This week’s tea, Whispering Pines Tea Laoshan Black Tea, comes from Laoshan village in Shandong province, China which is located in northern China. I’m not sure but this might be the first time I try any tea from this part of China. Although Laoshan village is better known for their green teas, black teas coming from Laoshan have gained popularity recently.
Dry leaves of this week’s tea are composed of short, slightly curly dark black tea leaves alongside with some yellow tea buds.
I brewed it Gongfu style using five grams of tea for one of my little gaiwans. It cupped out orangish red liquor with great clarity. It’s got a very strong malty taste.It’s got chocolaty sweetness with a little subtle touch of astringency in the background which makes it richer in taste. The taste profile combines some fruity tones as well, particularly citrusy ones such as lychee.
With the second infusion, it got much stronger and richer both taste-wise and aroma-wise. It’s not as strong as Fujian or Yunnan black teas but there is a nice, very complex touch of a flavor profile. The aftertaste was quite long and left a very strong, pungent taste both in the mouth and throat.
Overall, Whispering Pines Tea Laoshan Black Tea is a real treat for black tea lovers. Highly recommended!