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Had a cup of this tonight while I finished up some homework. Again, I am struck by the beauty of the leaves. What started out as 2 small teaspoons of rolled leaves floated to the top of the water, and unfurled to fill my steeper with whole, dark green leaves.
The flavor is refreshingly sweet, slightly crisp, very floral, and buttery. This is oolong heaven for me. I’ve pre-ordered an ounce of the autumn tieguanyin from Verdant and I am so excited to try it based on this summer harvest. This is a fantastic oolong.

And as an example of how different two people’s tastes can be, I am including Rayn’s (my partner’s) “review”: he asked for a cup of tea and said he would love whatever I was drinking, so I brewed him up a cup of this oolong as I dreamily sipped away. When he took his first sip, I asked him what he thought. He said “flowers,” and then frowned. I asked, “you don’t like it?” He said, “I feel like I’m going to have allergies any minute now”.

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Terri HarpLady

:D Tony rarely likes any of the teas I enjoy, our tastes are just way different.

Claire

Rayn likes green tea and usually likes oolong too, but he turns up his nose at black tea and pu’erh.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, Tony likes earl grey, but not every earl grey! I got him a sample of the Tea Spot Earl Grey, & he didn’t like it because it had lavender in it. He also likes Plum oolong. About the only black tea he will drink is english breakfast. He really didn’t like Laoshan Black (Huh? I couldn’t believe it!). He also likes Twinings Lady Grey, which he refers to as ‘the Lady’. It’s funny, because he used to be a heavy coffee drinker, & has gradually lost interest in coffee, either becoming more sensitive to the caffeine, or just noticing some ill effects. First he narrowed it down to 2 cups of coffee in the morning, & then tea for the rest of the day. Then it was 1 cup of coffee, then tea. Now he just drinks tea. He’ll have a cup or 2 in the morning, & that’s it!

Terri HarpLady

One thing we both DO agree on is Chai! Yum!

Claire

Yeah! Rayn liked the Chocolate Phoenix Chai from Verdant so much that he asked me to get 2oz for him, and he’s not a regular tea drinker.

Donna A

My husband and I agree on some teas, but not on others. He thinks Stevia is bitter; I like it. He prefers unsweetened or in the case of iced, lightly sweetened with agave. I prefer everything sweetened. The good thing is usually if I am not fond of a new tea, he likes it, so no money wasted.

Claire

Donna A, I have the same thing with my brother-in-law. He really likes herbal/fruit tisanes and flavored teas, so if I don’t like them I can always give the tea to him!

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Terri HarpLady

:D Tony rarely likes any of the teas I enjoy, our tastes are just way different.

Claire

Rayn likes green tea and usually likes oolong too, but he turns up his nose at black tea and pu’erh.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, Tony likes earl grey, but not every earl grey! I got him a sample of the Tea Spot Earl Grey, & he didn’t like it because it had lavender in it. He also likes Plum oolong. About the only black tea he will drink is english breakfast. He really didn’t like Laoshan Black (Huh? I couldn’t believe it!). He also likes Twinings Lady Grey, which he refers to as ‘the Lady’. It’s funny, because he used to be a heavy coffee drinker, & has gradually lost interest in coffee, either becoming more sensitive to the caffeine, or just noticing some ill effects. First he narrowed it down to 2 cups of coffee in the morning, & then tea for the rest of the day. Then it was 1 cup of coffee, then tea. Now he just drinks tea. He’ll have a cup or 2 in the morning, & that’s it!

Terri HarpLady

One thing we both DO agree on is Chai! Yum!

Claire

Yeah! Rayn liked the Chocolate Phoenix Chai from Verdant so much that he asked me to get 2oz for him, and he’s not a regular tea drinker.

Donna A

My husband and I agree on some teas, but not on others. He thinks Stevia is bitter; I like it. He prefers unsweetened or in the case of iced, lightly sweetened with agave. I prefer everything sweetened. The good thing is usually if I am not fond of a new tea, he likes it, so no money wasted.

Claire

Donna A, I have the same thing with my brother-in-law. He really likes herbal/fruit tisanes and flavored teas, so if I don’t like them I can always give the tea to him!

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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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