I am trying the other blend from Verdant that I was very anxious to get once it came up on the site. Fall seems to have the best blends, but maybe that’s because I seem to crave tea the most in the fall, when it’s just getting cold and the trees become beautiful cozy shades. This tea seems to fit the weather perfectly today, anyways, a bright autumn day :) Anyways, onto the tasting note!
The dry smell has tons of cinnamon and apple in the bag, yummy! Very much like a strong apple cider, or apple crisp in scent. I am thinking of mom’s homegrown apples and her pies now! There was also a huge chunk of dried apple in my infuser, I might eat that later haha. I was unsure about the temperature to brew this at, as it’s mostly white tea, but there also is some black in it, so I compromised at 200 degrees lol. No rinses today, just steeped it for 2 minutes. The resulting liquor is a nice medium to light brown, and smells of cinnamon and a hint of apple. Like a mild mulled cider.
The flavor is soo soft and lovely. This definitely has a white tea base, it is soft and subtle and very creamy. The cream might also be from the vanilla, it is so soft in the aftertaste. The cinnamon is very muted, not nearly as strong as I thought it would be from the dry aroma. The apple is soft as well, and I think the Zhu Rong might add to the soft mouthfeel. Ah, there’s a hint of the apple in the aftertaste, a slight crispness. I do get a bit of pumpkin pie too, that was actually the first notes I got, but as the cup cools, the apple comes more alive. Not too much orange in this for me. Man, this is good. I can’t get over how soft and creamy it is!!
Overall, this is a really good tea. Mmmm. I can’t wait to have more cups of this. This is a very unique tea, and complex, I feel like I’m not getting all of the notes, but it just blends into this perfect cup of soft, autumny tea. Very well done, its nuanced and beautiful. Verdant never fails to disappoint with their expertise in making wonderful blends!!