My very first thought upon smelling this tea is jasmine. I might be mistaken—maybe it’s just “floral”—but we sure have a lot of jasmine in Berkeley so I feel pretty confident about that! I don’t even fully understand what gongfu is so I just brewed it the regular way and steeped about three minutes. The smell of the first brew still says “jasmine” but the flavor does not; it’s faintly floral but something lush, smooth, and rocky, too. Two teas in, Verdant has already blown me away with their quality. Wow.

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I love the UK, cats, of Montreal, Sherlock, my Kindle, true adventure books, and tea.

My go-to cup is a builder’s tea: black and strong with milk. Never with sugar.

Tea Ratings (borrowed directly from Anyanka):

100-90: Delicious, must keep in stock.

89-80: Excellent, a definite reorder.

79-70: Good, an occasional reorder.

69-50: Pleasant, but it was a one night stand.

49-30: Not good, but drinkable.

29-20: Bad, but I finished the cup.

19-10: Terrible. Couldn’t finish a cup.

10 and below: Undrinkable, requires mouthwash and counseling.


Berkeley, CA


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