Vanilla Citrus Spice

Tea type
Black Fruit Blend
Ingredients
Black Tea, Cinnamon, Coriander, Dandelion Root, Ginger, Orange Peel, Vanilla Bean
Flavors
Bitter, Cinnamon, Orange Zest, Smoke, Spices, Cardamon, Cocoa, Vanilla, Orange, Sweet, Baked Bread, Molasses, Nutmeg, Raisins, Citrus, Spicy, Butter, Coriander, Chocolate, Citrus Zest, Leather, Pepper, Ginger
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 6 g 9 oz / 268 ml

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From Verdant Tea

“Our take on the classic black tea citrus and spice pairing with rich creamy vanilla…”

Yunnan black tea at its best has the most exquisite citrus and spice flavors to it. A good Dian Hong is cinnamon sweet with orange aftertaste. We decided that we would take this most beloved flavor pairing and bring out to the forefront through a satisfying blend that is beautiful hot and iced.

We start with Zhu Rong Yunnan Black, a spicy and full bodied tea with notes of sweet potato and cayenne. Next we bring out the citrus with orange peel, and draw out spice with ginger, cinnamon, and coriander. Finally, we emphasize the sweetness of the tea with generous whole vanilla bean and toasted dandelion root, creating a creamy and full bodied blend.

Ingredients: Zhu Rong Yunnan Black, organic orange peel, organic ginger, organic cinnamon, organic coriander, organic vanilla bean and pods, organic toasted dandelion root.

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563 tasting notes

Another one from TeaTiff. I’m glad to be able to try out some Verdant teas because I really have no experience with them and yet steepster almost unanimously loves them.

This doesn’t smell like much in the bag, but as it brews it’s amazing. Sticky buns! It’s exactly like sticky buns (not quite cinnamon rolls—no icing and more cinnamon). The taste is similar to the smell, with more vanilla and a hint of citrus. I was afraid the orange peel might overpower the mixture or make it bitter—there’s a lot of it in there—but it doesn’t do either of those things. It’s perfectly balanced and delicious. This is somewhat similar to ATR’s Brioche, but it’s different enough that I could justify having both in my cabinet. Love this one!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Molasses, Nutmeg, Orange Zest, Raisins, Vanilla

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I’m so glad that I was able to try this, it’s another really nice autumn tea from Verdant, I just wish I had ordered more than a sample. I absolutely love the fact that cinnamon isn’t the dominant flavor in this blend. The orange, ginger, and coriander all come through clearly, with just a hint of cinnamon to round the flavors out. The vanilla is a wonderful addition, leaving the tea feeling just a little bit creamy.

I managed to steep this twice last night and a third time this morning with great results.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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613 tasting notes

Husband loved the smell of this one so much he made me get up and make him his own cup, something he never does. It’s definitely right for the time of year. It’s kind of gentle though, as these sorts of blends go (keeping in mind I’m a subtaster with leanings toward strong aroma and flavor). I bet it’d be good as a tea syrup for soda. Hm.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I spent a loooong time today standing in front of my tea cabinet and wandering around my kitchen, trying to decide what tea to drink. It was that kind of day. But I’m glad I picked this one, because it’s made my whole room smell like oatmeal cookies. And it tastes like one too!

Sil

looking forward to trying my sample of this one soon!

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I’m revisiting this tea now after having set it aside for several months. I wasn’t feeling it then – perhaps because I didn’t love the Zhu Rong Yunnan Black base – and was curious what I would think of it now. I have struggled with the few Dian Hongs I’ve tried, which I found surprising since the typical descriptions of them – “cinnamon sweet with orange,” to use Verdant’s words as an example – sound so delightful. I will try more. Verdant’s is the only Zhu Rong I’ve tasted, in more than one tea (though all were blends, as I recall), and it didn’t appeal to me in other forms either.

I really want to like this tea, but I’m still not feeling it. My brain is making sense of it as a more sophisticated chai – a complex spiced tea with unexpected flavors to observe and discover – and wanting to appreciate it for being interesting even if not particularly enjoyable.

Overall, the flavor was muted, despite what I would consider a hefty amount of leaf/spice. I drastically increased the steep time (Verdant recommended 30 sec) to coax more flavor. Perhaps the bottom of the bag contained a disproportionate amount of heavier spice and zest bits, which I imagine would infuse more slowly than leaves.

Through each steep, a cinnamon-like spiciness remained the most prominent aroma. The first flavor to surface was a light smokiness, I assume from the Zhu Rong leaves. A citrus note in my first steep (208°, 30 sec) offered a bright orange flavor and in my second and third steeps (212° 1:30 and 208° 2:30) became moderately bitter, like some of the pith fell in along with the orange zest. In the fourth steep (also 208° 2:30) the bitterness mellowed, making way for a smoother cup, though still not an infusion that I found interesting or enjoyable.

