1165 Tasting Notes

92

I am really enjoying my new blacks from Verdant. This one is very comforting and delicious to stay in on this very cold day.

Sweet potato and chocolate notes dominate this first steeping. Honey notes weave into the steep as well. I am not sure that the one minute steep was enough for the complex notes to develop as much as I would like. Maybe I will try a longer steep next cup!

I used 2 tsp of leaf.

The second steep for 2 minutes was just as delicious, but maybe a little less chocolate than the first steep.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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94

The kitchen smells like chocolate as I pour this into my beautiful pottery mug from my steeper.
This tastes of dark chocolate, with hints of barley, and just a touch of caramel. The roasted flavour is one that I am enjoying more and more as I taste high quality roasted oolongs such as this one.
However, I got distracted on Steepster and my cup cooled completely. Somehow, I am now getting a sharp note in the aftertaste. That is my fault because I wasn’t paying attention. This tea deserves more focus than I was able to give it today.

I used 1 Tbls of leaf.

I wonder if I decreased the steep time to 2 min, if the sharp note would decrease? I will have to play around with the steeping parameters.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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I am finally getting to my Verdant Black Friday order. I decided to taste all the teas in the order that they arrived.

I waited way too long to order this tea. And now it is out of stock :( It is so good.
The first note that I notice is honey. As I continue to sip, I notice notes of vanilla, clove, and some earthiness. I find it to have a silky mouthfeel. It really warms me up from the inside.

I used 2 tsp of leaf.

Resteep for 2 minutes was just as delicious. I didn’t have time for any more resteeps. But next time, I will make sure I have the time to resteep throughout the day and enjoy this beauty of a tea. Or maybe I will try a gaiwan brewing next time.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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I shared a pot of this beautiful tea this morning with the in-laws. It looks so pretty in my clear tea pot. Lol, I like pretty things.
But seriously, I do like this tea. The black base isn’t astringent, the vanilla and orange meld together quite well, and sweetness from those gold sparkly balls.

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95

For some reason, I thought this was a green tea, so I brewed it up this afternoon. I didn’t realize it was a black tea until I had already put the tea in my steeper and boiled the water. But as the tea boiled and I poured it over my leaves, I thought wait a minute…..boiling water on green tea?? And then I looked at the description and saw black tea.

It is really late in the day for me to be having black tea, so I just took a couple of sips. The rest is going into the fridge to try cold.

Anyway, about the taste of the tea….this tea is delicious. Of course, I love chocolate! The orange is fresh and tasty. The marshmallow adds a pinch of sweetness. This is a decadent treat.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Anna

I really like this one, too. Have you tried that chocolate orange one from David’s Tea (I think) too?

tigress_al

Ya, I like the David’s tea chocolate orange as well. It is a pu’erh though so it’s a little different. I haven’t had it in a very long time. This one is definitely more natural tasting

Anna

I just have a hard time imagining a better chocolate orange than this one.

tigress_al

Anna, I looked at my note about chocolate orange and I had rated it really high. That was 2 years ago, and my tastes have changed toward more natural tasting and straight teas. This one would surely win in a comparison!

Anna

Yes, I think that’s a really good point, and spot on in terms of what sets apart DT and Butiki.

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95
drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Mmmm, roasty! This oolong definitely has natural notes and honey and fruitiness. I am not sure if I would have picked out an “apple” note, but it is fruity anyway. There is also a nuttiness in the roasty notes of this wonderful oolong.
It was snowing pretty heavily when I was enjoying this cuppa. So, I have no problem staying in with my baby and having a snow day! Brrr

Resteep at 4 minutes was just as delicious!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

We got a few inches in the evening of New Year’s day, which is lingering. Rumor has it that we might get more this weekend! I love watching snow fall, especially if I can sit in my sunroom in my PJs, slurping tea & watching. It’s so beautiful!

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80

I prepared this as an eggnog latte, which tastes pretty good. This rooibos is a little artificial tasting, so the addition of the eggnog helped to make it palatable.
I wouldn’t restock this tea.

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92
drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
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I find the chocolate in this tea is a little more like dark chocolate than milk chocolate, which I enjoy. There is a touch of astringency which I assume comes from the black base. The raspberry is a delicious pairing with the chocolate.
I always try my teas without additions first, but I think I might add a little sweetener next time to see how this changes the tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Vanilla Cream by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown :(
I will miss this sweet, creamy, vanilla honeybush. Especially as an eggnog or regular latte. It made a lovely dessert in a cup.

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84
drank Sugar Plum Shou Mei by 52teas
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I am finally having this tea, I was not able to brew up tea on Christmas day properly, so I didn’t even bother. I just used my mom’s keurig to make chai lattes.
Anyway, I really enjoyed the 12 days of tea, the anticipation of scratching the bag every day.
This tea was ok, light white tea taste. I am not sure what a sugar plum tastes like, but I am getting a plum-like fruitiness that is pretty subtle. I think this tea needs sweetener though.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Hello,
I am a nurse. I have numerous hobbies: reading, crocheting, crafting, card making, scrapbooking, photography, shopping, and of course drinking TEA!

I started drinking loose leaf tea in Dec. 2010 when I went into a DavidsTea for the first time and have been hooked ever since! My favourite is probably white tea, but I also love black and oolong. I also like a nice relaxing rooibos or herbal in the evening. On Sundays, I like to treat myself and make a tea latte.

My favourite flavours are nutty, vanilla, chocolate, jasmine, tropical, fruity, earl grey.
My dislikes are lavender, rose, hibiscus, banana, and straight green or overly vegetal teas.

I am admittedly fairly generous in my rating scale. Most of my teas I rate at 90 and above, and would re-stock these teas.
Anything under 90 I probably wouldn’t re-stock unless I found a great price.

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