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First Verdant order. Awwwww.

My first experience with this was a little bumpy. The first steep was awesome. I really got the dark chocolate many are talking about. The aftertaste really tricks you and makes you think you just had a couple squares of dark chocolate. Sneaky! It is a little on the mineral side too, like hot rocks.

The second steep was super weird. I put the leaves in the fridge overnight, excited to take the second round to my three-hour morning class in my Timolino, hoping it would keep things interesting. I woke up with a so-called stomach flu, so not sure if it was the nausea and what not that turned me off, or the Timolino made this taste weird, but that mineral note was amped up to the roof. I only tasted a twangy, almost metallic note that made me hate life there for a second.

Now that I’m basically over the illness, I’m giving this a second chance. Again, the first steep was the same, super dark chocolate and malty.

The second steep now is much better. Yes, the mineral undertone is there but it is very subdued, but wheeee, the chocolate is still there, and the maltiness, and something else? Coffee! It’s coffee and cake in a cup.

I like. Would I repurchase? No, but while it hasn’t swept me off my feet, I will gladly finish off the rest.
BoxerMama

I was taken immediately either, but the more I drinkit, the more I love it. . . I did re-order it. I tend to prefer mine western, but this one is really good gongfu as well!

Fjellrev

I actually don’t have a gongfu setup! And probably won’t get one, at least for a little while, since I’ve been moving around a lot. But you’re right, it just may grow on me too.

Bonnie

You don’t really need a set up. Two mugs and a saucer works well for gongfu. Verdant has a video showing how to do it.

BoxerMama

I use a little bowl and a strainer with my mug. I don’t have a gong fu set up either!

Fjellrev

Alright, great. I was actually going to something like the above suggestions but was worried it would be too ghetto and a complete shame. Sometimes you gotta work with what you have!

Lynne-tea

I just want more Laoshan Black!… This one tides me over while I wait patiently.
So happy you are now getting into Verdant tea :)

BoxerMama

Oh, it’s SUPER ghetto, lol.
I haven’t bought a gaiwan yet, because no one here sells them! I’m afraid to ship glass/porcelain/ceramic/clay or whatever.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve had a few shipped to me from Butiki. They were very well packaged!

Fjellrev

Hope the Laoshan Black will be back in stock soon for everyone else’s sake. I luckily snapped up 2 oz. of it with this order and have yet to try it.

The shipping of such fragile items makes me nervous too, just like with moving.

Sil

I bought a gaiwan from Stacy and it arrived safe and sound :)

BoxerMama

I’ve been looking at hers for a long time. . . I should just do it.

Terri HarpLady

I really like Stacy’s Earthen Gaiwans, they are adorable, & I’m less likely to slop hot water or burn myself when I use them, & that’s a real perk!

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BoxerMama

I was taken immediately either, but the more I drinkit, the more I love it. . . I did re-order it. I tend to prefer mine western, but this one is really good gongfu as well!

Fjellrev

I actually don’t have a gongfu setup! And probably won’t get one, at least for a little while, since I’ve been moving around a lot. But you’re right, it just may grow on me too.

Bonnie

You don’t really need a set up. Two mugs and a saucer works well for gongfu. Verdant has a video showing how to do it.

BoxerMama

I use a little bowl and a strainer with my mug. I don’t have a gong fu set up either!

Fjellrev

Alright, great. I was actually going to something like the above suggestions but was worried it would be too ghetto and a complete shame. Sometimes you gotta work with what you have!

Lynne-tea

I just want more Laoshan Black!… This one tides me over while I wait patiently.
So happy you are now getting into Verdant tea :)

BoxerMama

Oh, it’s SUPER ghetto, lol.
I haven’t bought a gaiwan yet, because no one here sells them! I’m afraid to ship glass/porcelain/ceramic/clay or whatever.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve had a few shipped to me from Butiki. They were very well packaged!

Fjellrev

Hope the Laoshan Black will be back in stock soon for everyone else’s sake. I luckily snapped up 2 oz. of it with this order and have yet to try it.

The shipping of such fragile items makes me nervous too, just like with moving.

Sil

I bought a gaiwan from Stacy and it arrived safe and sound :)

BoxerMama

I’ve been looking at hers for a long time. . . I should just do it.

Terri HarpLady

I really like Stacy’s Earthen Gaiwans, they are adorable, & I’m less likely to slop hot water or burn myself when I use them, & that’s a real perk!

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