Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black

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Black Tea
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Chocolate, Flowers, Malt, Orange Zest
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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 6 g 15 oz / 445 ml

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From Verdant Tea

An untraditional Earl Grey whose citrus brings out the best in Laoshan Black’s chocolatey sweetness. . . .
The satisfying malty and chocolatey Laoshan Black is one of our most popular and beloved teas. We wanted to ‘reinterpret’ the flavor profile of the black tea with a citrus blend and bring out the tart notes of the tea for the summer, all while making the chocolate notes even more luscious through a counter-compliment.

Our solution is this bergamot rose Laoshan Black. We infuse organic grapefruit and orange peel with fine bergamot oil for the crisp edge we are looking for. The rose petal provides a critical binding note in the middle with its particular cool sweetness. The result is a well integrated blend whose citrus notes help bring out even more chocolate in the Laoshan Black. Great hot or iced.

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2892 tasting notes

Bubble Bath Tea #2 – Enjoyed while drinking Robert Godden, aka the Devotea’s book, The Infusiast – Diatribes from the Devotea.
A fun bathtub read, filled with tea commentary, history, lore, what-have-you.

caile

Sounds interesting!

Cavocorax

Haha. I read that as Bubble Bath #2. Man, two bubble baths in one day is pretty damn relaxing. :P

Stephanie

I want a bubble bath! AND I think this tea sounds good.

Terri HarpLady

Cavo, it IS my birthday, after all! I can take as many bubble baths as I want, right? ;)

Sil

haha i want a bath…stupid apartment sized tub

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1926 tasting notes

I walked into the office this morning and happened to look down at a package by the mail boxes. Before I even saw my name on it I saw Verdant’s, and I snatched it up! I had forgotten I got my tea sent to my office instead of my PO Box! Yes, my precious Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black, you are finally mine! Being away all summer I never got a chance to order this one, and when I came back it was out of stock, then David announced it was being discontinued! No!! But it came back in stock before being discontinued, whew, so I bought 4oz, which is a lot of tea for me to buy at one time. And I had never even tried it, that’s how much faith I have in David’s blending.

I tore into the pouch and oh my goodness it smells delicious. Mouth-wateringly good. Like bergamot and cookies and chocolate. It has a decidedly baked-good note to it that is familiar but I can’t quite place. No, wait! It smells like rosey bergamot chocolates. Like maybe a rose-bergamot fondant dipped in dark chocolate (now I totally want to make that, but I know my boyfriend wouldn’t like it because he’s not a fan of either flavor!).

Steeped, the bergamot and the rose definitely took a back seat. Now I smell the familiar Laoshan Black toasty chocolate notes. My first sip is decidedly rose and chocolatey. Definitely toasty grain notes, with some creamyish citrus lurking in the shadows. The bergamot in this one is extremely light, and the rose isn’t super strong either. There seems to be a reason this one isn’t called an Earl Grey, and I’d be lying if I didn’t wish for a bit more bergamot, but it’s still an extremely delicious and amazing tea. Glad I got a supply of it before it disappeared!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

If you let it cool a bit the rose and burgamot comes out more I found. The flavor also grows on you…sneeky little tea. Like many floral tea’s a bit of sugar helps with the rose too I think. It’s really pretty.

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616 tasting notes

So, what I did to this tea tonight was completely unorthodox. But amazing.

I made a really simple tea soda.

I steeped 4 teaspoons of this in 8 oz of water for 4 minutes. Then I mixed that with 1 cup of sugar to make a simple syrup. And added about 2 tbsp of my syrup to club soda over ice.

So gooooood. It’s like a chocolatey rosey citrusy bubbly happiness. I honestly can’t believe how much the chocolate came through and how delightfully subtle the rose is. This is seriously the most decadent bubbly thing I’ve ever drank, and I love it.

Bonnie

I’ve made Verdant Tea simple syrup before with another tea so I don’t think you’re nuts at all! Sounds good!

K S

Wow that sounds like a lot of sugar. How many glasses can you make from this?

caile

Sounds delicious!!

Terri HarpLady

This is awesome! My son Leif just got a soda stream, & I was thinking some of the flavored teas would be interesting turned into sodas. I’ll have to try this one, only in my case I’ll sweeten with stevia, as I can’t handle the sugar.

ifjuly

i am psyched to try this. the world could be my husband’s soda oyster (soda is his favorite drink but he wishes there were more adult/nuanced options easy to find out there, you know, with the depth of say, cocktails or whiskey or tea) if any good tea could potentially become a decent soda so simply!

