drank Northern Wilds by Verdant Tea
2028 tasting notes

Can’t wait, gotta try the new Blends Club blends! These are all “fall” blends, which apparently means minty and woodsy to Verdant. Ok, sure.

So this tea smells intense dry. Super minty and herby. I am not following the provided steeping instructions because for one I didn’t weight out 5g of the teas to figure out how much that was in volume, and I figured I would try them out at my usual western/blends parameters. Steeped, the tea smells familiar and unique at the same time. First off, with both peppermint and spearmint the main scent is not surprisingly mint. I also get a slight spicy cinnamon/clove note, a slight root-beery note, and a somewhat savory woodsy note. For sure this tea has a lot going on.

I’m going to preface this by saying that I don’t often go for minty teas, but I do enjoy them on occasion. This is very minty for sure, but the rest of the herbs also provide some depth and interest. I have to say, at these parameters the Big Red Robe doesn’t really come through; perhaps that’s the reason for what seems like a large amount of tea in the original steeping directions. I guess there is a “bass note” in this that does strike me as a roasty, slightly caramelly oolong. The dandelion root (I think) provides a light sweetness to the blend, mostly in the aftertaste. I will definitely try this at the recommended parameters as well as cold brewed, as suggested. If you like minty, herby teas you will no doubt enjoy this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I’m not sure I know what Dandelion tastes like! but I love me a minty tea

Sil

doesn’t look like this one is a winner so far…

OMGsrsly

I’m kind of disappointed to read this. They ALL have mint? Guess everything will be headed to the owner of a local tea shop.

Dinosara

The campfire blend doesn’t have mint; it is an herbal. The other two both have mint.

OMGsrsly

Phew! Well, I’ll try the mint ones but my expectations aren’t too high. :)

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Indigobloom

I’m not sure I know what Dandelion tastes like! but I love me a minty tea

Sil

doesn’t look like this one is a winner so far…

OMGsrsly

I’m kind of disappointed to read this. They ALL have mint? Guess everything will be headed to the owner of a local tea shop.

Dinosara

The campfire blend doesn’t have mint; it is an herbal. The other two both have mint.

OMGsrsly

Phew! Well, I’ll try the mint ones but my expectations aren’t too high. :)

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