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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
90 tasting notes

ETA – Ok guys, I get it now! I tried this again with more leaf and wow, what a difference! It was so rich and malty, and the cocoa notes came through much stronger. Kind of like chocolate beer in tea form; it was a real treat this time. Up goes my rating!
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I finally got my hands on some of this! I think it was so hyped in my mind that I was expecting fireworks to go off above my head when I took a sip. That didn’t quite happen (it was more of a single clap), but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

The taste was rich and malty with a slight berry undertone. I’m getting hints of grains, coffee, earth and cocoa powder. The end of the sip tastes like the roasted fennel seeds that my mom serves as a traditional digestive/breath freshener after a meal, so it reminds me of visiting home (and being in a happy food coma).

I brewed according to the western instructions but I think I could even go a bit stronger. Has anyone ever tried this, or would that be a recipe for tea-saster?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

My husband prefers it steeped much longer than the directions for western. You just don’t get as many re-steeps but it works just fine and you get a much more bold flavor.

Alysha

Thanks Stephanie! I will try that next time I want something bolder in the morning.

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Stephanie

My husband prefers it steeped much longer than the directions for western. You just don’t get as many re-steeps but it works just fine and you get a much more bold flavor.

Alysha

Thanks Stephanie! I will try that next time I want something bolder in the morning.

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I recently discovered loose leaf after a long and uninspiring relationship with teabags. I’ve been in love ever since (sorry bags, I just don’t feel that spark anymore).

Food is a passion for me and my love of scents and flavors has translated into an excitement for trying new teas. I’m trying to expand my palate with all different types, and currently my favorites are oolongs and greens.

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