This is one of Verdant’s Intelligent Nutrients teas that I received when I was subscribed to their Blends box. This is no longer listed on their website. In fact, I was unable to find any of the Intelligent Nutrients teas so I’m assuming they are no longer making these. I don’t even think they are doing a Blends box anymore actually. It looks like they are doing a CSA box for each of the farmers they support which sounds like a really cool thing. I’ve participated in a CSA before and really loved everything about it. To see that they are doing the same with tea farmers is really exciting. I am curious to know what happened with the Intelligent Nutrients collaboration, whether it had run its course or just didn’t fit in with their new vision after moving to China. There were a few I enjoyed, some that I did not, and one that I absolutely loved. I still have quite a bit of each left so I thought I would have a cup of this one today.
The dry tea is long, dark, and twisty with a few small berries mixed in. Before steeping, it smells a little spiced. Not like a sweet spice, more like a spicy root. I can’t quite place it. After steeping, the aroma and taste is more of a roasted flavor. I can taste the lavender too, blending with the roast, but I probably would not have picked up on it if I hadn’t looked over the ingredients. It’s kind of drying but also sweet.
Flavors: Drying, Lavender, Roasted, Spicy, Sweet