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My latest order from Verdant arrived and no, I do not need any more caffeine today but I couldn’t resist this anyway. mwa ha ha! By the way, thanks to David for answering my anxiety ridden e-mail about where my order was. I am paranoid because the mail person leaves our office packages in an unsecured location.

I read other people’s tasting notes and I wasn’t sure how to make this but in the end I decided I would have it Western style today and gong-fu it at home.

The aroma of the wet leaves is definitely malty and peppery! I’ve heard about this peppery quality before but have never experienced it myself.

The first cup I steeped for 3.5 minutes which may have been too long (because my cup is very dark), but this is pretty tasty. My first impression is of a slightly bittersweet chocolate, it’s very rich and full. I am getting the fruity element as well that others have remarked on. I can see why Verdant likens this to a lightly roasted coffee because I feel the same way about it, except it isn’t bitter like coffee can be. In the finish I’ve gotten a bit of tannin and peppery element which then slowly is transformed into sweetness, how odd. I am hoping the tannin will decrease with a shorter steeping time.

I decided to do a second steep for 2 minutes and got a medium reddish brown cup, so this is probably closer to what it should be. Definitely a rich and smooth cuppa. With the shorter steeping time I am getting more fruity notes and more sweetness in the finish, which I kinda like (okay, I am a wimp). Now it’s a bit more like caramel. Someone just commented that my tea smells like tobacco. Interesting… complex and full of flavors. Perhaps a tad bit heavy on the tannins for yours truly but we’ll see what happens when I gong fu this. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Kittenna

My first cup of this was for 1.5 minutes, and it was fabulous and I wasn’t having an issue with tannins (apparently I’m not a fan). However, it was a touch more astringent than the Laoshan Black.

TeaBrat

@Krystalen – thanks, I think I will need to try it that way soon!

Kittenna

Boo, I didn’t get your response in an email (just chanced by it). Time to figure out if that’s a bug or something else.

TeaBrat

hmm, I don’t have Steepster notifying me about stuff like that, it would be way too much mail for me!

Azzrian

I have some of this on the way :)

Scott B

Amy, when you say peppery, do you mean like black pepper or cayenne pepper or a bell pepper?

TeaBrat

I think black pepper… or perhaps white pepper is more appropriate

Doug F

I just received my order of zhu rong yesterday also, with a nice sample of Laoshan white thrown in.

TeaBrat

I love white teas, I think they added it to the site right after I placed my order. It sounds good!

Bonnie

I did take the Laoshan White to 5 steepings and I have half my sample left! Worth going the full cycle! It pulls you back because the flavor lingers.

Doug F

I’ll keep an open mind on the white—I have never been a big fan but it’s been a while since I tried one, so who knows?

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Kittenna

My first cup of this was for 1.5 minutes, and it was fabulous and I wasn’t having an issue with tannins (apparently I’m not a fan). However, it was a touch more astringent than the Laoshan Black.

TeaBrat

@Krystalen – thanks, I think I will need to try it that way soon!

Kittenna

Boo, I didn’t get your response in an email (just chanced by it). Time to figure out if that’s a bug or something else.

TeaBrat

hmm, I don’t have Steepster notifying me about stuff like that, it would be way too much mail for me!

Azzrian

I have some of this on the way :)

Scott B

Amy, when you say peppery, do you mean like black pepper or cayenne pepper or a bell pepper?

TeaBrat

I think black pepper… or perhaps white pepper is more appropriate

Doug F

I just received my order of zhu rong yesterday also, with a nice sample of Laoshan white thrown in.

TeaBrat

I love white teas, I think they added it to the site right after I placed my order. It sounds good!

Bonnie

I did take the Laoshan White to 5 steepings and I have half my sample left! Worth going the full cycle! It pulls you back because the flavor lingers.

Doug F

I’ll keep an open mind on the white—I have never been a big fan but it’s been a while since I tried one, so who knows?

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

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