14 Tasting Notes
This was my first puerh way back when and it still has a special place in my har and tea cabinet. It can be brewed to produe many different flavors. the surface of the brick is covered with golden buds and the center is filled with large leaf. a very nice aged shu at an awesome price I believe I payed under fifteen dollars a brick but that was a few years ago.
This is a very good example of an aged liu an. It starts off with a little wierd taste from storage (not bad just different). But when most teas are starting to fade this tea is just waking up. Becoming quite tasty. The durability of this tea is impressive. I have had pots of this tea last almost a week with extended brewing. there are very few aged liu an teas available online this is a good one.
Verdant tea is ripping people off selling this ten dollar bottom shelf Puerh for well over a hundred dollars trying to pass it off as a boutique production. This is a great tea for ten dollars. Which it what it cost from other vendors. The fact that verdant tea is selling this tea for a hundred some odd dollars means they either are dishonest or know nothing about Puerh.
Well…I don’t normally do this, but I guess I need to start…You do know that this tea was not actually for sale…right? It was part of a private reserve, meaning it was a sample that was sent with certain orders(I believe it was if you got a certain amount of the blends) So the whole premise of your “argument” holds absolutely NO water. Have you even tried this tea? I actually did, a while ago unfortunately so I don’t really remember a whole lot about the tea. Care to include any kind of link, or any evidence? I must defend David. I’ve ordered from TeaTrekker, Cloudwalker, TeaSpring, Upton, American Tea Room, Dragon Teahouse, and have also gotten stuff from Teavana. Everything I have ever gotten from Verdant has been of equal(at least) or better quality…So it sounds like you have some sort of personal grudge against Verdant. So, to borrow a phrase, “put up, or shut up.” This forum is not for unfounded accusations. Feel free to actually post some sort of proof for your allegations and then grapple with the fact that this sheng was actually not for sale on the Verdant website. The basis for your post is not grounded in reality, so please revise your post.
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This same tea is for sale at white2tea.com for 11dollars. I have tried it. It is a great tea for 11dolLars a cake but it is a horrible rip off for what they where selling it for. Yes I have a problem with verdant tea. As I would Have a probElem with any tea merchant that marks up there product so high. They are ripping people off. This sheng was for sale at well over a hundred dollars a cake. They probably Took it down because they got called out on there shady business practices .
I would say this is exactly what this forum is for . To review teas from vendors pricing being an aspect of the tea right?
I also don’t appreciate your attitude? My allegations where not unfounded. I think it’s funny that you are defending a tea that was well over a hundred dollars a cake that you don’t remember for that price a tea should be memorable. Tian diren is a bottom shelf taidi cha Puerh producer Verdant is trying to pass this off as some gushu boutique production.
I will state again this is a good tea for what it is anyone who purchased a cake from verdant got ripped off . It is at the time of my posting for sale at white2tea.com for under $12 a cake.
It’s not “over a hundred dollars a cake” as it was never for sale…again, the whole point was missed. I look at the website basically everyday, as well as other tea companies. There was never a point where tian di ren was ever offered on the verdant website. It just simply never sold. This simple point is missed in every single post I have seen attacking Verdant as a company. Saying that a company is selling an $11 dollar tea when it was never offered for sale is just as disengenuoua as what you are accusing Verdant of doing. And as I’ve never seen anyone in any of the “attack forums” acknowledge that point, I’m sure that point will be completely lost on you. So excuse me if I have an “attitude” in defending Verdant, as there is a clear “attitude” in your attacks…and make no mistake, accusing a company of gouging is most certainly an attack. And notice in your response that there was no comment on the fact that this tea was never FOR SALE!!! I had placed an order for over $100, and it came as a second sample. I didn’t spend $100+ because I wanted this tea, there were a bunch of other black and oolong teas that I wanted, and the price exceeded that monetary threshold. So can you please stop saying that Verdant “charged or sold” an $11 tea for over $100, because that never happened. It was just a bonus sample. Plain and simple. It’s like saying that you were charge $5 for a cereal toy, while forgetting to include that you actually bought the cereal. The post is not honest, and it just as bad as what you accuse Verdant of doing. If you can understand that point, it’s a start
As for the point of it not being memorable, I stopped smoking about a year ago, so my taste buds aren’t perfect. To be quite honest, nearly all the shengs I have tried basically tasted the same to me. That’s why I have been sticking to oolongs, black tea, shu and white teas. And while I buy most of my tea from verdant, I’ve stated the other vendors I’ve bought from. So while I am biased toVerdant, it’s pretty obvious you are biased against Verdant. The difference is I don’t go and 20 rate other teas because I don’t like the company. So please in your following comment, get the point that this tea was never even offered for sale in the Verdant website, as that is the truth of the matter.
And just as an aside to this conversation, I read all the posts on “teaview” or whatever the site is called, and there were clear instances of people showing a photo of the tea costing $11, and the wrapper didn’t match what was actually being sold by Verdant.
Pricing actually doesn’t matter if a tea is not actually being sold, and I was actually amused at all the posts that just ignore that fact. How can you, in good faith, say that a company is selling a $11 cake for over $100 when that cake was never actually available for sale? Ill keep saying it over and over, that is just as bad as what you accuse Verdant of doing. And yet after spelling out that the cake was never actually sold, no one will even address that fact. I don’t buy from Verdant because its the cheapest, and I would suspect that no one buys from Verdant because its the cheapest. I will include a guitar reference, I don’t own Gibson, PRS, or Fender guitars because they are the cheapest…I own them because they are Gibson, PRS and Fender guitars. They are a name. What all posts like yours do is try to debase the name that Verdant has. And if you ate going to do that, please come up with something better than continually saying that Verdant sells $11 dollar teas for over $100, because the teas were samples, and never sold, that statement is at best misleading, at worst a lie.
I apologize for the spelling errors, iPhone spell check is trying its best to screw up my spelling and grammar. Lol
And in case you think I am ignorant as to how a business works, I’ve been in a family owned small business for nearly 20 years, managing it for the last 10. When you sell a product that cost you, lets say $.80 to make for $1.60, you are not making 100% profit. With taxes, payroll, and other overhead you are making somewhere between 20-30% profit. So you must factor in payroll, shipping, website and whatever other costs are involved in Verdant’s products. This is the cost that must be compared. Have you ever been to Teavana? The Dancong they sell is around $24 for 2oz, it’s $18 on Verdant’s site. And if you ever have had a Dancong, the two aren’t even remotely comparable, the Teavana version doesn’t even taste like a Dancong. But I am not on their steepster post rating that tea a 20, nor am I calling them price gougers, or accusing them of “shady business dealings.” They also do not produce Laoshan Black, my favorite black tea, as no other company but Verdant does. It’s like saying that Acura is gouging customers because its TL is just a Honda Accord. Or that Audi gouges because the A3 is a Volkswagen Golf
This tea was for sale at the time of my original posting as I checked the price of a cake on there site. Wow I think your a little to “attached” to verdant tea .
I have never shopped at Teavana. But I can tell you comparing to Pinot noir’s based on price alone . Actually it is worse because there are many different varietals of dancong. And There factors to consider when comparing two teas such as season year, hand processed or machine, hand harvested or machine, Not to mention the quality of the actual tea aroma appearance. These are all factors that go into pricing a tea. But I do appreciate your business advice. I’m sure your helping my profit margin. I can’t believe I never thought to include shipping into my business expenses (said with heavy sarcasm). Yes I do run my own business?