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TarHeelTea

(1 review)
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Wuyi Mountain Big Red Robe from Verdant Tea

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 23rd, 2018

I'll confess I tried this tea after being intrigued at reading the legend of the Big Red Robe. Glad I did. I wonder if a monkey really picked this?

This is my new favorite tea. It has more body and flavor than the more delicate oolong teas. I usually give it a bit more tea and a longer steep than the usual recommen...

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D. Gray

(24 reviews)
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2016 Gu Hua Sheng from Verdant Tea

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

45 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 5th, 2017

I think that if I were new to young, raw pu-erh and thought that they were all bitter and undrinkable, this might 'wow' me in that it is sweeter, fruity, and definitely can be consumed now. But, compared to other young, raw pu-erh I've tried, it's really not special. It's also higher-priced. And, I really didn't like t...

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Spring Flat Pressed Laoshan Green Tea (2017) from Verdant Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Shandong, China

40 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 5th, 2017

I didn't try a sample before ordering this one in a 25g bag (my mistake). I was really surprised with how little flavor it had. As with the Spring Laoshan Green and Spring Reserve Laoshan Green, there's a savory profile, though this is more delicate and sweet than the others. But, the notes didn't last for more than a ...

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Spring Laoshan Green Tea (2017) from Verdant Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Shandong, China

30 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Aug. 5th, 2017

I didn't try a sample pack of this one before ordering the larger 25g bags, because it was less expensive, so it wasn't a big deal to just order the bigger bags. Well, after trying it, I could see why it was less expensive. I got almost no brews out of this. It's really low-quality tea. Even taking into account the fac...

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Spring Reserve Laoshan Green Tea from Verdant Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Shandong, China

35 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Aug. 5th, 2017

I was really impressed with this when I was trying it in a sample pack. I got a lot of brews out of it, it had a lot of really nice savory notes (nutty, umami, mineral/salty, etc.). But, then when I purchased it in a larger amount, it didn't have nearly as much flavor. I stored it in the same way I've stored teas from ...

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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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Wuyi Gongfu Black from Verdant Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 31st, 2016

This is a hard tea to review. I greatly enjoyed drinking it, but was not overwhelmed with uniqueness of any kind. Rather, it was simply enjoyable. The flavor has hints of caramel, honey, and sweetness with a slight astringency. The cup is very smooth. I would recommend as a black tea, but it is nothing unique, albeit v...

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Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Shandong, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 25th, 2016

I love when I find a tea that is unique and different, and this one certainly fits that description. My first impression is that of burnt sugar/caramel. The liquor is a beautiful light golden brown color. The aroma is like a huge wave of burnt caramel and chocolate hitting all of your senses. The taste is a more balanc...

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Wuyi Mountain Big Red Robe from Verdant Tea

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 25th, 2016

Had this a couple of days ago. One of the best oolongs I have ever had. Slight to no astringency. Honey and floral notes with a slight buttery taste. Aroma was very much like a typical oolong with hints of burnt grass.

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Qianjiazhai Old Growth 2014 Sheng from Verdant Tea

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 14th, 2016

Not my favorite cup of tea. The more and more raw pu er I try the more and more I'm not sure I like it. This one has a strong tobacco aroma from my gaiwan, although there is little to no aroma from the liquor. The first infusion has a light color and a light, sweet taste. There are hints of dark fruit. Perhaps plums or...

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Qianjiazhai Wild Picked Black from Verdant Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 9th, 2016

This was a wonderful black tea. Overall it was very mellow, mild, and smooth.

I steeped this near boiling, around 200 degrees, in my gaiwan with 5g of tea. The first infusion brought forth a light orange liquor with a light black tea taste and hints of chocolate. It is almost sweet with no astringency. The aroma is...

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Traditional Tieguanyin from Verdant Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 7th, 2016

One of the first oolongs I've tried outside of a Chinese restaurant, so my palate is not well developed. I steeped this in my gaiwan with 5g of tea and 180-200 degree water.

The first and second steeps were reminiscent of fields and meadows. The aroma was sweet and smelled of hay and honey. The initial taste was ve...

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Kmidst

(14 reviews)
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Diyi Cornfields Shu Tuocha from Verdant Tea

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 16th, 2015

Well Verdant Tea has become my go to place to order almost all my tea now. Really just great quality and sourcing, and fair prices.

Anyway, I found this tea so special that I had to resurrect my account here and write a review for it!

As you probably know, shu-puerh's are post-fermented, which results in a smooth...

