1128 Tasting Notes

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Hooray for new tea! I finally got a chance to try this one from my order last week, I’ve had a terribly rough 5 days with taking my poor cat to the vet for bladder stones and a UTI..lots of stress and worry, and he’s still not 100% so the worrying will continue this week :( however he does appear to be on the mend, so I will focus on that, and on drinking good, relaxing teas to help us get through this rough time.

Anyways, onto this tea! Wow, I’m the first note on this one, and of course I babble about my cat in it lol..oh well. So when I saw this tea on Verdant’s site, as I was placing my order for my restock of Yunnan White Jasmine (a favorite of mine and the fiance’s), I saw this tea and was like WOAH. MUST TRY. Two of my favorite things, Verdant’s delicious jasmine, and Golden Fleece, which I haven’t had in ages, but the last time I had it, it was amazing! So I was pretty excited for this tea.

I used the recommended Western steeping parameters of just under boiling water (around 205 degrees?), and a short 25s steeping. This tea smells delicious when brewed, and is a nice golden color.

As for the flavor, I like how this is very similar to the Yunnan White, but with a twist! The forefront of the flavor is very jasmine, and it’s Verdant’s signature delicious jasmine that I love. At first it’s like oh okay, this is Yunnan White..but then in the aftertaste…the Golden Fleece emerges, with a delicious honeyed note and a mild maltiness. Mostly the pronounced honey is what hits, with some waffle! It lingers quite some time as well! The second steeping is quite similar, maybe I can get through one more tonight to see if the Golden Fleece comes out more, but I have to watch my caffeine intake. Oh, a note though, this tea has a calming effect for me, which is surprising for a black tea, and with all the stress I’ve been going through as of late! Must be the jasmine in there :)

Overall, I am very pleased that I have a bag of this to keep drinking! It is just different enough from Yunnan White Jasmine that I enjoy it, and similar enough that it’s comforting and delicious. A winner for me, and as close to a blend from Verdant as I can get (man, I miss their blends, Laoshan Village Chai, Ginger Sage Winter Spa Blend… :( bring those back!). Happy that I picked some of this up.

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Yay for new tea!! A huge thank you to Angel at Teavivre for this sample! I don’t think I have ever tried a yellow tea so this is exciting! Hopefully I’m not up all night from having caffeine so late haha.

The smell of this tea is delicious! Very similar to a dragonwell green I’ve had, bit with a toasty and slightly sweet almond note. Smells so Good! I steeped probably 1/3 of the packet in 185 degree water for my mug for 2 mins. I also made the fiance a mug right afterwards with another 2 min steeping. The steeped liquor is a very pale yellow, and smells very deliciously like dragonwell again but with a strong buttery note.

As for the flavor, wow this is good!! Very much like sweet, crisp corn on the cob, with corn silk and a buttery, slightly toasty note. It’s like a green tea in the first taste, then it morphs into the nutty corn flavor. So much butter! And a sweet note of crisp sugared corn creeps in at the back of my throat after a while. So satisfying!

Overall, I am very impressed with this tea, my first yellow tea. Buttery, silky corn, it truly reminds me of harvest days in the autumn, the sun shining down on corn silk, cobs bursting and ready to be harvested. So yummy and warming on this chilly spring evening. Once again thank you Teavivre for the opportunity to try such a unique tea!

tea-sipper

MMMM… I’m sipping this one now and your note made it even better. :D

MissLena

@tea-sipper – Glad it helped! It is a very tasty tea :)

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drank Vanilla Bergamot by DAVIDsTEA
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I bought this tea for my friends baby shower yesterday, and since it was too hot that no one had tea, hooray, I got to keep it! I tried a Tea-to-go of it last week at the store, and another cup this morning, and I must say, I really like this! It’s a lighter take on EG, but has definite cream of EG notes from the vanilla. Not sure where the white chocolate comes into play, maybe just in the overall creaminess? And I LOVE that it’s a white tea, as I am always on the lookout for lower caffeine teas of my favorites, so this is a nice change that doesn’t wire me up!

