3170 Tasting Notes
So I’m going to go with…. nobody else has reviewed Verdant’s September tea box yet?? Or at least not this tea? I couldn’t find a listing for it so I made one…
Anyhow, this was one of the 5 teas in September’s box. I’m not the hugest fan of greens BUT I do like those from Verdant! And have a ton I really need to drink up, and feel guilty about…
So I’m going to try and drink these five as soon as I can (though one’s a roasted oolong, so should have a little more longevity?)
I started with this tea and the Laoshan Pine Needle Green, because they sounded the most interesting. A Reserve tea and a new tea! Both smell incredibly delicious – sweet, fragrant, chewy green beans… so delicious. Brewed up (I accidentally left the infusers in for 4 minutes instead of my intended 2 – but the teas were ok!) this particular tea was more caramelly/brown sugary sweet than the Pine Needle Green, which was… sharper, though with a similar flavour profile. Both were very, very delicious though, and reminded me why I bought green teas from Verdant. WIll have to bring out the stash and get some green tea drinking done!
Thanks to Sil, I got to sample this tea! Wasn’t planning on it, but her tales of how it is the only peachy tea she’s been enjoying lately (is that right?) made me curious.
I believe one of the comments was that this tea tastes somewhat apricotty – whether I’m confusing it with another tea or not, that was kind of my impression. I do like apricot. In fact, I should probably a) finish that delicious apricot blend I have from 52teas and b) petition for it to be reblended (but that’s another story).
So anyhow, this was apricotty/peachy, and green. The base was fine, no comment either way, really, and the flavouring was ok, but I’m having difficulty enjoying too many fruity greens lately, so I was thankful to only have a cup of this. I can see how it could be more enjoyable than other peach teas (there’s something about peachy teas that’s a total turnoff for me now; I’m not sure why), but it just doesn’t interest my tastebuds at this time.
Quite delicious. Had some more of this primarily because the bag was next to the teapot (did I tell Steepster I got a variable temp B&D kettle? If not, I did. It’s great. I love it. My favourite part is how it tells me the water temp as it cools, so I don’t have to guess as to whether I should reheat the water or just use it. It has a stay-warm function but that’s fairly unnecessary for me.)
Anyways, after that long preamble, I enjoyed this tea, not unexpectedly. I need to get around to trying the other one from Sil, but I’m not 100% sure where it is right now. I’ve been carting teas all about, and there are about 10 different places it could be….
Second note for this tea (because I have drank it (at least) twice now, and I just realized I actually have a resteep sitting next to me. So I sipped it to try and recall how it tasted, and it is sweet/raisiny (that seems to be a characteristic of Taiwanese blacks, at least to me) and quite enjoyable – and this is the third infusion! I believe there are others I may have enjoyed more, but this one does make me pretty happy. I still find it so strange that I enjoy so many straight black teas now…
This was weird. The aroma did not jive with my idea of pumpkin spice/pie, and had a distinctly grassy matcha-ness to it, which was kind of offputting next to the varying spice aromas I sometimes caught. I didn’t have high hopes, but blended it with some original almond milk and took it to work. I ended up being pleasantly surprised – wouldn’t have it again, but the spicing was better than I initially smelled (more like pumpkin pie than plain cloves or whatever it was I smelled), and the grassiness was masked by either the sweetness in the matcha itself, or the almond milk. So it was quite palatable, but I kind of wish I had tried the Blueberry instead (eventually I’ll get to it…)
Ok, it’s time to get some teas logged. This will barely dent the list, but the list is very much in my head right now, so things are going to be forgotten. Sigh.
Anyhow! Had some of this Monday since I was all excited about the reblend. I’m really hoping it’s as good as the original. So much blueberry cotton candy goodness :)
Looks like I acquired this tea courtesy of MissB – thanks!
It smells absolutely divine, like a creamy milk chocolate; the flavour is perhaps not quite as good, but at least it doesn’t taste fake! That’s always a plus in my books. It just seems to be missing some of the deliciousness of the aroma in the flavour. I might try brewing a few different ways to test it out (I wasn’t overly careful with it tonight). Either way, I appreciate the uniqueness of this tea.
Another sample from Sil :) I’m very impressed with this one; it pretty much tastes like the most satisfying fruity black ever. Juicy and fruity (as Sil said, like a red fruits-type tea), with a bit of sweet-tartness to give it an edge. Not perfumey or overly floral. It’s really quite enjoyable, with a lovely fruity/creamy aftertaste.
Grabbed a delicious-smelling sample of this from Sil, and am not regretting it in the least. It’s a lovely vanilla tea (though more of a flavoured vanilla than vanilla bean), and I only discovered that it was not a standard black tea base when reading her notes tonight. Oh well, don’t think it affected anything! I think it tastes a bit too “flavoured” for it to be a tea I’d drink overly often (whereas something like Golden Orchid, I could drink almost daily), but would serve as a great treat tea.
Also, I drank this despite the fact that WHILE BREWING, I noticed that apparently there was a spiderweb in my infuser. AKA I live in a basement, and while the infuser was drying in the drying rack (maybe it had been there 1-2 days?), a spider decided to build a web in it. This is not the first time this has happened (although previously it has been in tea-filled infusers that have been sitting for a while, and I’ve noticed before re-steeping, and opted to toss the tea and thoroughly clean the infuser). Anyhow… here’s hoping I did not get extra flavour from well-boiled spider in this tea. :(