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Upon opening the bag I see a dark green tea. I get whiffs of a creamy, vegetal tea with a hint of smokiness. Brewed this up gaiwan style at 175F. The wet leaves smell sweet, vegetal and creamy.

Taste reflects the smell. There is first a sweetness that hits your tongue and a wonderful green vegetal taste with a creaminess coating your tongue. At the end of the sip is a slight saltiness with a hint of smokiness.

In later steepings I started to get hints of something else and couldn’t quite put my finger on it (or would that be my tongue?). Searching though other tasting notes I found what I was looking for…walnuts. I believe I found that in Amy Oh’s tasting note.

This tea by no means blew my mind like most Verdant teas do, but it doesn’t mean it’s not a good tea. I just find Verdants green teas to be a little less mind-blowing than their other teas.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Autumn Hearth

Agreed. But I personally find it hard for greens to be mind-blowing in general. They can be nice and Verdant’s are some of the nicest I’ve had, but they don’t have me bouncing up and down nor swooning.

Jim Marks

As much as I love green tea, I find that it is very difficult for green tea to stand out from the pack.

Invader Zim

I love green tea, but I always seem to expect more out of it even though I know I shouldn’t.

Jim Marks

I don’t even own tea balls or baskets.

Bonnie

Sorry Jim the comment jumped to the wrong post and I erased it. Someone else was putting Dragonwell in a teaball which I think might not make the leaves the happiest.

Invader Zim

Woo, I was starting to reread my post thinking that I had typed about using a teaball! I can’t remember the last time I used one.

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Autumn Hearth

Agreed. But I personally find it hard for greens to be mind-blowing in general. They can be nice and Verdant’s are some of the nicest I’ve had, but they don’t have me bouncing up and down nor swooning.

Jim Marks

As much as I love green tea, I find that it is very difficult for green tea to stand out from the pack.

Invader Zim

I love green tea, but I always seem to expect more out of it even though I know I shouldn’t.

Jim Marks

I don’t even own tea balls or baskets.

Bonnie

Sorry Jim the comment jumped to the wrong post and I erased it. Someone else was putting Dragonwell in a teaball which I think might not make the leaves the happiest.

Invader Zim

Woo, I was starting to reread my post thinking that I had typed about using a teaball! I can’t remember the last time I used one.

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I’m an avid tea drinker, it’s what I drink all day and why I’m here. I don’t sweeten my teas except for the occasional iced tea or cold-brewed tea. I typically brew my teas with a brew basket in a 12 oz cup. If I brew another way I will always note it.

Dislikes: black teas, milk flavored oolongs, hibiscus, red rooibos, licorice, dessert teas, mate, guayusa.

Loves: straight teas, especially Chinese green teas, sencha, jasmine, dan congs, mint, coconut.

My ratings are based mostly on the smiley faces. If a tea is of good quality but not to my taste preference I try not to rate it because I think that is unfair.

I drink a lot of the same teas and will not record every time I drink them. I log them the first time I try them and then again if I did something different and/or got different results.

I also try to keep my cupboard updated to what I actually have for those that wish to swap, although some of them are merely samples.

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