IT’S HERE!!! Yes, this note is to this tea, but also my anxiously awaited YIXING POT! It’s BEAUTIFUL! I cannot get over the delicateness of it, how small and amazing it looks! I would love to season it tonight, but my darn presentation is tomorrow, and I am definitely not in the mindset for it, I want it to be special and I want to be free of all worries. I will be tomorrow thankfully, so I will season it then! I think I managed to include a picture in the comments.
Anyways, onto this tea review now! The dry smell of these leaves is very heady! I get a lot of the sage and ginger, and definitely a bit of burdock. It’s very spicy smelling. The blend of herbs also look absolutely beautiful, a myriad of petals and colors, it looks as if it has been crafted in a far away land.
The wet smell is at first very rose! Like a lovely perfume of it, with underlying scents of spice. I brewed this between 3 and 4 minutes, don’t know the exact time. The liquor is a light yellow color, and once the leaves are removed, the rose smell has been muted, and the spiciness is replacing it. This smells VERY healthy and like it will destroy any cold virus in its path! Mmm the spiciness is almost intoxicating!
Oh this is SO NICE. Perfect calm. It’s a very light tea, was not expecting quite so light after the aroma. The ginger is there, and I love ginger so this is excellent, I think I’m tasting the basil in there too (never have had Tulsi) and definitely some lemon. And a sage-y aftertaste, and a small hint of sweetness, probably the gogi berries and rose mixing maybe? I am very tempted to add a bit of honey like Bonnie did, just to see what happens. I am going to drink this cup straight first though for a bit, and maybe add it at the end, or have it in the next cup.
Overall, this is very good. Very light, and caffeine free to boot, I can see myself drinking this quite a lot. I’m happy I got 2 ounces haha, as it seems like a good evening tea, and especially good for if my throat is sore or I am sick to my stomach or basically anytime. Also would be interested to try mixing it with some of my Laoshan green or my little bit of Laoshan Black that I have left (might save that though). Thank you Verdant for another wonderful blend, and also for my teapot!!
ETA: Ok, I added a wee bit of honey near the end of the cup – the flavors seemed to come out a little bit more maybe. Hmm, I will have to try adding honey right at the start when the tea’s a bit warmer to see the results.