Tea type
Black Rooibos Blend
Ingredients
Black Tea, Elderberry, Orange Peel, Rooibos, Rose
Flavors
Citrusy, Perfume, Rose, Floral, Rooibos, Astringent, Honey, Mineral, Smoke, Tobacco
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Caffeine
High
Certification
Fair Trade
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 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
  • “Currently fighting sleep so that I can keep an eye on this severe weather we’re having. I’m still (somewhat) awake only because I have lots of tea and snacks. I’m currently craving the following: a...” 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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Currently fighting sleep so that I can keep an eye on this severe weather we’re having. I’m still (somewhat) awake only because I have lots of tea and snacks. I’m currently craving the following: a bologna sandwich, barbecue kettle chips (with onion dip, please), and pepperoni pizza rolls. I’ll probably eat them all at once and either a) be sick later or b) fall asleep due to the carb surplus and spill tea on my lap. Must not fall asleep.

So I’d either forgotten that this tea had rooibos or I never knew? I guess I must have known at some point because I’m the last one to update the tea page here. How curious. Anyway, I was definitely not expecting the rooibos when I made my cup tonight. I noticed it because the leaves (are they leaves or stems?) immediately floated to the top of my cup once the water hit. Not sure how I missed this. I usually give the bags a good shake, but perhaps it always settled before. I’m getting to the bottom of the bag with this one. I do primarily taste and smell the rooibos here as well, it’s crowding out the other flavors, but whether that’s because I just realized it’s there or because there’s more rooibos in this cup than usual I don’t really know. This cup isn’t as good as my last one, so maybe it does have something to do with the ratio of rooibos to black tea. I do like rooibos but it’s not really what I was wanting.

Back to the weather watching – we had 75-80° temps during the day, storms tonight, and possible snow tomorrow. Anyone else having wacky weather lately? Side note – I saw hummus while I was making my sandwich so I’ve put that on my list. I still have another hour or two to go. Hopefully the storms will have passed by then and I can SLEEP.

Flavors: Rooibos

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
DrowningMySorrows

That’s quite a temperature change! We had a couple of weirdly warm (60°, I think) days toward the beginning of December but seem to be back to our regular cold and snow now.

gmathis

SW Missouri temperature drop from 12:00 a.m. January 1 to 6:00 p.m. was 44 degrees; 50’s to teens. Sorry to share it with you!

mrmopar

We were 70F yesterday and supposed to be snow and 32 with 20 mph winds tomorrow.

Mastress Alita

We’re going the opposite direction… it’s been solid snow since Christmas here with some wicked cold days (H 20 and L -1), but by midweek it’s expected to be back to H 40.

ashmanra

Hot yesterday, a/c running and it is set to 74 because the humidity has been so bad, rain and gusts today, slim chance of snow tomorrow. Pretty wild!

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