Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha

Tea type
Black Oolong Blend
Ingredients
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Flavors
Chocolate, Malt, Dark Chocolate, Nutty, Roasted, Cocoa, Raisins, Roasted nuts, Toast, Toasted Rice, Grain, Nuts, Caramel, Baked Bread, Earth
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Edit tea info Last updated by Terri HarpLady
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 9 oz / 254 ml

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  • “I enjoyed the green/white/floral blend, but I really want something more robust, so I'm trying again, this time with a favorite. Although I'm still getting bitterness, particularly in the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “My other morning tea, thankful that i brought two with me today since i haven't had 5 mins to get food or anything. What a day! first day back with all the people who have been off for a week or...” Read full tasting note
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    Silaena 4927 tasting notes
  • “Holy crap. So I brewed this one up tonight, and was instantly in love. *Chocolate*, intensifying the natural notes of the Laoshan Black, plus toasty rice flavour. Seriously guys, I'm sure the...” Read full tasting note
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    kittenna 2246 tasting notes
  • “Another sipdown - but this one is bittersweet. I'm now at 72 teas (yay for meeting my own self imposed limits) but this one is SO. DARN. GOOD. I don't know that I won't be restocking as soon as I...” Read full tasting note
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From Verdant Tea

A warm and comforting take on classic Genmaicha with the addition of Wuyi oolong and cacao nibs. . . .

Genmaicha has humble origins- originally toasted rice was mixed into a pot to make expensive tea leaves go further in a time of less plenty than today. Toasted rice was combined with green tea or even broken twigs and stems to make a hearty and warming brew. At the time, green tea was for more widely available than black tea, but given the warming qualities of genmaicha, we thought that a humble hand-picked black tea from Laoshan Village would be the perfect companion for toasted rice.

This batch of Laoshan black is particularly malty and sweet, qualities drawn out by hand-crafted Minnesota wild rice and organic fair trade jasmine rice toasted in small batches. We add organic cacao nibs to give a darker and more comforting aftertaste, and a touch of Shui Jin Gui Wuyi oolong for its nutty caramel notes and savory aftertaste. All together, we think this new take on Genmaicha very much embraces the tea’s humble origins and stays true to the warm and satisfying nature of toasted rice tea

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159 Tasting Notes

2955 tasting notes

I enjoyed the green/white/floral blend, but I really want something more robust, so I’m trying again, this time with a favorite. Although I’m still getting bitterness, particularly in the aftertaste, I’m noticing that it is predominantly right in the center of my tongue, so I’m trying to slurp around the sides, if that makes sense.

I am thoroughly enjoying this cup. It’s more acidic & bitter than usual, like everything else I’m drinking, but it’s also sweet, chocolate, yum.

MsWhatsit

The slurping around the sides comment cracked me up. It sounds like something I would try too.

Terri HarpLady

We do what we must!

Dag Wedin

haha :) Been detouring onto the verdant website a couple of times lately working myself up to making an order. Just waiting on the laoshan black to be availible! Any recommendation on blends would be much appreciated. I do enjoy blends on occasion, although the teablends availible in sweden are of remarkably low quality…..
Would be fun to try some really good ones and treat guests that do not enjoy straight teas! Most swedes drink only fruity blends… Perhaps because mostly its the only teas availible.

Terri HarpLady

My favorite blends from verdant (in no particular order)
laoshan black chocolate genmaicha
Vanilla citrus spice
Campfire blend (no caffeine)
Sichuan Caravan
Imperial Breakfast
Their various Chai’s
Those are the ones I try to keep on hand, or at least pick up a bag of once in awhile when they have them in stock. I’ve also enjoyed, but rarely purchase:
Eight treasures Yabao (both winter & spring)
Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black
Laoshan Genmaicha
I also enjoyed the chrysanthemum puer sample I tried awhile back, but I have dried chrysanthemum flowers & plenty of puer here, so if I want that, I can easily do it on my own.

