Tea type
Black Rooibos Blend
Ingredients
Black Tea, Elderberry, Orange Peel, Rooibos, Rose
Flavors
Citrusy, Perfume, Rose
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Caffeine
High
Certification
Fair Trade
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “This is a very unique flavor that kind of grows on me. When I first read the label, I read citrus. When I first opened the package, the smell was strong, and really it smells quite a bit like...” Read full tasting note
  • “I have to admit, I became a little afraid of this one when I first opened the pouch. The aroma is so strong and pungent and absolutely unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I’m not even sure I...” Read full tasting note
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From Verdant Tea (Special)

This month we are working on an incredibly fun mixology project with local Minnesota business Intelligent Nutrients. They are making some of the highest end essential oils and perfumes in the world on their own still. We are borrowing their beautiful Cistus oil to scent our Zhu Rong black for a tea reminiscent of earl grey for its citrus notes. We hope this is the start to a great partnership and potentially the first in a whole line of tea and essential oil pairings. Stay tuned!

INGREDIENTS: Zhu Rong Black Tea, Rose, Elderberry, Orange Peel, Rooibos, Cistus oil

STEEPING TIPS: Use 5g in an 8oz cup or teapot. Steep with boiling water for thirty seconds. Or use a quarter ounce of tea for a one quart mason jar, fill with room temperature water and refrigerate overnight for cold brew.

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95 tasting notes

This is a very unique flavor that kind of grows on me. When I first read the label, I read citrus. When I first opened the package, the smell was strong, and really it smells quite a bit like cola (think coca-cola) . When brewed, the cola aroma morphs into something more flowery/perfumy. The taste when brewed is definitely flowery (honeyed rose) with citrus elements (though it isn’t really a strongly citrus tea by any means) so it didn’t occur to me that I had misread the label. But, when I read through the description provided by Verdant, I noticed my mistake. So, I looked up cistus and found that it is a type of flower. Very interesting and I’m glad to have tried something so different. I’m definitely enjoying this tea.

Flavors: Citrusy, Perfume, Rose

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I have to admit, I became a little afraid of this one when I first opened the pouch. The aroma is so strong and pungent and absolutely unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I’m not even sure I know how to describe it. Verdant’s description compares this to an Earl Grey, but I’m not getting that at all. My only guess is that this scent belongs to the Cistus oil, a product that I am entirely unfamiliar with. So I’ve held this one back to try as my last sample from Verdant’s January blends box.

I must say that the tea itself is beautiful – there are long, dark, twisted pieces filling up the bag and pops of pink from the rose petals mixed in. The fragrance tones itself down upon steeping and the tea becomes a very pleasant and warming cup of flavorful black tea. I can’t say that I taste the rose or rooibos here, but I can still smell what I believe to be the Cistus oil. It is faint and serves to add another dimension to the already remarkable black tea base. This might be my favorite out of the whole box, which surprises me since it’s the one I was must uncertain about.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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