Sorry I haven’t had the time to read everyone’s tasting notes lately. I’m scrambling to prepare for my fifth and final presentation for the semester, and am simultaneously trying out some of the Verdant teas I’ve been neglecting to figure out whether or not I should order some stuff during this weekend sale.
I cold brewed my sample of this. Dumped it in my 500ml measuring cup and let it steep in the fridge for about six hours. I’m left with a ruby red tisane smelling like… herbs?
I took a sip before reading the ingredients list, and right behind the tart hibiscus note, I thought to myself, “Huh? Am I tasting licorice in here?” And so I am! And there’s a powerful lingering herbal note that I’m picking up. Turns out that’s the coriander. I’m one of the lucky ones whose taste buds interpret cilantro as metal, and while coriander doesn’t quite do that to me, it’s still off-putting for me. This tisane leaves such a weird feeling on the tongue. I can barely tastes the berries in here.
The licorice and coriander are even overpowering the rose, which sucks. I liked the sound of berries and rose together. If I go a couple minutes without taking a sip, I’m only left with the licorice lingering on my tongue, which I don’t mind, as I really like licorice root, but it is so out of place here.
I appreciate the creativity but all this has done is remind me that I don’t like coriander. The more I sniff the concoction, the dirtier/muskier the coriander smells to me. Oh well.