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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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PLEASE IGNORE THIS REVIEW AND READ THE ONE FOLLOWING IT. Thanks
I’m not going to rate this tea at the moment, but I drank it for the first time today and I must say that considering all the hype that it has gotten her, I’m quite disappointed. It’s a very good black tea, but I still think that Norbu’s Lao Cong Zi Ya is much tastier and much more interesting.
The dry tea is very attractive dark color, with long, twisted leaves that smell exactly, exactly like chocolate. The tea itself brews a to a golden amber fluid. The tea is slightly astringent, but not unpleasantly so, and tastes like grains to me rather than chocolate. There’s a spiciness in its aftertaste (pepper maybe?) and a woodsy taste to it in later brews, but most certainly not chocolate.
I think that it’s a very good tea, but I’m probably not going to give it 100. I’m going to give it a few more brews, just in case I’m missing something.

Bonnie

I don’t think over 200 reviews over more than a year can be called ‘hype’, but you have every right to have your own opinion on flavor preferences. Laoshan Black is one of my top 5 black teas, but not my #1.

NofarS

That was poorly worded on my part. This tea got such great reviews here that I thought that would find my new #1 tea. I guess I just started drinking it expecting too much. I was also kind of expecting a chocolate flavour but I couldn’t taste any (which, I agree, could be a fault on my part). This is an excellent tea, I just need to re taste it without coming to it with expectations that I honestly doubt any tea could stand up to. That’s what I meant here.

Bonnie

Fair enough.I never used to taste Black tea using a gaiwan but now I always begin this way with a new tea. Laoshan Black is my go to tea for blending and use as my chai base.

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Bonnie

I don’t think over 200 reviews over more than a year can be called ‘hype’, but you have every right to have your own opinion on flavor preferences. Laoshan Black is one of my top 5 black teas, but not my #1.

NofarS

That was poorly worded on my part. This tea got such great reviews here that I thought that would find my new #1 tea. I guess I just started drinking it expecting too much. I was also kind of expecting a chocolate flavour but I couldn’t taste any (which, I agree, could be a fault on my part). This is an excellent tea, I just need to re taste it without coming to it with expectations that I honestly doubt any tea could stand up to. That’s what I meant here.

Bonnie

Fair enough.I never used to taste Black tea using a gaiwan but now I always begin this way with a new tea. Laoshan Black is my go to tea for blending and use as my chai base.

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An Israeli computer programmer with a passion for tea (mostly bought in yearly shopping sprees in the UK), particularly black, oolong and white. I don’t generally enjoy flavoured teas or herbal infusions, but if a tea sounds interesting and smells nice I’ll most definitely try it. I drink several cups of tea a day, usually one or two in the morning, another one after lunch and one or two in the evening. My favourite tea so far is Lao Cong Zi Ya from Norbu Tea, but I’m constantly trying new teas. Only in the past year have I branched into Pu’erh and non-roasted oolongs. Finding good tea in Israel is difficult, so I import most of my teas from yearly visits to London, or from online retailers. If you see something in my cupboard that sparks your interest and you would like to swap with me, then please message me. I’m almost always up for a swap.

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