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After drinking the new Laoshan Green Oolong yesterday and using the spent leaves in my lunch salad (delicious), I had a ‘taste’ for more Laoshan Green Tea and ‘happened’ to have the 2013 Spring Harvest Green. Waddaya know?!

My plan was to brew this tea, then use the leaves (again) in today’s lunch salad. (last night I sauteed leftover Laoshan Green Oolong leaves with fish and butter…so good!)

I saw the $12 cute little glass ‘beeker’ infusers on the Verdant website, I bought one…and I’ve been using it quite often.

Using a little over 1 tsp leaves, I filled the beeker 3/4 full (about 5oz) with 185 degree filtered water. Steep time was 6-8 seconds. (Didn’t cover during steeping per instructions from Verdant)

The flavor was like eating the flesh from the center of fresh, uncooked green beans when you’re sitting with a colander, snapping them in pieces. I always pop a few in my mouth because the flavor is so fresh!
As I sipped the tea, I pictured myself dangling my feet in a pool of water watching dragonflies race by, dust dancing on beams of light. There was a clean smell. Water running over granite rock into the pool, the scent mixed with my sips of fresh beans.

The second steep was thick and coated my mouth as though ate a plate of cooked vegetables (including slightly bitter zucchini). This slightly bitter taste is good!
Wine does this same with tanin in the right amount. It wakes up the taste buds, and suddenly…you’re aware of flavor that’s amazing!

There was a sweetness that I hadn’t tasted on the third steep.
The tea had become smoother, still rich and creamy, but a sweet, subtle,less savory bean taste. Glistening.

Now my head was caving in…felt good…

Spring Harvest Laoshan Green vibrates with awakening life.

Bonnie

I have to say one more thing… the comments from Verdant on soybeans are well…I didn’t grow up around soybeans or fresh soymilk exposure like they had in China so I have a hard time comparing tea to soy. Fresh other veggies…I can do.

canadianadia

I’m always looking for new ways to use my spent leaves. I love the idea of eating them in a salad. I’ll have to look into this some more to see what I have in my cupboard that might be suitable to eat. Thanks for sharing

Nxtdoor

I wonder if it would make good barbecue sauce. You know, cook them. With some sugar, or maple syrup, some coke (yes, coke) or beer, or whatever liquid other than tea, tomato paste or ketchup for the low grade version. Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce, depending on what flavour profile you’re going for. I’d probably not do soy unless you want an Asian BBQ. But a smoky tea I bet would make good BBQ sauce.

Bonnie

I can’t imagine this as a BBQ sauce, but a savory complex butter sauce or Asian sauce…Yes. Tea’s are tricky because they’re delicate. A heavier BBQ flavor would be good using Lapsang Souchong since it’s already smoky.I use it powdered to steam vegetables.

JustJames

your reviews always make me hungry! i drink tea by the liter but i’m not much of and eater so i’m always caught offguard. i was visiting montreal years ago and ordered ‘un poulet papiotter’, which translates to: ‘a papered chicken’, lol. in effect the breast had been steamed in paper with fresh herbs and vegetables on top…. i have basil on my deck and green tea leaves… my mind is turning.

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Bonnie

I have to say one more thing… the comments from Verdant on soybeans are well…I didn’t grow up around soybeans or fresh soymilk exposure like they had in China so I have a hard time comparing tea to soy. Fresh other veggies…I can do.

canadianadia

I’m always looking for new ways to use my spent leaves. I love the idea of eating them in a salad. I’ll have to look into this some more to see what I have in my cupboard that might be suitable to eat. Thanks for sharing

Nxtdoor

I wonder if it would make good barbecue sauce. You know, cook them. With some sugar, or maple syrup, some coke (yes, coke) or beer, or whatever liquid other than tea, tomato paste or ketchup for the low grade version. Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce, depending on what flavour profile you’re going for. I’d probably not do soy unless you want an Asian BBQ. But a smoky tea I bet would make good BBQ sauce.

Bonnie

I can’t imagine this as a BBQ sauce, but a savory complex butter sauce or Asian sauce…Yes. Tea’s are tricky because they’re delicate. A heavier BBQ flavor would be good using Lapsang Souchong since it’s already smoky.I use it powdered to steam vegetables.

JustJames

your reviews always make me hungry! i drink tea by the liter but i’m not much of and eater so i’m always caught offguard. i was visiting montreal years ago and ordered ‘un poulet papiotter’, which translates to: ‘a papered chicken’, lol. in effect the breast had been steamed in paper with fresh herbs and vegetables on top…. i have basil on my deck and green tea leaves… my mind is turning.

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