Black Sheep - Yunnan Dian Hong Wild Black

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Black Tea
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Flavors
Chocolate, Malt, Sweet
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Average preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “GUYS!! IT’S HAPPENING!! MY FIRST GONGFU STEEPING SESSION!!! I finally have a gaiwan thanks to Roswell Strange and now I feel like I am on a new level of tea drinking. YAY! Or maybe not yay because...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Gongfu Sipdown (610)! Not a bad session; but a short feeling one. I used the whole 8g sample in a 150ml gaiwan, seven infusions. Big initially flavour payoff in steeps 1-4; tons of chocolate/malt...” Read full tasting note
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  • “this one is really different from other pearls that i’ve had. It’s lighter, brassier…no real hints of malt…it’s sweet and tasty…but not what i would think of when thinking about dragon pearls. :)” Read full tasting note
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  • “Thank you to Teabento for the lovely sample! The reason why I haven’t been around to review teas is because I keep getting sick and have been avoiding caffeinated beverages, especially. Had a cold...” Read full tasting note
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Hand picked from wild tea trees in Fengqing and hand shaped into balls. Black Sheep is a Dian Hong, one of the best black teas in China. The extra large pearls are cute and look beautiful when they open up and slowly unfurl in hot water. The tea has a smooth, rich mouthfeel and a de­lightful taste of chocolate, malt and honey. The handling is very convenient! Each ball weighs approx. 1-1.5g so it’s easy to measure the amount of the leaves which is ideal for travel or office. A good coffee alternative and perfect as a gift for friends!

>> To find this tea at: https://teabento.com/en/product/black-sheep/

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6 Tasting Notes

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4519 tasting notes

GUYS!! IT’S HAPPENING!! MY FIRST GONGFU STEEPING SESSION!!! I finally have a gaiwan thanks to Roswell Strange and now I feel like I am on a new level of tea drinking. YAY! Or maybe not yay because I can see this inspiring spending. Look how cute all the teaware is though: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0SFC3_hOsa/?igshid=tonuknbumysd

Anyways, I chose this tea because a lot of the plain teas recommend weights for mls and this just said 2 pieces for 200 ml. So I ordered a scale for tomorrow and then popped 1 piece in my new 100 ml gaiwan.

Per the instructions, I rinsed the tea for 10-15 seconds, though probably longer because the gaiwan conducted much more heat than expected.

My first steep was for 1 min. Or 1.5 mins by the time I got it all into the cup, because again, hot. Then I came here to start my note and then I went to instagram and now I am drinking it. The tea tastes very similar to how I remember it tasting brewed Western style. Malty, though this is a bit more earthy, maybe a touch grassy even. I am new to this so sorry this will probably be terribly non descript. It’s also slightly metallic.

Do you guys put the lid on when you steep? Or just use it to strain the tea? The second steep was 30 s, though more like 50 s once it all made it into the cup. I tried a different pouring method and mostly got boiling tea on my finger. Also tea trays make much more sense to me now since a lot has ended up on my counter as well. This cup is smoother than the last. A hint of smoke. I wanna say the tiniest touch of vanilla right at the back of the sip? Maybe honey? I have no clue what I am doing here. Clearly.

Steep three is 90 s, well actually 98 s. I am getting better already! This one is sweeter but back to being a bit earthy…like honey coated wood…or leather. It’s syrupy but I get wisps of smoke.

Finally steep, per the package directions is 3 minutes. While it steeps, I’m just going to say I think I have to do a guided gongfu where someone tells me what to expect and then I can see if I have any real sense of what I may or may not be tasting. I know everyone is different but I think it would be fun. Ros, I am looking at you.

Okay, back to the tea…this was like 3 min and 18 s by the time it got into the teacup. This one is leathery. Much more leather than the last and I don’t know if there is actual smoke or I just associate smoke with leather flavor. It’s also got some raisin to it. That is what is contributing the sweet this cup as opposed to honey. And some malt is back as the tea is a bit thicker of a mouthfeel.

