Hmm. I like this one more than Laoshan black, but that’s not saying much at all. Both the teas have this smoky burnt taste that I don’t like. This tea is more mild in terms of that flavour, and the rest of the flavour profile is also different, but… no. I will actually be able to finish this cup, and have a few more steeps, but I think I’m only going to keep one package. The rest can be swapped or given away.

I’m glad I did this Verdant order, but I wish I had purchased sample sizes of /everything/ instead of just a few 1 oz packages.

I brewed half a package in a normal sized mug, boiling water, 2 minutes. Second steep will be 2:30, third 3:00, etc. The other half package I’ll try next week in my tiny gong fu pot.

Edit: ok, nope. Moving on to a matcha latte. I’ll try another steep of this later, with added milk and sugar. Definitely not a plain tea for me.

BoxerMama

gong fu style should use a full package. I prefer this one western style at 1 minute steep. I think I know the taste oyu’re talking about. It’s almost nutty.

OMGsrsly

For a medium gong fu pot or cup, yes, but mine is only 2oz! Teeny tiny. :) I’ll have to try a shorter steep as well. Thanks!

Chizakura

That’s too bad that Verdant proved to be a disappointment for you. :( Looks like the whole order was a bust. But at least you know now, and at least you didn’t buy massive amounts.

OMGsrsly

I haven’t tried the laoshan chai, the autumn laoshan green, or the ginger sage, and with a 4 minute steep the phoenix chai is a nice light cardamom-y chai, just not what i was expecting. :) Not terrible, but not my favourites! I am keeping my fingers crossed for the ginger sage and laoshan chai. I think it could make an excellent in-your-face chai base. Actually, i’ll try the ginger sage one now…

Chizakura

Oh good! So there are some you haven’t tried from them yet. :) Good, here’s hoping you have better luck with the remainders. :D

OMGsrsly

I like this one! With lots of caveats, but i do!!

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BoxerMama

gong fu style should use a full package. I prefer this one western style at 1 minute steep. I think I know the taste oyu’re talking about. It’s almost nutty.

OMGsrsly

For a medium gong fu pot or cup, yes, but mine is only 2oz! Teeny tiny. :) I’ll have to try a shorter steep as well. Thanks!

Chizakura

That’s too bad that Verdant proved to be a disappointment for you. :( Looks like the whole order was a bust. But at least you know now, and at least you didn’t buy massive amounts.

OMGsrsly

I haven’t tried the laoshan chai, the autumn laoshan green, or the ginger sage, and with a 4 minute steep the phoenix chai is a nice light cardamom-y chai, just not what i was expecting. :) Not terrible, but not my favourites! I am keeping my fingers crossed for the ginger sage and laoshan chai. I think it could make an excellent in-your-face chai base. Actually, i’ll try the ginger sage one now…

Chizakura

Oh good! So there are some you haven’t tried from them yet. :) Good, here’s hoping you have better luck with the remainders. :D

OMGsrsly

I like this one! With lots of caveats, but i do!!

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

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