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Oolong is not my favorite type of tea any longer. I’m not sure why. Ironically, I only drank this type of tea for a couple years and then stopped, and now there is something that just doesn’t appeal to me – that oolong fragrance perhaps. Anyway, once in awhile I try one, and since Verdant sends the occasional oolong sample in my orders, decided to try this today.
Fragrance is slightly floral and savory. Taste is sweet, creamy and slightly vegetal/seaweedy. And probably also a lot of complexity that I am not good at describing.
A really nice tea, and I’m glad to have tried it. Not my favorite tea type though, so wouldn’t keep it around simply for that reason.
Oooh a Yunnan red tea. I have seen this reviewed many times and knew it would be interesting. This one comes from Terri. Thanks for being awesome.
The dry leaf is gorgeous but scent wise didn’t give up much information. Add 205 F water for 45 S and that all changes. Baby is that a dark aroma. It is like dark chocolate and slightly overdone brownies. It is slightly malty and a little spicy.
The sip is honey and rich browned cocoa. Throw in some fruit and spice notes. Feels thick on the tongue. You can catch the roasting at various times through the sip. Very good!
I am a bit disappointed in this one. I think it is my fault though. I love wuyi oolongs, they are so roasty and toasty and comfortable. But I think I failed to properly read the description of this one before I purchased it. I was tea-blind.
This one taste much more of a green oolong. It is greeny tasting with a lot of floral notes. Not terribly much roast or toast or comfort. It did brew up quite thick with a lot of honey notes.
It is still quite a delicious tea, just not what I was expecting. I would normally reserve a tea like this for the afternoon, not the first one of the morning. So I feel like I am not quite wakened up yet.
Ok, it’s time to write the review of this one…. after two days of drinking the same leaves. What they say is true. This tea just goes on and on and on.
The dry leaves sweet aroma reminded me of Silver Needle but without vegetal notes and with much more depth. No wonder… the leaves are really buds, they are all buds and they are beautiful!
I used 1 gram of leaves for 1 ounce of water ratio and steeped about 4.5 grams. Steeped for just about 4 seconds the first time and then 10/15/30/30 etc… I drank about 5 steeps the first day and then several more the next. I’m still not done with it, I’ve added it to one of my flavoured black teas for some desert drinking later on.
Throughout the steeps the tea was full of body to the point that it actually surprised me especially through the later steeps. I couldn’t believe how much I was getting out of this one. I usually steep my teas around 4 times before I get tired and move on, but for some reason I couldn’t do that with this one. It was just too much left in the leaves… it demanded to be drank again and again. The flavours that really stood out for me were honey and sweet potato. During the second steep I detected cocoa and coffee notes which disappeared in the third steep and were replaced by extra full bodied mouth feel and some maltiness. I have to say 2nd and 3rd steep stood out the most for me because they were just so different.
Overall this tea deserves all the praise it is getting. I’m so glad I got couple of ounces when I had a chance and I will cherish them for as long as I can.
Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Sweet Potatoes
I am so happy, I went to check the mail and discovered that I had no mail…wait, that is really sad…the reason I am happy is because it was beautifully warm today! No sunlight (always a plus) and spring-like warmth, for the first time in a while I was able to toss open the windows and enjoy some fresh air. Today was also a day for a new Minecraft Texture Pack, the City Texture Pack which has mobs in suits and some really gorgeous texturing. Playing around with my mom on the Xbox today, we both decided it would be our new ‘everyday’ texture pack, replacing the Natural Pack. Also, for anyone who is keeping track of these things, I almost have my huge star jar filled with 2,000 lucky stars filled up, yay!
Today’s tea is an innovative spin on a traditional Japanese tea, Verdant Tea’s Laoshan Black Genmaicha! This blend is created from Laoshan Black Tea, Minnesota Wild Rice, Organic Fair Trade Jasmine Rice, Organic Cacao Nibs, and Shui Jin Gui Wuyi Oolong. This was the tea that convinced me to first order from Verdant Tea over a year ago, I saw it and fell in love with the idea, but did I fall in love with the tea? The aroma is decadent, very rich chocolate and nutty notes. There is also a rich malt aroma from the black tea and an extremely delicate floral and caramel notes. The key words to take away from the aroma is rich and decadent, it is nothing short of mouthwatering.
The brewed tea leaves are as expected, very rich with earthy tones, rich chocolate notes, and a touch of rice. After the initial chocolaty good aroma you can detect a slightly mineral like roasted oolong aroma. The liquid without the soaking leaves has the aroma of chocolate cookies and chocolate liqueur, it is very rich and has distinctly malty and creamy notes.
Tasting the tea is a real treat, it is very rich and quite creamy. The chocolate taste is slightly bitter like a really high percentage dark chocolate (think the 80% cocoa variety) but with an extra earthiness and burst of malt. The aftertaste is a mix of oak wood and toasted rice, as the tea cools it gets sweeter and richer. Even though this tea is not overwhelmingly sweet, adding cream or sugar I think detracts from the richness of the tea. It is very much so like dark chocolate and meant to be savored as such. As you can tell I enjoy this tea immensely, it has a permanent place in my tea collection and certainly cemented my love of Verdant Tea!
