Earl of Anxi

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Bergamot, Butter, Earth, Floral, Goji, Jasmine, Citrus, Vegetal, Green, Sweet
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190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec 13 oz / 377 ml

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  • “I've been waiting for this tea to arrive, so curious about the use of Frankincense in tea. It is curious also that my new blog (soon) is called %{color:blue}tea and incense% and that the incense I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Having the cold steep from last night. It is a good mix of citrus and floral, yet smooth. The Frankincense I think is what is making it smooth. It sometimes can toast a little soapy but I did brew...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Thought I'd try a couple new teas tonight. I may regret this, as it's "lights out" in like 11 minutes... Anyways! This was one of the lucky winners. I've been super curious, so into the infuser...” Read full tasting note
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From Verdant Tea

A unique Earl Grey made with Tieguanyin and laced with saffron and frankincense. . . .
Traditional Earl Grey is a classic, great for every season, but we have always thought that bergamot is such a bright flavor. What if the brightness of Bergamot could be balanced and tempered by darker woodier notes for a tea that could be both comforting and uplifting for the winter months? This was our goal in blending the Earl of Anxi.

We start not with a black tea, but with our famous Hand-Picked Tieguanyin to give the bergamot a cleaner base to integrate with, and reinforce the floral citrus notes. We draw out the citrus sweetness with a uniquely creamy and rich orange peel, and crystallize the florals into a prominent position with jasmine blossoms.

To create the darker more comforting brew we are looking for, we add a creamy, savory base with generous use of Spanish saffron threads. We deepen the sweetness with the caramel fruit notes of goji berries, and to bring it all together we employ the resinous woody notes of pure wild-crafted frankincense sap. This acts as an intriguing base that unifies all the flavor elements and evokes a mountain temple with incense wafting through the air.

Taken together, these ingredients yield a tea that is sweet and creamy, cleansing, and at the same time warming and vaguely intimate because of the saffron and frankincense. Brew up a big pot as a cold-weather companion that evokes the warmth of summer.

Ingredients: Summer Harvest Tieguanyin, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Jasmine, Wildcrafted Frankincense Resin, Organic Goji Berry, Organic Saffron

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There are a lot of different flavors going on with this blend, many of which just don’t work for me at all. I think the frankincense is the one that stands out the most that I don’t care for. However the heavy citrus flavor that takes over is a close second. I wish I could have tasted the TGY more in the early steeps, it didn’t really come out until the third.

Beyond that, this makes tea #3 or 4 (I’ve kinda lost count) from Verdant that I’m allergic to. I’ve come to the conclusion it is probably the goji berries, they just don’t agree with me and give me a rash, but they also trigger my asthma.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

The frankincense in this one made me sick to my stomach.
The first steeping wasn’t so bad, but with each successive steeping the frankincense melted more, I guess, infusing the tea with its resinous incense qualities, which I like to smell but don’t care to taste or ingest, especially when my gut started hurting. Not for me!

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Big thank you to Terri HarpLady.
I definitely glad I got to try this tea. I’m not wowed by it, but it’s still a good cup. I’m thinking it’s because I built it up so much in my head.
The leaves are absolutely beautiful, both dry and wet. It’s amazing how much it expands in water. The 8 oz of water is completely taken over by multicolour leaves. It brews up a light yellow.
Very fragrant liquor. As Bonnie had stated it tastes exactly as it smells.
I don’t know how to describe it, I’m not familiar with what I’m smelling.
All in all, it brews a beautiful cup. I likely wont purchase this one though.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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A very well blended tea that has ingredients of Bergamot,Jasmine flowers,Frankincense and Oolong Teas that blend together in perfect harmony to create a blend with a very bright,cheery, sunny and refreshing experience. NO ONE blends teas together in such perfect synchronicity as Verdant teas, their Alchemy blends are simply Exquisite!! The first thing you notice after drinking this tea is an elevation of your mood, it brings about a “Sunny Disposition”, the perfect tea for the transition in seasons to colder and gloomier weather ;) Early steepings are very bergamot/lemony, with subtle hints of jasmine and frankincense to balance out the Oolong that it is paired with. No component of the blend becomes “Unruly” at any time, and blends together like a fine perfume, in perfect harmony, with each subtlety and nuance creating the perfect symphony !!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Thank you so much Kimquat for including this in our swap!

Since I only had one servings worth, I was very precise with my water temp and steep time. Man, this tea smells so beautiful! Floral and citrus sweet with the incensey undertone and oolong tang. But taste wise? Frankincense is SO not my thing! How can something that smells so good taste so bad?? Haha. Anyway, really glad I got to try this one, I’ve been really curious! Apparently I would prefer it as a potpourri ;)

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This has been a fantastic weekend for tea, and I can’t help but smile as I continue to drink my re-steep of this blend. Thank you, Kelsey of Verdant, for the opportunity to try this out! It’s very different, but wonderful in a way that’s completely all its own.

