1128 Tasting Notes


I bought a cake of this ages ago (February) and am very sorry I have not gotten to it until today! After a crazy busy week again at work, I needed the ultimate in comfort. It is a cold rainy day too, so I knew it would be shou. So I finally took the plunge and tore into this cake and steeped it in my Crimson Lotus teapot, which I also haven’t had a chance to season yet, but we are taking the plunge!!

I rinsed the fresh Jian Shui teapot with boiling water for about 45s to begin with, inside and out, and then let the leaves sit for about 30s in there to warm. Then a quick 7 min rinse (this teapot pours wonderfully quickly!!) and I then did a 30s steep. The liquor is dark and rich. The liquor smells dark and rich and sweet, so rich it’s almost buttery to me. And OMG, the flavor is dark and rich and sweet too!!

My gosh, dark chocolate, aftertaste of brown sugar and caramel, a thick mouthfeel..creamy and thick. Earthy too, and I didn’t mention…SOOO SMOOOOOTTTHHH. It actually is so smooth and thick, one of the most intriguing mouthfeels I’ve had in a tea ever. The earthiness is more on the mossy side too, as per the description.

I fed a second short 10s steeping to the exterior of my teapot to help season it, since I didn’t go through the long seasoning process.

I am excited to steep this all afternoon and enjoy. So happy I finally opened up this cake. Going to thoroughly enjoy it, and hopefully make it in this cute little teapot every time! Overall, currently a supremely delicious tea. This and Noble Mark are probably pretty close in ranking, although I need to have a few more sessions of this one to truly compare them.

Oh, and the third steeping is even smoother and more delicious. :D

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drank Gardens of Anxi by Verdant Tea
1128 tasting notes

Darn, I sipped this down last week without ever logging a note about it lol. I will write a quick one now – this tea was super relaxing, fresh, a bit citrusy and creamy, and a bit floral. It was a good one for before bed on summer nights. I will miss the calming attributes of it! Happy I got to try this one in the blends subscription! No rating as I didn’t log a detailed enough note on it to warrant one I don’t think lol.

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Yes, this is a winter tea. Yes, I am drinking it Aug. 4. It is freezing as usual in my office and rainy outside, and I am super tired as it is the Tues after the long weekend. So cozy, warming caffeine was a requirement to make it through this morning. This one still has a ton of flavor and is sweet, comforting and cozy. I wish I was at home in bed lol. Tasty tea helps the day go by! See previous notes on this tea :)


I hope you’ll make it through the day alright! What a fun tea to drink in the summer. :D

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Backlog – I had a few cups of this while watching the storm roll in last night – our first major storm of the season! Finally!! The lightning was gorgeous, the thunder loud, and this tea…perfect for the occasion. Warming and cozy like a warm blanket. Rich and slightly sweet. Slightly energizing too, yet also calming. Ah, I love storms and good puerh. See previous notes on this tea :)

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I’ve been drinking this for the latter part of the day and haven’t made notes for an in-depth review, but it is pretty delicious. Started out pretty sweet with honey and apricot notes, and melding to a slightly bitter, green tasting flavor. Short steeps and 2 rinses for this one. Fresh and good! Will rate later as on my phone.

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I am FINALLY getting a chance to make this well reviewed tea! I have been meaning to try it but have not had the time to sit down and properly brew it, but today is the day! Thank you so much Crimson Lotus Tea for this sample that came with my teapot!

The appearance is so cute. I love that it’s a planet! A nice little sphere :) the dry smell is very faint as it is so well compacted but there is a touch of hay and honey. I am going to brew as per CLT’s gaiwan instructions on their website.

For rinses, I did the first rinse as a 30s steep and then let it rest for a few minutes, same thing for the second rinse. The rinses smell nice and light.

As for the first actual steep I am drinking (a 30s steep btw), this tea is, simply put, awesome!!! It’s smooth, definite honey flavor, a light vegetal body, and a hint of bitterness at the end. The honey flavor intensifies after the sip, lingering and making me want more.

I will continue to steep this all afternoon, in between errands and what not. Delicious start to the day!! Thank you so much Crimson Lotus Tea for the free sample!! I may have to place an order in the near future for a few teas, I have one more sample to try then I will see! :)

ETA – here is a link to my IG photo of this tea today :)


Crimson Lotus Tea

glad you liked it! :-)


You have to put IG pic in here!


@Crimson Lotus Tea – it somehow gets even better with each steeping!!

@boychik – I linked it! :)


Yay! The pic is perfect!

Doug F

Just ordered a cake of their Whispering Pines. Can’t wait to try it!

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THIS TEA!! It’s been far too long since I’ve had this amazing tea. It is still pouring rain here today (hooray!!) so I broke out my chai this morning for working at 7 am. I brewed this up for 2 mins and added some milk and honey and put it in my travel mug. And OMG it is still freaking delicious. Best chai ever!! Spicy yet smooth, sweet, luscious chocolate and honey, ginger, and the lovely slightly smoky flavor of the Yu Lu Yan Cha base. I doubt this chai will ever be beat (in my opinion). Yummy and warming! See previous notes on this tea!