Several of the above blends are currently out of stock, but if you want me to makeup a sample box for you, I’d be glad to send it! I have all of the ones on the first list here, & a few from the 2nd list. :)

Dag Wedin

Thank you terri that would be very nice!
PM coming your way. :)

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4927 tasting notes

My other morning tea, thankful that i brought two with me today since i haven’t had 5 mins to get food or anything. What a day! first day back with all the people who have been off for a week or two. I am really loving this today. It seems so much roastier and chocolatey. I may have to think about restocking this once i’m finished with my stash :)

Helena

I have this one I just haven’t tried it yet. A little addicted to Yu Lu Yan Chai at the moment but it’s almost gone thank god I ordered more!

Sil

yeah..16 ounces lol silly lady!

Amariel

One I want to try sometime…I see a lot of people have tried this one.

Helena

Oh god I would buy 16oz of this one too if it were available I just tried it with a little bit of milk oh god Chocolate Heaven!

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Holy crap. So I brewed this one up tonight, and was instantly in love. Chocolate, intensifying the natural notes of the Laoshan Black, plus toasty rice flavour. Seriously guys, I’m sure the second cup won’t be quite as amazing, but I was completely floored when I tried this (and I wasn’t expecting to be). I had a second infusion as well, and the flavour definitely changed… almost a caramelly/toffee flavour was what I was picking up. Divine. And the leaves still smell quite chocolatey, so round 3 will be tomorrow. I may re-stock this tea instead of the straight Laoshan Black, yes, that’s how delicious it was.

ETA: Round three was steeped for quite a while (probably more than 5 minutes) and is mostly kind of burny-toasty. Hint of caramel flavour, which grows in the aftertaste. Leaves didn’t have much aroma after this infusion, so I stopped. I’m pretty sure I’ll have some more of this tonight… just to see if I can repeat the deliciousness :)

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OMGsrsly

Hmm. I’ll have to try the blend. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! ;)

Kittenna

Yeaaaah, it was crazy delicious. It was nice to drink a tea that didn’t taste flavoured :D

Indigobloom

Guess I’ll be digging this one out tomorrow!

Stephanie

ooooh, I will have to get some!

TastyBrew

This is one of my new favorites for sure. Next verdant order I’ll be stocking up. Never want to run out!

Marcel Duchamp

This one does sound amazing :-)

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Another sipdown – but this one is bittersweet. I’m now at 72 teas (yay for meeting my own self imposed limits) but this one is SO. DARN. GOOD. I don’t know that I won’t be restocking as soon as I finish this note.

Prep notes: 2.5 tsp. leaf to 10 oz. water with some milk at the below parameters.

I remember how this one tasted before with just milk so I replicated it today. I don’t get as much chocolate, more of the rice/starchy notes, but the texture still wins all the points. Thick and creamy and decadent. My favorite.

A really nice way to start my early morning.

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Fuzzy_Peachkin

mmmm! I’m so looking forward to trying this one!

Chizakura

I quite liked this one too. It was the perfect balance of dessert and tea!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Yay this in is in my travel stash I brought on the road with me I cannot wait now!!
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Sipdown, 128. I had a little more than I would normally use left in the pouch, so of course this is overleafed. I reduced the steep time to compensate but it is still a tad stronger than I would prefer.

A tasty tea, but I’m glad I only picked up an ounce of it. For me, I don’t need any wuyi oolong in my Laoshan Black. :)

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Does it count as a sipdown if I only finished off one bag because my other arrived in the mail today? If so, then SIPDOWN! If not, well, then this will never be sipped down. I love this tea. I think even more than the Laoshan Black. Yum.

ETA drinking this while eating a peanut butter cookie Lara bar. Match made in heaven. Tastes like a gourmet peanut butter cup. I gotta go buy more Lara bars. Holy snikes.

Sil

its a sipdown until the next bag is opened imo! lol

TastyBrew

Well Sil, I consider you the authority when it comes to sipdowns, so therefore, SIPDOWN!!!

whatshesaid

God this one sounds so good!

