What Black Are You Drinking

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LeoFox
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Wed Mar 13, 2024 9:26 am

Black diamond from thunderbolt. Last of my thunderbolt gift samples

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Wed Mar 13, 2024 2:04 pm

LeoFox wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2024 9:26 am
Black diamond from thunderbolt. Last of my thunderbolt gift samples
sounds delicious. If I did not already have some very nice Keemun from Daxue Jiadao I would be sorely tempted
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Wed Mar 13, 2024 7:31 pm

2020 yixing hong from daxuejiadao

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Mon Mar 18, 2024 2:33 pm

Ethan Kurland wrote:
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Darrel wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2024 7:28 am
I don’t drink much black tea at home but got this Tongmu Charcoal Roast 2022 as a free sampler and it’s amazing! I wish I could put the aroma into words but it is very pleasant. Nice and smooth black tea. Happy Saturday
Do you taste a black tea that had been roasted or do you taste a roasted tea that happens to be a black tea?
In other words, is the taste of roast dominant?

Cheers
I did not know what to expect but the roast was not dominant at all which was surprising.
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I did not know what to expect but the roast was not dominant at all which was surprising.
Thanks for quick response. That sounds tasty. A positive effect of roasting that does not result in a dominant taste of roast is what I want from roasting.

2 teas are giving me pleasure lately that I would not know were roasted if I had not been told that they had been. It is a situation similar to steps in cooking that eaters have no way of knowing occurred though they made food taste better.
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Wed Mar 20, 2024 8:47 pm

I'm drinking the Castleton Floral Spring 2023 FF and am finding similar tasting notes to @LeoFox: lots of citrus and honey, perfumey spring florals, and astringency that can get out of hand if I steep it more than 3 minutes or hotter than about 180F. This is still a nice FF that feels suitably springlike.

I also enjoyed a sample of the Phuguri Silver Moon 2023 Second Flush. I remember it being quite fruity, with apple, muscatel, and some tropical fruit, as well as nutty and floral. It had the biggest leaves I've seen in a Darjeeling! Big, beautiful leaves seem to be Thunderbolt's trademark, and they do seem to equate with higher quality.
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Mon Apr 01, 2024 8:26 pm

Finishing off a bit of a Taiwanese TTES 8 hongcha from 2013 - there's a very nice fresh and vibrant quality to the flavour and mouthfeel which I think is emphasised by the teapot, and which helps to cut through an otherwise dark and cloudy day.

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@Andrew S Your picture really captures the session well, I think! Feels very meditative...
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teacreacha7 wrote:
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Andrew S Your picture really captures the session well, I think! Feels very meditative...
Thanks - yes, a calming little session with a smooth, gentle tea (and with the added pleasure of feeling the smoothness of the clay pot at the same time).

I guess it's an aspect of trying to match the tea to the day at hand (weather, mood, spare time), which I've been trying to do for a while. The same gentle tea on an uncomfortably hot day probably wouldn't feel nearly as nice.

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Free sample of Masu Smoked Black Tea from old ways tea. Smokiness is more pronounced with this one but mellowed out after the first two steeps. Good tea overall.
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Darrel wrote:
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Free sample of Masu Smoked Black Tea from old ways tea. Smokiness is more pronounced with this one but mellowed out after the first two steeps. Good tea overall.
I've been thinking about trying the lapsangs and jin jun mei from Old Ways Tea. If you bought any more of them, I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts. How do they compare to Wuyi Origin?
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Fri May 10, 2024 4:55 pm

Bowl brewing some wakocha, minami sayaka first flush, it is a pretty good tea brewed grandpa style, expected it to be heavy on the astringency brewed this way since it is an assam hybrid (the other half is from the Caucasus apparently), but it was not until the near bottom of the bowl. This is the favorite of the few wakochas I've tried.
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2020 Black Tea "Ye Sheng Gu Shu DianHong". Tasty offering from king tea mall.
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Sat May 18, 2024 1:57 pm

Some nice quiet red
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Wed May 22, 2024 10:07 pm

Got a sample of verdant tea's Shi Feng Dragonwell Black Tea that i tried today.

https://verdanttea.com/shi-feng-dragonwell-black-tea

No way it is from shi feng at that price point.

Leaves are pretty roughed up - all tattered and fragmented.

Tea is at least - soft - no bad bitterness or astringency

Reminds me a bit of hojicha in terms of toastiness - there is an odd sour note and behind that i can sense the LJ.



Flavor a bit flat but veers towards tropical fruitiness.
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