Commandingly rich and creamy Wuyi oolong with lingering honey, orchid, and citrus caramel flavors
Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Purchase: Verdant Tea
Suggested Brewing Tips:
If possible, use filtered or spring water, freshly boiled.
Use a small cup and brew basket, a gaiwan, or an yixing clay teapot. This tea performs much better brewed in small quantities and resteeped many times. Start with filtered freshly boiled water and use 3g-4g of tea for 4 ounces of water. Steep for 10 seconds maximum, increasing each steeping by a second or so.
For cold-brewed iced tea, use 2 heaping tsp per cup of room temperature filtered water, refrigerate overnight with leaves and serve super cold. This one is excellent iced.
For more steeping tips, check out our full brewing compendium.
Somehow Verdant always manages to surprise me. The flavor of this particular tea changes so much with each steeping that it is like drinking a different tea each time. With my cravings for variety this tea really struck a cord with me, even if it isn't my favorite oolong. There are some teas I can devour in a gluttonous haste and others I like to savor oh so slowly. Can you take a guess which type of tea this one was?
My first steep (10s) hit me with a sweet honey note that surprised me, I've never tasted a tea so naturally sweet on its own. It then followed up by a malty flavor at the end of each sip. What was really surprising was that the second steep (12s) was even more sweet than the first. There was also a heavy floral flavor and scent that wasn't present at all in the first steep. This steep doesn't resemble the first at all, it was like drinking a completely different tea.
The third steep (15s) had a very deep, slightly bitter flavor. The bitterness hit almost immediately distracting me from the other flavors. It was followed up by a much more mellow malty flavor than the previous steeps. The fourth steep (20s) swung back around to the strong honey flavor that was present in earlier steeps and again I'm surprised how sweet it is. I wasn't expecting this tea to actually become sweeter the more times I steeped it. I've never had another tea quite like this one.
I'm am surprised yet again when the fifth steep (25s) heads back towards the heavy floral scent and flavor I found in the second steep. The leaves may not have been completely exhausted after my fifth steep, but I sure am so I've decided to end my review here tonight, although I could easily see another 2-3 steeps coming from these leaves.
My Rating: 89/100
Would I order this again? Yes. It truly fascinates me that one tea can produce such a wide variety of flavors. This tea will never leave me bored so I see it gracing my cupboard periodically.