Autumn Laoshan Black

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea
Flavors
Honey, Pepper, Pumpkin, Spices, Vegetables, Chocolate, Coffee, Grain
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 7 oz / 200 ml

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  • “Sample 6/19. I have more steepings to go, but wow, I really like this tea. The leaves are beautiful. I knew I was in for something good when I opened the packet. Dry, I thought the tea something...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Sipdown 20-2021 A very sad sipdown. I actually thought I was already out, but found 1 more sample pack. This had just been one of my go-to no fuss, easy drinking black teas. It’s like drinking a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “2019 Autumn Laoshan Black – Please do not mind me as I sit here and gaze at this pulchritudinous tea. It is somewhat difficult for me to describe the color of these brilliantly twisted leaves. It...” Read full tasting note
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  • “A comfort tea! Straightforward, tasty and hard to go wrong. Predominantly chocolatey, but a particularly strong cup starts feeling a little more like coffee. You can’t make it wrong, works nicely...” Read full tasting note

From Verdant Tea

This tea highlights Mr. He’s delicate and meticulous hand rolling and straightening technique developed in producing Pine Needle Green, but introducing traditional sun-oxidation to make a rich and deeply complex black tea. The result is Lashan’s most mineral-forward and complex black tea to date. This tea is fed by mountain spring water, picked by hand, and cultivated sustainably using traditional chemical-free farming techniques including growing rows of soybean between rows of tea to restore nitrates to the soil. The finished tea picks up the rocky minerality of the soil, and careful low temperature roasting brings out deep brown sugar sweetness.

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Sample 6/19. I have more steepings to go, but wow, I really like this tea. The leaves are beautiful. I knew I was in for something good when I opened the packet. Dry, I thought the tea something like licorice or even pumpkin spice. I tried to brew the tea based on their gongfu recommendations (and failed miserably, but oh well!). There are so many flavors and smells in this tea. It’s unlike any black tea I’ve tried before. The first steep (which was supposed to be for 10 seconds but ended up more like 40) reminded me of all sorts of things I’ve smelled in the past, christmas tree farms, peppered steak with roasted vegetables, mexican hot chocolate minus the chocolate.. in taste, it reminded me vaguely of honey (like most black tea does) but a more woodsy honey. The second steeping (shorter this time), was equally incredible. I don’t know why it reminds me so much of the roasted peppered zuchinni/mixed vegetables my dad makes with steak… I need to ask him how he seasoned that!

Flavors: Honey, Pepper, Pumpkin, Spices, Vegetables

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
Courtney

This tea is so good!

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Sipdown 20-2021
A very sad sipdown. I actually thought I was already out, but found 1 more sample pack. This had just been one of my go-to no fuss, easy drinking black teas. It’s like drinking a dark chocolate covered cherry- slightly jammy and fruity, with the bittersweet chocolate being the dominant flavor. Verdant only had really large bags of the autumn varietal available, so I opted to restock with some of the spring crop. We shall see if it holds up!

Edit: Verdant actually did end up restocking more of the smaller size bags, so I grabbed 50g!

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2019 Autumn Laoshan Black – Please do not mind me as I sit here and gaze at this pulchritudinous tea. It is somewhat difficult for me to describe the color of these brilliantly twisted leaves. It is dark brown with hints of grays and greens. The aroma is fresh, toasty, and warm. The wet leaf aroma is vegetal. Slightly musty. What a unique flavor. Toasty notes are the forerunners. Followed closely by a chocolate and cream sensation. If steeped too long it takes almost like burnt chocolate. The after taste is a bit mineral and this really shows when it comes to the feeling it leaves on the tongue.

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A comfort tea! Straightforward, tasty and hard to go wrong. Predominantly chocolatey, but a particularly strong cup starts feeling a little more like coffee. You can’t make it wrong, works nicely in a gaiwan, grandpa style or a strainer in a mug… I’ve definitely noticed some differences from year to year (or autumn vs spring), so it’s worth testing (and maybe compare to the Laoshan gongfu black) before getting too carried away.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Grain

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