I also decided to drink my little freebie sachet of Verdant’s Big Red Robe this weekend. The dry leaves had a lovely smell of red apples and dark chocolate, whilst the wet leaves had their very distinctive BRR smell. I wrote down smoked/charred meat, which I stand by, but it has a really complex aroma that I do find kinda hard to peg down…

The first infusions was a pleasing caramel colour, which had a scent of apples, smoke, and rosemary. On the palette, it was lightly astringent (it was “juicy”, I think I’d say), with a general minerally smoothness that I very much enjoyed. The flavours of apple and rosemary were present, like the smell, and there was just a hint of smoky undernotes.

The second and all later infusions I got through seemed to smell more like rosemary and lavender than I remember it doing before, which was a lovely treat. It really did feel like a light aromatherapy session. To taste, it was still very much dominated by apples, rosemary, and smoke, but that was fine by me.

Lovely, as ever.

Flavors: Apple, Smoke

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Junior doctor and casual tea-drinker.

It’s been a busy few years for me – I’ve graduated from med school and I’m now working full time as a junior doctor in a small UK hospital. I’ve returned Steepster to continue to learn, take recommendations and share my experiences :-)

I remain particularly keen to try lots of new teas, especially Pu Erhs and Oolongs!

I’m also happy to swap, particularly within the UK! If you see anything in my cupboard that you wanna try, please don’t be afraid to ask! Most of them I have at least 25 g of, so a 5 g sample or so will be no trouble :-)


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