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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
404 tasting notes

BONNIE, I CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR THIS GENEOUS SAMPLE!

Hello Steepster poeple,

So I’ve been a deserter for a while… To sum it up, 2012 hasn’t been very kind to me so far. Worst, it hasn’t been kind to close ones… family.

As many people, I have 2 families: the blood related and the close friends. I have only a handful in the close friend category, and those are much more than a Facebook page in my life.

My close friends are family to me as I am to them… it makes it that much more difficult when such a friend gets kicked out of life forever…

I had no idea when I first joined Steepster how much it would mean to me. Despite the fact that I have a zillion other interests in life, I never felt the need to join a forum or blog. I’m not one to open up to strangers and here I am, few months later rambling about one of the most intimate tragedy of my life… That’s what I love about this community, when I read everyone’s reviews, I see so much more than that… people are genuine and care for each other, and the common ground happens to be TEA. Why is it different than other stuff? My take is, tea is somewhat spiritual, it is linked to lots of different cultures, and therefore, brings people together in a gentle and sharing manner… I think tea is a lifestyle as oppose to a liking. Some teas will give me spiritual moments just like music and art…and just like music and art, some will give me plain and simple pleasure or pure fun! Of course, this Verdant tea falls in the spiritual category and it elevates me today…

Bonnie, I don’t know you that well, but at this moment, I love you! Thanks for sharing this wonderful tea with me, you make me feel special today. You may not be a «family friend», but you are definitely in a new category I’ve created for myself, a real Steepster friend!

Now the review:

As I’m climbing the «Tea ladder» in the most humble way, I have purchased a Gongfu tea set in order to fully appreciate higher quality teas such as this one. Nice elegant white porcelain, no frufrus, don’t want to be a tea snob! Proper equipment will just help make things right…

So this is my first Gongfu brew ever. As I’ve seen in Tea Master David Ducker’s videos, I’m using 1gr. of tea per ounce of water and I rinsed for 1 sec. Then:

1rst steep 3 sec.:

Ok I get it now, this brewing method does make a difference…hello flavor!!! Beautiful amber cognac color, sweet chocolate honey roasted almond taste, I do get them flavors! Each sip renders a gift, creating a swirl of happy in my mouth, happy dance!

2nd steep:

Blame my inexperience, I increased the steeping time way too much, should have noticed from the color intensity that pretty much doubled. It probably affected the taste, but not in a bad way, I get the same flavors just in a more bold and malty way. Still very sweet and chocolaty.

3rd steep:

The intensity is still big and I now understand how this brewing method can render 15 steeps! I also get a tad of spice. I think the spiciness will escalate in the next infusion.

4th steep:

Because my palate is not as developed yet as it should be for this kind of tea, I find it hard sometimes to clearly identify the different notes. It’s like having a word on the tip of your tongue, your mind knows it, but you just can’t say it! Knowing what essence I should be looking for helps me in my tastings. I know I’m supposed to get some cinnamon at one point, and I get it. I notice the sweetness slowly being replaced by a more mineral taste. Wow, it’s like I’m having a totally different tea now, loving this!

I will continue my drinking this afternoon, this is an uplifting experience so far…I’m very pleased.

Verdant posted that the new supply of this tea will be available early July, so I will wait patiently :-)

Bonnie

You have honored Francois.
I am sorry that you are in pain.

You have humbled me and I am crying. What can I say? There are no words to express how I feel. I am available to talk to..PM me at any time my friend.

I have more Laoshan Black. I will send you some.

TheTeaFairy

Oh Bonnie, please don’t cry and please keep your stash! It’s enough that you sent me a large supply already! I just wrote what my heart dictated :) I will order as soon as it’s available.
Thank you so much for being so generous…

Bonnie

You are right about the gentle kindness of so many people here on steepster. There is something about tea. You have to learn how to be quiet inside and listen….paying attention. What do you think we can find if chaos is dispelled?!

