246 Tasting Notes

83

Busting the last of this out this morning. Went with a roasted oolong as it is a rainy morning here in Lansing, Michigan… Even though it is December and we have no snow and there is no snow in the forecast before Christmas and I’m so disappointed. But I digress.

Anyway, the leaf looked fairly green for a roasted so I took that as it being a lightly roasted oolong. I was right and while I normally skew towards heavily roasted and find greens lacking, this is actually masterfully done.

First steep at 195 for about 20 seconds. The liquid is a light hay yellow. It smells a bit of red skinned roasted peanuts which I thought odd. I sat smelling it thinking that surely I was wrong but I couldn’t shake it. Upon sipping, I find it is a perfect balance between green and roasted. There is a bit of a roasted flavor but it blends perfectly with a buttery green flavor. Maybe a hint of floral but that is debatable.

Second steeping, 20 seconds. This one lost some of the charcoal roast and went a bit more buttery with a hint of bitterness.

Third steeping, 35 seconds. That might have been too long. The bitterness kicked up in this steep. Not cringe inducing, pour out status mind you but a tad bit more than I would like.

Overall, this was a solid tea that I would recommend for both people who prefer greens but might want to try a light roast or for those who prefer roasted oolongs but might want to have some features of a green. My rating would have been higher but for the fact that this does have a tendency to get a bit bitter if steeped for even a few seconds too long so it does require a delicate, nuanced hand in steeping.

Flavors: Bitter, Butter, Dandelion, Flowers, Peanut, Roasted, Roasted nuts

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
mtchyg

I can also confirm that, at least in the later steeps, this pairs nicely with tortilla chips and hummus.

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80

I wonder if I am the last person to have any of this. Welp, not anymore. I just made the last of it finally after hoarding it for a few years. It is still very good. I enjoy the flavor of toasted genmaicha over most styles of green tea. And I particularly like the lack of bitterness and also the blueberry that is slight but nice. Overall, this was a great blend.

Flavors: Blueberry, Green, Toasty

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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79

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70

This review is for the Autumn 2018 version. This tea brews up fairly light in the gaiwan. And the flavor profile matches it. The main tasting notes on Verdant describe barley and toast and I think that is accurate. Definitely has a light toasted quality. I would describe this as an acceptable daily sipper. Nothing super special but with a pleasant drinkability. Either way, I am just getting into being able to drink caffeinated teas again due to a chronic health condition and boy have I missed it.

Flavors: Toast

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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50
drank Rum Raisin by Lupicia
246 tasting notes

My first impression: Not impressed. Now, I will say that I haven’t yet tried it with milk and I have seen that be recommended. Perhaps it will be better that way. Otherwise, it was an okay-ish strong black base with a slight sweetness with it but nothing overly rum. Which is too bad because the dry leaf smells really delicious.

Here is hoping for it to be better with milk and maybe some honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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50
drank Rum Raisin by Lupicia
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45
drank AquaRosa by Kusmi Tea
246 tasting notes

My brother in law brought this tea for me from France. He doesn’t know much about tea and asked someone there to recommend some good teas for a family member. Unfortunately neither he nor the person selecting the tea knew of my disdain for hibiscus in teas.

From the dry scent, I could tell it would be a tart, fruity tea. I prepared in advanced by mixing in some honey before I drank it. It helped a bit but that devil dog we call hibiscus still is prominent. I cannot fault a dog for being a dog. But I don’t think this tea is on any of my favorite lists.

Flavors: Fruity, Hibiscus, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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79

The smell upon the water first meeting the tea elicits the smell of roast and char but not in a smokey way, as unlikely as that may seem.

First steep in the gaiwan, 15 seconds, produces a surprisingly sweet, almost tart, fruit with only a faint hint of roast. Second steep, 20 seconds, is more of the same with maybe a little more roast flavor. It feels simultaneously juicy and drying in the mouth.

The subsequent steeps were taking down while caring for a 4 month old but what I will say is that it stays fairly consistent in terms of quality with slightly varying levels of that fruity and char flavor until it fades near the 7th steep.

Flavors: Char, Drying, Fruity, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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75

A very nice mild puerh. Delicious nutty and earthy notes linger in the early steeps. A very nice daily drinker that I’m glad I let mellow out for a couple of years.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Lion

Nice to see you’re still around! My last couple years have been spent burning off old tea stock that accrued at home, but I’m hoping to try and review some more new things this year.

mtchyg

Hey, you too! I’m also currently in burning off stock mode. It has to be done.

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Michigander, Husband, father of three, 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. My tea cupboard on here is woefully out of date though.

Black tea has been my go to tea for some time. Oolongs are good too but 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 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 recently drinking more herbal tea or Rooibos 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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Lansing, Michigan

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