Received a sample of this with my latest Verdant order. I brewed it Western style on 2 separate occasions, using about 1 1/2 tsp per 8 oz, 3 1/2 min. on 1st infusion, 5 min. on 2nd. I realize this is totally different than most of you would probably do it, but for me, it worked very nicely. I picked up the roasty, malty, earthy flavors that others have mentioned, and yes a bit of chocolate. Very flavorful, but would agree with someone who said Laoshan black “light”, which for me is a good thing. My favorite Verdant black of the moment is Zhu Rong Yunnan, which I’m glad I just re-stocked on, because now they are out. Yu Lu Yan Cha is unique- its something I’d have for an occasional change of pace when I’m in the mood for something different.