drank Laoshan White by Verdant Tea
104 tasting notes

Okay, first a Mea Culpa: Other than green pu erhs, I don’t do multiple steepings of teas. Yes, I’m an unrefined westerner, but here’s my reasoning:
1. I don’t have time. I’m lucky to be able to steep a cup of tea and drink it while chasing my two boys, 4 and 2, around the house/yard/street, etc.

2. The interaction between caffeine and flavor in tea is as important to me as the interaction between alcohol and flavor in beer. I don’t see the point of drinking tea once the caffeine is gone, in the same way I don’t see the point of non-alcoholic beer.

3. I don’t necessarily feel that tea “reveals” different flavors over the course of multiple steepings. To me it just seems weaker and less interesting.

4. Tea is an inexpensive luxury. I don’t feel compelled to extract every drop of tea essence from the leaves. My wife spends more on wine in two months than I do in a year on tea. I just spent $250 for a little hose for my motorcycle. And don’t get me started on the price of “artisan” meats and cheeses, local produce, or the price of books.

So maybe some day I’ll change, but for now most of my tasting notes are based on a single steep.

I found it odd that this was classified as a white tea, as it seemed more of a hybrid between a dragon well green and a white. It’s pleasant and light, and I was gratified that I detected the almond/vanilla flavor mentioned in the description. I don’t often notice the sometimes esoteric flavors attributed to teas. Anyway, while this tea is definitely not in my wheelhouse, I’m thankful to the folks at Verdant for letting me try it. It’s a nice summer tea that went well with pushing my four year old down the street on his new pedal bike.

Bonnie

I don’t quite know what to say. For me it would be like being at a concert of my favorite music with the best seats, standing up and walking out after the first song and never knowing any other music by the composer except that one song.

Doug F

Good analogy. Continuing along those lines, for me it would be like watching my favorite musician perform, say Bob Dylan, and then following that were Bob Dylan cover bands; I don’t think I would stick around to see a diminution of the original.

TeaBrat

Aside from pu-erhs I generally resteep oolongs and japanese green tea 2 or 3 times but that’s about it for me. Generally I will try to get more out of an expensive tea. I understand your POV Doug, with two small kids it’s lucky you have time to focus on anything!

Doug F

Yes, I will resteep an Oolong if it’s one I particularly love. And you’re right, I had a green tea from Den’s that deserved a second steep. But green and blacks are pretty much single steepers for me.

Bonnie

If you hadn’t begun with such a narrow statement I wouldn’t have curled up into a whimpering ball. This particular white I save for the occasions when I have time alone and can steep many times because the chemical effect and not just the flavor of the tea lingers unbelievable well.

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Bonnie

I don’t quite know what to say. For me it would be like being at a concert of my favorite music with the best seats, standing up and walking out after the first song and never knowing any other music by the composer except that one song.

Doug F

Good analogy. Continuing along those lines, for me it would be like watching my favorite musician perform, say Bob Dylan, and then following that were Bob Dylan cover bands; I don’t think I would stick around to see a diminution of the original.

TeaBrat

Aside from pu-erhs I generally resteep oolongs and japanese green tea 2 or 3 times but that’s about it for me. Generally I will try to get more out of an expensive tea. I understand your POV Doug, with two small kids it’s lucky you have time to focus on anything!

Doug F

Yes, I will resteep an Oolong if it’s one I particularly love. And you’re right, I had a green tea from Den’s that deserved a second steep. But green and blacks are pretty much single steepers for me.

Bonnie

If you hadn’t begun with such a narrow statement I wouldn’t have curled up into a whimpering ball. This particular white I save for the occasions when I have time alone and can steep many times because the chemical effect and not just the flavor of the tea lingers unbelievable well.

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I love tea and living in a place that is cold or cool nine months of the year, tea is a constant source of warmth and education. I always drink tea straight and rarely drink flavored teas or Tisanes, except for the occasional Rooibos. I’m a proud father of two young boys, an avid skier, motorcyclist, reader, and runner. I have a doctorate in English (dissertation on Emily Dickinson.)

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