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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
141 tasting notes

I had very high expectations for this tea based on the reviews and so I was mildly disappointed when it did not live up to them. Perhaps my own anticipation and expectation of flavor got in the way. As the tea cooled somewhat, the somewhat malty and very dark chocolate flavors came out, reminding me somewhat of the Numi chocolate puerh I had this morning. But the deep chocolate flavor in this tea did not taste like something added to the tea. I like the tea, but do not love it. I think it would be interesting base for adding other flavors (fans of this tea might think I am crazy).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

No not crazy. I think I loved it more back when I was new to tea. That is NOT to say this isn’t a really excellent tea! I actually drink this more often than not in the morning. It has become a staple for me yet yes I do feel there are others both from Teavivre and otherwise a bit more complex. I like it A LOT but maybe the OMG THIS IS THE BEST BLACK EVER phase has passed.
I think that all things are in perception – where we each are as tea drinkers at the given moment of the review.
That kind of makes it unfair at times to the tea and company other times works in their favor.
It can also be a bit unfair to those reading the reviews perhaps.
I think this is why many people no longer rate teas perhaps.
For me, I still rate them but have a far better knowledge now of what I really enjoy. This still makes that list but perhaps for different reasons than others.
For me it is a great staple to have on hand. For mornings when you want a GOOD tea, a QUALITY tea, but maybe not your absolutely BEST tea as your still waking up and your mind and taste buds need acclimated.
:)

Azzrian

Wow I said “perhaps” A LOT!

K S

I try not to read other’s reviews until I write my own. Then sometimes I might PERHAPS ;) revise to mention the difference of opinion. Its your review at this moment in time – write what you feel.

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Azzrian

No not crazy. I think I loved it more back when I was new to tea. That is NOT to say this isn’t a really excellent tea! I actually drink this more often than not in the morning. It has become a staple for me yet yes I do feel there are others both from Teavivre and otherwise a bit more complex. I like it A LOT but maybe the OMG THIS IS THE BEST BLACK EVER phase has passed.
I think that all things are in perception – where we each are as tea drinkers at the given moment of the review.
That kind of makes it unfair at times to the tea and company other times works in their favor.
It can also be a bit unfair to those reading the reviews perhaps.
I think this is why many people no longer rate teas perhaps.
For me, I still rate them but have a far better knowledge now of what I really enjoy. This still makes that list but perhaps for different reasons than others.
For me it is a great staple to have on hand. For mornings when you want a GOOD tea, a QUALITY tea, but maybe not your absolutely BEST tea as your still waking up and your mind and taste buds need acclimated.
:)

Azzrian

Wow I said “perhaps” A LOT!

K S

I try not to read other’s reviews until I write my own. Then sometimes I might PERHAPS ;) revise to mention the difference of opinion. Its your review at this moment in time – write what you feel.

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I am a part time college instructor and also work in human resources in a family company. Apart from a rare cup of Lipton I drank in my parents’ home, I am a newbie to the world of tea. I have enjoyed Twinings and Ahmad bagged teas over the past month, and I am now just beginning to try loose leaf teas from Teavivre, Adagio, and Della Terra.

So far, I prefer black tea to green tea, and prefer to add cream or milk and sweetener to black tea. Unless the tea is white, green, or herbal, you can assume that I have added cream/milk and sugar to the tea in my reviews/ratings.

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