For blog and photos (and a creeper): http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/03/verdant-tea-laoshan-black-chocolate.html
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Malt
apparently this is my week for LB :) I had another mug of this today in the morning and it was fantastically wonderful. I never get tired of this tea…although Courtney may have ruined it for me interms of wanting to drink it without the added cacao…which i guess is slightly similar to the LB chocolate genmaicha but without the toasty rice goodness…
Omg, I haven’t had this tea in like forever it feels. So delicious, malty, dark chocolate, nutty, roasty, snuggly and happy. I need it today, I’m running off little sleep today and this cup of tea is a blanket substitute.
I know I’ve reviewed this for Oolong Owl.. /searches. Ah ha! http://oolongowl.com/laoshan-black-chocolate-genmaicha-from-verdant-tea-tea-review/
Steep #2: My 6-year-old got to this before I did, and he asked, “What kind of tea is this, Mommy?” and then had a slurp. “Yummm!!” He said, wide-eyed, and downed about half the cup.
Yep, so we agree. This really is delicious – and wowed a green-food-hating boy. I’m impressed.
1.5 tsp in 12 oz. re-steeped.
If I didn’t just open this, I’d SWEAR this was another tea. I’m so puzzled, and yet so in love. Yes, I said it: I’m in love with this tea, whatever it is.
First off, it’s beautiful. I admired it for a bit before steeping it. I did it Western-style (1.5 tsp for 12 oz) and only let it steep a short while with the intention (hope) of many re-steeps. What I got was.. fresh ripe peaches, with a hint of something like pea shoots or grass or something along those lines. Really though? It’s peach. Authentic, juicy peach. .. or maybe I’m messing up whatever the flavoring is, because I see zero mentions of peach here in other tasting notes. Regardless – it’s sweet, juicy and fresh, and most definitely a green.
Flavors: Grass, Peach, Peas
Moar oolong! I always find it interesting to drink a spring (early spring even) and autumn oolong back to back to really see how they play with each other. Also I can never decide if I like spring or autumn oolongs best!
I think the main difference between this one and the early spring one is that this one has a fruity bent to it. Almost like an apricot, I would say. Less buttery, more fruity. I really enjoy both of them immensely. Nothing like green oolong as I watch the snow melt away and spring creep closer.
And now we come to the point in my cupboard at which I purchased a pile of green oolongs. I meant to drink these up in preparation for the new spring oolongs that will no doubtedly be coming soon, and I suppose I still have a bit of time. I realized that the best antidote to my hoarding impulses with oolongs is the notion that every year there will be lovely oolongs harvested, so I should drink them while they are fresh. Too bad my cupboard is so big I so rarely get around to them.
Well this is still sweet and buttery and floral and lovely. A nice TGY will always make me happy. It started out pretty vegetal but got sweeter and sweeter as the cup cooled, until it was like honey. Mmm.
This morning I was feeling a little off, primarily because of some events that just have me really down. It’s one of those things where you start to feel physically bad because you feel emotionally bad. There’s nothing I can really do about it so hopefully I will start feeling better as time passes.
Anyway, I didn’t even really feel like having tea, but this one was next on my chronology and I thought the herby blend might settle my stomach a bit. It actually made me feel a lot better all around. I know a lot of people aren’t fans of the frankinsence in this blend but I enjoy it. This may make for another nice oolong to have when I’m not feeling so hot. Will have to keep that in mind.
For whatever reason, this wants to take over the spot in my green tea collection reserved for Bi Luo. I just don’t need both, and I think I like this better than any Bi Luo I’ve had. It’s sweet and precious and delicate and borders on very light oolonginess (the highest praise, in my book). This is love.
Yay! My sense of taste and smell is back! On account of that I’m drinking this wonderful tea which I would not drink if I couldn’t taste or smell it. The flavours are too good to go to waste.
What do I get when I steep it? I get sweetness and fruit and caramel with a hint of flowery notes and all of that enveloped in delicious roasty flavour and aroma. YUM!!!
On the side note… he he… most of the tasting notes come from me at this point… I can’t help it. I love this tea!
A sad sipdown. I read TeaTiff’s recent note about this one and remembered that I had one more cup of this left from my swap with her. It sounded extra delicious this morning. I’m also trying to work my way back to having multiple cups in a day, and I think if I go with teas I think of as “lighter” it’ll work better. This one is technically a black but there are enough other things in it that it doesn’t feel like one.
This smells so good. It’s in my top five smell-wise for sure. Cinnamon pastry with nuts and raisins, with lots of extra cinnamon glaze. The taste is great too, citrusy in warm way instead of being bitter. The vanilla and cinnamon flavors keep that pastry feeling going, and between the smell and the flavor I could almost swear I’m drinking a bear claw. Bumping the rating up just a little and adding this to my list to buy.