

I’m all out of my favorite teas, and finally got the order from Verdant in with some samples :)
This one was the first one up. The dry leaves smell fantastic, chocolaty and toasty. The first brew is full of Honey and rock sugar notes. Its very balanced, nice color, no bitterness or astringency even when brewed strong. Its a nice tea, not overly complicated, I can see myself drinking on daily basis.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Dates, Honey, Sweet Potatoes

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My favorites are the first flushes-most of them are flavorful. I also order Darjeeling’s from silvertipstea and Barney

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86

This is a lovely PuErh. It is very smooth, very dark, earthy, dry liquor with a very strong mouth watering feel, it has a nice thick body to it as well. I washed this one twice, both times the wash was dark in color, a bit dusty. As usual I went heavy handed on the tea lol;) The tea is almost black, there is no bitterness or astringency, it has a very classic PuErh profile, earthy, clay, forest and smooth thick, velvety body. I am on brew 4 after 2 washes and its still dark and rich. Its starting to open up into something more creamy, toasted, nutty. I think ill be going into tomorrow with this one:) it just keeps giving.

Flavors: Clay, Earth, Forest Floor, Wet Earth, Wet Rocks

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95

Sip .. wow. Sip, sip, sip…. Wow, Wow! I drank the cup so fast I didn’t even have a sec to think about the tasting notes lol It smells delicious, sweet and milky, buttery, corn, oats, peas, sweet grass… very natural and “organic”, refreshing in a very Satisfying way. I hate “artificial” tasting teas, so this one really hits my spot;) I added a bit of Jasmine green on the third steeping and its just great. I brewed it in a transparent gaiwan and the leaves are very appealing visually as well. Nice color and shape. I’m really enjoying this one.

Flavors: Butter, Kettle Corn, Milk, Oats, Peas, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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89

This is a lovely tea! I got this one in a sample pack from Verdant, and I will definitely be ordering more with my next order. It is rich in aroma and taste, has a nice soft mouth feel and attractive color. I pick up sweets notes of nuts and honey, raisin bread, and even caramel. I however was not able to get many steeps out of this one, on the third one it started to get pretty light.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Molasses, Nuts, Raisins, Sweet

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

I must say I really enjoyed this one:) I got it as a sample and am definitely adding this one to my next order. First impression is sweet, raisin, honey, molasses, prune, dry apricot nice notes of flowers and citrus. It has a lovely body and mouth-feel (tho I tend to brew my teas stronger). The consecutive steeps are more malty, nutty, oat, cream I still detect citrus and floral notes. Very nice tea! I’m on brew #5 right now and it still has a nice color and good taste and body. I would definitely recommend.

Flavors: Apricot, Citrus, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Nutty, Raisins

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

I’ve been looking for a good Jasmine tea for a while now and this one did not disappoint!!! It is light and delicate, and the aroma is just fantastic, sweet jasmine bouquet. It gives a nice mouth watering sensation and a lingering taste. It has fruity notes, white grape or kiwi, very fresh. Second steeping was a bit more sweeter and rich in taste, lovely tea, Thank you!

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Jasmine, White Grapes

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84

Let me just say, where it sates " …mixing up the tea prior to scooping out your desired amount of leaf is recommended…" – Do it!
I had to rewrite my review as the first brew was very floral and I could not note much Vanilla in the cup. So, second time around, yes, very lovely Vanilla. Pleasant and sweet aroma. Later steeps are still somewhat floral, sweet grass, carnation… very nice tea over all, with a sweet treat or a bit sugar.

Update: Drinking this one again today. I’m getting closer to the bottom of the bag, and it seems that’s where all the Vanilla lives ;) Wow, vanilla! Super rich, glorious aroma, reminds me of Tonka Bean, with floral noted. Luxurious, velvety, just wonderful. I’m still smelling the carnation in the base tho in the first two steeping, its a bit confusing. Something in the black tea is throwing me off I think, but its a nice complex cup. I’m starting to enjoy this one a bit more. It has a bit of a bite to it, and minerality, touch of bitterness and it lingers on your senses. Ah third steeping, and I think I finally have it. It has notes of bergamot. Oddly enough;) somehow the aroma profile opened up into this lovely perfume, still strong vanila, sweet yet crisp.

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Honeysuckle, Orchid, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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