TastyBrew

I’ll shoot you a sample with your package once everything arrives!

whatshesaid

I would love that!! :)

Terri HarpLady

I’ll go with Sil’s opinion, that works for me!
This tea IS tasty!

Sil

this tea is tasty…but I need to do a comparison with LB because i sear it just tastes like LB to me

TastyBrew

It is incredibly similar, but roastier and chocolaty-er. Like LB on steroids.

Sil

Yeah I don’t get that. Lol I’ve had both…they’re virtually the same f rom what I recall…hence wanting to try them side by side. I also have old and new lb harvest to compare heh

Terri HarpLady

I think the first steeping did mostly taste like LB. It was the 2nd steep when the roastiness of the rice & the chocolate came out to play on my tastebuds a little more. Maybe I’ll drink some tomorrow ;)

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Having the last of this pouch since I see it is restocked again and I can get more.

I really love this! It is delicious and satisfying – toast, chocolate and caramel – best breakfast ever!

And my ‘second breakfast’ of steel cut oats is ready – of course with another cup or two of this tasty tea!

keychange

Love steel cut oats!

Anna

Breakfast envy.

caile

My favorite!

boychik

Do you buy Mccann’s or some other brand? I eat Mccann every day for the past 13 yrs;)

caile

Right now I have the giant costco box which is Northern Gold brand and made from canadian oats. Also have had bob’s red mill oats in the past, which were good as well. I have looked at McCann’s online but never had them – perhaps I will give them a try when I run out of my current supply!

boychik

McCanns are very good but expensive. I used to order them in bulk thru Amazon, but for some reason they stopped to offer them on subscribe and save program. 1lb was like $2.5, now its much more expensive, like 3.99 thru swanson vitamins. i tried Bobs Mill, Trader Joe, Stop & Shop offers them too store brand. Nothing like McCann for me:) Sorry for rumbling

TheTeaFairy

The tea sounds like a lovely choice for your breakfast :-)
Ha! Had no idea they finally sold steel cut at Costco, thanks for sharing that caile :-)
I’ve been buying their quick oat but it’s just not the same…

caile

haha, now I want McCann oats! ;-)
You’re welcome, TheTeaFairy – the box from there does last quite awhile though, being costco sized and all!

Terri HarpLady

Oh, how I miss steel cut oats!! I used to eat them all the time. Sadly, I can’t eat any grains now, as they all cause health problems for me. Enjoy!

boychik

I’m so sorry Terry. Maybe grains are not for me either, I do have stomach aches pretty often. Did you do tests or just eliminated them?

TheTeaFairy

Caile, I put uncooked oats in my morning shake so bulk buying is a plus! I stopped buying steel cut cause it was too expensive. In quebec, pretty much the only place you find it is in health store and you get very small packages. Now I will indulge in Costco huge size :-)

caile

That’s too bad, Terri! I would miss grains the most if I couldn’t have them!

Yay for Costco sizes! ;-)

Terri HarpLady

boychik, I did a 30 day elimination. Initially I thought it was only grains with gluten, & they are the most devastating for me, but even quinoa is out.

boychik

Oh, i don’t think i’m ready. my hubby says that i just have to eat everything and a lot and it will solve all my problems. he can digest rocks;)

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Well, I couldn’t wait until I got home to try this one. The beau is not one for chocolate teas either so I doubt he’ll be bothered. The aroma of the dry leaves makes me think of a Crunch or Krackle bar – chocolate with some puffed rice. The beany malty laoshan black sits underneath all that, holding it together.

I went a bit light on the leaf but gave it extra time to balance out. I remember Laoshan Black as being strong on flavour under most circumstances so I am confident it can handle it. The liquor is a warm sunflower sort of yellow, with strong malt aroma that is tinged with cocoa at the end. I’ve always loved the idea of a genmaicha, but being a hater of green tea I have never really enjoyed it. This could be the way for me!!

