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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
1195 tasting notes

This is probably super rambly but I’ve been drinking this for almost an entire day now.

I finally did it. I opened my sample. Now or never, what good is the super special tea you can’t afford sample unless you brew it?

There’s a lot of hype around this one, that’s for sure. You just say Golden Fleece and I think people faint thinking about it.

I decided to go with the gaiwan in a basket hybrid steep because I absolutely suck at being able to pour water in the gaiwan and then pour out the tea within 3 seconds. I barely have put down the kettle at 3 seconds. Maybe I just need two more arms.

So 4g in a basket with one of my glass cups where the basket reaches the bottom just right works perfectly. With the glass being 8 oz it’s pretty easy to guess 4 oz.

At first I was not impressed. All the hype. Then…it started to taste just like vanilla ice cream and that coarse decorating sugar. Not fair.

As I’ve steeped it over the past 20 hours, its’ gotten a bit earthy which I don’t really care for. I am not a fan of mushrooms at all and that’s precisely what it tastes like.

I am not really blown away by it but if I could just have those first 1-3 steeps over and over…

I will say that the scent of this tea no matter what just …I want to bottle it up and wear it.

Ok I almost gave up on it, but it’s gone back to being sweet as whipped cream. I don’t even know how many times I have steeped it at this point. A dozen?

I’ll be steeping it until my boyfriend comes to get me so I can leave my car at my apartment complex hopefully in about 2 hours…and at that point I might stick it in my travel mug and cold brew it for the car ride to Clearwater tomorrow.

cold brew update: I think this did not really work because my stupid travel mug lid would not get rid of the cinnamon from the previous, DAYS ago tea…it was far more subtle than it was brewed hot, but it still had that amazing lingering taste at the end, so I did drink it after all.

Really want to make another tea now and sit on the balcony out facing the water. But I am in a food coma and I also strained a muscle in my neck/shoulder sleeping last night and just want to lay here.

MissLena

I have a sample of this too that I’ve been scared to try because it’s just so legendary..maybe this weekend! :D

Alphakitty

You have made me want to bust out the sample I have been hoarding! If I don’t drink it soon I definitely won’t get the full effect

Bonnie

I think that people expect the flavor to be what the hype is about but there’s more to this tea than flavor. The scent is haunting as you pointed out,and there is a lingering that becomes a longing for more.(I’m sounding like an addict!)

Sil

I prefer laoshan black to this, though I did enjoy this one :)

Terri HarpLady

If I could only choose 1 tea, it would be Laoshan black, but I can choose as many teas as I want, so this is one of them. It always feels like a luxury.

Fjellrev

A dozen steeps is impressive.

TheTeaFairy

Your Gaiwan skills made me laugh, a 4 arms woman, now that’s a vision! I used to hold on to those super special samples for so long, they got tired and were no longer potent by the time I decided to brew them… So no more special occasion to try special teas!

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MissLena

I have a sample of this too that I’ve been scared to try because it’s just so legendary..maybe this weekend! :D

Alphakitty

You have made me want to bust out the sample I have been hoarding! If I don’t drink it soon I definitely won’t get the full effect

Bonnie

I think that people expect the flavor to be what the hype is about but there’s more to this tea than flavor. The scent is haunting as you pointed out,and there is a lingering that becomes a longing for more.(I’m sounding like an addict!)

Sil

I prefer laoshan black to this, though I did enjoy this one :)

Terri HarpLady

If I could only choose 1 tea, it would be Laoshan black, but I can choose as many teas as I want, so this is one of them. It always feels like a luxury.

Fjellrev

A dozen steeps is impressive.

TheTeaFairy

Your Gaiwan skills made me laugh, a 4 arms woman, now that’s a vision! I used to hold on to those super special samples for so long, they got tired and were no longer potent by the time I decided to brew them… So no more special occasion to try special teas!

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