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I have a scary story to tell you. It even took place on Halloween! I was out trick or treating with the wee ones while the teenagers stayed home to watch movies. When I arrived home, my mom, told me the teenagers had come down and “gone through” my tea stash (Um, yeah, that was scary on it’s own), but when I looked, all was still in order…
The next day I was cleaning up from the nights festivities and noticed that my brand new yixing tea mug (the one I posted about here: http://tastybrewtea.blogspot.com/2013/10/crazy-cute-new-yixing-mug.html) was missing. Literally, my heart was in my throat. I had only used it once and loved every tiny detail of it. I looked all over and then remembered those teenagers. I went upstairs and found it on the floor, full of hibiscus tea. HOLY $%^&(&^%^&*(!!!!!! So many things wrong with this:
1) Teenager knew it was my new special mug and to NOT touch it.
2) It was left on the floor of a bonus room
3) it was filled with HIBISCUS tea!!!! The worst strongest grossest flavor I would ever want my yixing cup to absorb.
Anyway, after much panic and restrained anger, I cleaned out the mug and put a bunch of scoops of Laoshan Black in it and let it sit all day. Then I did it again yesterday.
Today I’m finally brave enough to see if my mug will insert hibiscus flavor into everything. I chose a strong Laoshan Black to test with and am quite pleased to say I think I avoided a near catastrophe.
Seriously. Teenagers. Argh!
This was my introduction to Laoshan black teas and I am afraid I was rather spoiled! Not only did it introduce me to buying on aliexpress but it also introduced me to this wonderful seller, who is very enthusiastic about his product, willing to share his knowledge, willing to negotiate to help you buy what you want, and is a caring seller. He tracked my purchase and contacted me when he was worried it was taking too long ( stuck in customs).
The dry tea smells of chocolate and rye bread whereas the wet leaves reminds me of chocolate and raisins.
Brewed western style, the tea brews to a bright copper colour and smells of honey, malt, chocolate, and raisin.
The flavour is of malt, cocoa almost ovaltine and brownies. There is a hint of floral in early sips that disappears, and a hint of honey. It tastes smooth with just a mild hint of astringency. The tea leaves a clean taste in the mouth with the aftertaste of honey and brownies. The second steep is honey, caramel and cocoa with hints of malt. I can get many steeps out of this tea often over six when brewed western style.
When brewed gonfu style the tea is more a pretty amber shade, that is kind of a brown touched gold colour.
With shorter steeps I find that the tea smells of chocolate, brownies, grain, ovaltine, and honey.
The tea feels kind of silky in the mouth with tastes of rich, dark cocoa, ovaltine with honey, and richer notes hinting at molasses and brownies, malted milk. Later steeps bring out tones of caramel, and a touch of vanilla. Honey and cocoa linger in the aftertaste.
This tea is lovely! Rich and deep with notes of malt, cocoa, caramel and honey that work together to remind me of the taste of brownies.
The one I purchased under the black tea category came packed in individual packages that usually allow me three to four different sessions of tea. Which is great as it is easy to travel with and helps to keep the tea fresh. http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/qingdao-laoshan-Black-Tea-flavored-black-tea-organizer/619772_789569691.html.
I found this tea awhile back when Verdant’s Laoshan Black tea was sold out and I was desperate for some more. I did some googling and landed on Aliexpress.com. At first I was a little hesitant, but then I figured it was worth trying out. I’ve bought several different grades of LB from this seller. This one is his highest. He normally retails for something ridiculous, like $130/50g, but one day he had everything reduced 80% so I grabbed 50g of this for about 25 bucks. Still pricey, but I was curious why this one was so much more expensive. Having tasted it, I know. Maybe not $130 worth, but definitely a high end tea. The chocolate and malt is pretty insane. And it keeps its deep, rich flavor through about 5 steeps. It is definitely my favorite LB. And since it’s my birthday, I get to have one of my splurge teas :-)