412 Tasting Notes

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drank Lao Cong Zi Ya by Norbu Tea
412 tasting notes

It’s turning out to be a Lao Cong Zi Ya day, which is always nice. Later on this evening I’ll have a sipdown of the Norbu Tea winter Alishan that I have.
Drinking this with fresh blueberry muffins that I made (recipe found here bit.ly/VYgj1E), while browsing for the next race to enrol to.
This tea works really well with the fruity, slightly tangy taste of the blueberries in this muffin.

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drank Lao Cong Zi Ya by Norbu Tea
412 tasting notes

One cup in the early morning, as a pre-run boost (with a banana), one cup as a post run treat – a lovely way to start the day.
Made a cup for my mom and dad. Both loved it – a very good tea that rebrews very very well.

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drank Lao Cong Zi Ya by Norbu Tea
412 tasting notes

Back from a run and on to working some more on my thesis. A perfect companion to both – Lao Cong Zi Ya. Still my #1 tea. I’m almost through the first 50g that I bought, but I’ve stocked up on plenty more of it – so all is well :)

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drank Raw Puerh Tea by iTea Quality Tea
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Drinking a cup while working on my thesis. There’s a definite taste of dried fruit to this tea, and it’s a lighter tea, which makes it perfect for the afternoon.
Purim was celebrated in schools and kindergartens across the country today, so it was a lot of fun to walk around town and see all the costumes. My cat is glued to the window, watching laughing kids rush to parties or play outside.

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drank Earl Grey (loose leaf) by Twinings
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backlogging a blissful cup of this tea. earl grey. hot. from yesterday. I drank a cup of this, while watching an episode of Star Trek TNG, with a purring cat on my lap. Pure bliss!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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This is a lovely Sheng – sweet, smoky, with a malty taste. The brew is very light coloured, and tastes great brewed gongfu style in my new Yixing teapot (dedicated to Shengs). It’s still a little rough at the edges at this point and I have a feeling that with time it will mellow and grow even sweeter, but it’s still lovely to drink now.
I got this a free sample in my latest order from Norbu and I most certainly will buy a cake during my next shopping spree there.
P.S. Norbu have changed the packaging of their tea, and their new bags are really lovely.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Another cup backlogged from yesterday. I really need to take the time to properly review this tea…

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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This is just to show that brewing style can completely completely change the way a tea tastes.
The first time I drank this nectar of the gods I did so gongfu style, and it turned out very nice, but not amazing. This morning I brewed it western style and it was AMAZING! A coppery coloured brew with lovely caramel, toasty, chocolate, barley, vanilla flavour and a rich creamy texture. This tea is mind blowing – complex and tasty – a perfect pick me up cup of joy.
I’m still interested in trying to get a proper (and not pale) gongfu brew out of it. Has anyone succeeded with that? Perhaps longer brewing times will do the trick

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Kashyap

I had the same response to it….I could find the nuances but didn’t find myself gravitating towards the cup when I brewed it gongfu style….I now add it directly to a hua cha (glass tea ocean) and strain as I seem to get a more interesting and less dense flavor that has more diversity

ashmanra

WOW! That is interesting! So often I see where people say they get different, more complex flavors gong fu, but angrboda says she gets more complex flavors western sometimes. I guess we need to try all the tea, all the ways! :) Glad you had such a stellar tea experience!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
412 tasting notes

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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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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