This is the last of the Verdant Tea 5 for $5 sampler. There seems to be a void of tea space in my cupboard. I might cry…or not. However, these were all pretty nice flavors. I must say that purchasing the sampler did me good. It opened my eyes to great quality tea, and helped my palate understand tea in a different way. As I’ve written in my Bio, I’ve been drinking teas for a long time; however, these were one company’s tea—for three years! I haven’t stepped any further than that, and I felt kind of dirty calling myself a genuine “tea connoisseur.” I thought that I “belonged” in the tea world because I tried ALL 99 flavors from this ONE place.
It was my job to think that.
And then I left.
I started drinking other teas; I figured that someone could give me the fix. I became a tea-need freak. I went through withdraws and drank coffee…..But then, a miracle happened! I discovered Adagio, Tiesta Tea, Harney & Sons, etc. At that moment, I told myself to find something more…something new. I found Steepster. I found new brands. I found my place in the world….
Now—this tea—it’s great! The leaf is beautiful. I wanted to start on it last night, but I thought that I’d be up all night drinking pot after pot of tea, so knowing that Kindergarten registration was coming early, I went to bed. I woke up early, though, just to have a pot of tea before heading off to work.
The aroma of the wet leaf is nice. Imagine picking a leaf from a tree, and crushing it between your fingers. That is how this smells. The flavor is the same.
The first steep (25 seconds at 195 degrees Fahrenheit) was sweet, smooth, “grassy,” and had an overall gentle mouth feel.
The second steep was the same with a touch of astringency.
The third was more astringent than the previous two—but in a good way….