drank Gardens of Anxi by Verdant Tea
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I have been thinking about this tea lately for some reason. Maybe it’s the influx of tieguanyins to my cupboard, maybe it’s just thinking about teas I’ve had for a long time. I actually have a significant amount of this tea left. I ordered four ounces of it when it was going out of stock forever, and those came in two pouches. The second pouch hasn’t ever been opened. I have a strong drive to hoard this tea, even though it’s a tieguanyin and I know it is just losing flavor sitting there.

And yeah, it has faded a bit. But this tea, slightly faded, is still miles beyond so many others (to me). It has lost a bit of its natural sweetness, but it’s still floral and buttery. It will probably take me forever to drink this tea, and it will likely be old and flavorless when I finish it, but I will always remember how delicious it was at the beginning when I drink it.

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High Adventure

Sounds like you have a treasure there!

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Sounds like you have a treasure there!

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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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