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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
532 tasting notes

Round 2 of this :)

So, I’m not getting a ton of honey taste out of this, it’s not overly sweet to my taste buds. I just ate an egg so if it was a sweet tea I’m sure I’d notice.

Used about 1.5 tsp for maybe a minute, I felt like 30 secs would not be sufficient but perhaps I shouldn’t have judged based on the color of the liquor, (light), since the extra 30 seconds didn’t make it a whole lot darker.

It’s really toasty and roasty and leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste. It goes down smooth. I’m trying to put my finger on the taste but the closest I can get is slightly burnt toast, which isn’t accurate though.

I am enjoying it more than the first time, maybe if the chocolatey notes people speak of refer to raw cocoa powder which is bitter, then maybe I can vaguely get that. I think a spoonful of raw cocoa powder would be sweeter than this tea though, which is saying something.

So this is Steep 1, I won’t change my rating from last time but if I notice a difference in subsequent steeps I will advise!
So far I enjoyed Butiki’s Wild Mountain Black, Taiwanese Assam, Mi Xian Black and Gui Fei Oolong (hopefully i got the names of those right!) more than this, as they didn’t have such a strong taste and were lacking the bitterness in the back of my mouth.

The way I steeped this one is almost reminding me of the bitterness of coffee, which I never could drink black!!

Stay tuned :)

Eta I’m still sipping steep 1 and as it cools I’m noticing it’s kind of floral?? Is that weird?

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I think everyone’s drinking this this morning! Funny how everybody’s taste buds are different. I only feel it’s a little bitter and not in an unpleasant way.

Terri HarpLady

Hmmm…maybe I’ll join the fun & have a cup too!

Nitoo6of6

I think I will join in and have a cup of this too!

Sil

None here to share in this until June heh

Terri HarpLady

Sil, you poor thing, sorry for your suffering. Maybe I’ll save mine for another day, to support you, so you won’t have to be alone in not drinking laoshan black today. :)

Sil

Hahaha yeah me and my 200 teas are suffering lol ;)

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Fuzzy_Peachkin

I think everyone’s drinking this this morning! Funny how everybody’s taste buds are different. I only feel it’s a little bitter and not in an unpleasant way.

Terri HarpLady

Hmmm…maybe I’ll join the fun & have a cup too!

Nitoo6of6

I think I will join in and have a cup of this too!

Sil

None here to share in this until June heh

Terri HarpLady

Sil, you poor thing, sorry for your suffering. Maybe I’ll save mine for another day, to support you, so you won’t have to be alone in not drinking laoshan black today. :)

Sil

Hahaha yeah me and my 200 teas are suffering lol ;)

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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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