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drank Gardens of Anxi by Verdant Tea
1979 tasting notes

I just couldn’t get this tea out of my head. Definitely one of my favorite oolong blends, if not actually my very favorite. So delish… if only I could figure out a good way to travel with oolongs!

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

curious? what do you mean by ‘good way to travel with oolongs?’ Do you mean how to transport the leaves? brew it on the go? keep fresh? just wondering…

Dinosara

I mean that when I’m traveling, usually I’m in sub-optimal tea steeping conditions, and I just feel like trying to do an oolong would be crazy. Usually the times I use my tea are times that I get a cup of hot water from a hotel or a restaurant and then steep a sachet of black tea I brought with me in it. Using an oolong in a situation like that would probably require a water thermometer (since I’m horrible at judging the warmth of water by feel) and some other steeping container (since I’m not going to put oolong leaves in a t-bag and give them no room to expand). Just way too much hassle and not worth using my good oolongs.

Kashyap

when i travel I love oolongs, for the long, forgiving extrations and the fact that they steep amazing cold brews that keep me hydrated….also, generally on planes you can get super hot water and freshen them up….especially floral oolongs or fruity ones..that are generally mid-run, OK quality…or the deep, buttery, clean high grown Tawainese

Dinosara

I wish I found oolongs forgiving in their steep times! I tend to like my oolongs with shorter brews. I guess I should experiment with temps, though, because maybe I can get away with higher temps than I think, and if that’s the case it would get a bit easier.

BTVSGal

Drinking this right now…love it.

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Kashyap

curious? what do you mean by ‘good way to travel with oolongs?’ Do you mean how to transport the leaves? brew it on the go? keep fresh? just wondering…

Dinosara

I mean that when I’m traveling, usually I’m in sub-optimal tea steeping conditions, and I just feel like trying to do an oolong would be crazy. Usually the times I use my tea are times that I get a cup of hot water from a hotel or a restaurant and then steep a sachet of black tea I brought with me in it. Using an oolong in a situation like that would probably require a water thermometer (since I’m horrible at judging the warmth of water by feel) and some other steeping container (since I’m not going to put oolong leaves in a t-bag and give them no room to expand). Just way too much hassle and not worth using my good oolongs.

Kashyap

when i travel I love oolongs, for the long, forgiving extrations and the fact that they steep amazing cold brews that keep me hydrated….also, generally on planes you can get super hot water and freshen them up….especially floral oolongs or fruity ones..that are generally mid-run, OK quality…or the deep, buttery, clean high grown Tawainese

Dinosara

I wish I found oolongs forgiving in their steep times! I tend to like my oolongs with shorter brews. I guess I should experiment with temps, though, because maybe I can get away with higher temps than I think, and if that’s the case it would get a bit easier.

BTVSGal

Drinking this right now…love it.

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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.
89-86: 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
85-80: 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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