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

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Mostly drinking sheng/shou puerh. Gongfu daily; western brew at work.

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Drinking down a lot of my teas in 2020. I may not observe these sessions as much as I’d like, but I’ll note them, when the mood strikes.


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