Imperial Grade Laoshan Black Tea from Shandong * Spring 2016

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea
Flavors
banana, Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Baked Bread, Sugar, Malt
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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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  • “Thank you Evol Ving Ness for sharing. I made this to accompany my black sesame eclair and while the eclair had loads of caramel this tea is all chocolate. The end of the sip as it cools gets a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “The goal for today was to go out and do some raid battles in Pokemon Go. Caught Ho-oh in the first battle I found in my neighborhood – so that was easier than expected and came home early to...” Read full tasting note
  • “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
    85
  • “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
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4080 tasting notes

Thank you Evol Ving Ness for sharing. I made this to accompany my black sesame eclair and while the eclair had loads of caramel this tea is all chocolate. The end of the sip as it cools gets a touch more bitter (for lack of a better word). I’m also getting stone fruit which seems out of place. It’s very nice but I think I’ve preferred some of the other blacks I’ve had.

Evol Ving Ness

Oooooh, now this sounds like a perfect pairing—at least in theory.

Sil

i prefer the “regular” version to the imperial grade…at least for the past harvest or so

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1040 tasting notes

The goal for today was to go out and do some raid battles in Pokemon Go. Caught Ho-oh in the first battle I found in my neighborhood – so that was easier than expected and came home early to lounge around the house for the rest of the day.

Tonight I’m drinking this YS Laoshan. Not what I was expecting. This should be chocolatey – it not. It’s desserty but not chocolate. It’s more sweet potato/pecan pie. Yam/starch, cooked sugar, nutty, and a little roasty. The mouthfeel is also a little thin for my liking – this makes it seem more watery than it really is. This is good – it’s fine – I’m happily drinking it tonight, but it’s not amazing. Thanks Evol for sharing.

I’m using my fun little pot tonight. I really like this pot for black and oolong teas. It doesn’t pour fast enough for moonlight or sheng, but for darker teas it’s a great little pot. Happy I bought it.

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Sil

i found the imperial grade to be not so much LB. I prefer the cheaper classic version if looking for that more chocolatey version. It really depends on the year though :(

Evol Ving Ness

^ That.
Still, I seem to have better luck with this one with cooler temperatures.

CrowKettle

What, Pokemon has raid battles and Ho-oh?! I haven’t looked at that app since late spring _

Evol Ving Ness

Also, nice pot.

Dexter

CrowKettle – yes – raid battles…. they happen at gyms – depending on the mon that’s the boss of the raid you need a few people to help you defeat it. Once it’s defeated, all trainers who took part have the opportunity to try and catch that mon. They have been releasing the legionaries one at a time as raid battle bosses since the summer. Right now it’s Ho-oh until 12Dec. They haven’t announced what’s’ coming next…

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91 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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342 tasting notes

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 the mouth on the initial sip, and lingered behind in the aftertaste.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate

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79 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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1110 tasting notes

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 enjoy with something, while the Verdant tea is something to drink on its own.

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239 tasting notes

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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9738 tasting notes

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

Evol Ving Ness

YAY! This is likely the road to more thorough appreciation (of you). Hope the result is something you are happy with.

Sil

Here’s hoping…been a VERY long road. I’m still overworked and underpaid but i do love what i’m doing so there’s that haha

Evol Ving Ness

And that is a big big thing to love what you do.

OMGsrsly

Fingers crossed re: raise! And also underlings. :D

Ubacat

Congrats and hope all the rest works out!

Sil

thanks all!

Nicole

Minions are usually always a benefit. :) good luck!

Evol Ving Ness

Unless you need to train them and mentor them and record their progress and rate them.

Sil

yeah…haha i will…but i just need help. and contractors = not as time consuming as real employees haha

tigress_al

Congrats!!

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253 tasting notes

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.

Sil

i think i like the classic grade a tiny bit more from Yunnan…and it’s winning so far against the verdant teas i have in stock atm.

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1758 tasting notes

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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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