Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Fully oxidized tea leaves for a robust cup.

Re: What Black(Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby teaisme » Feb 3rd, '11, 16:47

#18 sun moon lake black
ahhhh this one has a very strong brandy note to it and a lot of very long stems 3 inches or so , nice durability and not fully oxidized it seems (greenishness red like a nilgiri I had recently)

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Re: What Black(Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby AdamMY » Feb 3rd, '11, 17:41

Tanyang Congou DingJi.

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Re: What Black(Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby AdamMY » Feb 6th, '11, 12:36

The Tea Gallery's Keemun.

I am almost out.

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Re: What Black(Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby TokyoB » Feb 9th, '11, 21:05

A couple of days ago, from YS, I had 2010 Imperial Feng Qing Dian Hong and 2010 Autumn "Feng Qing Gold Needle" Yunnan Dian Hong Black tea. I found them ok but rather sweet and simple. Maybe that is what these teas are supposed to be but I found them lacking in complexity.

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Re: What Black(Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby TwoPynts » Feb 10th, '11, 11:02

Yunnan Golden Curls again today. I love this stuff! I'm nearing the end of my current supply and I'd get more, but I have so many other teas I need to finish.
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Re: What Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby captarne12 » Feb 10th, '11, 21:43

Ceylon Sonata, enjoying to help keep me awake on the night shift without the coffee stomach burn.

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Re: What Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby Tead Off » Feb 15th, '11, 04:59

Mim's 2nd flush Peridot. A rolled Darjeeling not unsimilar to Arya Pearl. These 2 teas are a couple of the more outstanding Darjeelings I have had. Both organic, full of sweet, floral flavors and aroma that are easily accessible. Wow, these are good teas. Whole leaf.

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Re: What Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby yshuto » Feb 18th, '11, 12:23

Darjeeling, Orange Valley. Not too expensive (relatively). The Spring Flush is pretty good.

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Re: What Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby teaisme » Feb 18th, '11, 14:13

cert organic dah yeh oolong cultivar black tea (honey black tea), I think this particular one was made by an aboriginal group in taiwan

this is different...a oolong cultivar made into a black tea, but processed in a ball shaped oolong style instead of the usual wire style that vendors like houde and teamasters offer

At a quick glance you would think this was a machine harvested roasted oolong because the pellets are incredibly small (smaller even then machine harvested pellets)

Then to my surprise they open up to reveal a whole small intact stem leaf system, gongfued heavy this was wonderful, very clear, so smooth, more complex honey/fruit/baked breadness, bitterness is almost non existent even when brewed 4 mins on steep 6, and good lingering sweet aftertaste. This seems like a tea that would be both suitable for gongfu and bigger pot western brewing since it's rolled so tightly it takes time to open up.

After going through 2 bags of lackluster organics finally I find one more then just decent. :mrgreen:

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Re: What Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby ChinesePottery » Feb 19th, '11, 05:29

Instead of my preferred greens I had some Yixing Hong Cha from last Spring today.

I was drinking it with my wife and Han Xiaohu, as he happens to "guard" the Dragon Kiln behind the Jun-Glaze potter art factory. He has his pottery showroom and studio in the building right in front of it and holds the keys to the gate. He offered the tea after letting us in on my investigative mission for TC, but more on that in the other thread.

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Re: What Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby artmom » Feb 20th, '11, 15:24

2nd Flush 2010 Hattialli Golden Lion Assam; from Lochan Teas.
Absolutely the smoothest, best tasting assam I have ever had. Yum.

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Re: What Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby nickE » Feb 27th, '11, 14:45

Keemun Hao Ya A from Teaspring. Great stuff.

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Re: What Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby verus » Mar 2nd, '11, 18:46

Had a Margaret's Hope Darjeeling FF earlier this evening, which was great. But now I'm in the mood for something with a bit more brute force: Yunnan Black.

I love this! It's a very deep, full, earthy tea.

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Re: What Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby NOESIS » Mar 3rd, '11, 13:06

The last of my Nilgiri Coonoor from Camellia Sinensis.

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Re: What Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby BioHorn » Mar 7th, '11, 22:47

Hou De's 2010 Spring Tai Tung "Hao Xian" Hand harvested
7 grams in 100 ml Gaiwan
Nice looking leaf. Super short brews keeping significant floral flavor and more brews going. Liquor was pretty "oily" looking.
Was good with food. I will use this one for non-teahead visitors. A bit one dimensional, but a nice tea nonetheless.

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