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Am I imagining this, or is Teavivre Bailin Gongfu Black Tea related in some way to Golden Monkey? Upon opening my sample packet and catching a whiff, I thought immediately of Golden Monkey. The dried leaves do not have as many golden tips, and the tea seems to be less powdery, but the scent is definitely close.

The liquor brews up dark amber and also tastes similar to Golden Monkey. It’s a bit less sweet, and does not remind me so much of unsweetened caramel, but there is definitely overlap. To me, this Bailin Gongfu evokes memories of the dark crust of a light bread. So no rye, but a darker cooked wheat flavor.

The second infusion was just as good as the first. I usually do not reinfuse black teas, but it works with Golden Monkey, so I figured that I’d try it with this tea as well—especially given its name!

This tea is a winner. I drank it au naturel and am already craving another glass! On my wishlist…

Flavors: Baked Bread

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 502 ML
pyarkaaloo

ahhh! Bailin Gongfu Black by Teavivre is one i have been dying to try! any sort of dark (or rye) bread notes i love in teas…glad to see u like this one. although the caramel notes of Golden Monkey sound tempting as well. my only experience with GM was Teavana’s (more a matter of convenience), which i found lacking in all the wonderful notes you mention so…i must try from other places. i think the only way to remedy this curiosity is to go on a tea tasting/sampling/buying rampage! ;) in the end we may all float away, but it will have been worth it…

sherapop

Pyarkaaloo, yes, I heartily enjoin you to step up the sampling! Carpe diem!

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pyarkaaloo

ahhh! Bailin Gongfu Black by Teavivre is one i have been dying to try! any sort of dark (or rye) bread notes i love in teas…glad to see u like this one. although the caramel notes of Golden Monkey sound tempting as well. my only experience with GM was Teavana’s (more a matter of convenience), which i found lacking in all the wonderful notes you mention so…i must try from other places. i think the only way to remedy this curiosity is to go on a tea tasting/sampling/buying rampage! ;) in the end we may all float away, but it will have been worth it…

sherapop

Pyarkaaloo, yes, I heartily enjoin you to step up the sampling! Carpe diem!

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Update: 28 September 2014.

On the above date, I officially went on strike and stopped posting tasting notes at Steepster, having endured more than two months of this site’s complete and utter dysfunctionality.

Today is November 1, 2014. I write now to announce that I’ll be launching my new blog, sherapop’s tea leaves, in the not too distant future…


A long-time tea and perfume lover, I have recently begun to explore the intersections between the two at my blog: http://salondeparfum-sherapop.blogspot.com//

I participate at fragrance community websites, and I care about tea as much as perfume, so why not belong to Steepster as well?

A few words about my ratings. In assessing both teas and perfumes, my evaluation is “all things considered.” Teas do not differ very much in price (relative to perfumes or any luxury items), so I do not usually consider the price when rating a tea.

What I do consider is how the particular tea compares to teas of its own type. So I might give a high rating to a fine herbal infusion even though I would never say that it is my favorite TEA. But if it’s good for what it is, then it deserves a high rating. There is no point in wishing that a chamomile blend was an Assam or a sencha tea!

Any rating below 50 means that I find the liquid less desirable to drink than plain water. I may or may not finish the cup, depending upon how thirsty I am and whether there is another hot beverage or (in summertime) a source of fresh water available.

From 50 to 60 indicates that, while potable, the tea is not one which I would buy or repurchase, if I already made the mistake (I have learned) of purchasing it.

From 60 to 70 means that the tea is drinkable but I have criticisms of some sort, and I probably would not purchase or repurchase the tea as I can think of obvious alternatives which would be better.

From 70 to 80 is a solid brew which I would purchase again.

From 80 to 90 is good stuff, and I probably need to have some ready at hand in my humble abode.

From 90 to 100 is a tea (or infusion) which I have come to depend on and look forward to imbibing again and again—if possible!

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