drank Huang Mei Gui by Verdant Tea
47 tasting notes

Short review:

Another sample from verdant tea. This is a strong wuyi oolong (with the caffeine to accompanied it). There is a light to medium roast that can be tasted with this tea. The minerality is on the stronger side of things, with the astringency to boot.

What’s neat is that it tastes as if it’s a combination of a dancong oolong with a wuyi oolong. There are definitely floral notes tasted within the minerality and flavour traditionally found in wuyi oolongs. Definitely a bit of jasmine and rose, but interesting orange notes as well. I would like to say that the tea is sweet, but the bitterness that comes with the minerality is always fighting it — an interesting balance.

Overall not bad. If you like floral teas (mainly dancong, as this tea has a massive dancong taste to it), love wuyi oolongs, then definitely try this one out. It does have a pretty decent caffeine kick to it as well.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Jasmine, Mineral, Orange, Orange Zest, Sweet, Wet Rocks

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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My grading criteria for tea is as follows:

90-100: Phenomenal tea right here. Drinking this is just a wonderful treat.

85-89: Extremely good tea but it’s just missing that one thing to make it exceptional.

80-84: Very good tea. May not be the best, but it certainly is excellent for the times that you crave them.

70-79: Good tea. The types of teas that have that one characteristic to them that makes it worthwhile despite lacking in all the other areas

60-69: Average tea. Doesn’t excel at anything but isn’t’ horrible in anything either.

40-59: Below average tea. I can see how someone else would like this tea but I definitely don’t like it. Could be an issue with my brewing or just my taste in general. If it’s a brewing issue, rating will be adjusted accordingly.

0-39: How is this tea. Better beverages could be made by grabbing a clump of dead grass from my front lawn.


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