TheTeaFairy

what you find is good poeple, just like you :-)

tigress_al

I think tea is “spiritual” because it gives you a minute to really enjoy life and love yourself.

Sorry for your loss, remember the good times with your friend!

TassieTeaGirl

A beautiful post, thankyou for sharing. I totally agree with your opinions about tea. For me it what’s always been a healing substance. I have a medical condition that was very out of control when I was a teenager, it made doing anything difficult, but a cup of tea always distracted me and centred me, even if only for a few minutes. I hope it can help heal you too.

Bonnie

I am your friend!

TheTeaFairy

tigress: thanks for the kind words, you’re right, taking time for yourself does wonders!

TassieGirl: it does help healing, thank you…hope your medical condition is under control now and you can enjoy tea for different reasons :-)

Bonnie: And I’m yours!

Charles Thomas Draper

I got chills at one point reading this “I had no idea when I joined Steepster etc…” Beautiful

TheTeaFairy

thank you charles…

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Bonnie

You have honored Francois.
I am sorry that you are in pain.

You have humbled me and I am crying. What can I say? There are no words to express how I feel. I am available to talk to..PM me at any time my friend.

I have more Laoshan Black. I will send you some.

TheTeaFairy

Oh Bonnie, please don’t cry and please keep your stash! It’s enough that you sent me a large supply already! I just wrote what my heart dictated :) I will order as soon as it’s available.
Thank you so much for being so generous…

Bonnie

You are right about the gentle kindness of so many people here on steepster. There is something about tea. You have to learn how to be quiet inside and listen….paying attention. What do you think we can find if chaos is dispelled?!

TheTeaFairy

what you find is good poeple, just like you :-)

tigress_al

I think tea is “spiritual” because it gives you a minute to really enjoy life and love yourself.

Sorry for your loss, remember the good times with your friend!

TassieTeaGirl

A beautiful post, thankyou for sharing. I totally agree with your opinions about tea. For me it what’s always been a healing substance. I have a medical condition that was very out of control when I was a teenager, it made doing anything difficult, but a cup of tea always distracted me and centred me, even if only for a few minutes. I hope it can help heal you too.

Bonnie

I am your friend!

TheTeaFairy

tigress: thanks for the kind words, you’re right, taking time for yourself does wonders!

TassieGirl: it does help healing, thank you…hope your medical condition is under control now and you can enjoy tea for different reasons :-)

Bonnie: And I’m yours!

Charles Thomas Draper

I got chills at one point reading this “I had no idea when I joined Steepster etc…” Beautiful

TheTeaFairy

thank you charles…

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I am French Canadian, so please forgive me if my English is not always perfect!

My relationship with tea in a nut shell:

I’m married to straight Blacks. I have torrid love affairs with Oolongs. My BFF are Greens. I socialize more and more with Pu’erhs. I have distant White acquaintances that I visit once in a while. I party with Flavored!

Love Steepster, a place for tea lovers, where you learn and share with others…

About me:

I am a free spirit, I let people be who and what they want to be and expect the same in return.

Books! I love French and classic literature, but also modern and pretty much anything that captures my attention.

As tea and books, music is something I can’t live without! From Bach to Nirvana, my ears know no boundaries…

Art is food for the soul…I consume lots of it.

Animal and nature lover, I will never let a fury friend in needs.

I’ve been drinking tea for as long as I can remember. But since I’v joined Steepster, my tea knowledge has emancipated exponentially.

Drinking tea is a sensorial experience. The name in itself “Camellia Sinensis” lingers the promess of an adventure for the senses…

As for my rating system, well it’s pretty much inexistent…Since I don’t write many reviews, I try to focus on the good stuff and will usually review teas that left a big impression on me.

Not a big «swapper» but if we do get to swap together, you’ll remember me, I live up to my Fairy reputation :-)

I love taking tea pics, here’s my Instagram:

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