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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
496 tasting notes

Why, hello honey soaked dark chocolate brownie. The finish upon first steep is drenched in caramel and honey, like someone infused a caramilk bar in my cup; I can’t believe this isn’t flavoured. The smell of the wet leaves, in particular, is very chocolaty, and possibly leathery. I’m detecting no bitterness or astringency, just sweet, mellow goodness. This is a rich, moist cup with a cinnamon note that comes out upon later steeps. The sweetness also becomes more pronounced.

I hit around fifteen steeps in my flowering pot (still on the window shopping stage for a gaiwan)! I’ve never been full on board the black tea train but this Autumn Harvest Black Laoshan has changed that.

I sent an extremely small amount, only a cups worth, to Cavocorax. If I had tried this tea before double bagging some I might have forgone giving ANY of my tiny sample away.. Will be picking up more soon enough, no doubt!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Mercuryhime

This is the black tea that turned me as well. It’s magic. Still only like Chinese blacks though. :D

Sil

yay so glad you enjoyed this!

CrowKettle

I can actually imagine myself drinking this regularly, which is a huge first for a black tea. I won’t be so skeptical next time :)

Kittenna

Haha, yep, this is the first black that really made me go, “woah, straight black tea can actually be good”!

Sil

there are some really great black teas out there that are so much more than just . :)

Cavocorax

That sounds great. I’ll make sure I enjoy my sample when I’ve got time to appreciate it and prepare it properly! Thanks!

Bonnie

Master Han’s that is limited on the Verdant site is considered expensive (I think 3 Starbucks vente’s cost the same if you know what I mean) but anyway it’s maybe the best black tea I’ve ever tasted. If anyone even just wanted the $4 sample it would be worth trying.

CrowKettle

I looked at Verdant’s site and it had me at “coconut”.

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Mercuryhime

This is the black tea that turned me as well. It’s magic. Still only like Chinese blacks though. :D

Sil

yay so glad you enjoyed this!

CrowKettle

I can actually imagine myself drinking this regularly, which is a huge first for a black tea. I won’t be so skeptical next time :)

Kittenna

Haha, yep, this is the first black that really made me go, “woah, straight black tea can actually be good”!

Sil

there are some really great black teas out there that are so much more than just . :)

Cavocorax

That sounds great. I’ll make sure I enjoy my sample when I’ve got time to appreciate it and prepare it properly! Thanks!

Bonnie

Master Han’s that is limited on the Verdant site is considered expensive (I think 3 Starbucks vente’s cost the same if you know what I mean) but anyway it’s maybe the best black tea I’ve ever tasted. If anyone even just wanted the $4 sample it would be worth trying.

CrowKettle

I looked at Verdant’s site and it had me at “coconut”.

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

Tea Preferences: My absolute favourites are the floral inclined oolong and white teas. I also enjoy unflavoured green and black teas. Puerh is a hit or miss.

Fruit, cedar, anise, and vanilla are good. Black licorice, bergamot, and cheap chocolate are less good. Jasmine, cinnamon, and hibiscus are usually too strong in teas for my taste, but otherwise I like these flavours!

Ratings:

95-100: A Personal Favourite; I’m never without this tea.

90-94: Great! I’ll try to keep a small amount around.

80-89: Enjoyable; I may buy more at some point.

70-79: Nice, but not something I’d drink often. I may have a few problems with it.

50-69: Something about this tea falls flat for me. Still drinkable.

30-49: This isn’t a particularly pleasant cup.

1-29: There’s no way to put it nicely..

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