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I feel rough this morning which is probably because I stayed up very late last night to finishing watching Season 2 of Sons of Anarchy. After very little sleep and with a ton of work to do I had to drag myself out of bed with the promise of a pot of tea before anything else.

This is another sample to use up and a strong black tea is what I could really do with right now.

In appearance these little balls consist of black and golden tip leaves that have been rolled together. The golden tips have a beautiful shine and slight felt like feel. I would also like to add that one or two of the 11 pearls that I have contains stalk/stem.

I will be using all 11 pearls in my teapot infuser this morning which will make roughly 4 cups worth of tea. Following the instructions this shall be prepared using boiling water with a steep time of three minutes.

Side Note: I always keep a supply of Teavivre – Fengqing Black Pearl and I compared both those pearls and these pearls together in appearance and could not tell them apart. They are the same size, same quality and scent. They must be from the same supplier.

In appearance this tea is mahogany in colour and has a sweet, woody, malt aroma with elements of cocoa.

The flavour is rich and sweet with thick malt and earthy tones mixed with dark cocoa and a slightly sour after taste. Perhaps a little leathery and smoky too, or aged in a sense.

It tastes exactly the same as Teavivre pearls but of course if your in the UK then it’s easier, quicker and roughly the same price to just buy them from Green Mountain Tea but I still love Teavivre and not trying to take custom away from them. It’s the first time I have samples the same tea from two different sources.

Preparation
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TheTeaFairy

Ahhh! Series hangovers… I’ve had a few of those! How can you stop watching right?
Those pearls are as big as Teavivre’s?

KittyLovesTea

While I’m still young enough (barely) to stay up so late I thought I might as well push my sleep threshold for once. Glad that I did. :)

The pearls are the same size as the ones from Teavivre. They tasted the same, looked the same…I really think they must be from the same supplier. A little strange though considering Teavivre is a very large company and Green Mountain Tea is only very small.

TheTeaFairy

You’re right, it is surprising! I don’t know about you, but those pearls are the biggest I have purchased, the other black pearls I’ve had are much smaller, so it makes sense that they should be from the same provenance if they also taste the same…

KittyLovesTea

I noticed that too. I put it down to either a typo or general lack of knowledge as they are only a very small shop.

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TheTeaFairy

Ahhh! Series hangovers… I’ve had a few of those! How can you stop watching right?
Those pearls are as big as Teavivre’s?

KittyLovesTea

While I’m still young enough (barely) to stay up so late I thought I might as well push my sleep threshold for once. Glad that I did. :)

The pearls are the same size as the ones from Teavivre. They tasted the same, looked the same…I really think they must be from the same supplier. A little strange though considering Teavivre is a very large company and Green Mountain Tea is only very small.

TheTeaFairy

You’re right, it is surprising! I don’t know about you, but those pearls are the biggest I have purchased, the other black pearls I’ve had are much smaller, so it makes sense that they should be from the same provenance if they also taste the same…

KittyLovesTea

I noticed that too. I put it down to either a typo or general lack of knowledge as they are only a very small shop.

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I’m 26 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Honey, Cassie, Mr Soots and Ivory.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.

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