Summer Garden Citrus Mint Blend from Verdant Tea

summer-garden-citrus-mintTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green & Oolong Teas

Where to Buy:  Verdant Tea

Tea Description:

Summer calls for a blend that’s crisp, sweet, and tangy enough to be a showstopping iced tea. We wanted to do something a little different to celebrate the season, so we sourced a beautiful Wenshan Baozhong Taiwanese oolong tea as the base of our recipe. Wenshan Baozhong is an extremely green oolong, full of grassy notes, but with floral and creamy aftertastes. Mixed with a dash of Yunnan Jingshan Green to round out the body, we think this makes the perfect green base for summer.

To bring out the fruity and floral notes naturally present in Wenshan Baozhong, we picked out creamy and sweet orange peel, rich lemongrass and a juicy bergamot. We use roasted dandelion root and licorice root to draw out the sweetness and help you make a satisfying iced tea- no sugar necessary! Finally, we make it crisp and refreshing with a dash of lavender and spearmint. Enjoy!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  This tea really is the perfect summer refreshment.  This summer has been so hot and uncomfortably muggy that there have been times when I couldn’t bear to brew a pot of hot tea because even though I know that hot tea tends to be more cooling than a cold drink, I couldn’t bring myself to brewing something hot to drink.  Thank goodness I had a pitcher of iced tea in the fridge for times like that.

This!  This tea would make a perfect iced tea.  I’m drinking it hot right now, and even served hot, it’s incredibly refreshing.  The base of Yunnan Jinshan Green and Wenshan Baozhong Oolong makes for a wonderful sweet and light flavor with a lovely creamy texture.  It’s lightly vegetal with just the right buttery note.

The lemon grass, orange peel and touch of bergamot adds a bright citrus note.  The bergamot does not give this an Earl Grey-ish sort of flavor, but instead just enhances the sunny citrus flavors with it’s zesty character.  I don’t know that I necessarily taste the dandelion root, although I do taste a toasty, nutty flavor which may be the presence of the roasted dandelion root.  I also don’t taste a lot of licorice.  But I do get a nice sweetness here – it’s pleasantly sweet without the addition of sweetener.

But the real star of this cup is the spearmint.  It adds just the right touch of crisp, cool minty flavor without getting too aggressive.  It doesn’t overpower … everything tastes very harmonious.  This tea is named perfectly:  Summer Garden Citrus Mint Blend.  I taste fresh leafy notes, citrus, mint.  It’s a beautifully smooth and enjoyable cup.

I can’t wait to be drinking this one chilled tomorrow!  YUM!

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