This is a sample sent to me with my last Verdant order! Thank you David!

I’ll be teaching all afternoon, so I’ll be sipping all afternoon. I’m brewing this in my Gaiwan, following the instructions on the Verdant site. The label on the sample says Light Roasted Aged Tieguanyin, so I believe this is the advanced sample of the tea I’ve listed it as. If not, someone feel free to correct me!

Dry scent: dehydrated banana & toasted rice
1st steep: the wet leaf smells of toasted seaweed, the tea is a pale apricot, with a mildly essence of banana in the flavor
2nd steep: the color is now light carmel, smell of toasted rice, I can’t define the taste, buy my tongue is tingling around the edges!!
3rd steep: (just burnt my fingers because I filled the gaiwan too full) I’m getting a slightly tropical flavor, & still toasty rice, & the creaminess of rice pudding is starting to rise.
4th: (the wet leaf now smells like Seaweed steaming on charcoal)
now there is a mild sweetness, hinting at roasted carrots
5th: the center of my tongue has a bright metalic sensation, but not in a bad way, it’s like a sparkly tingly magic thing…actually, now I’m feeling that this sensation is like the acidity you feel on your tongue after eating pineapple, from the enzymes in that fruit. I’m not really tasting pineapple so much, just feeling the sensation of it.

I think I’m on #8 now. My mouth is watering!

Rather than drag this on, I will go teach & continue sipping…

Terri HarpLady

This has been a tasty, toasty, pleasant brew! Some of the steepings made me think of Bananas Foster, which I’ve never actually had, but I think it’s a dessert of bananas sprinkled with brown sugar & some form of alcohol, which is served flambee! So it becomes carmelized bananas.

Autumn Hearth

Nope not the right tea, I just created a page for the Aged Traditional Anxi Tieguanyin and am about to write my own tasting note. You should be able to copy and paste your text into a new note and simply delete this one :)

Terri HarpLady

yeah, I realized that when my Verdant order came with the real stuff. I had compared the label of the sample to the site, & I guess it’s a sample from some tea they are no longer offering…

Autumn Hearth

They were both extremely limited batches, the Aged just sold out quicker, before anyone had reviewed or loaded any information up on Steepster. If I don’t see the exact tea I’m looking for I create a page with the info on the merchant’s website. But this one was easy to be confused about ;). Going to reinfuses my leaves some more on it today though, as they are all I have and I really did love it.

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Terri HarpLady

This has been a tasty, toasty, pleasant brew! Some of the steepings made me think of Bananas Foster, which I’ve never actually had, but I think it’s a dessert of bananas sprinkled with brown sugar & some form of alcohol, which is served flambee! So it becomes carmelized bananas.

Autumn Hearth

Nope not the right tea, I just created a page for the Aged Traditional Anxi Tieguanyin and am about to write my own tasting note. You should be able to copy and paste your text into a new note and simply delete this one :)

Terri HarpLady

yeah, I realized that when my Verdant order came with the real stuff. I had compared the label of the sample to the site, & I guess it’s a sample from some tea they are no longer offering…

Autumn Hearth

They were both extremely limited batches, the Aged just sold out quicker, before anyone had reviewed or loaded any information up on Steepster. If I don’t see the exact tea I’m looking for I create a page with the info on the merchant’s website. But this one was easy to be confused about ;). Going to reinfuses my leaves some more on it today though, as they are all I have and I really did love it.

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My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
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