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The first infusion of this tea took my breath away. It’s even better than a premium Dragonwell! It’s buttery and sweet with notes of honeysuckle. This tea exceeded my expectations. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried a previous year’s harvest and wasn’t too impressed. But this year’s harvest is INCREDIBLE! Everything from the aroma to the flavor to the mouthfeel is tranquil, relaxing, and exactly what I needed after several frustrating days of dealing with a fussy teething baby. There’s something truly special about Verdant Teas. One sip transports me to my happy place, every time without fail. I’m in tea heaven. Oh, and this is my 600th tasting note!
Flavors: Butter, Honeysuckle, Sweet, Vegetal
still enjoying this. One more left that i may use to drink tomorrow, though maybe not since my day is going to be a little crazy. I’ve got work in the morning, followed by final dress fitting and then it’s off to the train station to head back home to Toronto. I love the train – lots of time to work, read and watch the world go by….but it’s going to be a bit of a crazy day. So looking forward to wrapping up the fitting though, and having that off my checklist for the wedding. Still enjoying this tea, though i’m not sure if i’d restock as there a re few other versions of this one that i like as much or more. With the canadian dollar likely to slide in to a long-er term visit to 70 cents, i may need to look at the best places in canada to order from. Or figure out how to convert a bunch of money and sit on it haha
I brought these with me to Ottawa as well, since they do well with “gonfu” in a basket. I figure i can drink this every day as my afternoon working tea and have another tea sipped down by the time i get home, or shortly after :) This isn’t my favourite sticky rice sort of tuo but it’s a nice one and makes for a pleasant cup on this rainy day.
I’m so glad that I am the first to review this tea. I did a comparison between this and the earlier 2014 harvest. The first noticeable difference is that these leaves are more flat and less twirled. The cake is more compressed, but it is also more fragile and flaked. The aroma is sweet and moist instead of dry and smoky like that of its older counterpart. I placed a generous chunk in my warmed yixing and shook it up. The aroma from my brewing vessel was sweet and sharp. I could describe it as ripe white grapes. I washed the leaves once and began brewing. This brew began sweet and smooth. This had a nice honeysuckle flavor and full body. The tea grew more depth as the session went on. This didn’t have any smoke like that of the 2014 harvest. The flavor was sharp and slightly sour. There was always an underlying sweetness throughout the session. This harvest was smoother and carried a lot more depth. I felt that the 2014 harvest was good, but it carried too much smoke and bitterness. I really enjoyed this, and I had it pre ordered. This company is having a sale on this sheng, and I would advise you to scoop it up. This is a beautiful tea, and a great value.
Flavors: Honeysuckle, Smooth, Sweet, White Grapes, Winter Honey
1tsp for 250mL water @90C, steeped two minutes.
I find some of the same scallop-y notes as I found in the Spring Harvest Laoshan Green, but with more butter and green vegetable notes. I’m getting some floral oolong notes cutting through the butter, veggies, and scallops. A lot going on here. Not sure yet if I like it.
Got this as a sample in my last Verdant order. I’m hoping my review is on the correct page; the package said Master Han’s 2014 Bamboo Wrapped Sheng Pu’er, I am assuming this is the same tea. Anyway, I decided to try this during my “Rediscovering Sheng Summer Tour” now that my palate seems to have completely changed. I really, really like this sheng. It’s light, sweet, smokey, and not too bitter at all. Right in my wheelhouse. I like this so much I went to the web site to purchase some, and much to my dismay, it’s not there. How dare they send me a free sample of tea and then run out! Damn you Verdant Tea Pushers!
[Recommended? Yes. But don’t hold your breath because IT’S GONE]
Steeped in gaiwan.
Dry leaf reminds me of buttered cinnamon graham crackers. The butteriness carries through to the steeped liquor. Strong stone fruit and late autumn aromas with minerality.
It’s curious— I’ve had this tea a few times before, and had always felt somewhat underwhelmed with it. Now that I’m reviewing it ‘officially’, I’m paying more attention and it’s holding my attention a bit more than usual. But, unfortunately, the initial complexity disipates away rather quickly and later steepings are simpler.
Darn, I sipped this down last week without ever logging a note about it lol. I will write a quick one now – this tea was super relaxing, fresh, a bit citrusy and creamy, and a bit floral. It was a good one for before bed on summer nights. I will miss the calming attributes of it! Happy I got to try this one in the blends subscription! No rating as I didn’t log a detailed enough note on it to warrant one I don’t think lol.
a decent tea.
when i smell the leaves dry, they smell musty.
when i smell the leaves wet, they smell like chocolate.
when i smell the brewed tea, i smell earth and chocolate.
when i taste the brewed tea, i taste chocolate and earth.
i rate this a 90 because im not too keen for shou puehr.
many thanks to Scribbles for this decent tea.
