drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
61 tasting notes

Gongfu, 5g 90C
Received in a sampler (5 for 5). I don’t like black teas but I went for it anyways. What else am I going to do with it? I needed to inaugurate my new tea table.
This is really freaking good. The dry leaves smell strongly like chocolate with a little bit of earth, really really appetizing. The leaves after a leaf were less appealing, with the earthiness coming out. I expected early steeps to taste roasty, but they only are for a second. This second-long taste is almost like a Dan Cong oolong: that tartness and roastiness comes through. This very quickly gives way to a smooth, malty, nutty, and chocolatey finish. The aroma is roasted but this isn’t incredibly roasty tasting.
Middle steeps start to become like an oily dark chocolate and less up front sweet—but more lasting sweetness
The late steeps: this tea did not last quite as long as I wanted it to, and has transitioned to a sweet milk chocolate now: with a roasty nose continuing! A great way to end the session. Reminds me of a milky sweet hot chocolate.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Roasted Nuts

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