|"Sensuous and delicious. "|
"The wet leaf is the memory of tending a simmering pot of homemade fudge on the stove-top until the windows steam up with chocolate vapors."
Those people REALLY love their tea. I do too, but stop quite a bit short of "steamy windows" when describing it. My tea experiences are more in the cozy zone. When chocolate is involved, I may step into a somewhat mystical realm.
I confess, drinking this Laoshan Black was almost spiritual. I went into a bit of a trance when I brewed it. It transformed my humble brewing accouterments into a French tea salon with its complex, chocolate/hazelnut/yeasty aromas and flavors. Think croissants with Nutella, and you'll be on the right flavor track. I brewed a heaping tablespoon per eight ounces of boiling water and let it steep for about four minutes. Tres delicioux!
Verdant says this is their most popular tea. As I write this, they are sold out. But don't despair. There's more where it came from if Verdant's founder, David Duckler, keeps doing his job. He has personally visited the farm in Laoshan Village, and he is serious about fair trade, organic cultivation, and meaningful business relationships.
Easy to brew, tastes like chocolate, caring distributor. It's hard not to rave about a tea like this. I rate it a 10.
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