11037 Tasting Notes

84
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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80
drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
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This was a great start to my morning. I’d have gone for something on the stronger side, but when I opened the cupbaord, this is the tea that called out to me. Last night my other half managed to wake me up 3 times with his snoring, something that rarely happens. It was so bad that i ended up sleeping in the other room after the 3rd time, which got me to sleep but not enough. So i’m tired today…so very tired. And busy…and i have to go to the gym tonight because i promised myself i’d stick with it even though i’m not currently seeing a personal trainer…and it’s the last thing i want to do!!! All i want to do is run home to my comfy bed…full of warm and covers and yes please. but instead i’m at work…drinking this tea, and that’s nearly as good.

Indigobloom

aha stick with it! not easy I know…

Helena

Staying healthy is never easy. That said go to the gym, stick with it and you’ll feel great about it after :D

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78
drank Laoshan Village Chai by Verdant Tea
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Mmmmmm….not much to add here beyond yay for this wonderful tea. Way to make patch day of WOW that much better!

Helena

not that your addicted to WoW or anything… I remember waiting for the servers to come back online so I could use the Auction House (AH)

Sil

Haha don’t think I’ve ever been like that Helena :) but I know lots of ppl who were heh

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56
drank Organic Mint Melange by Mighty Leaf Tea
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Well…it’s mint that’s for sure. I kinda of wish there was a bit more going on, but since it’s just supposed to be a mint tea, I’ll let it slide. I likely woudn’t buy this again, but mostly because I rarely need that much IN YOUR FACE mint :)

Missy

There can only one….

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50

I didn’t expect much from this tea, so that’s ok. Would I purchase it again? Probably not as there are better out there. Really wasn’t feeling the "nectar’ portion of this tea whatsoever.

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50

Meh. So this is ok…but I wouldn’t call it white tea or really blueberry…it just kind of is. If someone dropped this in front of me I would drink it…but I wouldn’t bask in the glory of whatever this tea is. I’m sure ther are better “in a pinch” bagged teas out there.

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78
drank Laoshan Village Chai by Verdant Tea
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Rather than talk about how long this has been in my cupboard before trying it…let’s just move on to YAY I’m drinking it now! Actually part of what inspired me to have it this morning, was a comment someone made on one of their tastings about saving verdant teas for when they can truly sit and enjoy them. I realised at that moment, that it was kinda what I had been unconsciously doing. And at the same time i realised that if i kept doing that, there might come a day when i regretted having saved that one tea for a special occasion that never happened. So i’m MAKING time to enjoy this tea, even if it’s on the subway in to work or in the middle of a huge project that makes me want to scream. So this morning, this morning it was the village chai. I don’t have time for a re-steep this morning, but it will wait for when i get home.

So on with the tea… this is a wonderful chai! It reminds me of those flat spice/ginger cookies that we used to bake in the fall and dunk into plain old boring red rose tea. I was super little then and didn’t like tea except when i could dunk these cookies into my mom’s tea when she wasn’t looking. She usually figured it out when the partially disolved floating bits of cookie popped up haha. Anyway, this is sans milk or honey – just straight up and i LOVE it. One of these days i’ll have to try it with a bit of milk or honey.

Spoonvonstup

Love that story about dunking cookies- makes me crave that this morning, even though I’ve never had it before!
I also really agree with your opening sentiment.. if you’re saving something for a special occasion, that might never come. But if you make the tea, then you’re making that moment a special one.

Sil

oh man…dunking cookies in hot tea is great! In australia…“apparently” the thing to do is to bite the ends off a Tim Tam and use it as a straw to suck up coffee… then nthe cookie and chocolate and coffee get all melty together. mmmm…

Spoonvonstup

Wow- that sounds yummy!

Any other recommended tea+cookie dunking combos? We love cookies and tea at our house, but we rarely combine them. I need to take notes from the pros!

Bonnie

My favorites are any malty tea’s like Laoshan Black too and a big ginger cookie or molasses cookie and put a little cookine in your mouth, sip a little tea and chew slowly letting the two blend. Urrrrr! Even my granddaughters love this!

Sil

haha my favourites for dunking have always been the “dad’s oatmeal chocolate chip” cookies and ginger snaps. Just need to keep it to the hard-er cookies since the hot beverages really quickly soften them up. If you start with soft cookies they pretty much just fall aprt in the tea haha

i think you could probably get some really intresting flavor combinations happening too depending on the tea/cookie. I’ve always done it with normal boring red rose tea but there are some amazing teas i’ve had not that i’m more “enlightened” that could be interesting… hmmm…

BoxerMama

I definitely had Dad’s Oatmeal cookies tonight with my tea!

CHAroma

I do the exact same thing with Verdant Teas: hold on to them waiting for that time when you can really enjoy them. I’m going to go brew one now! :)

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71
drank Sweet Sin by Joy's Teaspoon
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Thank you Azzrian for my first Joy’s Teaspoon tea!

This is a really nice tea…especially since I don’t have many without caffeine. I really like the raspberry and vanilla combo. I couldn’t drink this all the time, or even often because it’s a little much for me in the flavour combo but it’s a nice treat. Especially as my first tea from Azz and JT :)

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54
drank Yunnan's Fable by The Tea Merchant
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It appears that my revie of this one failed to save last week. I’m going to hold off on giving this one a number, if only because I seem to dislike pu-erh. I feel like I should love this tea. The coconut and tea provides a rich bold flavour that screams delicious! I also love the deep color of this tea. However, when I try and drink it – ther is something within the tea that I just can’t get past. I’ll be honest, part of the reason I asked for this as my sample from the Tea Merchant was to try another Pu. I’m not holding that against this tea as I do think that this is something that people can get behind. I just may not be a pu person. I’m going to have to try it again to see if maybe I simply did something weird in brewing it. I do want to thank the tea merchant for this opportunity to sample it though. Thank you! If nothing eke I’ll be passing this off to a friend who loves Pu, so that it can be appreciatedby them :)

Bonnie

You know, there are different kinds of Pu. Some are earthy and some not. Try a sheng if you’ve only had shu. Try one of the white’s or something like the Verdant Yabao which looks like buds of wheat in a way and totally different than a shu or sheng. This catagory of tea is vast and varied. (a little encouragement not to totally throw in the towel)

Sil

Thanks Bonnie! I’m thinking I may have to spend some time going through reviews/asking for suggestions at some point to see if i can find a variety that I like. For now, I’m ok putting this on hold a bit since I’m still working on “tea” in general and have matcha on the way haha.

I’ll take a look at what you’ve suggested :)

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

My other interests are cycling, reading, board games, disney cruises, world of warcraft and dancing – in no particular order. I love travelling as well!

Most of that is on hold these days though, including tea drinking like I used to as I have a new little one who eats up all my spare time.

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