Jin Jun Mei from Verdant Tea aka Super Starling enjoys steamed buns!

I have a confession to make.

I purchased this tea because Verdant told me it tasted like “steamed buns.” I laughed at the phrase “steamed buns,” and then I laughed some more.

Steamed.

Buns.

It hasn’t gotten any less funny. It’s still really, really good.

And yeah, this tea totally tastes like bread! It’s smoky and malty and a bit sweet. I detect maybe some butter/vanilla in there, around the edges. It’s so heavy and thick it’s almost broth-like. Even before I drink it down, it just SMELLS really good. It feels like it should have calories.

It’s not the sexiest thing in the world — it’s a classic staple.

It’s like a guy who’s got a little bit of Dad Bod going on. (I have actually written “Dad Bod” on my sample bag.) This tea is Mr Right, not Mr Right Now.

And no Mr Right would be complete without… STEAMED BUNS.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Verdant Tea
Description

Jin Jun Mei Wuyi black tea is one of the most labor intensive and demanding teas to produce. The picking window is very small and the skill required so high, that every experienced farmer in the Xingcun region works together to pick Jin Jun Mei buds for each other over the first weeks of spring. Li Xiangxi’s spring-fed tea grows out of rocky, sandy soil, yielding a rich mineral flavor true to Wuyishan’s unique terroir.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Mi Lan Black Tea from Verdant Tea. . . .

The description for this tea included the phrase “orchid candy,” whatever that means. You may be wondering: Is that a thing? Can that really be purchased somewhere?

No.

It cannot.

You may purchase a floral variety of said name; you may acquire a dish in that shape; you may order regular candy in an orchid color scheme.

This tea was, like Luke Skywalker, my only hope.

And oh yes, it delivered! This tea tastes like orchid and sweetness. A swig of caramel.

Also a bit of rascally zing at the base.

This is a family of pastors with that one kid who gets into trouble at school — but non-criminal prankster stuff. And the parents say things like, “Little Joey gets his drivers license this week. Time to put his guardian angel’s flight speed to the test, AM I RIGHT?”

Like in Seventh Heaven when no matter what trouble the kids got into, sweetness was the name of the game, and a lesson was always learned.

So if you want to try a black tea that’s very floral and soft, check this one out. Your angel will thank you for the moment you spend drinking it instead of pursuing trouble.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Verdant Tea
Description

Huang Ruiguang’s family Mi Lan Dancong is picked only once a year from single trees that are not pruned back to encourage deeper roots & more robust flavor, year after year. His mountain plot and decades of work in improving agriculture techniques for the region have earned Huang Ruiguang’s Mi Lan awards such as the recent 2015 Gold Medal at the Sixth Guangdong Tea Expo. This Mi Lan is allowed to naturally oxidize for over 24 hours before being carefully spread, baked and tumbled. The oxidation creates a deep rich black tea flavor, but Mi Lan varietal’s natural juicy floral honey flavor still comes through strong.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Spring Harvest Laoshan White from Verdant Tea

badge-farmer-wangTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy: Verdant Tea

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I love Verdant Tea.  I don’t know of anybody who doesn’t. Their love, passion, attention to detail, and most importantly, their tea is just simply amazing. Tea that you can steep again and again and enjoy for an afternoon. I have tried several of their teas and have loved the flavors of each one.

And this one is no exception! This Spring Harvest Laoshan White (which I’m not finding on their site) is a gorgeous white tea that has resounding notes of a green tea mingled within each glorious sip.  Brewed up like a white tea, I allowed the tea to steep for about 4 minutes.  Took my first sip and just took a moment to enjoy.

This tea has a gorgeous vegetal feel with notes of a floral touch here and there. Simple but so wonderful.  Each infusion brought me a slightly different profile but for the most part, this tea really has a nice solid vegetal feel sweetened by  a glorious floral note.

Another really well done tea from Verdant Tea! If you haven’t tried Verdant Tea, I highly recommend you do! They have a great starter pack for only $5. A great deal!