3 Tasting Notes

drank Bai Mu Dan by Verdant Tea
3 tasting notes

White teas are my favorite so far and I really enjoyed this one. I had this via the gong fu method. Nice vegetal flavor with some spice to it. Very floral both in aroma and flavor. My palate isn’t the strongest, so I didn’t taste everything Verdant’s website mentions (as in the peppercorns or papaya). I’ve had white peonies with more depth than this one, but it still ranks high and I plan to continue buying it in the future.

Note: I didn’t use enough tea in this method, so I will likely update this review in the future.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Cucumber, Lettuce

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I’ve enjoyed this tea both hot and cold, but I typically drink this hot. It’s a nice warm tea with a touch of lemon flavor. I can’t taste the strawberry whatsoever. The tea has a very slight chocolate undertone and otherwise savory flavor. Its smell is quite bright, especially before infusion (that’s the only time I can sense the strawberry). I like this tea for its subtly, but like all of Teavana’s tea, I think they mask the beauty of the black tea with the sweetness of the other flavorings. I wouldn’t buy it, personally, but I still have it so I’ll continue to drink it until it runs out.

Flavors: Cocoa, Lemon, Strawberry

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I’m new to tea and this tea started the new obsession. I first enjoyed this in NYC when I visited Tea Drunk and did a tasting. It has an earthy, woodsy taste to start with nutmeg and roasted nuts behind it. There’s a very slight sweetness to it that reminds me of vanilla. I got about five steepings out of it. While I brewed this at 195, a little lower would probably be fine as the first steeping tasted a little bitter to me, but the second steeping tasted just as it had when it was served to me. Highly recommended. Tea Drunk’s price point is a bit high ($24/25g) so I may try this type from other vendors and see if it’s just NYC pricing or if that’s to be expected.

Flavors: Nutmeg, Oak, Roast Nuts, Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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