This month’s Tea of the Month from Verdant included 3 Teas:
*Moonlight White 2011 Pressed Cake
*Silver Buds Yabao
*Golden Fleece

I already have Winter Buds Yabao and Golden Fleece in my cupboard, so now I have more of both. I enjoy David’s little page that accompanies the monthly offerings. There’s always a bit of a story, as well as anecdotal notes about each & steeping instructions. This month’s suggestions are to drink the Moonlight first, followed by the Yabao & then the Golden Fleece.

I have not been a huge fan of white teas, but I am starting to develop an appreciation for them lately. The dry leaf is a pressed mix of earthy colors: beige, sage, caramel, & black. The aroma is light: delicately green with a powdered milk element.
After steeping, the wet leaf smells of both freshly sliced raw winter squash, AND roasted carmelized winter squash! WoW!

I’ve been sipping it for awhile, & it is quite pleasant. The early steepings had a bit of a sharp edge, a slightly acidic note, almost a plum taste, but that faded into more of a mellow & sweet carmelized winter squash, with butter.

The suggestion is to move on to the Yabao, as comparison. So I will!

Invader Zim

This sounds delicious!

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Invader Zim

This sounds delicious!

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

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!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!


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