652 Tasting Notes
I got my Verdant order of LB in the mail today, the last of the fall harvest I believe.
The first time I’ve had this stuff fresh…
My stupid dog (furry a-hole love of my life) Wally barked his stinkin head off when the mailman dropped this in my mailbox, and when I saw what it was I actually decided to not bother making coffee this morning because I didn’t want to wait to dig into my new LB. I need to underline the fact that I can’t even tell you the last time I haven’t had my morning coffee since Baby was born. That’s how serious this LB business is.
Sooooooo I made some western style (the only style for me for now), let it steep about 3 min and wait – let me rewind…. FIRST I ripped the bag open and inhaled and couldn’t believe my little nose because it smells like pure cocoa in that bag! OMG! I had that moment where I suddenly understood everything, like the veil that hides all the world’s greatest mysteries was lifted for a second and all of the knowledge of the universe creeped into my mind and exploded in an instant in a flash of complete comprehension for the very first time ever.
THEN I steeped it for 3 min or so and brought it into the living room and sipped it while entertaining the baby and holy shit crap you guys. It’s so good.
I FINALLY GET IT I REALLY TRULY GET IT.
Wait til May so I can order more.
I’ve been drinking it all day. Four steeps. I’d say 3 is about the max before you run out of flavour country. But yes, just….YES.
Had a cup of this late tonight, it’s been probably close to a year since I’ve had it, it’s still good but maybe not 97 good. That’s how I had it rated before.
I guess I’m spoiled by black teas that actually taste amazing on their own, I feel like this one wouldn’t taste like much without the vanilla flavoring. It is very dark and rich though, good for a coffee lover in that respect. You could probably even add cream to it and not weaken the base.
But I presume DTT uses the same base for all their black teas? It’s not awesome. But I still like this. Just not enough to bother resteeping. And not 97.
So it’s getting lowered now.
The other day I said I didn’t like orange in tea but I forgot about this guy. He’s a yummy one.
This one popped up in my feed a couple times lately so I decided to have a cup for dessert. I still like it. I enjoy that the base seems to be tasty and of good quality all by itself. It looks pretty in the tin, all fuzzy. I really can taste all the flavours too….but not in a gross way. I said that before, Butiki can somehow do flavours in a way that seems natural and not overbearing.
I don’t lovvvve this tea anymore, had it after supper last night.
I had it rated at 91 but I think the problem is I find it has a similar background taste to the rest of S&V’s teas….and this was the only one I tried that I enjoyed.
I still enjoy it, but that background taste is presumably the black base they use, which sadly has a bit of a cardboard note…. Like the inside of a paper bag or something. Either that or it’s the flavoring.
If the base was a bit heartier I think I would love this more, but it’s still pretty cookie like.
I have a huge tin of it so I have lots of time to play around with quantities and whatnot!
I’m lowering my rating a bit though.
I still like this. I know I said I’m apparently not a fan of fruity teas but I guess that doesn’t apply to this sort, the ones tempered with a creamy aspect in one way or another.
Maybe it’s more the citrusy teas I’m not a fan of. Because arguably H&S Paris is fruity-ish and it’s one of my faves.
So this, I enjoy. It was a satisfying pre-dinner cup with a rich, hearty base. I added a splash of milk and it didn’t water it down…. Huzzah!
Someday down the road I will try more Monk’s Blends, as I like the two I’ve had so far!
Last time I tried this I had a terrible head cold and couldn’t taste anything, (what a waste!) so I vowed to return when I was back to my normal self.
My normal self is still not capable of pulling much out of this though, gahhhh :(
Before I read everyone else’s reviews, I was sipping and trying to decide what I would say, and what I tasted. Basically I find this to be a very light tea. I didn’t think I underleafed it but maybe??
Kind of woodsy…earthy I guess. Somewhat sweet in a honey sort of way, but no way would I call it a dessert tea. A bit of a floral note in there somewhere.
Reading everyone else’s reviews which reference desserts and caramel and hazelnut etc etc makes me think there must be something wrong with my tongue.
And the official description says “caramel, cream, espresso”…
“Espresso”!!! Hah! How can anyone compare this very fine, thin, watery liquid to espresso?? Ya’ll better check yo selves.
It’s just so light! Don’t get me wrong, it tastes fine, but it’s just tea to me :(
It tastes like something that grew in the ground.
I feel like I’ve taken 10 steps backwards with this one.
Ahhhhh yessss. This is it. I’ve been drinking mediocre teas that I don’t really care for for like 2-3 days now in a frantic bid to pare down my massive stash and ultimately end up with only teas I love.
I was overdue for a GOOD tea. This is one that gives me the same satisfaction as a cup of my favourite coffee in the morning. But I’m drinking it at night and it’s helping me wind down. Relaxing. And thanks to some Tylenol, my DT Three Wishes headache is almost gone!
I don’t get why DT put 98 degrees as the recommended steeping temp for this, considering the green tea. I did 92 as a compromise but probably would do closer to 85 or so next time.
I mean, if there was a next time, but I don’t think there will be.
I bet this tea would be amazing iced, or even hot for someone who likes fruity teas which apparently I no longer do.
It’s very peachy, it’s kind of hurting my teeth. I also just recently within the last hour realized that I have a mild headache, and I can’t help but associate that with drinking this.
Sooooo, another one for the pile!
Drinking lots of teas I don’t overly care for lately, and it’s sucky.
I find myself unsatisfied.
I needed something to warm me up… I know it’s spring but I just had a post workout smoothie and my hair is still wet from my shower and I’m ccccccold.
So I made some of this, hot latte style.
I am bumping up my rating a bit from 67, ‘cause though it’s not my fave of the ones I’ve tried, it’s still good. And definitely mapley. T’is the season! When in Rome!
I also turned on the heat, because this is canada, yo.
Another entry in my “drink all my previously hoarded teas” log. Except I hadn’t yet tried this one. I got it in a sampler pack from DTT.
Another tea added to the swap/sell pile, which funnily enough consists purely of dessert teas.
This smells really good in the bag, like creamsicles, or those swirly creamy orange and white hard candies.
It tastes very orangey, but also very sweet, thanks to the caramel.
This is a heavily flavored tea…
It’s tasty, but just not what I want. I am pretty sure I can now say I’m not into orangey teas.
Flavors: Caramel, Orange Zest