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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
357 tasting notes

At long last I get to try the well loved, almost worshipped, Laoshan Black. My experience with the fancier straight black teas is that I totally miss whatever people say they tasted. Maybe I’ve burnt my tongue too many times on hot tea or more likely pizza, but I don’t have the sophisticated “taster” tongue that many appear to have. Regardless, I was hopeful that I would still enjoy this, even if I couldn’t taste all the chocolate or other flavors so often mentioned.

Well, that was not a problem at all. Holy chocolate! And it’s like a slightly burnt chocolate, in a good way. Yum! I’m not going to rate this yet or even comment much on the flavor as I had a less than ideal first go round with the brewing. My rinse went according to plan. My first steep half spilled all over my hand (ouch). I didn’t want to burn my hand again, so for the second steep, I moved the tea leaves into a strainer that had previously brewed a chai so that flavor still permeated. Finally, I moved the leaves to a simple clear brewer that you drain out the bottom. At that moment, the little Bean woke up from her nap so any kind of short steeps were out of the question. So from then on I just poured some hot water into the brewer, watched it for a minute or two and then drained it into my mug and continue to chase the little creature. No real rhyme or reason to it. All the steeps (even the one that I forgot) were really yummy except for the one that still had the chai flavor. Tomorrow I hope to try again. And I hope the Bean stays asleep a little longer this time. Nap time is sacred. She’s been skimping on me lately.

Bonnie

Most of us prefer this one brewed western style in a pot. I never rinse this one either. About 2-3 minutes for me but I love a strong brew. I’ve been drinking laoshan black for over a year and I love this tea!

Emily M

I agree with Bonnie on this one. While I found the gongfu method to be interesting and yummy in it’s own right, I prefered this one a bit more brewed western style. =)
Hope the little one naps longer for you tomorrow so you can play with this a bit more.

Terri HarpLady

I also go for a western brew: 1 T X 3min = Awesome!
Sorry about the burnt hand, been there, done that too many times! I was such a Gaiwan clutz, & still am sometimes!

Tealizzy

I have some of this on its way! I can’t wait! It’s good to hear that the chocolate taste is easy to spot. I don’t have a very educated palate yet. :)

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Bonnie

Most of us prefer this one brewed western style in a pot. I never rinse this one either. About 2-3 minutes for me but I love a strong brew. I’ve been drinking laoshan black for over a year and I love this tea!

Emily M

I agree with Bonnie on this one. While I found the gongfu method to be interesting and yummy in it’s own right, I prefered this one a bit more brewed western style. =)
Hope the little one naps longer for you tomorrow so you can play with this a bit more.

Terri HarpLady

I also go for a western brew: 1 T X 3min = Awesome!
Sorry about the burnt hand, been there, done that too many times! I was such a Gaiwan clutz, & still am sometimes!

Tealizzy

I have some of this on its way! I can’t wait! It’s good to hear that the chocolate taste is easy to spot. I don’t have a very educated palate yet. :)

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I love tea. And I love beer. I spent my twenties thoroughly enjoying all that beer has to offer but now that I’m into my thirties and a stay at home mom of 2 little kids and 1 big kid, I spend more time enjoying tea.

I joined steepster in Feb 2013 and it’s crazy how much my tastes have changed since joining. Before, I liked cream and honey in all teas and loved mostly dessert blacks. Now I almost rarely drink them, but enjoy them from time to time. What I love more than anything are straight rich black teas, Fujian, Laoshan, Rizhao, etc… I also love pretty much any black tea that the little leaf hoppers have gotten their teeth on.

I’m still not too into the green/white/oolong varieties. I keep trying to but my tastes are evolving pretty slowly on that front.

Overall, I just enjoy tea. Something about it that just settles me.

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