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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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I’m on my second steep of this tea, which is the last of the sample I got from indigobloom and I am sad to see this is a sipdown since it means there is no more.

I think this should be renamed Golden Silk, since this tea is light and silky but with some texture. It is also incredibly smooth. The last two steeps I have done how I normally steep loose leaf tea, and more of a western style versus eastern which is more like the directions on the site. And I added milk and sugar this time. No matter, this tea is magnificent brewed either way.

This tea is light and smooth, like I said, and what astringency there is, is very very minor. I pick up honey and cocoa notes, but nothing smoky or bold. It is one of the lightest black teas I think I have ever had, possibly the lightest. I’d say that there is a bit of a malty mouthfeel as well.

It’s rare, in this day, where so much tea is flavoured with stuff, because we need so much extra stimulation, that going to a simple tea like this can be so refreshing, but sometimes I think it takes mental effort to break free from the glitz of the other to go for the subtly of a good straight tea.

Indigobloom

I agree so much! simplicity is sometimes exactly what i need :D

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Indigobloom

I agree so much! simplicity is sometimes exactly what i need :D

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are.

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty, and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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