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Spring 2020 harvest.

Finally got my Verdant spring greens order last week. It’s crazy how badly Covid has disrupted everything. Spring green tea is arriving when the autumn harvest is normally expected.

As one might expect, a 5 month delay affects a tea that’s best enjoyed at peak freshness. This tea isn’t stale by any means, but it’s not as good as the same tea I had last year. It’s sharply vegetal, bordering on bitter. First sip is sweet but it quickly turns savory and has an almost bitter finish. Doesn’t have the subtleties of early picked tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Leafhopper

Yikes! That’s a long delay. Too bad it affected your tea.

tea-sipper

WHAT, that is a ridiculous delay.

LuckyMe

I know, right? Usually Verdant starts rolling out spring tea in March/April..this year it was delayed until the end of August. Thankfully I had Yunnan Sourcing and Japanese greens to hold me over during this time.

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Leafhopper

Yikes! That’s a long delay. Too bad it affected your tea.

tea-sipper

WHAT, that is a ridiculous delay.

LuckyMe

I know, right? Usually Verdant starts rolling out spring tea in March/April..this year it was delayed until the end of August. Thankfully I had Yunnan Sourcing and Japanese greens to hold me over during this time.

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea years ago, and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and a few flavored teas. My tea epiphany came a few years ago when I discovered jade oolongs. That was the gateway drug to the world of fine tea and teaware.

With the exception of a handful of lightly scented teas, I drink mostly straight tea. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks are beginning to grow on me. I’ve dipped my toe into a few puerhs now but it’s still relatively new territory for me. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

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