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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Tea of the morning…..

My first order from Verdant! I am definitely impressed. I ordered a few ounces of this along with the new Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black. Really, it was the new Alchemy blend that put me over the edge, because this company has been on my list for a long time. I also received a sample of the Yunnan Jin Jun Mei….I was hoping my sample would be another black tea because I completely forgot to request one! I am so excited to try them all as I’m a stuck in a phase where only black teas sound good and my greens, oolongs, and a few whites are probably feeling neglected. I think in this instance, it just makes sense to go with it, rather than forcing myself to drink all of the lovely teas that are not in the category I am craving.

This is rich and wonderful. I get notes of dark chocolate, and even a bit of coffee. It is very thick on the palate for a black tea. While it does not have much in the way of smokey notes like my beloved Keemun Mao Feng, this will definitely need to be renamed my beloved Laoshan Black. It kind of reminds me of Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap and tastes like a more refined version of some of the gong fu blacks I have been drinking. I am thoroughly enjoying it, and a little sad I did not try it sooner.

Mug method with a resteep only minutes away. Just the lightest touch of sweet to bring out the dark chocolate notes, even though this is a black tea that I could drink straight.

Edit to add: Second steep was fabulous. I agree with Angrboda that it is cinnamony! I upped the rating a little. LOVE!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I feel the same way! I bought a bunch of this tea! Can’t wait for the review of the new alchemy blend!

JacquelineM

Hel-lo Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black! Wow. I must order asap :) I’ve been on the verge of an order from Verdant for quite awhile, and I think the edge has just been pushed over ;)

SimplyJenW

JacqulineM you will not be disappointed except that they are currently out of Laoshan Black!

JacquelineM

Aw shucks! I have the feeling that I can order just about anything and it will be special, though :)

Bonnie

At least Laoshan Black is in some of the alchemy blends and you can taste its cocoa goodness!

SimplyJenW

So true on the blends and still getting this fabulous tea.

Iainthekiltman

This definitely sounds like one I have to try.

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Bonnie

I feel the same way! I bought a bunch of this tea! Can’t wait for the review of the new alchemy blend!

JacquelineM

Hel-lo Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black! Wow. I must order asap :) I’ve been on the verge of an order from Verdant for quite awhile, and I think the edge has just been pushed over ;)

SimplyJenW

JacqulineM you will not be disappointed except that they are currently out of Laoshan Black!

JacquelineM

Aw shucks! I have the feeling that I can order just about anything and it will be special, though :)

Bonnie

At least Laoshan Black is in some of the alchemy blends and you can taste its cocoa goodness!

SimplyJenW

So true on the blends and still getting this fabulous tea.

Iainthekiltman

This definitely sounds like one I have to try.

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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