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2022 Sipdown 11/365!

Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge January 2022: Tea with bean notes

Delicious beany/brown sugar green tea, but as I commented in my first note, the “reserve” part is lost on me, as I found it no better than other fresh greens I’ve tried. Perhaps if I’d drank it sooner and in direct comparison to a regular harvest, I’d be able to tell?

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5g sample of this tea. It was tasty enough, but nothing really stood out to me from other laoshan greens from Verdant. I think “reserve” harvests, etc., are a bit lost on me. Fresh greens are already quite delicious! Sweet, beany, lots of umami.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1583 tasting notes

2021 Homemade Advent Calendar Swap – Day 12
From Skysamurai.

Autumn 2019 Harvest
Oh my goodness, this is such a treat! Verdant has such delicious black teas, and Laoshan Black in particular has been on my wishlist for a long time. I bought a few samples to try earlier this year, but I’m not 100% sure I’ve tried this particular harvest. Whether I’ve had it yet or not, this is one I know I will enjoy.

I used the full sample pouch for one cup of tea and steeped closer to my normal brew time for chocolaty black teas. It turned out to be a true bittersweet chocolate, dancing right on the edge of pure cacao but with enough sweetness that I can imagine myself nibbling on a fancy chocolate bar. In a word, luxurious.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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2021 Sipdown 109/365!

Whoops. I guess I finished off both cups of this sample without making any notes, oh well. I’m pretty sure I enjoyed it, but it was nothing mind-blowing. That is all.

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This was another of my sipdowns from either late 2020 or very early 2021. I also think that this may have been the only pu’erh I tried in the last 12-18 months. I could be wrong, but I do not remember trying any others. Now before I get into the meat of this review, I would like to say that a big part of me kind of doubts that any of this leaf material was actually Banzhang material. I have no way of knowing for certain, and Longyuanhao does seem to be one of the more reliable pu’erh producers, but Banzhang is frequently used with various degrees of duplicitousness as a descriptor for any number of pu’erh teas that may or may not contain any authentic Banzhang material or replicate any of the traits associated with actual Banzhang tea. It should come as no surprise that as Banzhang tea became more valuable, numerous producers started releasing teas they described as Banzhang teas. Most have little if any Banzhang material. I would be shocked if that were not the case with this particular tea. All of the above being said, this was not a bad tea. It did not strike me as being particularly wonderful, but it was a rock solid basic sheng.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a 10 second rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 fluid ounces of 205 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was followed by 19 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, and 20 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of hay, straw, alfalfa, smoke, petrichor, seaweed, and corn husk. After the rinse, I noted new aromas of almond, pickled cabbage, green bell pepper, sesame, sour cherry, and grilled corn. The first infusion added aromas of grass and crabapple. In the mouth, the tea liquor offered up flavors of green wood, smoke, corn husk, grass, hay, grilled corn, pickled lettuce, pickled cabbage, seaweed, green bell pepper, and crabapple that quickly gave way to subtler impressions of sour cherry, cream, almond, and petrichor. The bulk of the subsequent infusions introduced aromas of minerals, cedar, chestnut, pine, lemon, and grape leaves. Stronger and more immediately detectable notes of sour cherry, cream, and almond emerged in the mouth with impressions of cedar, minerals, chestnut, pear, orange zest, grapefruit, green apple, lemon, pine, grape leaf, alfalfa, and radish in tow. There was also a subtle sesame note that came out here and there. As the tea faded, the liquor continued to emphasize notes of minerals, green wood, grilled corn, smoke, pickled lettuce, hay, grass, radish, orange zest, lemon, and grape leaf that were chased by lingering hints of chestnut, almond, green bell pepper, sesame, crabapple, cedar, corn husk, and green apple.

This sheng displayed a unique aroma and flavor profile, but unfortunately, I found the tea liquor to be a bit thin and sharp in the mouth. This was basically a bitter, woody, vegetal, and citric tea, and I would have liked to see a bit more sweetness and nuttiness. I think that would have made this tea come across as more balanced. Overall, this was not a bad tea. I just kind of doubt that it was what it was advertised as being and feel that it was missing a few little touches that would have made it more appealing.