Overall, happy I got a bag of this (50g, I don’t usually get that much, but it was for a baby shower lol), and I will gladly drink this throughout the summer as a lighter alternative to regular Cream of EG. Yum!

Also, small life update on me – yes, I’m not on Steepster much anymore, life is taking over as usual, what with my garden starting up after a very late spring, my engagement (!!) in March, studying for a big exam to further my career, and just my work in general, as well as various other fun factors (my friends wedding this past fall, her upcoming baby, family visits, etc). Hoping to get drinking more teas this summer as I start cutting out more sugar from my diet to get in shape for the wedding next summer haha. And I do miss my tea, and the time I used to have to make it all the time!

tea-sipper

Congrats on everything and all that fun!

MissLena

@tea-sipper – Thank you! Yes life is exciting and fun and a bit stressful at times, tea is very much required most of this year to help provide some stability I think! :D

mrmopar

Congrats!

CrowKettle

Congrats :)

MissLena

Thanks @mrmopar and @CrowKettle!! :)

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drank Earl Grey by Teafarm
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Wow, I haven’t logged this tea in 2 years haha. I still have a tiny bit left in my bag from back then that I’m trying to finish off, however the flavor is still pretty decent! Made it today with milk and sugar for a treat after all the cleaning I’ve been doing today lol. The weather says winter, but my brain is kicking into ‘spring cleaning’ mode, so that’s what the day has consisted of. So a tea and truffle popcorn break is where I’m at now. This tea takes milk and sugar well, and it’s quite good on this blustery snowy day we are having.

Also, sorry for not posting on here much anymore. I do post on IG relatively often, but my social media activity has steadily been decreasing. I still peruse the forums, read up on what’s new, and am lusting after some teaware haha, but just not as active as I used to be on here. I still do exist! :D see previous notes on this tea!

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This was another free sample from Angel at Teavivre thank you!! As it’s a Saturday, I figure it’s early enough for me to have a black tea. This is my pick, I brewed it Western Style for 3 mins with 195 degree water.

The smell is honeyed and reminiscent of a golden tip tea, which is good. It smells pretty light, not overly rich which is good. Wanted something warming yet not too heavy as it’s the first tea of the day.

As for flavor; this is good! It’s different – the honey notes of other golden tip teas is there but it’s overall lighter in effect. There is a fruitiness, some type of dried fruit, with a light astringency enhancing that flavor. Just what I wanted this morning- a lighter textured Chinese black tea :)

Overall, I like this, it’s just different enough from my other black teas that it’s a refreshing change. It reminds me of warmer days, something like spring. It is also melding spectacularly with my breakfast of steel cut oats, which I sweetened with honey, it’s not overpowering but a good match. Thanks again for the sample Angel!

ScottTeaMan

MissLena, did you forget to rate your tea? :D

MissLena

@ScottTeaMan, nope! I have taken to not rating free samples :) just a personal preference!

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I finally bit the bullet and sipped down this – my favorite team of all time I think – tonight at my mom’s place. The last cup did not disappoint. So yummy. I will miss this forever. I can’t say any further notes than what I’ve already noted on this tea, so see previous notes on it :) farewell delicious, reliable tisane.

Evol Ving Ness

A sad moment. New teas await.

MissLena

Yes indeed, although I am trying to finish my old teas before any new purchases, I have a truly ridiculous amount of tea (for me). :( haha

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90

Well hello Steepster, it’s been a long time again! Since my last note I’ve been to Japan and back, which was absolutely amazing and I wish I was still there, and had delicious tea, partook in a tea ceremony and bought copious amounts of tea and a new matcha bowl for myself haha. But that can be for a different note, today it is the last day of bitterly frigidly cold temperatures before a MASSIVE warm up (from – 20 C to -1..overnight) so I had to have a cozy black tea today as it’s been way too long since I’ve had a good black tea!

