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First of all, the scent of this tea both dry and liquid is absolutely stunning. Beautiful florals and a strong orchid scent.

I have one of these steeper type things where the tea leaves have a lot of room to brew, and I can watch the tea as it steeps. This may just be a superstition, but it seems like every high quality tea I make in it floats to the top. All of the leaves floated to the top during the first steep. On the second steeping, the steeper was literally full of unfurled leaves. Beautiful.

The first thing that hits me is how sweet this oolong is. Not in an unnatural/cloying kind of way, but the level of sweetness I would expect in a very good tieguanyin. The liquid is lightly creamy as well. It tastes orchid-like, and for some reason I thought of dandelions a few sips in, possibly due to the hint of vegetal flavor, a faint reminder of grass.

Absolutely fantastic. Thank you, Verdant Tea.

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Bonnie

Tea isn’t just about the taste, you’ve discovered the beauty of watching the leaves which is like watching the prelude.

Claire

I love watching green and oolong teas steep, it’s so beautiful! I’d get a glass teapot except I’d surely break it.

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Bonnie

Tea isn’t just about the taste, you’ve discovered the beauty of watching the leaves which is like watching the prelude.

Claire

I love watching green and oolong teas steep, it’s so beautiful! I’d get a glass teapot except I’d surely break it.

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I mostly drink straight tea, and some of my favorites are green teas and oolongs. I almost always have some sencha and tieguanyin in my tea cupboard (and if I run out, awesome, an excuse to buy tea). I do like some flavored teas, but can’t stand really sugary stuff so if it’s very sweet I probably won’t like it. I can’t drink milk so all my reviews are of tea without milk and sugar!
I’ve been getting into puerh the last few months.

Outside of Steepster I’m an English Lit major, and will FINALLY be graduating after the Fall 2013 semester. After that I plan on applying for graduate school to obtain a Master’s in Library Science. Currently I work as a student assistant in the Archives and Special Collections department of my school’s library.
I also like reading (of course) and playing video games when I have time for them.

I’m happy to send samples to anyone in the US or Canada. Just ask. :)

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