The fresh Spring harvest of our most popular tea is creamy and thick with distinct notes of chocolate, malt, and raw honey
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Purchase: Verdant Tea
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Western Brewing: Use one tablespoon of leaves per cup of water. Steep in a brew basket or loose in a pot to give the leaves plenty of room to expand. If possible avoid tea balls or paper filter bags. Steep for 3 minutes with filtered boiling water and remove leaves or pour off water. Save the leaves. Enjoy at least 4 infusions.
Gongfu Brewing: Use 5g of leaves for a medium gaiwan or yixing pot. Heat the gaiwan or pot with boiling water and pour out. Add leaves, rinse leaves with boiling water for less than a second. Use this steeping to heat cups and pour over yixing. Steep each round for 2-3 seconds, increasing time by 3 seconds each steeping after the third steeping. Enjoy at least 15 infusions.
You may have noticed from the description above that this is a Spring Harvest tea, whereas the rest of the sampler has been Autumn Harvest. I need to admit something to you, I had to reorder this tea before I could review it. I was a bit of a glutton with the original sample and drank it all while failing to take a single note about it. Verdant teas tend to make me forget all about taking notes, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, sometimes it's nice not to worry about what I'm going to write about and just enjoy my cup of tea.
Now to the best of my recollection here is how my initial session with this tea went. Sip. Chocolate!?! Sip. Not just any chocolate, dark chocolate! Guzzle!
Ok, so it wasn't quite that bad. I do have table manners thanks to my mother and I don't tend to guzzle my tea, but it was pretty close. What I found amazing about this tea was of course how closely the taste resembles dark chocolate. If you've read any of my recent reviews, then you know that I was on the hunt for the perfect chocolate tea. I just didn't find it among the flavored varieties, I found it in a straight black tea. After drinking this, I wonder if I'm going to be disappointed with all of the other so-called chocolate teas, their flavors just aren't nearly as realistic as this one.
The first steep of this tea is the one which reminds me so much of dark chocolate. When I say dark chocolate I mean the 80-90% bars with little sugar and a high percentage of cacao. Green & Black Organic makes an 85% dark bar which is smooth, creamy, and has a bite to it. It manages to be robust and delicate at the same time, much like this tea.
During the second steep the chocolate flavor disappears and is replace by a nice toasty malt flavor which continues on through steeps three, four, and five. These later steeps also develop a thick creamy texture as well as a sweetness which reminds me somewhat of honey.
Generally I would continue to steep this 9 or more times, but tonight I'm in the mood for the bold flavors of the early steeps rather than the delicate flavors that develop later on.
My Rating: 90/100
Would I order this again? Yes. It isn't often that a black tea catches my attention, but this one certainly has. In fact, I've reordered this several times now, just to see the differences between harvests.