drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
541 tasting notes

So this is my #1 most favorite plain black tea. It really isn’t much of a contest as it is regularly a type of tea I actively avoid. This tea smells and looks wonderful when dry. It has lots of barley/chocolate/subtle spice notes when dry. The flavors of the liquor are very similar to the dry smell. It is extremely tasty and reminds me more of an oolong than a black tea. I got more vegetal flavors this time, but they are very light. I was brewing this in a more western style and may have gone over the intended 4 min. but this has added a very interesting layer to the tea’s complexity. It is lacking in any bitterness. The extra long steep seems to have brought out this kind of crunchy-type bread quality pretty aggressively. It’s pretty interesting and I did not experience it on any of my other steeps.
Oh! It is almost sesame. That’s the descriptor I was searching for.

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