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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1714 tasting notes

Oh baby its been awhile!
For awhile there I wasn’t really liking the LB so much – no idea what was wrong with my buds haha. But thankfully I am all fixed up now!
This cup was a tad underleafed. Still delish though. Happy sighs


Where in Toronto is Verdant Tea? Are they only online or do they have a tea store?


Minneapolis I think – so for our purposes online only. Unless you wanna go for a roadtrip :P

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It seems I have the flu. I guess it’s appropriate for the goings on of my week huh.
Anyhow, I think I got the parameters on this all wrong. It was far too light! and full of hibiscus. Maybe I couldn’t taste everything? I don’t feel all that congested…. hmm.
I used my standard one and a quarter teaspoons for the mug I use, but then I saw on the website that it says to use 2g. I haven’t got a scale and the contents is rather varied so I really do need to experiment. Oh and I went with a three min steep, on the low end of their rec. I may go longer next time.
Also, the hibiscus added a rather pleasant tang while hot, but cold? ugh, might as well have been lemonade…

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Hi Indigobloom, thanks for the review. Do also try steeping a teaspoon full which is about 4-5g if you felt it was quite light.

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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Today is a sad day. A childhood family friend who I used to play with during summers at my Aunts cottage died in a snowmobile accident. He was my age (32). Since I stopped hanging out at the cottage so much, I saw him only once every few years or so… in truth I didn’t know him well at all in adulthood, but my Aunt and cousin consider him a second son. They are family. I always regarded him fondly.
This is all so surreal. Larry was a good kid, he’s been riding since before he could walk! He knew all the rules and always took care to be safe. He never partied or anything like that. I’m so confused…

The tea: I need to try this again, preferably in my gaiwan. It was a little too thick for me and left me feeling unsettled- backlog from yesterday


I’m so sorry, Indigo. :(


Sorry to hear about your loss. Sending you and your friends family prayers.


So sorry to hear.


Sorry for your loss


Thx guys. I think I’m still in shock


So sorry to hear of your sad news.


Thanks Caile xo

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What is going on here???? I love this. A floral jasmine-y tea?!
I am shocked. Could it be that my body has decided to end the Jasmine embargo? Or perhaps its mild enough that I can enjoy it in moderation.
All I know is it was a lovely oolong with nice floral notes and a pleasant aftertaste. Thanks SIl!!!

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Thanks to Sil for this sample! I can’t believe its taken me so long to get through them(samples). Has it really been almost two years??? Yikes.
I think I like this one! It had just the right amount of cherry flavouring and depth. Not especially unique, but I <3 cherry so its all good!
Overall, it was the perfect start to my morning.

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
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Thanks Sil for the sample!!

I quite enjoyed this cuppa. At first, hot, I was getting an earthy floral note. Not very sweet compared to what I expected or knew of fruity teas.
Then as I sipped more, a honey/berry note emerged. If I concentrate, it actually does resemble rhubarb though, but vaguely. Definitely some strawberry in there. No sugar or milk, and I gobbled it down. Not very common in a black non-asian tea, for me!!

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Not much else to say though. It tastes like a smooth cross between Laoshan green(vegetal, nutty) and genmaicha. I dig.


genmaicha tastes like popcorn tea to me :D


Haha yes that is what my niece calls it! :)

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Hot, I did not like this at all!! How odd.
It was musty and a bit bitter, but not in a cranberry way.
Now that its cooled, I can taste the fruitiness a bit more while any must has faded. There’s also something mildly spicy in there, though I can’t figure out quite what.
In terms of a classic cranberry tea, it isn’t exactly what I imagined or craved, so I guess the perfect cranberry tea hunt must continue.
Overall, I’d say that it does evoke a theme of “autumn” so points for that.


I think their Boston blend has cranberries too. It sounded intriguing, but when I tried it it was very similar to hibiscus.


…which = very blech IMO.


Hmmm. Now I am curious.
I don’t mind hibiscus IF in moderation, and if it contributes to the taste of the fruit. But I can’t stand it when they add so much that all you taste is sour!


Cranberry Pear from DT is my favourite cranberry tea. Most seem to use hibiscus to emulate the tartness of cranberry, which wrecks it.


I really liked the one from Mlesna, but I’ve run out now. I seem to recall loving the Cran Pear one, though it has been ages! totally agreed on the hibby :/

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drank Tazo Chai by Tazo
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Lately I’ve been forgetting to pack my traveling tea pouch. So when I end up at the boyfriends place, this is what I’ve been having on occasion. Not bad, if I’m actually in the mood for chai. Sweet, bold, and savoury enough to hit the right spots. Much better than the to go version you can get in the shop. Luckily he is a lover of milk so I always have some for my tea. (I only have milk in beverages generally… tea, coffee, smoothies etc)
Bah. Either way after a whole day of kid pile-ons (he has two) a cuppa this baby is heaven. Funny, there was a time I really didn’t care for it, and now I look forward tp a cup… heck I would actually buy it for my place, loose!!

I really should get back on the “keep a pouch or three in my purse” bandwagon – if I can find my little portable tin so leaves remain unsquished!

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drank BlueChai's Blue Tea by BlueChai
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Do you know why my handle here is Indigobloom? Can ya guess? I dare you to guess…
It’s partly because indigo is my fave colour. Seriously.
Actually, its the colour the the sky on a cloudless (usually summer) night right before true night blue sets in, right after sunset. Kindof a royal blue but darker, and some light behind it. I don’t catch it often, but oh my it is gorgeous. The sunrise version is even more breathtaking but lets face it, I’m rarely up that early and outside – but when I am its a real treat.
Anyhow, this tea has me excited given that with a full cup, it matches my fave colour precisely. I could just sit here and stare at it forever. But then I’d turn into a pretty boring person so here I am writing the review while I steal occasional glances at my mug.
As for the taste, I find it relatively pleasant. A little earthy in a flower like way. Sweet but not overly. A tad vegetal as well though not in a way I can pinpoint. Yes I do indeed like it! Not love, but definitely not too far from it. High marks for the colour.


It’s a good tea, but quite mild.


Yeah it is – I let it steep for almost seven min!


Be careful with straining, and any falling on your counter tops. I have not had a stain, but I have wiped it right away hoping to prevent one.


yeah I wondered about that. Actually, I was thinking about my teeth!

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!


Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)



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