Alright. That was fun. Thank you Roswell Strange for making it happen. It’s super interesting how the flavor can change steep to steep. Plus, my family was also highly entertained since I basically pulled a kitchen chair up to my kitchen counter by the kettle and sat in the corner, facing the corner, steeping tea, and writing this note. I feel like more time and a better set up would make this more enjoyable. How do you guys usually go about gongfu brewing? Do you move your kettle somewhere comfortable to sit and relax? Do you put water in a pot and take that with you? Do you set up a kitchen chair in the corner of your kitchen? Give me all the advice, steepsterites!

Kittenna

Ahaha, I love this. This would be me trying gongfu too. I have a gaiwan courtesy of Teavivre, and I believe the one time I attempted it, I burned my fingers and that was it. I have delicate little fingers that don’t like hot things, haha. I wonder if gongfu mitts are a thing, for unskilled and sensitive people like me.

Roswell Strange

I’m so excited for you! Enjoy the journey/learning process and the tea! To answer some of your questions, I leave the lid on during steeps. And the for set up, at home I move the kettle to a spot I have cleared on my tea desk (from where it usually hangs out in the kitchen) and have it next to me at my desk, or if I’m not at my desk I transfer the hot water into a large thermal carafe. At work, I’m fortunate to have a desk in the tea lab with a hot water set up literally within arm’s reach – but at my desk outside of the tea lab I also use a thermal carafe set up.

ashmanra

I do use the lid while steeping, and I have had a few gaiwans and you get burns easier with some than with others. Watch some videos of tea masters pouring and practice! I was tilting too much toward my fingers. A little wrist action helped.

LuckyMe

Congrats…gongfu opened up my tea experience as I’m sure it will do for you. And don’t worry about burned fingers. Your fingers will naturally build up tolerance over time :-)

tea-sipper

hahaha derk

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Gongfu Sipdown (610)!

Not a bad session; but a short feeling one. I used the whole 8g sample in a 150ml gaiwan, seven infusions. Big initially flavour payoff in steeps 1-4; tons of chocolate/malt and a bit of smoke and raisin in the undertones. Sweet, but not in a “bright” way. The same sort of decadent sweetness as a good brownie. Really quick drop off in flavour though, as is the case with a lot of black tea steeped Gong Fu. Still; a pleasant afternoon session.

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10193 tasting notes

this one is really different from other pearls that i’ve had. It’s lighter, brassier…no real hints of malt…it’s sweet and tasty…but not what i would think of when thinking about dragon pearls. :)

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1785 tasting notes

Thank you to Teabento for the lovely sample! The reason why I haven’t been around to review teas is because I keep getting sick and have been avoiding caffeinated beverages, especially. Had a cold a few weeks ago, then my demanding, new boss was making it difficult to even drink any water throughout the day, which led to dehydration, which led to an ahem UTI. A week of antibiotics annihilated that, plus the cold went away. Ok cool, back on track. Then a few days after I finished those antibiotics (a couple days ago), I woke up with a sore throat that keeps getting worse. Went back to doctor very reluctantly, and sure enough, now I have strep throat. Just can’t win.

But at least I can go with caffeine again? So in walks Black Sheep finally, finally. Have been looking forward to trying this since I received my package.

Maybe it’s because I’m sick but these aren’t as chocolatey as I thought they would be. The mouthfeel is thinner with the most prominent note being honey, followed by some grainy malt. I’m looking forward to another cup of this soon, perhaps when I’m better, to see how the second round would go.

MrQuackers

So basically if you drank green tea, none of this would have happened?

Fjellrev

I do drink green tea, but the majority of this happened due to work stress and not being able to drink anything at all, even water, for the majority of the day for a week straight.

CrowKettle

Either one of those things is terrible, but to be hit back to back like that…! I wish you a speedy recovery so you can get back to enjoying tea, and life in general.

Fjellrev

Aww thanks, CrowKettle!

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This starts out so yummy smelling from the bag – chocolate roasty toastedness. Plus, cute little black sheep curls – I love the presentation of TeaBento’s teas for sale.

This is light, sweet, with a touch of chocolate. Only a small amount of malt, and it’s a thinner, buttery tea. I could drink this all day. It’s smooth and luxurious, without overpowering anything. Even though I normally like a bolder taste to my straight black teas, this one is a daily drink.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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