Today's tea is Laoshan Apothecary Green by Verdant Tea. I admit the first thing that drew me to this particular blend was its name, because apothecaries are awesome. This tea is a blend of Laoshan Green Tea, Organic Fennel, Organic Coriander, Organic Peppermint, Organic Rama Tulsi, and Organic Kishna Tulsi. The first thing I notice about this tea's aroma is how incredibly clean and refreshing it smells. The blend of herbs is a blend of savory and faintly sweet with sharp notes of mint. The mint and basil are the most prominent notes with a finish of coriander and fennel.
Once steeped the aroma of the base green tea shows its true colors (they are all shades of green if you were curious) with a strong aroma of cooked spinach. There are of course herbaceous notes of basil and coriander, with just a slight hint of fennel and mint. The aroma reminds me of herb bread and it is making me quite hungry. The liquid smells almost identical to the wet leaves but with a little bit more of the mint aroma and less of the bread quality.
The taste of this tea is pleasantly savory, blending strong herbaceous notes with cooked spinach. The herb bread analogy from earlier is holding up, the tea has a slightly yeasty quality and is loaded with the taste of basil and coriander. At the finish there is a cleansing kick of mint that really seems to cleanse the palate and cool the mouth and stomach. I always enjoy teas that have a cooling sensation. The mouthfeel of this tea could be described as silky, it is very smooth and pleasant. As it cools the tea gets sweeter.
I decided to have another go with these leaves, the aroma of the wet leaves for steep two has stronger herbal tones, the basil and mint is much stronger, along with the fennel being sharper. The first thing I notice is the flavor is sweeter and the coriander is stronger. It is less vegetal this time and more herbal, the mint instead of being at the end of the sip shows up at the middle and stays around until the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is still smooth and silky, and as the tea cools it continues to get sweeter. This tea is great if you are having belly problems or have had a meal that is too heavy, it cleanses and cools the mouth, plus it is quite tasty.
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