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Not sure if this is the right one. Mine said Liu Family on it. It was from a Verdant Tea in the tea of the month box. Don’t ask me which year or month as it’s been awhile since I have ordered tea. Anyway this one is yummy. Not something I might order on my own. I can’t seem to pin down the taste but I blame eating practically a whole pizza earlier for that.
This is a Lovely tea. It is delicate and enticing from the moment you open the bag. The leaves are just Gorgeous: fine, silky, lustrous curls in a perfectly harmonious array of color. The scent of the dry leaf is wonderful too, I pick up floral and fruity notes. Tangerine, peach, sweet citrus. The liquor is well balanced with no bitterness or astringency. Its very soft and pleasantly delicious cup. I’m still getting great fruity notes with some flowers and honey on the background.
Wow the second cup is even stronger, fruitier and more vivid in its bouquet. Its lechee, its rose, its sugar and honey… with citrus notes. And again 0 bitterness or acidity. Delicious.
Third and fourth infusion are less floral and fruity with stronger woody, savory notes.
This is a lovely tea, I will definitely be ordering more.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Lychee, Peach, Rose, Sugar
Oh my god. This tea.Raw leaf smells strongly of cut grass. The liqueur is light and unassuming.
First steeping is incredible. Creamy and heavy on the tongue with notes of roasted cashew, fresh cream custard, jasmine flowers, equal parts floral and savory. Second steeping brings out a soft mineral taste and aroma like rain on the Utah sidewalk, the creaminess fading slightly to a greener cashew and the jasmine scent more prominent. Third steeping is more and more like rain, leaving a mineral softness on the palate. By the fourth steeping, the jasmine aroma has softened and I’m detecting cashew again. The flavor is more mineral and drying with a subtle astringency not unlike sprinklers on fresh cut grass. This tea is a revelation. Would steep more times but I want to taste it iced asap.
Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Custard, Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Jasmine, Mineral
Iced after third steepingAfter 2.5 hours, yields a light green, sweet, peachy, smooth tea. Hints of wet granite, slightly slippery. After sipping for only about 10 more minutes the astringency suddenly returns with a vengeance! Thought it may be due to warming but I quickly strained and iced it which cut this slightly but it remains pretty bitter. Should have strained it sooner but the full leaves were so pretty.
Flavors: Green, Mineral, Peach, Smooth, Sweet
Very astringent, tastes like bitter, damp and grainy stone, drying. Second is more ashy with hints of apricot. Third brew is extremely astringent, with hints of a woody, fruity smoke, but less drying.
Flavors: Apricot, Ash, Astringent, Mineral, Smoke
First steeping is savory and sweet like graham cracker and cotton candy, steepings 2-4 giving way to more vegetal notes like green bean as well as a more woody taste.
Iced (room temp and into fridge) after 4th steeping. 1-2 hours yields a sweet and lightly savory tea after while 6-8 hours a woody, toasty taste overrides the sweetness. Maintains a graham aroma.
Flavors: Cotton Candy, Graham Cracker, Green Beans, Sweet, Toasty, Umami, Wet Wood
Incredibly sweet aroma of dry leaves, like dried fruit and almonds, with raw vegetal notes arising after first rinse.
First steep is sweet and umami with notes of steamed green beans, steamed corn and pork broth. Upon second steeping, the sweetness softens and the tonkatsu broth quality becomes the most pervasive with a mineral, peppery spiciness arising. Further steepings become more and more spicy , the sweetness becoming only more subtle while the savoriness continues boldly.
Flavors: Broth, Green Beans, Mineral, Nutty, Pepper, Soybean, Spices, Umami, Vegetal
So I totally admit to buying the tea for the hype, especially given last year. I thought it was gonna sell out, but as of writing this there is still plenty in stock. I just bought a sample and let it sit for a while, but decided to finally break it out.
And WOW this actually pretty good. First, it’s not very bitter or astringent. Very smooth, which may turn some sheng drinkers off but is perfect for me as I’m kind of a wimp about bitterness. I DID use a lower brewing temperature (190), but I’m sure it could have held up at a higher temperature.
I got LOTS of steeps out of this and a little bit of a nice tea buzz too! Overall, I was quite impressed. Now, as for how old the trees REALLY are? Eh.. we don’t have to get into that. I’m just judging the tea on the tea.
