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Something about this 4th member of the Alchemy Blend Tasting Sample Kit makes me want to start cooking Thai food and watch a subtitled Asian movie or get up and belly dance with a scarf around my hips.

While this is definately NOT a Chai…this Apothocary Green IS a cleaver marriage of vegital buttery bean, sweet mint and feisty cardamom and coriander.
It is important to follow the steeping instuctions. When the brewing says 45 seconds…that’s exactly what should be done. This is potent and if left untended the spices and mint could overpower the green tea which would be shameful. As a 45 second steep there is so much flavor that my mouth was fully alive with pops of cool mint, buttery vegetal green bean and a slight spicy finish on the first steep.
As the tea cooled, the spiciness from the cardamom increased and there was a bite of heat with the cool mint.
The second steep was simular to the first but smoother and spicier with less green vegital taste.
My creative side took over….dancing around in the kitchen!

I steeped the 3rd time in MILK! Wow this was so good! Like mint tea and spicy risotto! Buttery, fragrant…so delicious…so I added ice and that was fabulous too!

I’m going to play with this tea some more. There is something about the flavors that makes me want to be creative.
I would love to see what other people come up with. Infusions with rice maybe? Sauces?

Love these blends!

Indigobloom

sounds delightful!
is coriander like Cilantro?

Bonnie

It doesn’t taste like cilantro, it’s the seed and sweet and fragrant. You’ve had it in Indian food and in baked goods before probably. I remember as a kid that there would be a coriander seed in the middle of some jaw breakers. Also, you see them in pickling spice mix.

Kittenna

I think Amanda sent me some of this… excited to try! Glad I read about the 45s, else I might have oversteeped!

Indigobloom

oh boo. Sometimes they mix them up. I love cilantro so was hoping!

Bonnie

With all the Verdant tea you have to make sure to look up the brewing instructions and not assume anything. I learned that long ago.

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Indigobloom

sounds delightful!
is coriander like Cilantro?

Bonnie

It doesn’t taste like cilantro, it’s the seed and sweet and fragrant. You’ve had it in Indian food and in baked goods before probably. I remember as a kid that there would be a coriander seed in the middle of some jaw breakers. Also, you see them in pickling spice mix.

Kittenna

I think Amanda sent me some of this… excited to try! Glad I read about the 45s, else I might have oversteeped!

Indigobloom

oh boo. Sometimes they mix them up. I love cilantro so was hoping!

Bonnie

With all the Verdant tea you have to make sure to look up the brewing instructions and not assume anything. I learned that long ago.

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