It’s summer and I’m in the middle of my busy spell at work, but I got an unexpected day off (hooray, low census!) and found myself craving Laoshan in some form. This tiny little bag caught my eye and chocolate crispy rice tea sounded ideal for breakfast, so that’s what I went with.
I’ve had it plain, I’ve had it with just sugar, but today I really just wanted a slightly creamy tea so I added a splash of milk. I think this is how I will do it from now on, too, because it was WONDERFUL.
Mostly it tasted like a rich cocoa with that nutty roasted rice flavor equally as prominent. It almost had a caramel undertone too, though this was not nearly as pronounced as the chocolate rice crispy-ness. The texture was extremely thick considering I really just splashed a tiny bit of milk in there. Texture makes or breaks a tea for me a lot of the time, and this had one of the best mouthfeels I’ve ever experienced.
Seriously, it surpasses my beloved East Frisian blend, which is the standard by which I judge all black teas. I guess that means this will be my new standard…and I should probably get some more then, because I only have enough left for one cup.
The rating has been changed… it only goes up to 100 here but add on at least one more zero to that and you’ll get close to the real rating for me. :)