53 Tasting Notes


This is my first sample from Verdant Tea and I’m truly impressed. A wonderful green tea that is well balanced. It has a nice vegetal taste while also having a fair amount of sweetness reminiscent of a Bi Luo Chun. Overall a wonderful choice. I’m definitely going to be looking for more green teas from them.

Flavors: Sweet, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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Wonderful ripe puerh. Very smooth with a nice finish. There is a great complexity of woody and earthy flavors. It is almost like walking through an autumnal forest with a variety of leaves on the ground. You get that multitude of smells all at once. It is the same way with this tea. There are all these woodsy flavors coming together at once. Very pleasant.

Flavors: Compost, Dirt, Wood

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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For my first raw pu-erh, I really enjoyed this. There is a slight astringent vegetal taste coupled with a mellow green tea taste. There is a slight bite in the mouth, but in an enjoyable amount. It is not too much or too little, but rather just right. There is also this ever so slightly smoky or woody undertone. It is very slight and hard to place, but it is definitely what seems to distinguish this for a more traditional green tea.

Flavors: Green, Pleasantly Sour, Vegetal, Wood

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I greatly enjoyed drinking this this morning at the Cleveland Tea Revival. Nothing like enjoying a couple of pots of tea while working on some homework in the morning sunshine. This tea has a wonderful smooth ripe pu-erh taste. A nice sweet, dirty, and woody aroma.

Flavors: Dirt, Sweet, Wood

3 min, 0 sec

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Not sure if I’ll get this again. If you steep the tea too long you get an extremely bitter tea. It almost hurts going down. By steeping it shorter, however, it turns out to be a nice sweet/bitter taste that is actually somewhat enjoyable.

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Enjoying some ripe pu-erh this morning. Not sure really what kind or where it is from since it was a gift. It has a wonderful deep earthy taste and aroma though.

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I got this as a free sample with my last order from Adagio. I’ve been quite impressed so far. For an inexpensive tea, it has a great complexity of flavor. Overall it has a slight astringency, but not too much. There is even a touch of sweetness in the cup. Very typical assam flavor profile with perhaps a bit more of a bite. Not strong astringency, but just a more defined profile. It’s hard to explain.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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One of my favorites! Everytime I enjoy it. Fruity, sweet with just the slightest astringency at the end.

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I’m not sure how I feel about this tea. I love hazelnut, but am still not sure if I enjoy it in a tea. If you like hazelnut I would definitely give it a try!

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I was offered this tea this morning and enjoyed it. Basically your standard chai, but very good for a tea bag and stuff.

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Hello everyone,

I’m a recent college grad just beginning my career. I love reading and spending time outdoors hiking, cycling, or just sitting in a hammock with a book.

I was first exposed to tea from my mother, who has been drinking a few types of green tea for ages. During high school and college I started to explore on my own and have become a tea enthusiast, trying everything I can get my hands on and drinking tea every day.

My favorite teas right now are Silver Needle and Bi Luo Chun. I’ve also been enjoying my explorations in pu-erh which started with some samples at a tea shop in San Francisco. I’m no where near knowledgable yet, but I enjoy learning about it. I have found I do not like sheng! Oh well…

Outside of Chinese teas I also love exploring Japanese green teas. I’m not as proficient yet, but I’m honing in my tasting abilities.

As far as non-caffeine stuff goes, I am a huge fan of all things rooibos. I go through red rooibos by the pound. I’m also a fan of mint, ginger, licorice, and chamomile.

I’m a math system so I have a pretty in depth rating system:

All categories are rated from 1-10 and multiplied by the factor listed to the left and tallied to get a rating out of 100 for Steepster.

0.5 – Dry Leaf Appearance
0.5 – Dry Leaf Smell
0.5 – Wet Leaf Appearance
0.5 – Wet Leaf Smell
0.5 – Liquor Appearance
3.5 – Aroma
3.5 – Taste
0.5 – Value (Is this taste, aroma, and overall experience worth the cost.)

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