This tea has a lovely juicy quality to it that makes it really easy to drink every day, which I have been doing. And now, it’s gone.
And it’s a sipdown!
“This tea has a lovely juicy quality to it that makes it really easy to drink every day, which I have been doing. And now, it’s gone. And it’s a sipdown!” Read full tasting note
“Backlog. By now I feel like I’ve exhausted the entire Laoshan tea category because I’ve tried all of the varietals from every season and every picking from both Verdant and Yunnan Sourcing. This...” Read full tasting note
If Mr. He had to pick one tea that best represented the terroir of Laoshan, Bilochun would be his first choice. Delicate hand-picked buds and leaves are withered in bamboo baskets, and carefully hand curled and rolled under low heat to form beautiful long twists that unfold gracefully in a glass teapot or tumbler. The fresh and delicate leaf material is the first new growth of the cool autumn season as the weather starts turning and the mornings and nights are misty again. The sweetness in the leaves is allowed to build up for an incredibly rich autumn harvest. The careful hand-finishing adds more depth and complexity, while bolstering the mineral-laden texture. It may be incredibly labor-intensive, but Mr. He continues to finish this using traditional techniques year after year to show how nuanced Laoshan tea can truly be.
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2018 Spring Laoshan BilochunVerdant Tea
Reserve Autumn Laoshan BilochunVerdant Tea
2019 Autumn Laoshan BilochunVerdant Tea
2018 Autumn Laoshan GreenVerdant Tea
2019 Spring Laoshan BilochunVerdant Tea
Laoshan Bilochun GreenVerdant Tea
By now I feel like I’ve exhausted the entire Laoshan tea category because I’ve tried all of the varietals from every season and every picking from both Verdant and Yunnan Sourcing. This tea is the latest installment in my Laoshan green tea odyssey.
I would describe this one as more savory than the regular version. The first cup was light-bodied and almost colorless with soy and cilantro. The second cup was brothy and accented with a hint of fennel. By the third cup, almost all of the flavor was washed out. A little disappointing considering I usually get 3-4 good steeps from Laoshan greens.
This one really didn’t do anything for me. Not as zesty or sweet as the spring picked variety. Weirdly enough, at times it tasted chocolately as if it was blended with Laoshan black tea. I remember tasting cocoa tones in the spring harvest as well so that seems to be something peculiar to this tea.
Anyhoo, I’ve come to the realization that the OG Laoshan green tea is my favorite in this tea category. It has the most well rounded flavor and is more robust than the expensive first flushes. I appreciate Verdant’s experimental offerings and will likely continue to sample them, but will stick to my tried and true for regular drinking.
Flavors: Cocoa, Coriander, Fennel, Soybean, Vegetable Broth