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What an excellent tea this is…

Deep, dark, but smooth with notes of cocoa and sweet honey. Very bready as well, with a bit of the that Fujian caraway note. Definitely a crusty dark bread though, maybe with some spelt or buckwheat. Also getting a distinct dried sour cherry note that I’m loving, obviously it pairs beautifully with the cocoa… Sipping this tea feels like eating a meal in the best way.

Drank both mugfuls cold (accidentally, boo work) but they were still so scrumptious. Definitely on the reorder list… :D

P.S. – Am I the only one who didn’t know this is apparently the same as Golden Monkey?

Flavors: Bread, Buckwheat, Cherry, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Dried Fruit, Grain, Honey, Jam, Smooth, Spelt, Sweet, Tart, Thick, Wheat

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
ashmanra

This is Ashman’s favorite black tea and I had no idea about the Golden Monkey thing.

tea-sipper

I don’t think it’s Golden Monkey? At least with past harvests, the two teas tasted completely different…

Cameron B.

Not saying the two teas offered by Teavivre are the same, but found multiple things online saying Bailin Gongfu and Golden Monkey are one and the same?

tea-sipper

OH okay, I thought you meant that Teavivre was relabeling the same tea, not sources other than Teavivre were saying that…

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ashmanra

This is Ashman’s favorite black tea and I had no idea about the Golden Monkey thing.

tea-sipper

I don’t think it’s Golden Monkey? At least with past harvests, the two teas tasted completely different…

Cameron B.

Not saying the two teas offered by Teavivre are the same, but found multiple things online saying Bailin Gongfu and Golden Monkey are one and the same?

tea-sipper

OH okay, I thought you meant that Teavivre was relabeling the same tea, not sources other than Teavivre were saying that…

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Hi, I’m Cameron!

I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include piano, knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, planners, bento, KBeauty, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is “collecting” hobby-related things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using big mugs or small teapots depending on the season.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

I tend to reach for fruitier flavors rather than desserty ones these days, but I do have favorites from both categories. Willing to try anything once! There are a few ingredients/flavors that aren’t generally my jam, such as coconut, rose, lavender, and chocolate flavoring. But I also have teas that I love with some of those things, too! :)

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3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Old Barrel Tea Co
Simpson & Vail
Taiwan Tea Crafts
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Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
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I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age or scent contamination.

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