JustJames

now i’ll get in line to try this idea out!!! reminds me of when i was a barista making italian sodas…. =0)

CelebriTEA

Sounds fabulous!
I love this tea

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673 tasting notes

My big tree came down today and it looked like the first phase of Spring cleaning.

One thing leads to another.

Then the wreath and garland came down from the mantle, the mantle got a good scrubbing…and the Pacific Northwest, Native American Art (which I love) got a cleaning before going back up.

The floor, carpet, side table with mini tree in the dining room were changed back into their former configuration before the Holidays,but with a scrub.

The tea’s I ‘could’ have had today, new tea’s that I got from some kind Steepster friends for Christmas and New Year’s, need my full attention. I’ll devote a day to each one next week (maybe sooner).

Before beginning my tasks this morning, when I rummaged around in my cupboard pushing packets aside looking for a bolt of lightning to strike me with inspiration,…I brilliantly picked this tea for a couple of reasons. It’s tasty (no brainer) and it reminds me of days gone by (sigh).
This tea is very romantic.
I was feeling nostalgic with delightful memories of Christmas’s past.
My Dad’s WWII Navy trunk (called a boot) has stored my best ornaments since 1967 including some from the 1920’s. It’s one of my treasures.

Some of the ornaments were created by my Grandmother (born in 1901) out of walnut halves…made into little beds with a tiny baby sleeping in it.
My mother made Victorian Lace ornaments with empty spools of thread. Red Glass Bells from my mother’s childhood are carefully wrapped in tissue. These are my treasures along with ornaments made by my children and myself which are wrapped and stored carefully in Dad’s old trunk.

Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black Tea has the black tea base that I’ve loved from the first time I sipped it, so rich with chocolate.
The floral, citrus bergamot adds elegance and a slight briskness.

Tea is able to help us pause with our memories if we take the time, and this tea was the perfect choice for me today. Cleaning up from the Holidays, remembering the past.

Kashyap

as a child of the Alaskan sea and having traveled from village to village in Inuit, Haida, Tlingit smiles and warmth…I hope that in your cup of gleaming tea the shadow of the raven flashes a mercurial eye and blesses your year ahead

Bonnie

The only place I want to revisit anywhere on earth and stay awhile is Sitka. Over my fireplace are 3 pieces from Fairbanks where my mother-in-law lived. Raven, Man flanked by 2 Dogs (which is family) then Fox.

Donna A

I’m identifying with your comment about memories. I’m thinking about the fun times raising our 3 kids who are almost grown, and away at school now. We put our 20 year old daughter on a plane to New Zealand. She will spend her next 3 months in NZ, Australia and Fiji, doing study abroad as part of a program at her college, Georgia Institute of Technology. The pictures I’ve seen of the places she’ll visit seem amazing! I’m excited for my kids, but nostalgic for the past. Tea is a comfort for me right now.

Bonnie

At the time my last moved out I was single and caring for my ailing parents. Within 2 years mom,dad and grandma passed away and I really was alone and dove into depression.God never left me even though I felt numb. Big changes in how we define ourselves can be difficult.When my caregiver days were over I found a needy person which was a mistake. Now,I’ve learned to be happy alone with a cup of tea! Take time for things that you enjoy! I love my good memories!

Kashyap

I know many who live in Sitka and its blend of Russian and Tlingit is magnificent along with the amazing town center and the lush surroundings…truly a magical place and worthy of a place to settle and revisit

Bonnie

Sitka feels Holy.

Donna A

Bonnie, how great that you knew God never left you when you were at such a low point in you life. Agree with your last two sentences. Now I’ll have to put Sitka on my bucket list.

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6770 tasting notes

David sent me some of this and I must say the color of the contents blew me away! The Rose Petals are a purple red – vibrant and bold in both color and taste. I could see and smell the citrus contents and while sipping on this little gem KNEW there was more than ‘just orange’ within. Orange AND grapefruit? AWESOME! The black tea base, which I LOVE and have reviewed separately, is chocolaty, malty, and slightly crusty!

The reasons I LOVE this offering?

It has the Verdant FAMOUS Laoshan Black Tea Base. Another reason is because David didn’t skimp on the ingredients…that’s for sure! AND, of course, the creativeness of pairing these flavors together! I really appreciate that! PLUS…the unexpected creaminess that lingers on to the aftertaste! A Delight!!!

Bonnie

Isn’t it pretty?! Next time I’m steeping it in a glass! Resteeps very well.

Kittenna

Infamous?

