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Hello friends!

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. :)

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Terri HarpLady

Oooh, it’s been awhile since I had some of this. I have none.
Hopefully Verdant will keep making it, because “I’m not allowed to order anything for a little while,” she said.

Sil

Eastfrisian blend?

Lily Duckler

Wow- thanks for the great review! I am definitely going to have to try this one with a little splash of milk now.. if I can get to work as well as it did for you, it could become a seasonal Tea Bar special here at the Tasting Room!

JoonSusanna

@ Sil – the East Frisian Blend is from Upton. I have 30 + notes on it. It’s really nothing gourmet, just a solid black tea but it is a favorite of mine, and my boyfriends.

@Lily – thank you guys for the tea! This one is always really good, but it just rose to the next level when I tried it with milk. I hope you can get the same results, it was really something!

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Terri HarpLady

Oooh, it’s been awhile since I had some of this. I have none.
Hopefully Verdant will keep making it, because “I’m not allowed to order anything for a little while,” she said.

Sil

Eastfrisian blend?

Lily Duckler

Wow- thanks for the great review! I am definitely going to have to try this one with a little splash of milk now.. if I can get to work as well as it did for you, it could become a seasonal Tea Bar special here at the Tasting Room!

JoonSusanna

@ Sil – the East Frisian Blend is from Upton. I have 30 + notes on it. It’s really nothing gourmet, just a solid black tea but it is a favorite of mine, and my boyfriends.

@Lily – thank you guys for the tea! This one is always really good, but it just rose to the next level when I tried it with milk. I hope you can get the same results, it was really something!

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A few of my favorite teas (in no particular order):

*Dessert flavored blacks
*Breakfast blends
*Virtually any black tea (but lapsang/keemun!)
*Dancong oolong
*Sencha
*Dragonwell

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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