Verdant Teas really knocks their black teas out of the park.
This is quite chocolately like the Laoshan Black but definitely some spicy business going on in the background. Comparing this to the glorious tea standard by which we always compare – PG Tips of course – this actually reminds me a little bit of our friend PG Tips. I don’t have my Assams and Ceylons in order in my head, but I do get some similarity to it somehow. I guess it’s because I associate PG Tips with just being a very solid, excellent, strong-willed cup of tea, and Yunnan Gold Buds arrives well in the same category. Very nice, pretty bold and “stands up to be noticed” as someone mentioned.
I like it a lot. I’ll have to try some multiple steepings to see how it changes.
All this talk of Gaiwans makes me want to try making this tea the “real” way :)