222 Tasting Notes

77

OMG…It’s been almost a year since my last review!

How did that happen?!

Anywho…I got some interesting new teas from Davids Tea, Of course not all the ones I wanted…I just couldn’t justify spending like $300 on 1 tea buy, not with wanting to make a buy at both Quarter to Tea and FusionTeas. But…I might be inclined to make another Davids tea buy for my birthday in March;)

OK…on to this tea:

I’ve tried quite a few teas in general these last few years….not many of them have lived up to their name. This one kind of does…I like it, and I will enjoy drinking the rest…but I don’t see myself buying another bag. I still feel like a tea has to really WOW! me in order to justify the prices…though did buy enough to qualify for the free shipping and plan on doing that in the future as well. It’s been a while since I’ve had it, but the taste reminds me alittle bit of Glitter and Gold, which I loved when I 1st had it, but for some reason turned unappealing.

Neutral on whether or not I would recommend this tea.

Could this tea be more temp sensitive then what the label indicated?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
222 tasting notes

Didn’t care for this cup, but since I tried it a few days ago I do not remember what my impressions were about it. It is one I’d be inclined to get another sample or 2…I mean afterall, I may have brewed it wrong. Honestly, I have not overly liked any of the recent samples from Verdant, so far.

Still got more for another cup so will do another review in a few days. I would love to do it today, but due to needing to get up early tomorrow, I can’t have caffeine for the rest of the day. If I manage to get my sorry butt out of bed early enough, I might have time in the morning. LOL.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
darby

I didn’t like this one when I brewed it either but when I had it there at a tasting it was wonderful!

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Not really sure about what I think of this tea…I had actually wanted to try Laoshan Black 1st and then this, but I had completely forgot about that when I decided that I wanted tea when I got home tonight, along with also forgetting that it has a black tea base instead of green…so I’ll likely be for a long while…or not, I didn’t get much sleep last night and had to get up early this morning. I think I am going to wait till I have the 2nd half of this before giving a rating.

Last thing: I didn’t taste chocolate in this, well maybe a bit of bitterness that may have been the chocolate.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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69

I wanted to do my most recent shopping trip at a local Meijer’s, namely to see what selection they had of Vitamin waters and other flavored waters that both my Mom and I have become slightly addicted to. I decided to wander down the tea/coffee isle just to see what there was to see. To my surprise and delight, I found a larger tea section then I had expected. Most was the usual stuff, bagged tea such as Bigelow, Yogi, Lipton. Then I saw bags of this tea, Tiesta. I randomly chose this one, mostly because of the word Relax on the bag. I just tried it tonight…

I like it well enough that I won’t mind finishing the bag, but I highly doubt I would get it again. It’s not a bad herbal tea…in fact I agree with the other assessments in that the taste of this bares a close resemblance to Forever Nuts by David’s Tea. So if you love that tea, but aren’t crazy about DT’s prices or shipping charges, check your local Meijer…they just might have it.

Flavors: Almond

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

I have been drinking Nutty Almond Cream for a while. Found it pretty much the same way… shopping at Meijer’s. I think it is similar to Forever Nuts but I’ve actually begun to like it more than Forever Nuts. Maybe just because it is easier to obtain. I’ve also added it to some of my chocolate teas. It adds some nice nutty taste to other teas.

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75

One of the samples I had forgotten that I had till a few weeks ago, so added it to my wicker box of tea in the kitchen that my Mom was tolerant enough to provide.

Generally speaking I tend to like the floral teas more often then not. Jasmine being one of the few that over all have not been crazy about. (I think? I’ll have to reread my tasting notes thru, might be at least 1 jasmine tea that I liked.)

This tea-While it isn’t bad, it’s not terribly inspiring either. It tastes like rose flavored sugar water. I don’t taste much cream, in fact the only thing I taste is rose.
Couldn’t tell you if this tastes like champagne as I’ve only had it twice in my life and the last time was years and years ago.

Anyone who reads this that is considering getting this tea, please don’t avoid getting it just because I didn’t like it, you may love it, in fact I hope you do

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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69

Not good hot. I let it cool down and it was better that way, but not by much. Probably won’t get this tea again.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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65

It’s been a while since I’ve done a tea tasting at all, let alone from my sample box. I went on kind of an unintended hiatus, sporadically checked into Steepster, responded to 1 or 2 threads, but didn’t have much urge to drink tea. Not saying I’m over that necessarily, who knows though…just something that happens periodically when I’m in a frenzy of something…(Last few weeks my frenzy has been about bento boxes and recipes. I am still interested in those, but now that I’ve bought 1, about to order the Zojirushi Mr.Bento thermo lunch jar, and seriously thinking of buying a bento cube at my local Japanese grocery store…I think that fulfills my bento buying frenzy for now, and have a whole crapload of bento recipe sites bookmarked, many for kids just for the cuteness factor, but plenty for adults as well, and subscribed to a few youtube bento vlogs. )

This tea is from LiberTEAS, which I had bought a box full of an insane amount of teas (Grins)from. As an attempt to keep them slightly organized, I took a few large freezer bags, labeled them Tried and Not Tried. Today I grabbed into the Not Tried bag to find some teas that looked/smelled interesting to try because I was in the mood for something new.

