Tea: 2013 Spring picked Laoshan Green Tea

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Tea: Laoshan Green Tea Spring Picked
Company: Verdant Tea

This is one of Verdant’s staple green tea that is made by the He family. Their tea, grown between the slopes of Taoist holy Mountain Laoshan and the ocean is shaded by mist helping it grow sweet and rich. Currently they have the fresh spring picked version up for sale. I received mine from their Classic Tea of the Month Club Box, along with other spring picked teas that I will be reviewing later this month. This is the first one that I tried, and I brewed this tea gonfu style so that I could see how its’ flavor changed over time. Continue reading

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Tea Related: Pre-order Fresh picked tea from Verdant Tea

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Have you ever wished you could taste fresh picked tea? Well now you can! Verdant tea is currently working during there trip to china to bring you fresh from the field hand picked tea. The two teas that they have up for pre-order right now is the famous Mrs. Li’s Shi Feng Dragonwell Green Tea and Hand Picked Early Spring Tieguanyin.

There is also a great article with David (founder of Verdant Tea) interviewing Mrs. Li’s Shifeng about her Dragonwell tea. You can it read it here.

P.S. if you are already part of the monthly tea subscription with Verdant Tea you will be receiving the Dragonwell green tea for the month of May.

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Tea: Eight Treasures Yabao

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Name:  Eight Treasures Yabao

OMG! IT’S BACK, IT’S BACK, IT’S BACK!!! This is one of my favorite teas from Verdant Tea for the summer. It is a unusual mix that is sure to please floral and light tea lovers.

The lore behind this tea is that it is based of the Chinese tea blend “Eight Treasures”, which while sometimes varying in blend it is usually a mix of green tea, flowers, fruits (orange and goji berry, ect.), and added rock sugar. It is a spring time tea that is meant to decrease body heat, aid in digestion, and boost your energy. What makes Verdant’s take on the tea so wonderful is the use of Silver Buds Yabao tea in it. Yabao tea (or Old Tree Bud White) is a unique type of tea. New fresh bud clumps are picked off of tea trees (not the bush kind) and then lightly processed much like white tea. However, unlike white tea is can be aged. Verdants Yabao is supper sweet and crisp with notes of cedar and peppercorn.

This Yabao while good can be a bit weak, however, in this blend it’s flavor attributes are harmoniously amplified and creates a wonderful summer tea that is good warm and iced.

The smell of the dry leaf is like smelling a bunch of hand picked sweet flowers and nectar; sweet and airy. The wet leaf becomes deeper with damp cedar notes backed with warm vanilla. The taste of the tea is’t self is simply divine. It is like drinking the nectar of sweet flowers drizzled with vanilla and a tinge of tingly spice left on the tongue  When it is iced the vanilla becomes more of a creamy texture with the jasmine and Yabao more present making it tasted like flowers that have been plucked from a cedar forest that still have morning dew on them.

Overall this is a great crisp, light, and floral tea that is sweet enough on it’s own and in my opinion embodies spring time. With just 2 tsp of leaf you can make 16-24oz of pure spring time bliss for you or your friends.

NOTE: While this tea has green jasmine tea it isn’t over the top or dominating in flavor. It is more of a sweet jasmine then a dry floral one. So jasmine wienies (like me) don’t need to worry.

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Instructions

HOT: I brew mine a little different from Verdants steeping. First I brew 1 tsp in per 8oz for 1 minuet, then pour into a pyrex. I add another tsp of leaf to the pot and brew for 2 minuets, and pour into the pyrex. Then I brew one last time for 2:20 minuets and pour into the pyrex. Makes 3 8 oz servings NOTE: You can skip the last steep if you want it a little stronger.

INSTANT ICED: Fallow the same guidelines as above, but either brew leaves in 4oz of water or double the leaf used. Pour the steepings into a heat resistant pitcher and put in equal parts ice to water. Will make 16-24 oz to 32-48 oz depending on the method used. You can also brew it up normal using the hot method and wait for it to cool, and then put into the fridge or freezer, but this method is faster and just a tasty.

Brewing Specifics

  • leaf: 2tsp
  • Pot: Glass
  • Water: 8oz
  • Temp: 185F
  • Steep: 1 minuets; 2 minuets; 2:20 minuets.