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.