412 Tasting Notes

Another teabox find! I need to make a few selections and send it on soon :)

The tea itself here is pretty underwhelming – kind of a mild green strawberry – but it led me to look up the Moringa plant, which is pretty fabulous. So this will probably lead to some new smoothie mixes at least?

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

67
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
412 tasting notes

This brought back memories – I haven’t had Adagio teas in a long time, but they were one of the companies that got me into loose leaf teas ~10 years ago. This one holds up pretty well! Some of it is “natural flavors”, which don’t hold up as well on re-steeping, but there’s a good portion of real spices too. Strong, spicy, flavorful!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Pepper

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

79
drank Teeccino by Teeccino
412 tasting notes

Kicking off some reviews of teas I got to try from the Travelling Tea Box! It doesn’t want to let me review the Adagio ones for some reason (that tea page insists I’m not logged in?) so we’ll start here.

Not coffee, but remarkably coffee-like; a bit more bitter and acidic than my usual evening non-coffee, DandyBlend, which is not a bad thing! Happy to have discovered this one

Evol Ving Ness

Just today, a friend mentioned Dandyblend. I hadn’t heard about it before,

teabird

I’m a fan! I can’t do caffeine in the evening, but sometimes want something with more body than tea and less sugar than hot chocolate – it hits that spot well. Reminds me that I should add some to the Tea Box when I send it on :) since it’s easy to find around here (Boston)

Evol Ving Ness

What an awesome thought, teabird! I will poke around to see where I can find it here, Toronto. I know we do have it.

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

88

I’ve been pretty thrilled with this month’s club box from Verdant. A Dian Hong (Yunnan Golden Buds), a pu’er pressed with honeysuckle, and this sheng-style Moonlight White. I’m usually not a big fan of either sheng pu-er or white teas, so I was surprised to enjoy this so much. The brewed tea has a rich aroma and color, some of the grassy and earthy flavors I associate with pu-er, but none of the dustiness. The texture is juicy, not drying. Drinking it gives me an oddly satiated feeling, as if I’ve had a snack rather than just a drink.

When I choose to drink this, it lasts me all afternoon with strong re-steepings

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

75

Wu Dong Shan Huang Zhi Shiang
-————————————————————————-

This is much more astringent than the others I’ve tried. I also tried brewing it stronger on some steeps, but even so – more bitterness, higher caffeine. I can’t recall the description given here, but one of the 6 teas in the August box was described as reminiscent of a sheng pu-erh, and I’m betting this is it. It has the intense, dry, grassy, heady impression I get from those. Not my favorite, but certainly interesting

Flavors: Astringent, Dry Grass, Menthol

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

75

I created this aggregate tea page to track reviews of Verdant’s Tea of the Month Club, rather than cluttering Steepster’s database with limited availability teas with very similar names :)

Da Wu Ye Dancong
I think I love Dancongs. The first one I remember trying had a flavor strongly reminiscent of pineapple; both I’ve tried so far from this box have silky mouthfeel, floral notes, honey sweetness, and some of that same sharp fruitines. I’m still playing with the preparation, mostly trying to figure it out by color + tiny tastes of the brewing tea. Apparently the “classic” style to brew this is very very strong and fast, so there is a punch of bitter flavor contrasted by lots of lingering aromatics, but that’s a bit much for me

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Which month was this one from?

teabird

August! It just arrived a couple of days ago

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

91
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
412 tasting notes

Mmm, this turned out strong and FRUITY this morning. I don’t know which fruit exactly, but it’s the same kind of acidic fruitiness you get from dark chocolate and coffee. Blackberries or plums?

Flavors: Cacao, Fruity, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

80

So a new shop opened near me recently, that carries fancy olive oil and balsamic vinegars, bulk spices, cocktail mixers, and a nice big wall of loose leaf tea form Divinitea! They brought in Linda Smith, the proprietor, to do a tasting a couple of weeks ago. This was one of the teas she was sampling, and I was completely won over.

I’m not a huge fan of coconut in general, but that’s mostly because it’s usually cloying and I hate the texture of the dried, grated stuff. But this… it’s not that it’s subtle, the coconut flavor is very strong. But it’s well-blended, with notes of vanilla, and a strong black tea base to give it some depth and backbone. Smooth enough to drink straight (if not oversteeped) but delicious with a splash of whole milk. I did four short steeps and mixed them together.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Smooth, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 103 ML

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
412 tasting notes

No notes yet. Add one?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

Profile

Bio

Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.

Location

Boston, MA

Website

http://www.twitter.com/_teabird

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer