My first tea from Verdant AND my first time using a gaiwan! There was some spilling and some burning, but not nearly as much as I was expecting!
I did a rinse, and then got up to 7 steeps before I had to go watch a movie with my roommate. Then I came back to it and did a few more steeps.
I was so surprised at how much the leaves unfurled and expanded, they filled up the whole gaiwan. The taste moved from peppery and grassy, to leafy green, to buttery, to vanilla, to sweet and juicy. I knew oolong was supposed to change with each steep, but I had never really experienced it before. The grassy notes made me think of summertime in elementary school, and throughout all the steeps it was sweet and calming. This was a totally different way of drinking tea and I loved it… I can’t wait to try the other teas I got (with better notes next time!)

Bonnie

You are brave. The first gaiwan experience was scary for me. But fun too! Glad you have one and had a good time with it!

DaisyChubb

Glad you got to try this one with your brand spankin new gaiwan!
I tried this tea Western style and it wasn’t doing anything for me, but multiple short steeps – heaven!

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Bonnie

You are brave. The first gaiwan experience was scary for me. But fun too! Glad you have one and had a good time with it!

DaisyChubb

Glad you got to try this one with your brand spankin new gaiwan!
I tried this tea Western style and it wasn’t doing anything for me, but multiple short steeps – heaven!

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