The colder season has made black tea even more tasty than usual for me. I recently purchased a bunch of blacks from Verdant Tea. One of them I felt I was taking a bit of a risk on, Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong Smoked Wuyi Black Tea, as I’m not huge on heavy smoked teas, I simply purchased for the recommendation that roasted oolong lovers would enjoy it. Let’s review it! Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong Smoked Wuyi Black tea is crafted in the Wuyi Mountains from the Li Family. This is the Autumn 2014 batch. Pictured is the sample size, though I also have … Continue reading, hoot!
Laoshan Roasted Oolong is an oolong from the Laoshan Village in the Shandong Province of China. This particular oolong, if you are familiar with Verdant Teas, is from the He family tea farm. The oolong I’m tasting today is actually the 2013 harvest, but the 2014 is available for purchase at this time. I purchased Laoshan Roasted Oolong awhile back, yet it has been elusive to me. I keep moving it in my tea stash and when I felt like I was ready to try it I couldn’t find it – this happened at least 4 times. Today I was like, “Okay, … Continue reading, hoot!
Golden Fleece is a wild picked Dian Hong golden tips black tea sold by Verdant Tea, an US tea seller. Oolong Owl Black Friday Week! Well, it’s technically Cyber Monday, so close enough! I got all my black friday shopping done and with that, all my Christmas shopping complete. All that is left for me to do is finish crocheting Tea Owls. Now it is time for me to kick back and relax. How about some luxury black tea? Golden Fleece is on the pricey end of teas for me (at this time, $15.75 for 1oz) , but I heard all over Steepster … Continue reading, hoot!
Hand Picked Early Spring Tieguanyin is an oolong from Verdant Tea. This batch was picked on April 12, 2013. This tea is hand in the mountains near Daping, China. However, this particular batch is hand picked by us at Oolong Owls, as I accidentally spilled the pouch of tea on the floor. Sigh. By the way, tieguanyin is painful to step on. I preordered this tea and received it sometime in May – talk about fresh! However, mass tea backlog here at Oolong Owl got it shuffled to the back. Thankfully, as I write this, Hand Picked Early Spring Tieguanyin … Continue reading, hoot!
Eight Treasures Yabao is a blend of yunnan green jasmine, silver buds yabao pu’er, goji berry, marigold, vanilla bean, honeysuckle, rose and elderberry. This unique tea is from Verdant Tea. This blend caught my eye last year, but I didn’t jump on it, then it eventually went out of stock. When Verdant Tea restocked this tea for the season, it prompt me to do my first order with them. I think what interested me was the combination of a silver bud yabao pu’er with floral and goji. Dry Leaf: The smell of Eight Treasures Yabao is unexpected! It smells like a musky mountain spice. … Continue reading, hoot!
Mrs. Li’s Shi Feng Dragonwell is a green tea from Verdant Tea. This dragonwell is organically produced, hand picked and roasted by the Li family in Shi Feng, Dragonwell Village in the Zhejiang Province of China. My tea owlets, I admit, the dragonwells I’ve had so far I wasn’t very impressed with. Though, I’m not sure how old the dragonwells I had were. Verdant Tea was taking preorders for their spring teas, and I figured I should give Mrs. Li’s Shi Feng Dragonwell a shot. This is the freshest tea I’m going to get my owl claws on. Seriously. The leaves were picked early April. … Continue reading, hoot!
Autumn Harvest Laoshan Green is a green tea from Verdant Tea. Autumn Harvest Laoshan Green is from the He family farm in Laoshan Village, Shandong Province, China. I have a giant pile of teas and samples that I haven’t gotten around to trying yet. It is pretty bad. While I was waiting for my rice to cook, I figure I should get the gaiwan going. My little crochet Owl Laoshan came over with my sample of Autumn Harvest Laoshan Green with a disapproving look on his face. We went to the computer and saw this tea is out of stock for the new Verdant Spring Harvest Laoshan … Continue reading, hoot!
Yunnan White Jasmine is a jasmine silver needle white tea from Verdant Tea. This tea came as a sample with my last Verdant Tea order. I almost ordered this one! It was in my cart, but I was in one of those annoying “I need to order more to hit free shipping, but I’m already spending too much” problems, so I dropped it and requested it as my free sample. DRY LEAF: When I snipped open my sample package – holy moly! It was a blast of jasmine! Really good jasmine! Can I wear this as perfume? The leaves are a … Continue reading, hoot!
Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha is a genmaicha blend from Verdant Tea. This blend features Verdant’s Laoshan Black, a little Shui Jin Gui Wuyi Oolong, hand crafted wild rice from Minnesota, and organic fair trade toasted jasmine rice. Oh, and organic cacao nibs. I really wanted to try Laoshan Black and this blend, but I was on a budget. So I opted to get an 1 oz of this blend, as I tend to drink more blends than straight unflavored teas. DRY LEAF: The tea smells like dark chocolate! Good dark chocolate, kinda like Lindt’s Dark Chocolate – Ohh yum, I love that … Continue reading, hoot!
Shui Jin Gui Wuyi Oolong is an oolong from Wuji Mountains, picked in the fall season of 2011. This tea is from Verdant Tea, an online tea seller. Verdant has some unique teas teas – mostly unflavored but some seasonal blends as well. All high quality. Verdant Teas are very high rated on Steepster, you’ll see at least 4 or 5 on the highest rated teas first page. So, I’ve been meaning to do a Verdant Tea order for a long time. #1 on my wish list for last christmas/birthday was Verdant’s Tea of the Month, which no one got me, … Continue reading, hoot!