Autumn Laoshan Black

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Malt, Nutty, Roasted, Smooth, Bread, Chocolate, Marshmallow, Mineral, Vanilla, Honey, Pepper, Pumpkin, Spices, Vegetables, Coffee, Grain
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 5 g 7 oz / 204 ml

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From Verdant Tea

Cool autumn season harvest tea, oxidized and roasted for that iconic chocolatey, cherry and sweetly spiced Laoshan Black flavor.

This relatively new tea is fed by sweet mountain spring water and oxidized in the sun for three days before finishing to bring out signature chocolate notes. Mr. He perfected this tea as a proud reflection of the bold Shandong spirit and the perseverance of Laoshan Village. Laoshan Black is a labor of love to prove to the world how wonderful teas from Northern China can be. The cold weather, and pure mountain springs come together for a microclimate that yields some of the sweetest and most chocolatey black tea in China with a unique and distinctly northern flavor.

Pioneers and community leaders, the He Family is dedicated to making a name for their stunningly smooth, malty, rich teas cultivated in China’s coldest, northernmost growing region.

Grown using old-school organic farming techniques on the rocky foothills of Laoshan, protected by ocean mist and fed by sweet spring water.

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16 Tasting Notes

401 tasting notes

This sample came from Shae, it’s about time I tried it.
The first steep is nutty and salty and smoky. Reminds me a bit of barbecue, or maybe that’s what I had for lunch. It’s quite smooth and the aftertaste a bit malty.
Second steep is roasty, nutty, malty and astringent.
Third steep is smooth, weak and still roasty.
Certainly a candidate for grandpa style brewing, and I might be tempted to add to an order, bu not to seek it out. Thanks for the sample, Shae, glad I got to try it.

Flavors: Malt, Nutty, Roasted, Smooth

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6073 tasting notes

Pouch from the Autumn 2019. It’s good; everything you’d expect from an LB. Rich, chocolatey, malty, very tasty.

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2155 tasting notes

Autumn 2019 Harvest
Date of Picking: September 2019

I made an order with Verdant a month or so ago and decided to grab a small amount of each of the Laoshan Black harvests available so that I could try each and compare them. I should have used more tea and/or more water for this one; the flavor is much lighter than I would have liked. I think I’ll resteep and see how it holds up. Holding on the rating for now.

Second Steep
6 ounces water + 212 degrees + 20 minutes

The second cup leaves a lot to be desired, and I’m certain it’s because I botched the first cup. There is a mineral flavor in this steep that I hadn’t noticed before, plus something else I can’t quite put my finger on. Overall, it’s far too light for my taste.

Flavors: Bread, Chocolate, Malt, Marshmallow, Mineral, Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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58 tasting notes

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

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

This tea is so good!

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1713 tasting notes

Just finished off a 25g pack, down to 6 or so more packs. I love having lots of this on hand, as it’s really comforting and I prefer a drastically over-leafed cup. So rich and chocolatey.

This last week has been quite strange. I’ve been looking for a new job for over a year…transitioning careers is tough stuff. Very happy to say that I finally received a job offer at my dream company and I’m starting next week.

Soon after receiving that news, I found out my grandma unexpectedly passed away. So, any joy I was feeling about my job was completely eradicated. My grandparents had a huge hand in raising me, so I’m still in a bit of shock about it.

Life is strange and difficult.

Tiffany :)

Congrats about the job and sorry for your loss Amanda! :)/:(

Mastress Alita

I’m very sorry for your loss, Amanda. I lost my grandmother just last year and know how hard it is.


Congratulations on the new job, and I’m sorry for your loss. Life can indeed be strange sometimes.


I’m so sorry about your grandma, Amanda. <3 Finding and landing a job with your dream company is so amazing – I hope you’ll be able to celebrate when the time is right.


At least you had some great news the same week as the terrible news. I’m very sorry for your loss.


Thank you for the kind words, everyone. Reading tasting notes on Steepster is a really lovely escape, and I’m thankful for you all.

Martin Bednář

I am sorry for your loss. Life has got different and often diffucult path for us all! That said, congratulations to getting the job in the dream company!


Prayers for you. I lost an Aunt Sunday too.


I’m so sorry for your loss Amanda, these losses are never easy and I hope that the success in your job transition can be something to bring a little joy.


I am so sorry for your loss! Prayers for you and family. I know she would have been so excited for you about your dream job!

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1091 tasting notes

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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33 tasting notes

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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