9 Tasting Notes


Thick and robust, this shu pu’er delivered full experience in each cup. I made 4 steepings out of it and each one was rich and complete.
The initial smell in the bag and when brewing was interesting, hard to pinpoint it but reminded me of a mix of seaweed and mint.
First steep: 200’F 1 min – Deep red color, thick mouthfeel, faint hits of seaweed, strong vanilla, clove, very smooth.
Second steep: 200’F 1:30 – Deep red color, flavor and viscosity still as heavy as the first steep, vanilla, clove, seaweed, and some strange lingering mint all come through.
Third steeping: 200’F 2 mins – A little lighter color, vanilla still present and remains a thick and satisfying tea.
Forth: 212F 5 mins – A little more lighter but still dark red, smooth, and balanced.

Overall, an interesting tea that really delivered for a pu’er. I loved the mouthfeel and smoothness of this tea.

Flavors: Clove, Mint, Smooth, Thick, Tobacco, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Balance seems to be key with this tea. It has a light to moderate level of smokiness that complements the minerality and yeast notes. I enjoyed 3 sessions with this tea
1st) 200F – 25 sec. 2nd) 200F – 1 min. 3rd) 212F – 5 mins

I received this tea as a part of the new customer sample pack. Overall I like this tea but I enjoyed the Laoshan Black more.

Flavors: Mineral, Smoke, Sweet Potatoes, Yeast

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
9 tasting notes

Wonderful tea by Verdant.
Produced 4 rich a flavorful steeps (200’f 20 sec, 200f 40s, 212f 1 min, 212f 5 min.
Immediately upon opening the bag my nostrils were filled with the delicate and sweet aroma of toffee. This aroma lingered in my room after I steeped my first pot. The scent did not mislead, delicious sweetness in every cup. One of the finest black teas I have had the pleasure of enjoying up to this date. Following the above steeping regiment did not result in any astringency or dryness. The tea was moist, sweet, full bodied but delicate through and through.

Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Honeysuckle, Toffee

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I had relatively high expectations for this top grade TGY from DTH. However, the smell in the bag does not produce much fragrance and the taste was definitely lacking as well.
It was a nice emerald color and the leaves unfolded well when steeped but the flavor was very light….. 3 infusions and just a hint of mineral a little sweet on the tip of the tounge but not much beyond that.

Flavors: Mineral, Sweet, Warm Grass

5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Very light flavors and almost no smell out of the bag for this tea.
3 steeps, light mineral flavor , surprising hint of roast, and a nice fresh mist taste that I wish was more pronounced.

All 3 steeps were quite light on flavor.

This review is for the premium grade.

Flavors: Mineral, Rainforest, Roasted

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is the regular grade dong ding offered by DTH. The smell out of the bag is mild, faint hints of roast.

The tea brews up and the aromatics of the heavier roast set in. Flavor wise the tea is balanced with a nice caramel, roast flavor and light mineral taste. Surprisingly good for the lowest grade of dong ding.

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Mineral

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Not the best Bai Mu Dan I have tasted. It is 85% brown leaves 15% green, with a few silver needles.
The taste is soft and creamy but not a lot of depth for “Supreme”.
Still an enjoyable white tea, but far from top grade.

Flavors: Cream, Floral

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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