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Tuirgin

(9 reviews)
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Yunnan White Jasmine from Verdant Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Lancang, Yunnan, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 14th, 2015

1st infusion, 5s: The liquor was a delicate, yellow-clear shade. The scent, so much more vibrant than any jasmine I have had—it wafted out even as I had just begun cutting the packaging open. Bubble gum? Yes, indeed! But none of the artificiality of bubble gum flavoring, just pure florals and vanilla. Depth, perfume,...

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Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Shandong, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 14th, 2015

Throughout numerous steepings, this tea’s flavors shifted in a harmony of dark, earthy sweetness, and baked notes, cereal, and sweet potato. On the first steeping (10s), it had a robust richness: dark chocolate, cooked ripe fruits, malt syrup. The liquor had the kind of silky mouth-feel I have only experienced with c...

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Lindsay

(20 reviews)
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Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Shandong, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2014



I am obviously falling in love with malty, chocolatey black teas. I can definitely see why this one is so popular! The dried leaves are small and curly, and smell like chocolate and bread. The chocolate aroma intensifies once the water hits it. Usually I set a timer and walk away to do something else while my tea i...

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SarsyPie

(119 reviews)
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Golden Fleece from Verdant Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 11th, 2014

I’m not sure what to make of this! I was expecting something a little different based on the reviews and description.

Method: about 1tbsp (sounds like a lot, but these are small, pointy leaves), 8 oz, 205 degrees, 2 minutes, ForLife brew in mug strainer

Dry Leaf Aroma: This smells like a malted campfire.

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Campfire Blend from Verdant Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 4th, 2014

Method: 1 tbsp, 8 oz, 205 degrees, 10 minutes, French Press

Dry Leaf Aroma: Orange, spice, chocolate. Smells like orange cake.

Brewing Aroma: Orange & weird. Something smells odd. Can’t place it.

Flavor: I sampled some at 3 minutes and 6 minutes. The flavor was weak, so I let it go for 10. Even after 10 minu...

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Elderberry Herbal from Verdant Tea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 4th, 2014

Method: 1 tbsp, 8 oz, 205 degrees, 3 minutes, Forlife brew-in-mug strainer

Dry Leaf Aroma: Cinnamon and licorice

Flavor: Cinnamon and spices. Licorice. I don’t taste the fruitiness I was expecting. I thought this might have some sweetness from the elderberries, but I didn’t find that either. I don’t think t...

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Zhu Rong Yunnan Black from Verdant Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 26th, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 205 degrees, 45 seconds, Forlife brew in mug strainer & Dr. Who mug

Dry Leaf Aroma: O. M. G. This is positively sublime. See how it made me use a word like "sublime"? It smells like roasty chocolate, malt, and roses. That's right. Roses.

Brewing Aroma: Very malty, but with a hint o...

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Mr. He's 1st Picking Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Shandong, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 19th, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp in 8 oz at 205 degrees for 4 min, French Press

My boyfriend made this as our breakfast tea while I was getting ready for work. There are no instructions on the bag, but I think he did pretty well, considering.

I'm basing my review on his method, but I will try this again using the instructions...

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Hand Picked Spring Tieguanyin from Verdant Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2014

Hello, Gorgeous! This is a freshly picked (May 2014) bright green-leafed aromatic wonder.

Method: 1 tbsp, 200 degrees, grandpa style

Dry Leaf Aroma: Smells *strongly* of honeysuckle and jasmine. Wow.

Brewing Aroma: In the brewing tea, the honeysuckle takes center stage. I can detect a lightly spicy no...

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Wuyi Mountain Big Red Robe from Verdant Tea

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 28th, 2014

Super. This tea is just excellent!

I like finding finer teas that do well with a Western-style brewing. I admit that I tend toward laziness, and there's just no time in the AM to pull out the gong fu set. While I expect that this tea would potentially be even more amazing brewed with short steeps, it was also won...

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Strewth

(2 reviews)
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Autumn Harvest Laoshan Green from Verdant Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Shandong, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 11th, 2014

Very light and delicate flavor. A bit nutty. Doesn't take to many steepings but good earthy flavor.

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Ginger Sage Winter Spa Blend from Verdant Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 27th, 2014

he aroma of this tea is a little strange, mixing roses, ginger, sage, mint, and a sharp mix of citrus and berry note. It is a blend of floral, fruity, and herbal, it is savory and sweet. When I say the aroma is odd, it is not unpleasant, just an unexpected combination.

The first thing I notice on my initial sip is t...

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Laoshan Apothecary Green from Verdant Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Shandong, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 19th, 2014

The blend of herbs is a blend of savory and faintly sweet with sharp notes of mint. The mint and basil are the most prominent notes with a finish of coriander and fennel.

The taste of this tea is pleasantly savory, blending strong herbaceous notes with cooked spinach. The herb bread analogy from earlier is holding ...

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