Laoshan Goji Leaf

Tea type
Herbal Tea
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Flavors
Vegetables
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Caffeine
Caffeine Free
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Edit tea info Last updated by derk
Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 7 oz / 217 ml

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  • “Bleh, really wanted to like this tea but I could barely stomach it. I don’t know what Goji leaf is supposed to taste like – goji berries are the only goji food I’ve ever had – but this smelled and...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I finished the 25g pouch between last night and this morning and realized this tisane has grown on me immensely when prepared western. It kind of hits all the marks for me as a soothing evening...” Read full tasting note
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A member of the Solanaceae family, the caffeine-free Goji berry plant (Lycium barbarum) grows wild across Northern China – including on the slopes of Laoshan in Shandong. Though the plant is most famous for its berries, its dried leaves have been a part of traditional medicine in China for centuries. Early this April, the He Family foraged young and tender spring goji leaves and carefully finished them just as they would their early spring reserve Laoshan green teas. We are so excited for the opportunity to share this latest experimental tea from the He Family!

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Bleh, really wanted to like this tea but I could barely stomach it. I don’t know what Goji leaf is supposed to taste like – goji berries are the only goji food I’ve ever had – but this smelled and tasted like overcooked vegetables. I didn’t get any of the honey, biscuit, or fruity notes that Verdant described. My significant other though liked it better and remarked that it tasted like cauliflower to her. I guess it comes down to individual taste preferences, but this one has a weird vegetal taste that doesn’t jive with me.

Flavors: Vegetables

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 g 5 OZ / 160 ML
derk

Heh, I liked it but it is very strange, very veg.

LuckyMe

Yeah, this was a real vegetal wallop…tasted like straight up raw vegetables.

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I finished the 25g pouch between last night and this morning and realized this tisane has grown on me immensely when prepared western. It kind of hits all the marks for me as a soothing evening drink without medicinal flavors: it’s vegetal, biscuity, buttery, clean, a little peppery, tart and minty with a very light sweetness that smooths the strong vegetal tone. After letting the bag sit for a while, the scent of the dry leaf matched the aroma and taste of the liquor. 3-4 grams per 8oz seems to be the sweet spot and I can get 4 good steeps. I think I’d like to keep this around. Big ol bump.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I’m intrigued. It doesn’t look like Verdant has this one at the moment, but they do have a couple of similar herbals from the same farm.

derk

I bought this a few months ago and at that time there were 4-5 other herbals available under the He Family listing. I also picked up the jujube leaf which was weirdly tasty. This tea was made in the spring, so if they continue to produce it, I hope it’s available next summer.

Cameron B.

I ordered 25g each of the two they have right now to try. ❤

derk

I look forward to your reviews. I find funny that I prefer these herbals over their Laoshan blacks and greens that get very good reviews here.

LuckyMe

Glad to hear this one is good because I have a pouch lying around that I need to try. Verdant’s herbals are really underrated. Their Wild Gan Zao Ye was amazing, tasted just like a real green tea

derk

LuckyMe, I’m curious what you’ll think about this one since it seems your preferences tend toward greens and greener oolong. Looking forward to your review.

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