Review: Verdant Tea Laoshan Black

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Thumbs up!"I taste a complicated sweetness that reminds me of woodsiness - and perhaps there's something cinnamon-y in a taste like that. Light tannic flavors blend with a fine, delicious grainy and toasty flavor and closes out with a light dry astringency that is cleansing and refreshing. "
Jamie’s Teaview: 8.5/10
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This is a beautiful eye catching loose leaf tea. The leaves are jet black and medium length. Perhaps most outstanding about the dry leaf is the wonderful appearance of the twists. They are thick and fat and extra twisty. It occurred to me, comically, that the leaves looked as though they reveled in being twisty. I found this tea to have a strongly grainy scent to it. Also coming forward was a mildly roasted scent.

I used a teaspoon of leaf to 8 ounces of water, heated to 205 degrees and allowed for a three minute infusion.

The tea infuses to a pale orange, slightly pumpkin-y color. The sweet roasted scent again comes through, nice and sweet. To my tastes, most forward in flavor was a strongly grainy, wonderful sweetness. The close was dry and very tasty. In terms of body, this tea is medium to light. It's refreshing and autumnal. I can't say I found many of the tasting notes mentioned at the website to be a part of my own tasting notes, which sometimes makes me a bit shy about reviewing. The tasting notes at Verdant's website mention chocolate, cinnamon and caramel first off and then includes creamy, honey, vanilla and semolina as further notes. Grainy just jumps out at me, to my tastes, it's the hallmark of the tea. Chocolate, no. Cinnamon? Perhaps a little. Creamy? Not at all, though the tea is certainly not excessively dry. Oddly enough, what I taste is a complicated sweetness that reminds me of woodsiness - and perhaps there's something cinnamon-y in a taste like that. Light tannic flavors blend with a fine, delicious grainy and toasty flavor and closes out with a light dry astringency that is cleansing and refreshing.

I very much liked this tea. I don't know that I captured all that it had to offer or just tasted it differently, but I feel confident in saying that one would be hard pressed to find much negative to say about this tea. From scent to visual presentation to the taste in the mouth, this is a very pleasing tea.

— To purchase Verdant Tea Laoshan Black, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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