Gardens of Anxi

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Butter, Honey, Jasmine, Orange
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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 5 g 11 oz / 335 ml

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Tieguanyin is so full and floral that it doesn’t really need to blended with anything for full enjoyment, but we thought, why not be decadent and try to make it even more rich and floral? We use a sweet and buttery autumn harvest Tieguanyin, and draw out the perfumed aftertaste with a touch of jasmine blossoms. We brighten up the body with sweet orange rind, and accent the buttery qualities with saffron. Why not? This is one decadent tea, sweet enough for anyone to love, and great hot or iced.

Ingredients: Autumn 2011 Anxi Tieguanyin, Jasmine Blossoms, Orange Rind, Saffron

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1931 tasting notes

I realized today that I haven’t had an oolong in a while. It’s been almost all black tea, black tea, black tea since I got back in the country. But something triggered in my mind and all of the sudden I really craved a tieguanyin. Also I went through my tea stash recently to update my swaps list, and I saw this one lying neglected in the back of the cupboard. For shame, and one of my favorite teas! It will be a very sad day when I run out of this one.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Spoonvonstup

Oh, now I’m craving green oolong, too! Thank you for the reminder.

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807 tasting notes

I love Oolong!!!!!!
This is a really really good blend of superb Oolong and Jasmine.
Beautiful to look at, wonderful aromas, DELICIOUS flavors!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Scott B

I just haven’t been able to enjoy Oolong. I bought a good dark oolong, and green oolong from Rishi and…meh. I eventually finished the dark oolong. I gave away most of the green. The green is better than the green I bought from Ten-Ren, but not enough to make me drink it. Maybe my taste buds are just not wired for Oolong.

TeaBrat

Scott, are you steeping your oolongs in a gaiwan? I find that gives the best results. Though I do know people that say they just don’t like oolong tea…

Azzrian

Yeah its very possible your palate does not care for it. Gaiwan steeping is the best although admittedly I do western brewing most of the time.

Dylan Oxford

Missy and I were just talking about gaiwans (she wants one). We usually brew western style in a 40 oz pot, and we each have 16 oz mug that we drink from… gaiwan seems like a remarkable change in pace ;)

Scott B

Oh, no, I don’t have any nice tea pots of any kind. I use a Zojirushi tea boiler and brew by the cup in my glass coffee cup or these glass tea cups I just bought.
It may be my palette. It is interesting though that my palette can differentiate between good quality oolongs and lesser quality.

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92
174 tasting notes

This is a very pretty tea, tightly rolled green balls with jasmine flowers ans little pieces of orange rind. It doesn’t smell much different than a regular tiequanyin. The extra pieces don’t seem to add much in smell.

Taste starts out floral, orchid and jasmine, but the jasmine is very soft like it’s part of the tea, like the orchid is, and not like a scented tea. There is the buttery texture with a rich mouth-feel lasting into the aftertaste. The orange rind adds a slight citrus note that compliments the floral and creamy notes quite well during the main sip. It also adds a bit of a sparkling quality on the tip of the tongue in the aftertaste. There is also an extra bit of sweetness to it, i might be from the saffron but that’s a wildcard for me.

The oolong is still very predominant and the extra add-ins compliment and enhance the tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Lynne-tea

Oh this sounds delightful!

ashmanra

All you folks drinking Verdant’s teas are making my mouth water!

Autumn Hearth

I really need to order some Alchemy Blends ::sigh:: I’ve been wanting to try this, Elderberry Pu’er and Eight Tressures Yabao especially but also Imperial Breakfast, Temple Green and Mulled Hibiscus. Okay so I really want to try them all, those are just my top priorities right now. I’ll be wanting all the “chai” spice teas come fall.

Bonnie

I have yet to find anything disappointing.

Azzrian

I was bummed when I made my order a couple of nights ago and they were out of the Elderberry Pu’erh

Kittenna

Azzrian – if you get this message, I have Elderberry Pu’er I can send you to try :)

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300 tasting notes

This is like falling in love with Verdant’s Tieguanyin all over again. It is the only blend in the alchemy line that I would believe is straight tea if someone handed me a cup and then I would swear up and down that it was the best tieguanyin I’d ever had. It is the perfect balance of floral, buttery, sweet, vegetal and umami. I got so far in my steeping with this that I even got a mint note with a second sweetness. Well done Verdant Tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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2229 tasting notes

The smell is oolongy and delicious. Not as much floral as I was expecting.

Taste-wise, I’m obviously getting lovely strong autumn tieguanyin floral flavours and butteriness, which just seem to be enhanced by the blending. Delicious. It really isn’t a blend that’s all that far off from the autumn tieguanyin, but just enough to make it different. I can’t specifically pick out jasmine, saffron, or citrus though (which is ok with me!)

Ohhh yes. Loving the oolongy aftertaste. Looooving.

Definitely curious to see what the second infusion will bring. Probably not tonight though, after looking at the time… (what can I say, I was in the lab until 1:30am!)

Thanks for the sample, Azzrian!

ETA: Ok, definitely tasting the orange in the second infusion! Actually, at a little over 3 minutes I feel it’s a touch oversteeped (at 94C this time). A bit of astringency coming out which is unnecessary. Definitely much less floral as well. (And again, the funky taste which confirms that yes, indeed, brushing your teeth half an hour before tea is a Bad Idea. Good thing it’s only an aftertaste.)

ETA again:
Mostly oolong in the third infusion, but I can get some floral notes that aren’t usually around in oolongs for me at this point. Still good. Mmmm!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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658 tasting notes

This is a lovely, lovely tea that does exactly what the description promises. The additions complement and enhance the already fabulous base perfectly. I’m drinking this from my tea glass at work. I used cooler water than I would normally since the leaves wer left in. I’m shocked to have got to the bottom after a good 30-45 minutes with zero bitterness! Very rich, sweetly floral, and delicate but not timid!

politicalmachine

a jasmine tie guan yin! sound’s very interesting to me!

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4819 tasting notes

Another sample from Indigobloom?. While this is a really lovely tea, I’m wondering if oolongs just aren’t my thing. I’m not getting the citrus notes in this one but I can taste the jasmine. the color is beautiful ( I’m so glad I bought the bodum glasses for drinking tea with at home) and its a nice relaxing cup of tea. I just don’t think I’d purchase it, but that’s more to do with oolongs than this being a bad tea.

Indigobloom

I think this was from Kittena, as I have a sample as well that I’ve yet to try.

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254 tasting notes

I didn’t realize I had any of this left! Happy to log this sip down as my 200th tasting note! Whoopee!

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138 tasting notes

Almost through my Verdant Alchemy blend adventure. I have been eyeing this on the site for a while now. Out of the 11 teas that I purchased last order I wanted to save this towards the last of my blends run. This is very very very good. Buttery and floral are the key words that jump out when you are drinking this. The orange highlights the buttery sweetness well. I am on my 4th steep and the orange is coming out a little more then before.

For an oolong girl this was a real treat.Great blend for sure!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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21 tasting notes

When I was a little girl, my mother took me out to high tea for the first time, and I had a jasmine scented green tea. Since then, it has always been one of my favorite flavors of tea. This tea tastes like that, only, like, better by and exponent of ten. It smells like leaves after the rain (and jasmine), and the first thing you taste is the excellent oolong, then you get orange, and it has an intriguing aftertaste of saffron. One of my new favorites, I think!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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