It takes the idea of the traditional Earl Grey flavor profile and turns it on its head – instead of a black base we have the Tieguanyin, which brightens up the cup and gives it a buttery silkiness. The splash of citrus provided by the orange peel lends just enough of a hint to evoke the memory of Earl Grey, but it quickly fades in the face of the jasmine and Frankincense. This tastes more like a wintery tea for me than an Earl Grey, but I loved it all the same.

You can read my full review at:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/08/earl-of-anxi-by-verdant-tea.html

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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This tea is quite lovely.
As an Earl Grey fan, I could say the taste of Bergamot was lacking, but only slightly…
and to be perfectly honest, it perfectly suits this tea.
You can taste the perfectly balanced Bergamot & Saffron (I love BOTH)…
The Frankincense is ever so subtle, but definitely there both in taste and in the perfume
of this tea. I am finding I am loving this tea more at room temperature.
I might add, it only takes one packet of Truvia to sweeten the entire pot.
This tea leaves the lingering feel of silk on your palate…mmmm….
You MUST try this tea.
The more I drink, the more I want…not one tinge of bitterness or astringency.
What a smooth, creamy, oh so lovely tea.
I love every element of this tea~
saffron, cedarwood, frankincense,jasmine, goji berry,bergamot~
what a lovely balancing act performed within this one tea.
This feels like Christmas, and my silly mind can imagine
the three kings who traveled to see baby Jesus sipping THIS tea.

Bonnie

The frankincense unfolds from steep to steep, becoming stronger as it melts. It is a medicinal. Used still in Africa for antiseptic properties, as toothpaste, to ward off bugs, as an aid during childbirth, anti-fungal. Not bad!

CelebriTEA

I know, right.
Plus it is just luxurious.
This tea is like liquid silk ♡

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When I read the ingredients considering what to order this blend seemed to have everything I really like: bergamot, jasmine, saffron and goji berry. So I had pretty high expectations.

It’s a nice blend, I love the citrus sweetness and hints of jasmine. But I have to admit that this is not really my favorite. I still will definitely enjoy it and do not regret trying it.

Bonnie

If you’re looking for the incense part, it comes out more in later steepings which I found out later about steeping #3 with my friends at the tea shop.

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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @ 90C, steeped 2 minutes 30 seconds Western style.

I’ve been wanting to try this blend for a long time. Frankincense is one of my favourite scents, and to think of it in tea …

This works. This works so very well. My first thought was “I want the goji berries out and a pinch of lapsang in,” but I’ve changed my mind. I find goji berries get a bit too sweet for me, so I might try a pinch of lapsang later in a second infusion. Frankinsence cries out for smoke, but I’ll need to be careful, because the tieguanyin could get overwhelmed.

An unusual but very well-balanced blend. No one flavour dominates, and using tieguanyin instead of a black tea as the base was inspired. As for tasting notes, I haven’t got anything much to add to the Verdant write-up; they describe it well. I can say that the frankincense gives a slight pine note to the finish, which, with the bergamot, is intriguing.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I added a scant pinch of Andrew and Dunham’s Caravan Resurrected to my second infusion. I needed much less — just a whiff of smoke if what I’m craving here, maybe even a pinch of Keemun instead. I am still quarrelling with the goji berries; I find their scent reminds me of bubble gum. I’ll give this blend another go this afternoon.

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Thanks for this sample cheetah_pita!

This one has a lot of ingredients that I don’t like. I don’t like floral flavors and I don’t like Earl Grey. But this certainly isn’t a traditional Earl at all and the dried leaves smelled strongly of frankincense rather than of flowers. I was uncertain how I’d feel about Frankincense as a flavor, but it was worth a try.

I brought it over to my parents house so that they could sample it too. Once brewed, the frankincense aroma was completely gone. All I could smell was a cup of flowers. My parents agreed. My mother was happy with it because she likes floral teas. My father said that the flavor was tolerable but that the aroma smelled like ‘ladies perfume’ and that he could probably do without a second cup. I, myself, didn’t finish my cup. I could have, as I’ve learned to accept floral teas when they are already in front of me, but I gave the rest of mine to my mother as I knew that she would appreciate it more.

Although it didn’t turn out to be my cuppa, I’m glad that I had the chance to sample this unique blend.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

The frankincense really comes out on the re-steeps…blech

Shelley_Lorraine

I didn’t re-steep it, but I wasn’t exactly looking forward to the frankincense either . It was more of a curiosity.

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What a nice tea. I don’t feel like I need to write notes on it because there are already so many of them. I will say that the TGY base is awesome! The frankincense and saffron can be hard to detect if you aren’t very familiar with those aromas but they are there. I love floral teas, I love the natural floral aromas of a TGY, I like jasmine, I like incense, but considering how much I like all of those things I don’t like this tea as much as you would imagine I would. It’s weird. Hmm…

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