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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
501 tasting notes

Huge thanks to the amazing Sil for sending me a sample of this to try!

So I haven’t tried too many straight black teas in my life…. Darjeeling, Tetley (ew), Assam. Not much of an extensive background as far as that goes. I wanted to try this based on the reviews.

I never understood how people are able to taste all these different levels of flavour in a straight tea. Now with this one, I get it. I don’t have the knowledge to be able to tell you exactly WHAT I’m tasting, but it’s slightly floral, slightly nutty, a little bit smokey or leathery almost (not in a gross way, in a distinguished way!) …. Not really getting any cocoa but can see how someone might draw that conclusion. It tastes kind of dirty, not in a bad way, earthy I guess is a better word. I can tell that I’m drinking something that grew in the ground, haha.

I’ve definitely never had anything like this tea before. I am drinking my second steep now, and to be honest it just tastes like the first steep to me, just weaker.

I may as well go all the way and tell you that every resteep I’ve ever had of any tea ever just tastes like a weaker version of the original steep. I’m not getting it when people go on about second steeps tasting like vanilla and whatnot. After all, at the end of the day, tea is just infused hot water. I really like food (REALLY), so it’s a huge stretch for me to try and get different notes out of infused hot water. Especially a straight tea.

The resteep was very similar to the first and I will try a third. It’s unique tasting black tea, that’s what this is. I am not sure I’d order this anytime soon but I will never forget it!

I might return to this later on in my tea journey!!

“This particular review of Laoshan Black was very helpful!” said no one ever.

(Boiling water, 3 min)

Courtney

Haha it actually is. I’ve also been contemplating this one because of the reviews. I always try to resteep two or three times but it never takes a on a completely different taste for me – maybe I’m just not an advanced tea drinker.

whatshesaid

I know I’m not experienced enough and my tastes are clearly not vey refined.

Lala

I think this needs a nomination for awesomely tasting note. It sums up a lot of my straight tea experiences.

Lala

Damn autocorrect. . Awesomest tasting note.

Marcel Duchamp

Everyone has different tastes, there’s nothing wrong with that :-) It was nice to read your thoughts on it.

whatshesaid

I think I just have poorly formed tastes at this point , haha

Marcel Duchamp

oh whatever. haha. They are your tastes, embrace them. Enjoy what you enjoy :-)

Sil

Glad you got the chance to try it and overall not as bad as I figured you might find it lol

TastyBrew

Ha. Love your summation. I have a lot of the same feelings about my unsophisticated tasting skills. I run into this when tasting wine too. People always talk about all the flavors they taste. I’m like, I taste fermented grapes. YUM!

whatshesaid

Yeah I mean I’m enjoying drinking all this stuff I just can’t tell you why! Here are my different reviews: “yum”, “ehhh” or “yucky”…. That’s pretty sophisticated

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Courtney

Haha it actually is. I’ve also been contemplating this one because of the reviews. I always try to resteep two or three times but it never takes a on a completely different taste for me – maybe I’m just not an advanced tea drinker.

whatshesaid

I know I’m not experienced enough and my tastes are clearly not vey refined.

Lala

I think this needs a nomination for awesomely tasting note. It sums up a lot of my straight tea experiences.

Lala

Damn autocorrect. . Awesomest tasting note.

Marcel Duchamp

Everyone has different tastes, there’s nothing wrong with that :-) It was nice to read your thoughts on it.

whatshesaid

I think I just have poorly formed tastes at this point , haha

Marcel Duchamp

oh whatever. haha. They are your tastes, embrace them. Enjoy what you enjoy :-)

Sil

Glad you got the chance to try it and overall not as bad as I figured you might find it lol

TastyBrew

Ha. Love your summation. I have a lot of the same feelings about my unsophisticated tasting skills. I run into this when tasting wine too. People always talk about all the flavors they taste. I’m like, I taste fermented grapes. YUM!

whatshesaid

Yeah I mean I’m enjoying drinking all this stuff I just can’t tell you why! Here are my different reviews: “yum”, “ehhh” or “yucky”…. That’s pretty sophisticated

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Hello!

So here’s where I am now. I had jumped head first into the world of teas after Davidstea opened in my city a number of years ago. I gave up coffee and became a huge tea freak. From there I joined Steepster and started ordering teas online like a madwoman (not that anyone here would know what that’s like…)

I was swappin’ up a storm and drinking like 6-7 cups a day and I had this tremendous stash to get through…..then. I got pregnant in Spring 2013 and my baby played a funny little joke on me by turning me into someone who had zero interest in drinking or even smelling most teas. I wanted only coffee all the time which was hilarious because of course you can’t really do more than a cup a day when you’re pregnant.

Anyway. In December 2013 I had my baby girl, and now I’m on maternity leave and though I still LIVE (I cannot emphasize that enough) for my morning cup of coffee (or two…), I am trying to get myself excited about tea again, because I have TONS.

So my mission, which I choose to accept, is to first sip down all the samples I have, sent to me last year by lovely Steepsterites, pre-baby.

Here’s what I love (or I did before, and am trying to again):

Butiki teas in general because the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base

Harney and Sons Paris is my all time favorite tea.

Mariage Freres and Kusmi are also on my awesome list.

I love creamy earl greys.

Also have an appreciation of oolong.

I have a mega stash of super flavored teas to work through, or I may try to sell them if I decide they are no longer for me. The sip downs will determine!

I love swapping!
Please note my Cupboard contains everything I have including minuscule samples of teas so it is not intended to be reflective of what I have available for swap…

When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
70 – 85 = pretty darn good but I don’t NEED to own it
55 – 70 = not necessarily terrible but not a tea for me!
30 – 55 = missed the mark as far as I am concerned. Wouldn’t drink it willingly.
0 – 30 = I likely won’t rate this low very often, so if you see it, consider the tea a great big FAIL and probably disgusting.

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