The morning is finally here! Because of the caffeine, I couldn’t try this last night, and had to wait until my commute to sample it. I wasn’t certain what to expect, but I love the Laoshan Black base so much that I knew I was probably going to be in for a treat.

Teaware: 16oz travel mug with ForLife infuser
Measured dry: 2 rounded teaspoons
Temperature: 212º F
Steeping Time: 3min
Additives: 4tsp raw sugar

Unlike last night, I’m a little more with it this morning. I followed the steeping directions regarding temperature and quantity, but extended the steep to match some Steepsterite suggestions. I think that was the right call, as this is still a little faint, and might benefit from an additional minute or even two.

Sipping this, there is no missing the Laoshan Black, but I am surprised with how subtle the spices and other notes are. It’s difficult for me to pick out the citrus notes, but I do get a little bit of the cinnamon and clove – primarily in the aftertaste. As the tea cools, they are becoming more pronounced, but I don’t think they’ve quite lived up to their potential yet. We’ll see if some additional steep time will buoy them.

This cup may need a little more fiddling with to absolutely dial it in, but for now it’s a wonderful way to ring in the morning.

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Feel free to browse my cupboard if you’re interested in swapping, but all the mate and pu-erh in our household is my husband’s.

For swapping purposes, please note the apple allergy. Thank you!

I tried to limit my cupboard to teas that were 1oz or larger, but that was a gorgeous failure in terms of swap communication. It’s all going back up.

Okay, I just feel wrong trying to grade things without a rubric – it’s too inconsistent! So, here is the grading breakdown:

0-50: Dump it!
50-60: I might finish the cup
60-70: Possibly finish the pot
70-80: I may keep this on hand
80-90: Cupboard space guaranteed
90-100: Poetry may be involved!


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