Flavors: Alfalfa, Almond, Bitter, Cedar, Cherry, Chestnut, Corn Husk, Cream, Fruity, Grapefruit, Grass, Green Apple, Green Bell Peppers, Green Wood, Hay, Lemon, Lettuce, Mineral, Orange Zest, Pear, Petrichor, Pine, Sesame, Smoke, Sour, Vegetal

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Sipdown 170-2021

Pretty sure I got this as a sample in a Verdant order at one point. Can’t say I love it. It’s very much a generic charcoal roasted oolong flavor that I’ve just grown really bored of.

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This sample came from Shae, it’s about time I tried it.
The first steep is nutty and salty and smoky. Reminds me a bit of barbecue, or maybe that’s what I had for lunch. It’s quite smooth and the aftertaste a bit malty.
Second steep is roasty, nutty, malty and astringent.
Third steep is smooth, weak and still roasty.
Certainly a candidate for grandpa style brewing, and I might be tempted to add to an order, bu not to seek it out. Thanks for the sample, Shae, glad I got to try it.

Flavors: Malt, Nutty, Roasted, Smooth

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It tastes quite thick, with some faint wood and nutty notes just being overshadowed by this thoroughly dry mouth feel. It’s one of the older teas I have ever sampled, and it’s definitely interesting. I once got a hint of menthol on a sip which was unexpected in my second steep. It is an interesting tea, always worth tasting history

Flavors: Thick, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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This tea has a lovely juicy quality to it that makes it really easy to drink every day, which I have been doing. And now, it’s gone.

And it’s a sipdown!

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Ancient for a green tea. Still, though the intensity has faded, the pleasant previous flavours are still there.

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Another one that made me very happy!

And it’s a belatedly posted sipdown!

#long time ago internet hiatus sipdown

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I adored this one.

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#long time ago internet hiatus sipdown

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This was extremely enjoyable. Other than that, as I sipped it down a long while ago, I can’t recall.

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#long time ago internet hiatus sipdown

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Stellar!

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#long time ago internet hiatus sipdown

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88

Brought this to work, as I tend to crave straight black teas while I’m working. So tasty. Rich, chocolatey. Very easy to drink.

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80
drank Jin Jun Mei by Verdant Tea
242 tasting notes

From Shae, thanks for sharing!
Yum, this is chocolate malt in a cup, and very smooth. I started with 4 grams in 6 oz of water and am on steep number three right now. A nice bread, yeasty taste to this too. Way too easy to sip this down, its gone before you know it. I would certainly consider this one for purchase, but its been a long while since I’ve made a Verdant order.

Flavors: Bread, Chocolate, Malt, Yeasty

Shae

I really liked this one too. One of my favorites, I think, from my last order.

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drank Anxi Rou Gui by Verdant Tea
5462 tasting notes

2021 Sipdown 80/365!

Sadly, I don’t remember this one anymore, but I’m sure it was good. I didn’t drink it that long ago, it has just fully escaped my memory. :(

This was a 5g sample pack from the Autumn 2018 harvest.

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2021 Sipdown 77/365!

Apparently haven’t written a note for this before, but I remember it being toasty/nutty and quite tasty. One of the better traditional TGY’s I’ve had; I generally like them but don’t always love them, but this was a favourite.

This was from one of the sub boxes, waaay back.

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Pouch from the Autumn 2019. It’s good; everything you’d expect from an LB. Rich, chocolatey, malty, very tasty.

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drank Crassicolumna Yabao by Verdant Tea
5462 tasting notes

My package says Qianjiazhai – I assume it’s the same thing.

Anyhow, I’ve missed yabao, and this was very satisfying. I don’t really know how to describe it – kind of smoky, a bit cedary, earthy? A very unique flavour.

Lexie Aleah

This one sounds really interesting!

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I did the last little bit of this tea gongfu and it made a difference. First steep was yeasty and wheaty. Second steep was mellowed out a bit with malt and dark chocolate. I’m bumping my rating and I’d be tempted to add this to a purchase. Certainly a candidate for grandpa style brewing.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Malt, Wheat, Yeasty

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