TeaEqualsBliss

:) Perhaps I am the only one who refers to that black tea of theirs as INFAMOUS :) But it IS getting quite the reputation here on steepster :) teehee

Kittenna

Haha, I thought infamous was a negative adjective! Contrary to its reputation on here :P

TeaEqualsBliss

You know…now that you say that…I can totally see your point. Oops! I will change that. I was thinking of it as “shocking” but in a good way…

Antonym would be more fitting :)
1. reputable. 2. praiseworthy, admirable.

TeaEqualsBliss

I went ahead and revised that to FAMOUS :)
teehee…thanks for point that out! It was only my 1st cuppa the day at the point of writing! LOL :)

Kittenna

Hahaha, no worries, I was pretty sure you meant it in a good way :D I actually had to go look the word up myself after I said that to check if I was right :P

Sil

hmmm maybe another tea to add to my list once I get through all the new teas coming heh

TeaEqualsBliss

I share with a college student that works summers/holidays at the local herb store as well as family and friends but also swaps and giveaways :) That’s super cool that you do that Bonnie! Anyway to get the word out about quality tea ROCKS :)

Bonnie

I’m such a Famous lover that I give little packets of Laoshan Black away as tasty gifts with a smile on my face like I’ve just passed along a treasure.

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403 tasting notes

This is so delicious – I made it quick before going into a meeting today, and anytime I start to space out I can just inhale and it’s: dark chocolate. rose. citrus. Are there melted truffles in my cup??? There is a solid black tea flavor too, the laoshan black is just so chocolatey when hot – that’s always what I notice.

The flavor is losing a little intensity as it cools to lukewarm, but I remember this was good chilled so I’m putting the rest in the fridge for later!

I’m very glad I ordered more of this!

2 rounded tsp, three 6 oz steeps all poured off into one big mug

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Backlog and SIPDOWN! I have an oz of this on the way, unless it is headed the wrong way, for some reason tracking said it went to Texas?? Lol, anyways, this was a delicious rosy cup with the remainder of the sample pack, didn’t get a chance to re-steep, but it was a delicious first cup at least :) See previous notes on this tea!

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This was a very difficult choice today, as both these teas are strong contenders. In the end, though, there can be only one… that moves forward in the Battle of the Earl Greys!

Read on to see why this tea moved on to victory!
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/09/earl-grey-extra-by-simpson-vail-vs.html

TeaKlutz

I didn’t even know this tea existed… next time Verdant brings it back, it’s going on the shopping list!

Lily Duckler

Thank you for the review, wheezybee! We imagined this tea would someday be part of a battle of earl grey teas XD Very fun to watch!

TeaKlutz- this tea is currently available. Check it out!
http://verdanttea.com/teas/bergamot-rose-laoshan-black/
If you’re interested in picking up a few blends, you may want to wait until this Friday: as part of our bonus week in the Tea Tour Sale, all of our blends will be 25% off ;)

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880 tasting notes

My 2nd creamy malty black tea for the day :)

I am not getting much citrus from this. Mostly I am getting my beloved chocolatey Laoshan Black notes, which is fine, but I was hoping for more citrus/rose flavor! It is VERY tasty, just subtle, is all.

Thanks again BrewTEAlly Sweet for the swap ;)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Its also a very pretty looking dry.

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4802 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! (well basically since i’m going to cold brew the last of this today to see how it goes).

Let me preface by saying I don’t like Earl Grey and i don’t like floral teas. So why did i pick this up? Well I still want to try ALL THE TEA! And i really do love LB. When i opened the package up, i sneezed. HOLY ROSE batman! I took one look at the contents and wondered what i’d gotten myself in to. While this is a beautiful tea, it’s also more rose petals than anything else. Underlying that scent though, was my LB…so i picked a few of the petals out and brewed some of this up.

The aroma of the steeped tea makes my nose feel like it’s going to sneeze. It also smells a bit like a potpurri store. I can distinguish the bergamot through the floral smells though.

First sip? FloralohhelloLaoshanBlack. Yeah pretty much like that. I have to say that the only saving grace of this tea for ME is the LB. I Can get behind the blend because i think it’s a really neat concept for those folks out there who love their earl greys. I am not one of those people. No Lala…i’m not over to the darkside yet.

What this tea DOES make me want to do, is bust open my bag of LB and have a bunch of it…but i have teas to drink to sipdown first. lesigh

Terri HarpLady

I actually enjoy this one once in awhile, although it’s been a long while since I opened the tin I’m keeping it in.

Sil

blech..not for me…apart from the LB

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