Black Gold Biluochun

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Black Tea
Black Tea
Astringent, Chocolate
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Edit tea info Last updated by Lexie Aleah
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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These little pellets benefit from short-term aging to make a smooth but sturdy cup to waken the senses and boost energy levels, while the palate is left with hints of chocolate and flowers.

Enjoy multiple steeps to get the most out of your leaves, or try it iced as a refreshing summer sip.

Spring 2017 harvest.

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6283 tasting notes

I owned the Spring 2019 harvest of this blend and Sil was kind enough to share a sample of the Spring 2020 harvest so I am trying the two side-by-side today.

I started with the 2020 sample, which is a sipdown. It is a very smooth tea. Smooth but no malt. A bit of chocolate maybe. Also like dark rye bread. It’s nice but a bit boring.

The 2019 harvest has more smoke to it, which was certain unexpected. Smoke and a touch of pepper. It also is more brisk but not astringent. Underneath all that, I get a similar smooth dark rye/chocolate. Weird how it varies from harvest to harvest but these are definitely different.

The 2019 harvest certainly had more happening in the cup but I am not convinced that makes it better. Neither is a favourite but I think I liked the simple smoothness of the 2020 harvest. Thank you for sharing, Sil!

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Finished up the last of this the other day – tiny cup left for VariaTEA to try and have.

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12956 tasting notes

From yesterday afternoon!

I forgot I was steeping this, which resulted in a tea that steeped for nearly fifteen minutes. It was still surprisingly drinkable – I think me from seven years ago would absolutely lose their shit watching “current me” polish back a mug of straight, oversteeped black tea as if it was water. I think you really get used to astringency/bitterness over time and actually in many ways I’ve come to crave it in a straight black because otherwise I find that black teas often taste too simple or flat to me. Craaazzzyyy how palates change with time. I used to be so sensitive to bitterness.

This was good – like peppery dark chocolate with bits of malt, dark brown bread with the crusts, and leather. Thanks for the share VariaTEA!

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this is a robust tea with no need for milk. the chocolate taste is quite strong, but it isn’t a sweet tea. the tea has a slightly astringent aftertaste. i’m drinking a mug on the last day of the decade whilst overlooking the early morning snow.

Flavors: Astringent, Chocolate

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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