drank Golden Needle by TeaSource
20 tasting notes

One of my favorite teas ever from TeaSource, Black Needle, was discontinued a while back and this was one of their suggestions to try in place. It sounded like something I would like so I went ahead and ordered it.

The leaves are quite large for a black tea which is pretty cool. The tea leaves have a fantastic smell to them.

Upon brewing it doesn’t disappoint. Smooth, malty with a good flavor: sweet potato, brown sugar, and some earthiness. It doesn’t have the dark molasses that I love so much in Black Needle, but it’s very good in it’s own right.

Not quite full-bodied as I expected. A little more and this would be even better in my opinion. Nonetheless this looks to be a new favorite in my rotation.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Earth, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I have too many teas and I forget things, so I’m mostly using this site to categorize and note my preferences. But if someone else gets something out of that, that’s great.

I prefer malty, smoky black teas the most for taste, and puer teas for the “kick” they give me. Though I do dabble in other types those are my two mainstays.

90-100 best of the best. these are the teas that I may even hesitate to drink because I don’t want to use them up.

80-89 great and unique in some way, probably a usual in my rotation. I’ll buy it if I’m getting low, unless it’s very expensive.

70-79 very solid but not spectacular. Buy it on sale.

60-69 not necessarily a disappointment. Just okay. Will drink but won’t buy again.

50-59 I’ll be hard pressed to drink these again, but they aren’t gross. They’ll sit in my storage until I’m bored enough to drink again.

<50 I won’t be finishing this off. Getting grosser as the number goes down.



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