1128 Tasting Notes
Momentous occasions call for the best tea..and today is definitely the day. I wrote my last final of my undergraduate university engineering degree this morning! I am done! (providing I pass everything, but that is very likely haha) So to celebrate this excellent day, I decided to try this tea. I’ve had a sample of this tea for ages, from one of my first Verdant orders last year. I have been waiting for the right time, and it is here.
The dry smell is excellent, it reminds me of Master Han’s Yunnan black, a light hay scent with a hint of honey. I decided to do this tea gongfu, so I put in a bunch of it, almost half the sample bag, and did a short rinse. Good lord, the rinse smelled so good!! I was like why am I pouring this away! Lol, and then I steeped for just a few seconds and poured it out. The resulting liquor is the most beautiful golden color, and it smells like sweet potatoes dipped in honey. Mmmm. A sweet, delicious scent.
The taste is so. good. The sweet honey flavor, the sweet potato richness, vanilla, sparkles, sugar. Like a yunnan white but so much richer and smooth. I have decided, I really enjoy yunnan teas. This one is the king though. I just love that honey aftertaste. So good.
Overall, this is one heck of a treat. So happy I finally opened up this sample. Might have to get more of this, but this is definitely a savoring tea, one I want to save for special occasions. I cannot say anything else about it without repeating other reviews haha. I know my tasting note isn’t very in depth with flavors or anything, but this is just a tea that is so tasty I don’t even know how to say it enough. If that makes sense. I will enjoy many steeps of this this afternoon. I should probably eat something first, though, as I will be tea drunk in no time if I don’t!
I’ve had a steadily building headache all day, and saw the migraine thread in the discussion. So I decided to bust out my most minty tea..which is this one. I haven’t had this since January when the boyfriend and I were ridiculously sick haha. This is not a bad tea, minty with a sweet edge to it as well, but it still is a tea I will keep reserved for when sick. However, if it helps my headache, it might be used for that too! Also, this reminds me that I need to pick up some straight peppermint tea or spearmint at some point. See previous notes on this tea!
Oh yeah, I picked up 50 g of this last week :D so I combined my little 1 serving into the big bag and am having a cup now, normally I try to stay away from caffeine during exams but I had a 2 hr nap today, so I need to get cracking for my last exam tomorrow! I absolutely loveee this tea. It’s fresh, it’s sweet, it’s smooth, it has green roobios, all the good things! I love green rooibos, btw. Anyways, I will stop babbling and get back to work. See previous notes on this tea :)
So I have had a bit left in my sample pack of this, so I decided to cold brew it. Did it for about 24 hours, and it is pretty good! The veggie flavors definitely come out a lot more in the cold brew, particularly the peas and corn. This is actually super satisfying and refreshing, it’s a bit heavier it seems, so a bit more staying power, but refreshing enough with the light peach flavor and fresh vegetables. This was a nice experiment, and I will probably cold brew the rest of my sample as well! See previous notes on this tea, brewed hot :)
I am spoiling myself today with awesome teas :D and holy hannah, is this ever AMAZING tonight. I probably shouldn’t be having caffeine this late, but meh, I’ll be up studying anyways. This is like so good today. I did it Western for 3 minutes, and I have this caramel soaked brownie in my cup. This is the most caramelly I have ever gotten Laoshan Black to taste. No idea what I did differently lol, but it is awesome! I actually feel like I’m eating dessert. Rich and excellent. Maybe another steep or two tonight as well. See previous notes!
The weather has been nuts here today! Super crazy windy, then it has been snowing/raining on and off, cloudy, sunny, blizzardy..I hope it settles down! Anyways, the cold, blustery days always make me crave my yummy black teas, so I had to have a cup of this one. Steeped for 2 minutes, and I also shook the bag to get more cream pieces. This is good, but I don’t know, it seems to be lacking a bit of flavor from the first steeps? Maybe I’m just being fussy, or am not as focused as I’ve been studying all day. Regardless, I love this tea, and hope Zen Tea Life doesn’t discontinue it!! See previous notes!
Seeing the new teawares on Verdant’s site reminded me I haven’t had a Yixing session in a few weeks, I need to use my lovely little pot more often! I also hadn’t had this tea in it in ages, and since I think the TOMC includes this tea and the other oolong I brew in my Yixing, I figured I should probably start drinking this, as I will have oolongs galore! So I made a few cups of this for myself and the bf. I did really short steeps, they probably could have been a bit longer, but still were flavorful. Very creamy and roasty today, not as much honey as I normally find, that could be due to short steeps though. A nice change from the Mi Lan Dancong. See previous notes on this tea :)
Backlog from this morning – now that Steepster is back, I am going to try to log the teas I’ve had today. I finally restocked this tea, it is a favorite of mine in the morning! Unfortunately today it didn’t taste quite the same as it used to, it was a bit more mango and tropical than peachy. Might just be the mix in the bag though, still a very yummy tea! Happy to have it back in my cupboard :) see previous notes.
Now I have made this tea into a Raspberry Vanilla rooibos! I added about half a tsp of Della Terra’s Vanilla Cream rooibos to just under a tsp of this and voila! Raspberry rooibos with a cream soda aftertaste :D next time though, I might put in a full tsp of the raspberry one, as the vanilla is almost stronger than it haha. I also might steep longer than 5 minutes, maybe 6, as Zen Tea Life’s is very good at 6 minutes. Pleased with my experiment though! See previous notes on these teas :)
Oh, and I am getting a sore throat, which is definitely not good. I have two more finals, I can’t get sick yet! D: