Nose; Chocolate, oranges, sweet potato, malt, slightly earthy, rich, clover. Palate; brown sugar, dark chocolate, slight candied orange peel, sweet grass. Somewhat delicate for a black tea, nice.
“Nose; Chocolate, oranges, sweet potato, malt, slightly earthy, rich, clover. Palate; brown sugar, dark chocolate, slight candied orange peel, sweet grass. Somewhat delicate for a black tea, nice.” Read full tasting note
“Sample from Hoálatha Notes of dark chocolate which lingers on the tip of the tongue in the aftertaste. A softer mouthfeel that the Classic Laoshan. I loved that the dark chocolate note had coated...” Read full tasting note
“I’m so torn about this tea. It’s definitely cocoa-y and a bit malty. No bitterness though there’s an astringency that I feel rather than taste. I tried steeping shorter times but found it thin...” Read full tasting note
“Dry cocoa with a hint of that dark chocolate bitter taste from the first bite. A different type of taste than the higher grade stuff from Verdant. When it comes down to pairing: this is a tea to...” Read full tasting note
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Imperial Grade Laoshan Green Tea from Shandong * Spring 2016Yunnan Sourcing
Imperial Grade Laoshan Black Tea from Shandong * Spring 2017Yunnan Sourcing
Imperial Grade Laoshan Green Tea from Shandong * Spring 2017Yunnan Sourcing
Classic Laoshan Black Tea from Shandong * Spring 2016Yunnan Sourcing
Classic Laoshan Black Tea from Shandong * Spring 2017Yunnan Sourcing
Classic Laoshan Green Tea from Shandong * Spring 2017Yunnan Sourcing
I’m so torn about this tea. It’s definitely cocoa-y and a bit malty. No bitterness though there’s an astringency that I feel rather than taste. I tried steeping shorter times but found it thin and weak. Three minutes seemed to be the sweet spot for me. I got a pleasant four minute additional steep out of it as well.
As to why I’m torn, I like it though I feel like I prefer the VT Laoshan black, but would really really rather prefer this one because there’s just so much more on offering through YS that I’m enjoying. And the better price point sure doesn’t hurt. I really should have gotten a sample of the Classic Laoshan Black as well. Derp. Oh well.
The brew to this smells more appealing after the Classic version—more like a chocolate biscuit. The wet leaves almost smell like a hot cereal with cocoa. There’s something almost liquor smelling about the brewing leaves that leaves me a little dizzy with anticipation. I’ve never had the Godiva chocolate liquor, but it’s how I would imagine it to smell.
The cocoa flavor is much more pronounced than in the YS Classic.; it comes out of my nose as I breathe out. The dark chocolate flavor becomes sugary as it cools, and the flavor turns a little bready. I’m getting chocolate croissant feelings from this tea. There’s a bit of astringency that brews out in subsequent steeps, and any bitterness is like that of a dark chocolate rather than a bitter black tea; it’s very faint.
I did a comparison on the YS Laoshans against Verdant. Full post and photos here: http://www.catlaittea.com/2016/09/05/laoshan-showdown-yunnan-sourcing-vs-verdant/
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Sugar
For those that have been around a while… today we finally got around to submitting my job role for evaluation with HR. As in, after the like year? 2? of going back and forth on what my role should really entail while i do a little of everything…we’re finally getting close to the finish line. What does it really mean? Nothing yet…but the possibility of getting to hire underlings for me and a bump in grade…paving the way for more corporate ladder climbing if i’m so inclined…or yeah..and theoretically a raise. lol
so i had this tea…to celebrate. yay
I purchased this in hopes of finding a substitute for Verdant’s, since I won’t purchase from them anymore due to their deceptive marketing. This was quite similar to theirs – tiny curled leaves, and a rich malty chocolate type brew. I found this to be a bit lighter and fruitier than what I recall from Verdant. It is quite good.
Bought 50g of this a while back and am just now getting around to trying it. It is relatively good. There is a slight malt note. There are some chocolate notes. Also, I’d swear I’m getting a roast note. I don’t think this tea was roasted so maybe I’m misinterpreting something else. Overall I like the tea. As to is it as good as Verdant’s? I don’t think I’ve ever tried Verdant’s so I don’t know.
Steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min.
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt