Spring 2019 harvest

This was a 5g sample that I split over 2 sessions. I’m a commitment phobe who hates buying tea in large quantities so I love the fact that Verdant offers samplers for all of their teas. Aside from 25g of regular Laoshan green which is pretty consistent every year, I bought a dozen or so 5g samples of every one of their green teas.

My Instagram note aptly sums up this tea: “Delicate body, dew like sweetness, and refreshing.” This year’s crop was light and delicate, like spring mix salad. Notes of fennel, oats, and a little toastiness. Very nice overall, but not quite as good as the spring harvest from a few years ago.

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0jMmTYgHOD/

Flavors: Fennel, Lettuce, Oats, Soybean

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 97 ML

“dew like sweetness” — I like it.

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea years ago, and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and a few flavored teas. My tea epiphany came a few years ago when I discovered jade oolongs. That was the gateway drug to the world of fine tea and teaware.

With the exception of a handful of lightly scented teas, I drink mostly straight tea. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks are beginning to grow on me. I’ve dipped my toe into a few puerhs now but it’s still relatively new territory for me. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

Other non-tea interests include: cooking, reading, nature, MMA, traveling when I can, and of course putzing around on the interwebs.

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