Pine Needle

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Black Tea
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Flavors
Blackberry, Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Dates, Jam, Malt, Floral, Honey, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Dried Fruit, Hay, Smooth
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Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 5 g 5 oz / 152 ml

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  • “065/365 This tea came to me from Liquid Proust’s Dark Matter group buy, all the way back in 2016. That’s how very behind I am with tea things in general. I decided to try this one first as I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “A tea I haven’t gotten to from Dark Matter 2016 yet. This tea wasn’t what I expected at all. The dry leaf was greenish, so I was kind of expecting something in the vein of a sheng puerh, which...” Read full tasting note
    78
  • “I had to add some sweetener, possibly because I may have underleafed this. It started off tasting watered down until the addition of the sweetener. Overall incredibly tasty. Made in my gravity...” Read full tasting note
  • “From Dark Matter 2016 1st steep: Very rich chocolaty notes, with a hint of floral undertones. The mouthfeel is slightly drying. These flavors linger on the tongue whilst brewing a second cup. 2nd...” Read full tasting note
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065/365

This tea came to me from Liquid Proust’s Dark Matter group buy, all the way back in 2016. That’s how very behind I am with tea things in general. I decided to try this one first as I recently tried the Teavivre version, and I really want something to compare it to. Judging from the notes, this one’s going to be a very different experience!

I brewed this one western style, for around 3 minutes. I can’t say I was paying that much attention if I’m absolutely honest (work…), but it wasn’t longer than that. It’s a beautiful golden brown in colour, and smells rather deliciously of chocolate and malt.

The first thing I noticed was how smooth it is. I’ve said that about teas before, but this one brings new meaning – it goes down like silk. In flavour terms, it’s absolutely delicious – dark chocolate, with a touch of blackcurrant, and a slight underlying earthiness. A far cry from last weekend’s “sweet water” experience. It’s malty, too, but not at the expense of the other flavours, and less prominently than I expected.

This is a tea that shines. I could drink it all day, and I just might do that!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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463 tasting notes

A tea I haven’t gotten to from Dark Matter 2016 yet. This tea wasn’t what I expected at all. The dry leaf was greenish, so I was kind of expecting something in the vein of a sheng puerh, which made me curious as to how it got into the Dark Matter group buy. To my surprise, this turned out to pretty much be a black tea.

The leaf smelled like a fruity black tea – I got notes of dates, fruit jam, blackberries and malt. The flavor of the first steep exhibited very similar notes to the aroma – malty with some dates or blackberry finish. The fruity flavors only lasted around one steep. After that, the tea got nice and malty with a bittersweet chocolate finish and sticky mouthfeel. Around the fifth steep, the texture started to thin down a bit and the chocolate notes mostly dropped off. After that, I just got another four or so malty and sweet steeps.

So I’m not really sure what this tea is, but the aroma, taste, and appearance of the wet leaves were all that of a hong. The dry leaf looked green (much like pine needles) but I guess that was just an odd anomaly. Certainly an interesting find in Dark Matter :)

Flavors: Blackberry, Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Dates, Jam, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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268 tasting notes

I had to add some sweetener, possibly because I may have underleafed this. It started off tasting watered down until the addition of the sweetener. Overall incredibly tasty. Made in my gravity steeper.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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342 tasting notes

From Dark Matter 2016

1st steep: Very rich chocolaty notes, with a hint of floral undertones. The mouthfeel is slightly drying. These flavors linger on the tongue whilst brewing a second cup.

2nd steep: There seems to be a honey note to the second infusion. A little bit of malt and hay as well. Still sweet, though.

3rd, 4th, and 5th steep: On the go…I’ll add a comment later…..

Note: My mother’s cousin passed away this week (Thursday). I didn’t know him that well, but my mother is taking it kind of hard, since they were close and he was the same age as my dad. The tea is mostly for the drive there…Anyway, sad day.

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Flavors: Chocolate, Floral, Honey, Malt

S.G. Sanders

Thank you. I didn’t know him that well, but thank you…

mrmopar

Sorry for the loss. Monday will be a year since I lost my Father I will pray that your Mother will have comfort.

S.G. Sanders

Thank you for the prayers :)

S.G. Sanders

I’m sorry about your father….I lost both my grandpa and closest great aunt three years ago. I remind myself a lot that they’re much happier now.

mrmopar

I agree a happier place awaits but with friends we can find joy here as well.

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101 tasting notes

From Dark Matter 2016:
Brewed this western style, boiling water, 3 min in a ceramic mug. First off this tea smelled Chocolatey amazing. In the past I tried finding ways to make rich dark hot chocolate by melting dark chocolate squares into hot water. This was how this tasted without the greasy mouthfeel, unmelted clumps, or watery flavor. It had a bit of malty sweetness and lingering full mouth flavor. I steeped again for 4 minutes and it was now brighter with a bit if astringency more like “regular” black tea. A third infusion was similar but lighter.

