230 Tasting Notes
I’m getting low on this, but currently I enjoy mixing with almond milk and corella powder to increase my iron (and other minerals) intake. I tend to add a splash of coconut syrup with some unsulphured molasses to kick the flavours up a notch (corella powder can be rather bitter..)
Shaken in a martini shaker with ice…
I decided that I would use up this sample today. Still as delicious as ever… though the intense chamomile is still getting to me. I do really enjoy the mouthfeel I get from the WBRR… I have been crushing on WBRR since I found Teavivre. Nice maltiness too from the Laoshan Black.
I do enjoy where this tea was going, but I find the chamomile masks some of the great flavour layers this tea can have.
I have been coveting this tea for a long time ever since I received it as a generous sample. Today is the day I finally get to know this enchanting tea as I have come into some more through the tea of the month club. Oh the JOY!
The leaves are beautifully golden and fuzzy.. with a smell reminiscent of mushrooms and sweet black tea from the south.
208˚F, 5sec sweet and luscious, reminiscent of warm vanilla pudding that has been sprinkled with brown sugar. Final lingering notes remind me of a baked sweet potato.. again with brown sugar. Heavenly
208˚F, 8sec Again a lovely sweet edge to this tea – honey and raw sugar. Silky smooth which makes me think of malt, but it’s not malt. There is some allspice and nutmeg notes that peak out occasionally. Slight drying in the back of my mouth the end of the sip – a nice contrast to the silk.
208˚F, 11sec A repeat of steep two, though this time it began to take on a little more of a savoury edge. I drank it too fast while writing a grad application that I forgot to take notes! Dang.
What a gorgeous black tea. I am so thankful I got to try it!… I will keep appreciating the remaining 10+ steeps that I will be drinking tonight. I missed you tea and Steepster!
Oh my heavens.. I have not even began to log any of my H&S teas yet!
I brewed this up as I couldn’t put down the container after taking a sniff – it smelled like delicious caramel green tea with sesame notes. I’m in!
soo…3 minutes later with ~85˚C water and what do I get?
Mochi… sesame caramel mochi. I think the bancha is contributing a nice supportive flavour.. I don’t want to say vegetal, because it’s not really vegetal. Maybe a nice mineral note. Hmm..
Either way. The more I drink this and let my tongue rest in between sips.. the greater the sweetness builds with caramel notes. Delightful. Just what I was looking for =)
Oh my. How have I not rated this yet?!
So delightful. I wanted something light and playful after a big pho dinner and Dragonwell screamed my name. So so good.
Sweet vegetal greens – almost close to sweet sweet soy milk as well. I only did 5 seconds, and shared the second steeping with the boy so I’m not sure how that was. Though from previous sessions I know it was good!
So much love for Verdant.
Edit: Posted in the wrong tea area… Still shocked I had not written a note for it though..
So so delicious.
I’m having a cuppa this at Starbucks while I work on my big research presentation. My school was canceled today due to strike action, and so I had a free day for homework.. Which turned into a free day for doing nothing until 4 pm. Sometimes you need some relaxation ya know?
Well this tea is the ultimate comfort tea for me. Delicious and sweet blueberry preserves in a cup. Anyone who knows me knows I have a large addiction to jam. Any jam. Just give me jam!
I can taste lovely malty black tea under the really nice blueberry. The blueberry aspect just keeps reminding me of a blueberry topping that would be on top of a danish…. Definitely one of my favourites from DT.
Thank you Teavivre for this sample.
I had a long day in the lab yesterday (and today.. and tomorrow..) working on my research project.. and came home to find a parcel notification.
This was followed by an immediate email from Angel telling me to check my mailbox and go pick up my parcel. Some people do have lives… and sometimes the post office closes after you finally get home from a long days work. I do not appreciate this urgency. Especially when I paid for tea from them only a day or two after accepting their offer for samples, only to have it not even trackable in Canada yet (‘sent’ one month ago to date). Perhaps they should be more concerned about that instead?
Anyways. Onto this tea.
2 minutes, 100˚C Sweet non-identifiable flavour in the mid-end sip. I take this to be the ginseng. Almost a black licorice flavour actually.. anise/fennel.. when breathing in after a sip. It takes a few sips to understand the flavour, but I enjoy it a lot. It’s almost tongue-coating.. The oolong definitely tastes oxidized, with a sweet and nutty flavour to it. Really lovely.
3 minutes, 100˚C Sweet.. very similar to the first steep in all honesty. No wavering in the intensity of the licorice/toasted sweet nutty flavour. The oolong is very similar to their monkey picked oolong, but I enjoy this much much more. The tongue-coating flavour of the ginseng is really nice and balances out the toasted qualities of the oolong.
Overall – this is a really lovely, enjoyable tea.
Sweet and delightful as a morning tea.
Storing this at my boyfriends in order to have something other than red rose (buuuh – I still cannot stand to drink red rose without milk in it)
This tea is especially good at mid-temperatures. The sweet malty honey notes really stand out. The muscatel is not as strong as I remember, but it will do!
I dug into this sample a few days ago, but steeped up a 4th steep today and it is still delicious.
I remember it being definitely chocolate/cacao sweetness in the beginning of the steeps, and now that I am on my 4th it has turned into a very sweet chamomile peppermint brew with a little rounding out by the lovely lovely WBRR and Laoshan Black.
Really delightful. I can’t wait to steep up the rest of my sample to fully decide if it is an absolute must have or if I should stick with the pure teas =)
Withholding rating until that point in time.
If I absolutely had to rate it right now, I would say low 80s (due to the overwhelming flavour of the chamomile)
So I’m sick and just got back from a funeral from one of the most incredible people I have been fortunate enough to have in my life.
Bailin Gongfu Black is my warm snuggly tea that wraps me up and holds me tight when I need it most.
Really everyone – life is so short and unexpected at times. Live your life and make sure you are happy with all aspects of it. If you’re not – change it!
Make sure you stop sometimes to smell the flowers and really appreciate the people in your life as you never know when the time will come that you, or they, will no longer be here.