Tea type
Herbal Oolong Blend
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Flavors
Herbaceous, Spices, Tulsi, Vegetal, Creamy, Licorice, Nutty, Pine, Sweet
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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 13 oz / 394 ml

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  • “This tea was surprisingly good to me, considering I don’t think I’ve had these ingredients in combination before or possibly at all. I put a little sugar in it and sweetened, it’s quite tasty. It...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Spicy smell, spicy taste. Kinda looks spicy too. Actually when I saw that there was oolong in it I got excited because Verdant has good oolong. The flavor is very much like the scent. Though I’m...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This was tasty and a bit spicy. I enjoyed it, and would have finished it, but one of my best college friends was in town and in need of tea restocking. It is my job to make sure she never goes...” Read full tasting note
    75
  • “This is an interesting blend, and for once I decided to jot down my impressions of the tea as I was drinking it and not after. So here goes: -smells like a spice mix -aroma more complex after...” Read full tasting note
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From Verdant Tea (Special)

Laoshan Green Oolong is smooth, well balanced and sitting right between vegetal and creamy. To bring out its luscious flavor, we turned to sarsaparilla, tulsi, schisandra berry, and a tiny pinch of rare blue lotus. The result is a truly full bodied blend with an exotic aroma of silk road spices.

INGREDIENTS: Laoshan Green Oolong, Sarsaparilla, Tulsi, Schisandra, Blue Lotus

From the Blends Club (September 2014)

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This tea was surprisingly good to me, considering I don’t think I’ve had these ingredients in combination before or possibly at all. I put a little sugar in it and sweetened, it’s quite tasty. It wet my whistle while I was doing data entry and manual labour in the library stacks. It all needs to be done by the end of May, boxed up and documented, and it’s somewhere around 1000 binders of data. And I just had to look up the spelling on wet because I wasn’t sure that was the correct word. It is. WET my whistle and WHET my appetite.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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Spicy smell, spicy taste. Kinda looks spicy too. Actually when I saw that there was oolong in it I got excited because Verdant has good oolong. The flavor is very much like the scent. Though I’m not really sure of the use of Tulsi. It’s like hibiscus, its overpowering. The smoothness and flavor of the oolong are pretty much none existent.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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627 tasting notes

This was tasty and a bit spicy. I enjoyed it, and would have finished it, but one of my best college friends was in town and in need of tea restocking. It is my job to make sure she never goes without, so home with her this went.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is an interesting blend, and for once I decided to jot down my impressions of the tea as I was drinking it and not after. So here goes:

-smells like a spice mix
-aroma more complex after brewing
-almost reminds me of orange spice and pepper – at which point I’m sure I’m imagining things
-very vegetal green oolong, a little too heady
-tastes like: the broth I use to make tea eggs, I’m not even kidding
-or Numi’s savory teas
-also reminds me of Verdant’s Holy Basil Spa Blend (both have tulsi)

Overall it’s very unique, if a bit of an adventure where I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. Thanks beelicious for the sample, it’s surprising how much Verdant has experimented with blends as my impression of them leans toward straight teas (and a few well-known blends like Chocolate Genmaicha).

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I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas Day yesterday :) I didn’t have time for much tea yesterday, so I didn’t log any notes. But today, after a disastrously messy opening of my tea drawer with company there, I decided I am cleaning house today, and hopefully before the new year. I am trying as many untried teas I have, and making decisions on whether I like them or not. Also purged the final few cups of some that I just couldn’t get down or finish the bag, no matter how I tried. Time for a cleaner cupboard in the new year!

The first teas under fire are all my untried teas in the blends club. As I have mentioned previously, I really dislike the scent of sarsaparilla, and as this tea has it in it, I put off having it. Also, to me the dry smell is strongly of pickles haha! There is a sharp, salty, and slightly sour scent to this one haha. Definitely some spice in there too, as my nose gets a bit tingly. It’s also a good day to try new teas, as I have an allergy pill in my system from yesterday so I shouldn’t react to any haha :)

So yes, finally I brewed up a cup of this after the offputting pickle scent. The steeped tea, after about 2 mins with 195 degree water, thankfully does not smell like pickles :D it is quite nice now, an oolong scent with a toasty, spicy smell. I think it is the schisandra and tulsi contributing. Not much in the way of sarsaparilla either, thank goodness. No idea what Blue Lotus contributes or tastes like, so I cannot comment on that.

