I am a gin drinker. I love the intense, outdoorsy, almost medicinal flavour and scent of a good gin.
This tea, while nice on its own, just isn’t that reminiscent of gin for me. Both the nose and flavour are dominated by fennel, and I’m only getting much in the way of juniper and coriander on the finish, when I really want the juniper in particular at the forefront. The fennel also gives this a warming sensation, when I really associate gin with cooling, so that aspect is not what I was wanting or expecting either. This leaves a slight tingling numbness on the tongue and roof of the mouth.
The tea base is pretty subtle. I can tell there’s a white tea in this blend, but I couldn’t tell you much more about it than that.
At 3 minutes there wasn’t much of anything to this, so I gave it an additional 2 minutes of steeping.
Flavors: Cedar, Coriander, Fennel