206 Tasting Notes

84

Do you ever wonder what makes you tick? Or, another way of putting it, what makes you, YOU? Is it just a random collection of atoms, cells, etc arranged in just the right way to make you have a certain preference or is it because of years of exposure that has helped you refine your preferences?

As I sit here and drink this tea, I have to wonder: Why am I so drawn to not only the roasted flavors of tea but also just to stronger flavors in general (hot sauce, ginger, horseradish, pungent cheese, etc)?

Either way, whether nurture, nature or some combination of both, I am a big fan of this tea. It has a slight vegetal note but that is underhanded and mostly covered by a smooth and not too bold roasted profile. I am getting flavors of toasted grains with a creamy texture. Maybe a certain woodsy quality here. I can certainly imagine enjoying this among the trees. And while I wouldn’t have zeroed in on it myself, Verdant’s website mentions dandelion and I can totally see that as the vegetal flavor. Something green and just slightly bitter (but not, if that makes sense).

This is a nice daily, or maybe weekly, drinker.

Flavors: Creamy, Dandelion, Grain, Roasted, Vegetal, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
 Inexto

Great Tea.

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100

Enjoying the last half of the sample that Brenden gave me… Oh my god it is still so, so good. Light, smooth, creamy, sweet. I am so pumped for it to be released later this year so I can buy a full cake of this stuff. Quite possibly, no hyperbole, one of the best ripes I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking.

Oh man, release day for this can’t come soon enough.

Flavors: Creamy, Smooth, Sweet, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Haveteawilltravel

This is a great daily for me :) Very nice lil cake, that’s hard to overbrew.

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95

My god. This is, quite possibly, the most amazing “herbal” tea that I’ve ever had. Sweet, chocolate-y (like, hot chocolate kind of chocolate-y), and really fricken good. It isn’t super thick but man, if you brew it with a generous heaping it gives off just a nice decadent flavor.

Served this up at my tea book club last night and ate some girl scout cookies with it (our daughter recently joined the scouts so we are loaded) and it was just really really tasty. I WILL be buying more of this.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82
drank Nutty Granola Crunch by DAVIDsTEA
206 tasting notes

Thanks to SuperStarling! for sending me a big bag of this. I see there has been a lot of low ratings for this tea so I must be an outlier here.

The first impression on smelling this tea is, “Whoa. Peanuts.” Straight up smells like a bag of peanuts. Now, in terms of this review, there is something you should know about me. I am a huuuugeee fan of nuts. I always keep nuts (usually the deluxe mixed kind) in my house. So this was exciting for me.

The flavor of the tea itself definitely had that nutty flavor but some of the sweetness from the apple, coconut, and brittle (yes, this tea has brittle) also contributed. The result is a really nice, warm, peanut-y, sweet brew. I dig it.

If any of ya’ll who rated it below a 50 still have some, I’d love to take it off your hands. :)

Flavors: Apple, Nutty, Peanut, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Super Starling!

I included it because I thought the kids would like it, sir. But I’m glad you like it, too. ;)

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76
drank Born a Crime by Adagio Tea
206 tasting notes

I made this tea for my book club. The book was about Trevor Noah’s life, specifically growing up as half white and half black during Apartheid in South Africa. To relate the tea to the book, I blended a blend of half rooibos and half honeybush, both teas originating from Africa.

This is pretty straightforward and pretty tasty. I’m not a huge rooibos/honeybush drinker but I do enjoy them on occasion. I think it will tie in nicely with our meeting tomorrow.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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89
drank Rou Gui Light Roast by Verdant Tea
206 tasting notes

Oh this is good. I still taste that roasty char flavor that I love so much in my high roasted oolongs but it is just a little bit lighter handed so as to be not so intense. This would be especially good for new comers who are interested in the roasted flavor.

Aside from the roast, I am also getting a very light background floral bouquet as well as some sort of light spice note. Perhaps cinnamon?

This is something I will considering buying more of in the future.

Flavors: Char, Cinnamon, Floral, Roasted

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
mtchyg

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Mookit

They appear to be broken. Rowell posted on my lastest post, saying that admin are aware and working in it.

mtchyg

Oh thank you! I thought it was just my account. I was/am still getting the email notifications on some things but many others are going without the notices. So thanks for that update.

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73

Gifted to me by SuperStarling!, this oolong is a nice entry into the Formosa oolong arena. It is very drinkable. A wallflower of a tea. Nothing that stands out and says look at me but it is definitely there with a consistent and dependable flavor.

Earthy, roasty, a bit of raisin flavor. A smooth every day drinker.

Flavors: Earth, Raisins, Roasted

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 6 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

I have drank this the last few days and have finished the bag. I have to say that this tastes better than I remember it. Not that it was bad before but I don’t remember it being quite as smooth and flavorful.

I kept expecting this to go bitter considering the last two sessions I have really overleafed it but no. Smooth as ever. Smoother than I had any business asking it to be. The early steeps showed a more floral note while some of the roasted qualities came out to play in the 3rd or 4th steeps.

Maybe my palate is more refined now but I have been digging this tea this week. Rating bump.

Flavors: Floral, Roasted

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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88

Finishing this sample up about a year after I first tried it. This is really very smooth. That chocolate taste with a slight hint of cherry cordial is still there, albeit only slightly and maybe it’s just my own taste buds interpretation.

After one rinse, I didn’t detect any fermentation. It is a very smooth and tasty experience. Perfect for this snow covered day in Michigan. Speaking of that, I woke up to 50 degree F thunderstorms and worms crawling around on the ground yesterday morning only to wake up with below freezing temps and a dusting of snow this morning. So confusing to the senses.

Anyway, this gets a slight rating bump because it is delicious. Even more so than I remember.

Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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89

Oh man this is a good black tea. The scent alone is enough to get me. The wet leaf, upon my first few sniffs, reminded me of a raisin oatmeal with some molasses drizzled on top. If you are a hater of oatmeal, raisins, or raisin oatmeal (I know you are out there), please don’t write this tea off. Maybe to you it smells like a toasted graham cracker with a note of malt. Who knows?

What I do know is that this tea smells and tastes delicious. It is a bit lighter in terms of black tea flavor so for those of you who don’t care for the heavier black teas, you may enjoy this. Sweet, smooth, very drinkable with a nuanced flavor/scent profile that makes you pay attention.

Flavors: Graham Cracker, Malt, Molasses, Oats, Raisins

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Michigander, Husband, father of two, lover of tea, books, nature, gardening, and passion. Stay at home dad currently. Previously a preschool teacher.

I have now completed some tea swaps and I am so totally up for swapping! What a cool way to connect with fellow tea lovers and try some new teas.

Black tea has been my go to tea for some time. Oolongs are starting to wiggle in for the number one spot. Mainly roasty oolongs. I’m finding that there are some green and white teas (mostly Moonlight Whites) that impress me lately which they never used to do. I am just getting into and developing a taste for Pu-erh. I have tried raw and my Ulcerative Colitis just can’t handle the roughness of it. So I stick to ripe Puerh. I am least likely to drink herbal tea or Rooibos though I do enjoy some of them, especially STRONG ginger blends. I’m not too picky.

Rating system:
90-100: Some of the best I’ve ever had. I’d be a fool not to keep it stocked as often as possible
80-89: A damn good tea. Not to be missed
70-79: A good tea but lacks the wow factor. More than likely a simple tea that could be an every day option
60-69: Eh. This is okay. Not swill by any means but fairly underwhelming.
50-59: Not really doing it for me. I’ll finish it but please don’t bring me any more.
Below 50: Life is too short to waste on things such as this

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