Oooooh these rose petals are gorgeous! They were pretty enough in the dry leaf, but by the time it finished steeping they had unfurled across the surface of the tea. There’s a lovely true rose scent to the aroma too – no fake flavoring here. I keep inhaling the hot mug because it’s not cool enough to drink yet! Which makes me notice htat there’s a dark chocolatey note too. Yum yum yum.
I didn’t really notice the bergamot in the smell, but I do when tasting. And now I’ve just got the words “Oh wow, this is so delicious” running on loop through my head.
This is intensely well balanced: rose and bergamot/citrus bringing out the dark chocolatey tea. I noticed the rose and chocolate most at first, but getting through the mug I note that there’s lot of sharp citrus on the front end (when I first sip), then the bergamot lingers a bit as the chocolate comes in more on the aftertaste.
Can you tell that I love the chocolate in this Laoshan Black?
A++, might buy more, except that this is so distinctive I don’t know how often I’ll be in the mood to drink it! It’ll be interesting to see how quickly I go through the half ounce sample.
Saving the 2nd and 3rd steeps in the frige for tomorrow!
Oh yum, the chilled later steeps are light light and citrusy and rosy; much less chocolate, but you can still tell that there’s black tea in there. This would probably be even more delightful with honey, but certainly doesn’t need it.
2tsp, slightly rounded, 6-8oz water, added 1 minute for each steep