This is a sample from TheTeaFairy who writes this is “a really good straight black”. I had my doubts because up until now there was no such thing as a good straight black. But since tonight I’m not interested in the chocolate teas I’ve been guzzling like mad, polishing them off slowly, I thought I’d bite the bullet and have this. Steeled myself for great unpleasantness and followed the steeping instructions: 1.5 tsp, 2 minutes, 95C. Well, it was more like 203F but hey, close enough.

Cautious sniff, cautious sip… wait a minute, this … this is not bad. Does not need sugar or cream, in fact I find it vegetal enough at the back that I think it would taste weird with sugar added. I don’t know about malty, like someone said, to me this is more like a dark roasted oolong.

Thank you, TheTeaFairy I like this!

Dexter

Yay!!! “Not bad” is a step forward in your straight tea exploration. :))

Nxtdoor

Yes, yes, Dex, i agree! I don’t have much to compare it to. I tried a straight Kusmi tea before and it scared me off.

Dexter

If you like this one, then you might want to take a look at other Yunnan blacks. Yunnan is my favorite – there are lots of good ones out there. Baby steps though – adjust to the possibility of not being scare off of all blacks. (I think you should like Laoshan Black – it is so sweet and chocolatey… but I’ve been wrong before). :))

Sil

yay glad you tried a black you liked!!

Nxtdoor

I am fantasizing about a verdant order in the near future. It’s been months since my last tea order. I will definitely add the Laoshan black

Sil

if you want me to just send you some to try, send me a note :) I’m packing up things this weekend so it’d be no trouble to send you a small sample :)

TheTeaFairy

Super happy you enjoyed this one…same as Sil, let me know if you want to try Laoshan Black before you buy it, I still have some in stock :-)
I agree with Dexter, Yunnans are great!

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Dexter

Yay!!! “Not bad” is a step forward in your straight tea exploration. :))

Nxtdoor

Yes, yes, Dex, i agree! I don’t have much to compare it to. I tried a straight Kusmi tea before and it scared me off.

Dexter

If you like this one, then you might want to take a look at other Yunnan blacks. Yunnan is my favorite – there are lots of good ones out there. Baby steps though – adjust to the possibility of not being scare off of all blacks. (I think you should like Laoshan Black – it is so sweet and chocolatey… but I’ve been wrong before). :))

Sil

yay glad you tried a black you liked!!

Nxtdoor

I am fantasizing about a verdant order in the near future. It’s been months since my last tea order. I will definitely add the Laoshan black

Sil

if you want me to just send you some to try, send me a note :) I’m packing up things this weekend so it’d be no trouble to send you a small sample :)

TheTeaFairy

Super happy you enjoyed this one…same as Sil, let me know if you want to try Laoshan Black before you buy it, I still have some in stock :-)
I agree with Dexter, Yunnans are great!

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Im a fairly recent follower of the loose leaf tea drinking cult. March 2013 to be exact. Never been much into tea before. Growing up in Romania, tea was something mom made for you when you were sick. As an adult, my hot beverage of choice has been coffee, both flavoured and regular. I’ve recently stumbled upon Teavana and DAVIDs TEA and quickly got addicted to the latter. Then came steepster and all else followed.

Formerly a mathematician and insurance adjuster, I gave up the corporate world and am now a professional chef. I drink wine and sometimes cheat on it with tea.

I prefer flavoured teas. It’s probably the newbie in me. I just don’t get cravings for a straight black tea. If I end up having one, I drop in a slice of lemon and artificial rum flavouring (ugh, what moron admits to this?). A black tea fixed this way reminds me of skating at an outdoor rink as a young one, with a thermos full of tea made just as I described..

Im learning so I drink them all. everything! Am even introducing myself to pu’erh. So far I can do fine with the sheng cause frankly, they don’t taste like pu’erh to me. The shou is another story.

NOTE: The virtual cupboard does NOT contain any of the samples I hold since most of them are one-cup quantity. Home improvements, mortgage, travel, wine and food have budget priority over tea.

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