Still, I would not consider this a “bad” tea, simply one that didn’t align with my palate in this moment. Perhaps on a different day I would thoroughly enjoy it – which wouldn’t be the first time my experiences with the same tea radically varied. Every experience is unique, there is no replicating, no consistency no matter how scientifically controlled the parameters are. Change is the only constant. This I find to be a magnificent lesson offered in every bit of our experience, and for me, quite succinctly through tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Orange Zest, Smoke, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Somehow, I steeped this for 16 minutes – and it’s still really tasty if a bit astringent. I feel icky that I didn’t give it the love and attention it deserves. In my defense, I was working on something creative that had me instantly focused and in the zone. Still, it’s no excuse, I need to be more present, and that includes (especially) with steeping my tea.

Regardless, this is a chai-like, chocolate-y aroma-d, subtle vanilla-y tea. It’s nuanced, although again, likely not the best description or depiction based on my ridiculous oversight.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Spices, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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GCTTB
I really like this – it’s pretty much a mild chai with a hint of vanilla and a hint of citrus. I’m a little finicky with citrus, but this is nice and gentle. Yep – I like it, warm and soothing.

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Many thanks to Sil for the super generous sample of this one.
I saw this one in Sil’s cupboard and though I usually go for straight blacks, this really jumped out at me. I’m a sucker for anything citrus-y and combined with vanilla it seemed like something I had to try.
Opening up the sample I can tell I’m going to enjoy this. There are big hunks of spice and orange peel which I always appreciate. And it smells just delightful. Brewed a bit strong at 4.5 minutes and added a bit of vanilla soy milk as I usually do with my chai (and chai-esque) blends. The citrus is a bit lost on me, but I’m fine with that. It’s really delightful as-is, very buttery and creamy with a nice amount of cinnamon and spice. It tastes just like a snickerdoodle cookie. So much so that I decided I needed to make some ASAP. And with a quick Google I stumbled upon this recipe http://www.theppk.com/2012/09/chaispicesnickerdoodles/ How perfect! Can’t wait to have them side-by-side with this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML
Sil

I usually brew this one from 4-10 mins lol

cookies

Oh, good to know. I’ll try a longer steep to bring out the orange.

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Sipdown! 982.

A half-finished package, so clearly I’ve tried this before… and have no note to show for it. Argh. I don’t even remember trying it, which is perhaps even more irritating, haha. Anyhow, it smells pretty nice brewed up – lightly spiced with a dash of orange and sweetness. It smells kind of like Christmas, because I guess orange spice = Christmas, to me. Flavourwise, that’s pretty much what it is – an orange spice tea, with some creaminess from the vanilla (presumably). Cinnamon is the predominant spice, but overall, it’s quite balanced, which I prefer. I would imagine there has been a bit of flavour loss here, given that this has not been sealed for a while (sample packet, so just clipped shut, and probably not all that well), but it’s pretty enjoyable. I’m not sure what the base tea is (I’m guessing Laoshan Black but have no real idea), but it’s really not terribly obvious here. Or maybe it’s an herbal? (I thought I saw leaves though.) Overall, pretty enjoyable, probably better when fresh, and I may throw another sample into a future order if it’s around, perhaps next Christmas, because I don’t think I’d drink this outside of the winter months.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

Zhu rong

Kittenna

I saw that after, but would be hard pressed to ever guess it!

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This one came from TeaTiff (again). I must say, it seems like the ratio of tea to other stuff is kind of off here. I’m not sure whether it’s just my sample or the tea in general, but there is a ton of coriander and citrus peel and stuff, and very few tea leaves. It smells sweet and citrusy in a pastry sort of way.

This one reminds me of Verdant’s Campfire Blend with a bit of black tea added. The flavors are pretty much exactly the same – vanilla, citrus, spices, and that pastry note. Definitely not complaining as I enjoyed Campfire Blend quite a lot, and I’m enjoying this one too. I do feel I should have steeped it a tad longer as the flavor is quite mild, and it’s basically an herbal anyway! Overall, yummy.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaTiff

Vanilla Citrus Spice is the caffeinated version of Campfire Blend. At least, that is what I think the folks at Verdant told me. The sample I gave you was from the bottom-ish of the package. I finished this tea off after I made your sample, so I suspect there was more tea towards the top, but this was always very light on the tea side. I usually mix in a tsp of LB.

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