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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
148 tasting notes

Midterms continue and I have a lot to do today, so it’s time to drink some black tea!

First thing I noticed: this tea smells like chocolate and a hint of malt.
I began sipping and thought that not only does it taste like chocolate and malt, it’s also spicy-sweet and creamy. I really like malty black teas and this has just the right amount. Smooth drinking with loads of dark chocolate flavor.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Claire

As an example of how differently two people can perceive flavor, I had Rayn take a sip of this and after a moment he made a frowny face and said “Bleh”.
He is crazy about the Chocolate Phoenix Chai, though.

JasonCT

Whoa a 99 rating – now that’s impressive!

canadianadia

I hope you midterms are going well

Claire

Like a lot of other people on Steepster, I was really impressed by the quality and complexity of this black tea!

Claire

Thanks Nadia – I’m working on a paper now comparing Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus to Thomas Kyd’s Spanish Tragedy. Fun stuff. ;)

Terri HarpLady

I love this tea!I drank 2 cups today, just for the mouth-feel, adding stevia so I could taste somethings, LOL! Tony hates it.
Have fun writing your paper, Claire! Good luck with midterms.

Bonnie

I’m beginning to think that there are Green Tea people and Black Tea people(although there are those who are happy with both and some people who gobble up every tea in sight like a tea Vacume Cleaner). What I’m refering to are those who taste Black tea’s and go blech… and Black tea drinker’s who do the same with any Green tea giving the same blech reaction.
‘Sigh’…this makes me scratch my head in bewilderment.

Claire

I think you’re onto something Bonnie! Rayn loves green teas (one of his favorites is gunpowder) and will also happily drink any oolong I put in front of him.
I like black tea, especially the maltier ones, but I do tend to drink a lot more green/oolong tea than I do black. For me it’s mostly the caffeine, I definitely get a bit of the jitters with black tea (and forget mate – tried that once and won’t again).

I wonder if it’s one of those flavor things like how some people love cilantro and for some people it tastes like soap. Hmmm…

Nik

Right on, Bonnie. [points to self] Vacuum cleaner, right here.

DaisyChubb

Good call Bonnie! My boyfriend loves matcha and oolong but find every (unflavoured) black tea tastes the same, and that taste is blech! lol

DaisyChubb

(even this tea! Which is like heaven in a cup!)

Bonnie

Oh yes, I have VACUUM spelling block! The curse of a former English Major.

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Claire

As an example of how differently two people can perceive flavor, I had Rayn take a sip of this and after a moment he made a frowny face and said “Bleh”.
He is crazy about the Chocolate Phoenix Chai, though.

JasonCT

Whoa a 99 rating – now that’s impressive!

canadianadia

I hope you midterms are going well

Claire

Like a lot of other people on Steepster, I was really impressed by the quality and complexity of this black tea!

Claire

Thanks Nadia – I’m working on a paper now comparing Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus to Thomas Kyd’s Spanish Tragedy. Fun stuff. ;)

Terri HarpLady

I love this tea!I drank 2 cups today, just for the mouth-feel, adding stevia so I could taste somethings, LOL! Tony hates it.
Have fun writing your paper, Claire! Good luck with midterms.

Bonnie

I’m beginning to think that there are Green Tea people and Black Tea people(although there are those who are happy with both and some people who gobble up every tea in sight like a tea Vacume Cleaner). What I’m refering to are those who taste Black tea’s and go blech… and Black tea drinker’s who do the same with any Green tea giving the same blech reaction.
‘Sigh’…this makes me scratch my head in bewilderment.

Claire

I think you’re onto something Bonnie! Rayn loves green teas (one of his favorites is gunpowder) and will also happily drink any oolong I put in front of him.
I like black tea, especially the maltier ones, but I do tend to drink a lot more green/oolong tea than I do black. For me it’s mostly the caffeine, I definitely get a bit of the jitters with black tea (and forget mate – tried that once and won’t again).

I wonder if it’s one of those flavor things like how some people love cilantro and for some people it tastes like soap. Hmmm…

Nik

Right on, Bonnie. [points to self] Vacuum cleaner, right here.

DaisyChubb

Good call Bonnie! My boyfriend loves matcha and oolong but find every (unflavoured) black tea tastes the same, and that taste is blech! lol

DaisyChubb

(even this tea! Which is like heaven in a cup!)

Bonnie

Oh yes, I have VACUUM spelling block! The curse of a former English Major.

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I mostly drink straight tea, and some of my favorites are green teas and oolongs. I almost always have some sencha and tieguanyin in my tea cupboard (and if I run out, awesome, an excuse to buy tea). I do like some flavored teas, but can’t stand really sugary stuff so if it’s very sweet I probably won’t like it. I can’t drink milk so all my reviews are of tea without milk and sugar!
I’ve been getting into puerh the last few months.

Outside of Steepster I’m an English Lit major, and will FINALLY be graduating after the Fall 2013 semester. After that I plan on applying for graduate school to obtain a Master’s in Library Science. Currently I work as a student assistant in the Archives and Special Collections department of my school’s library.
I also like reading (of course) and playing video games when I have time for them.

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