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My first Tieguanyin, got it as a sample from my first Verdant Tea order and I guess that the best partof it is that I just learned a lesson. Like Martinis, expensive teas must be an acquired taste… and one that I have yet to acquire. I read reviewers raving about flowers and honey or bananas and creams. To me it tastes like hay tea, and I dont mean any disrespect for anyone, I am sure that those comments come from highly experienced and respected tea connoisseurs, and Verdant Tea is a respected company, so I am sure its just me… and since this is my own tasting note, I have to say it as I see it, or better said, as I taste it, and this is simply not my cup of tea. Lesson learned, not to order expensive teas before I do taste a sample. And then, remember to retaste as my tastebuds are trained!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

It’s important to rinse the tea leaves first usually and use filtered water for best results. I never thought following directions mattered but it does. Using a finum filter or gaiwan is best too. (I don’t know what method you used and I’m not trying to be bossy but I would like your tea experience to be a good one!)

Sergio

Bonnie, First of all, a huge thank you! I joined Steepster in order to learn, and I can only learn from kind people like you sharing your time, thoughts and knowledge with me, and I am and will always be thankful for that. I do not own a gaiwan (technically I do, the order has been placed but it has not arrived yet). I did rinsed the tea leaves but used my DavidsTea steeper for making the tea. Probably not the best way to do it, but the only one I have on hand at the moment.
I placed all my other Verdant Teas on hold until I can use the gaiwan. Thank you again for your comment! Looking forward for more of them please!

Bonnie

There is a video by Verdant on how to use teacups like a gaiwan to brew tea. Many people are not aware that there is a Verdant channel on YouTube. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from watching videos! (I’m a big klutz!) If you have questions feel free to ask!

Sergio

Thanks a million for sharing this tips with me!

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Bonnie

It’s important to rinse the tea leaves first usually and use filtered water for best results. I never thought following directions mattered but it does. Using a finum filter or gaiwan is best too. (I don’t know what method you used and I’m not trying to be bossy but I would like your tea experience to be a good one!)

Sergio

Bonnie, First of all, a huge thank you! I joined Steepster in order to learn, and I can only learn from kind people like you sharing your time, thoughts and knowledge with me, and I am and will always be thankful for that. I do not own a gaiwan (technically I do, the order has been placed but it has not arrived yet). I did rinsed the tea leaves but used my DavidsTea steeper for making the tea. Probably not the best way to do it, but the only one I have on hand at the moment.
I placed all my other Verdant Teas on hold until I can use the gaiwan. Thank you again for your comment! Looking forward for more of them please!

Bonnie

There is a video by Verdant on how to use teacups like a gaiwan to brew tea. Many people are not aware that there is a Verdant channel on YouTube. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from watching videos! (I’m a big klutz!) If you have questions feel free to ask!

Sergio

Thanks a million for sharing this tips with me!

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