This is an excellent tea that demands multiple steeping, with each one it subtly changes in the most delightful way! The first steep, after rinsing, was the worst out of the 5 I’ve done today. The jasmine was so strong that it was distracting, but thankfully it settled down after the second steep and by the third the flavor stabilized for the most part. What I love is how the floral taste evolves, from something like apricot to straight up honey to a strawberry sort of thing, always with a vanilla zing at the end of each note.
The instructions on the bag didn’t exactly match what was on Verdant’s website. I brewed the western way, with one 30 second rinse, a 45 second steep at 185, and added 15 seconds to each steep. I did sweeten it a bit to bring out some of the fruit flavor over the grassy notes. But to each his own as far as that goes!