If I were looking for a tea that gives Laoshan Black a run for its money, it would probably be this tea. Honey Orchid Black does have its own qualities and subtleties. But the two teas are part of the same “family” to me. For those who have come to love LB, Honey Orchid Black is THAT type of black tea in my opinion.
I looked on their website and there weren’t brewing instructions that I could find. So in my limited tea experiences, I decided to wing it. I went with boiling water at 4m 30s. Obviously I was not disappointed.
Dry, this tea looks like bark or something. I updated the picture on steepster from their website and its way prettier than my sample looked.
Visually, it is not too terribly exciting but once steeped, this tea has a beautiful honey color and it smells similar to Laoshan Black (sorry to keep comparing but its the only thing I can compare it to). I get the same mouth feel as well. Yet after tasting this, I get honey, light floral and a touch of vanilla instead of those dark chocolate and brownie notes that I have come to love from LB.
I could easily drink this tea every week. The only major factor is the price. I logged on to see how much this bad boy will cost me and its around $20 for 2oz. Not outrageous for what it is but just a little out of my personal budget for as frequently as I would drink it. Regardless, I will order this tea eventually to have it on hand.
Thank-you SO MUCH Azzrian! You have introduced me to many great teas and I am very thankful. What the hell did I do before steepster? Fart in line at teavana? seriously.
Who knows if this will change as I try more samples but this is currently in my top favorite teas.