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Wowww I’ve had this sample for a while lol..it is one still in the foil sample packets from Verdant rather than their new brown ones! High time to drink some of this down, and it’s now autumn, so might as well! I was going to do this in my gaiwan, since I mostly made my Laoshan green back when I didn’t have one and it’d be nice to try it with this one, but my old method seemed appealing today. I just use a brew basket with about half the sample pack, 175 degree water and my little bubble cups (~4 oz) and steep for about 9-10 seconds and add 2 seconds to each subsequent steeping. So this is the method I am using today.

The dry smell is so green beany and good. I miss my Laoshan green! I do have an oz from this spring’s harvest, but for some reason I don’t drink it that often, probably because I feel I should finish this one off first :P Anyways, this tea was also a bit dusty, maybe from sitting in the packet for so long. So yeah, did the steeping parameters as above, and the first two cups are bright green, with the Laoshan bean scent but something else, something like raw pumpkin and sesame to me. A strong, slightly astringent scent, but not unpleasantly so. 9 seconds was maybe a bit long for the first steeping, but the flavor is actually very good!

This tastes exactly like pumpkin to me. Whatt! It actually does lol. I am amazed. This tea is very smooth, not biting whatsoever. There is a slight creaminess to the aftertaste, but really, I mostly get pumpkin flavor haha. The beaniness is also there, but more present in the second cup, which I just stole a sip of from the boyfriend. I am excited to see how the flavors unfurl through a few more steepings!

I am always impressed with Laoshan green, and this is no exception. I am amazed at how much the flavor can change between harvests! Another lovely offering from Verdant that I’m a little bit late in trying, but better late than never! :)

ETA – even as this tea cools, the flavor is changing a bit. Much more butter is present!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Fjellrev

Pumpkin! Wasn’t expecting that.

MissLena

Me either! I saw it in the notes on Verdant’s site and it is so much like that it’s weird! Almost a raw pumpkin flavor, not sweet, just that flavor of pie without the sugariness. It might pass in the later steepings, already the second was less of it and more like Laoshan Green, but made for an interesting flavor anyways!

Fjellrev

Oh that must be really strange combined with the bean notes. Too bad it’s not the opposite and the pumpkin note gets stronger with every steep!

MissLena

Yeah it’s changing now, more spinach notes, maybe some sesame, although I haven’t had much of it to know exactly what it tastes like, but it definitely has a different flavor than the first steepings! Something stronger in there, fresh and tasty :)

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Fjellrev

Pumpkin! Wasn’t expecting that.

MissLena

Me either! I saw it in the notes on Verdant’s site and it is so much like that it’s weird! Almost a raw pumpkin flavor, not sweet, just that flavor of pie without the sugariness. It might pass in the later steepings, already the second was less of it and more like Laoshan Green, but made for an interesting flavor anyways!

Fjellrev

Oh that must be really strange combined with the bean notes. Too bad it’s not the opposite and the pumpkin note gets stronger with every steep!

MissLena

Yeah it’s changing now, more spinach notes, maybe some sesame, although I haven’t had much of it to know exactly what it tastes like, but it definitely has a different flavor than the first steepings! Something stronger in there, fresh and tasty :)

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (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 was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

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 have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

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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.

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