Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea. . . . .

I haven’t had this tea in the longest time and while it used to be one of my favorites, I had moved on for a while and decided to try other black teas. I found this one while digging around in my collection and want to see if it still holds the same flavors I remember.

The black tea leaves are incredibly pretty – silvery, a charcoal black. This scent is of cocoa and… possibly cardboard? While it doesn’t sound too appealing, this is definitely the scent I remember.

Sipping… this is definitely bittersweet chocolate I’m tasting. The background offers a roasted note which I’m guessing is the cardboard I thought I smelled. This tea has that satisfying slightly sweetness from the cocoa and a bit of savoriness, almost saltiness, from the wheaty, roasted background.

Ah, I remember why this was a favorite of mine. I don’t think that this tea would take top spot anymore, but I certainly wouldn’t turn down a cup. I think that this is a great black tea for anyone looking for a depth in flavor.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black Tea
Where to Buy:  Verdant Tea

Check out the different black tea offerings below.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Spring Harvest Laoshan White from Verdant Tea

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Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy: Verdant Tea

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I love Verdant Tea.  I don’t know of anybody who doesn’t. Their love, passion, attention to detail, and most importantly, their tea is just simply amazing. Tea that you can steep again and again and enjoy for an afternoon. I have tried several of their teas and have loved the flavors of each one.

And this one is no exception! This Spring Harvest Laoshan White (which I’m not finding on their site) is a gorgeous white tea that has resounding notes of a green tea mingled within each glorious sip.  Brewed up like a white tea, I allowed the tea to steep for about 4 minutes.  Took my first sip and just took a moment to enjoy.

This tea has a gorgeous vegetal feel with notes of a floral touch here and there. Simple but so wonderful.  Each infusion brought me a slightly different profile but for the most part, this tea really has a nice solid vegetal feel sweetened by  a glorious floral note.

Another really well done tea from Verdant Tea! If you haven’t tried Verdant Tea, I highly recommend you do! They have a great starter pack for only $5. A great deal!


Chocolate Chamomile Curiosity Brew Black Oolong from Verdant Tea

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Leaf Type:  Black/Oolong

Where to Buy:  Verdant Tea

Tea Description:

This blend is inspired by the connection we see between fine chocolate and fine tea. Our Laoshan Black and Wuyi Big Red Robe have strong natural notes of cacao that we wanted to bring out and play with. The end result is a rich, sweet and sparkling brew that brings out the best in both the tea, supported by the cacao nibs. Marigold provides a richness that complements the sweet flavors of chamomile, cinnamon and fennel, while the mint gives just enough of a clean sparkle to counterbalance the flavor of raw cacao. Enjoy this curious brew hot or cold and add a touch of buckwheat honey for a real treat.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Thanks to my SororiTea Sister TheLastDodo for the sample! I’ve actually been quite curious about this one for a while (pun not intended), but Verdant isn’t a company I’ve had much chance to explore and I’m wary of blends with chamomile so getting the chance to try a small quantity of this one was just perfect!

The dry leaf smells faintly of milk chocolate, and has even fainter fennel and mint notes as well. I know from the ingredients list that the mint in this blend is Spearmint; but based on scent I wouldn’t be able to differentiate.

Steeped this one up hot; it’s a lot softer than I expected and very, very smooth. The chocolate is the focus here and it’s accented quite nicely by the cinnamon and the fennel which are subtle but add a delicate, sweet spicyness. The natural malt from the Laoshan Black is delicious; and the spearmint creeps in right at the finish to add a lovely, refreshing coolness. Also, thankfully, I can’t taste the chamomile!

All in all, this was a great tea! It had a rich flavour, but not an in your face one and with the chocolate and mint pairing it made me think of a really fancy, well executed tea version of an After Eight chocolate. Mmm!