3229 Tasting Notes
Not entirely sure I’d actually tried this tea before… but it’s pretty darn good. Loving the combination of the butterscotch with raspberry – it’s reminding me quite a bit of a raspberry butter tart I split with my boyfriend over the weekend. (We ate a half dozen butter tarts. So delicious.) I’m not really picking up on the hazelnut, but it’s probably just contributing a nuttiness that I can’t distinguish.
The only downside to this tea (other than it being completely unavailable) is that I’m not overly keen on raspberry flavouring, so I kind of wish it was paired with something like sour cherry, maybe even strawberry. But it’s still quite delicious.
Oh, also, the base tea is not overly noticeable here.
Oh so delicious. Second time at this tea; I just have a teensy bit left for a small mug later. Anyhow, it’s really quite delicious. Packed with minerally “oolong flavour”, roastiness, sweetness… really the biggest thing I’m noticing here compared to other similarly flavoured oolongs is the dried fruits-sweetness, which is wonderful. I’d definitely drink this one again. Thanks again to Tea Ave for the sample!
Going to assume this is the recent offering from Verdant…
Anyhow, again, I’m pretty sure I tried this once before and just didn’t write a note, but I am this time! It’s a pretty tasty oolong, with all of the righty oolonginess and mineral notes, so it really hit the spot last night (I didn’t know the spot existed until it was hit, though). A bit sweet, but mostly just minerally. Enjoyable, but I’m not drawn enough to it to restock, too likely.
Had a delicious cold-brew of this the on the weekend. I’m going to be so upset when I’m out. I still have maybe 1 oz. left, but discovered I’m down to about 1 more serving of Lime Chiffon :( Such creamy, delicious goodness. (Oh, I’m also sad because I left about 1/3 of my mug of this in my boyfriend’s fridge, so it will probably be tossed. Sigh.)
Enjoying some of this tonight, although it tasted better before drinking H&S’s Bangkok Blend… best not to pair a weaker, more subtly flavoured tea after a stronger one. My bad. Anyhow, this is a bit old now, but thanks to *Alphakitty*’s careful double-bagging, it’s not contaminated, and the flavour is still light and sweet. Not edging towards bitterness at all, which I find some greens can do as they age. A nice, relaxing cup of tea.
Sipdown! Despite its age, the coconut in this blend is still amazingly delicious (which is relieving), and therefore the tea is pretty amazing too. It’s kind of like DT’s Coco Lemon Thai, but definitely not as strong, and the green base makes it a bit different too. It is quite delicious, though, with its lemongrass/coconut flavours. I believe I had cold-brewed some of this at one point and found that to be quite excellent as well, so this should go on the list for a future H&S order.
Ok, I NEED more of this tea. It’s amazing, and by far the closest tea I’ve tried to Butiki’s Premium Taiwanese Assam. It doesn’t quiiiite taste right, maybe a bit more on the caramelly side, but the distinct raisin notes? Oh yes. So good. SO SO GOOD. So perhaps Sun Moon Lake should be the tea I investigate to replace PTA? It probably means I’ll be making an order with Taiwan Tea Crafts sooner than I would have thought. I hope they still exist, haha. Thanks so much for sharing, Sil. (I still have enough left for one cup. That is exciting.)
Pretty sure I should have a backlogged note about this coming up sometime… if I remember. But I drank it today, too! As Terri noted, it’s definitely not overly similar to most Verdant blacks, as there’s a distinct lack of roastiness, and I only picked up a bit of chocolatiness. However, it is characteristically smooth and fairly delicious. More on the sweet, bready hay line of flavouring as opposed to roasted chocolate. Good for a change, though probably not a tea I’d pick up more of. I think I’d also try using a bit more leaf – I felt like I had used plenty, so it just may be that the flavours aren’t overly strong here. But, it also is a rather thin and fluffy leaf, so I may have inaccurately measured. Might try a bit longer of an infusion too – I know that both PTA and LB are best with an infusion that’s 3-4 minutes, and I only went with 2 here.
Overall, an interesting try, though I believe I prefer Verdant’s latest Jin Jun Mei (and Zhu Rong/Laoshan Black/Yu Lu Yan Cha over both of them). If you are looking for a Verdant offering that’s not roasty-flavoured, this would probably be a decent bet to try.