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After days upon days of barely any rain (most farmers considering declaring emergencies due to drought) we are in for some rain!! Already had probably 5-10 mm last night, and a special weather advisory for rainfall amounts is in place today! Bring on the rain!! We need the water levels up!

Since it’s rainy today, my immediate thought for my tea in my travel mug was oolong (as puerh is just not the same in a travel mug, although it is my number 1 rainy day choice). This tea is ridiculously good for being in the travel mug!! It’s sweet and minerally and burnt sugar and cream…everything I want right now. The caffeine is doing weird things as usual (oolongs are the worst for my caffeine intolerance lol) but it’s worth it for this flavor. Some fruitiness in there too. I can’t believe how complex this brewed up considering it was a 2 min steep in my Brewt right into my travel mug! So good. Perfect for the day. Happy it’s raining, just hope we don’t flood now with the influx. See previous notes on this delicious tea!

Oh and in other news – my office is freaking Antarctica…so cold in here, yesterday I wore long sleeves and it was +25 outside…today, I am bundled up in 2 sweaters, a scarf, my autumn boots and socks. And I brought my coat, which I think I will need to put on in another hour or so. Everyone else also is freezing. Gotta love the HVAC system! ___ thank goodness for tea.

Doug F

Doesn’t it stink to have a caffeine intolerance and be a tea lover at the same time?! It’s bizarre how different teas affect me differently. Pu ers never bother me, but Lapsang Suchong does.


I am better than I used to be with caffeine intolerance, well actually I used to be great, then bad, now so-so haha. It is quite unfortunate! Puerh is also pretty good for me, except some shengs and some stronger shus. Black teas are usually not the best, and oolongs seem to be one of the worst offenders :(

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Ah, rain!!! I so wish I was at home today enjoying a tea session in my yixing or gaiwan with the cat, reading a good book, enjoying the overcast day wrapped in a blanket, but alas, I am at work. Hooray Monday!! (sigh) so I have this tea to keep me going through the morning. I wanted a caffeine pick me up but I thought I’d take a break since I had a shu session until quite late last night, so out comes my trusty decaf! With a bit of sugar today to tone down the lavender a bit, this is quite enjoyable. It’s helping me though the morning as it is supposed to at least. See previous notes on this tea :)


I am so glad it rained too!


I went for a walk at lunch and it was sprinkling :) so refreshing and helping to dampen the smoke and fires I hope!


Haha yeah I got totally drenched. I’m in town visiting and was walking up and down Sask Dr. when the downpour came. But the air definitely feels and looks cleaner today.


Haha I would suggest staying indoors for the next couple of days..rainfall advisories! Much needed rain though :) and perfect for drinking tea!

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First of all, a huge thank you to Crimson Lotus Tea for the opportunity to try this tea as a free sample! I am so sorry that I am so late reviewing this tea, but I am finally getting to it now!! Very excited as I’m craving a shu today, even though it’s ridiculously hot outside again.

I am also doing this with my gaiwan, which I haven’t used in AGES!! So nice to have a gongfu session again! I used the large piece from the sample pack and still have a bit left, as my gaiwan only holds about 4 or 5 oz.

The dry smell is deep and rich, a bit fermented, some wet wood and earthy notes. I did two short rinses of about 5s each and then first steep was about 5s as well. The cake piece started breaking up on the second rinse, so the first steep is quite dark!

The steeped smell has a caramel note to me, along with damp wood in the rain. Rich and yummy smelling. Also heady, it could be the heat, but my head spun a bit from just smelling it :P

As for the taste, mmmmmm shou, it’s been far too long. The flavor is thick and rich and grounding. Not too much fermentation to me, just smooth, with some dark wood notes. The aftertaste is sweet, a brown sugar melding into burnt caramel flavor. It’s cozy and warming haha, not that I need that today, but it’s just the flavor I was craving, even on this hot day.

The second steep is even darker than the first, and also smells thick and luscious. Tastes very good as well, maybe a bit mellowed but still very deep and delicious.

Overall, this is a great shou, not too strong and not weak, just right for me! I will continue steeping this throughout the afternoon, I wanted to try a sheng but this one might go for too long for me to try that today :P thanks again to Crimson Lotus Tea for the free sample! This is a great tea, and I definitely will consider it for purchase in the future, it’s just so mellow, rich, and delicious. Oh, and so far, a more calming chi than energizing. I like that :D


I LOOOVE the forest notes in this one! So good! I didn’t want to place an order til October, but I dunno….may place order soon for this one

Crimson Lotus Tea

Glad you’re liking it!


@scribbles – yess it is tasty! It’s so easy to drink :) and the forest notes are quite lovely!

@looseTman – agreed!

@Crimson Lotus Tea – I am enjoying it so much! Thanks again!

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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
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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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