drank 2010 Black Gold by Crimson Lotus Tea
463 tasting notes

Black Gold is a semi-aged shou with a woody profile that’s not really my jam. I also doesn’t last very long, I can barely get more than 150ml/g of interesting infusions. However, it does have a very nice mouthfeel and a strong aftertaste.

The aroma is quite weak and has notes of wood, forest floor, and honey. Taste is then very woody, sweet and bitter with flavours of roasted hazelnuts and cocoa beans. After swallowing I can further taste mushrooms, honey and various spices.

The mouthfeel is thick, buttery, and slightly constrictive. The full-bodied and lubricating nature of the liquor is truly the highlight of the session. Around steep #3 I also noticed a more bubbly texture to it. There is a calming sort of cha qi, but nothing to write home about.

Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa, Forest Floor, Hazelnut, Honey, Mushrooms, Roasted nuts, Spices, Sweet, Thick, Wood

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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Currently, I am a PhD student at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario. Apart from teas and mathematics, I enjoy sports and traveling, as well as music of all kinds.

I have been a fan of green tea for a while and only recently (in 2017) started exploring other kinds of tea in greater depth. I rarely drink blends or white tea and avoid artificially scented teas. Other than that I try to keep it varied. The one thing that I am currently missing in my collection are teas from India, in particular some Darjeelings.

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