Backlog. My Verdant order came in! Yay for restocking on favorites like LB! I ordered a sample of this oolong because based on the reviews here on Steepster, it seemed like a tea that would be right up my alley. I neglected to look up any steeping parameters, so I left the tea steeping for about 3 minutes, oops. The resulting tea reminded me a lot of Laoshan Black, but it had a bit of a musty raisin-like taste. That was unexpected and confusing, so I looked up steeping parameters, which turned out to be 30 seconds.

So after my first mug, I resteeped a few times at around 40 seconds or so each. I think that my first long steep kind of drained a lot of the flavors out because the resteeps tasted a bit more like nutty hot water than anything else. Anyway, I’ll probably bring the rest of the sample back home where I can pay more attention to it and steep it right.


I usually like this one steeped for a long time. I do 1.5 tsp for 4-6 mins.

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I usually like this one steeped for a long time. I do 1.5 tsp for 4-6 mins.

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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