EDIT: Lowering my rating a bit from a 95 to an 80. I was so excited to brew this initially and I think I might have looked into the tea a bit too much. The notes I found before seem to be hiding from me now (chocolate, sweet cinnamon) and I’m just tasting regular tea now. Quite disappointing. :(
BELOW IS MY REVIEW FOR MY INITIAL FIRST STEEP BEFORE MY EDIT:
What a nice tea! Got my order today and I immediately opened up the nice little pouch Verdant’s tea comes in and got started making some!
Mm, the smell of the dry leaves is INTOXICATING! It smells intensely of rich, creamy dark chocolate.
I brewed this up Western style as I heard from other peoples’ tasting notes here that Western style was the best way in which to brew Laoshan Black.
The wet leaves smell exactly like dark chocolate still, and at this point I can’t wait for my cup to cool so I could take a sip!
The taste is phenomenal, chocolatey of course with a rich creamy aftertaste left in your mouth. Wait, what is that lingering note on the back of my throat? SWEET CINNAMON!
YUM. What a great tea!
I noticed that the more times I make a certain tea the more that the different notes really pop and come out, so I’m looking forward to having more of this tea so I can taste more of the notes!
I can’t wait to have another brew of this which will most likely be really, really soon!