Curly Lion - Gold Bud Dian Hong Black

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea
Flavors
Apricot, Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Creamy, Earth, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Smooth, Stonefruits, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Caramel, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Dark Wood, Leather, Wheat, Wood
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “Gongfu! Had this one today after work as a bit of a “wind down” and low key sloppy session; sprawled out in bed and trying to awkwardly read, pour, and not tip over the kettle. It all worked out in...” Read full tasting note
  • “Swap Sample Sipdown! (35) This is one of several teabento samples that VariaTEA was kind enough to send me. Thank you! ❤ In my past tea life, dianhongs were some of my favorite teas, and...” Read full tasting note
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  • “On the subject of travel-mugged teas… this one. Just not as good in a mug. I guess aroma is a big part of the flavour for this tea, and it just doesn’t work as well when you can’t smell the tea....” Read full tasting note
    94
  • “Sipdown (272) Good bye Curly Lion! You served me well. This is almost 3 years old so this good bye is due but with most of the teabento teas leaving my cupboard, another order may be in my...” Read full tasting note
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滇红金芽
GOLD BUD DIAN HONG BLACK

One of the most beautiful teas we have ever seen! The buds are hand-picked from the very first harvest in early March and carefully processed into small lovely golden curls, which smell yeasty and bready. The bright reddish liquor is thick, with a bite, but still smooth. The taste is full of chocolate and malt with a slight tinge of honey. An amazing rare tea which every black tea lover should try.

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17 Tasting Notes

10840 tasting notes

Gongfu!

Had this one today after work as a bit of a “wind down” and low key sloppy session; sprawled out in bed and trying to awkwardly read, pour, and not tip over the kettle. It all worked out in the end, though.

This tea is STUNNING – really, all golden bud black teas are, but I’m also a sucker for a good curly or twisted leaf and that (if the name didn’t give it away) is exactly what this is. It tastes pretty damn good too – sweet and full bodied profile of malt, leather, red fruit, prune, honey, and candied yams! Four steeps; not a tea with a lot of longevity, but nice while it’s still going.

Pulled a bunch of black teas to drink through over the upcoming weekend – definitely in a hong mood!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBRX9WNApRH/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgU5W7HccMA

(This is just feel good music, perfect for a casual afternoon!)

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Swap Sample Sipdown! (35)

This is one of several teabento samples that VariaTEA was kind enough to send me. Thank you! ❤

In my past tea life, dianhongs were some of my favorite teas, and especially the fuzzy golden ones. So this one is right up my alley! I love the animal associations with these teas, they’re so cute and this one is indeed golden as a lion’s mane. Plus the image of a lion with a curly mane is amusing to me… Perm gone wrong?

Yum, this is smooth and delicious. It has those lovely creamy, malty sweet potato and honeyed bread notes that I would expect from a golden dianhong. There are also some mellow earthy flavors that, for me, are a hallmark of Chinese black teas. On the lighter side, I taste fleeting notes of nectarine and fuzzy apricot, along with a clear and lingering sweetness.

Yummy, love it! I know I also have some unopened dianhong samples from TeaVivre, so it’ll be interesting to compare those with this experience and explore the style a little more.

Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Creamy, Earth, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Smooth, Stonefruits, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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4754 tasting notes

On the subject of travel-mugged teas… this one. Just not as good in a mug. I guess aroma is a big part of the flavour for this tea, and it just doesn’t work as well when you can’t smell the tea. Still ok, but not the delicious beverage I was looking for.

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Sipdown (272)

Good bye Curly Lion! You served me well.

This is almost 3 years old so this good bye is due but with most of the teabento teas leaving my cupboard, another order may be in my future.

This is a good one. Chocolate notes and malt. This particular cup is a touch astringent but that’s not usually the case.

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1040 tasting notes

work rant
So I went in to work for a few hours today to try and not fall too far behind with fiscal year end coming. Who the hell changes the room rate market codes right before a 4 day weekend and doesn’t tell accounting? Where am I suppose to code these? You need to tell me how you want them entered into the management companies system, if you want your month end/year end reports to be correct. So yeah, I was there on my own time, on Christmas Eve just making up reports. I’m going to get shit on because this isn’t right, and it’s going to be a lot of work to move it to where they want them. Furious…….

So I’m home now, lying on the couch with my blankie, with a snuggly cat, hugging a mug of this tea. Yes, I’ve moved onto a mug. I’m not sure if I’ve just been drinking mediocre tea or if this is really good. Either way it is making me happy tonight.
As I was pouring this off the leaves, it just wafted up chocolate. It’s not tasting as chocolate as it smells, but there is some there. Sweet, chocolate, caramel, malt, starch (bread rather than yam) and just plain yumminess. This is a happy tea…..
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VariaTEA

I think I have this…maybe I should try it. Also that sucks about work. I’m sorry that happened but best just to ignore it for now and enjoy your tea and blanket and cats :)

Evol Ving Ness

^ What she said. Go with the blankie, kitties, and happy tea. Ignore all that other stuff for now.

Maddy Barone

Holy moly. How infuriating. >:( I hope the tea and kitty snuggles have lifted your spirits.

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1792 tasting notes

Thank you, thank you, to Teabento for sending me a sample of this one! I’ve ripped through two cups of this and enjoyed its honey and gentle malty notes. I couldn’t find any chocolate notes either time. There was a surprise woodsy note that popped up as it would cool down but it was very faint. Apologies for the über short review as I’ve been really busy lately and I’m just writing from memory.

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1087 tasting notes

Beautiful golden mossy leaf.

I am steeping western style, my own variation of it.

Initially, the steeped tea felt a bit one dimensional, but as it cooled a bit, the maltiness and caramel and cocoa and breadiness came out in full. Lovely, just lovely. A very enjoyable cup. I look forward to the next one.

Third steep of caramel and sweet potato goodness and the tea is still going. It just might make a fourth steep flavourful enough to enjoy.

Thank you, teabento, for the sample of this engaging tea.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Cocoa

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
teabento

You’re welcome! I often have the same expierience: after the tea (not only this one) cools down, it taste fuller, richer and more complex.

Evol Ving Ness

Good thing I prefer teas once they have cooled down a bit or even further than just a bit. :)

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2900 tasting notes

Thank you to Tea Bento for the free sample.

Coldbrew: 350 mL, 1 tsp leaf, ~30 minutes

The dry leaf is gorgeous. It is made up of fuzzy orange curls. The leaves unroll beautifully once steeped. The prominant notes in the brew are typical of Dian Hong. Dark wet wood, raw cocoa, carob.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Dark Wood

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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11834 tasting notes

mmmm ok i’m a fan of this one. today it is malty, full of cocoa and just what i needed this afternoon as a pick me up between meetings. this one> golden fox imo though they’re both tasty.

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