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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
110 tasting notes

1 tsp for 8 oz

So the hype is well deserved. I was half hoping I wouldn’t like this because the list of “must-have” teas is getting long and expensive, but holy moly, this is good. Soooooo smooooooth and rich like chocolate. I look forward to brewing it in various ways to find how I like it best, but already I could drink it the way I prepared it today every day.

I am still in awe of how tea can be so varied. Comparing this to another top tea, Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black, it doesn’t seem like they could be the same beverage at all. But they are equally good in wildly different ways. Amazing…

ETA: A second 3 minute steeping was also delicious though obviously lighter. I might try 2min and 3min next time. And maybe I’ll try just one 4 minute steeping too.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

We’re both in awe of our good fortune it seems, having tasted two of my favorite tea’s (well worth the money considering the price of a vente Starbucks which can’t be resteeped).

Rachel J

Oh yes Bonnie! Agreed! Curious… what are your preferred brewing parameters for these two teas?

Bonnie

Laoshan Black I prefer brewed Western Style using the Verdant directions (I make a big pot,so adjustments must be made since you really can’t get a proper result by simply doubling or tripling the amount of tea…a bit less is wise.) The Butiki Tea I ALWAYS warm the gaiwan first, put the tea in dry and wait a minute to catch the scent. No way would I skip this step! Then, I brew short steeps. The only other method after warming in the gaiwan, is to pour after steeping into an aroma cup…which is turned over into the sipping cup allowing the fragrance to be concentrated. Usually I only do this with oolongs.

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Bonnie

We’re both in awe of our good fortune it seems, having tasted two of my favorite tea’s (well worth the money considering the price of a vente Starbucks which can’t be resteeped).

Rachel J

Oh yes Bonnie! Agreed! Curious… what are your preferred brewing parameters for these two teas?

Bonnie

Laoshan Black I prefer brewed Western Style using the Verdant directions (I make a big pot,so adjustments must be made since you really can’t get a proper result by simply doubling or tripling the amount of tea…a bit less is wise.) The Butiki Tea I ALWAYS warm the gaiwan first, put the tea in dry and wait a minute to catch the scent. No way would I skip this step! Then, I brew short steeps. The only other method after warming in the gaiwan, is to pour after steeping into an aroma cup…which is turned over into the sipping cup allowing the fragrance to be concentrated. Usually I only do this with oolongs.

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I happily reside in Park Slope, Brooklyn with my husband, our baby son, and our dog. I teach over 40 piano students per week at my home studio and created “Fundamental Keys”, a classical piano method book and video series.

My husband and I are vegan and have been for about 8 years. We are enjoying bringing up our little one in the vegan tradition!

I went through a major tea phase some years ago (2006-2009) and had quite a collection and tasted hundreds of varieties. Then I went off caffeine when I decided to have a baby, and after he was born I got into a nasty coffee habit. Now I’ve come back to tea, thank goodness. I’m finding my tastes have changed quite a bit since my first go at tea fanaticism. Really enjoying some of the amazing and deliciously complex teas I’ve learned about through Steepster!

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