This was such a yummy surprise when we received this as a sample. It’s a green tea picked in the summer time, and usually all that tea is good for is making tea oil products! Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating, but still- you almost never find a Chinese green tea that will admit to being a summer tea, let alone find one that’s drinkable and interesting.

This is nothing like that. This is a really really delicious, solid green tea. When I think of this one and how it’s different from other Verdant Laoshan greens, the word buttery comes to mind. I know it was so buttery on my first sips that I actually exclaimed, “Buttery!” In fact, it’s almost the tiniest bit salty, the way great chocolate chip cookie dough batter should be.
It is warm and full, vibrant and verdant, and not bitter or stony to me at all. I steep this in a gaiwan, and it gives for as long as I want to steep it. I’ve enjoyed waking up to this green tea.

In fact, I think this tea is a even closer to my ideal Laoshan green. It’s hearty and beany and super warm, but I don’t think I’d call it robust. That word seems more appropriate for something that leans towards bitterness and astringency, and this one does not at all. It’s smooth and thick, and fills the mouth with one complete taste. It feels more humble, but in a way that’s more powerful. It is not simple, but it knows exactly what it is and will not tease you with games of hide and seek.

For me, this is a green-tea-drinker’s green. It’s what I’m really looking for in green tea, and it is so inexpensive that I can stock up on lots of this to use for playing in fun blending experiments and what have you.

I wish I’d taken better notes on this tea, but I didn’t: I just drank it. I think that’s fine. This is a tea you could think about as much as you want, but you could also just sit and enjoy in a relaxed way. It’s like that girl or boy next door.. you’re best friend. You know someone’s going to fall head over heels for them someday, and you can appreciate that right along side your own experience of them: relaxed, easy going, free of complications that are tangly and unpleasant, full of those quirks that makes them someone you’re happy to spend your free time with.

whoops.. going on a tangent.

whoops.. going on a tangent.In conclusion: a super solid, really yummy tea. I don’t really want to ask anything more of it. My ideal Lao Shan Green. I haven’t had this actually for a week, but now I’m really craving it. Perhaps after dinner..

SimpliciTEA

I tried a sample of this and I enjoyed it, but I found it on the weak tasting side. Maybe it’s because I am not yet able to taste the more nuanced notes in it, I don’t know. I am considering buying some, and so your review helped (based on some things David said, it may be that I need to brew it a little hotter and a little longer than I did (I started at 165, 1’, then 175, 1.5’, then 180 2’. Maybe starting at 180 for 2 minutes would be better).

Do you have any thoughts on this?

Spoonvonstup

Hi! Sorry this took so long to get back to. I’m actually really surprised that this tasted light to you, since it is just so much stronger than any other Chinese green I’ve ever had. I think you can feel free to brew this as hot as you like- I do not find this tea finicky at all. Usually, I’ll take a standard glass cup and cover the bottom with leaves. I’ll boil water, and then wait just a bit (count to 20 or so, depending on how impatient I am), and then pour the water into the glass. Then I’ll just drink on it for an hour or so, refilling as needed. Be generous with your leaves, and don’t be as hesitant with water temp. Brew for two minutes..or 2.5…or three.

It should work well for you! Mm.. making me crave that slightly chocolatey and minty taste I got from this tea last night. Happy drinking!

SimpliciTEA

Thank you for responding.

It’s good to know it’s not finicky. If I do buy some of this tea then I’ll have to try brewing it hotter.

Thanks for sharing your experience with me!

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SimpliciTEA

I tried a sample of this and I enjoyed it, but I found it on the weak tasting side. Maybe it’s because I am not yet able to taste the more nuanced notes in it, I don’t know. I am considering buying some, and so your review helped (based on some things David said, it may be that I need to brew it a little hotter and a little longer than I did (I started at 165, 1’, then 175, 1.5’, then 180 2’. Maybe starting at 180 for 2 minutes would be better).

Do you have any thoughts on this?

Spoonvonstup

Hi! Sorry this took so long to get back to. I’m actually really surprised that this tasted light to you, since it is just so much stronger than any other Chinese green I’ve ever had. I think you can feel free to brew this as hot as you like- I do not find this tea finicky at all. Usually, I’ll take a standard glass cup and cover the bottom with leaves. I’ll boil water, and then wait just a bit (count to 20 or so, depending on how impatient I am), and then pour the water into the glass. Then I’ll just drink on it for an hour or so, refilling as needed. Be generous with your leaves, and don’t be as hesitant with water temp. Brew for two minutes..or 2.5…or three.

It should work well for you! Mm.. making me crave that slightly chocolatey and minty taste I got from this tea last night. Happy drinking!

SimpliciTEA

Thank you for responding.

It’s good to know it’s not finicky. If I do buy some of this tea then I’ll have to try brewing it hotter.

Thanks for sharing your experience with me!

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I generally drink Chinese teas.

I love things that are interesting, that force me to stop and think about and enjoy what I’m experiencing. Even better are those teas you just have to drink with a friend so that the outpouring of tastes and memories find a sounding board in a trusted companion.

I’m into tea as an experience rather than just a thirst quenching beverage. I love to learn- there’s so much to learn about tea.

I also prefer my teas to be exceedingly delicious, if at all possible. Luckily, I have great tea friends and teachers that can hook me up with the good stuff.

Something I’ve noticed about my ratings:
I tend to use Steepster more like Yelp and less like Twitter. I’ll generally only review a tea once in its life (though that review and rating might be edited over time to reflect changes in my own understanding of it).
I do not generally log each tea I’m drinking as I drink, since that feels like a distraction- I’d rather just drink the tea!
I tend to only review teas I really love or that I really did not enjoy. If it falls somewhere in the middle of “meh” and “that was pretty good, I suppose,” then I won’t be compelled to sit down and spend time giving a nice, fleshed out review and rating.
As such, it might seem like I give out high scores willy-nilly. Instead, I’m doing my first round of rating mentally off-site, and presenting only the teas I really want to share with everyone.

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