drank Ben Shan by Verdant Tea
891 tasting notes

An interesting and prevalent toasty note came out when I steeped this at 85C at 20sec. The lime is still there but it’s not nearly as creamy as I noted before. It reminds me oddly of lime jello morphing into canned pear jello. Once you notice that lime note it doesn’t go away. Ever. I kind of wish someone would take this one and turn it into a flavoured tea, because plain is not doing it for me right now.

Anyways, this is my next Verdant Oolong sipdown project (spring cleanup!). It feels like I have a lot of it but I think that may be deceptive.

(2016 harvest)

Flavors: Floral, Lime, Mineral, Pear, Powdered sugar, Toasty

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Lexie Aleah

Sounds very interesting. Now I’m intrigued.

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Lexie Aleah

Sounds very interesting. Now I’m intrigued.

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

Ingredients/flavours I tend to dislike or stay away from: apple, cocoa nibs, marine, peach, stevia, dairy products

Subjective Rating System 2.0:

90-100: My absolute favourite tea. Will impulsively buy and hoard like a dragon.

85-89: A favourite tea. May have quality flaws that I choose to ignore.

76-84: A lovely tea, maybe of high quality or masterful blending, but not one I’m likely to order again.

70-75: Enjoyable, but I may have few minor problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry and/or personal preferences.

50-69: Quality, consistency, blending, or personal preference problems are apparent, but I wouldn’t pass up a cup.

11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea. I don’t give a lot of these ratings out, since I tend to grab teas I know will appeal to me.

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This is last year’s low-grade bancha mixed with rancid coconut, stale cocoa nibs, over-enthusiastic hibiscus, and stevia sweetener. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.


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