652 Tasting Notes

drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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.


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.


Don’t you just love it when you have one of those tea moments. :))


I got LB in the mail too today! LB FTW.


It was such a great tea moment :)


Also, I just saw the note on my LB note, right after I wrote on yours. Hehe.


Hehe yeah I was scrolling :)

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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.

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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.


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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’m not crazy about this one either. I SO wish they sold teas in sample sizes.


And compared to their others I tried, this one was delicious…so that’s saying something!

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drank Monk's Blend by Culinary Teas
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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.

I digress….

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!


I’m picky about fruity teas too, but some work amazingly well, while others are a complete disaster.


I think I’m more partial to the ones that compare an aspect of sweetness too, like vanilla or caramel…also berries vs citrus for sure.


Combine, not compare…silly autocorrect


Oh yes, citrus is not so great. With the exception of orange and chocolate. That one is bizarre since I despise fruit dipped in chocolate, but somehow the orange chocolate teas just work.


Agreed, that’s one I don’t mind, oddly. Because the orange brûlée I had the other day was NOT a favorite


Bleh. Yes orange alone is not so great. Even worse is grapefruit, sadly. I love grapefruit, but not so much in teas. Lemon and lime and okay when they’re done right haha. There’s always exceptions.


I think the DTT rooibos lemon and lime ones are the only ones I like, but that’s because they taste like pie, haha


Haha! Yes I have the line around here for myself, though I barely ever drink it anymore, and the lemon is here for J. That’s all he drinks.


Too funny. I should offer it to my husband, I bet he would actually like it, even though he “hates tea” (a very well informed conclusion reached after drinking Tetley at some point once in his life I’m sure)


Hahaha. Oh husbands. J will taste any tea, but he is extremely picky over what he wants around. Lemon Chiffon is it. He loes Dragonheart from Teaopia, but they have been gone a while now so I’ve been searching for a replacement.


At least he drinks tea! Mine claims to not enjoy hot beverages. Except coffee no. And hot chocolate in the winter. I think he’s full of it, haha


Hahaha! Except every hot beverage but tea. :P

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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.

Sigh. Sorry.

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.


Awww, don’t get discouraged, there’s a zillion other teas for you to love :-)


“there must be something wrong with my tongue.” – I don’t think there are any right of wrong answers, it’s all your personal experience. :))

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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!


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drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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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.


Aw :( When that happens I always go for one of my favourites so I feel better. I know what you mean. When I decide I’m getting through teas and it just seems like one icky one after another it gets tiring.


Yeah, your last review makes me think a Butiki tea is in the cards next :)


YES. Butiki is always so reliable. And the natural flavours help me out after a ton of not so natural flavoured teas. I’m so finicky when it comes to even the tiniest bit of unnaturalness, or god forbid chemical-ness. Shudder.


P.S. Butiki is here! That means your swap is ready for the post. :)


I feel like it’s the “flavoring” in this tea which gave my my headache. Now the smell of the dry leaves is making me cringe.

So you’re right, natural is so nice!

And YAY!! I know I’m going to love them, I’ve got a shopping cart all loaded up and ready to go, I’d be shocked if I decided to take anything out!


I remember trying this one when I first discovered David’s and thought I enjoyed it. It only took a few cups before the scent turned my stomach. Ooh, what else do you have in your cart? I wish I lived home or somewhere near other Steepsterites so I could participate in joint orders. One day!


I agree! Joint orders would be nice.

I loaded up a cart on the MF website and with everything it would be like $205, haha. Not including the customs fees you’re no doubt charged at the door

Somedayyyyy. Sigh.
Those heritage gourmet ones are killer.

However! My Butiki cart has these:

Caramel Vanilla Assam
Hello Sweetie
Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black
Lemon French Macaron
Hattialli Golden Paw Assam


Such excellent choices. Sadly I could never get Caramel Vanilla Assam to work for me. I did mix it half with PTA (the base tea), and I much preferred it. Have you tried White Rhino?


No, I haven’t tried that one, is it good? I could ask for a sample maybe


That one is amazing! I love it. LOVE.


Are you a white tea fan? I haven’t found them to have much flavor on their own for me!


Not at all. It’s a white tea, but it’s exactly like a black tea. It’s very sneaky. I think I have enough to send you some in our swap if you’d like?


I would love to try a cup! I was just reading the description and the reviews, it does sound exceptionally delicious for a white tea

I wish I had something to send you! Gahh


Haha, no worries! I really, really do not mind at all.


You’re the best! I’m going to work on beefing up my collection in a classy way as I figure out what I love and then I will get you back :)


Haha sounds good. I’ve been doing the same thing. It’s been ongoing for months. My tastebuds have decided I ultimately prefer higher quality teas, for the most part, which is delightful but also hard on the wallet.


White rhino = yes. Also black lotus is a nice morning tea imo


Having a certain number of higher quality teas that you KNOW you love sure beats having a crap ton of cheaper, overly flavoured blends that you’re “meh” about!!

Quality over quantity for sure


I like crappy flavoured average blends….that are not David’s tea lol for when I just want to drink tea without thinking about it. Tgn I have my higher quality flavoured and my higher quality straights…and life is good. So good.

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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.


Ooh, I can’t wait to try this one.


I bet you will enjoy it!

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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

200 °F / 93 °C

Orangey teas are not my thing either. Any other citrus, pretty much (unless it’s a black tea) but not orange. I have no idea why – I mean, I love oranges and orange juice? Maybe it’s because it just seems all wrong to drink it warm.


And it was SO orange. Overpoweringly orange. Blehhhh

You’re right, warm is weird.


Blergh. Just ew.

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name change alert – going from whatshesaid to ohfancythat


I love tea. I love my mini-me daughter, my husband, my dog Wally, Netflix, shopping, and tea. Some other stuff too, but these are the most important!

Some favourites -

My new favourite tea company is A Quarter to Tea. I love the flavouring used and how it doesn’t seem fake, and the combinations are so delicious. Right up my alley.

My favourite teas are black, I love Laoshan Black and Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black tea from TTC. Also many of Teavivre’s black teas.

Butiki teas RIP, I loved how the flavours were subtle and not fake tasting and didn’t overwhelm the tea base. Trust that I am dramatically mourning the loss of this company!

Teavivre, Whispering Pines and Mariage Freres are some more tea companies I appreciate. Along with Davidstea as it was the ‘gateway drug’ to my tea addiction. Though I’m mostly over it now, I’ve definitely moved on from the artificially flavoured teas and am trying more quality straight teas!

My ultimate goal is to try as many French teas as possible – and to finally find a source in Canada for Mariage Freres so I can buy Wedding Imperial, and Black Orchid for sure.

I would like to try any Taiwanese Assams that exist in the world!

Also continuously on the hunt for Fauchon – La Naissance. If anyone has some of this I would pay for it!!! It’s my number one all time favourite tea.

When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
70 – 85 = pretty darn good but I don’t NEED to own it
55 – 70 = not necessarily terrible but not a tea for me!
30 – 55 = missed the mark as far as I am concerned. Wouldn’t drink it willingly.
0 – 30 = I likely won’t rate this low very often, so if you see it, consider the tea a great big FAIL and probably disgusting.


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