God Scent Infused Yaan Black Tea (Demeter)

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Seeking out an infused black tea that’s enjoyable for both advanced drinkers and beginners can be a challenge. That’s why we were pleasantly surprised when we discovered these two teas. Not only have we been regularly returning to them ourselves, but they serve as a great tea to convert family and friends to the finer teas in life.

The black tea base comes from high quality, small-leaf varietal material from Yaan, which is then naturally infused using either Osmanthus or Hanxiao flowers.

We highly recommend comparing between both teas. We also suggest brewing both teas with a slightly lower temperature (85-90c) for best results.


Scented with 含笑花 (a type of magnolia), this tea produces a prominent banana fragrance, which becomes more pronounced by the 3rd brew. Fruitier than its counterpart, this tea has a slight jam/fermented fruit quality that also touches on a ginseng fruit note, and complements the natural milk chocolate quality of the black tea.

The fragrance develops in layers from brew to brew, with a hint of white flower scent throughout. The flower used for scenting this tea blooms and is picked in April, and comes from the same region as the tea (Yaan). Unlike the other tea from this set, after the tea is infused, there is a labour intensive process of removing the flowers.

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Sad to say I didn’t love this as much as I thought I would. The fruitiness outshines the magnolia/any floral qualities and Bitterleaf wasn’t lying when they said there’s a banana note. It’s interesting, but just wasn’t something I wanted to return to.

Flavors: Banana, Fruity

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This black tea is scented with magnolia blossoms. I’m quite a fan of magnolia scented oolong, so I wasn’t about to pass on this first chance to try a magnolia scented black tea. Honestly? Possibly the best black tea I’ve tried from Bitterleaf. From steep one this was highly aromatic and sweet with a beautiful mix of fruity and floral notes. Magnolia, of course, was a big one but I also tasted a mix of lush elderberry and elderflower, rich cocoa (especially in the undertones), guava, and lilac – but also banana jam. Lots of banana jam. In particular, the Banana & Bourbon Vanilla jam that I used to buy semi-regularly from a specialty shop in Toronto.

It’s a really wild flavour note to be experiencing in a scented black tea, but it absolutely made my morning and has caused me to fall immediately and heavily in love with this tea. Very unique and amazing experience – and honestly lots of longevity. Six steeps in this morning and this beauty was still going strong; I would have kept brewing until I’d totally killed the leaf but I had to skedaddle to make it to work on time…

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C1sRVecOCFo/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db5mZ-SJ3J8

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