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drank Gardens of Anxi by Verdant Tea
1851 tasting notes

I’ve been in the mood for more “substantial” teas… things like black teas, and teas that aren’t really fruity but rather have “richer” flavors. It’s a hard feeling to describe, but it’s typified by teas like the Bailin Gong Fu black from Teavivre and Organic Chococolate “O” from the tea spot, or perhaps nutty teas and such. I don’t want jasmine greens, I don’t want white teas, I don’t want high-altitude green oolongs, etc.

So what am I doing drinking a tieguanyin with jasmine blossoms? There’s just something about this tea that edges toward that “richer” flavor. It’s floral, yes, but also buttery and with almost caramely notes to it. Those notes are one of the reasons I love it so much since they bring more to the party than just a floral, sweet oolong. And it’s delivering on my cravings today perfectly.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
potatowedges

I’m the same way with my tea preferences…give me nutty, earthy-sweet, spicy, woodsy any day. It’s much rarer that I’m in the mood for something light, floral, or fruity. (But it does happen.)

Kashyap

it has a citrus, grapefruit/lemon undertone that has a zip and is tart under the balanced jasmine and clean, crisp oolong vegetative notes….if places in a glass tumbler it separates and becomes a forest in layers

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potatowedges

I’m the same way with my tea preferences…give me nutty, earthy-sweet, spicy, woodsy any day. It’s much rarer that I’m in the mood for something light, floral, or fruity. (But it does happen.)

Kashyap

it has a citrus, grapefruit/lemon undertone that has a zip and is tart under the balanced jasmine and clean, crisp oolong vegetative notes….if places in a glass tumbler it separates and becomes a forest in layers

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: I’m in LOVE with these teas.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Tasty teas that I enjoy, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but wouldn’t seek out. They don’t quite do it for me in one aspect or another; often just not quite my style
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.

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