1165 Tasting Notes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.