556 Tasting Notes

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Lance tried this one with me because Lapsang is one of his favs he loves the smoky Lapsangs. Lance has had many more Lapsangs than I have and he says this is one of the better ones that he has had.
This one smells nice and smokey when dry and just as good when wet.
The smoky flavor is slightly subtle so its not very over powering but it’s remains for a few steeps, there is little to no astringency to this one which to me personally is awesome because a lot of Lance’s Lapsangs ae stringent to me. This is perfect for a person who wants to try a smoky tea but thinks that Lapsang would be too smokey, It’d Subtly and sweet and a very nice tea :)
2 or 3 good steeps with this one, and thats not bad :)

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76

This is a good tea to me, Like I said last time I don’t understand the bad reviews. read my full post on my blog here with photos Please :)
http://toadsteablog.blogspot.com/2012/11/gaba-tea-by-tea-from-taiwan.html

Wonks

My fanatical passion is actually neuropsychopharmacology, and have studied gabba intensely. I actually started taking gabba to curb my anxiety from the medicines I took…. with incredibly fantastic results. As a side bonus, it really helps people like me in social situations.

This sounds interesting since I’ve never consumed gaba-oriented teas, and may buy some. Thanks for the heads up, and great review.

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93

Just now I made Iced Tea for Lance, He wanted me to mix two for him so we mixed TC50: Uva BOP and TC54: Sarnia Plaiderie Estate BOP1 both from Upton Tea Imports here is link to both
They are both Ceylon from Sri Lanka just different estates I think.
The Uva estate is one of his favs for Iced Tea and this blend wasn’t bad at all, he likes it a lot.
He says it is Brisk and refreshing with very little astringency :)
http://uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?itemID=TC50&from=search.asp

http://www.uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?itemID=TC54&similarto=TC32&UTid=3510-22-12032504&afterCart=/shopcart/item.asp

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100

I been sipping on this one today, It’s been a bad bay but at least I still have good Tea :)
http://toadsteablog.blogspot.com/2012/11/bad-day.html

I think I will make a pitcher of this one Iced, its really good iced too.

Claire

Hope your day gets better!

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Thank You, it was just one of those days they happen sometimes :)

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67

Very tasty Tea first thing that I noticed is that when you take your first sip of this one you are not just flooded with all the flavorings, you taste black tea first off nice and strong and slightly astringent, next thing I notice is the clove and cardamom I may be wrong in describing this as a spicy flavor but that’s what it is to me I get spiciness of the cloves and such yet not too overpowering at all perhaps the roses and vanilla smooth those out and make them subtle. the last cup of the first pot was quite strong in the cloves and slightly more astringent most likely from the sediment in the bottom of the pot and the cup, after drinking it I can see the little particles in the bottom.
http://toadsteablog.blogspot.com/2012/11/christmas-tea-melange-noel-by-upton-tea.html

TeaEqualsBliss

I just ordered this but haven’t found it in my box yet! LOL (I ordered like 58 samples or something crazy!)

Thomas Edward(Toad)

It’s really easy to go crazy with samples at Upton, We got lots of them that we still haven’t even tried yet lol :)

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56

On the way home from Thanksgiving dinner at Lance’s parents We stopped by the store for gas and I bought a bottled tea. I don’t usually buy bottled teas but I was thirsty and wanted tea lol.
This one isn’t too bad at all but it is very sweet, like hurt your belly sweet if you drink the whole bottle, I only drank half. It is surely not an iced tea that you want to pick up if your are thirsty because with all the sweetness in this tea it does nothing for your thirst. I remember having this tea in the bottle before somewhere but I couldn’t remember any details I just remembered that it wasn’t bad so I grabbed one today, they never have unsweet in the stores I guess folks around here likes tea that way.

K S

It is a shame the stores don’t stock the unsweet version. It is actually pretty tasty. A local mexican restaurant serves this and I always enjoy it. The make a green tea as well. It is sweetened but nearly as heavily as the black.

