Sample from Hoálatha
Honestly, I had to retry the 2016 Imperial Laoshan several times before coming to a conclusion in which was the better of the two—Verdant’s or YS’. I noted that this one had more dark chocolate/caramel notes throughout the profile. These notes stood out much more than the Imperial Grade, but only slightly. I also thought that this had more of a baked chocolate bread quality to it than any other tea.
Each sample was delightful, and I’d be happy to get more of each one. I must say that Laoshan Black teas are highly rated on my overall black tea list. Very nice and dessert-y.
Flavors: Bread, Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Nutty