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Musty
Steeped in gaiwan. A medium-amber tea with heady aromas of marzipan, peaches and celery along with roasted notes, wet branches and a very light dusting of cocoa. Even something floral in there, though don’t ask me what. Quite minerally and roasted on the palate with a lingering finish. and touch of lemongrass?.
Full bodied with very fine astringency.
A hearty, complex tea with plenty of flavour.
Gongfu, 4g of tea, 200 degrees, 30 second steeps to start with and increasing the time +/- a minute or more for later steeps. It’s a lovely cupful of springtime; buttered corn and orchids, mildly floral but not over the top. I generally prefer a more roasted TGY and dislike green/unroasted TGY A LOT. This tea is only lightly roasted but enough to be enjoyable for me. The flavor really is quite complex, and changes remarkably over the course of multiple steepings, with later steepings becoming more vegetal and slightly astringent. The next time I have this tea I will try it grandpa style, should be interesting to taste the difference. If Master Zhang did a more heavily roasted oolong, I would buy it in a heartbeat.
I forgot how wonderful Verdant Teas could be. I haven’t been able to afford them for awhile, and this sample came with a recent Steepster select shipment, so I brewed up and re-steeped several times to make the very best of the leaves.
Nice clean taste with excellent tones of Cacao, honey and dried fruit. Golden brew with a heavenly aroma and flavor. Three steeps, and more joy in one cup that you really have to savor slowly. So very, very good. :)
Flavors: Cacao, Dried Fruit, Honey
I had some friends over to play a boardgame (Lords of Waterdeep, highly recommended), which meant that I had to clean up, and in particular had to clear alllll the crap off my table. So now they’re gone and I have a nice clean table, which means I finally have room to set up my kettle and gaiwan and associated paraphernalia. I’m testing out the new gaiwan that I got from Verdant as well (this one: http://verdanttea.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/gaiwan_dripglaze_springblossom_110-LARGE.jpg). It’s bigger than the little 100ml one that I’m used to, which is now missing a lid thanks to my dog. :/ It holds anywhere from 120-200ml depending on how full I fill it. I think it’ll be very useful for when I have friends over for tea, but it’s a bit too large for just me. I’m also still figuring out how to pour from it without spilling everywhere, lol.
This is a really lovely tea, though! The aroma when you first open the bag and stick your nose in is amazingly sweet and fresh, and the aroma of the wet leaves is similar, but more vegetal and beany and savoury. The first few steepings in particular were very sweet and creamy, and I can definitely see where the “vanilla soymilk” comparison comes from. As the steepings progress, more soybean and then crisp vegetal notes arise, but very little astrigency or bitterness. I was expecting it to be energizing, but I’m actually finding it to be quite relaxing. Wow, these fresh spring harvest green teas have been a bit of a revelation to me, because I usually favour blacks and oolongs, but this and Verdant’s Dragonwell were both super delicious.
Flavors: Creamy, Garden Peas, Soybean, Sweet, Vanilla, Vegetal
Dialing down my rating after a few lackluster steeps. I’ve found this tea to be wildly inconsistent. Sometimes it’s floral. Other times I get a blast of cardamom or the lemongrass flavor will dominate. It seems the taste of each brew depends on the pieces of flavoring and how many you them you scoop up.
A fantastic scented tea from Verdant. The dry leaf is fragrant and big chrysantheum flowers, cardamom, and lemongrass are visible in it. It smells quite similar to their Earl of Anxi tea, a an otherwise great tea spoiled by frankencense. This tea is a different story though. The floral notes of the tieguanyin pair beautifully with the chrsantheum flowers and accented with lemongrass and a hint of citrus. The cardamom is absent though. I think giving the cardamom pods a whack with a pestle and mortar before brewing will help release their flavor.
Flavors: Flowers, Lemongrass
Mostly high quality small, lighter-colored leaves, but not the most uniform in size, shape, or color. It’s not bad, by any means, but not the highest quality Longjing/Dragonwell.
Not many people know, but the varietal used in Laoshan is the same as what is grown in Longjing. The Laoshan tea plants were actually imported from the West lake area. So, other than territorial growing differences, such as, climate and soil, they’re basically the same thing.