Dixie_Amazon

Unfortunately here in the south it is frequently assumed that everyone wants sweet tea. As a born and raised southerner my family thinks it is weird that if rarely sweeten my iced tea.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Yep, I think it’s a southern thing stores don’t stock much unsweet because they think we all want it super sweet down here, here at our house Lance loves super sweet iced black tea while I like unsweet oolong lol I’m going to have to look for the green tea from this brand also :)

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79

This tea was a nice cup of tea it was warm and toasty with some hints of spice. the first few steeps were nice and bold and slightly nutty in flavor with some spicy notes, nice.
After a few steeps that slight nutty flavor turns into a slight woody flavor, still quite toasty and slightly earthy.
At about 5 or 6 steeps and this one has a slightly bittersweet, earthy woody type of flavor with a hint of spice to it that to Me is reminiscent to the way Sandalwood smells but in a pleasant way(i know that sounds weird).

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100

This tea made me say a Bad word but in a Good way lol I don’t know what else to say but Thank You Wonks for this sample!!, I had to change my steepster sliding scale on 2 of my current favs to 100 pionts just so this could have 100 also, Awesome Tea! just read the other reviews.

Bonnie

Oh my! Is this the first time you’ve had Laoshan Black?!

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I don’t think i’ve had one from another company and I know this is the first time from Verdant, I guess it’s that weird that I’ve never had one? must be popular, i see why :)

ashmanra

I’m guessing it was “Day-yum!”

mrmopar

got to try this one!

Kittenna

I can’t believe you hadn’t had this one!! It is so fabulous; I hope it’s around forever!

Bonnie

mrmopar I’ll send you some!

Wonks

I’m glad you liked it. I always think that the best way to be introduced to something is with a prime example. Verdant is currently my favorite tea distributor, and I wouldn’t expect a lesser reaction really. Anyway, glad you enjoyed it.:3

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100

I’m home from the hospital with Lance getting things ready for him to come home and be comfy hopefully later on today :), it feels so good to actually sit down to a good cup of tea it’s only been a few days since I could do that but it feels like a month to me,The few short times that I’ve been homeI just didn’t have the time or desire to have tea because I just come in a eat fed the dogs took a bath and went right back up there with Lance, I try to be there for him as much as I can. This tea right now is better than it has ever been!!

Claire

So glad to hear Lance is coming home and you got a good cup of tea!

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I’m so glad too, I’m going to have his teapot ready for him when he comes home with some Lapsang Souchong, his fav :)

Invader Zim

So glad that he’s able to come home and you two can rest a little and have some tea!

TeaBrat

Welcome home Lance! :)

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93

This tea is actually one of my top 5 favorites, I really like it very nice and toasty and it gives me great pleasure and enjoyment but today I did not enjoy it as I usually do but I think that has to do with my Water first then my mood and my surroundings and situation, I usually enjoy it(and all of my teas)with only filtered water heated in my kettle or on the stovetop out of my Roasty Oolong cup and in the comfort of my own home with a book or some tv or just sitting alone or with Lance. This time we are in the hospital my water had to be microwaved(no other choice)I do have my Roasty Oolong cup but my hubby is sick and we are stuck up here and i have bad microwaved water and this couch is NOT mine so this just isn’t the best situation. I thought this tea would make this situation better and I am still glad to have a not so great cup of it rather than none at all but it worked out opposite instead of this tea making this situation more pleasurable This situation made this tea less pleasurable. I’m not complaining I’d just love to have a good cup of tea right now and “not good” water makes for “not good” Tea and this is just saddening, Sitting in the dark with not so good cup of tea hurts my feelings, still glad to have it tho.

Wonks

Do you ever think about something only to see a perfect example immediately after? I was just think about how we all take what we have for granted until we do without it…. and then we cherish it tenfold when we get it back. Humans are strange…. we become accustomed to our surroundings and situations so that no matter how perfect…. or terrible things are going, we seem to adapt. I suppose the emotional fluxations within our lives are really vital for us to simply “feel”. Anyway, hope Lance feels better man.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Thank you he is actually doing alot better. Good point there, Humans are very strange I’ll never understand them lol but really you are right we need things like this in our lives tho I’m not sure why perhaps it is so that we can simply feel, that make sense to me.

Claire

Hope Lance feels better and that you get a good cup of tea.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

The doctor is just now here talking to him for the very first time after being here since tuesday, hopefully he can get out soon, hes just in pain but maybe now the doctor will get on it better. So hopefully very soon :)

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