As for the flavor, this is kind of a weird one to me. It’s like a very herbal chai. I get the green flavor from the laoshan oolong, which has some of the attributes of Laoshan green to me, a bit beany and vegetal ( I haven’t tried Laoshan Oolong by itself, so just guessing from the flavor). The tulsi is present, which I enjoy, it adds a nice spiciness. There is a faint woodiness from the sarsaparilla, but this is one blend I can tolerate better as it’s muted by the tulsi.

Overall, this is an interesting tea, once I get past the dry scent. It is very savoury, and not one I would drink every day, but it would be good for a salt craving. I am unsure if I will keep this one or re-home it, will have to think it over. Happy I finally got over the smell and tried it though, as it’s not nearly as scary as it smells!

Oh, and I will henceforth refer to my new tastings/cleaning cupboard as The Great Tea Purge/Sampling of 2014. Lol.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Spices, Tulsi, Vegetal

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This tea is the start of what I have decided to be a day of trying several yet untried teas. I mostly want to do this because I’d like to get my list of rehoming teas up soon so they won’t be sitting on my counter, and I don’t have that many teas that I haven’t tried yet. But I have yet to break into any of the Blends Club teas, so away we go! This tea is the one that smells the best to me, so it’s going first. The oolong pellets here are very loosely rolled, and it gives the appearance that they’re not rolled at all, but are a bunch of very tiny leaves. I was very confused when I first opened the packet and saw them, lol… There are lots of little (and some big) chunks of random “herbal-y” things mixed in with the tea leaves (ingredients include tulsi, sarsaparilla, schisandra berry, and blue lotus). Dry scent is an interesting combination of savory herbal and licorice-like sarsaparilla. I let mine steep for 4 minutes at 190 degrees.

Wow, the brewed aroma is very different! It’s a lovely melange of creamy, nutty, slightly spicy, sweet, and a slight vegetal note. Taste-wise, there’s definitely a slight sharp spiciness from the sarsaparilla that presents itself mostly at the beginning of the sip. I do get flashes of licorice-like flavor throughout, but the tea itself is quite creamy and nutty in flavor, which is rather lovely. I have no concept of what schisandra berry and blue lotus taste like, so I can’t comment on what they contribute here, but I do get a light hint of something similar to pine. Overall, this is rather tasty and I can see it being an excellent latte. It’s almost chai-like in a sense. :)

Flavors: Creamy, Licorice, Nutty, Pine, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
MissLena

Lol, my bag of this honestly smells like pickles. No idea how I will bring myself to try it hahaha

Cameron B.

HAH. I know the feeling, I’ve had pickle-smelling tea before. I definitely don’t get pickles from this one though! :P

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The Blends club package came while I was away over the weekend, but I don’t think I will count them just yet to my cupboard since I am at 101! And that will hit 100 later today. Plus I didn’t count my swap from Cameron B., so if I just don’t count any new teas I can be make believe that I hit 100, LOL.

Anyway, the blends club. It’s getting pretty repetative. The teas this month feel like things I have seen before. Jingshan green with lavender? Check. Let’s add some coriander, yes? And this one, an oolong with sarsaparilla… where have I had that before? Oh yes, Sarsaparilla Tieguanyin and Wuyi Whiskey Trail. And why not throw in some tulsi? All of the flavor profiles are really similar. I got sucked back into the blends club when they reblended some of my favorite lost blends, but I am reconsidering again. It wouldn’t be too bad if I wanted floral, herbal, tonic-ish blends all the time, but I don’t. I’m going to give it to the end of the year because I want to see what they do with the holiday blends, but probably not much more beyond that.

So this one specifically. Well, it’s kind of herbal, and tonic-y. It’s also a little bitter and I’m not totally sure why. Overall it’s not bad, but it’s kind of boring. To me, anyway; I just don’t crave those types of flavors in my tea. Oh well, if anyone is interested it will be posted in the sales thread and for trade (as soon as I can get to that thread, since the boards are hardcore broken).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I thought this one smelled fairly good but I haven’t tried it yet! As for that Summer Cabin Blend, ehhhhh lavender… Lol.

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