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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
1918 tasting notes

In my recent gongfu sessions, I have discovered a new favorite step in my preparations. After I portion out some tea into the pot, I take a sniff in the pot. Then I exhale into the pot, and smell the amazing scents that come back out. It is a revelation. The teas smell amazingly different warmed and humidified by my breath, and notes come out that more closely match the flavors.

This one smelled amazing this morning, the perfect embodiment of autumn. New fallen leaves, sweet potatoes, spices. I have never brewed this tea gongfu before, so I am excited to try it. Once again, leaf amount is a guestimate… I really should bring my scale in since I rarely use it at home these days, at least until I get a feeling of what a certain weight looks like.

This time I didn’t even try to make the first steep a rinse, knowing I wouldn’t have the heart to throw it out. A few seconds, and the tea is just waking up but still has lovely flavors of sweet potato chips, a kind of sweet and savory together.

I do think I might not used quite the right amount of leaf, though I’m not sure right now if it should have been more or less. Regardless, the steeps I had (many) were tasty, though not quite as delicious as just steeping it western. But I will definitely have to properly measure my leaf and try it again.

Indigobloom

neat!! I’ll have to try that out. I’ve been told that the teapot lid carries the best scent.

Invader Zim

Seeing reviews like this makes me wish I could enjoy black teas.

Dinosara

Indigobloom – I always sniff the lid after steeping, and I do find it often has a nice concentrated aroma of the liquor.

Invader Zim – I used to never enjoy them, and then my tastebuds had a transformation, so you never know! :)

Bonnie

Aha! I also do this hyperventilation method! (I sometimes breathe in and out several times to get the steam all around my face) Even with wet pu-erh leaves…aroma is fantastic, you pick up things you wouldn’t any other way.

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Indigobloom

neat!! I’ll have to try that out. I’ve been told that the teapot lid carries the best scent.

Invader Zim

Seeing reviews like this makes me wish I could enjoy black teas.

Dinosara

Indigobloom – I always sniff the lid after steeping, and I do find it often has a nice concentrated aroma of the liquor.

Invader Zim – I used to never enjoy them, and then my tastebuds had a transformation, so you never know! :)

Bonnie

Aha! I also do this hyperventilation method! (I sometimes breathe in and out several times to get the steam all around my face) Even with wet pu-erh leaves…aroma is fantastic, you pick up things you wouldn’t any other way.

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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: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
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: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
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.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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