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    Verdant Tea Mt. Banzhang Farmer’s Cooperative ’03 Sheng

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, fairly large Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 205 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: amber The craziest thing about this tea for me is that it was picked the year that I graduated high school (2001). It doesn’t feel like that long ago but I’m approaching by thirtieth birthday so it must be. I purchased this as a sample size from +Verdant Tea so the leaves were already conveniently broken up for me. The taste of the first infusion was sweet and nutty with a wine-like finish. It had a thick, almost creamy mouth-feel that left a tingling feeling on my tongue.…


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    Verdant Tea Mi Lan Xiang Phoenix Mountain Dancong

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: long, dark and twisted Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 205 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: orangish amber This tea was decadent and fragrant with notes of honey, orchid and citrus. A gentle woody, spiciness in the finish kept it from being too sweet. I loved the way that taste lingered in my palate. The second infusion was even headier than the first. A fruitiness reminiscent of apricot and raisins came into the forefront in the fourth infusion. I stopped at five infusions but the leaves definitely had a lot more to give. For an oolong nut like me this was a cup…

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    Verdant Tea Five Year Aged Tieguanyin

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 205 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: very pale amber This tea was originally harvested in the spring of 2008. The taste was surprisingly subtle and sweet. Very faint floral and fruity notes came to the forefront along with a pleasant woodiness. With each subsequent infusion it became fuller bodied and earthier. There was a roasted quality but it was not as deep as what I’ve experienced with other aged Tieguanyin. The finish was dry and had a lingering raisin-like aftertaste. Although this tea was fairly mellow, I was able to get around ten consecutive…

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    Verdant Tea Silver Buds Yabao

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large, silvery buds Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 208 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: very pale, almost clear This very unusual tea has been on my wishlist for some time. It is a puerh that is made out of compact winter buds. The owner of Verdant Tea posted an interesting story about the sourcing of this tea on Steepster. Only a few buds can be taken from each tree, which explains why it is so expensive. I bought a sample size for $2.75. That isn’t too bad considering my usual Starbucks drink costs a good deal more. Verdant Tea’s steeping instructions called…

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    Verdant Tea Golden Fleece

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: golden, twisted and curly Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 205 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale amber Some of my tea friends and I were so excited when Verdant Tea released their Golden Fleece this year that we decided to do a virtual group tasting. Being a slightly silly sort, we dubbed this tasting the Fleece Feast. Google+ Hangouts are great for this because it allows everyone to join in even though we had tea lovers in the east coast, midwest and on the west coast. Much tea talk and laughter ensued. It was really interesting to hear my everyone’s impressions on…