I got a sample of this in my first Verdant order, & am finally getting around to trying it. Dry, it smelled like Wakame (a sea veggie). I followed the instructions on the Verdant site:
1. It looked like Coca Coca, & tasted of toasted rice, like a really nice Genmaicha, with a hint of carmel.
2. The wet leaves have a deep charcoal & smoldering sweet grass scent, & I picture a pile of leaves burning in the fall. The taste has expanded to include a hint of cinnamon.
3. Now the flavor is sweeter, with a resinous quality that reminds me of a substance I used to smoke (back in the day). I’m also getting a bad case of cotton-mouth. Tannins or dejavu?
4. Bananas Foster with Vanilla ice cream & a sprinkle of cinnamon.
5. The wet leaves now smell like banana leaves, roasting over a bed of charcoal. A juiciness is rising (cotton-mouth is gone), with a bright hint of mango.

This was a really tasty tea! I’ve been re-steeping all day,lost count, interspersed with a few other teas as counterpoints. The leaves are seriously sturdy, & willing to continue to release their flavors each time.

Claire

I just ordered this from Verdant and I am so excited to try it!

Terri HarpLady

I forgot to mention, for each steeping, I drank a sample & poured the rest into a mason jar. I wanted to drink enough of each to enjoy it, but not waterlog myself. The jar went into the frig, & now I’m enjoying the ice cold results (with a pinch of stevia): a VERY tasty amber ice tea with hints of chocolate, banana, & vanilla. Very refreshing & delicious!

Insence&Tea

The banana flavor seems interesting. Did it taste more like a fresh banana, or a banana flavoring?

gmathis

Aren’t Mason jars the most wonderful invention? I have a dozen apiece of three sizes and they are in constant use at my house—for everything from apothecary jars to drinking glasses.

Bonnie

Nice review Terri. And I have a huge mason jar sippy cup!

Terri HarpLady

insence: More like cooked banana, if that makes sense…banana pudding?
Mathis: That’s all we drink out of at my house! I have Qt, Pt, & cup size. They are great for everything!
Bonnie: Thanks! :)

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Claire

I just ordered this from Verdant and I am so excited to try it!

Terri HarpLady

I forgot to mention, for each steeping, I drank a sample & poured the rest into a mason jar. I wanted to drink enough of each to enjoy it, but not waterlog myself. The jar went into the frig, & now I’m enjoying the ice cold results (with a pinch of stevia): a VERY tasty amber ice tea with hints of chocolate, banana, & vanilla. Very refreshing & delicious!

Insence&Tea

The banana flavor seems interesting. Did it taste more like a fresh banana, or a banana flavoring?

gmathis

Aren’t Mason jars the most wonderful invention? I have a dozen apiece of three sizes and they are in constant use at my house—for everything from apothecary jars to drinking glasses.

Bonnie

Nice review Terri. And I have a huge mason jar sippy cup!

Terri HarpLady

insence: More like cooked banana, if that makes sense…banana pudding?
Mathis: That’s all we drink out of at my house! I have Qt, Pt, & cup size. They are great for everything!
Bonnie: Thanks! :)

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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