Dang it all. I made the mistake of brewing up two similar oolongs from Verdant, and am not sure which is which. I’d kept it straight but am now second-guessing myself. So I think I am reviewing the correct one here, but it’s possible I have them reversed. They are noticeably different, so I might be able to sort this out in the future if I’m wrong!
Anyhow – this one greeted me with quite the floral aroma upon removing the infuser from my cup (yes, I brewed western style. I’m simply too lazy for gongfu, though I suspect this would shine in that context). Brain too tired to deduce the particular floral, but it’s not an uncommon one to oolongs (reminded me of some greener ones). I was worried that it would also taste floral, but it doesn’t overly. It’s actually fairly creamy, light, minerally. Really delicious and enjoyable to drink. A lovely creamy, umami flavour left in the mouth after swallowing – a tea that one wants to have remain on their palate for a while. It’s interesting – I actually prefer the taste remaining in my mouth post-consumption more than I do the taste of the actual tea in my mouth. Unsure why, but that has happened to me before, in particular with oolongs. Perhaps it’s a sign of the tea being oversteeped and too complex, then when watered down, it really shines? I have no idea. Either way, this is a nice tea, and it might be making me tea drunk. The baby should probably wait to wake up for his mid-sleep snack until Mommy is sober again.