Hand Picked Spring Tieguanyin (2014)

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Butter, Floral, Smooth, Cut grass, Vegetal, Wheat, Cream, Peach, Flowers, Perfume, Honeysuckle, Whiskey
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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 g 6 oz / 192 ml

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From Verdant Tea

Perfect Spring Tieguanyin is a celebration of all the flowers and smells of the spring- lilac, fresh young grass, warm sunny fields. These aromas confidently unfold on a creamy rich base. The aftertaste lingers like sweet grass and honeysuckle. There is something sensual about this tea in its heady florals and creamy texture. It is nostalgic for young romance, stolen night walks through gardens.

The flavor continues to grow in complexity with key lime pie and lemongrass citrus, and buttery kettle corn. This tea steeps out for hours, yielding a full day or sipping. Enjoy Tieguanyin at the peak of its freshness and see what Anxi and Master Zhang strive for in the craft of tieguanyin oolong tea.

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111 tasting notes

I’ve been sampling a lot of Verdant’s teas over the past few days (in a frantic attempt to decide what to order for their Black Friday deals!). This was one of the teas in my 5 for 5 sampler. It’s a very classic oolong, on the greener side. The strongest note I noticed in the aroma was floral; I often compare a note like this to orchid, but Verdant’s comparison of lilac works well. The liquor was a beautiful pale green, and the taste was light and creamy, with a very similar floral note coming through in the sip and in the aftertaste. (There was also a subtle hint of something juicy beneath the floral notes, maybe a slightly citrus tang?) I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to, because I’m such a newbie when it comes to appreciating the greener oolongs.

I won’t be ordering more of this particular tea just yet, since I think I’d be better able to appreciate it in the spring or summer. (I tend to be on a roasted oolong kick this time of year.) But this is a lovely tea. It makes me want to explore Tieguanyin more in the future!

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430 tasting notes

Ever since I sipped down the two Teavivre teas that were floral-y, I’ve been craving a floral tea. Like all the time, it seems!
And after like what…a month or something? I got another floral tea! :O
Before when I read the description of this on Steepster, I thought it was going to taste more grassy like a green tea or something, but as I read through everyone’s tasting notes, I got more interested. So decided to order some.
I’m so glad I did!
The dry leaves smelled just like a plain oolong, but as it steeped, a strong floral fragrance came out. Which, of course made me even more excited and hopeful!
And the taste did NOT disappoint! The floralness wasn’t quite as strong in taste as it had been in the smell, but it was still present and the strongest flavor in the tea.
There were buttery notes, of course, but nothing too overwhelming or anything.
It was just incredible!
I actually kinda like this more than Teavivre’s DaYuLing Oolong even. :O Theirs is so buttery, which can make me feel kinda sick a lot. But the butter notes in this one are more in the background and at the end of the sip.
Goodness. Just this tea. :O
Think I’ll be falling in love with this one quite easily. :O

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Smooth

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87 tasting notes

Tastes like green tea… maybe I don’t know oolongs after all!

Flavors: Cut grass, Vegetal, Wheat

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Lewis and Clark TTB #9

I’m not absolutely certain this is 2014, but it was received this year, so I’m pretty sure it is.

This tea has a rich, complex nose and taste. The dominant taste is grass, but there are overtones of veggie, fruit, and spice. Rich, buttery full mouth-feel. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish, but it barely detracts from this well-made tea. Second steep is still powerful, but less subtle and a bit too astringent for my taste

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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414 tasting notes

(Backlog from a couple of days ago)

Thanks to Sarsonator who generously sent me a huge quantity, I was able to sip on this wonderful oolong during the week end.

I’ve had this TGY from previous harvests before. Verdant does oolong very well…

It’s a beautiful tea, very flavourful and what I have come to expect from higher quality TGY.

Creamy, buttery and slightly nutty. It smells like popping kernels!

Nice floral mouthfeel going on. It has also a refreshing citrusy finish.

It lasted many steeps gongfu style.

I made my session extra special by inaugurating new teawares that I love very much. (Allan, looking at you, enabler!!!)

Here’s a pic:



Yay, so glad this one found a loving home!


Love that cup!

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175 tasting notes

From the Lewis and Clark TTB.

Brewed gongfu-style with gaiwan. Steeping times: 3, 3, 3, 3, 6, 6, 6, 6.

I haven’t had many Tieguanyin’s, so picking out the complexities was difficult for me. Trying to go beyond “floral” here.

The leaf has a flora aroma, an early spring air filled with the delicate fragrances of purple, light blue, dark blue, pink, and yellow flowers. I imagine bumblebees and honeybees, dusted with pollen, flitting from flowerbed to flowerbed. The liquor is pale yellow, clear, and bright. Full-bodied yet light. The texture becomes creamier and more buttery with every infusion, and the taste changes to candy sweet, evocative of candied flowers.

The tightly rolled light green leaves quickly unfurl. Each one is surprisingly small and thin for a lightly oxidized oolong.

Boiling 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Lewis & Clarke TTB

Another sample that I pulled out of the TTB to try later before sending it on. Looks similar to other green oolongs I’ve seen – tightly rolled and yellow/green in color. Dry scent is sweet with strong peachy notes and a bit of cream. I steeped mine for 3 minutes at 190 degrees.

This tastes similar to other green oolongs – slightly vegetal with a creamy texture and nice peach notes. However, it’s pretty strong on the floral taste, which does not make my mouth happy. It’s almost perfumey in the aftertaste. :(

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Peach, Vegetal

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I forget how much you dislike the floral, because I love the floral.

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4 tasting notes

Wonderfully fresh with mild sweet notes.

Flavors: Flowers

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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Marco Lewis TTB

Soooo good! Floral, perfumey, a hint of vegetal if you squint your eyes hard enough. You can really taste the difference when you’re drinking high quality tea!

Flavors: Floral, Perfume


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461 tasting notes

My first Verdant tea. When I opened the package, I got a scent of honeysuckle. It comes out more brewed. The flavour is nicely sweet and floral. There is a bit more of a vanilla or cream flavour as it cools.

Flavors: Honeysuckle


Wow, you are just now trying Verdant? I’m shocked!

Lariel of Lórien

I was waiting for the 5 for 5 sampler to come back.


Good call

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