So after my caffeine hiatus, I am allowing myself one cup. Stomach, please behave! I have all this lovely Verdant tea that I NEED to try!!

Anyways, onto this lovely looking tea! Beautiful! There’s so many colors and flowers and beauty present in just the dry tea! I’m super excited to try this :D. Dry smell: very floral, which I am loving right now, as it’s cold and miserably raining outside, this is taking me back to summer! Also a touch of something woodsy in there, which I like.

Wet smell is still very floral, but very light. I’m picturing a mossy covered log with flowers growing all over the place in it! I steeped this for 2 mins at approximately 175-185 degrees.

Now for the taste, ohh this is soothing. So fresh and relaxing at the same time..there’s a lot of floral taste, with maybe a hint of something a bit spicy. The aftertaste is very smooth and creamy, mmm I get sugar and yes, a bit of the vanilla I think! Some honey and orchid present as it cools too! This is a very delicious tea, and for my first time having the Silver Buds Yabao, I like it. I’m excited to try the plain silver buds to distinguish the flavor!

Overall, this is very, very nice. Warming and calming. Just what I needed today (had a rough midterm, ugh). Will definitely have to try the winter blend, as I only have enough for one more cup from this sample pack :(

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Hello all, I’m a newly graduated electrical engineer as of 2013 (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it’s excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte haha)

I enjoy a variety of herbal, white, green, oolong and black teas. I have also tried a few pu’erhs and matcha I am a bit sensitive to caffeine, but I find that in moderation I can still indulge in black teas and matcha.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I recently tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

I am happy to say that my caffeine intolerance seems to be subsiding! This is allowing me to try a wider variety of teas :)



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