Today's tea is an innovative spin on a traditional Japanese tea, Verdant Tea's Laoshan Black Genmaicha! This blend is created from Laoshan Black Tea, Minnesota Wild Rice, Organic Fair Trade Jasmine Rice, Organic Cacao Nibs, and Shui Jin Gui Wuyi Oolong. This was the tea that convinced me to first order from Verdant Tea over a year ago, I saw it and fell in love with the idea, but did I fall in love with the tea? The aroma is decadent, very rich chocolate and nutty notes. There is also a rich malt aroma from the black tea and an extremely delicate floral and caramel notes. The key words to take away from the aroma is rich and decadent, it is nothing short of mouthwatering.
The brewed tea leaves are as expected, very rich with earthy tones, rich chocolate notes, and a touch of rice. After the initial chocolaty good aroma you can detect a slightly mineral like roasted oolong aroma. The liquid without the soaking leaves has the aroma of chocolate cookies and chocolate liqueur, it is very rich and has distinctly malty and creamy notes.
Tasting the tea is a real treat, it is very rich and quite creamy. The chocolate taste is slightly bitter like a really high percentage dark chocolate (think the 80% cocoa variety) but with an extra earthiness and burst of malt. The aftertaste is a mix of oak wood and toasted rice, as the tea cools it gets sweeter and richer. Even though this tea is not overwhelmingly sweet, adding cream or sugar I think detracts from the richness of the tea. It is very much so like dark chocolate and meant to be savored as such. As you can tell I enjoy this tea immensely, it has a permanent place in my tea collection and certainly cemented my love of Verdant Tea!
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