This tea came to me as a free sample from the ever generous Angel at Teavivre, thank you so much for your kindness to send me this tea to sample!! I opened up the sample expecting a few small pearls, but there was one giant tea ball in it (large in comparison what I’m used to anyways haha) in the cutest little wrapper. Love how it looks!

The dry smell is so sweet and seductive, wow! I was reading about the roses used in this tea and I agree that they are much different than other roses I’m used to in tea, this tea was much sweeter than rose smelling, however the floral note is still there, just luxuriously sweet, so interesting! I decided to steep it Western Style as I want a cozy mug, so I used 194 degree water and steeped for 3 minutes.

The resulting liquor is quite a dark rich red, and smells phenomenal, robust honeyed Yunnan black tea notes, with some grain notes.

As for the flavor, wow this seriously blew me away with the first sip. I have not had a good black tea in a long time, mostly due to my caffeine tolerance, but this is something else!! Bready, malty, and so much honey notes!! The rose is very subdued, it is mild but adding to the mouthfeel with a bit of dryness and that floral feel, hard to describe but it is definitely there. I can’t get over how much sweet honey there is in this, it’s like a floral honey really!! Wow. Also so far not hurting me for caffeine, my heart rate is super low drinking this and I feel great.

Overall this is a super delicious tea! Lots of honey, malt, a touch of floral, but not the rose you are thinking. If you have a fear of rosey, floral teas, this one might change your mind.

It’s also slightly romantic in a way to me, maybe because rose reminds me of my garden in the summer, and evokes fresh summer memories, but it’s making me feel sentimental. Could also have something to do with that today is mine and the bf’s 7 year dating anniversary :) a perfect tea for today! Wish he was home from work!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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First review! I haven’t been the first review in a while! Then again, I haven’t written a review in a while haha :) well no time like the present! A huge thank you to Angel at Teavivre for so kindly sending me a bunch of new tea samples!! This is the first of the bunch that I am trying out, and it is a perfect day for a roasty oolong, lightly snowing, miserably cold wind, and very grey out. Time for hot tea!

The dry smell of this tea is lovely, man I haven’t had an oolong in a while, and this one is definitely orchid-like and toasty. I steeped it for roughly 3 mins Western style with boiling water. The steeped aroma is SO LOVELY! It reminds me of my favorite roasted oolong from Verdant that I haven’t had in ages..what was it even called..Mi Lan Xiang Phoenix oolong. This one is a bit different though, the toasted smell is a bit stronger, and the rocky mineral notes are also there. It smells so yummy, like I should be in a tranquil waterfall cave drinking this tea :). Oh, the color is a light orange color too, very pleasing.

As for the flavor, mmmm is this ever good. It’s so very light, the mineral notes are there but quite faint, it is floral and delicious, with a sweetness that lingers almost like a mild ginseng. It’s juicy and a bit toasty. It’s really good! Wow it’s been a while since I’ve had a toasted oolong, I missed it. I was reading that this is kind of like a Tie Guan Yin like rock oolong, and I can definitely see that, it is lighter and creamier than previous ones I’ve had, and the orchid floral notes much more pronounced as in a Tie guan yin. I bet I could even convince my boyfriend to try this toasted oolong, and he really only drinks tie guan yin haha.

Overall, a very relaxing, lightly creamy, and deliciously floral tea. Smooth and serene, I am transported to a waterfall cascading down rocks with spring flowers blooming amongst the moss above. I am feeling poetic today :D

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This was never added to my cupboard, but it is about a 2 year old teabag I finally sipped down at work today. Sipdown being a relative term..I actually am throwing out the rest of the mug because it was just too bitter and blech for me. The lavender and EG really did not mix well for me, or I brewed it too strongly haha. Whatever it was, not my cup of tea! Ah well, it’s gone now! No rating in case it was just me brewing it too long (I don’t really pay attention to brew time at work haha).

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

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