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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
555 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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I love tea. I love my baby daughter, my husband, my dog Wally, Netflix, shopping, and tea. Some other stuff too, but these are the most important!

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Butiki teas in general, I love how the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base. Trust that I will be dramatically mourning the loss of this company!

Harney and Sons, Teavivre, Whispering Pines and Mariage Freres are some more tea companies I appreciate. Along with Davidstea as it was the ‘gateway drug’ to my tea addiction. Though I’m mostly over it now, I’ve definitely moved on from the artificially flavoured teas and am trying more quality straight teas!

My ultimate goal is to try as many French teas as possible – and to finally find a source in Canada for Mariage Freres so I can buy Wedding Imperial, and Black Orchid for sure.

I would like to try any Taiwanese Assams that exist in the world!

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When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
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