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Verdant’s blends are so cool. I was thrilled to see the combination of the Laoshan black, which is just the best ever, and Big Red Robe. And chocolate, of course!

The layers of flavour in this are amazing. There’s a lot going on, but it ties together incredibly well. I received it in the February tea of the month box, and only read the description included before trying it. I was a little apprehensive at the somewhat vague mention of “spices”, as I’m not typically good at isolating and pinning down what it is I’m tasting but hate not being able to identify flavours. My reaction to the first sip was: wow, is there mint in this? Ooh, there’s the cacao. I think I taste cinnamon, and is there fennel in there?

Spot on! That’s a first for me. I can make each out clearly, but they work together to make a tea that tastes like raw chocolate laced with spices and mild mint. Perfection! I’m not sure if I can make out the marigold and/or chamomile. I think they’re just mingling in there with the rest. I’m also getting the sweet, malty characteristics from the two base teas, but they seem to blend pretty seamlessly.

Spoonvonstup

I loved this one, too!! I’ve been really excited to see what other people thought of the TotM extra.

Amariel

Bummer to see there’s fennel.

Spoonvonstup

Why is that a bummer? Are you allergic?

Amariel

No, I just vehemently hate fennel and anise and anything that remotely tastes like (black) licorice.

BTVSGal

This is on my buy list:)

Kittenna

How strong is the fennel/licoricey flavour? This tea sounds really good, but I’m apprehensive about trying it as I typically dislike teas with those flavours…

Jessie

It’s odd. I don’t like those flavours, either. And I could taste them, yet I didn’t dislike it! They’re detectable but not too strong and somehow it worked for me.

Kittenna

That sounds good enough for me :) I think 1 oz. is only 6.75, so I think it’s worth a shot when I make my next Verdant order. Now that I’ve gotten over my fear of chamomile (which you say isn’t terribly apparent anyhow), this just sounds intriguing enough that I need to try it!

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Spoonvonstup

I loved this one, too!! I’ve been really excited to see what other people thought of the TotM extra.

Amariel

Bummer to see there’s fennel.

Spoonvonstup

Why is that a bummer? Are you allergic?

Amariel

No, I just vehemently hate fennel and anise and anything that remotely tastes like (black) licorice.

BTVSGal

This is on my buy list:)

Kittenna

How strong is the fennel/licoricey flavour? This tea sounds really good, but I’m apprehensive about trying it as I typically dislike teas with those flavours…

Jessie

It’s odd. I don’t like those flavours, either. And I could taste them, yet I didn’t dislike it! They’re detectable but not too strong and somehow it worked for me.

Kittenna

That sounds good enough for me :) I think 1 oz. is only 6.75, so I think it’s worth a shot when I make my next Verdant order. Now that I’ve gotten over my fear of chamomile (which you say isn’t terribly apparent anyhow), this just sounds intriguing enough that I need to try it!

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