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After visiting the dentist yesterday, I started bleaching my choppers last night. If I had known in advance that this process requires a temporary halt to tea drinking (two weeks! – yeah, right, like that is gonna happen!), I would have postponed the bleaching indefinitely. The rebel in me was not about to let the dentist’s sadistic demands prevent me from trying this Teavana tea. Necessi-tea is the mother of invention, so today’s tasting note comes to you while I suck this Nine Dragon Golden Needle tea through a straw.

I steeped this tea at 195 degrees for three minutes. A nice nutty aroma emerged while brewing. The color was a bright amber.

The flavor of this tea (even through a straw) is nutty and woodsy. The taste also has the underlying earthy characteristics that I’ve begun to recognize in other Chinese teas from the Yunnan Province. I haven’t encountered any bitterness. In addition, there is a slight sweet honey quality to the flavor.

I wouldn’t call this a strong blend. There is plenty of steady flavor, though, to never question its identity as a solid black tea.

This is an enjoyable black tea. I’m looking forward to experiencing it again. I know it will be even better without a plastic tube middle man between the cup and my lips.

NOTE (Addendum): This marks my 50th (golden?) Tasting Note since I joined Steepsters in August of 2011! I’m ready to celebrate! Break out the party tea! Pass me another straw!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

I’ve had people (not dentists) admonish me before for drinking black tea as it will stain my teeth, apparently. Luckily I don’t care!

Stoo

Yes. I hear that all the time too. However, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. ;-) Thanks for checking in!

ScottTeaMan

Hahaha….Happy 50th!! Pass another straw….hahaha! I’ve noticed my teeth are not as white as they used to be as well. Thanks in good measure to my tea drinking, no doubt. Sounds like a great tea, and you should celebrate. :)) Why not with your favorite tea??…Or a new tea?!

Stoo

Thanks, Scott! I may have to order a new tea for this special occasion!

Ninavampi

Congrats on the 50th!!!!!!!

Stoo

Thanks, Ninavampi! I didn’t think I knew that many words! :-)

Bonnie

Very funny! Good laugh!

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Uniquity

I’ve had people (not dentists) admonish me before for drinking black tea as it will stain my teeth, apparently. Luckily I don’t care!

Stoo

Yes. I hear that all the time too. However, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. ;-) Thanks for checking in!

ScottTeaMan

Hahaha….Happy 50th!! Pass another straw….hahaha! I’ve noticed my teeth are not as white as they used to be as well. Thanks in good measure to my tea drinking, no doubt. Sounds like a great tea, and you should celebrate. :)) Why not with your favorite tea??…Or a new tea?!

Stoo

Thanks, Scott! I may have to order a new tea for this special occasion!

Ninavampi

Congrats on the 50th!!!!!!!

Stoo

Thanks, Ninavampi! I didn’t think I knew that many words! :-)

Bonnie

Very funny! Good laugh!

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I ventured into the world of serious tea drinking in the Summer of 2011. I started out slowly and gently with bagged tea but climbed to the incredible flavorful heights of loose leaf teas in October of that year. Once you go leaf, you never go bag (except when you get free samples)!

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