This is the fourth and final Gande (green, unroasted, unaged) TGY that I have in my possession currently. There is actually a fair amount of this on sale right now on Verdant’s site, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about ordering more.

It is a lovely TGY. Like the Early Spring Picking (also Master Zhang’s), this one has heavy lilac notes. But I would say that this one is thicker and creamier than the Early Spring Picking. SUPER sweet. Sweet cream butter, for sure. It is the sweetest TGY that I have right now. Which of course means I love it. I want more but my cup is empty.

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I’m super tempted by all the reserve teas!

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I’m super tempted by all the reserve teas!

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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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