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)