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I bought a sample of this with my last Verdant order because the mix of flavors intrigued me. The dry leaf is certainly gorgeous, with the mix of colors and shapes of everything in this blend. I smell the jasmine and the vanilla most strongly from the dry leaf. Somehow I managed to not realize that this contains jasmine and vanilla together, which historically have not worked in combination for me (for some unknown reason), so let’s hope there’s enough other stuff in here to balance them.

The steeped tea smells jasmine-y and vanilla-y, but also a tiny bit fruity and perhaps a hint of rose. The flavors are thankfully blending quite well together. The main impression I get is one of creaminess, followed by a lovely floral amalgamation (jasmine, rose and some orchid notes together). There’s a sort of light herbiness to the florals, which I’m guessing is mostly yabao making itself known, though I don’t get any specific cedar notes. All in all it makes for a very pleasant and relaxing cup… though perhaps I need something to wake me up now! But anyway, I found this quite tasty, even though it contains a flavor combo that doesn’t often work for me. Yay Verdant, once again.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

This really is a lovely tea :)

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Terri HarpLady

This really is a lovely tea :)

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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