Nearing the end of my verdant sample collection here.

Dry aroma fits the description on the site to a T: Cocoa, wood, and caramel.

The wet aroma (following the wash) is very… interesting. Very strong aroma, you can smell the roast very apparently. It smells a bit like dark roasted coffee, with wood and cocoa notes. A rather spicy aroma as well, kinda like nutmeg?

First steep. The flavour is way different than the dry aroma. Very spicy with a light roasted taste in the background. A bit of wet wood as well, and slightly earthy to boot. Nutty as well. Drinking more in the steep, I can definitely taste minerality like wet stone as well. If I were to sum up this tea on the first steep, its a spicy, earthy tea. Also quite a bit of caffeine content, which is a great companion to a research article that I am writing concurrently with this tasting note.

Second steep is much like the first, if not a tiny bit stronger.

Third and fourth steep carry in style. Less flavour as steeps progressed, but spicyness and minerality is retained.

Overall a pleasant and ‘spicy’ tea, was not expecting this at all from a dark roasted oolong. I do have to say there was no fruity flavours as verdantly famously misadvertises with most of their teas, but despite that this tea is a very nice roasted wuyi oolong and it is not astringent at all. A pleasant tea to sip for a bit of relaxation, tipped with a bit of tangyness.

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Coffee, Mineral, Nutmeg, Roasted, Spicy, Wet Earth, Wet Rocks, Wood

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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