The Tea: It’s…..ok. Not terribly inspiring, but not a bad cup either. Like I’ve mentioned before: I blame certain companies tendency to ‘flavor blast’ their teas so much that it’s hard to appreciate more subtle teas. (I am still a customer of those companies though;)) so unless there is an unusual but pleasing note in the tea, most likely I am not going to consider getting it.

I am going to put this with the samples that I think would taste good cold, but I don’t get the feeling that would improve my opinion of it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68

Despite the fact that I have a lot of ROT canisters that I badly need to sip down, I bought 2 more when I was at Whole Foods 2 weeks ago.

Obviously this is one of them.

I am not a huge coconut fan, but I have a mild like for them and have really gotten into putting lime juice in with it. (Though this seems to work better with colder teas.) This time around I put in some salt as well, meh that made it taste weird. (Sometimes it works, other times…not so much.) I think I also put to much lime juice.

Despite both of those though, I am enjoying my cup.

I do wish however….that ROT wasn’t quite so expensive. Though at least they are alittle bit more accessible (At the moment. Where I’m moving this summer, the nearest tea places at all are in Ann Arbor, which about half hour-45 min from where I will be living. Though bonus is that I’ll be nearer to The British Pantry in Tecumseh.)

If your obsessed with coconut, then this tea is worth a try.

Would I buy this again? It depends on how it does as a iced tea.

Flavors: Coconut, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Courtney

ROT of canisters. Hehe :P

Lynxiebrat

Groans Argh. I should of known someone was gonna mention that!

darby

Don’t worry, I have aROT of canisters too! I have 2 full shelves of them…and I keep sharing them too! I find their tea bags go a long way.

Hello.Kiki

A half hour isn’t too bad! That’s my drive to work everyday. If you find any cool tea places in MI, please share! I don’t even know where to start looking, lol

Lynxiebrat

Hello Kiki-Crazy Wisdom’s Bookstore/teahouse in Ann Arbor is really cool, especially if you like New Age/Alternate Religions, funky jewelry, etc. Plus the tea house on the 2nd floor is really nice, homey atmosphere the staff is pretty accomadating. Tranquilitea in Plymouth is really nice though they do not serve the tea. Their prices are reasonable (Like about averagely 3.50 an ounce.) British Pantry like I mentioned above is pretty cool, though only been there once so far. Umm…There are a few other tea spots in Ann Arbor but I have not been to them yet, like Tea Haus. If you get down to Royal Oak there is also Goldfish Tea (on 4th street.) They specialize in Chinese teas. They serve and sell their teas as well as a nice selection of tea accessories. 2 Japanese Grocery stores (that are owned by the same company.) Noble Fish in Clawson and One World Market in Novi has reasonably priced tea accessories and bonus if you like Japanese food stuffs. Both stores also have Sushi bars, but make sure to find out about hours before going, as they can be kind of limited…and look up reviews of both on YELP.

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I’m writing this while really tired and kind of sleepy…I did not get much sleep last night, so that is why I daringly had something that said this had medium amount of caffeine in it. Even so still yawning every other minute or so, and fell asleep for about an hour.

I recieved this tea as part of Amoda’s one time offer box, I wish I could sign up for a subscription for a monthly box because $12 is a decent amount.

Anyways…I would have to be sipping this side by side with the regular 8 Treasures because I am not really tasting much difference. Though I did have the thought that 8 Treasures might make an interesting base for a chai, a name like Fireside Chai with a picture of a fireplace, armchair, classic book and of course a steaming cup of tea. Hmmm, Cranberries too! And or oranges.

Anyways…I just made myself a 2nd infusion and feeling alot more awake, with any luck that means I’ll be able to get some work done. A lot of the taste is still there but muted. I want to like further infusions of tea, but overall I have not really gotten into it. Maybe it takes time, eh?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Currently 40 years old…

Been a tea lover for most of my life, though it’s only in the past? (5-8 years.) That I’ve been drinking loose leaf tea.

I like mostly blended teas in Black, White, and some Oolong. Sadly not much Green tea that I really like. And of course Herbal.

Rating Guide that I use, though I am not terribly consistent;)

100 Excellent
90-99 Very Good
70-89 Fair
50-69 The only teas that I am interested in in this rating are teas that I can buy locally, such as at a grocery store, fruit market, tea shop, etc. Or is fairly cheap/add on thru a website.
50 and Below No redeeming qualities whatsoever or is too much like a tea that I already have.

Some teas such as Constant Comment by Bigelow I still drink on occasion, it is one of my comfort teas from when I was growing up. Others are Perfect Peach, Mint Medley and Cozy Chamomile.

I am a bookworm, though I also enjoy art journaling/mixed media, making jewelry, spending waaaaaay to much time online…particularly bingeing various tv shows on Netflix and Hulu. Also various forums like this one (On and off.) Quora, Goodreads, Youtube and misc. others. If you see the nicknames Lynxiebrat/Lynxiegrl,Lynxiedove, Zaaron or Sarikcat, then drop me a message:)

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