Verdant Tea: 2015 Silver Buds Yabao

http://verdanttea.com/yabao-tea/ I was lucky enough to score some of the 2015 crop and some of the 2008 crop, both at a significant discount, when Verdant Tea moved their operations to China. I’ve only tried the 2015 so far but cannot wait to try to older one, because the 2015 is fantastic. It surpasses its description….


Verdant Tea: Shui Xian Wuyi Oolong

This tea was a little bit disappointing. It was still a good tea, but it didn’t live up to the description (very fruity with lychee and grape notes, some cacao, a little ginger and vanilla), and did not yield many infusions (only three infusions, the fourth didn’t really taste like anything). For my first infusion…


Verdant Tea: Laoshan Roasted Oolong

This tea comes from the same family that produces the Laoshan Black, which is my current favorite tea period. I brewed the first steeping way too strong (45 seconds at 190 degrees), it was so aggressively toasty I could almost imagine someone had lit a stalk of barley under my nose. It’s not my favorite,…


Verdant Tea: Yunnan White Jasmine

As soon as I had this tea it catapulted to the position of favorite white tea AND favorite jasmine tea. In a previous post I described various jasmines I have had and listed some favorites, but drinking those was kind of like eating a Jolly Rancher red candy, and drinking this is like eating a…


Yezi Tea: Jasmine Tea Pearls

This tea wasn’t very good. I followed their instructions with regards to temperature and amount of tea to use, but steeped for a little bit longer than recommended. Honestly I think that The Mighty Leaf’s Organic Spring Jasmine teabags are a lot better (http://www.mightyleaf.com/product/organic-spring-jasmine/). Each bag is good for three infusions, making the overall cost…


This bears repeating: The Doughnut Vault is a blight

The other day I had a “fool me three times, shame on me” moment. I walk by the Doughnut Vault’s doughnut truck every morning on the way to work. I have tried their doughnuts before. Both times I was confounded by how awful they were. Their yeast doughnuts have an unpleasant sour note, and none of their…


Verdant Tea: Laoshan Black

The second tea that I got from the 5 for $5 promotion at Verdant Tea is this saccharine Laoshan Black. If I did not know any better I would swear that there is brown sugar or caramel or maybe maple syrup in this tea. Just a tad, half teaspoon per cup or thereabouts. When you smell…