This is one of the Verdant Tea of the Month Reserve selections for February! It is a beautiful hand crafted tea, sage green with streaks of tan, with the heady aroma of jasmine…aahhhhh!

Damp it smells of moss & key lime.

The first 2 steepings had me lying in the forest on a bed of moss. The flavor is lightly floral & vegetative, with what I can only describe as a mossy texture, & a lingering jasmine sweetness in the back of the throat.

3 & 4: mmmmmm, creamy & sweet, with a hint of astringency & a fuzzy tongue sensation. These were my favorite.

5 & 6: I steeped the hand-twisted tea in a glass gaiwan (even though it always gets ridiculously hot & burns my fingers) so that I could watch them unfold. At this point they are fully unraveled & beautiful. The tea from these steepings has a taste & mouth-feel of key lime (I actually compared it to one of the limes on my mini-tree), with a clear & bright sensation, a lingering bitterness on the tongue, & sweet jasmine in the back of the throat.

7 & 8: The lime & moss aromas are gone, now I just smell the jasmine in the wet leaf. The flavor is still bright, but the bitterness of lime peel is gone. Now I have a fine, clear jasmine tea.

This is a luxurious treat!

Sil

woman! you get to them so quickly! Mine hasn’t even made it here yet :(

Terri HarpLady

Really? I think mine came last friday, but then I was running around all weekend, & then sick for a couple days. I was even at first hesitant to try it out today, wondering how my tastebuds would be, but the Big Red Robe went down nice & flavorful, so I figured, “I deserve something really special”.

Terri HarpLady

Maybe that explains why I keep being the first to review so many of them, eh?

Sil

lol probably. canada = usually 10 days before i get it :(

Kasumi no Chajin

I’m not in Canada, but I have to brace myself for trying verdant…brave it really…have had poor luck with my palate so far.

Terri HarpLady

Chajin, have you tried any of their teas yet?

Terri HarpLady

Sil, hang in there! I’ll try not to flaunt it too much ;)

Terri HarpLady

It would be nice if it arrived before you leave the country, eh? If not, I’m sure it will be waiting for you when you return!
(is the cup half empty or half full?)

NofarS

I was thinking of buying a glass gaiwan, but then I saw your review and changed my mind :) I think I’ll stick with my glass teapot to show off nice tea…
This makes me want to join the reserve club. But it’s a little expensive for me now…

Kasumi no Chajin

yes, I have tried 3, maybe 4 verdant so far.

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Sil

woman! you get to them so quickly! Mine hasn’t even made it here yet :(

Terri HarpLady

Really? I think mine came last friday, but then I was running around all weekend, & then sick for a couple days. I was even at first hesitant to try it out today, wondering how my tastebuds would be, but the Big Red Robe went down nice & flavorful, so I figured, “I deserve something really special”.

Terri HarpLady

Maybe that explains why I keep being the first to review so many of them, eh?

Sil

lol probably. canada = usually 10 days before i get it :(

Kasumi no Chajin

I’m not in Canada, but I have to brace myself for trying verdant…brave it really…have had poor luck with my palate so far.

Terri HarpLady

Chajin, have you tried any of their teas yet?

Terri HarpLady

Sil, hang in there! I’ll try not to flaunt it too much ;)

Terri HarpLady

It would be nice if it arrived before you leave the country, eh? If not, I’m sure it will be waiting for you when you return!
(is the cup half empty or half full?)

NofarS

I was thinking of buying a glass gaiwan, but then I saw your review and changed my mind :) I think I’ll stick with my glass teapot to show off nice tea…
This makes me want to join the reserve club. But it’s a little expensive for me now…

Kasumi no Chajin

yes, I have tried 3, maybe 4 verdant so far.

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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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