I bought this one for the 5 for $5 shipping sale Verdant had. That includes shipping, and I think they still have that on the site for new customers, so it is well worth it! I thought this one was a charcoal like oolong, since it is so dark. But I was very wrong!
Steep #1 // 20 seconds // waited about 20 minutes after boiling
Verdant suggests 3-4 grams of leaves with small amounts of water. I think I used the usual amount of leaves and most of a mug. They also suggest just boiled water for 10 seconds. That seems so quick! Verdant’s teas are certainly some of the most delicate. The dry leaves are large and have a pumpkin, squash, sweet potato fragrance. The taste of the first cup is EXACTLY like that. Also very sweet and creamy. Definitely the opposite of a charcoal like oolong. I absolutely love the flavor of this. I’ve never had an oolong like this one before!
Steep #2 // 20 seconds // a few minutes after boiling
I was hoping to get the same flavors as the first cup, but this one turned to PEACH. Now how did that happen? This cup was also very good but I did love the uniqueness of the first cup. I probably got the time and temp perfect the first time so I’m bolding that for future reference.
Steep #3 // 20 seconds // a few minutes after boiling
This one is a bit less special than the second cup. The flavors are a bit more muted even from the peach. But now there is a slight cantaloupe flavor but still very creamy. And a bit oaky again. It seems ever since I started using the brew basket, the later steeps of teas are getting woody and oaky. I’m not sure why that would be happening as opposed to using a cramped dipper infuser.
Since this tea is so different with each cup, the rating is for the first one.