Guys, I am steeping this one western style. I know it’s almost sacrelige, but I don’t care. I love the original Laoshan Black steeped western style, and I want to compare this one. Of course, with David’s western steeping instructions for Laoshan Black I have now almost completely used up my package, but I wanted to know how much I loved this one before deciding whether to take the plunge and purchase more of it (available for reserve club members only).
This smells of chocolate and caramel and honey. I think 1 tablespoon of leaf (for 8oz) was a bit too much for this one… the leaf is not as wirey as the original Laoshan Black, more compact, so more of it fits in a tablespoon. Well I will certainly have some resteeps of this. Nevertheless, even the overleafed first cup is delicious, which is not something I can say about most teas if overleafed. Chocolatey, lovely. I might have to steep up a cup of the original Laoshan Black to see how they compare and if it is worth it to me to splurge on the first picking. Decisions, decisions!