I received this from the Verdant Blend Club for April, and this is also available on their website. There is a lot going on in this tea due to the many ingredients, but the sweetness from the Laoshan Black and licorice root are ever-present, with the herb flavors (from the rosemary, thyme, and oregano) coming through more toward the middle-end. The typical chocolaty notes from the Laoshan black tend to meld very well with everything, and there are some very subtle fruity notes here from the orange peel, grapefruit peel, and bergamont… but only a hint. Some sips are sweeter than others, especially as this tea cools. I’m really enjoying the licorice sweetness which tends to hit me in the back of the mouth/throat, while the other flavors are more ‘forward’ on the toungue/mouth.

I found this to be fairly complex and unique and I recommend you try it if you are a fan of licorice sweetness, herb flavors, or if you just can’t get enough of Verdant’s Laoshan Black variations.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Currently looking for these teas:
A replacement for Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black

Notes & flavors I like: vanilla, cinnamon, coffee, cream, butter, brown sugar, smokey, roasty, earthy, wood. Banana, melon, most fruits in general, sweet, rose, jasmine, florals.

If you are interested in a particular tea in my Cupboard, we can perhaps set up a SWAP… please post in my Swap thread and tell me what you are interested in!

Rating scale:
100-90: Incredibly delicious, a staple which I will look to always keep stocked
89-80: Great, will definitely look to purchase again.
79-70: Good or decent. Would drink again, and might purchase again.
69-60: Not good or bad. I won’t drink it again, and will throw away any remaining.
59-00: Completely awful or terrible. Undrinkable.


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