I’ve discovered that I prefer the 2nd flushes of most green teas over the softer, more expensive first flush teas. This tea is a case in point. The leaves are beautiful dark green blades pressed flat like dragonwell. On the nose, I get aromas of dark leafy greens, cabbage, spinach, and stir fried vegetables. When brewed it has a green bean-ish taste and with notes of spice, cooked vegetables, and a bit of smoke. Occasionally I can detect undertones of melon and fennel. Being a shade grown tea, there’s a hint of umami as well.
The flavor isn’t bad, but compared to regular laoshan green tea it’s not as zesty nor as satisfying. The mouthfeel is thin and the spice can be too strong at times. For best results, brew with a light hand.
Flavors: Green Beans, Melon, Smoke, Spices, Spinach, Vegetables
I have always enjoyed this tea because it is full-bodied and smooth and it isn’t demure like so many green teas. I like in-your-face green vegetable flavors from my greens. The other special thing about this tea is the hint of caramel sweetness in the finish—almost like a Yunnan black.
I finally got around to finishing the last of a 25 gram pouch of this tea last night. My work day was extremely stressful and I did have some trouble sleeping, so I ended up deciding to calm myself with a gongfu session. That did the trick and I managed to go to sleep almost immediately afterwards.
Obviously, I gongfued this one. After a quick rinse, I steeped 7 grams of loose tea leaves in 5 ounces of 205 F water for 8 seconds. This infusion was chased by 11 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 13 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute 5 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, and 7 minutes. There was no real rhyme or reason for this particular methodology. It was late, I was tired, and I just kind of goofed off with it to see how it would work.
Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of chocolate, honey, orange, marzipan, and pine. After the rinse, I detected emerging scents of toast and malt. The first infusion produced a maltier bouquet with a hint of spice. In the mouth, I detected mild notes of toast, honey, chocolate, orange, marzipan, and pine underscored by a hint of spice. Subsequent infusions brought out more robust malt, chocolate, marzipan, orange, and pine impressions, while the previously rather generic toast note began to morph into a definite wheat toast flavor. I also began to detect cinnamon, nutmeg, juniper, cedar, vanilla bean, roasted nuts, minerals, brown sugar, cream, and lemon zest. The later infusions were mild, offering gentle mineral, malt, toast, pine, cedar, nut, and citrus notes.
This was a very nice, mellow Yunnan black tea. It even responded to my wonky brewing method well. I would definitely recommend this one to fans of traditional Yunnan black teas.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cedar, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream, Honey, Lemon Zest, Malt, Marzipan, Mineral, Nutmeg, Orange, Pine, Roasted nuts, Toast, Vanilla, Wheat
Ordered a sample of this one in my last order and I must say I’m impressed.
I love dragonwell tea for its savory notes. This particular tea is very aromatic and satisfying with its sweet rice notes. The vegetal aromas are also very refreshing and it gives you a nice mineral tingle … that tingly, spicy sweetness in the mouthfeel. Its a light tea but is bursting with aroma and flavor, I am thoroughly enjoying this one. I made the second steeping stronger and it brought out the floral/vegital notes to the forefront. And with the tingly mouth feel I almost taste acidic fruit, like grape or honeydew melon. There is not much bitterness in it, even oversteeped. It a lovely cup, savory, aromatic and fun.
Flavors: Flowers, Grapes, Green, Melon, Mineral, Rice, Seaweed, Spicy, Sweet, warm grass
This is the first a sample selection I ordered during the promotion mentioned on one of the discussion threads here.
This i s type of tea is a change from the usual blacks I favor.
It is good. Just different. More woodsy and roasted. As I often do, I added a dab of sweetener and creme. They brought out thee roasted flavor of this tea. I am curious to see how the flavor changes during the next couple of steeping.
It borders on mellow for me though it is not a weak tea. The flavor isn’t heavy, it doesn’t smack you taste bids senseless. Maybe the word I’ looking for is refined?
Flavors: Creamy, Roasted
Picked up a sample of this with my recent Verdant order to see how it compared to regular TGY. My initial impressions are there is little difference between the two.
The pale green, loosely rolled leaves have the aromas of orchid and lilac. The tea has a nice, classic TGY taste. It’s heavy on the lilac, and also has notes of orchid and crème brulee. Mouthfeel is a little thin and it doesn’t resteep as well as other TGYs I’ve had.
A solid TGY overall but nothing spectacular. It doesn’t really stand out from their regular version which is a stellar tea in its own right.
Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Orchid, Sweet, warm grass