First sips yield a fairly typical laoshan flavour. Heavy on malt with some cocoa and honeyed sweetness on the end of the sip. The nibs are working with the natural cocoa flavours of the tea and bringing it out even more. I love that. So far there is nothing here that screams toasted rice for me though. I will report back in a bit to see if that changes but for now this is mostly laoshan with chocolate, and I ain’t complainin’. :)

EDIT: I have had the new batch of Laoshan Black and I must say that I prefer the unadulterated Laoshan Black to this blend. I get much more cocoa from the Laoshan Black than from this one and I prefer the intensity of flavour. I think the addition of the oolong here (while nice) detracts from what I love about the Laoshan. Still yummy though!

Fjellrev

Sounds mighty nice. :)

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I want some of this one

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Once again, I do not taste chocolate at all in this, although I’m finding that a lot with just cacao nibs in a great many ‘chocolate’ teas.

On the other hand laoshan black genmaicha (without any chocolate) just hits the spot. I love the toasty rice and I love laoshan black and it’s just good. It just is. I added way more tea than normal because I couldn’t remember if this was 1 tsp per ‘cup’ or 2. 6 tsp to about 850ml water. Really strong and roasty toasty. Lovely. Now to scarf it down before I have to run out the door.

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I like laoshan black. I like chocolate. And I like genmaicha. Put them all together and you get something that I would probably like. When you add oolong to that, you get something that is not for me. I wish I had looked more carefully at this tea and what it was made of because I was not expecting any oolong until I got a taste of it in my first sip. I am getting a nuttiness and chocolate and a whole lot of oolong. I had such high hopes but the oolong is really ruining this for me. Thank you for sharing Dexter3657 alas I feel as though I have wasted this by not being more aware of what I was asking for. I am sorry.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Gasp! Haha, they can’t all be for everyone.

VariaTEA

No. I am actually quite relieved to have realized I don’t like oolongs and pu’erhs. It helps me eliminate at least some options when I buy teas.

I think this finally means I am out of the “try-all-the-teas” phase and have now moved into the “try-most-of-the-teas” phase.

VariaTEA

I just feel bad that I did not realize this prior to asking to try oolong and pu’erh teas.

Courtney

That phase change was simultaneously easier and harder on my wallet haha. No more all the teas, but more higher quality teas it seems. But growth is always awesome.

Stephanie

You know what? I like oolong, but I think you’re right and I would enjoy this one more without it, too!

Stephanie

And I get what you guys are saying about palette development. I think I’m in that 2nd phase as well. No more try all the teas!

VariaTEA

haha we are growing up guys!

Dexter

VariaTEA – not to worry, I would rather you try my sample and not like it, than buy some and not like it. That’s what swaps are all about – try before you buy. I also firmly believe that if you don’t like something that is the flavor that jumps right out at you. In a blind taste test, I would never have guessed that there is oolong in here. I don’t really taste it at all – but then, I like oolong so it’s not “offensive” to me.

I also agree with the – I don’t need to try everything anymore, I just need to try half of them….

Courtney

I agree with you Dex, I absolutely love this tea and I don’t think the oolong jumps out at me either. More for us! :P

TastyBrew

I didn’t taste the oolong the first time, but in subsequent cups it totally turned me off. Somehow I’m back to loving it again. Oolong and all. Funny how the tastebud pendulum swings.

Sil

i don’t taste the oolong…most of the time but every now and then when it’s a little heavier, this blend is not for me. So not i usually measure it out and then add just a half teaspoon more of my LB haha

TastyBrew

Sil- good call. I’ll be doing that from now on.

VariaTEA

Dexter I completely agree with you about picking up on stuff you don’t like. I have noticed that for a while and unfortunately that seems to have been the case here. On the plus side, if I can’t enjoy this I think it is quite evident that oolongs are just not for me so I feel okay about avoiding them in the future.

Terri HarpLady

I love this blend, oolong & all!
Still obsessively trying all the teas, but mainly just the un-flavored ones.

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