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I’ve been saving my Verdant teas for a special occasion. I have been so busy, so unable to turn my mind off, I know I can’t appreciate them.
I decided to kind of take today off, after I fell asleep midday and kind of burned out. So tonight is a night to relax, watch the Daily Show, and drink this tea.
The leaves are adorable they are like something from a woodworker’s bench, little curls of tea, spiraling like wood planeings.
Brewed up for the first infusion, this smells refreshingly interesting. I’m not usually a fan of green teas, but I keep trying. This smells nice – a little bit buttery, a little floral, as if you could eat the creamy sweet scent of gardenias.
I’m picturing a summer porch where wisteria grows (I think there was a children’s book about a porch of wisteria that was guarded by a cat? I’m picturing the cover illustration here), in the summer. The porch rails are painted white but chipping off in places. The wisteria and the latticework cast mottled shadows in the creamy light. A wickerwork basket of green beans sits on a white wicker chair with a flowered cushion. A couple of small yellow flowers sit scattered upon the beans. The afternoon is redolent of half remembered snippets of hiding in gazebos and dreaming under bushes. Seriously. I’m getting a very defined synesthetic image from this.
The flavor was interesting. It was very vegetal, with an artichoke like back of throat feel. I honestly think I just don’t care for green tea that much. I found it nice but not very complex, certainly not living up to the aroma or some of the other Verdant teas I have tasted.
That said, I did make three infusions and enjoyed them, but I did find the flavor profile fairly one dimensional.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Nicole

I hear ya on the green tea. I have found about 3-4 that I like. Even those I won’t choose over non-green. Just not my thing I guess.

I love your synesthetic description!

Sil

I’m kinda with you on the green tea thing. While I don’t mind green tea, given the choice unless it’s a blended tea (and sometimes even then) I’ll very nearly always choose something else.

Babble

I guess I’m in the minority here – I love green tea, but it’s probably because it was the tea I was “started” on. My gateway tea if you will. I just don’t seem to love black, oolongs, and whites as much as green.

Your feelings about greens are probably how I feel about blacks. I’m meh about them unless they have flavorings.

Interesting that you didn’t like this tea as much. Seems everyone raves about verdant teas.

BlueKittyMeow

I think I rated this lower actually because I have had some great Verdant Teas. I have seriously sky high expectations of their teas now.

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Nicole

I hear ya on the green tea. I have found about 3-4 that I like. Even those I won’t choose over non-green. Just not my thing I guess.

I love your synesthetic description!

Sil

I’m kinda with you on the green tea thing. While I don’t mind green tea, given the choice unless it’s a blended tea (and sometimes even then) I’ll very nearly always choose something else.

Babble

I guess I’m in the minority here – I love green tea, but it’s probably because it was the tea I was “started” on. My gateway tea if you will. I just don’t seem to love black, oolongs, and whites as much as green.

Your feelings about greens are probably how I feel about blacks. I’m meh about them unless they have flavorings.

Interesting that you didn’t like this tea as much. Seems everyone raves about verdant teas.

BlueKittyMeow

I think I rated this lower actually because I have had some great Verdant Teas. I have seriously sky high expectations of their teas now.

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I’m a writer and as such, am obviously an emotional rollercoaster. I used to drink tea a lot more, but kind of stopped and switched to coffee. Now, after too much stress, I’m completely unable to drink coffee anymore, so I figured tea would fulfill some of my “awake” needs as well as calm my emotions. I’m working my way through a huge selection of samples of pretty much everything, leaving notes so I remember what I like.
I love being adventurous and trying new things, even (especially?) things that sound strange or off-putting. Aside from tea I also enjoy tasting wines. The last really interesting one I tried was a dandelion wine! (And yes, it actually was delicious. Extremely bizarre and herby, but delicious).

I don’t have a set of numerical ratings set down yet, mainly because I’m very intuitive (read: disorganized and opinionated) about how I rate things. Basically, If something is in the 70-85 range, it’s pretty good, totally drinkable. Below that, in the 50-69 range, it was probably incredibly boring. I really hate boring tea. Below 50, I wouldn’t drink it again and might not have finished it (I actually really hate leaving ratings below 50, it makes me feel bad. I’m probably too nice). If it’s above 85 then I really liked it. Super high ratings are reserved for teas that totally blew me away.

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