Yay! My first tea of the month club package from Verdant came yesterday!! A big thanks to David & the Verdant Team!!

So, this is the 1st of the 3 teas they sent. I’m not sure, but this may be my first Sheng Pu’er. I’ve been dabbling with Shu’s, which I really like. I like this tea too!

Dry, it has a mildly mineral ocean scent, like wakame or another sea veg. The wet leaf has a more astringent green aroma.

I actually brewed this 2 different times. Yesterday I used my gaiwan, running through several steepings (in tandem with the other 2 teas that were sent, so that I could enjoy the contrasts of this pairing). This morning I’m just having a western-style cup.

In both cases, it’s a very mild and pleasant tea. I get the sticky rice reference, and there’s almost a chrysanthemum-like floral in there, & another flavor I still haven’t identified. I’m still not 100% on my tastebuds, but luckily there is plenty left in the bag, & I also have a few other sheng samples that I plan to sample soon, again, so that I can look for similarities & differences. Anyway, it’s light, but satisfying. There is the grounding element of pu’er, and it’s a very smooth tea, not astringent in the least! A nice start to my day!

Invader Zim

I noticed this one is not on the Verdant site. Do you know if it is exculsive to the tea of the month club or will it become available on the site for everyone?

Terri HarpLady

@Zim: according to the notes that came with the Teas of the month, this one is from their private reserve. It’s one of those teas that they can’t get enough quantity to sell on the website.

Aiko

Wooo! I just got my monthly club package in too; I can’t wait to try this one.

Terri HarpLady

:D I don’t know about you, Aiko, but when I got the email a day or 2 ago telling us they had included the new chrysanthemum pu’er, I got pretty excited! I was planning to order it, so I was grateful for the email, but also for knowing the tea was coming. It’s an interesting brew, which I like but am not quite ready to comment on. I’m looking forward to your reviews of these same teas!

Aiko

I was excited too! It was so courteous of them to let us know that the blend was on the way just before it was released.

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Invader Zim

I noticed this one is not on the Verdant site. Do you know if it is exculsive to the tea of the month club or will it become available on the site for everyone?

Terri HarpLady

@Zim: according to the notes that came with the Teas of the month, this one is from their private reserve. It’s one of those teas that they can’t get enough quantity to sell on the website.

Aiko

Wooo! I just got my monthly club package in too; I can’t wait to try this one.

Terri HarpLady

:D I don’t know about you, Aiko, but when I got the email a day or 2 ago telling us they had included the new chrysanthemum pu’er, I got pretty excited! I was planning to order it, so I was grateful for the email, but also for knowing the tea was coming. It’s an interesting brew, which I like but am not quite ready to comment on. I’m looking forward to your reviews of these same teas!

Aiko

I was excited too! It was so courteous of them to let us know that the blend was on the way just before it was released.

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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.

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Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
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Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
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