Well, that last tea went from ok to completely undrinkable very quickly. Oh well, I blame the tea dust.

Last month I received two Verdant orders at the same time (one was a preordered tea cup), and both had a sample of this tea in them. One pouch is at home, waiting to be gongfu-ed, but one was brought into work to steep western style. I’m not typically into aged TGYs (I like them green as grass), but I am open to anything.

Steeped it smells like… an aged TGY. I know, so inspired. I am lacking in some inspiration today, I guess. There some dark florals lurking about, behind the aroma of lightly roasted veggies. The flavor is lighter than expected, really. It’s neither overly roasted nor overly floral. It’s just kind of sitting there in the middle, chilling. I’m not sure really what to think other than its a perfectly nice oolong to drink, but it’s not too terribly interesting to me. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in gongfu.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.


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