I wished there was more staying power to this tea, but I enjoyed this so much I looked on Life in teacup to see how much it would set me back, but I didn’t see it listed. Anyone know if it will be available?

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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1019 tasting notes

I was surprised that this tea needed to be brewed Western style. I also need to try it again to really pay attention. I can say a few things, however. Malt predominated the cup, but a smooth caramelized malt with hints of a few other notes. It was fairly usual for a Yunnan Black, but the caffeine effect or really the qi was not. I’ve never been more alert from a black tea before. No jitters were felt. No head pressure endured.

I will write more about this tea, but for now, I’ll say thank you again to Whiteantlers. Now I need to divy up my tea and distribute it.

Fjellrev

I’m liking the sound of this one.

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541 tasting notes

Oh Shit! This is Really damn good!
Malty,chocolatey with notes of dried fruit and hay, maybe even some honey notes in there and a slight caramel note comes through after a few steeps. Very smooth and kinda velvety, very delicious, No astringency or bitter at all. Severals very bold strong steeps, it just didn’t seem to want to play out, lost count of how many steeps because I was watching daredevil on Netflix.
A wonderful tea, Perfect for the Dark Matter.
I’m really enjoying this one, Thank You.

Flavors: Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Dried Fruit, Hay, Honey, Malt, Smooth

Kirkoneill1988

is it straight pine needles?

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My 3rd tea from 2016 Dark Matter. After seeing no real reviews except for LP’s raving, I decided to give this one a go as it had caught my eye from the moment I first saw “Pine Needle”. Forgive my still-developing pallet if I can’t do it justice with my description:

“That’s an odd name,” I thought, but the taste is a far cry from anything pine. It has a nice, creamy mouth-feel and it goes down silky smooth. I heard of all these chocolate flavors and smells in other reviews on other teas but I had never experienced one until now. There’s a definite, strong dark chocolate smell to the tea that was so surprising I had to ask my girlfriend to smell the lid of my gaiwan to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating it. The malt and hay flavors are present throughout and compliment the chocolaty flavors nicely. It ends light and sweet and left a chocolate covered cherry smell in my little 50ml cup. I lost track but got almost 10 solid steeps out of it as far as I can figure. This is my favorite of the 2016 Dark Matter so far and I will inevitably buy more when I can find it on the Life in a Teacup website (halp?). It’s just that good.

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Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Hay, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Xxxxx

Here you go… http://www.lifeinteacup.com/ He may not have the Pine Needle listed. I find the website awkward, but you can e-mail him [email protected] and he is very responsive.

Teazilla

Yeah I second the awkward website notion. I don’t see it using the search function so it looks like I’m going to e-mail. Thank you for your help!

Xxxxx

My pleasure. The site owners are on retreat until 4/20, I think, so until then, you will just get a generic response. If you do order, try the Tie Guan Yin Red (Black) tea. That is how it is listed. I think you’ll enjoy it.

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1110 tasting notes

Dark Matter 2016, taste test

I bought over $40 of samples from Life in Teacup and they were nice enough to just take my money and pick out what they thought would be best :)

I was constantly reminded of the ‘Pine Needle’ tea from Yunnan because it highly suggested from them. Currently it is not being sold online so I feel a little special to try it. At first I drank it at work on break and played with the leaf: https://www.instagram.com/p/BBqREXaRYOj/

I’m now drinking it at home and decided that there is no way I could leave this out of the 2nd group buy I have going on this year: Dark Matter. This tea absolutely wonderful. It’s not often you’ll hear me say such a thing about a Yunnan black tea because they are all malty and lovely. What sets this apart? The mouth feel lingers for over 30 seconds and the taste just hits your brain like ‘woah’. No complains from me. No doubt in my mind that this is going to cause people to go over to Life in Teacup after trying this when they get it :)

Haveteawilltravel

so is Dark Matter going to be the next GB? Is this a thing?

Liquid Proust

http://steepster.com/discuss/12151-2016-sheng-olympics-group-buy?page=11&post_id=189832
“4) Everyone keeps asking ‘what is the next group buy?’… it’s theme is dark. Vendors thus far are What Cha, W2T, Life in Teacup, World Tea Podcast, and others I am taste testing. I’m actually going to be picky with this one because I want it to be hands down amazing.”
It’s happening. :)

Liquid Proust

& I missed ’it’s’ for ‘its’, really?

Nicole

Where is Life in Teacup located?

Sil

sounds like a great tea….excited for the group buy – hoping i can participate this round heh

Dr Jim

The best thing about Dark Matter is that Many of us can enjoy the Sheng Olympics while we wait for dark matter. I for one went crazy reading about the Sheng Olympics for 3 months while you put it together. Also, as a physicist I have to suggest a dark energy buy at some point in the future. Sorry for the science joke.

Xxxxx

Life In Teacup is in Massachusetts. LP’s review of this tea inspired me to visit the site and I’m waiting for my first order from Robert.

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